Business as usual for Demons
THE recent events may have knocked much of the infrastructure out of the district, but things are getting back to normal at the Lockyer Valley Demons AFL Club.
The Demons home ground, located at the Gatton Showgrounds was not affected in the flooding and has received no damage to the playing surface.
The grounds are in good shape and will be ready to go as soon as the Darling Downs AFL season kicks off with Round one on March 26 when the Demons will take on the Warwick Redbacks.
Demons president Tony Bowers said that while much of the club's equipment had been damaged in the recent deluge, there were no confirmations of any tragedies directly affecting the club.
“Our club is only 12 months old and while we thought last year would be the hardest, it's really way too early to even hazard a guess at what numbers we will have, but we're confident it will be business as usual for the Demons in 2011,” Mr Bowers said.
“We've only had a handful of juniors inform us that they will not be playing with us this year due to a variety of reasons including financial or because they have moved.
“The senior playing list is a bit unknown at present with a couple of players indicating that they may have to pull out.”
However, Mr Bowers was upbeat about the future of the club in light of the drama of the past couple of weeks.
“We have the use of the council showgrounds which was not affected in the flooding and has no damage as such, so there will be no affect to the football season,” he said.
“We're confident of having a full playing roster by round one.
“Also we've just received confirmation from AFL Darling Downs that the NAB Auskick Program to be run at the Gatton State School, Peace Lutheran Primary School and Edyveane Field in Laidley during term one will definitely be going ahead.”
The Demons have planned two sign-on days in February for anyone interested in playing in the 2011 AFL Darling Downs competition.
The first to be held on February 12 and the second on February 26.
Both sign-on days will run from 10am to 1pm at the Gatton Showgrounds and will include a free sausage sizzle along with other family friendly football activities.
Anyone interested in playing with the Lockyer Valley Demons in 2011 should contact Tony Bowers on 0458 665 876 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org