Rain causes havoc

A FIELD inspection of Saunders Oval, Ballina, this morning will determine whether the Football FNC premier league clash between the Seahorses and Lismore Thistles can proceed tonight.

Both sides have played just one of their four scheduled games due to wet grounds and will be desperate to go ahead, even if the conditions are heavy.

After the past two rounds were completely washed out, FFNC is doing all it can to organise catch-up games, with only five of a scheduled 20 games in the premier league played so far.

Kick-off is 8pm

But the hope disappeared for two other sports events set down for this week.

The persistent rain has forced another Northern Rivers race meeting to be postponed.

The seven-race TAB meeting set down for the Lismore Turf Club yesterday failed to get the green light after a stewards' inspection at 6am.

"We walked on it and there was too much surface water for it to be safe," Lismore Turf Club secretary-manager Scott Jones said.

"At this point the meeting is suspended and we're looking at another possible time this week between us, Ballina and Casino.

"But it doesn't look good because all the tracks are in similar condition."

And the Ballina Open ladies golf tournament that had been scheduled for Thursday and Friday has been postponed and possibly cancelled.

Despite 200 entries and a strong field, the persistent rain forced a meeting of organisers at the Ballina Golf Club yesterday to make the decision.

"Numbers were down a bit last year because of the week but prior to that we had run for 17 years," assistant tournament secretary Robyn Reynolds said.

"It's cancelled at this stage and we would like to play it later in the year but with so many other tournaments already washed out, I don't know if we willbe able to fit it in."

The Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway meeting washed out at the weekend has been rescheduled for May 12, not this Saturday as reported yesterday.

The caravan, boat and dunny derby will be the final meeting of the Lismore season.



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