Border leads Bulls charge
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.