Fresher look for the sea­son re­turn

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT -

WHILE an Oc­to­ber sea­son re­turn is look­ing likely for play­ers, Stan­thorpe Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers took to the grounds for a dif­fer­ent rea­son on Satur­day.

Club pres­i­dent Ben Sta­ley said mem­bers got their hands dirty, giv­ing the old fence around Shea­han Oval a “badly needed” facelift.

“We had to strip back the old paint in prepa­ra­tion for paint­ing in the near fu­ture,” Sta­ley said.

“It turned out to be a great day and was awe­some to see young play­ers in our as­so­ci­a­tion give a help­ing hand.

“A big thanks to ev­ery­one who took the time out of their day to turn up,” he said.

With Queens­land Cricket giv­ing all af­fil­i­ated clubs, as­so­ci­a­tions and zones per­mis­sion to re­turn to play, Sta­ley said it’s the news the club had been waiting for.

“All emails from Queens­land Cricket so far are pos­i­tive,” he said.

“We are hope­ful we’ll be able to start the sea­son as nor­mal in Oc­to­ber.”

With the 2019/20 sea­son com­ing to an abrupt halt in late

March, Sta­ley said play­ers were eager to re­turn to some form of nor­mal­ity in Oc­to­ber.

“The health and well­be­ing of our play­ers and sup­port­ers has to be our num­ber one pri­or­ity,” he said.

The Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced cricket clubs across the state are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive $2000 in fund­ing.

Queens­land cricket clubs will be given the green light to play as long as they ad­here to a COVID safe plan, as well as Cricket Aus­tralia’s guide­lines and re­sources re­lat­ing to re­turn of play and train­ing.

Pic­ture: Con­trib­uted

WORK­ING BEE: Stan­thorpe Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers giv­ing the grounds fence a much-needed facelift.

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