With the Toyota AFL Grand Final being held at Optus Stadium in 2021, we sat down with turf industry legend Tony "Hemmo" Hemming to chat through his career highlights and what being part of the the biggest sporting event in Australia means to him.
MCG (12 yrs), The Oval London, Optus Oval, Docklands, King Fahd International stadium Saudi Arabia, Aurora Stadium, Tasmania, ICC Academy & Dubai Sports City - with International Cricket. I was able to travel to India, Pakistan, Canada, Middle East Bermuda & Europe.
Being a member of AECOM to design Al Wakrah stadium in Qatar was a major experience working with people from London – Qatar office’s.
I love the fact my professional dedication has paid off, it’s my foot print!
It’s in my Top Ten of events. When it's all over on the 25th September, I’m sure my staff will say it’s their # 1. “One day to remember”.
It’s WA’s Opera House
2019 Bledisloe Cup / AFL Change over next day with 4000 seats on the ground. We flew HG Turf crew in from Vic to help and it was a great team effort.
We aim for the highest technical standards for each event. If it’s Rugby, we want to be Eden Park, Cricket – Lords & Soccer - Wembley.
We believe that it helps us in the wet and allows for faster recovery from damaged turf by major events, the fact that we have only just replaced the centre circle for the AFL grand final (27 game season & training) is testament to that.
We have full confidence in our range of HG Turf Products and our team's professional know how to get it right on the day.
My first employment was the Melbourne Cricket Club & I lived at the Melbourne Football club Offices during the 90’s, when the Merger with the Hawks was on the table, so I’m naturally going to support the Demons.
I love the history of the game & the “G”, It’s hard to beat 100,000 crowd at the MCG.