Battling bowlo cops blast from 100kmh winds
THE STORMS which ravaged the Clarence Valley have dealt a savage blow to one of its smallest sporting clubs.
Just days out from its only major carnival the Brooms Head Bowling Club has been forced to cancel the tournament.
The club's secretary manager, Robyn Mehrten, said a storm on Wednesday night had blown the roof off the greenkeeper's shed.
"It blew it straight across the green which dug up the surface as well," she said.
"But the main worry is the safety for the players. Without its roof the shed is unsteady and could fall over at any time.
"We only had one choice, to cancel it."
Although the club is covered by insurance, the loss of the tournament will have a big impact on the club's finances.
"It's worth a bit of money to us," Ms Mehrten said. "Now we don't have a women's club here any more it's our one tournament of the year."
She said the winds also damaged the clubhouse roof which started to leak.
"We've had to close the TAB betting area because of bad water leakage."
"It's not going to be a good weekend for us with everything being cancelled."
Ms Mehrten described the force of the wind on Wednesday night was awesome.
"The wind was blowing 100kmh or more."
"It blew some of the roof right across the green to the other side."
The bowling club was one of many places that sustained damage in the night of destructive 100kmh-plus winds.
Electricity was cut to many parts of the Lower Clarence and Wooli areas, with some properties still without power late yesterday afternoon.