Terrierism ... all in name of good cause
By IAN MONAGHAN
EGGED on by a crowd nudging the 1600-mark, dogs of a definitely different variety tore around the track at Colemans Point, Lismore on Tuesday night.
The annual Jack Russell Terrier State of Origin race proved a winner on two fronts at the Lismore greyhound meeting ? it saw the Blues of NSW take the honours from their Queensland counterparts and raised an estimated $4500 for St Joseph's Aged Care Facility.
St Joseph's office administrator and St Vincent's Hospital events co-ordinator Narelle Warren said staff from both facilities rallied to the cause.
St Joseph's came up with the terrier racing promotion in 2002, but Tuesday night's attendance created a record.
The victory by the NSW terriers over the 'northerners' received a rousing ovation, in between the sale of plenty of raffle tickets and barbecue stall patronage as local families lapped up the chance to 'go to the dogs'.
Rod Frazer's Bowson took the title over race veteran Willis (NSW), with last year's winner, Queenslander Bella, third.
On the greyhound racing front, Yorklea Dancer scored an emphatic win in the St Joseph's Aged Care Facility Trophy (520m), clearing out in 29.6 seconds, six-and-a-quarter length s ahead of Cheeky Sprite, with Listosse a neck away in third place.
Joker Wild created a good impression in taking out the Ash Martin Butchery Maiden (520m). Joker Wild jumped well from box four and cleared out to score a stylish 29.95 secs win.