Masters games a sore point

NO doubt sore heads, sorer bodies and tall tales of sporting glory will abound today following Lismore's 'Six in the City' Masters Games.

While results from many of the sports were still being collated last night, organisers were prepared to hail the event a great success.

In the final wash-up, 2048 entrants took part in 16 sports spread over three days of competition.

Soccer was the highest 'multi-sex' participation sport of the Six in the City Games, while netball shaded it for overall numbers and cricket was the most male-dominated sport.

Local hospitals were kept busy with the usual array of sporting injuries, including one snapped Achilles tendon which required an ambulance to be called to the Oztag.

“The event attracted a couple of hundred more than last time, but we were a few shy of our biggest event, which was in 2003,” Lismore City Council events co-ordinator John Bancroft said.

“There were a lot of people from out of town as well as a tremendous amount of locals.”

September in Lismore has been one of the busiest on record, with the Festival of Cricket and Lismore Cup racing carnivals.

“The last few people who turned up couldn't get accommodation, as it was pretty saturated, but we were lucky to be able to call upon St John's College, Woodlawn,” Bancroft said.

“With these types of events, you don't have a lot of choice (about timing), there is only a certain window to do it and not too many options.

“But the purpose of these events is the economics, and when you bring 1000 people from out of town, and make them stay, it is obviously a win for someone.”

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