Reformed league divides Workers

THE reformed Far North Coast Cricket LJ Hooker League has claimed its first casualty without a ball being bowled. The Workers Goonellabah Sports Cricket Club will not be fielding a joint first-grade team with Lismore Workers this summer. Lismore Workers will field their own side. Originally, Goonellabah broke their former alliance with Norths to join the expanded first-grade competition with Lismore Workers but club president Neil Hellyar has been over-ruled by his senior players. Instead, Goonellabah Workers will play in the Lismore first-grade competition. "We have seven blokes who played first grade last year (with Norths) but they didn't want play in the new comp," Hellyar said. "I am a little disappointed because I thought the young players would want to step up. "But in the end maybe this decision is not a bad thing because it means we can keep building our team and step up on our own in a few years time." Meanwhile, the new Hooker League committee has announced the draw for next season. The competition will commence on Saturday, October 6. The first round sees: Marist Brothers v Lismore Workers, Casino Cavaliers v Southern Districts, Lennox Head v Brunswick-Byron, Cudgen v South Tweed, Pottsville v Terranora Lakes, Alstonville v Tintenbar-East Ballina, and Murwillumbah v Ballina.

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