The volcanic ash cloud causing havoc in the Australian sky has claimed its latest victim with the best-of-three test series between Queensland and NSW scheduled to commence on Thursday being officially cancelled.
Late this afternoon (21/6), South Tweed Sports, the host venue for the series, issued a brief statement via its chief executive officer, Gordon Rhodes, confirming the news.
"Sadly the much anticipated test series... (between Queensland and NSW) at South Tweed Sports has been postponed with the NSW team unable to secure flights in time due to the ash cloud difficulties," Mr Rhodes said.
"South Tweed hopes to host this prestigious series at a later date."
With NSW grounded, the Wal Currey Memorial Trophy, first contested in 1962, will remain in the Maroons' possession until the series can be re-scheduled.
During last year's World Cup at Warilla, 15 minutes south of Wollongong, no less than six nations were forced to withdraw from the competition after being grounded by the Icelandic eruption at Eyjafjoell.
On that occasion the event was able to proceed, however, with Australia's Leif Selby going on to successfully defend his crown.
A decision on when the time-honoured series will be contested has yet to be made.
photos Janos Schmidt