Its a hard life

More used to preparing the turf than looking down on it from a hospitality box , groundsmen and greenkeepers enjoyed a trip to see an Italian clash of the titans when Juventus played Lazio in Turin recently.

The winners of a competition run by New Holland at Saltex, Sportsturf, Scotsturf and BTME were Orchard Golf Club’s Andy Ackerman, Herriott Watt University’s Jim Swann, John Bishop of Bray Golf Club and Alan Ferguson from Ipswich Town Football Club.

As well as the match – won 5-2 by Juventus, who are sponsored by New Holland – the foursome were treated to a tour of the city, and sampled the local cuisine in a mammoth pizza-eating session.

It’s a hard life being a turf professional…