Robert Glendinning, left, and Roy Hotvedt, from the WA State Heat junior baseball team which travelled to Lismore for the Natio
Robert Glendinning, left, and Roy Hotvedt, from the WA State Heat junior baseball team which travelled to Lismore for the Natio

Its just too wet to play sport

By ADAM HICKS THE wet summer has claimed another sporting casualty with organisers forced to cancel the Casino RSM Club rugby league sevens tournament.

The club’s sports co-ordinator Kenny Woodhams said the grounds which were to host up to 20 teams on Sunday had been reduced to a bog after weeks of heavy rain.

“It was just impossible to play with the way the ground is,” Woodhams said.

“Many local clubs are struggling to train because of field closures and we couldn’t find another suitable date before the season starts.”

The Casino sevens are the ninth event to be washed out this year and others are in doubt with more rain on the way.

Lismore Turf Club’s track is soaked and its scheduled March 1 meeting will be under a cloud if 2forecasts 1of heavy rain from Saturday through to next week prove correct.

Ground closures All sporting grounds in the Lismore, Ballina, Byron and Richmond Valley council areas were closed yesterday, compounding the effects on local cricketers.

Lismore District cricket has been decimated with just two rounds of play since Christmas in some lower grades. The Far North Coast LJ Hooker League has already had 24 matches washed out this season.

With finals just over two weeks away, teams are struggling to get in some training time with most ovals too wet for council staff to mow.

The Casino Racing Club’s Rappville Cup meeting was washed out two weeks in a row before it was abandoned last Saturday.

Ballina’s AFL fans missed a chance to see the Essendon Bombers in action when the club’s open training session and a junior skills program at Fripp Oval was washed out on February 4.

The Lismore Under-12 cricket carnival was cancelled in early January for the first time in its 25-year history.

About 500 people travelled to Lismore for the Australian Under-14 baseball championship and left without playing a single game when Albert Park was drenched last month.

The NSW Under-14 softball championship was also cancelled but participants were alerted before travelling to the region last weekend.

Wet-weather tyres were not enough the save Lismore Speedway action on January 5.

And the region’s premier singles lawn bowls event, the Summerland Singles, was washed off the greens of the Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club on January 4.

Woodhams said the sevens would have been a great lead-up to the rugby league pre-season, with the winning team set to collect up to $1800.

“We are very disappointed but we’ll be back next year,” he said.

“We would like to thank all the clubs who had already registered their interest, and are in the process of returning any money that we have received from participating clubs.

“We have made the decision early in the week to try and minimise any disruption to all concerned.

“We plan to hold the event next year (weather permitting).”

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