Nelson Irrigation Australia

Barratt Reserve - Adelaide, South Australia

Synthetic Soccer Pitch

Adelaide Shores operates a major sporting complex in Adelaide’s western suburbs. Their next project was to develop a synthetic surface soccer pitch suitable for national and international competition. A decision was made early, that all irrigation components would need to be out of sight, below ground, and outside the playing surface. The Hunter STK-6B sprinkler package was a natural choice to fill such a design brief but also provide the performance demanded by these surfaces.


Provide 600kPa at the base of the sprinklers to achieve the 45m radius required, with #24 nozzles. An existing main pump station servicing other parts of the complex is 700m away and could only provide 510kPa at the sprinklers, and could not be increased.


Install an in-line booster pump specifically for the soccer pitch. A variable speed pump was specified and set with a discharge head 0f approximately 650kPa, ensuring perfect performance from the #24 nozzles. Supply pipe is 160mm electro-fusion welded high density polyethylene (HDPE) with a loop of 90mm HDPE around the pitch.


Unobtrusive infrastructure, valve boxes were covered with synthetic turf, great coverage, and a happy client.