Mow,mow,mow the grass



IT was the classic Australian bet.

A few beers had been downed around the bar at Copmanhurst's Rest Point Hotel when talk turned to the state of the cricket pitch on the oval.

The grass had grown long since the campdrafters last made use of it during their big meet in June, and the school had been looking for a decent oval for its students to play sport on.

Publican Tony Mortimer put his hand up for the task, but a few beers might have skewed his logic when it came to suggesting the best way to get the job done.

"I said 'I'll mow the damn thing with a push mower', then someone said 'you can't do it' so I told them to put their money up then," Mr Mortimer said.

Word got around the pub and before long patrons had pooled $200 and put it on the table to answer Mr Mortimer's challenge.

If Mr Mortimer could mow the entire oval within seven hours then the patrons would donate their money to the fundraising effort to buy a defibrillator for Copmanhurst. If he failed, the money would come out of his own pocket.

The bet might have been a bit of fun, but its significance for the town stretched beyond the bar.

Over the last 12 months, Copmanhurst residents have staged charity cricket games, auctions and all sorts of activities to reach their $5000 target for the lifesaving equipment. A $1500 donation from Grafton's Purple Pearls group helped, but they were still a few hundred dollars short ? until yesterday.

By the half way mark yesterday, Mr Mortimer was probably wishing he'd done a bit more training on the pitch and not at the bar. The morning sun had been blazing down and with half the job done by the time he stopped for his half-hour lunch break, lemon squash was his preferred drink of choice. Rest Point patrons and staff took delight sending their jibes across the creek as they watched Mr Mortimer toil away, but it's safe to say the people of Copmanhurst should be blowing the dust off their cricket gear any day now.



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