Potential overuse of Princes Park forces MCDFNL to amend 2019 fixture

The 2019 MCDFNL fixture has been amended in an effort to preserve the Princes Park oval.

The Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League (MCDFNL) has recently made two amendments to the 2019 fixture due to concerns about the overuse of Maryborough’s “premier facility”, Princes Park.

In the initial 2019 draw, MCDFNL club Maryborough Rovers was granted eight home games, seven of which were to be played at Princes Park and just one to be played at the club’s traditional home ground, Jubilee Oval.

An agreement between the club, the league and the Central Goldfields Shire Council only ever permitted Rovers to play five of its home games at Princes Park, as its home netball court based within the Maryborough Tennis Club was deemed “unsafe” by Netball Victoria last year.

The MCDFNL has since made amendments to the 2019 draw to reflect this, which will now see Rovers play five, instead of the announced seven games at Princes Park this year.

Central Goldfields Shire general manager infrastructure assets and planning, Rebecca Stockfeld said it’s important for the council to manage the usage of Princes Park to maintain its “excellent condition”.

“Central Goldfields Shire Council is aware of a scheduling misunderstanding in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League fixture. Council understands this has been rectified by the MCDFNL,” she said.

“As agreed with the MCDFNL, Maryborough Rovers is playing five home games at Princes Park for the upcoming 2019 football/netball season.”

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