Pro­mot­ers on a good wicket with con­cept

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

WHILE foot­ball sea­son is well and truly upon us, frus­trated cricket fa­nat­ics may want to try their hand at Stumpball.

The sport is new to WA and in­volves throw­ing a cricket ball at a course of 11 wickets from a des­ig­nated marker.

Park­wood res­i­dent Derek Mott de­cided to bring the sport to WA af­ter play­ing it in Mel­bourne.

“Stumpball de­rives from a field­ing ac­tiv­ity that one of my old cricket clubs back in Mel­bourne used to sharpen up our field­ing skills.” Mott said.

“We have cho­sen to use 11 tar­gets and for each tar­get, you stand at one end be­hind a marker and aim to knock down a cricket stump with a ball from dis­tances that vary be­tween 10 and 30 me­tres away.

“The team with the high­est score af­ter 11 tar­gets is deemed to be the win­ner and matches can end in a draw,” he said.

The new sport will al­low men, women, boys and girls the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved.

Mott said the idea came about to al­low crick­eters to play a sport in the off-sea­son to keep their skill lev­els up over the win­ter.

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The new sport is not just for younger peo­ple; older peo­ple who may not want to play more phys­i­cal or stren­u­ous sports can play it.

Mott plans to start the in­au­gu­ral sea­son on Satur­day, June 13, at the Ryrie Av­enue Re­serve in Como, with each match ex­pected to last for about two hours.

There will be three open knock­out com­pe­ti­tions, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive fix­ture be­tween WA and an all-stars side, a State cham­pi­onship and plans for a world clas­sic to de­ter­mine the new sport’s world cham­pion. Visit www.fron­tier­sports me­dia.com/stumpball.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Stumpball ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ja­cob Landsmeer and com­pe­ti­tion manager Derek Mott.

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