The Bundaberg representative cricket team came out worthy winners in the recent match with the Bulls Masters but the financial rewards delivered from the match surpassed even the sweetness of that victory.
Bulls Masters organiser Jimmy Maher today handed over a cheque for $50,109.50 to Bundaberg Cricket Association president Shaun Rose.
Maher said the promotion of the game by Bundaberg Cricket Association, the crowd it attracted and the success of the pre-match dinner were drivers of the successful financial outcome.
“The Bundaberg Regional Council can take a big bow for the manner in which it has supported this concept for the past two years,” he said.
“The Council had faith in the concept and faith in the home crowd to support the event and no one was disappointed with the overall results.
“It’s great that these funds will be used to support the game of cricket locally, to provide improved infrastructure. When cricket in country areas is travelling well the game across the nation is travelling well.”
Shaun Rose said the additional time the Bundaberg Cricket Association had to organise the event was instrumental in its success.
“The concept has been wonderful for cricket across our region with the interaction the Bulls Masters players have with schools and hospitals assisting in promoting the sport and growing participation numbers.
“In the past five years junior player numbers have doubled while fifteen percent of junior players are girls. In fact, one of our Under 14 teams is an all-girls team which I believe may be a first for country cricket.”
Mayor Jack Dempsey said based on the success of the recent match, it would be great to have the team back next year however, a decision of Council would be needed to provide any endorsement for a return match.
“However, the stage would be set for a great match with the Bulls seeking revenge on the home side for the great win posted by the Bundaberg boys.”