Sewage puts Kurri Sportsground out of action

KURRI Kurri Sportsground could be closed for the rest of the Newcastle Rugby League season after being inundated with raw sewage.

The Bulldogs’ home game tomorrow against bitter rivals Cessnock has been moved to Cessnock Sportsground.

The problem happened when a blocked sewer main below the newly renamed John Sattler Stand caused human waste to seep up through the playing surface.

Most of the eastern side of the ground was covered with sewage last night.

The ground will have to be disinfected and pass health inspections before it can be used again.

‘‘You wouldn’t want to play out there at the moment. There’s quite a lot of things floating around there,’’ Bulldogs secretary Wayne Gunther said yesterday.

‘‘We’ve had the council down here working all day and it’s just gotten worse and worse.

‘‘They think they’ve found the problem now, but the ground is still unplayable for the weekend and could be out for a few weeks, so it’s not good news before our biggest game of the year.’’

The Bulldogs were scheduled to host the competition-leading Goannas tomorrow, which is traditionally the biggest drawing day of the season for the Coalfields club.

The Goannas stepped in yesterday to offer their ground for the game. Kurri’s committee will operate the canteen and collect gate takings.

‘‘We’re still expecting a big game at Cessnock and they have given us full use of their facilities, so we’re very grateful for that,’’ Gunther said.

The fourth-placed Bulldogs have had to find alternative training amenities.

The Bulldogs have a bye after this weekend , followed by away games against Port Stephens (August 12) and Western Suburbs (August 19), before hosting Macquarie in the final round on August 25.

Kurri Sportsground is the second ground in the league to be closed this weekend.

Central Newcastle’s home game against Lakes United has been transferred from St John Oval to Dudley Oval on Sunday due to poor drainage.

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