UNLIKE the area’s footballers, Lavington cricketers will not be forced off their home ground this summer.
The Lavington Panthers Cricket Club president Sam Strelec said the redevelopment of the sports ground would not be drastic for his sides who compete in A and B-grade divisions with Cricket Albury-Wodonga.
“It should be business as usual, we might lose one or two games,” Mr Strelec said.
His assessment follows the Lavington Football and Netball Club being told by Albury Council at a meeting on Tuesday night it would be unable to play at home for the 2019 season.
Council managers said the need for vehicular access in relation to grandstand works meant it would be not be feasible to stage football matches at the ground.
In contrast, Mr Strelec said the most significant fallout for cricket matches was the likelihood of the boundary line having to be brought in at the northern end of the oval to accommodate works in that area.
He said if there was a need to vacate the ground for a couple of matches the club would look to utilise Wilson Oval at The Scots School Albury where it has played when forced off by other uses of its home in recent seasons.
The football-netball club is continuing to assess the fallout from the decision with its committee holding a meeting on Wednesday night to discuss the matter.
Urana Road Oval and Bunton Park have been floated as alternative venues.
Football club stalwart Brian Chalmers, a past president, said Lavington had played at Urana Road for decades before moving to the sports ground in the 1970s.
“Next year we celebrate 40 years in the Ovens and Murray and unfortunately we won’t be celebrating at our home ground,” Mr Chalmers said.
“It’s disappointing, however I’m sure the committee will make a decision to do something (involving the ground).”
Mr Chalmers said the move would be unfortunate for sponsors who would miss out on exposure through ground signage.
Ovens and Murray general manager Sean Barrett said the league would be guided by Lavington on which ground it used.
“It’s with the club, they need to figure out what their preference is, in terms of an alternative venue,” he said.
The league will also seek bids for its grand final host next year with Lavington out.
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