Scorchers savage weekend sport

Scorchers savage weekend sport

Hot weather wreaked havoc with the weekend’s sporting fixtures, causing mass cancellations.

The most notable cancellation was the Mount Gambier and District Cricket Association’s grand final.

The final between West Gambier and North Sportsman’s was scheduled as a two day match on Saturday and Sunday, however Saturday’s play was cancelled early that day, with the match shifted to a one day match on the Sunday.

However on Sunday morning the match was again postponed, with play rescheduled as a one day match on Monday.

But yesterday’s forecast temperature of 39 again forced the league to abandon the fixture, handing West Gambier the Barber Shield premiership given the Roos finished top after the minor rounds.

Gambier Centrals was awarded the Crouch Shield, with the Cox Bros Shield going to Yahl.

Mount Gambier and District Tennis Association matches were also cancelled, with the decision made on Saturday morning to abandon the fixture.

“The MGDTA Executive have decided in line with the by-laws, that Saturday’s senior matches are cancelled,” the association said.

“The by-law states that if the forecast at 8am is 38 degrees Celsius or above, matches are to be abandoned. “

Friday night’s MiniRoos round was cancelled in line with Football SA’s extreme weather policy.

The Mount Gambier Softball League juggled its fixtures, scheduling them for later in the day.

The Port MacDonnell Sailing Club did not race on the weekend, after also cancelling the prior weekend’s racing, with a spokesperson telling The SE Voice it was “partially because of the long weekend and partially from the abalone virus”.

“There was no sailing last week as the club came to the decision that it was unfair of us to be able to sail when the professional fishers could not work,” the spokesperson said.

Mount Gambier Cycling Club also opted to cancel Sunday’s scheduled race.

“After a discussion with the president Damien Buckley and with the numbers very low for racing on Sunday, (public holiday on Monday) a decision to cancel the race has been decided upon,” the club said.

The Mount Gambier and District Baseball League cancelled all Saturday competition including the semi final.

A league spokesman said the exception to the rules were the Minor League which played its game last Tuesday evening and the scheduled games on Friday evening.

“As results of teams playing still minor rounds results would not have had any effect on placings in preliminary finals,” the spokesman said.

“However, it did affect Division 3 whereby now it is ruled the top team goes straight to the grand final while the third team is deemed the winner and will play the second team in the preliminary final.

“Unfortunately the bat is taken from the hands of the fourth team and sadly do not get to have a say in their ultimate destiny.”

Mount Gambier’s greyhound racing at Tara Raceway was also cancelled due to the heat on Sunday.

“Sunday’s Mount Gambier meeting was cancelled after race three was completed under the GRSA hot weather policy,” the club said.

“The meeting commenced with the temperature under the policy however once the temperature reached 38 degrees the meeting was delayed and then ultimately cancelled.”

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