CHFL: Creswick's last home game of season to be transferred

Beaufort's Daniel O'Kelly struggles in the mud in what turned out to be Creswick's last home game of the season at the Doug Lindsay Reserve.

Beaufort's Daniel O'Kelly struggles in the mud in what turned out to be Creswick's last home game of the season at the Doug Lindsay Reserve.

CRESWICK is looking for a new venue for its last home game of the Central Highlands Football League season on Saturday.

The CHFL on Tuesday requested the relocation of the Creswick and Newlyn clash owing to the poor state of the water-logged Doug Lindsay Reserve playing surface.

CHFL secretary Diane Ryan said the ground had been deemed unfit for play after an inspection by two board representatives.

She said it was CHFL protocol to inspect a venue on the Tuesday before a match if there were concerns.

Creswick president Peter Considine said there were a few options in the Hepburn shire, but hoped a venue would be finalised on Wednesday.

He said moving a game at such short notice provided a variety of logistical problems - particularly in relation to catering and obtaining a temporary liquor licence.

Considine all but ruled out returning to its former home ground Hammond Park, which the club has used as a football training base in the latter part of the season to ease the workload on the Doug Lindsay Reserve.

He said while satisfactory for training, it would need a major clean up to be suitable for a match day.

Facilities such as the canteen also does not meet required standards.

Hammond Park is also unable to cater for netball.

Considine said playing football and netball across two venues and splitting the club was not an option.

"It wouldn't work."

Creswick is also not keen on reversing the draw and giving Newlyn a home ground advantage.

Considine said it was a major disappointment that Creswick would not be playing its biggest rival at home.

"It was going to be a huge day.

"It is going to cost us (financially)."

The Doug Lindsay Reserve playing surface has been struggling to cope with wet conditions since mid-season.

Creswick initially feared that ground might be closed in late June.

The state of the ground has been an ongoing issue between the football club and Hepburn Shire Council.

Considine told The Courier in June: "...It's a winter sport, it should be able to cope with a little bit of rain."

If Creswick is unable to secure a satisfactory venue, the CHFL has the power to step in and make a call.

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