Dry Weather Puts Local Sports Leagues Back in Action
With the grass and fields drying rapidly in the last few days, local soccer and baseball leagues which have been postponed in recent weeks due to poor field conditions, will almost undoubtedly be back in action this weekend.
Last weekend, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent closed all municipal fields forcing local teams to cancel or re-locate games. The Maple City Brewers baseball team, one such team impacted by the wet weather who has found it difficult to play a game at Fergie Jenkins Field despite already having 6 home games on their schedule will get back on home soil this weekend. The Brewers hope to take to the field Friday night against the Dresden Juniors followed by a double header Sunday.
Other events, including the ‘A’ OFSAA Soccer 2011 championships were also impacted with Pain Court having to take over the soccer fields at Chatham-Kent Secondary School for the multi-day tournament which began Thursday due to questions surrounding municipal field availability within Chatham-Kent. Thursday, all OFSAA Soccer games went as scheduled with Pain Court tying their first game 1-1 against Ridley College before losing 2-1 to St. Charles Garnier.
Similarly, local golf courses in Chatham-Kent, who have reported an unusually quiet spring across the Municipality of Chatham-Kent due to rain and wet conditions, are also seeing a resurgence of visitors this week with most courses now back to prime playing condition.
The next potential rain in the forecast comes Saturday, just in time for the Kent Junior Football championship game, scheduled to be played in Wallaceburg at 1pm between the WDSS Tartans and UCC Lancers; however, the forecast is calling for only a chance of thunderstorms followed by more clear, hot, and sunny weather.