Despite criticism from Kialla over the condition of the pitch, this season's Haisman Shield grand final will be held at Deakin Reserve.DAMEN FRANCIS February 26, 2013 4:22am
Deakin Reserve is under no immediate threat to lose the Haisman Shield grand final, despite concerns about the quality of its pitch.
Responding to comments made by Kialla captain Scott Burton in yesterday’s edition of The News, Cricket Shepparton president David D’Elia said while the pitch ‘‘could be better’’, Deakin remained the association’s number one venue.
Burton, whose team played at the reserve on Saturday, described the pitch as having ‘‘more waves on it than Bondi Beach’’ and questioned the wisdom of staging a grand final on such an uneven deck.
D’Elia said Greater Shepparton City Council and tenant club Central Park-St Brendan’s ‘‘do a lot of work on the track’’ and it was not a major concern.
‘‘It’s probably not up to 100 per cent standard that we would like, but it’s still a pretty good track,’’ D’Elia said.
‘‘It does get a lot of use, it gets a lot of footy traffic, a lot of cricket and we would like it to be better .
With no matches scheduled at the ground for the weekend prior to the grand final, D’Elia said he was confident the wicket would be ready for the A-grade season decider, which starts on Saturday, March 16.
‘‘We’ve given it a rest semi-weekend, so they can get a good cross-rolling on it to maybe flatten it out a little bit more,’’ he said.
‘‘You can argue the point on about five or six grounds that do they have better facilities in relation to the cricket pitch, but the whole outfield and other facilities have to be taken into account.
‘‘It’s our home of cricket at this stage and that’s where we’ll play our grand final.’’
In other news, Cricket Shepparton’s presentation night has been set for Monday, March 11 at Kialla Recreation Reserve.
Shepparton Swans and Benalla both had altered coaching panels for the Goulburn Valley Football League grand final rematch on Saturday.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Anyone yet to experience the sport of croquet is welcome to come along to the Rich River club lawns on Sunday to try it out.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Penalty goal spells heartbreak.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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