HOME RUN: Ian May said Indians wanted to be able to host more home games in Port Lincoln.SOME of the local baseball clubs are in conflict over the current situation with home games in the Lower Eyre Peninsula Baseball League.
Nanjing Night Net

Indians Baseball Club has campaigned to change the set up of home games to see more games played at Ravendale for the Port Lincoln based clubs.

Indians president Ian May said the current set up has Shields Baseball Club playing 15 home games at Dorward Oval in North Shields.

Which meant one Port Lincoln club gave up three games and the other two surrenderedtwo.

“The situation is we’ve got four teams, two teams should play eight home games and two get seven home games and them teams swap around each year,” he said.

“We must be the only league in Australia where one team gets 15 home games and others get home games taken off them.”

For Shields however it has been an issue of ensuring the ground could be maintained to keep it open for baseball.

Funds raised from thegate, canteen and bar go back into the North Shields Sports Association to maintain the ground.

Sports Association president Craig Dorward said money went into paying for water and the lights to ensure baseball could be played there on Friday nights.

“If they start taking games away from North Shields the ground will have to shut,” he said.

It has been suggested more games take place on Sundays to create more home games in Port Lincoln.

Mr May said Sunday would accommodate families better as A grade games on Friday nights did notstart until 9pm.

“Sunday would be good for family days,” he said.

“If we just go to a normal home and away season where each team plays three to four Sunday games a season, the whole issue would be resolved.”

However Shields has maintained it wants to keep baseball on Friday nights.

Mr Dorward said he understood the teams wantedmore home games but players should have weekends free for family and other commitments.

“The last thing we want to do is play sport on Sunday, we’d rather take the kids to the beach,” he said.

“At least the Friday game is over by 10.30pm, you get home and have all the weekend to yourself.”

At the last league meeting on August 8, Indians looked to seeklegal advice.

Mr May said it wasn’t financially viable for the league for the current set up to continue.

“North Shields keep coming up with monetary problems but the three Lincoln teams have to survive too,” he said.

Mr Dorward said Shields would “stick to its guns” about not giving up more than three games to Port Lincoln this year.

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