Joe Mennie has already played one match in Coffs Harbour this year when he played for South Australia in the Sheffield Match against NSW. Tonight he returns playing for the Sydney Sixers.
Joe Mennie has already played one match in Coffs Harbour this year when he played for South Australia in the Sheffield Match against NSW. Tonight he returns playing for the Sydney Sixers. Mark Kolbe / Getty Images (NO RESALE)

Fly in, fly out mission for Mennie on his homecoming

FAMILY and friends hoping to catch up with fast bowler Joe Mennie while he's back in Coffs Harbour may need to rethink their plans.

Mennie is making a flying stop to C.ex Coffs International Stadium tonight to play in the Sydney Sixers match against a Hong Kong XI and admits he has very little time for anything else.

"There's not a lot of time to get out and catch up with family and friends but it's always good to get back to Coffs, it's a good area," Mennie said.

"The locals are always good and enjoy a good game of cricket."

There's two people he is keen to see though and that's his parents who still call the northern beaches home.

"I might be able to wave to them as I run out on the field and that might be it but I'll try and catch up with them at some point definitely," he said.

Tonight's clash against Hong Kong might be listed as a practice match but the right arm quick who turns 28 on Christmas Eve said the Sixers can't afford to take their opponent lightly.

"They've got a strong team, they're a good cricket side," he said.

"They've had a bit more exposure the last couple of years playing against a few good teams so obviously their players have come up against some good cricketers and their facilities and coaching structure has certainly grown and the cricket has improved as a result.

"It's going to be a good tough game for us tonight. Hopefully the weather stays away and we get some good cricket in."

Sydney Sixers players collect their gear from the baggage carousel at the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport ahead of the Twenty20 clash against Hong Kong. Photo: Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Advocate
Sydney Sixers players collect their gear from the baggage carousel at the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport ahead of the Twenty20 clash against Hong Kong. Photo: Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Advocate Brad Greenshields


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