OTAGO FOOTBALL UPDATE | CEO CHRIS WRIGHT
Hi All. Firstly, thank you for your continued dedication and passion to make our beautiful game great in the region. As we look forward to another weekend of fun games, I wanted to clear up some speculation on last weekends’ Otago competition.
As we’ve discussed with club delegates recently, we completely understand the grounds in Dunedin are not in great shape. We are working with the council to ensure there is a plan in place to improve the situation for next season. At the current time we just need to manage the grounds as best we can and continue working towards the artificial pitches being built for use next season. If you have any issues with grounds (e.g. health and safety, posts, quality) please contact your club delegate so that they can send these issues to us. We are logging these each month with Council as part of the contract setup.
We appreciate there were games scheduled for the Caledonian last weekend which were transferred to other grounds. After a pitch inspection on Friday night, we found that the field was completely waterlogged, in worse condition than the alternative grounds, and was unsafe to play on. There is no truth in any rumours that the games were moved due to either the Highlanders using it, or for Chatham Cup fixtures. There were no fixtures played at the Caledonian over the weekend.
In regards to Junior football last weekend, Football South made the call to cancel the Junior games last weekend after a recommendation from the contractors. There have been some comments that rugby Junior competitions went ahead. In this instance we decided to run with the recommendation and we stand by this as the right decision to protect the grounds for the rest of the season. We always factor in a few weekends of closures and cancellations. Our staff are all football fanatics and we’d love to play no matter what, but inclement weather is just part of playing a Winter sporting competition.
Thanks for your continued understanding, and I hope you have an enjoyable second half of the season!
Chris Wright | CEO Football South