Blame it on the rain

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

NEARLY five inches of rain throughout the week has caused havoc with a huge weekend of sport on the Coffs Coast.

This weekend was going to see Coffs Harbour become a sporting playground with the National Oztag titles, the Macksville Gift and a TAB meeting the main focus for sports fans.

The tremendous playing surface at BCU International Stadium means that the Oztag will still go ahead but the races have been moved to Grafton and there is some concern about the Gift if rain continues.

Local sports have also been hard hit by poor weather for the second weekend in a row with many cancellations expected.

Ground closures will make it difficult for local softballers and cricketers to play.

All cricket matches set down to be played on turf wickets this weekend have already been called off.

Coffs was set to be the prime destination for horse racing in NSW as it was set to host the only meeting in the State today.

As a TAB meeting all eyes would've been on the local horses at the same time as Melbourne was hosting the last meeting of Cup week.

Unfortunately the persistent rain turned the track into a bog which would've made for unsafe racing conditions.

The meeting would've been a huge boost to the Coffs Harbour Racing Club which has suffered the effects of the EI crisis just as badly as any other club in country NSW.

If the race club is to find some silver lining from this week's ill-timed foul weather, it is that the meeting is still going ahead at Grafton.

At the very least this allows Coffs Harbour trained horses to have another race start.!

At the time of printing, organisers of today's Macksville Gift were confident that the event would still be taking place.



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