Sporting seasons washout
TOWNSVILLE junior and senior sports teams are facing a scheduling nightmare as continued wet weather wreaks havoc on season draws.
Locally based AFL Queensland development manager Peter Young said Townsville Aussie rules teams had not been able to get on the Murr a y S p o r t i n g F i e l d s f o r weeks.
‘‘ We were supposed to start the season this weekend but the fields are full of water and council can’t get the mowers on,’’ he said.
‘‘ We expect the season will be delayed for another three weeks.
‘‘ We haven’t set a date because even today it’s cloudy and when it rains it causes all sorts of problems.’’
Mr Young said junior and senior teams had been affected.
‘‘ A lot aren’t training or they are having to train on different fields,’’ he said.
He said he was unsure if the league would extend the season to make up for the lost weeks or just cut it short.
Oztag venue co-ordinator Sharon Allen said they had started their season on January 27 but had been playing on and off since Cyclone Yasi. The Oztag competition is held at Aitkenvale PCYC on Wellington St.
‘‘ We have been under way since January 27 but have only played four weeks in total,’’ she said.
‘‘ A couple of the weeks were just too wet so we are not in full swing yet.
‘‘ The council can’t mow the fields because the ground is too wet and there is grass up to players’ mid-shins ... it’s a catch-22 because with such long grass the grounds don’t have the chance to dry out.’’
She said they were going to extend the season to make up for lost games with many players already paying in full for the season.
‘‘ Every other venue have tried to play on refused to let us on,’’ said.
‘‘ We usually play on a Thursday night but we will maybe add Friday night and Sunday games.’’
Townsville Hockey coaching director Margaret Dilger s a i d h o c k e y t e a ms h a d avoided delays by moving off the grass playing surface to t hei r t wo a r t i f i c i a l t ur f fields.
‘‘ The grass fields are not p l a y a b l e b u t w e h a v e shortened the games on the two artificial surfaces,’’ she said. Soccer and netball had also been hampered by the wet surfaces, she said. we has she