Flood’s cheap shot costs sport dearly
THERE is a lot to hate this week in sport, especially close to home.
The second major flood to hit the region in just over a month has many of our sporting hierarchy close to breaking point.
Football Gympie had their One Mile clubhouse inundated just days after spending $50,000 repairing damage caused by the Australia Day weekend flood.
The poor old Gympie Cats are also licking their wounds. It's the third time the Australian football club has had to evacuate their home in the last month.
Other sporting associations like Gympie Cricket, the Cooloola BMX Club and the Gympie Touch Football Association have also been hit hard. The problem with flooding is it's not just all the man hours needed to evacuate sporting facilities.
It's the extra hours needed and money to get things back up and running again.
Most of our clubs are small organisations and don't have a lot of capital at their disposal.
They rely on the generosity of members and hard work to get things back up and running.
Let's hope this is the last flood for quite a while.
My other hate this week is on the national scene.
I can't believe Ben Barba will not be playing rugby league for the start of the 2013 NRL season.
Barba would have to be my favourite player at the moment. He has that much pace and agility he could step through a barb wire fence at speed.
For the Canterbury Bulldogs to pull the pin on the star there must be some deep rooted problems in his personal life.
I had the privilege of watching him live in the grand final last year.
One burst Barba made down the left sideline was worth the price of admission. He is a real talent, a rising star of the game, so much so he has even been tipped by some experts to knock Billy Slater out of his Origin fullback position this year.
I hope he is back in the game as soon as possible for everyone's sake.
Gympie Gold Cricket side on fire scoring record runs in the Sunshine Coast competition.
Need I say it, the floods destroying the Gold City's sporting venues this week.