Barking up the right tree
TO the superstitious, Friday the 13th, like ladders, black cats and broken mirrors, is a day best avoided.
However, for the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club (GGRC), the most recent black Friday was a day of joy and celebration.
The GGRC fended off competition from clubs across the state to be crowned the inaugural NSW Club of the Year at the NSW Greyhound of the Year Awards in Sydney on Friday.
GGRC president John Corrigan said the win had come as a 'shock', but he thought the club had been acknowledged for its efforts to maintain a high standard over the previous year.
“It was something we didn't expect, but we were hoping,” he said.
“When we found out it was all the greyhound clubs in the state, it was something which really made us proud.
“Some of the criteria was how we promote the track and what do we do to try and keep the profile of the track on a high level.”
One of the ways the club has maintained the 'profile of the track' was the development of the grass track to a loam surface.
“It (the grass track) was a lot harder to maintain,” Corrigan said.
“Loam is a lot better to race on ... the dogs don't injure their toes as much as they did on grass.
“I think it's been a big thing for the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club to go to loam.”
Corrigan said he hoped the award would be a boost for not only the club, but the city of Grafton as well.
“We hope it keeps the club's name in front of the right people,” he said.
“If we could get a few more TAB meetings the prize money would probably treble what the greyhound recipients race for at the moment.
“We try to promote Grafton as a town, you get people here into town and they spend their money in town.”
“It was something we didn't expect”