‘Fam­ily feel’ at the grey­hounds

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT - Tim Howard tim.howard@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

THE 2017 Grafton Greyhound Club July Car­ni­val was a ray of sun­shine peak­ing through the clouds of con­tro­versy en­gulf­ing the in­dus­try, club sec­re­tary Brad El­lis said.

The car­ni­val, which wound up on Fri­day, re­flected the tur­moil in the in­dus­try cre­ated 12 months ago when the NSW Gov­ern­ment at­tempted to shut down the greyhound rac­ing in­dus­try.

“The num­bers were def­i­nitely down,” El­lis said. “But there was a great fam­ily feel here through­out the car­ni­val. That’s what it was about for us.”

He said com­par­ing the feel­ing now to 12 months ago, when the then-NSW Pre­mier Mike Baird an­nounced the ban on the in­dus­try, was im­pos­si­ble.

“We were in the mid­dle of the car­ni­val last year and peo­ple were just numb from the shock,” he said.

“They were walk­ing their dogs around, do­ing all the things they nor­mally did, but every­one felt they’d been cast away on a de­serted is­land.

“Just to think we were able to have a car­ni­val this year is mar­vel­lous when you com­pare it to the way we felt a year ago.”

Cu­dal trainer Den­nis Barnes won back-to-back Trainer of the Car­ni­val awards and club pres­i­dent John Cor­ri­gan’s Knock For Me was the Greyhound of the Car­ni­val.

TOP PER­FORM­ERS: Grafton Greyhound Club’s July Car­ni­val was an­other suc­cess for Best Trainer of the Car­ni­val, Den­nis Barnes (left). Club pres­i­dent John Cor­ri­gan trained Best Dog, Knock for Me.

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