Mary River floodwaters creep up towards the Gympie Touch clubhouse yesterday.
Mary River floodwaters creep up towards the Gympie Touch clubhouse yesterday. Tanya Easterby

Floods could sideline touch for 2 weeks

FLOOD levels could keep touch players sidelined for up to two weeks, Gympie Touch president Mal Bunney said yesterday.

The Gympie touch clubhouse was evacuated in the early hours of yesterday morning, vacating for the second time this year.

Bunney said it was deja vu for members who evacuated the clubhouse this exact time last month.

"If the peak reaches the expected 18 metres, then the top fields will be under, delaying touch play for up to two weeks," he said.

"It's a real shame for the club and our players, but there is really nothing we can do about it."

The Gympie touch season was scheduled to start on January 30, but was delayed because of last month's floods.

Local touch fanatic Olivia Healy is disappointed that the season will be delayed once again.

"Living on the Southside, it's hard to keep fitness up without training twice a week," she said.

"I've played touch for over five years and it breaks my heart to see this season go to waste because of the rain."

With the fields just starting to look good after last month's floods, Healy said it was annoying they may be destroyed once again.

With more rainfall forecast, it could be longer until Gympie touch is back up and running.

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