Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dreadful Floods in Corbridge Won't Distract Tynedale from NationalTwo North Quest

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dreadful Floods in Corbridge Won't Distract Tynedale from NationalTwo North Quest

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Byline: Mark Smith @markismith50 www.facebook.com/chroniclerugby

TYNEDALE are putting the Corbridge floods to the back of their mind as they return to rugby action tomorrow, even if their clubhouse will remain out of bounds for the next few months.

Last weekend's devastating floods left Tynedale's pitch, bar and changing rooms under six feet of water, tomorrow's National Two North schedule handing them a trip to Wakefield-based Sandal. Head of rugby Andy Buist has been left with the tricky job of readying his side for battle as club officials and nearby residents struggle to deal with the damage of a second serious flood inside a decade.

Buist said: "We always knew this was an away game, so in that sense all the problems in Corbridge should not have too big an impact. That said, it has been an understandably very difficult week.

"The breach of the flood defences was not something which was expected, so we hadn't moved certain things on to higher ground or anything like that. It is a huge blow to the club, undoubtedly."

Buist added: "We had a two-anda-half hour crisis meeting at the chief executive's house on Monday to work things out, and the water levels seem to be higher than the last major floods we had 10 years ago.

"There are major things like insurance premium implications which will hit the club hard, but we are insured and we will get through it. There is talk of a slight re-design because these floods were meant to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, but we have had two inside a decade. And we also need to keep a sense of perspective when we talk about a clubhouse and a rugby ground, because 80-odd houses very close to us are feeling it more than we are.

"They are the people we really feel for, and we are a very close-knit community.

"I remember the last time the clubhouse was flooded because I was away with Newcastle Falcons playing a Heineken Cup game in Perpignan and I snapped my anterior cruciate knee ligament the same day. I wasn't involved with Tynedale at the time but I knew a lot of people who were, and for a number of reasons that was a weekend which has stuck with me. …

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