Com­mu­nity em­braces tour

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Patrick Tansey

The pos­i­tive flow-on ef­fect from the ACA Masters event in Co­bram Ba­rooga re­cently will con­tinue for months to come, ac­cord­ing to those who or­gan­ised the event.

The ACA Masters squad had a packed sched­ule, with play­ers fully im­mers­ing them­selves in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

They played golf at Co­bram-Ba­rooga Golf Club, did a clinic with Co­bram-Yar­roweyah United Cricket Club, at­tended a play­ers night at Co­bram Top Pub, plus a range of school clin­ics.

They also at­tended a fan­tas­tic lunch hosted by Co­bram-Ba­rooga Busi­ness Tourism, which brought the event to Co­bramBa­rooga.

Tourism chair Don Rudd said it was fan­tas­tic the Co­bram-Ba­rooga area could show­case its qual­i­ties and il­lus­trate what it was ca­pa­ble of host­ing elite events like the ACA Masters Tour.

‘‘It was an event that ev­ery­body re­ally ben­e­fited from, from the school kids, to the cricket com­mu­nity, and of course the lo­cal area it­self be­cause of the ob­vi­ous eco­nomic im­pact that such an event de­liv­ers,’’ he said.

Ba­rooga Spor­ties chief ex­ec­u­tive Bobby Brooks was thrilled the or­gan­i­sa­tion was able to team up with CBBT to bring the event here.

‘‘From Ba­rooga Spor­ties per­spec­tive, we are re­ally happy with our part­ner­ship with CBBT and rapt that it gives us a plat­form to bring events like the Masters Tour here for our com­mu­nity to en­joy,’’ he said.

Mur­ray Val­ley Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion ad­min­is­tra­tor An­thony Holmes said the Twenty20 match played at Ba­rooga Recre­ation Re­serve on the Fri­day night was a great en­dorse­ment for lo­cal cricket.

‘‘It was a re­ally good night, we were re­ally happy with the crowd that turned up to watch the game,’’ he said.

‘‘They (ACA Masters) were a class above in the way they timed the ball. It showed all our young guys rep­re­sent­ing the MVCA that it’s a big thing to play for Aus­tralia or play at state level.’’

Mr Holmes said the MVCA rep­re­sen­ta­tive side was pur­posely made up of largely young play­ers to give them a chance to test them­selves against elite play­ers in or­der to help fast track their devel­op­ment.

‘‘We’ve got some very good young kids com­ing through. A lot of the un­der17 squad that won Coun­try Week for Mur­ray Val­ley last year played in the game be­cause they’re the fu­ture of our com­pe­ti­tion,’’ he said.

En­joy­ing lunch: Perkins. Luke Wil­son, Li­bro Mus­tica and Rowan

Chat: Graham Hen­der­son and Tim Petheram.

Busy: Shel­ley Liss­ing­ton, Nicky Goldswor­thy, Yvonne Mill­sum and Neeska Robin­son at the Aus­tralian Crick­eters As­so­ci­a­tion lunch.

Day out: Ge­off Hopkins, Deb­bie Lane and Bren­dan Mus­tica at the Co­bram Ba­rooga Busi­ness and Tourism Com­mit­tee lunch.

Re­lax­ing: Danielle O’Shea, Vaughan Files and Shel­ley Liss­ing­ton.

Catch up: Donna Rus­sell, Gary Hunt and Meran Sacha.

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