Mungungo falls at the last hurdle
CRICKET lovers across the region were treated to a day of sporting madness when the seventh annual Mungongo v The World charity match took place on Saturday at the 'MCG': Mungungo Cricket Ground.
Twelve teams of seven players battled it out with six overs each over the course of the day, for the chance to face the infamous Mungungo VII.
The Woodcutters from Gayndah were victorious at the end of the day, topping the world table, and defeating Mungungo VII in a thrilling finale.
Residents from across the Burnett gathered to support their community, and some punters even made trips from Redcliffe and Bundaberg for the occasion.
Mungungo Sports and Recreation Club secretary Vicki Mackay was astounded by the massive turnout for the fundraising event, with all proceeds going to LifeFlight and Ridgehaven Retirement Complex.
"It was fabulous, everyone just had a ball,” she said.
Well over 200 people attended the exhibition match, and Ms Mackay believed the spectators were what made the event so enjoyable.
"Everyone just gets stuck into it, wearing tropical shirts and costumes because at the end of the day it's not just about cricket, but about having a laugh with friends and family,” she said.
More than $8000 worth of prizes were up for grabs, as a raffle ran each hour during the day.
Prizes ranged from $850 accommodation at Mooloolaba Apartments, Movie World passes, alcohol and lots more.
Monto born-and-raised cricketing and rugby league super star Courtney Hill even made an appearance, offering a signed English cricket shirt and Gray-Nicolls bat for the raffle.
"All of this wouldn't have been possible without our numerous sponsors who donated kindly so we could have a day to remember for the community,” Ms Mackay said.
Generous donations came from every region of the Burnett, with notable donations from Bidfood Bundaberg, DJ's Steel and Monto Irrigation, and many more, either donating items or cash to this worthy cause.
More than $11,000 was raised at last year's match and Ms Mackay is expecting this year's tally will be similiar once counted.
Ms Mackay believes events like this are important, due to the fact many residents and property owners may not run into each other that often, due to enormity of the area.
"We're all thankful for the helpers that came along and gave their time throughout the day, as we couldn't of done it without them.”