Sport set to come out of cold storage as thaw takes over

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HAVING been sidelined by the ‘big freeze’ for the last five weekends, Carnoustie Panmure hope for an early improvement and have arranged a home friendly against Super League outfit Lochee United for Monday.

However, this week’s friendly against Carnoustie YM was called off and with the Laing Park playing surface midweek showing no grass - only water on ice and remnants of snow, there seems little prospect of the Bluebells’ fixture taking place.

Gowfers’ manager Ian Gilzean is endeavouring to keep his players ready for action and put the squad through their paces in another impromptu training session at Carnoustie Beach on Monday.

A final decision on the Lochee United match will be left to the last minute. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Broughty Athletic have also been sidelined, with a friendly against Montrose Roselea on Monday called off. Their next scheduled fixture is the oft-postponed Emirates Scottish Junior Cup third-round tie away to Blantyre Victoria, on January 8.

Carnoustie Golf courses have been closed, apart from a brief spell during which it was possible to play a few holes.

The Links Committee website on Wednesday stated that all courses remain shut. Water lying on frozen ground continued to be a problem. A note of optimism was sounded with the acknowledgement that the thaw was continuing and play may be possible before much longer.

Meanwhile, at Monifieth, the courses were being inspected on a daily basis. The snow had virtually gone, but had been replaced by floodwater on ice. The optimistic view was that whilst there might not be golf again in 2010, very early 2011 was a distinct possibility.

Panmure Barry also remained closed.