Jamie Firth storms home in the final leg for the Brothers' relay side during the CRJC Relay Night at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club on Monday.
Jamie Firth storms home in the final leg for the Brothers' relay side during the CRJC Relay Night at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club on Monday. Matthew Elkerton

Brothers break 'human' track record as they do it again

CRICKET: As Brothers' Premier League speedster Jamie Firth crossed the line in record time at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club he, along with his four running team mates, sent a strong message to every other club.

It was a back-to-back relay crown for the Brothers' quintet, this time doing it without the services of junior athletics champion Natasha Rudder but still proving just as dominant.

While they set the track's "human" record at the inaugural CRCA Relay night in 2016, the quintet including Firth, Ben Jurd, Jack and Bill Weatherstone and Mitch Kroehnert, were out to better it. which they did comfortably despite the addition of cricket pads for select runners in 2017.

Brothers finished the relay in 1:10.75 almost a second faster than last year, about four seconds faster than the next team past the post, Lower Clarence, who strode home in 1:14.74.

It was a blazing run from the quintet that has left everyone in the cricket community asking whether anyone can beat the club.

 

Coutts Crossing found their way on to the podium with a streaking 1:15.01 and were the only other club to better their time from 2016.

GDSC Easts finished the 550m journey in 1:15.68 while South Services and Harwood took just over 1:20 before they crossed the post.

Rounding out the field was a lacklustre effort from the second heat between Tucabia Copmanhurst and Westlawn, with both sides finishing past 1:22.

Westlawn's Eddie Gordon races for the finish line in the second of the cricketers relays at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club.
Westlawn's Eddie Gordon races for the finish line in the second of the cricketers relays at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club. Matthew Elkerton

While it was not the fastest heat it was the heat that provided the most laughs for the crowd, which was the aim of the night for coordinator Tim Kinnane.

"I am very happy with the attendance and participation rates of all the clubs," he said. "All the interactions I had with clubs on the night was great.

"The camaraderie that gets built up between the clubs for the races just adds to all those little things that brings us together as a cricket community."

Grafton Greyhound Racing Club secretary Brad Ellis and CRCA vice-president Tim Kinnane present Brothers' Durand Hartz with the $500 winner's cheque during the CRJC Relay Night at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club on Monday.
Grafton Greyhound Racing Club secretary Brad Ellis and CRCA vice-president Tim Kinnane present Brothers' Durand Hartz with the $500 winner's cheque during the CRJC Relay Night at the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club on Monday. Matthew Elkerton

Kinnane said the night also provided a welcome flow of patrons through the gates for the greyhound club in what becomes a win-win situation for all involved.

Kinnane praised all clubs for leaving it all on the track as they celebrated another successful night at the dogs.

"I think with the success of the night, it is a lay down misere chance that we bring it back," he said.



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