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The Rock-itt : February 2010
WARRINGAH CRICKET CLUB The oft forgotten cousins of the Manly District Grade Club, the Warringah Cricket Club, continues its rebuilding with an outstanding weekend of cricket this last weekend of January. All 4 grades thrashed Southern Districts, with outright wins almost across the board. All teams have a genuine chance of making the Finals this year, which would be a record for the Men In Green Club. Overcoming the challenge of losing its main ground, Weldon Oval, to a beleaguered and long drawn out reconstruction, the club has had to manage games over Saturdays and Sundays on two grounds, the former Reserve Graded Ground of Frank Gray and the new Mike Pawley Oval, which is shared with the District Club's 5th Grade. These two grounds were fully reconstructed two years ago and combined are an excellent venue for cricket; so much so Cricket NSW favour this venue for Women's Cricket trials and matches. Warringah Council has had a great deal to do with this phase but the unforeseen toxic gas emission problem at Weldon Oval has delayed further renovation progress. We hope that work will commence soon now that the summer is nearing its close. The real prospect of having three quality turf pitches all-together on the Northern Beaches at this venue is really exciting and the news that funds have been made available to assist with the renovation and expansion of the old Pavilion at Weldon Oval is a real boost to the sporting community. With only 4 turf pitches on the entire Northern Beaches at present, with the prospect of the renewed Weldon Oval in 12 months time, shared between the Manly and Warringah Councils, it remains a mystery as to why Pittwater Council has failed to offer its ratepayers at least one Oval with turf wicket facilities for the large population of Cricketers that come from that Shire north of Narrabeen lake. How they can get away with this serious omission is beyond belief. Their contribution to sport on the Northern Beaches is now becoming arguable and it is time for Pittwater Ratepayers to stand up and be counted and put pressure on their Council if this entity wishes to genuinely remain part of the real Northern Beaches culture.