Albury Hotspurs return to waterlogged Aloysius

Hotspurs coach John Irvine inspects a waterlogged Aloysius Park this week. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Hotspurs coach John Irvine inspects a waterlogged Aloysius Park this week. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

ALBURY Hotspurs will take on Albury United at Aloysius Park tomorrow, despite ongoing concerns over the pitch.

Officials from both teams had been in discussions in the past two days over plans to shift the clash to Jelbart Park.

After just eight millimetres of rain earlier this week and rain squalls on Thursday, yesterday the ground remained waterlogged, with some areas of the ground simply mud.

The South Albury park has already been out of action for almost two months, with Spurs forced to train indoors for most of that time.

“The ground is really struggling at the moment,” Hotspurs coach John Irvine said.

“It’s no fault of the council, no fault of anyone — it’s a flood mitigation plain and the water runs into these bowls and just doesn’t escape.”

Hotspurs’ only recent scheduled home game against Wod- onga Diamonds was also transferred away from South Albury.

“Most of the water has been here since the Melrose game, which was at the start of June,” Irvine said.

“And it’s not just game day — we haven’t been able to train either.

“We’ve probably trained indoors 14 times already this year and there is no chance of us being out here this week.”

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