HIT FOR SIX: Monto kids are excited by the return of cricket to the country town.
HIT FOR SIX: Monto kids are excited by the return of cricket to the country town. Contributed

SUMMER SORTED: Junior cricket returns to Monto

FOR more than five years, Monto kids have not had the opportunity to participate in that most Australian of summer activities: a game of cricket.

However, that will change this season, with the reforming of Monto Junior Cricket Association.

On Saturday, October 12, at the Monto Combined Sportsgrounds from 8.30-10.30am, the association is hosting a 'Come and Try' and sign-on day for their 16-week program.

Programs will run in two blocks: eight weeks following sign-on, and another eight weeks from February 1, 2020.

Registration via playcricket.com.au will cost $100, which also includes a package containing a bag, ball, hat and Monto Junior Cricket polo shirt.

Association vice-president Adam Wells said they hope to run programs across three different age groups, depending on next Saturday's turnout.

Mr Wells said the association reformed after the high levels of interest shown by children playing cricket at school.

"I know my kids were really interested,” he said.

"There were so many kids interested, we thought we should get something together.

"People I've talked to have definitely been keen.”

Mr Wells said, in the absence of cricket, summers have felt a bit flat in Monto.

"There's not a lot over summer (without cricket),” he said.

"Cricket is pretty Australian, kids love their cricket.”

He said he believes the popularity of the Big Bash Twenty20 competition, televised over summer, will help stoke local interest.

"All the kids watch the Big Bash, I know mine do,” Mr Wells said.

"I reckon after Christmas (the second eight-week block) there'll be even more takers.”

Mr Wells said he is aware that some junior cricket clubs in the Banana region are also struggling to fill teams, so is hopeful the two towns can combine forces in some way.

He also expressed hopes of having carnivals with other junior cricket clubs in the North Burnett.

The association is working closely with Queensland Cricket to get the program off the ground, including borrowing gear from them.

There will be a free up-skilling session for parents who want to help run the program next Friday night from 5.30pm at the Sportsgrounds.

Ph Scott on 0412968402, Adam on 0419709228 or Georgie on 0400863001 for more info.

The club accepts Play Fair vouchers for eligible children.


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