Ben Gear is completing a trial process in the hope of making the Sunshine Coast Scorchers Under-16 side.
Ben Gear is completing a trial process in the hope of making the Sunshine Coast Scorchers Under-16 side. Contributed

Call to step on to cricket pitch

GYMPIE Junior Cricket president Trevor Mahaffey is ready to bowl up a top season for the region’s young cricketers.

To get the season off the ground, a sign-on will be held this weekend at the One Mile Ovals.

Mahaffey hoped for an increase in the number of children signing up to play cricket.

“We had a great season last year with the juniors and we want to build on that,” he said.

“Getting lots of kids started in cricket is great for the sport in Gympie and hopefully they will progress through the ranks.”

The junior cricket season will include the popular In2Cricket program for the youngest participants, starting Friday, October 1 at 5pm.

Meanwhile, junior cricket begins Saturday, October 2 at 8.30am.

Boys and girls aged between six and 16 are welcome to sign up and play.

Gympie Junior Cricket places a particular emphasis on encouraging girls to take up the sport.

Last season, Clare O’Brien proved girls could match it with the boys on the cricket field, blitzing the local competition and enjoying plenty of representative success for Wide Bay and Queensland.

Mahaffey said the club was looking forward to having new lighting installed on two playing fields adjacent to the clubhouse.

Once installed, junior games can be played at night, including a number of Twenty20 clashes to have proven popular over the past few seasons.

Getting the season off to a lightning start has been juniors Brendan Mahaffey and Ben Gear, both currently stepping their way through a trial process in the hope of making the Sunshine Coast Scorchers Under-16 side.

Brendan is an opening batsman and medium pace bowler while Gear specialises batting in the middle order. The Gympie pair has two trial games coming up over the next fortnight before learning if they have been successful in being selected.

The junior cricket sign on at the One Mile Oval this Saturday runs from 9am to 12 midday. Registrations must be paid by October 31.

Gympie Times


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