Bor­der leads Bulls charge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE star-stud­ded sport­ing line up has been re­leased for this year Bulls mas­ters Twenty20 fix­ture to be held in Port Dou­glas for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

For­mer Aus­tralian cap­tain Al­lan Bor­der is one of eight ex-in­ter­na­tional play­ers set to take part in the Queens­land Rail Bulls Mas­ters’ sec­ond FNQ tour.

Bor­der will be joined in the star-stud­ded line-up of sea­soned stars by Ian Healy, Michael Kasprow­icz, Greg Ritchie and Jeff Thom­son and ex-eng­land star Graeme Hick.

Ex Gor­don­vale play­ers Jimmy Maher and Mick Polzin will strengthen the line-up with Moss­man-born for­mer Aus­tralian bats­man Martin Kent also join­ing the squad.

Rugby league leg­end Wen­dell Sailor and for­mer US PGA cham­pion Wayne Grady will also join the squad.

The Queens­land Rail Bulls Mas­ters tour aims to pro­mote and en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport and get young­sters in­ter­ested in cricket.

“Hope­fully by bring­ing a few sport­ing le­gends up here, we can en­cour­age some of the kids to pur­sue their sport­ing dreams,” for­mer in­ter­na­tional Aus­tralian player Jimmy Maher said.

“Most of our boys were raised in re­gional ar­eas, so we know that coun­try kids of­ten don’t get the same op­por­tu­ni­ties that city kids do.

“Names like Healy, Bor­der and Thom­son roll off the tongue when­ever you’re talk­ing about the greats of Aus­tralian cricket.

“Throw in a bloke like Graeme Hick, who has 136 first-class cen­turies to his name, and you’ve got the mak­ings of a pretty good cricket team, to say the least.”

Last year’s Bull Mas­ters marked the big­gest sport­ing event in Port Dou­glas his­tory with 3000 peo­ple fill­ing the Port Dou­glas Sports Com­plex - it is def­i­nite coup for the event to re­turn to Port Dou­glas for a sub­se­quent year.

“The boys had a fan­tas­tic time when we were up in Port Dou­glas last year, so we’re happy to sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in the far north again,” Maher said.

The tour will fea­ture coach­ing clin­ics, school vis­its, a sports­man’s din­ner in Cairns as well as a Twenty20 ex­hi­bi­tion match against an FNQ out­fit in Port Dou­glas on Satur­day, May 19.

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