Fires put a halt to local sport

Sport would hardly be the first thing on anyone’s mind during these trying times, and as a result, Tumut and surrounds are seeing competitions postponing a variety of events.

The annual Elders Cup T20 charity fixture, which was set to be played between the Sounds of the Mountain country team and Tumut and Adelong Times city team this Saturday at Tumut Plains cricket grounds, is one major event that has been postponed to a later date.

Tumut District Cricket Association president Matt Sturt explained the reasoning behind the decision in a TDCA Facebook post.

“Due to the devastation and continued effects to all our communities near and far, we have decided at this stage to at least postpone the 10th annual charity cricket match,” he wrote.

“A lot of our cricketing community is part of the Rural Fire Service, National Park, State Forest or landholders in these areas.

“Dealing with a bit of smoke is nothing compared to what the towns of Adelong, Batlow, Talbingo and Tumbarumba are going through, our thoughts ad prayers are with everyone in this devastating time.”

The Elders Cup regular season is also at risk of not resuming the weekend after on January 18, and only time and bushfire conditions will determine how long cricket is postponed for.

Cricket isn’t the only sport suffering, with the Tumut Swimming Club unsure when they will return to training and competition, with the Tumut Swimming Pools currently closed.

“Due to the current fire situation, all Snowy Valleys Council swimming pools will remain closed until further notice, therefore, swimming training will be postponed until the pools open again,” a Tumut Swimming Club Facebook post said.

“We will keep you updated as to when training will resume (and) we hope that you and your families are all safe throughout these fires.”

The Tumut Bulls could also have the beginning of their preseason impacted, with assistant coach Mitch Ivill unsure if they will train outside.

“I’m not too sure about the running but the weight session is still on,” he said.

“Running is Thursday and indoors (weight session) is Tuesday.

“It’s more or less if people feel comfortable turning up, it’s just going to be a weight session, nothing too lung busting.”

The decision to postpone games and training also comes on the back of Racing NSW’s decision to postpone the recent Gundagai and Tumut race meetings.

The Tumut Turf Club, who were due to race on Saturday, have since been postponed to January 18 but will require fire and smoky conditions to improve before entertaining any race meeting.

The Gundagai-Adelong Race Club’s New Years day meeting has been completely abandoned.