Big freeze hits Mansfield coffers

08/05/07,TSPL, SCOTSMAN, SPORT, RUGBY, BORDER LEAGUE FINAL HAWICK V SELKIRK, MANSFIELD PARK, HAWICK. SRU PRESIDENT ANDY IRVINE WITH JOHN THORBURN TO HIS RIGHT AND TERRENCE FROUD IN FRONT AS THEY WATCH FROM THE STAND AT MANSFIELD PARK. ' PIC IAN RUTHERFORD
08/05/07,TSPL, SCOTSMAN, SPORT, RUGBY, BORDER LEAGUE FINAL HAWICK V SELKIRK, MANSFIELD PARK, HAWICK. SRU PRESIDENT ANDY IRVINE WITH JOHN THORBURN TO HIS RIGHT AND TERRENCE FROUD IN FRONT AS THEY WATCH FROM THE STAND AT MANSFIELD PARK. ' PIC IAN RUTHERFORD
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HAWICK Rugby Club has been left counting the cost of the severe wintry weather after losing a four-figure sum following the cancellation of last week’s corporate lunch.

The event was due to be held in the clubrooms ahead of last Saturday’s league match against Boroughmuir, which fell foul of the Arctic conditions. And as well as losing out on the vital financial boost provided by the lunch as well as the gate money, the Greens are now also battling against a fixture pile-up and lack of proper training.

Club secretary John Thorburn told the Hawick News: “There is a big lack of income for us from cancelling the corporate. However, thankfully, we have a busy function suite with party nights still going ahead so we are fortunate in that respect.”

Hawick were due to play Peebles at home tomorrow in the Border League, however that has also been called-off, with the The Gytes outfit now sheduled to play a rearranged league game.

Instead, the clubrooms will be open for Christmas lunches (non-members welcome), and will be showing sport on the big screen as well as hosting a domino tournament.

However, when it comes to league business the problems caused by the weather are not so easily solved.

Mr Thorburn continued: “The games are begining to pile up now and the issue we have with postponed fixtures is that we have no idea when they will be rearranged because there’s no sign of this weather letting up.”

Hawick are pencilled in to play Dundee away on Saturday, December 18, which has been rescheduled from a couple of weeks ago. But with this weekend’s cancellations having a knock-on effect, Mr Thorburn admitted: “It changes every week when there are more games off, so we can’t say for definite what’s going to happen.”

And with the squad only being able to train in the gym at the moment, Mr Thorburn added: “The boys are just using the gym a lot because keeping fit is all they can do.

“The problem is keeping the momentum going and that’s hard for the coaches.”

Hawick’s next scheduled home game, a friendly against Kelso, is not until January 22.