New ground a winner
UNDEFEATED in 2009, the Pottsville Panthers have turned Koala Beach Sports Field (KBSF) into the most feared hunting ground in the Football Far North Coast.
The first division heavyweights are proud of their new sporting pitches and have vowed to defend them with pride.
“We've probably got the best home ground in the league and one of the few that are full size,” captain-coach David Lonie said.
“It's a nice, level field and provides a great playing surface for us.
“We're always proud to host games and the boys really enjoy playing here.”
Located at the southern end of Lomandra Avenue, KBSF features two full-size football fields - that will be used predominantly for touch football and soccer - as well as a flash new clubhouse and locker rooms.
Although the grounds were completed months earlier, the Panthers only took to the field in February in order to allow the ground to settle.
The fields have since proven a success with recent heavy rains providing a stern test.
“They're great fields,” Lonie said.
“We've had a tonne of rain and aside from a couple of patches holding water it's held up really well.”
Part of the original Development Application for the environmentally friendly estate, the new fields have been on the drawing board for over a decade, but at times it appeared they may never eventuate.
However, thanks to the efforts of Koala Beach Sports Club (KBSC), Tweed Shire Council and Pottsville Panthers Soccer Club, the long-awaited fields have proved a great success.
“KBSC was formed several years ago by local residents in the interest of providing more sporting options for Pottsville and the Tweed Coast,” KBSC committee member Ben Kelly said.
“One of the main goals set by the club was to ensure Koala Beach and the wider Pottsville community would have access to sports fields; a goal which has now come to fruition.”
Aside from the soccer, the first sporting venture for the club is a Social Mixed Touch Football competition, which is running Monday nights under lights.
Entry is open to women and men of all skill levels and nominations are currently being taken for teams and individuals.
Affiliated with Queensland Touch League, the competition is fully insured, features qualified referees and will offer representative options for Tweed Coast players.
The action kicks off at 6pm. To register or enquire, email email@example.com or contact the committee on 0428 399 121.