New South Wales GAA has secured new playing fields in Ingleburn, after works at the planned Rockdale groundshare were put on hold.
The first games of the 2012 season will go ahead in Monarch Field, Ingleburn this weekend.
The association was forced to investigate alternative grounds with works at Rockdale remaining on hold, despite Rockdale City Council revealing last month that building materials unearthed during works by the association were of “very low risk”.
The association said it was left “with little choice” to search greater Sydney for an alternative.
“With great work within the association by the grounds committee, new playing fields have been secured in Monarch Field, Ingleburn,” a statement from NSW GAA said.
“The deal has been secured in consultation and agreement with Campbelltown Monarch Blues AFL club and Campbelltown Council for the use of the fields and amenities for the 2012 season and potentially beyond pending discussions and negotiations with Campbelltown Council.
“The wonderful facilities that will be made available to NSW GAA include enough playing area for two playing pitches, dressing rooms, a grandstand and a canteen.
Meanwhile, NSW GAA has welcomed three new sides to the fold this season with Bondi Gaels Football Club, McAnallens hurling team and Penrith Gaels’ ladies football team entering competitive action.