In a weekend of supposedly wild weather, sport around Benalla was called off to preserve grounds, pitches, greens and racetracks.
As the rest of north-east Victoria braced for flooding, Benalla was miraculously spared any real rainfall.
Other towns were not so fortunate — Euroa and Myrtleford in particular suffered the brunt of the storm.
In Strathbogie, Lake Eildon, Echuca and Euroa 110-year-old records for rainfall were broken, with totals easily surpassing 100mm between Friday and Monday.
At the Benalla Bowls Club, the A1 team which is currently second place in the Ovens and Murray Weekend Pennant, had to sit on the sidelines as they saw round seven of the competition cancelled.
They were due to take on third-placed Corowa Civic at home in what could have been a particularly entertaining match-up.
Bowls club secretary Graham Moore said the club escaped without any damage, although one green was flooded for a few hours.
‘‘But it’s back to normal, we’ve even got people playing on it now,’’ he said yesterday.
Benalla Bushrangers Cricket Club will feel particularly hard done by as the second day of their A-grade match against Beechworth Wanderers was called off.
After getting into a commanding position at 5/211 at the Gardens Oval on November 25, the second day’s play was abandoned in an effort to preserve the pitch.
It would have been the Bushies’ first win of the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association A-grade. But the match has been put down as a tie, with the Bushies gaining 5.11 points and rising up the ladder to seventh.
The final race on the Benalla Racing Club calendar was also postponed to save the track for another day.
Racing club chief executive officer Cam Symes said it was a matter of safety over wanting to provide the races.
‘‘With that amount of rain, it would have been very unlikely that we could provide a safe racing surface,’’ he said.
The twilight races will go ahead on Saturday, however. The first race will begin at 3.45pm.
The Benalla Golf Club Saturday competition was withheld due to what one club member called ‘‘inclement’’ weather, preventing the usual suspects from taking out the top prize.