Players in the Flamingos team celebrate a wicket during last year's Pink Stumps Day at East Ipswich.
Players in the Flamingos team celebrate a wicket during last year's Pink Stumps Day at East Ipswich. David Nielsen

Pink fun before launching a finals' charge

WITH three first division vigoro matches left, players have a chance to enjoy some extra fun this weekend before focusing on their finals goals.

Saturday is the Ipswich Vigoro Association's annual Pink Stumps Day at the East Ipswich grounds.

Having the latest Ipswich competition round washed out denied Sports and TC United an opportunity to secure vital points in their battle for third spot.

Defending premiers Occasionals and second placed Wildcats can already start planning their finals' campaigns, having a healthy break over Sports and TC.

Although the Pink Stumps Day may affect the momentum of some teams, association president Deanne Lawrie said it was an important event on the annual calendar.

Last year, about 180 players and sponsors raised $2800 for the McGrath Foundation.

Lawrie is confident of another successful fundraiser with 19 teams involved in the junior and senior competitions.

This includes four Fassifern sides, who are also supporting the Ipswich association.

"We've got quite a few non-players playing, which is really good,'' Lawrie said.

"It's really a good day to expose people to vigoro. Not only in a social way but also to raise a lot of money as well and have fun.''

Junior games start at 8.30am with senior matches from 11am.

Meanwhile in the first division competition, Sports (25.5 points) and TC United (24) will be keen for wins on February 17 to keep their finals' hopes alive.

The top side secures a direct passage to the grand final on March 17.

The second and third placed sides contest a do-or-die semi-final series on March 10.

With a maximum of 15 points available, Occasionals and Wildcats are well placed to challenge for another title.

First division points: Occasionals 43, Wildcats 36.5, Sports 25.5, TC 24.

2nd division: Wildcats Gold 40, Sports 40, TC 24, Occasionals 14, Wildcats Black 9.



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