Youngsters into cricket

Aiden Featherstone and Kiara Moodie

DRESSED in Australian colours and aspiring to be just like their favourite cricketing heroes, 30 girls and boys aged 5-10 years have taken part in a Milo In2Cricket program run by Glenora District High School and Cricket Tasmania.

Every Friday afternoon for the last eight weeks of the school year, the young cricketers enjoyed all the fun and games the sport has to offer. Co-ordinators Annie McKenzie and Natasha Farrow have run the program for the past two years. “It has really grown. We had nearly 20 children last year, to have 30 this year is just fantastic and it was great to see so many parents getting involved,” they said.

In the final week the future cricketing heroes had their last session at the Gretna Cricket Club. Afterwards they enjoyed a barbecue before being presented with certificates and gift bags which contained a medal and many novelty items for them to enjoy.

The group’s last get-together was at Bellerive Oval on the first day of the second test between Australia and New Zealand, where 16 children from the group were lucky enough to be selected to participate in the opening ceremony. Among them was Jacob Blackwell, 7, of Macquarie Plains, who said “we got to stand next to the players and I got to shake hands with the New Zealand captain.”

During the test match lunch break, Milo In2Cricketers from all areas showed off their skills on the oval, which was a big thrill for all.

The children, their parents and the Gretna Cricket Club say a really big thank you to Annie, Natasha and also Wendy Hickman for all their hard work and extra special treats each week. It has been an excellent program. If you would like your child to participate in Milo in2Cricket next season, contact the Glenora School or go to the website.

Wade Gleeson

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