Junior cricket starts with a century
DAY ONE of the junior cricket season in Roma, and 102 local kids have already stepped up to the crease.
Hitting a century this early on has defied the expectations of everyone involved with the club, and made for a crazy morning out on the fields, but they are relishing in the organised chaos that comes with a busy Saturday of grassroots cricket.
“We were rally hoping we’d have lots of kids turn up for the start of the season,” Roma and District Junior Cricket Association committee member Ellen Bain said.
“It has been growing over the last three years; I think we had about 100 registered by the end of last season, and the season before that we had 74 by the end.
“So it is gradually growing, and I’m hoping we can get to 120 or 130 by the end of this season.
“It is growing year by year, and we actually also have one more senior club registered; this season, Railways cricket club has started back up, so we have a six-club senior comp this year.”
Cricket Queensland was down at the fields to help give the club a kick start, following a regional tour this week, encouraging kids to get in the game.
“In the past week I have been out to all the schools in Roma, along with Surat and Wallumbilla trying to get as many kids playing the game as possible, so it has been really exciting to see them here,” Queensland Cricket participation officer Jasper Sumner said.
“A lot of them have moved up from the Junior Blaster program, to our Master Blasters program, and it is really good to see the transition up, and have that retention as well.
“(So many kids) is not a bad problem to have, and we’ve been able to keep them occupied today with catching and bowling practice to really upskill them, and make sure they have a good time.”
With so much growth in the community club, the committee members have been hard at work ensuring their facility can look after their enormous contingent of players.
The brand-new boundary fence is the biggest difference this year, and was made possible with support from local businesses like Hornicks Cypress, Home Hardware and Grulke Concrete.
But there’s more on the to-do list, and the club is ambitious to get the jobs done.
“We have big plans for the clubhouse, and also a second field,” committee member Scott Hilton said.
“At the moment it just all comes back to the dollars.
“But with the high registration, good participation levels, canteen takings and all that stuff, everything is on the up.
“If we can keep this going, it will be good for the whole Roma and District Club.”
Registrations for the Roma and District Junior Cricket Club are still open, and can be lodged online at playcricket.com.au