Townsville Bulletin

Stadium surface to hold up

- MATTHEW ELKERTON

QUEENSLAND Country Bank Stadium curator Bruce Fouracre is adamant the surface is ready to host an NRL double-header.

Concerns have been raised about the ability of the turf to sustain the high traffic of two finals fixtures after it was visibly torn up during the Cowboys and Sea Eagles game last weekend.

Fouracre said the abnormal wear and tear could have been a result of the excessive rain across the previous week, but maintained it was not a safety concern.

“Queensland Country Bank Stadium’s field will always show some signs of scuffing, but it’s purely cosmetic and does not affect the safety or performanc­e of the playing surface,” he said.

“I don’t have any major concerns about the surface, but we’re continuing to monitor the turf as we always do and will reduce watering and aeration after the recent rain.”

Manly captain Daly CherryEvan­s said the stadium’s surface was “carpet-like”.

“It looked worse than it was,” he said. “It was a beautiful track, nice and fast and in pristine condition.”

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