Masters on tour
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