Ju­nior cricket sign-on this Fri­day

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CRICKET: Any­one con­tem­plat­ing giv­ing ju­nior cricket a crack this sea­son will have the op­por­tu­nity to get a feel for the game be­fore sign­ing up.

This Fri­day from 4pm, there will be a Milo-spon­sored cricket game for kids aged five to eight, a Twenty20 blast for those aged eight to 10 and ju­nior games for Un­der-13 and Un­der-16 crick­eters.

This year will also see an Un­der-12 side com­pete in the Mackay com­pe­ti­tion for an on­go­ing ba­sis on Satur­days.

Proser­pine ju­nior cricket club sec­re­tary Melinda O’Dwyer said peo­ple of all age groups could come down and give the game a go be­fore sign­ing up.

“It is a great, fun team sport for all abil­i­ties,” she said.

“It doesn’t mat­ter if you don’t have your own cricket gear as there is some on the grounds if you need equip­ment.”

Ju­nior sign-ups have al­ready at­tracted more than 60 peo­ple, with a large in­flux of new play­ers set to grace the cricket grounds on Kelsey Creek Rd.

Girls are par­tic­u­larly en­cour­aged to get on board.

“We are do­ing a big push to get more girls to play this year,” O’Dwyer said.

“We have al­ready got four girls reg­is­tered and they will be able to mix in with the boys.”

Last year proved to be a suc­cess­ful pe­riod for the Proser­pine club, with mem­ber­ship num­bers ris­ing to just be­low 100 and the high num­ber of crick­eters rep­re­sent­ing the Mackay and Whit­sun­day re­gion.

O’Dwyer said play­ers could progress be­yond their age groups de­pend­ing on their skills.

“If you reg­is­ter for one age group, we don’t nec­es­sar­ily keep you there the whole sea­son,” she said.

“If you show abil­ity then you can move up.”

Through­out the sea­son there will be op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­ter­state games, with the first one set for Home Hill in Novem­ber.

The Proser­pine side will take on Ing­ham and Bowen for the in­ter­state con­test.

Premier play­ers aged 12 and up will also have the chance to play in the Mackay Whit­sun­day rep­re­sen­ta­tive side, which will com­pete in state car­ni­vals.

Last year six Proser­pine play­ers made the team.

New play­ers re­ceive a starter pack with their sign-on, in­clud­ing a back­pack, bat, ball, shirt and water bot­tle.

Ju­nior player sign-on costs $100 for a full sea­son and $50 for a half sea­son.

Any­one with ques­tions can phone 0424 599 722.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

BIG SEA­SON: Proser­pine ju­nior cricket play­ers are look­ing for­ward to the new sea­son. Any­one want­ing to give the game a go can try it out on Fri­day.

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