SDCA's Greg Thrift pays tribute to Singleton Council's Parks Management as upgrades commence at Howe Park

EARLIER THIS SEASON: Creeks blasted Glendon at the iconic Howe Park venue in Round 3 this season.
EARLIER THIS SEASON: Creeks blasted Glendon at the iconic Howe Park venue in Round 3 this season.

Singleton District Cricket Association legend and curator Greg Thrift has paid tribute to Singleton Council's Parks Management Officer Mitchell Moy as work commences on Howe Park this weekend.

The region's picturesque cricket ground played host to the opening four rounds of the SDCA first grade competition as well as a school tournament in the lead up to this weekend.

However it will venue will be ruled out indefinitely due to upgrades.

"I believe at this stage, if everything goes to plan, it will be a spectacular venue for cricket; actually a jewel of grounds in the Upper Hunter," Thrift told the Singleton Argus.

"Though there's no timeframe for completion in Singleton we will take the pain for the long term gain and Mitch Moy from the council needs a special mention for his vision and 'getting it done' attitude.

THRIFT WIN: The Thrift family pictured at Howe Park moments after guiding JPC to SDCA T20 first grade premiership glory in February this year.

THRIFT WIN: The Thrift family pictured at Howe Park moments after guiding JPC to SDCA T20 first grade premiership glory in February this year.

"He has had a lot to deal with including the vandalism but he is totally focused on the project at Howe Park, the funds involved and he is totally approachable.

"He's possibly the best parks manager I have had to deal with."

Both Cook Park 1 and 3 will play host to this Saturday's Creeks vs. Valley and PCH vs. JPC first grade clashes respectively.

"The pitch is looking spectacular at Cook 3 while Cook 1 is also in good nick; it all bodes well for a good year," he added.