He’s been the man tasked with looking after one of Canberra’s best lawns for the past 13 years but now Brad van Dam has called ‘tools down’ on the job.

Manuka Oval’s Long-serving Head Curator has announced the Capital’s most recent summer of cricket was his last.

Known as the ‘Pitch Whisperer’, van Dam has made the decision to step away from his beloved role to spend more time with family.

“It was a very hard decision for me to make however it was made easier due to the reason behind my decision.”

Brad van Dam pulling on the covers at Manuka Oval [Supplied]

Working in the turf industry for almost three decades, van Dam joined Manuka Oval back in 2008 and has been instrumental to the ground’s growing success.

Including the most recent ‘biggest summer in Canberra’s history’ which included a One Day International, T20 International and a 13 Big Bash matches including three out of the five finals.


“As Manuka Oval has evolved over the years it has certainly taken me along for the ride. There have been many firsts at Manuka Oval which I have been lucky enough to be involved in.” he said.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr is among the many notable Canberrans who’ve wished Mr van Dam well and said his departure is a big loss for the oval.

“The role Brad and his team have played in preparing Manuka Oval to the world class standard it is, is a direct result of Brad’s commitment, passion and dedication to his work.”

Mr van Dam finishes up in the top job next month with recruitment for his replacement to begin this week.