Crick­et­ing coup for Ba­rooga

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Pa­trick Tansey

Ba­rooga wel­comed Vic­to­ria’s best young crick­eters to the re­gion last month, host­ing the Cricket Vic­to­ria Academy un­der-19 pro­gram — coun­try and metro tri­als.

More than 65 play­ers and staff were in Ba­rooga from Septem­ber 25 to 27 and were greeted to glo­ri­ous con­di­tions for cricket.

Ba­rooga Spor­ties busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Tony Tran­ter said both par­ties were rapt with the out­come.

‘‘As far as we are aware it was an­other re­ally suc­cess­ful event,’’ he said.

‘‘They did it a bit dif­fer­ently this time, they played in a round-robin style for­mat which saw two Vic Metro sides play two Vic Coun­try sides and I think they were re­ally happy with how that played out.

‘‘They were re­ally happy with the venue again and the prepa­ra­tion of the wick­ets, they were re­ally pleased with the work the ground staff did to get them to a re­ally good stan­dard this early in the sea­son.

Tran­ter said the academy camp was also ap­pre­cia­tive of the Ba­rooga Cricket Club for cater­ing for the player and staff lunches and said it was pleas­ing there was a com­mu­nity as­pect to the event.

On top of lo­cals get­ting the chance to watch some high qual­ity cricket, Tran­ter said the tri­als of­fered great scope for eco­nomic im­pact as well.

‘‘There were at least 65 play­ers and coaches here and then an­other 30 to 40 peo­ple here sup­port­ing them,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s 100-odd peo­ple here for three days stay­ing in town and eat­ing out, so we’d say from a com­mu­nity per­spec­tive it was a fan­tas­tic re­sult. It was a win all round.’’

Ba­rooga Spor­ties Group has co­or­di­nated the Cricket Vic­to­ria camps for a num­ber of years and Tran­ter said long may that con­tinue into the fu­ture.

‘‘We’ve en­joyed a re­ally strong re­la­tion­ship with Cricket Vic­to­ria for around 10 years now and we didn’t see any­thing to sug­gest that they won’t be com­ing back next year,’’ he said.

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