Dallas Mollenhagen going the tonk at Monto Junior Cricket Come and Try Day.
Dallas Mollenhagen going the tonk at Monto Junior Cricket Come and Try Day. Sam Turner

Monto junior cricket revival to benefit the whole community

THE next generation of cricket superstars were treated to a come and try day held to revitalise the sport in Monto at the weekend.

More than 30 children from ages five and up gathered at the Monto Combined Sports Oval on Saturday for the event held thanks to the support of Queensland Cricket.

It's been been six years since the last junior cricket team was created in the town and Monto Junior Cricket president Scott Brady was ecstatic to see the turnout.

"There's been a lot of interest in Monto, but there has just been no facilitation,” Brady said.

"So a group of us got together and thought, 'hey we can do this', and here we are, day one.”

With help from Queensland Cricket and its junior program, the group has been able to organise funding, grants, and even acquired a kit for the season.

"They've been great with keeping the costs low, and they're prepared to do the work to help not only Monto, but other towns in regional Queensland,” Brady said.

The come and try day ran from 8.30-10.30am and included a variety of fielding games, bowling drills and match simulations run with the help of two Queensland Cricket junior coaches.

Brady believes this rejuvenated passion for cricket will do wonders for community spirit.

"This is positive growth, especially when we have heaps of things shutting down around here,” he said.

"It's important for a place like Monto to have its junior sport as it ties them to the town and gives them ownership.”

Citing the geographical difficulties of rural cricket, Brady believes the revival of junior cricket will not only help the children, but will help the parents too.

"It's just so far to travel for junior sport sometimes, such as Gladstone and Bundaberg, with it being a big burden on the parents,” he said.

"To have something in the town where they can come and share together, is just beneficial for everybody.”

The KFC Big Bash League is right around the corner and Brady believes the twenty-20 competition will inspire more sign-ons in Monto.

"Queensland Cricket says the interest will go through the roof once the season starts, with kids wanting to emulate their heroes and smash some sixes,” he said.

If your kids enjoyed the morning cricket session and would like the participate in junior cricket, register online here and search for "Monto”.

The next junior cricket session will be held at the Monto Combined Sports Oval on October 19 at 8.30am.


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