Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Floods No Match for Family; M'bah Colts Pull Together after Storm

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Floods No Match for Family; M'bah Colts Pull Together after Storm

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THERE are some observable facts about the Murwillumbah Colts Junior Rugby League Club.

The Colts colours are blue and gold and their home ground is at the Murwillumbah Brothers Leagues Club in Dorothy St, Murwillumbah.

Beyond the trivial, there is another plain fact about the club that its devotees know too well.

"If you look around here, the location of our playing field is situated in a big bowl," Colts president Daniel Gray explained.

"We flood all the time.

"All the storm water from the surrounding houses comes into a little drain and goes all the way out through a hole in the levy bank into the cane fields."

Due to the club's inconvenient geography, now is the time of year the Murwillumbah Colts enter a sort of flood ritual.

"This time of year, nearly every year, the field gets flooded up to three feet and the water gets into our canteen," he said.

To protect equipment, volunteers will come into the canteen of a night and lift anything valuable out through the roller doors, shifting the gear 100m up to the sheds on higher ground.

Years of practice mobilising for the annual micro-flood, however, was no match for what is referred to within the club as "The Big Flood" of 2017.

The Big Flood wiped out the whole canteen. The elevated sheds, used to house all the club's playing gear and training equipment, were also underwater.

"All our playing gear, all of our apparel -- playing shirts, training shirts, shorts, socks, tackle pads, bump pads and goal-post pads -- were destroyed," Gray said.

Replacing the gear has been an ongoing process -- donations from within the club and community, as well as club insurance, has been a big relief.

But with the playing surface needing decontamination, repair and time to heal, there was no rugby at Dorothy St for 10 weeks. …

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