Mas­ters on tour

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - DONNA-MARIE MILNE

FOR­MER Queens­land and Australia crick­eter, Jimmy Maher met with Sea Tem­ple gen­eral man­ager Kelvin Dodd this week to launch the sec­ond FNQ Queens­land Rail Bull Mas­ters tour, cul­mi­nat­ing in a star stud­ded Twenty20 game to be held in Port Dou­glas on May 19.

The Bulls Mas­ters was formed in early 2010 by foun­da­tion mem­bers and cricket greats Jimmy Maher, An­drew Bichel, Martin Kent, Michael Kasprow­icz and Ian Healy to foster and de­velop cricket, pro­vide com­mu­nity sup­port, as­sist lo­cal char­i­ties and sup­port indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

The FNQ tour will keep the mem­bers busy with a se­ries of coach­ing clin­ics, school and hospi­tal vis­its in the re­gion in the run up to the all star game, which pulled a crowd of 3000 spec­ta­tors last year.

“It’s great to be back for the sec­ond tour in FNQ, The event ran so well last year, we had fan­tas­tic sup­port, great au­di­ences and the grounds were great to play on,’’ Maher said.

In­n­is­fail-born Maher said chil­dren in ru­ral ar­eas are not af­forded the same sport­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­sources as those in met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas.

“Most of our guys came from re­gional ar­eas, and we’re keen to get more op­por­tu­ni­ties go­ing for ru­ral kids,” the for­mer Gor­don­vale player said.

“With the school vis­its and clin­ics we hope to en­cour­age more ru­ral chil­dren to purse their sport­ing dream.”

Dodd was thrilled to pro­mote the work that Queens­land Bulls do in lo­cal FNQ.

“This is our sec­ond year as a spon­sor, and we are de­lighted to be in­volved with the Bull Mas­ters and in such a great sport­ing event again; The Bulls mas­ters do some ter­rific work,” he said.

Maher said that with­out the sup­port of the Sea Tem­ple re­sort, the tour cost would be pro­hib­i­tive.

“We re­ally thank Sea Tem­ple for sup­port­ing our tour, their sup­port is piv­otal,” he said.

The line up of the Twenty20 team was also an­nounced and will fea­ture a host of cricket greats and sport­ing stars from other fields, in­clud­ing, Al­lan Bor­der, Lee Carsel­dine, Steven Far­rell, Gavin Fit­ness, Ge­off Fo­ley, Ian Healy, Ken Healy, Graeme Hick, Michael Kasprow­icz, Martin Kent, Mick Polzin, Scott Prest­widge, Greg Ritchie, Jeff Thom­son, Wayne Grady and Wen­dell Sailor

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