TRAINING CANCELLED: Norths Cricket Club’s practice nets were destroyed by the rushing water in the 2013 Bundaberg flood.
TRAINING CANCELLED: Norths Cricket Club’s practice nets were destroyed by the rushing water in the 2013 Bundaberg flood. Ben Turnbull BUNNOR

Emerging from the deluge

AS CRICKET gear has been gathering dust in the cupboards during the winter, Norths Cricket Club members have been working away quietly rebuilding their training facilities after they were washed away in January's flood.

When the Burnett River broke its banks and the water rushed through North Bundaberg, the club's nets were directly in the path of the raging torrent and instead of stopping balls they collected debris from the nearby houses that were ripped from their foundations.

But as soon as the water receded, a steady stream of workers rebuilt the facility and Norths are now ready to start preparations for the 2013-2014 season with a celebration and sign on planned for today.

Club president Ross Pegg said his initial reaction was not fit to print and he was impressed with the resilience of the club and there was a long list of people he needed to thank in relation to the resurrection.

"The first words I used when I saw the nets were unprintable. It was a bloody mess and I thought: 'What are we going to do'," Pegg said.

"Now it is finished it looks awesome and I am proud of the way it came together.

"There were people who designed, organised things, constructed and there was too many local businesses, tradesmen, clubmates, members of the community and people from other clubs to thank.

"I couldn't name them all without forgetting anyone, but I still needed to thank them."

All that remains from before the flood is the two concrete slabs and one light tower.

But now the nets are rebuilt, Pegg said his thoughts were now on the development of the club's future.

"Now all the work was done we were looking at getting a fifth team in the senior competition this season," he said.

"As well as starting to build our juniors as well, starting with an under-10 team."

Club rebuilt

What: Norths celebration

When: Today from noon

Where: Thornhill St

Who: Everyone