Spirits dampened as cricket day washed out
DISAPPOINTMENT is the overriding emotion for members of two Biloela sporting clubs after their inaugural community cricket day was cancelled thanks to mother nature.
A notice was posted on the Biloela Valleys FC and Biloela Panthers Facebook pages just after 5pm Thursday, informing club members the eight-a-side cricket competition planned for Saturday had been cancelled.
Dee-Anne Radke from the Biloela Valleys FC said the call to cancel was made due to recent rain and the need preserve the soccer fields for practice matches next weekend.
“There hasn’t been a lot of rain but it’s been enough to make a noticeable difference to the fields,” Radke said.
“With games next weekend and the season a couple of weeks after that it was best to preserve the surface, but it’s still a shame.”
Radke said eight teams, comprising Valleys and Panthers club members had nominated to play in what would have been a great community activity.
“I sent out notices yesterday to players and they were disappointed but they understood the reasoning,” Radke said.
“It would’ve been a good opportunity to help us get into the community more with the sponsors helping us out.
“Three months of planning went into this, organising how the day and games would be scheduled to fit eight teams together in a round robin in just one afternoon.”
As the weekend nears, the decision to cancel the event seems increasingly necessary with forecasts predicting an 80 per cent chance of showers for Saturday.
“It was nice to have all this interest though for the day from the two clubs and people have already been asking when will it be run,” Radke said.
“As a club we will look at possibly organising the competition for after the regular season.
“With this weather though it’s been a nice change to have greenery around.”