ACA Masters Tour a big success
GYMPIE Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn is thrilled with the success of last weekend’s ACA Masters Tour and has wasted no time thanking everyone involved.
“It was a great event and was so successful,” he said.
The list of people Blackburn wanted to thank was practically endless.
“Everyone who got involved and volunteered their time, a big thank you,” he said.
“It was great to see the community spirit allowing us to have such a successful weekend.”
At the top of Blackburn’s list was the Australian Cricketers’ Association, Gympie Regional Council and the Gympie Cricket Association.
A strong band of sponsors also backed the tour, spearheaded by major sponsor Cooloola Civil Constructions.
Other sponsors included The Gympie Times, Zinc FM, Gympie RSL, Westpac, McDonalds Gympie and the Gympie Sportsman’s Association.
Paninis Bakery and Glen Brook Builder also provided support, sponsoring the Gympie All Stars playing shirts.
Blackburn reserved plenty of praise for the ACA Masters players themselves.
“The players were great,” he said. “They were very obliging and really made the event the success it was.”
Bringing the ACA Masters Tour to Gympie was a joint effort between Gympie Regional Council, Gympie Cricket Association and the ACA.
The face of Gympie Regional Council’s efforts were Sue Patterson and Lyn Wilbraham.
“Sue and Lyn were wonderful and there was so much planning behind the scenes to get everything organised,” Blackburn said.
Gympie Cricket Association also went to great efforts ensuring the corporate aspect of the day was a huge success.
Deb Rowlands and Kylee Gerrard, along with their own army of volunteers, make an invaluable contribution.
Those who attended game day last Sunday would have noticed the superb condition of the Albert Park wicket. Groundskeeper Russell Angove was thanked for his efforts.
“The Masters players commented on how good the field was,” Blackburn said.
Umpires Sam Benstead, Ken Johnston, Jeff Gear and Lee Wason didn’t escape praise, keeping proceedings on track.
Ultimately, the biggest winner from the ACA Masters Tour was the game of cricket itself, helping unite the Gympie community.