Sentimental Ring Recovered On Football Oval

August 14th, 2011 by Brad Lovell

Last week I received a text message from Cameron, his girlfriend had lost a special ring he had bought for her while playing soccer. After a quick phone call to Cameron, it turned out that his girlfriend had actually lost the ring 3 weeks earlier. And she did not know when or where the ring fell off. I mentioned to Cameron that in these circumstances there is a very low chance of recovery. Anything could have happened to a ring laying on an oval for 3 weeks, including someone picking it up, or a ride on lawn mower collecting it. Cameron knew the chance of recovery was slim, but he asked me to search for the ring anyway so he knew he did everything humanly possible. I drove to the oval at Asquith (near Horsnby about an hour drive north of Sydney) the following day, and began the slow methodical search. To my surprise after an hour and a half of searching, I heard a signal and as I looked down I could see the ring hiding at the bottom of the grass. I called Cameron to tell him the good news.

Lost Gold/Diamond Signet Ring Morrison Park Putney

July 14th, 2010 by Brad Lovell

Tracey called me with the sad news that she lost 2 rings. One she managed to find in her handbag, but the other ring which had been handed down from her late grandmother was still missing. She had spent the day at Morrison Park soccer oval, and had been sitting in various spots. Tracey wasn’t 100% sure if this was indeed where she lost the ring, but wanted me to have a look anyway. Unfortunately afters spending over 3 hours searching the oval, I came up empty handed. Please, if anyone does happen to find a gold/diamond signet ring at Morrison Park at Putney, please contact me. Tracey is offering a reward for its return.

Ring Lost at Blackman Soccer Oval Lane Cove

May 27th, 2010 by Brad Lovell

Well it is that time of the year again, when the weather gets cold and the soccer season starts. I received a call from Be who unfortunately lost her wedding ring at Blackman Soccer Oval at Lane Cove. Be was not aware of when or where she lost the ring, but could recall the area of the soccer oval she spent most of her time. I began grid searching the area Be had been sitting, and after about 15 minutes of searching I managed to find Be’s large gold wedding ring hiding under some blades of grass. This turned out to be an easy one, and Be was inncredibly happy to have her wedding ring back :)

Diamond Earrings Lost At Soccer Oval

July 5th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

Similar picture, iPhone photo did not turn out well

Similar picture, iPhone photo did not turn out well

Last night I drove out to a sports oval at Maroubra to help Amanda find her lost Diamond Earrings. Before her soccer game began, Amanda removed her Diamond Earrings and asked her friend to take care of them. Her friend put them in her pocket for safe keeping while Amanda played soccer. Unfortunately after the game was over, the earrings were no longer in her friend’s pocket. They obviously fell out while she was watching the game from the side line. After 4 people searched over an hour for the lost earrings, Amanda decided it was time to call me. I could not make it out to the Oval until night, but that turned out to be a blessing. After about an hour of searching the side line, I spotted a reflection from the light of my head lamp. I figured it was just another alluminum pull tab, and scanned the metal detector over the area. Oddly enough, there was no signal. This made me curious, so I pulled out my pinpointer and scanned area again. Once again, no signal. I got down close to the area and started parting the grass to the side. And there they were! Two beautiful diamond earrings! As it turns out, there was not enough gold content in the earrings to set off the metal detector, or the pinpointer.  It was just lucky that I had been there at night with the LED head lamp. I doubt I would have had any chance of finding the earrings in day light. Amanda (and her friend) we’re very happy to have the earring’s back. And Amanda, thank you kindly for a generous reward.

Google Maps Saves The Day (Again!)

June 18th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

Some recoveries can be long and tedious. It is not unusual for me to spend up to 6 hours searching for some body’s lost precious item. And then there are jobs where recovery time can take minutes. And this story is of the later. I received a phone call from Owen who lost his beautiful Platinum wedding ring while playing soccer at a park in Sydney. Due to work commitments, Owen was unable to meet me at the location, but I had him send me a google map satellite image of where he had been playing soccer. He actually felt the ring fall off his finger, but finding it in the thick grass was impossible. So I printed out the treasure map, and made my way to the park. On arrival, the weather was not looking to good, so I was hoping this would be a quick one. I looked at the map, and found the area Owen had circled. Literally after a few seconds of searching i received a target which read zero inches under ground. I start parting the grass with my fingers, and there it was. Owen’s precious Platinum wedding band. Just as I got back to the car, the rain started pouring down. It was a close call! Owen was excited that I had recovered his lost wedding ring, and gave me a very generous reward. Thank you so much Owen, and it was a pleasure to meet you!

