By TIM HOWARD
IT will be strange to go into a premier league cricket grand final without the Westlawn team contesting it.
While congratulations must go to Harwood and GI Hotel Tucabia Copmanhurst for their seasons, Westlawn has been the premier league benchmark for the most of the premier league era.
It will be interesting to see how the Westlawn team comes back from this year's setback.
The team is a proud outfit that takes a lot of pleasure from its record.
AFTER the disappointment of its finish last season Harwood hit back hard from the outset this time around.
There was one small hiccup after Christmas, but after that it was plain sailing.
Tucabia's run into the grand final has been the inspiring story of the season.
The club had a team that looked good on paper at the start of the season, but it was not firing. Losing all-rounder Chris Adamson for a lot of the season looked to be the finishing touch to a forgettable season.
However, it seemed to be the trigger for the team's revival.
A couple of young guns lifting their games and the return of Matt Pigg turned things around.
The finishing touch came last weekend with Adamson turning in the type of performance cricket followers around the Clarence have been expecting of him for a decade or more.
THE Tucabia-Copmanhurst Cricket Club could finish this weekend with a clean sweep of grand finals in every grade from Under-14s to Premier League.
Already their gun Under-14 and -16 teams have the major titles in their keeping with the possibility of glory in all three senior grades.
In thirds Tucabia has its hand on the trophy already with its A and B teams contesting the final.
In seconds Tucabia have the minor title and would go into the final against Coutts Crossing as favourites after giving them an absolute flogging in their last competition-round game.
THECRCAand Bananacoast Community Credit Union presentation night will be held on April 8 from 6.30pm at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club.
CRCApresident Jeff Hackett said this year's awards night will feature a few changes.
The CRCAhas also voted to make the evening more affordable by dropping the ticket price for juniors to $15 a head.
AT least one Clarence Valley rugby league fan seems to have a vision for the future.
Rather than bask in the glow of past glories he would like to see the Ghosts and Rebels (and Lower Clarence if they desired) form a club and play as the Clarence Valley Titans.
As they name suggests the merged club would be a feeder club for the Gold Coast Titans.
He (he doesn't want to be named for obvious reasons) believes the interest the Titans have shown in local league offers the code a much-needed hand-up at the time that it is sorely needed.
"For years people have said that if the Rebels and Ghosts merged they would have an unbeatable team" he said.
"But this year if they merged they would be lucky to finish mid-table."
Drawing the short straw
SPARE a thought for the players in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League club Cudgen training for the start of the season.
For most of the club the competition starts on April 2, but anyone unlucky enough to make first grade will have to wait until April 23 to pull on the boots in earnest.
Cudgen drew the shortest of straws in the draw. First up they are supposed to play South Grafton, then they have a bye and then the competition halts for the Easter.