Gather Round Behind the Scenes | Talking Turf

Adelaide Oval

SANFL invites you to join us for a morning at the iconic Adelaide Oval as Gather Round kicks off to talk all things turf!

In South Australia, football utilises 299 grounds every year to facilitate State, Regional and Community Competitions whilst school and community venues are used to support football programs and initiatives such as AFL9s, Walking Football and Auskick.

With so much footy being played, and participation continuing to increase with the explosion of female participants  – it’s vital that our venues and surfaces are fit for purpose and provide a quality and safe experience for players and umpires.

Learn from leading experts Damian Hough (Head Curator, Adelaide Oval) and Darryl Sellar (Agronomist, Living Turf) on best practice turf management planning and maintenance, including case studies of community venues all the way through to AFL standard, such as the rapid transformation of the surface at Norwood Oval for Gather Round in 2023.

This not to be missed event will also feature a tour of Adelaide Oval’s turf management equipment and workshop, as well as an opportunity to walk on the hallowed turf of Adelaide Oval.

Event inclusions:

  • Light breakfast and beverages
  • Presentation and Q&A with Damian Hough and Darryl Sellar
  • Tour of Adelaide Oval Turf Equipment, Workshop and Oval
  • Attendee Gift Bag

Our Guest Speakers

One of the most respected and highly regarded curators in the world, Damian Hough brings over 25 years’ experience to his role as Head Curator of Adelaide Oval Turf Solutions.

He has been Head Curator of Adelaide Oval since its redevelopment in 2013, and prior to that was at the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) under the legendary Les Burdett, whom he took over for in 2010. As Head Curator, Damian oversees all aspects of Adelaide Oval turf management including curation of the playing surface, drop-in pitches, seasonal renovations and maintenance of the surrounding landscape.

Damian has a global reputation for high standards and impeccable workmanship and brings this to his strategic oversight of the Adelaide Oval Turf Solutions business.

Daryl Sellar joined Living Turf in 2018 as a consulting agronomist and product manager for TurfKeeper. He holds a Masters Degree in Turf Management from the University of Sydney.

Daryl brings a wealth of knowledge to Living Turf, having overseen the successful redevelopment of Glenelg Golf Club, whereby the course’s national ranking had climbed from the 90’s to 25 in Golf Australia Magazine. As well as displaying his practical knowledge, Daryl has also spent seven years as a Turf Management Lecturer at Urrbrae TAFE in Adelaide.

Darryl has also consulted on a number of football projects across South Australia including Unley Oval, Angaston Junior Oval, Bennett & Memorial Oval (Whyalla) and Memorial Oval (Port Pirie). He has also worked with a number of councils across the state in soil testing and program development.


SANFL is pleased to offer this event free of charge.

Attendance is welcome from a broad range of the sport and recreation industry, however the event is most suitable for turf management professionals across private industry and local councils, as well as individuals involved in the planning and maintenance programs of sporting infrastructure.

Numbers are strictly limited, and due to the interest the event will attract, attendees should consider their ability and commitment to attend before booking their place.

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