Bulls Masters support Bundaberg cricket

Chris Lynn and Darren Lehmann
Chris Lynn and Darren Lehmann on stage at the Bulls Masters dinner.

The Bulls Masters are in town for a stint of coaching, entertainment and fundraising to support the Bundaberg Cricket Association.

About 350 people attended a dinner at the Multiplex on Friday night, nearly double the 180 who turned up last year.

Earlier, the high-profile team of former legends and modern superstar Chris Lynn passed on their cricketing knowledge to local youngsters.

On Saturday the Masters will meet a Bundaberg Invitational XI under lights at Salter Oval from 6.30pm.

Laura Geitz with Kimberley Busteed
Firebirds and Australia netball star Laura Geitz (right) with Kimberley Busteed at the Bulls Masters fundraiser.

The dinner featured inspirational and entertaining speakers, including Firebirds and Australia netball player Laura Geitz.

Born in Ipswich, Geitz has won two world championships and a Commonwealth Games gold medal.

In 2011, the ace goalkeeper played a major role for the Queensland Firebirds in their undefeated ANZ Championship win.

She was honoured with the Liz Ellis Diamonds Award in 2011 and has 32 test caps for Australia.

Geitz received a standing ovation when she ascended the stage for a chat with former Miss Universe Australia Kimberley Busteed.

She told the appreciative audience that country players have a competitive edge due to the extra commitments they have to make.

“I always think the country kids have a special ingredient in them,” she said.

“I'd love to see more country kids coming through the ranks to play for Queensland and Australia.”

Bulls Masters dinner
Mayor Jack Dempsey and Cr Ross Sommerfeld with Bundaberg Cricket Association treasurer Shaun Rose.

Brisbane Heat Big Bash captain Chris Lynn and former Australia test cricketer Darren Lehmann entertained with recollections and anecdotes.

The 16 Bulls Masters shirts were sold to raise funds for $450 each.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said the Bull Masters visit provides exceptional entertainment and supports local cricket.

“The Bulls get out and about to local schools with coaching clinics and meet-and-greet opportunities,” he said.

“Council is pleased to be associated with these major sporting events which ensure our residents have the opportunities at their front door rather than having to travel to enjoy this level of entertainment.

“Get along to Salter Oval on Saturday if you can to see some exciting action.”

The aim of the Bulls Masters is to foster and develop cricket throughout the whole of Queensland, utilising retired state cricketers to provide community support and assist charities along the way.

Former Australia fast bowler Carl Rackemann holds his Bulls Masters shirt at the dinner in Bundaberg
Former Australia fast bowler Carl Rackemann holds his Bulls Masters shirt at the dinner in Bundaberg. The 16 shirts sold for $450 each as a fundraiser for local cricket.