To mark two decades of the Bundaberg Veterans Cricket Club, the annual eight-a-side cricket carnival will be held on the May Day weekend at Kendall Flat.
Hosting approximately thirteen clubs from Mackay to the Gold Coast, and for the first time featuring a women’s team, the competition is expected to attract over 150 people to the Bundaberg Region.
According to Bundaberg Veterans Cricket Club secretary/treasurer Mike McLellan, the Brisbane women’s veteran team were delighted to receive an invitation to the carnival, with the Bundaberg club being the first to ask them to participate in such an event.
He said it was fantastic to be able to include women’s teams within the carnival for the first time.
“By including women within the carnival this year, we are given the opportunity to profile women’s cricket which is growing very quickly,” he said.
“Locally, we have seen more girls taking up the game within clubs across Bundaberg junior cricket which is fantastic to see.”
Mike credits the club’s longevity and success to the enjoyment of playing cricket from those across the region and looks forward to many more years of success.
The club has recently invested over $8000 in improving their wickets and installing an irrigation system to enhance the facilities at the club, ahead of the event.
The carnival is a major fundraiser for the club, with the majority of the profits supporting Bundaberg Junior Cricket to help maintain and upgrade facilities and assist in developing the regions younger players.
The annual carnival was first hosted about 15 years ago, although heavy rain, flooding and last year’s COVID-19 lockdowns have caused its cancellation on several occasions.
What: Bundaberg Veterans Cricket Club
When: May 1 – May 2
Where: Kendall Flat
For more information about club membership, visit the Bundaberg Veterans Cricket Club’s Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.