Laws chal­lenges new chair

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Michael Laws’ pres­ence at the Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board’s first of­fi­cial meet­ing since the elec­tion pro­vided its new chair­man with a first-up headache.

Laws was there ad­vo­cat­ing on be­half of lo­cal touch com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser the Cromwell Rugby Club for the com­pe­ti­tion to be fully funded by the Board in­stead of the club hav­ing to come up with $4800 for 20 weeks of field main­te­nance.

Club pres­i­dent Ja­son Clark said the club asked Laws to help with the bid.

‘‘We tried last year to do it [ask for free field use] our­selves and we were shot down so we asked him. He’s a com­mu­nity man.’’

Laws pre­sented to the board just min­utes after new chair­man Neil Gille­spie was unan­i­mously ap­pointed to the role.

‘‘Sport is a crit­i­cal el­e­ment of this com­mu­nity,’’ Laws told the board. ‘‘They pro­vide a crit­i­cal fo­cal point for the com­mu­nity over the sum­mer months.’’

Laws had done the num­bers and told the board they were ‘‘a bit more flush’’ than they thought and could af­ford to scrap any field main­te­nance fees es­pe­cially since 10 of the 24 teams in the se­nior com­pe­ti­tion were ju­niors and the coun­cil did not charge for ju­nior sport.

Fields had to be marked and main­tained re­gard­less as a ju­nior schools com­pe­ti­tion was played right be­fore the se­nior com­pe­ti­tion.

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