Breaking Saturday afternoon, the story of the possibility of the Gold Coast Blue Tongues not competing in the 2013 AIHL season broke. Andrew Hewitt with more.
By now most fans of the AIHL and in particular the Blue Tongues will be aware of the controversy that has spawned over the weekend in regards to the 2013 season.
For those not already aware, on Saturday afternoon the Sydney Ice Dogs released an article on their blog which stated the following:
“The AIHL has announced that there will be only 8 teams this season as the Gold Coast Blue Tongues will be skipping a season while they sort out their ice situation.
“Last season the Blue Tounges were forced out of their Arena when the AIHL deemed it to not be up to specifications for the league, the Queensland boys then moved cross town and despite getting ice the games were at 10:30PM which caused many issues for the teams and spectators.
“The first draft of the schedule for 2013 is out and it looks like we are back to the 28 game season and will play each team 4 times, 2 at home and 2 away.”
Upon this statement, HSN immediately contacted various sources including Blue Tongues Assistant Manager Sean Garvan who was remaining positive about the Gold Coast side playing in the 2013 season.
“Nothing decided just yet, we are looking at a few possibilities, however at this stage Acacia Ridge ice rink still only offering us 10.30pm time slots. We are also currently working hard on securing funding for a new ice sports facility on the Gold Coast.”
The AIHL published a statement on both their website and social media platforms late Sunday evening informing the public that the original Ice Dogs statement was incorrect and that they are working with the Blue Tongues with the focus of providing a 9 team competition for next season.
With many questions still to be answered, the upcoming AIHL AGM is sure to be a lot more interesting now.
By Andrew Hewitt
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