Ti­tles are a mas­sive hit

GREATER SHEP­PAR­TON, CLUBS AND VOL­UN­TEERS EARN HIGH PRAISE FOR HOST­ING CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS

Shepparton News - - CRICKET - By Tyler Ma­her

Or­gan­is­ers have deemed the Aus­tralian Coun­try Cricket Cham­pi­onships in Greater Shep­par­ton dur­ing the past fort­night were a ‘‘great suc­cess’’.

Cricket Aus­tralia’s strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions se­nior man­ager Kris­tene Reynolds high­lighted the hard work of vol­un­teers as a defin­ing fac­tor in how the tour­na­ment was run.

‘‘I think it was a great suc­cess,’’ Reynolds said.

‘‘We saw some great ath­letes from all across the coun­try and some great com­pe­ti­tion across the week.

‘‘We had some great sup­port from the lo­cal vol­un­teers and cricket clubs, and without their sup­port we couldn’t pull off an event like this.

‘‘We have a great ap­pre­ci­a­tion of what they (lo­cal vol­un­teers) were able to do, be­cause without their help we would not be able to get it up and run­ning.’’

As well as host­ing the 12 teams of the re­spec­tive men’s (five) and women’s (seven) com­pe­ti­tions, Cricket Shep­par­ton out­fits also con­trib­uted to the host­ing of an ex­hi­bi­tion clash to start the fes­tiv­i­ties — a con­cept Cricket Aus­tralia was happy with upon its ex­e­cu­tion.

‘‘We’re al­ways look­ing at ways to grow and strengthen the game,’’ Reynolds said.

‘‘That was an ex­am­ple of try­ing some­thing new.’’

Over­all the cham­pi­onships pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for Greater Shep­par­ton to show­case all it has to of­fer — on and off the field — to some of the best re­gional crick­eters in the coun­try.

And it seems it cer­tainly made the most of that chance.

‘‘We had a great week,’’ Reynolds said.

‘‘The fa­cil­i­ties were great and very ac­ces­si­ble, there were great vol­un­teers and we had a great re­sponse from the com­mu­nity, so we would ab­so­lutely con­sider it (com­ing back to Shep­par­ton) in the fu­ture.’’

Well re­ceived: The Aus­tralian Coun­try Cricket Cham­pi­onships in Greater Shep­par­ton were a suc­cess, with play­ers and fans alike en­joy­ing the tour­na­ment.

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