Kembla Grange race meeting is still on - for now

Heavy going: Kembla Grange. Picture: Georgia Matts

Heavy going: Kembla Grange. Picture: Georgia Matts

KEMBLA Grange has been subject to 253 millmetres of rain the past week and flooding on the track, but officials remain hopeful of the Bede Murray Provincial Championships qualifier being held on Thursday.

A final decision is not expected to be made until Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning, with the track currently rated a Heavy 10, the wettest rating possible.

Racing manager Michael Craig told the Mercury's Mitch Cohen the meeting will proceed unless they receive substantial rain on Wednesday.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, up to 15 millimetres are forecast for Wednesday, as well as a possible thunderstorm.

There is also six-to-10mm predicted for Thursday.

The Provincial Championships final will run on April 8 at Randwick, with the first three horses from each qualifier booking their place. 

The waiting game comes as ground staff are working overtime in a bid to ensure play in the Illawarra cricket grand finals

After the torrential rain last weekend, the top two teams moved through to the decider in the four grades. 

First and second grade are two-day matches, while the one-day third and fourth grade finals have a reserve day available on Sunday. 

Third grade is likely to be moved from Port Kembla's home ground to a synthetic wicket if rain continues later this week. 

Defending champions Balgownie are the minor premiers in first grade, while University hold the higher ranking in the other three divisions.

Elsewhere, the start of the women's Illawarra hockey and the Illawarra Premier League football seasons come under threat with continued rain. 

A decision on play is likely to be made on Friday. 

The Wollongong Wolves are expected to play their NSW National Premier League game against Manly on Sunday, given the drainage capability at WIN Stadium.

After being called off last weekend, the Illawarra Challenge Cup rugby league games are scheduled for Saturday, with Helensburgh taking on the visiting Queanbeyan Blues (1.30pm) and Wests against Collegians.

The winners will advance to the final on Friday week, but a decision on whether the semi-finals go ahead could be made as early as Thursday.

Doubt also lingers about the start of the Illawarra baseball and rugby seasons, set for Saturday afternoon.

KEMBLA GRANGE

What: Bede Murray Provincial Championships qualifier (1400m)

When: Thursday (4.25pm)

Track rating: Heavy 10

CRICKET ILLAWARRA GRAND FINALS

What: First grade – BALGOWNIE v DAPTO at North Dalton Park 

When: Saturday and Sunday (10.45am)

Second grade

What: Second grade – UNIVERSITY v NORTHERN DISTRICTS at University Oval

When: Saturday and Sunday(10.45am)

Third grade 

What: UNIVERSITY v NORTHERN DISTRICTS at King George Oval

When: Saturday (10.15am) 

Fourth grade

What: UNIVERSITY GOLD v NORTHERN DISTRICTS GOLD Venue TBC

When: Saturday (10.15am)

* Sunday reserve day for third and fourth grade

ILLAWARRA RUGBY

What: Round one

When: Saturday (3.20pm)

AVONDALE v KIAMA at Gerry Capetta Oval

BOWRAL v SHOALHAVEN at Edridge Park

CAMDEN v UNIVERSITY at Camden Rugby Oval

TECH-WARATAHS v CAMPBELLTOWN at Albion Park

SHAMROCKS v VIKINGS at Ocean Park

ILLAWARRA BASEBALL

What: Round one

When: Saturday (2pm)

EAGLES v CHIEFS at Eagles Field

PIRATES v CARDINALS at Thomas Dalton Park

MARINERS bye

ILLAWARRA HOCKEY

Round one

Women

Friday (8.15pm)

FIGDERRA v WESTS at Illawarra Hockey Centre

Saturday

RAILWAYS GREY v GERRINGONG at Croome Road (2.45pm)

JAMBEROO v ALBION PARK at Croome Road (4pm)

UNIVERSITY v ROBERTSON at University (4pm)

DAPTO v AVONDALE at Illawarra Hockey Centre (7pm)

FOOTBALL

ILLAWARRA PREMIER LEAGUE

Round one

Friday (8pm)

CRINGILA v WOLLONGONG OLYMPIC at Crehan Park

Saturday (2.30pm)

PICTON RANGERS v TARRAWANNA at Hume Oval

BULLI v KEMBLAWARRA FURY at Balls Paddock

WOLLONGONG UNITED v ALBION PARK at Macedonia Park

Sunday

CORRIMAL RANGERS v PORT KEMBLA at Memorial Park (2.30pm)

SOUTH COAST UNITED v WOONONA at Ian McLennan Park (3pm)

NSW NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUE

Sunday (3pm)

WOLLONGONG WOLVES v MANLY UNITED at WIN Stadium

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