Region gets set for big match at MCG
Businesses and players raise funds for Jeans 4 Genes and Monto hospital
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.
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.