Re­gion gets set for big match at MCG

Businesses and play­ers raise funds for Jeans 4 Genes and Monto hospi­tal

Central and North Burnett Times - - MUNGUNGO V THE WORLD -

Mark Stone It seemed fit­ting re­ally since the match is played at the MCG-the Mun­gungo Cricket Ground.

JUST like ev­ery great cricket com­pe­ti­tion be­fore it, at the end of the Mun­gungo v The World’s first se­ries last year the bails were burnt and col­lected to be passed on to this year’s win­ners.

“It seemed fit­ting re­ally since the match is played at the MCG – the Mun­gungo Cricket Ground,” Waratah Ho­tel owner Mark Stone said, with a laugh.

Play­ers will soon ar­rive from all over the area to fight it out once again and raise money for Jeans 4 Genes char­ity and the Monto Hospi­tal on Au­gust 2–3. Even though this is only the event’s sec­ond year, it is al­ready en­trenched in the tiny town’s his­tory.

“When we ar­rived here we wanted to do some­thing to sup­port a lo­cal sports team, but most of them al­ready had spon­sor­ship,” said Waratah Ho­tel owner and Mun­gungo v the world or­ga­nizer Tr­isha Mer­ritt.

“But we had this his­toric cricket board in the pub, and no­ticed the teams seemed to have stopped play­ing in the 80s, so from there stemmed the idea we should whack to­gether a cricket match.

“It re­ally took ev­ery­one’s minds off ev­ery­thing else that was go­ing on, like the floods, so it was re­ally pop­u­lar and this year it has just snow­balled.”

Mrs Mer­ritt said she even had people call­ing her from By­ron Bay for in­for­ma­tion about the event.

With play­ers ar­riv­ing from Glad­stone, Biloela, Bund­aberg and the North Bur­nett Mrs Mer­ritt and Mr Stone are ex­pect­ing a lively Satur­day night, along with the heated com­pe­ti­tion.

A bus will ferry people from Mulgildie Four Square at 6.15pm and Monto at 6.30pm and 8.30pm to the Waratah Ho­tel and will drop them back home at mid­night.

But the pig-on-the-spit for din­ner and the pop­u­lar band The Jack Rab­bits could keep the party go­ing un­til well into the wee hours.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON THE PITCH: The Waratah Ho­tel's Mark Stone, Tr­isha Mer­ritt, Char­lotte Dean and lo­cal cricket leg­end Nev Dahtler are all look­ing for­ward to the Mun­gungo v The World cricket com­pe­ti­tion on Au­gust 2-3.

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