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Memorial not fit for play

Tuesday, 13th May, 2014

By Andrew Robertson

Player welfare has prompted AFL Broken Hill to relocate this weekend’s football matches to give Memorial Oval time to recover from recent rodeo duties.

Central was scheduled to play North at the Magpies’ home ground this weekend but an inspection yesterday found the playing surface had not fully recovered.

Members of AFL Broken Hill’s Competition Management Committee (CMC) inspected the oval with City Council staff.

“We’ve been out and inspected the oval with Council (staff) and they preferred we not play on it,” CMC chairman Scott Dunn said later.

Mr Dunn said more time was needed so that the area of the oval that was covered with loam for the rodeo, and since removed, could fully recover.

“They fertilized it and did everything they could to bring it up to scratch.”

The decision means the Central-North fixture will be moved to the Jubilee Oval with the South West encounter to be played at the Alma Oval.  

Mr Dunn said another inspection of the Memorial Oval would be done on Monday week.

“It should be ready by the time we next play at the Memorial which is about two weeks’ time,” he said.

“The AFL CMC would like to thank Council and the Memorial Oval management committee for all their work in trying to get the oval up to scratch.”

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