Christmas meet is hot to trot
GRAND finals have arrived at the Echuca and District Netball Association.
Played on Tuesday and Wednesday nights this week, the senior and mixed competitions must come to an end, and only one team in each will be crowned champions. Tuesday’s senior draw is as follows. Court, teams, umpires: 6.30pm games: Court one, Victorious Secrets v Benchwarmers, Jen Sullivan and Matilda Fulton.
Court six, Chickybabes v JFF, Rachel Thorpe and Lara Judd. Emergency: Evonne Caine. Wednesday’s mixed competition finalists will play from 6.30pm.
The mixed grand finals follows. Court, teams, umpires: Court one, Shake-a-Leg v High Impact, Brenda Stenning and Claudia Mawson.
Court two, LBU Catters v Terrible Tradies, Jen Sullivan and Rohan Starkey.
Court six, Saucy Meat Pies v No Frills, Amber O’Neil and Amy Foster.
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A meeting that is well liked by the racing club, it does have to deal with an odd location on the calendar.
Nonetheless, Echuca Racing Club chief executive Leigh Newton said the meet was one the club looked forward to all season.
‘‘It’s a little bit early this year, it has been known to shuffle around at different points in December, but we always look forward to the meeting,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a special time as families and friends are starting to come together, and we really enjoy that the racing club gets the opportunity to be a place that people can come and enjoy each other’s company.
“Our Christmas races are a fantastic way to see in the festive season, and we look forward to welcoming locals and visitors for a great day at the track.”
It is expected to be a perfect day to attend the races.
The forecast has Echuca at 33°C and nothing but sunshine, with the eight race card already seeing a number of local nominations before entries close about 9am today.
Gwenda Johnstone has six nominations, with eight nominated for the Cornish Gaskin stable.
Daryl Archard will be looking to a sole runner, while Rhys will be hoping for success from his two.
Two runners have been nominated by Jim Lake, with South Arbor nominated in two races before the fields close.
Bar, dinning hall and TAB all on course for patrons, but with a twist as all facilities are Christmas themed, as well as a number of Christmas giveaways.
And to make the day even more affordable, general admission to the event will be free.
‘‘We do have the challenge of this event falling in the middle of the week without a holiday or something of that nature to bring people in,’’ Newton said.
‘‘But hopefully we still have a strong crowd, and we expect everyone will get to be a part of a really good day of racing.’’
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OFF AND RACING: Echuca Racing Club’s eight race card Christmas meet has already seen a number of local nominations before entries close today.