CRICKET: Chris Nugent faces up to Bobby Cuthbertson, as Lex Webster and umpire Don Proctor watch.
CRICKET: Chris Nugent faces up to Bobby Cuthbertson, as Lex Webster and umpire Don Proctor watch. Alex Treacy

Community takes to pitch to hit sixes in aid of schoolkids

Coalstoun Lakes team Free Ballers have come out on top in the annual Coalstoun Lakes State School Parents and Citizens Association seven-a-side cricket fundraiser on Saturday, defeating Gayndah's Woodcutter Wannabees in the final.

Free Ballers donated their cash prize of $250 to the association.

Secretary Kerry Farrell said final takings were still being tallied at the time of publication.

Money is being raised for the school camp to Burleigh PCYC in November.

Ms Farrell said the fundraiser provided the chance for local farmers to blow off steam.

"This time of the year, with everyone in drought, some blokes really needed this day out with what's going on at a home,” she said.

ON TARGET: Lex Webster hits Carl Aberdein's ball for a six as keeper Peter McNaughton looks on.
ON TARGET: Lex Webster hits Carl Aberdein's ball for a six as keeper Peter McNaughton looks on. Alex Treacy

It's also a chance for family fun: each of the seven teams (an eighth pulled out on the eve of the competition) required a female and junior player.

President Peter McNaughton said his side, Coalstoun Lakes Development Group #2 ("very original”, he said), claimed the wooden spoon, "which is usually what happens,” he said.

Mr McNaughton said with only 23 kids at the school, "it's good to be able to host something like this,” rather than hosting stock-standard raffles where they just end up "dipping into our own pockets” in effect.

This is the eighth year the fundraiser has been held.


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