Tweed cricket enters new era
By BOB ANTHONY
TWEED cricket clubs are gearing up for an exciting new season when the LJ Hooker League kicks off on October 6.
Last year, Tweed clubs played in a totally local competition comprising just the five sides, Murwillumbah, South Tweed Colts, Cudgen Terranora and Pottsville, with Murwillumbah claiming the premiership.
This season, the new league will feature 14 teams, comprising the five Tweed sides and teams from Marist Brothers, Lismore, Casino, Southern Districts, Byron Brunswick, Lennox Head, Alstonville, Tintenbar and Ballina.
The league represents teams from four different associations coming together in a move which Tweed District Cricket Association president Mal Brown believes will produce a much stronger competition.
"The introduction of the southern teams has created a fair amount of interest among our Tweed clubs, and from the players' point of view it will maintain the interest in coming up against new sides," Brown said.
The competition will be held over 13 rounds comprising seven rounds of two-day fixtures and six rounds of one day games.
He believed the Tweed clubs would be very competitive in the new competition and that it would benefit all associations, particularly in their representative sides.
"Although we are playing in the one competition, when it comes to selecting representative sides, each association will still have their own side," Brown said.
"The LJ Hooker League should be a good move for cricket on the Far North Coast because we are all coming from a country cricket background.
"When we played across the border on the Gold Coast, they were more metropolitan-orientated.
"With greater competition and variety of opposition, we are hopeful that it will provide added incentive for our juniors to stay with Tweed clubs."
In the opening round on October 6, Cudgen will host South Tweed at Reg Dalton Oval, Pottsville hosts Terranora Lakes at Seabreeze Oval, and Tweed premiers Murwillumbah are at home against Ballina at Rabjones Oval.