Jetskis have a great time on the flooded Gympie Touch Association fields on Sunday.
Jetskis have a great time on the flooded Gympie Touch Association fields on Sunday. Craig Warhurst

Jetskis replace footy

TOUCH Football made way for water sport on Sunday as two wave runners and a jetski made the most of flooded conditions.

Riders launched their vessels beside the Gympie Gem Club on Sunday and spent the afternoon enjoying the floodwaters at Gympie Touch.

Gympie Touch Association president Mal Bunney was at the grounds earlier on Sunday and said he still wasn't sure what would happen with touch fixtures on Wednesday night.

The two main fields were covered by about two metres of water on Sunday when the flood peaked at 15.7m.

Field one was out of the water yesterday morning and field two yesterday afternoon.

Bunney said he didn't think touch would be played on those fields until next week, but the club was still assessing the other three fields at Albert Park.

He said they looked in good condition and should be playable.

The Gympie Touch Clubhouse was evacuated as a precaution.

Bunney said the club had to empty the fridge and freezers because Energex had turned off power to the site as a safety precaution.

It has been just over 12 months since the club had floodwaters in the clubhouse and over all fields.

Since then the Touch Football Association has renovated fields spending $60,000 upgrading the turf and levelling the site on the main touch field. Bunney said he expected everything to pretty good when the waters receded and field one dried out.

Mixed touch last night was called off because of the wet weather.

The two main fields were covered by about two metres of water.

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