Shaping up: Bellingen bowler Jenny Taff will shape up to Tigers batsman Kieran Hogan if their teams make the finals on Australia Day.
Shaping up: Bellingen bowler Jenny Taff will shape up to Tigers batsman Kieran Hogan if their teams make the finals on Australia Day. Leigh Jensen

Sawtell fields star ring-in

PREMIERSHIP leader Sawtell will have a “guest star” making an appearance when the Coffs Harbour District Cricket Association presents its charity Twenty20 One Day Knockout on Australia Day.

Mayor Keith Rhoades will fit the hector protector, wield the willow and shine the cherry on his white strides, before taking the field for his home team against Bellingen or Dorrigo.

The all-day event will be held at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park.

Park Beach Bowling Club Colts president and organising committee member Neil Coogan said the mayor’s appearance would be one of the more amusing sidelines on what is shaping as a superb day of sporting entertainment on January 26 to raise funds for the Queensland Flood Appeal.

“After consultation we’ve decided to concentrate all the matches at the Leisure Park, as it’s a bit too much asking the players and fans to set up at Richardson Park and then transfer into the main venue after lunch,” he said.

“So what will happen is all the sides will play two 10-over matches each, with every player to bowl one over.

“That will sort out the semi-finalists and then we’ll go on from there.

“The boundaries have been shortened by around 10 metres into 60 metres, so you’ll see blokes running like crazy to chase down the ball.”

The event will have a named sponsor soon and predictions are of anything up to an $8000 bonanza for the fund.

“We have some great memorabilia that will be auctioned and a couple of the restaurants have banded together to provide great prizes,” Coogan said.

“Any business willing to donate prizes or stock would be welcomed with open arms,” he said.

“This has already generated huge interest within the community.

“If it’s as successful as we believe it will be, it could be the forerunner for an annual event, where the association clubs, players and supporters take on a worthwhile local charity and raises funds for it in a special project.”

Coogan said family groups were particularly welcome on the day and rowdy behaviour, which has marred other Australia Day activities, would not be tolerated.

“We are super keen that this day is a huge success, so that we can directly donate all the profit into the appropriate fund.

“Already we have the players busting to get involved, so now it’s up to the public.”



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