Car­ni­val to un­earth tal­ent

Midwest Times - - SPORT - Justin Fris

Mid West cricket ad­min­is­tra­tors are hope­ful a new ju­nior cricket car­ni­val will in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion and com­pet­i­tive­ness through­out the re­gion.

Held over De­cem­ber 9 and 10 at GBSC Sports Park in Ger­ald­ton, ju­nior crick­eters from Carnar­von, Ger­ald­ton and the North Mid­lands will com­pete in the Mid West tal­ent car­ni­val, where play­ers across all re­gions will be put into teams.

Once in a team, the play­ers will play a se­ries of matches, where they will be able to show­case the full range of their tal­ents.

Mid West Cricket Board chair­man Ger­ard Mar­quis said the new car­ni­val would en­hance strides made through the for­mer Mid West-Gas­coyne Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

“From past deal­ings and learn­ings from the West Aus­tralian Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion at var­i­ous camps and car­ni­vals, we have come to the con­clu­sion that a car­ni­val where we can show­case the best play­ers from our re­gions would then al­low us to judge and spot the avail­able tal­ent to move on to our re­gional teams and the var­i­ous coach­ing and play­ing path­ways that the WACA have well es­tab­lished over the years,” he said.

There will be three di­vi­sions at the car­ni­val — un­der-12s, 14s and 16s, named in hon­our of three dec­o­rated cricket ad­min­is­tra­tors.

WACA Mid West re­gional man­ager Ryan Hosk­ing said he be­lieved the car­ni­val would pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for play­ers to play at a higher level of com­pe­ti­tion.

“I thought the con­cept would be a great op­por­tu­nity to move away from in­ter-town com­pe­ti­tion and have a re­gional tal­ent car­ni­val where we specif­i­cally can make the teams quite even,” he said.

“We can place the play­ers in high-pres­sure, in­tense sit­u­a­tions where we can re­ally come to see who the best play­ers are in the re­gion mov­ing for­ward.”

Hosk­ing said he had re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from all as­so­ci­a­tions about the car­ni­val.

“North Mid­lands Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, we have a few lit­tle things in their area com­ing up in the next cou­ple of weeks, which makes it re­ally pos­i­tive for us to se­lect a cou­ple of play­ers from out in that re­gion,” he said.

“And Carnar­von are more than pre­pared for some­thing like this — they’ve got a cou­ple of high-qual­ity peo­ple in­volved up there that are do­ing re­ally good things to en­sure their play­ers are ready to go for this car­ni­val.”

Pic­ture: Arc­tic Moon Pho­tog­ra­phy

Carnar­von’s Judd Morris in ac­tion dur­ing last year’s Mid West-Gas­coyne Cup. The com­pe­ti­tion will now in­volve the en­tire Mid West re­gion.

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