BUCKETS OF FUN
An enthusiastic crowd of 16,000 had a ball at the Cattery for our second Big Bash double-header.
MORE than 16,000 people descended on GMHBA Stadium last night as another instalment of the Big Bash was held in Geelong.
The second Melbourne Renegades game in Geelong this summer saw scores of families turn out to share in a slice of three hours of action.
Family friendly activities were a key theme with a safari zone of mock animals set up outside the stadium pre-game.
Inside, dance contests were held, call and responses over the public address system and T-shirts shot out of slingshots proved popular with fans.
Dads wearing wigs, mums with faces painted and kids with KFC buckets on their heads revelled in the balmy evening, while a fast start from the Brisbane Heat with a flurry of boundaries saw the crowd break out into a Mexican wave.
Paul Crowe, from East Geelong, who attended with his sister Gen and nieces Lucy, 8, and Sophie, 12, said the entertainment between the play helped keep children interested.
“It’s great for families with all the fan engagement on the big screen like the dancing,” Mr Crowe said, adding he hoped Geelong would secure more Big Bash cricket next year.
“It’s important to support events like this because we want more elite sport in Geelong.”
Kardinia Park Stadium Trust chief executive Michael Brown said the Renegades were keen for more games in Geelong.
“I spoke to (Renegades boss) Stuart Coventry and they want to make a long-term commitment here,” Mr Brown said.
He said it was pleasing to see so many families with kids at the game.
“We’ve been incredibly active with Geelong Cats members and local community groups and that’s been well received,” he said.
“For a new sport (in Geelong) we’re pretty happy with where we are at.”
The Heat proved too strong for the Renegades as they chased 193 for victory, while the Renegades women’s team also lost in the first game of the double-header.
Earlier this month, Mr Coventry said a crowd of 20,000 at last night’s game would be considered a pass mark.
More than 18,029 turned out to the Ren- egades match in Geeelong on January 3, and about 23,000 fans attended nded the sole Renegades game ame in Geelong last year.
Young fans Connor, 4, and Elise, 6; and (left) Renegades Harry Gurney and Jess Duffin in action yesterday.
SEEING RED: It was clear who Cooper, Ned and Eddie (above) and Tania McDonough, Johnathon Kent, Chantel Worley and Shaun McDonough (right) were supporting yesterday.
Olivia and Phoebe (left) enjoyed the event, with plenty of people dressing up for the Renegades’ ‘Zoofari’ match’. There were even a few Cats spotted in the crowd (above).
Melbourne Renegades bowler Kane Richardson signs autographs for fans before the big match.