Competition brings 120 junior cricketers to region

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Kori Pope and his Wide Bay teammates watch the action at the Queensland School Sport 13-14 years Boys Cricket State Championships

More than 120 junior cricket players from around the state are in Bundaberg to play at Salter Oval and Kendall Flat for a Queensland School Sport event.

The Queensland School Sport 13-14 years Boys Cricket State Championships started yesterday and continue until Thursday as 10 teams battle it out for the winning title.

Wide Bay coach Noel Stitt said it had been five years since the annual event was hosted by Bundaberg, and this year hundreds of out-of-towners were expected to spend up to five days in the region.

“There's people coming from all over the place, the Peninsula, Sunshine Coast, North West and more,” he said.

“With 120 kids playing, and all of them bringing a family member or two, this event has the capacity to be really great for the region.”

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Oliver Bembrick bowling for Wide Bay

Queensland School Sport event opportunity for junior players

Queensland School Sport provides, fosters and develops sporting programs within state schools and colleges achieved through coordination of regional programs across 12 school sport regions.

Co-convener of the event Kylie Heycox said the Queensland School Sport 13-14 Years Boys Cricket State Championships was a great way for children to gain skills and further their passion for the sport.

“The kids in the Wide Bay team have been selected out of many players in the region and there is a chance, at the end of all of this, to be further selected for a Queensland team,” she said.

“Not only that but there are many benefits for competing in an event like this including gaining plenty of skill in the sport and making lots of new friends.”

The ten teams will play at Salter Oval and Kendall Flat until Thursday 5 December.

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The Wide Bay team take to the field for day one of the Queensland School Sport 13-14 years Boys Cricket State Championships

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