Local sport in chaos

By STEVE SPINKS

SPORT on the Northern Rivers has been thrown into chaos following the deluge of rain during the past few days.

There are already a number of sports unlikely to see any action this weekend.

General manager of Soccer Far North Coast, Matt Kelso, has already seen the side effects of the rain.

The SFNC office in North Lismore had to be evacuated.

"I'm extremely doubtful that there will be any play," he said.

"I don't believe any council grounds will open."

If there is no play, all matches will be rescheduled except for Under-6 to Under-9 age groups.

The Casino Racing Club is holding off on a decision to hold their Saturday TAB meeting.

"Racing is in extreme doubt," Casino Club secretary-manager Dianne Stanley said.

"But we're exploring all options to get the meeting going."

For further information, contact the the club on 6662 1729.

The Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition was not contemplating postponement yesterday.

If conditions are not improved by tonight, the group executive will make a decision in consultation with the clubs.

However, most matches can be delayed until Sunday.

Far North Coast rugby union will make a decision today regarding round 13. Junior matches set down for tonight have been cancelled.

If one club is unable to hold the fixture, the competing club is offered the right to host the match.

If either club can't host the game, a decision will be made by the board to postpone or share points.

The two Lismore clubs are playing teams from Yamba and Grafton, making travel each way extremely difficult.

Summerland AFL looks certain to be affected by the weather.

Murwillumbah versus Byron Bay and the Lismore versus Ballina matches are unlikely to be played, but the Casino versus Nimbin match is still on.

Local baseball is subject to council grounds being opened.

Far North Coast hockey seems to be the only sport set for play.

Hockey is lucky as it has a state of the art water-based artificial turf surface at Hepburn Park.

The only reason why senior hockey would be called off would be road closures or a downpour at the time of the match.

Netball is unaffected as the local game has gone into a two-week recess due to the school holidays.

FOR further details contact your club officials or read tomorrow's Northern Star.



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