Swans disappointed

TOO WET: Goulburn Dirty Reds were lucky their games were played in Cooma because with the snow (pictured Friday morning) adding to the already slushy outfield the linesmen, ball boys, water boys, coaches and fence line spectators would have needed gumboots. Photo by Darryl Fernance.
TOO WET: Goulburn Dirty Reds were lucky their games were played in Cooma because with the snow (pictured Friday morning) adding to the already slushy outfield the linesmen, ball boys, water boys, coaches and fence line spectators would have needed gumboots. Photo by Darryl Fernance.

GOULBURN Swans Aussie Rules Club was bitterly disappointed when Cooma informed them on Thursday evening that their players would not be making the trip to Goulburn on Saturday and was therefore forfeiting the game. 

The weather had nothing to do with the forfeiture either. Goulburn Swans president Grant Haigh said it was a real blow to the club because they had put considerable effort into organising and publicising the community day that was to have taken place on Saturday in conjunction with the Cooma Cats game. 

“I expressed our disappointment to the Cooma Club at their emailed forfeiture and reminded them that this was supposed to be our Community Day game,” Haigh said. 

“They said that they have been struggling for some time to get a full team together to play and they could only muster 16 players willing to come to Goulburn for Saturday’s game. 

A full on field team is 18 players with an additional four on the bench, a total of 22. When Goulburn played Cootamundra in Cootamundra a couple of weeks ago they only had 20 players available for the road trip due to injury and illness and among those who made the trip there were several players who were not fully fit due to illness and injury niggles. 

“Cooma’s inability to field a team and cause the postponement of our Community Day has cost us money,” Haigh said. “But the ACT administration has been supportive of us.” 

From back page “We have rescheduled our Community Day for our next home game which is August 15. 

“We have also informed Pru Goward about the rescheduling and she has pencilled it in her diary so we can install her as our club’s parton. 

“August 15 is also our final home game of the home and away rounds and we will be playing Cootamundra, last year’s Premiers who are at the moment in the number two spot on the ladder but equal with us on wins and losses this season. 

“It is likely that the outcome of this game on August 15 will decide who is the minor premier club of the competition. “In any case it should be a very exciting and pretty evenly contested game for spectators.” 

The Goulburn Swans hope that plenty of Goulburn people will, like Ms Goward, pencil the date in their diaries for our rescheduled Community Day at Goodhew Park starting at 2pm. 

The Swans were not the only sports people disappointed by cancellations of their sport this weekend. 

Apparently more snow fell on the Cookbundoon Sports Fields on Thursday night than most other parts of Goulburn, causing the Southern Tablelands Football Association close its grounds and cancelling Saturday’s football.. Photo by Darryl Fernance.

Apparently more snow fell on the Cookbundoon Sports Fields on Thursday night than most other parts of Goulburn, causing the Southern Tablelands Football Association close its grounds and cancelling Saturday’s football.. Photo by Darryl Fernance.

Plenty of youngsters awoke on Saturday morning, looked outside and wondered why they had to miss out on their sport. Fields however were deemed unfit for play. 

The snow, icy roads and very wet fields caused the cancellation of football (soccer) in Crookwell and Goulburn as well as hockey in Crookwell and rugby union at Taralga against Jindabyne. 

Before this on Friday evening the young rugby league players had their regular friday night games on Carr Confoy Park called off because of the field conditions and cold. 

Even though Saturday turned out to be fine the grounds in were still too wet to allow play. 

Reports from Crookwell and Taralga indicated that road conditions were also dangerous with black ice. causing traffic hazards. 

Golfers who had early tee off times at Goulburn said the ground was frozen and there was frost on the greens early but as there morning got later some starters even wore shorts and others remembered to put on the sunscreen before teeing off. 

With icy winds in the afternoon bowlers at the Railway Bowling Club were wearing extra layers of warm clothing as they played their social games. 

On Sunday morning the Goulburn and District Racing Club advised the Goulburn Post that the race meeting set down for Monday was cancelled due to the track being too wet and its condition unlikely to improve in time for the meeting.

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