Snow likely to disrupt Chatham Cup plans

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 14:57 19/06/2013

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As if they didn't have enough logistical and financial issues to work through, Waimak United's third round Chatham Cup replay with Nelson College is now under threat from the expected big snow.

A date and time has at least now been set, with the two teams scheduled to square off at 2pm on Saturday in Nelson - venue to be confirmed - after last week's match was abandoned at halftime because of a dangerous pitch conditions at a sodden Trafalgar Park.

New Zealand Football have been busy this week rescheduling the match and three others that were abandoned, but now the snow looks as though it will wreak further havoc.

Up to 80cm is expected in the alpine passes and in eastern Marlborough, meaning Waimak's bus might be blocked off from Nelson.

Air travel was considered but hiring a coach and booking a night's accommodation was about half the cost ($5000). New Zealand Football and Mainland Football will foot some of the bill but it is likely Waimak and the club's sponsors will have to stump up most of the coin.

It's another blow for the second-tier Canterbury side, who were 2-0 up against Nelson College last Sunday when the match was abandoned. NZF could have awarded the tie to Waimak but decided it must be replayed.

If they cannot get to Nelson on Saturday, a NZF spokesman said the match would be replayed the following weekend and the fourth round match between the winner and Mainland Premier League side Cashmere

Technical would be delayed a week.

Waimak coach David Lay said they were preparing to play on Saturday but said they would not travel if there was any chance the trip north would be dangerous.

''The forecast looks grim, I see they're predicting 80cm of snow so we'll just have to wait and see. It's not ideal, all this uncertainty, but what can you do?''

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