WACA chief excited to return for country championships
West Australian Cricket Association chief executive Christina Matthews says she is keen to return to Geraldton in January for the 2018 Toyota Australian Country Cricket Championships.
Speaking on Wednesday after the announcement Geraldton had secured hosting rights for the carnival, Matthews said she had enjoyed her time in the region and was excited about the benefits Geraldton could reap from the event.
“It’s been fantastic,” she said. “Having never been to Geraldton before, it’s great to get up here and see what the town is like.
“It was particularly nice to do the launch along the foreshore and I’m looking forward to coming back here for the championships.”
Matthews praised the work of Geraldton’s cricket stakeholders, who have built a solid working partnership with WACA Mid West regional manager Ryan Hosking in a bid to further raise the profile of cricket in Geraldton.
“It’s really exciting to know the regional centres are really keen to be engaged,” Matthews said.
“And part of our mantra at the WACA is ‘a game for all’.
“So the country associations and towns are very important and are the lifeblood of the game. It is exciting to see a progressive council like the City of Greater Geraldton putting their hand up for things.
“It’s always difficult for our regional cricket manager because they are on their own away from our head office.
“But the work Ryan’s been able to do, and the relationship he has been able to develop with the local cricket community, has been fantastic and it gives us a sense of confidence growing the game in these regional centres.”