Big dry forces relocation of Killarney polocrosse carnival
POLOCROSSE: The shortage of water on the Southern Downs has resulted in the Gold Coast Polocrosse Club carnival being moved to the Lockyer Valley.
The Killarney club held its own carnival in April in the run-up to the World Cup and the grounds had been booked by the Gold Coast club for a carnival on August 17-18 this year.
Killarney club vice president and tournament co-ordinator Col Bloomfield said the dry weather was the reason the carnival was moved.
"We have fields on black soil and they need irrigating to make them soft enough for a carnival," Bloomfield said.
There will still be two August carnivals on the Southern Downs at Cunningham this weekend and the Warwick IOR Rose Bowl on August 24-25.
"The Gold Coast club has said they will be back next season, weather permitting," he said.
"It is disappointing to miss out on the carnival as the town won't get the economic benefit."
The polocrosse club has the use of a bore on the Killarney Recreation Grounds.
"The Southern Downs Regional Council has been testing a lot of bores at Killarney, including ours," Bloomfield said.
The Gold Coast club lost its own fields when land was taken over to build facilities for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Bloomfield said Gold Coast had been playing carnivals at Killarney for the past decade.
The nationals in polocrosse will be played at Ballarat in March next year which will put back some of the early Queensland carnivals.
The current Killarney club executive of president Haydn Lamb, secretary Laura Eyers, treasurer Kerri Lamb and Bloomfield is ready to start organising next year's carnival after seasonal conditions improve.
Killarney has one of the best polocrosse facilities in Queensland and has organised multiple state carnivals down the years.