SWAMPED: The swollen Bremer River on Wednesday as it devoured the North Ipswich rugby league/Northsiders cricket club (circled).
SWAMPED: The swollen Bremer River on Wednesday as it devoured the North Ipswich rugby league/Northsiders cricket club (circled). Rob Williams

Goodna club in murky waters

THE short-term future of the Goodna Rugby League Club looks as murky as the flood waters that devoured it last week.

“It’s in the laps of the gods,” club president Gary Parker said.

“The clubhouse was totally under water. We lost everything – the fridges, freezers and cold rooms in the clubhouse.

“It was seven feet (2.3m) under water and we’re not sure of our insurance details.

“I don’t think we’ve got any.”

The club is insured through the Queensland Rugby League for $100,000 but it will cost the club a $10,000 excess to access it.

Despite the devastation, Parker was overwhelmed by the response that had 200 people turning up on Saturday to empty and clean the buildings and grounds.

Northern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club is looking at playing home games away from the flood-damaged Keith Sternberg Oval in 2011.

The floodwaters came within 150cm of the second story ceiling but most of the valuables were removed.

West End Rugby League Club was more fortunate, with 18 inches (46cm) of water through the club causing minor damage only.

The already rain-affected Ipswich West Moreton Cricket Association competition has taken a further hit.

Ipswich City Council has informed the IWMCA it does not want council grounds used until February and the IWMCA has agreed to postpone all fixtures until February 5.

The IWMCA has also cancelled its Twenty20 competition, which was to be held at Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex on January 23, and the junior six-a-side competition for under 14, 15 and 16s on January 23 and 26.

Ipswich Softball Association fixtures were to resume this weekend at Chubb Street, Leichhardt, but may have to be pushed back a week due to flood damage.

Ipswich Vigoro fixtures look set to resume this weekend, with the association’s number one field at Joyce Street, East Ipswich, mowed yesterday.



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