Wedding & Engagement Ring Lost At Soccer Oval

April 29th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

The weather in Sydney is getting cooler, and soccer season has begun. I received a phone call from Felicity who lost both her Wedding and Engagement ring on a soccer field at Lane Cove. It is horrible enough losing one ring, but to lose both rings must have been a gut wrenching feeling for Felicity. I really felt for her as these two rings represented a very important part of her life. For safety reasons, all players are required to remove their rings before a soccer game. Felicity removed her rings and put them in her mobile phone pouch. After the game was finished, Felicity recalled using her mobile phone. It was possible the rings could have fallen whilst removing the phone from its pouch. After searching her bag house and car, Felicity decided to call me to search the area where the rings could have dropped from the pouch. I arrived to the job a little early, and noticed Felicity had put up signs around the park offering a reward for the return of her lost rings. I knew it would be a long shot finding Felicity’s rings, as it can be difficult finding a lost ring when you have an idea where it dropped. But I remained positive and began my search in the area Felicity believed the rings could have dropped. The area was very noisy, with lots of signals coming from bottle caps and other rubbish. Almost every swing I did gave off one or two signals which is very frustrating. But the rings could not be very deep yet, so it was just a matter of investigating the surface signals. Much to my surprise, after about 1.5 hours of searching, I found Felicity’s wedding ring hidden in the grass. This lifted my confidence, I was sure the engagement ring must have been close by. After about an other hour or so of searching, I was unable to find the engagement ring. I mentioned to Felicity I was sorry, but I will come back tomorrow and continue the search. Felicity was very grateful that I was able to find her wedding ring, and gave me a generous reward. I went back the following day and did another 3 hour search for the engagement ring, but once again no luck. I have a feeling two things may have happened… either someone has found the ring, or the lawn cutting machine has hit the ring and launched it somewhere else. If anyone happens to find a white gold engagement ring at Blackman Park Lane Cove, please contact me so I can organise its return to Felicity. Hopefully photos of the lost ring will be coming soon.

Wedding Ring Lost At Soccer Oval

April 25th, 2009 by Brad Lovell

I received a text message from David on Thursday night. He had lost his wedding ring  soccer training at a park in Enfield Sydney. David was so  desperate to find his white gold wedding ring that he drove his car onto the oval so he could search at night with the head lights on. After speaking to David, he decided he would have one more search the following morning in day light. I received a phone call the following morning, unfortunately David had no luck finding the large gold ring in the grass area he believed it had fell. I grabbed my gear and was on my way to Enfield near Burwood, Sydney.  After finding the park, I asked David a million questions about where the ring could have dropped. He had a feeling he felt it drop in an area where he and his soccer team had left their bags for soccer practice. He did not really notice the ring missing until he was walking back to his car. I started searching this area to start with…unfortunately there was a large storm water drain running underneath the area where David thought the ring may have dropped. This made my detector go crazy, even with power reduced to a very low setting. The area that I could not cover with the detector, I just had to search visually. After a solid 3.5 hour search, I was about to call it a day. My back was starting to give out, but I was not content with my search, especially the interference I was getting from the storm water drains and the sprinkler system. I decided to change to a smaller coil on my metal detector. Changing to a smaller coil means each sweep covers less surface area, but it is good for getting in and around noisy areas. The detector was immediately more stable with the smaller coil on. I went back to the drain area where I had troubles detecting earlier with the large coil. About 15 minutes later, I found Davids chunky white gold wedding band hiding beneath the grass blades. This made me extremely happy! To be honest, in my own mind I had given up hope of finding the ring. Especially since David was not sure exactly where it had dropped. And also after almost 4 hours of searching, my body was telling me it was time to quit. I met up with David later on that night,  he was very pleased to have his beautiful white gold wedding band back on his finger. David, thank you so much for such a generous reward.. I really appreciate it!