Cricketing coup for Barooga
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.