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We understand the inconvenience of having a water logged and out of action field due to lack of drainage. Well drained soil is the key to most sportfields operation during the winter months. Sportsfield Drainage is slightly different in action to other Subsoil Drainage or Subsurface Drainage systems. On a Sportfield, the ground usually consists of a dense low draining soil or clay, therefore the water table is usually quite close to the surface.

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This means that the water will not drain through the soil, but rather sits on the field. This picture demonstrates how the water on the top of the field will drain over the surface and into the drains.

Sports Field Drainage systems are specially designed and constructed to ensure little harm is done to the existing surface. All excess spoil is also loaded straight into one of our tip trucks so there is no mess on the field. Upon completing the drainage system and
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backfilling the trenches with sand, there are a few options to complete the process. Reliant on your needs for your Sportsfield Drainage, we can either spread grass seeds to match the existing turf, or lay

grass sods over the trenched areas. This ensures that the field is back to looking its best within a few weeks of works.

Aussie Drain has 4 specialized laser guided  Sports Field Drainage machines and a laser guided  AFT Whizzwheel to their disposal to install any design of Sportsfield Drainage.

Essendon DSC_0840All our Sportsfield Drainage trenchers work as “all in one” operation , which means , the trench is dug using a laser for depth control , spoil is loaded onto a tipper , the pipe is installed on a bed of gravel , sand or PVC membrane an covered with backfill.

This ensures that the drainage pipes are placed accurate and always in the centre of the trench.

With specially designed turf friendly tracks or low ground pressure Trellerborg tyres any Sports Field Drainage system, for instance a slit drainage system with a 75 mm wide trench and a 50 mm drainage pipe or 400 mm wide trench with a 250 mm drainage pipe can be installed quickly and with minimal disruption to the existing field.

Here are some examples of the different pipe and trench sizes we can install (if your specifications are not on this list please feel free to call us to see if we can accommodate for your needs):

  • 50mm pipe in a 75mm wide trench – Subsurface Sportsfield Drainage in Wagga Wagga, NSW
  • 65mm pipe in a 100mm wide trench and back filled with sand – Subsurface Sportsfield Drainage in Noosa, QLD

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  •  100mm pipe in 200mm wide trench – Subsurface Sports Field Drainage for Essendon New Training Fields, VIC

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  • 100mm pipe in 200mm wide trench – Subsurface Golf Course Drainage for Metropolitan Golf Course
  • 100mm pipe in 225mm wide trench – Subsurface Sportsfield Drainage Skilled Stadium, QLD

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  • 160mm smoothbone slotted drain coils in 250mm wide trench – Adelaide Oval, SA

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  • 250mm slotted uPVC main in 400mm wide trench – Canberra Race Track, ACT

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There are also options to lay the pipe in wider intervals and complete Secondary Drainage systems across the pipe drains. For more information on this please see
Sand Slitting or Sand Grooving.


MCG during installation of Subsurface Sportsfield Drainage
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MCG after installed of Subsurface Sports Field Drainage