HEAT HALTS PLAY
The summer heat wreaked havoc on the weekend sport with cancellations of Campaspe Valley Bowls Division games causing confusion on Saturday.
With the mercury rising above 40 degrees, play was ceased as per the heat rule.
However, some games had been completed before the ruling, though a final decision is yet to be made on these results.
CVBD secretary Vivienne Balfour said the board will meet next Tuesday to discuss the situation.
‘‘At this point the results of the completed games have been recorded,’’ she said.
‘‘The temperature was 40.3 degrees when play was stopped but I was instructed to do as normal with the results.
‘‘The rules state that when degrees, all games will cease.
‘‘If more than half of the games (in a division) are not completed, it’s ruled a heat out for all games in the division.’’
This is where things get tricky for the CVBD board, with Division One having two of its four games from Saturday with completed results.
As it stands Deniliquin Bowling Club recorded a 62 to 60 shot win over Rich River and Tongala were victorious over Rochester 75 to 67.
The games between Deni RSL and Moama as well as Mathoura and Echuca were declared as a heat out despite almost being completed, leaving half of the games without a result.
‘‘Unfortunately we don’t have the times of when the games were completed,’’ Balfour said.
‘‘We have to discuss the possibility that some of the games played on the weekend were finished when the heat rule should have been enforced.
‘‘Now we have the decision of (a) leaving it as it is with the results we have, or (b) the fact that it did hit 40 degrees means that we should have the whole lot declared a heat out.
‘‘We’ll have a general meeting on Thursday to discuss this with the clubs, before we reach a decision on Tuesday.’’
RSL Bowling Club president Ken Wellard was disappointed with the heat rule being enforced on the weekend, with the majority of games close to being completed when the ruling was made.
In particular it was the result of the RSL’s Division Five clash against local rival Deni BC that had him confused.
‘‘We had a big lead and there were only three bowls to be rolled when the rule was enforced,’’ he said. it hits 40
‘‘Now I can’t see much difference between 39 degrees and 40 so in this situation, why can’t we just play bowls and finish the game.
‘‘I understand there are rules in place, but it was only going to be about half an hour in that heat at the most.
‘‘Some clubs played straight through without a break which saw them finish their games before the rule was enforced, but we can’t expect everyone to go without the break.
‘‘Another thing that baffles me is that our Division Three game was completed but the game across the road in Division Five was ruled a heat out.
‘‘To make it fair I think the CVBD should just cancel the round all together much earlier if they think the temperature is going to be too high.’’
The CVBD were well prepared for Saturday’s heat with all games starting at 9.30am, four hours earlier than the regular playing time.
Balfour said the early start was a first for the competition.
‘‘We’re the only pennant competition to have started early on a Saturday,’’ she said.
‘‘In our rules, every club has the option of playing their weekend pennant game at any time between Friday 6pm to Sunday 6pm.
‘‘If both teams agree to a time and it’s approved by the CVBD, then the game will be played at a different time.’’
The heat on the weekend also affected the Murray Valley Cricket Association, with all games set for Saturday cancelled due to the high temperatures.
This will see all Premier Division round nine two-day games be played in a 45 over one-day format this upcoming Saturday.
The Deni Rhinos, who were set to face reigning premier Barooga on Saturday, will be at home for the one-day clash.
Rhinos skipper Brad Todd said that while the cancellation was annoying, it shouldn’t affect his side’s season too much.
‘‘All that happens is the two-dayer becoming a one-dayer,’’ he said.
‘‘It was ruled a heat out for all clubs in all grades on the Friday night, so everyone is in the same boat.
‘‘It reduces the result to just having one day points up for grabs but that isn’t a huge concern.
‘‘While we’d prefer to be playing a twoday game against Barooga in the lead-up to finals, we’ve still got a couple of hard games to come that will definitely help us prepare for that.’’
RSL Bowling Club Division One third David Hart in action before the heat rule was enforced on Saturday.