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Erina ground closures

posted 10 Aug 2016, 23:05 by Avoca FC   [ updated 10 Aug 2016, 23:06 ]
Dear Members of Avoca FC

It has been brought to my attention that the broader community of our membership are not clear on the process of Ground Closures and how the decision is made.

I apologise that this has become an issue and I would like to clarify why Erina High School (and other grounds) have been closed some weekends.

I would firstly like to point out that Erina High School have no part in the decision to close the ground. I would also ask that no member makes contact with the school regarding this issue or any other involving Avoca FC.

The decision to close the ground is made by either Central Coast Council, Central Coast Football or Avoca FC. 90% of the time it has been my decision to close Erina High School.

The decision to close the ground is one of the hardest decisions I have to make. I do not close the ground at a whim but on the following factors -

  • How wet is the ground? By wet I do not mean that the grass is damp, but how much water is ponding on the field and where.
  • If the ground is opened, what affect will playing on the sodden ground have on the field for the rest of the season?
  • What are the chances of injury playing on a wet and slippery ground?
  • How many games will be affected.
  • Can the CCF move the games to another field?
  • Loss of funds through the canteen?
  • If I open the ground, what is the likelihood of the Referee ceasing play due to the conditions?
  • If I open the ground for play and the field is damaged, what risk is there that the Council and CCF take the field from us?
One of the main issues for the closing of Erina High School is that the drainage appears to be damaged and the ground is holding the water. You may have noticed the dish drain between the canteen and the main field. It has been holding water for the last 3 weeks. It does not take much rain and the field becomes boggy and slippery.

There are 2 possible outcomes from damaging the field -

  • Repair costs may become the responsibility of Avoca FC.
  • The ground can be taken from us!!
Recently the Council removed all privileges from one of our opposition clubs for the rest of the year, but the CCF managed to negotiate 3 weeks!

I have 4 children that also play for the club, so my decision also affects me.

Once again, I apologise that I have not shared this information with you and I trust it now helps you to understand how I make the dreaded decision each week.

Mark Norris
Avoca FC