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Constant rain ends hopes for play

An Ipswich Eagles player struggles to get the ball away during Saturday’s rain-affected Aussie rules match against Caboolture at Limestone Park.
An Ipswich Eagles player struggles to get the ball away during Saturday’s rain-affected Aussie rules match against Caboolture at Limestone Park. Sarah Harvey

AFTER fine weather allowed some exciting contests in recent weeks, the rain returned over the weekend, causing plenty of headaches for regional sporting organisers.

A number of sports fell victim to the heavy Saturday downpours.

Showers for most of the day created waterlogged fields, leading to some early cancellations.

They included the Ipswich Diggers preparing for their first representative rugby league match against Brisbane Division 2 at West End.

Both the Open Grade and the Under-20 games were called off as organisers looked to protect the surface for yesterday's Q-Cup contest between the Ipswich Jets and Souths Logan.

However, the Jets match was also posponed, along with lower grade games.

Jets co-coach Shane Walker said the positive was it gave his players a much-needed break.

All major regional football matches were postponed on Saturday, including the Division 1 games between Ipswich Knights and Mitchelton, Ipswich City Bulls and Rocklea, and Western Spirit and Southside Eagles.

The scheduled SEQ Diamond League women's game between the Knights and Sunshine Coast at Bundamba was added to the list.

Saturday night's women's A-grade hockey match between Swifts and Toowoomba club opponents Newtown was abandoned after three minutes and 40 seconds.

The synthetic field was covered in pools of water.

Yesterday's Southern Cross under-15 girls hockey tournament at Raceview was another event called off, along with the planned Ipswich netball representative carnival at the Doris Howes Complex.

However, some organisers decided to press through the difficult conditions.

Both Ipswich Eagles Aussie rules sides played Caboolture at Limestone Park on Saturday.

In rugby, Ipswich Rangers battled on though probably wish they didn't.

Rangers suffered their first Barber Cup loss of the season, going down 15-10 to 2011 grand final nemesis Pine Rivers at Woodend.



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