Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

We're Lucky to Have These Guys

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

We're Lucky to Have These Guys

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A MASSIVE pat on the back has to be given to the forgotten men of Coffs Harbour cricket - the curators.

Considering the amount of rainfall that Coffs Harbour has experienced in February and March (as usual) it is truly amazing that we've been able to have any cricket played.

The hard work that the curators have put into preparing wickets and trying to keep field as dry as possible has been fantastic and everyone who attends one of the five grand finals this weekend should spare a thought for the curators who have helped to make the event possible.

From rain to sun

THE Coffs Harbour City Council is going to provide shade at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park in the form of metal roofed structures.

Regular readers of this column will know that this is an issue that I have been writing about nearly all summer long.

That means that I'm thrilled to hear that these structures to be placed at the Northern end of the change rooms with the work expected to be finished some time in the middle of the year.

Long day in the field

The first grade grand final this weekend between Diggers Ex-Services and PBBC Colts will be starting earlier on both days.

Play will be starting at midday with 90 overs to be bowled on each day.

The lower grade grand finals will be starting at 1.00pm with 75 overs to be bowled each day.

The cost of the Stadium

THE question has to be asked as to why the BCU International Stadium isn't being used for the first grade grand final this weekend.

Put simply the answer is cost.

The association did try to get a lower fee charged for the weekend however with the CHCC policy for hiring the stadium based on an economic benefit to the city/CHCC this did not happen.

In short this means that it is near impossible for local cricket to hire the stadium unless it is able to pay the full, high cost involved.

Spectators aren't charged an entry fee to watch local cricket and if they were to use the Stadium they would not be able to recoup any costs by using the canteen as money spent there goes to the Stadium. …

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