Cricket boss defends Tweed clubs
SCATHING comments about the ability of some Tweed teams in this year’s Far North Coast LJ Hooker League by former Lismore cricket patriarch Harold Crozier have been hit for six by officials of the border clubs.
In a letter published in today’s Northern Star sports pages, Crozier suggests only two of the five Tweed teams in the League meet its required standard.
Crozier pinpoints Murwillumbah, Pottsville and South Tweed as being ‘not up to scratch’ and openly admits he was ‘always sceptical about Tweed teams being accepted into what had been a highly successful LJ Hooker 10-team competition’.
But the sentiments yesterday drew resentment from the three Tweed clubs labelled as ‘incapable’.
And LJ Hooker League chairman David Hutchinson has come out defending the Tweed clubs, although conceding Pottsville’s dismal performance on Saturday ‘didn’t look good’.
Hutchinson said the inclusion of Tweed clubs into the league had been a valuable exercise and they had provided a lot of variety in the competition.
“There’s always going to be struggling clubs, and we had and have our share in this region,” he said.
“It was only a couple of years ago Ballina Bears were struggling, but we worked on it and it paid off.
“If clubs can recruit well it can change the whole concept. It’s just a matter of giving them a little bit of time.”
The Tweed District Cricket Association suggested Crozier’s comments were a ‘slap in the face’ for a pro-active stand by clubs to foster juniors and for the difficulties they face in retaining players in light of stronger clubs in the Gold Coast and Brisbane competitions.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but don’t degrade clubs