Tweed Daily News

It's a washout!

USUALLY sporting teams face their challenges on the field, but lately, actually getting on the field seems to be the challenge.

This year is shaping up as a nightmare for sports organisers across all outdoors sports and codes, with the weather again causing major disruptions on the Tweed and Gold Coast.

Competitions on both sides of the border have been postponed or cancelled due to the drenching, which comes only weeks after a previous wet spell threw draws and schedules into chaos.

The problem facing sports administrators is the lack of suitable times to play “catch-up” matches.

Both the Tweed Shire Council and the Gold Coast City Council have closed their sporting fields and will make further assessments this afternoon.

However, a spokesperson for Tweed Shire Council said the Casuarina sports field and Les Burger Field at Bogangar were the only two fields which may be suitable for play, while other council grounds in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads were deemed too waterlogged to open.

That will affect rugby league, soccer and hockey with all junior matches called off at this stage.

On the Gold Coast, fields remain closed with inspections to be carried out late this afternoon.

More rain would guarantee they remained closed.

At this stage, the Northern Rivers Rugby League competition looks like postponing round six, with Lismore Council closing fields in and around the city, Stan Sercombe Oval closed and Grafton grounds copping the drenching which hit the Tweed and Gold Coast earlier in the week.

Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League secretary Doug Harrison said he was expecting reports back from clubs on the state of their grounds but with more rain predicted, was doubtful of matches going ahead.

The Gold Coast Rugby League operations manager Tom Marzella said his League would wait until the last possible moment tomorrow before making any decision on postponing the round.

“While we remain hopeful, it will depend on Gold Coast City Council and a break in the weather before we can make a ruling,” he said.

Football Far North Coast general manager Steve Mackay said all FFNC events set down for this weekend were postponed.

“Due to the conditions, fixtures simply can't go ahead,” Mackay said. “The problem we are facing is that we are running out of time to stage rain-delayed games.

“We may have to take the drastic step of re-arranging the competition; it's very frustrating.”

Gold Coast Soccer has had more than just the weather to deal with.

A power failure at their headquarters on Wednesday meant that information for clubs couldn't be sent out regarding the competition and the state of grounds.

GCS's Duncan Sims said it looked very unlikely that matches could go ahead this weekend.

Far North Coast rugby union spokesman Wayne Millane said it looked like this round of matches would be postponed until the bye weekend of June 13.

However, for the Coolangatta Tweed Barbarians, based at Goodwin Park in Coolangatta, that weekend may already be taken up with them playing a “catch-up” match against Lennox Head after it was postponed due to rain.

Ironically, that match was also set down for Goodwin Park.

Tweed Border Hockey could be limited to playing games set down for the international turf field at Barrie Smith Grounds, Murwillumbah, with the grass fields closed by Tweed Council.

And it seems that sports on the land aren't the only ones affectedwith the Ronson Surf Tag Team contest at Kingscliff likely to be delayed due to big seas pounding the Tweed and Gold Coasts.

At this stage, the only sporting action for Tweed and Gold Coast could be found on the TV.



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