Council grounds out so Group 4 has weekend off

THERE will be no Group 4 first division matches this weekend after the Group postponed all games due to the wet weather in the western areas of the region.

Council-owned grounds in Narrabri, Wee Waa and Coonabarabran were closed by local officials, meaning three of the four scheduled matches would have to be relocated if they were to go ahead.

But with Wee Waa cut off on Thursday evening by rising flood water and few alternative grounds available, the Group – in consultation with the clubs – chose to cancel all games.

“Narrabri Council has put the game off out there and at Wee Waa too and Coona is also out,” Group 4 secretary Ross Hamilton said.

“At Werris Creek they could have played but the Group in its wisdom has decided to call all games off.

“I can’t remember all games being called off.

“I can remember individual games being called off but never all of them but by the same token I can’t remember so much rain falling in such a short space of time.”

The decision to cancel all games was made in fairness to all clubs.

“It’s the fairest way to handle it,” West Lions coach Tony La Chiusa said.

“Just a washed-out weekend and it’s the same for everyone.

“I suppose North Tamworth could say ‘we were playing the bottom side and it was a certain two points’ but the way the competition is, nothing’s


Competition leaders West Lions were due to travel to Narrabri but both will now get a week off, while North was to play at Wee Waa, Coonabarabran was hosting Moree and Werris Creek was at home to Gunnedah.

“Our blokes were keen to play but there’s nothing you can do about it,” La Chiusa said.

“We would rather play and not get the two points than split the points and not play.

“I suppose to our advantage its one trip we don’t have to make.”

All teams will receive one competition point each and a week off to rest niggling injuries.

The Group and clubs must now decide if and when they will play the matches.

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