Another cricket season is fast approaching on the Monaro with the calendar almost finalised.
In junior cricket there will be the ever popular Milo In2Cricket for boys and girls generally for the 4-8 year old age group with In2Cricket centres based in Cooma, Berridale and Jindabyne. You can visit www.in2cricket.com.au where you can find your nearest centre and registration details.
Milo T20 Blast will be making its way into the Monaro region this year with plans underway for a Milo T20 Blast School Cup with the first cup to be battled out in Cooma in Term 4.
Primary school cricket will kick off on Friday October 11 with a registration and skills after at Nijong Oval.
The competition format will be T20 cricket played on Friday afternoons with the emphasis on fun and mass participation.
The Monaro District Cricket Association will be entering an under 14s team to play in the ACT junior competition and with our under 14s taking out the premiership last season.
Seniors gets under way on October 12 with six team committing to the season Jindabyne Tigers, Coffeys Cricket Club, Alpine Cricket Club, Cooma Cats and Berridale entering two teams with the second team based out of Dalgety.
With several teams still looking for players feel free to give Ben Hearn a call on 0416258422 for assistance in finding a club.
With a change to the playing format this season the season gets under way with two rounds of double header T20 matches with a Final to be played as a curtain raiser for the Clash Of The Codes T20 tournament played in December which has been a real highlight of the cricketing year watching the winter codes don the cricket gear and smashing the white ball under lights at Rotary.
One day matches up until Christmas with a final to be played on the weekend before Christmas, after the Christmas/New Years break we see the return of the two day cricket format on the Monaro with the season finishing with a two day grand final on March 22 and 23.
Representative cricket comes around early this year with the rep team having their first match on Sunday October 13 in the state wide Country Plate knockout competition against Tumut in Tumut.
The rep team then take on the the ACT grade teams in the T20 Konica Cup.
With Monaro losing a hard fought semi-final against eventual winners Queanbeayan last year, the boys will be out to atone for last years loss and bring some silverware home to the Monaro.
The MDCA will also be entering an under 12s and under 16s team in the Southern Zone rep matches which is played in November and early December.
The association is still on the hunt for any sponsors. Cricket is one of the last sports that is still played at a competitive local level on the Monaro and the Association would really enjoy some financial assistance from the business community to help keep competetive sport at a local level. Please contact Mark Williams 6452 3164 if you are in a position to sponsor the mighty Monaro District Cricket Association for the upcoming season.