Buccaneers not concerned about field standards
WIDE Bay Buccaneers officials are confident the region's football fields will be up to standard throughout their Football Queensland Premier League campaign.
The start of last year's Football Hervey Bay season was pushed back two weeks to the end of March due to the region's driest start to the year on record.
Both Hervey Bay and Maryborough recorded less than 10% of the average rainfall for the first two months.
Football Hervey Bay's water reserves dried up, and Hervey Bay's Tavistock St grounds were so dry they were deemed unsafe.
The new year brings a new, higher-level of competition for the region's newest sporting club, but Football Queensland Wide Bay general manager Peter Guest is unconcerned about history repeating.
"It was an unfortunate circumstance last year,” Guest said.
"Hervey Bay ran out of water, we had the drought, the machinery up in Bundaberg, but that's all been sorted out for this year.
"Everything's going well with the grounds.
"Hervey Bay has put money into fields they couldn't last year, Maryborough's working on a plan now for the next couple of months so they fields will be a lot better than they were last year.
"Everything is running fine, but when it comes down to weather situations we've got no control over that.”
Bundaberg's Martens Oval will host the Buccaneers' first FQPL fixture on Saturday, February 3, when they face Holland Park Hawks.
"It looks great, I've walked over it, the boys will be happy with it,” he said.
"The other fields will come up to standard over the next couple months as we start playing.”