WACA chief ex­cited to re­turn for coun­try cham­pi­onships

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Justin Fris

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.”

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