April Fools Day ?Ashes? unveiled
By TIM HOWARD
THE wraps have come off the prize for tomorrow's eagerly-awaited April Fools Day 'Ashes' cricket clash between Clarence Valley Council and Grafton Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber president Mark Butler revealed the trophy, a creation holding burnt offerings from a number of council and chamber artifacts contained in a cunningly made sculpture of found glass objects.
The match, to be played at JJ Lawrence Field from 12.30pm, will be the centrepiece of a carnival day of entertainment featuring a jumping castle for children as well as marquees serving food and liquid refreshment.
Event organiser Lyn Diskon said proceeds from the game would go to local charities nominated by the combatants.
To that end, the playing conditions for the match have been altered to allow maximum revenue gain.
Some of the conditions include the ability to bribe officials including umpires and scorers as well as to put in protests against decisions.
Mr Butler said he hoped this would become an annual event and also the forerunner for other sport contests between the two bodies.
"If this goes well we would like to introduce other sports, such as lawn bowls and golf," he said.
Get tomorrow's Examiner for a match preview.