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Port United and Macleay Valley Rangers impressed with synthetic pitches that enabled Coastal Premier League matches to go ahead | Port Macquarie News

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Football Mid North Coast chief executive Bruce Potter was an envious spectator in Coffs Harbor over the weekend. C.Ex Coffs International Stadium was due to host the Coastal Premier League Men’s Super Round and Coastal League One Women’s First Round. But wet weather forced all matches on the road to synthetic pitches preventing another game of washed out football. “It was a pleasure to have this facility and to see hundreds of people there, but also disappointing that we are still a year or two behind (in Port Macquarie),” he said. “Our local members and council have been excellent and we are planning at least one synthetic in Sovereign Hills, but there is still a year or two to go.” The artificial surface allowed competitive matches to go ahead, while the majority of the NSW east coast remained soggy. “I don’t think there has been another football game between Newcastle and the Gold Coast,” Mr Potter said. A total of 12 games were played for the men, plus a further two games for the women, while North Coast were able to play all of their National Premier League men’s games. Other sports also trained on the artificial pitch on Sunday morning. “We had teams that literally couldn’t train for three weeks, so even though they weren’t fit to play, I think everyone reveled in the opportunity to play at a football game,” Potter said. Port United manager Adam Breust said his players enjoyed their experience on the artificial surface, as evidenced by their 10-0 hammering of Taree. “It’s good to play every week due to the use of the synthetic pitches. It would be great if Port Macquarie-Hastings council considered something like this for future development,” he said. “The boys don’t care about the surface, but they would prefer a good grass pitch even if it’s better than not playing at all.” Macleay Valley Rangers coach Jason Coleman said the wet weather has also had an impact on his side’s preparations. “It would be nice to have these facilities everywhere and then everyone can be on the same level and train and play every weekend,” he said. “It’s a great setup, but you have to be used to playing on it.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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