OFF THE FIELD: There'll be no football action in Bundaberg this weekend.
OFF THE FIELD: There'll be no football action in Bundaberg this weekend. Paul Donaldson BUN160716FOOT7

OFF AND ON: Some sports yet to cancel weekend fixtures

SOME sporting bodies have yet to decide if action this weekend will go ahead.

Football Bundaberg and AFL Wide Bay decided early this afternoon to cancel all fixtures in Bundaberg this weekend.

Both associations made the call early to give players, referees and officials enough time to make alternative plans after heavy rain from ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie fell in the region.

For Football Bundaberg, it will be the second successive week no action has been played because of the weather.

In a post on its Facebook page, it said: "All games scheduled for Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1 have been cancelled due to the current weather.”

The association also confirmed in the annual March Past scheduled for Saturday had been cancelled cancelled and but it would hope to reschedule the event for next month along with the postponed games.

The cancelled fixtures include all Wide Bay League games with Football Wide Bay confirming no football will be played in Bundy, Maryborough or Hervey Bay.

All Bundaberg Junior Rugby League games have been cancelled, including all matches on the Fraser Coast as well.

The weather also impacted Aussie rules with the new AFL Queensland Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast games cancelled.

A statement online said player safety was paramount and ground surfaces might be too soft from the rain to handle games over the weekend.

The Bundaberg Rugby League and Northern Districts Rugby League will wait until the last minute before calling off weekend games.

Heavy rainfall falling in the region today wasn't enough for either code to make a decision.

BRL chairman Mike Ireland said with fine weather expected in the next 48 hours he expected fields to be fine to play.

"Salter Oval is as good (at 4pm yesterday) as when the NRL players played in the trial game last year,” he said.

"At this stage the game is going ahead.”

The association is also keeping a close eye on roads.

"If roads are cut to Bundaberg from Maryborough or Hervey Bay then we will have to cancel the games,” Ireland said.

The Northern Districts Rugby League may wait until Saturday to make their decision on Sunday games to be held at South Kolan.

NDRL chairman Neil Redfern said the concern was with the oval and getting players safely to the ground on the day.

Other Bundaberg sports including hockey and greyhounds will also make a decision today whether to cancel action scheduled games and races.



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