A decision by the Hepburn Shire Council on whether or not it can complete remedial works on the Burras’ home ground is set to determine the fate of this Saturday’s Central Highlands Football League match of the round.
The Hepburn oval is in terrible condition following Sunday’s under-12 lightning premiership, which has put serious doubt on the ability for the Burras to host the round 10 clash with Waubra.
Hepburn president Jason Dooley said that drainage at the ground was good and believed that if council could roll the surface on Wednesday and Friday, the match would likely be able to go ahead.
Dooley said council was set to inform the club of its ability to get on the oval to complete those works on Tuesday.
If unable, an alternative venue will be decided upon by the Burras and Roos.
CHFL administrator Diane Ryan said the two clubs had three options if the Hepburn surface was declared unavailable.
The match could be moved to a completely neutral venue, it could be hosted by Waubra, which would then swap back the game during the next two-year fixture cycle or Hepburn could hold the clash at Waubra and take the gate and canteen takings from the day.
“There’s major concern obviously for that ground being up to the standard to play the matches on,” Ryan said.
“I’d encourage the two clubs to sort out an acceptable solution.”
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