GONE TO THE DOGS: Two-legged sprinters to jump from kennels
CRICKET: There will be a host of two-legged sprinters ready to jump from the kennels at Grafton Greyhound Racing Club on Monday as the Clarence River Cricket Club returns to the dogs.
It will be the third year the cricketers head to the track, but this year they are going for a cause with each club racing for a nominated charity.
Each club from the CRCA, as well as Harwood and a composite Lower Clarence Cricket Association outfit, will field teams of five runners who will run relay races in heats of two.
The team who completes the journey (about 500m) in the shortest possible time will earn $500 for their beneficiary while the team that runs closest to the nominated mystery time will earn $100.
Association president Tim Kinnane, who instigated the annual event three years ago, said it was a fun-filled night for all clubs.
"The first year we did it was a bit of a struggle getting all the clubs there, but everybody backed it up the following year and we had a great time,” he said.
"It is just a good spirit among all the clubs, we have a bit of a laugh at each other and there is a bit of a bragging rights to be had at the end of the night.”
Brothers cricket club holds the bragging rights for the event after winning the first two years-in-a-row, and Kinnane is certain his runners will be at the front of the pack again in 2018.
"It means a lot to our players to win this, and this year it means even more because we are running for something much more important than ourselves,” he said.
Brothers will run for the Oncology Unit at Grafton Base Hospital, something that has personally touched the lives of many players in the club.
"This is about giving back to the community that has given so much to us over the years,” Kinnane said.
"We certainly have the team to do it, and I know there are a few secret weapons and strategies the boys have been working on together.
"But we will have to watch out for Lower Clarence. They always send a good team of runners up for the event, and they almost got us last year.”
All cricketers are being welcomed for the night with free entry to anyone dressed in a club shirt thanks to the greyhound club.
"The club has been really supportive of the night which is a great thing,” Kinnane said. "Hopefully it becomes an event that runs for years to come.”
CHARITIES ON SHOW
Brothers Cricket Club - GBH Oncology Unit
GDSC Easts Cricket Club - Salvation Army
Harwood Cricket Club - Maclean Hospital Auxiliary
South Services Cricket Club - Westpac Helicopter Service
Tucabia-Copmanhurst Cricket Club - GBH Children's Ward
Coutts Crossing Cricket Club - Grafton U3a Men's Shed
Westlawn Cricket Club - Fiona Copson Junior Foundation
Lower Clarence - Maclean Hospital Auxiliary