Sharks resigned to shifting 'home' FFA Cup clash

Palm Beach SC fear they may have to move their Westfield FFA Cup home clash away from the Gold Coast due to insufficient lighting at the club’s base.

The Sharks - shock quarter-finalists in the competition last year - were drawn at home in one of the big all-regional match-ups, up against ex-NSL heavyweight South Melbourne FC.

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But it seems unlikely they will get to hold the match at their Mallawa Drive headquarters due to the inadequate lighting at the venue.

With the cost to play the match at Robina’s Cbus Super Stadium also deemed too high, the Sharks may be forced to relocate their home match to Brisbane.

“It is very doubtful we can play the match on the Gold Coast,” club president Peter Williamson told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

“We’ve already paid $3000 to enter the competition and it will cost a minimum of $12,000 to play it at Cbus Super Stadium.

“We’d love to play it there but to do that we’d need a sponsor to tip in some money.”

Williamson said the lights at Mallawa Drive were registered at 130 lux, with FFA Cup match venues requiring somewhere between 200 and 250 lux.

If the club is unable to find a solution to play the match on the Gold Coast, Perry Park in Brisbane looms as the most likely venue.