Rain: A blessing or a curse
WITH the wet weather once again spoiling days in paradise, cricketers who are participating in the first week of semi-finals starting this weekend are already looking skyward with either excitement or possibly forlorn hope.
If it's not possible for a semi-final encounter to reach a result, local rules say that the team that finished higher on the ladder at the end of the regular season will progress through to the next stage of the finals.
What this means is teams that finished first or third on the table wouldn't care if the rain continued this week until Coffs Harbour reached a stage where Noah's ark-building skills would be required.
On the other hand, the teams that finished second or fourth on the table will be hoping for a few days where total fire bans could quite possibly be called, especially those teams sitting on fourth position on the table in the various grades.
Losing in the matches involving the third-placed teams against those sitting fourth will mean that the 2006-07 season will be over for the vanquished.
In first grade the minor semi-final combatants are Park Beach Bowling Club Colts and Nana Glen with Fitzroy Oval the venue for the sudden death encounter.
As minor premiers, Sawtell are in the box seat to strive for their third consecutive premiership as they play a 'home' game at Richardson Park in the major semi-final against Diggers Ex-Services.