NEW HOSTS: Stanthorpe's Sullivan Oval will host five Warwick and District Junior Rugby League grand finals next Saturday.
NEW HOSTS: Stanthorpe's Sullivan Oval will host five Warwick and District Junior Rugby League grand finals next Saturday. Contributed

Finals shifted to Sullivan Oval

RUGBY LEAGUE: Business, farms and tourism is not the only thing feeling the pinch brought on by drought - it turns out sport is equally impacted.

Over the border and Tenterfield's water woes grow daily, so much so their rugby league fields have been marked as "not up to standard”.

It means the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League committee have been forced to make new arrangements for their grand finals and the outcome has been a beneficial one for Stanthorpe.

Next Saturday, September 14, Stanthorpe's Sullivan Oval will host five junior footy grand finals from under 12s through to under 17s ladies league tag.

"What actually happens with Warwick and District is it is organised a year or two in advance and you know well ahead of time who is going to host finals,” Stanthorpe Gremlins president Lindsay Adams said.

"Tenterfield were going to host the grand finals but unfortunately their ground is not up to standard to take the number of games required so they've asked us to host on their behalf.

"So basically we'll swap with them another year when their fields are back up to standard.”

Junior footy
The under 17s have already booked their grand final spot for next Saturday. Contributed

Adams said that Sullivan Oval is being watered once a week, so it has held up well.

"We're very lucky that we get to water it once a week.

"There will only be five games - under 12s, 14s, 16s and the two girls teams - so Sullivan can handle that no problem.”

Warwick and District will take care of all the logistics, with game times unknown at this stage, but Adams said they have everything in place to be successful hosts.

"It makes it easy. Obviously we're very appreciative to have the grand final and we may have a couple teams in after this weekend.”

The Gremlins under 17s ladies side has already progressed to the final, with the under 15s ladies and under 16s boys to play this weekend for their spots.

"Everyone will play out at Texas this weekend so by Saturday afternoon we'll know more.

"Fingers crossed we do have a couple of teams in the grand final so a little bit of home ground advantage. One, it's rare to play in a grand final and two, to play it at home would be really good I imagine.

"We'll be looking for every supporter we can get up there to cheer the teams on,” he said.