Lismore clubs stick to their guns

By ADRIAN MILLER

AFTER months of to-ing and fro-ing, the make-up of the local first-grade cricket competition next season is still undecided after a meeting of the Far North Coast L J Hooker (Ballina) League on Wednesday night.

The only guarantee is that Tweed District Cricket Association clubs will play no part.

The five Lismore Hooker League teams, along with the Casino Cavaliers, met earlier this week to vote on an application from the TDCA to allow its five clubs to join the Hooker League for 2007-08.

The motion was rejected, with all Lismore clubs and the Cavaliers voting against it.

No Ballina district clubs were at the meeting, although Tintenbar-East Ballina submitted a proxy vote in favour of Tweed joining.

The matter will now go to the Far North Coast Cricket Council meeting on June 27, when a decision will be made as to the make-up of the competition for next season.

The Ballina District clubs ? Tintenbar, Alstonville, Ballina and Lennox Head ? have already indicated they will join Brunswick-Byron and the five Tweed clubs ? Terranora, Pottsville, Cudgen, Murwillumbah and South Tweed ? in a new competition.

The Casino Cavaliers earlier this month intimated they would also join the new league, although their vote on Wednesday makes it unclear where they will end up playing.

The Lismore clubs have previously said they will not join any new league, which could leave them playing among themselves in a five-team competition.

The decision is the latest in the off-season saga which began a week after the season finished in March when the TDCA approached the FNCCC and Hooker League clubs about joining.

Since then the BDCA has voted to join Tweed, the LDCA has rejected it nd the Cavaliers have done both.

It remains to be seen what the FNCCC will decide.



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