Six up-and-coming players from the Goulburn and Griffith Representative XIs will vie for the ACA Masters Youth Scholarship.
The scholarship recipient will be awarded a $1,000 bursary following the Twenty20 matches between the ACA Masters and the Goulburn Representative XI at Seiffert Oval on Friday 11 March from 4pm and the Griffith Representative XI at Exies Oval on Sunday 13 March from 6:30pm.
The scholarship winner will also have the unique opportunity to receive mentoring from one of the Masters players.
Tristan Klower currently plays for the Coolavin under 16s on Saturday mornings, before opening the batting for the Hibo Green first XI in the afternoon’s men’s competition. A developing leg-spin bowler, he was also selected in the South Coast PSSA and Goulburn Representative sides from under 10s to under 16s. Tristan has taken part in the Bush Cup, was selected in the Southern/ACT under 16 squad and is currently opening the batting and top scoring in the under 18 Jeffrey Cup competition.
Kelly Rowlings is one of the regions most exciting female exports, taking part in junior representative sides at every year level. She is currently performing well with Campbelltown’s first grade side in Sydney’s women’s competition. A former South Coast Senior CHS skipper, she also competed in the National Women’s under 18 tournament with ACT/NSW Country in 2014/15 and again in 2015/16.
Liam Greenaway is in his second year of first grade with Griffith Leagues Club after an impressive 2014/15 season, that saw him top the run scorers in C grade, take the most wickets in the Warren Smith tournament and captain a grand final winning team in the Ross Shield. This season he was a member of the O’Farrell Cup winning side.
Claire Murray boasts an impressive cricket resume, having been selected in the NSW Country/ACT under 15 and under 18 sides, took part in an under 15 development squad at the National Cricket Centre, was chosen in the CA XI and played in the under 18 National Championships in January this year. She currently plays third grade for the Coro Cougars and is a member of the under 16 Griffith representative side playing in the Warren Smith Cup.
Logan Matheson has had a stellar 2015/16 thus far, scoring two centuries and six half centuries in first grade. He took part in a Creet Cup winning side and took part in the SCG Plate and O’Farrell Cup with Griffith last season. He’s also represented Murrumbidgee at Riverina cricket carnivals and Riverina at a country cricket carnival.
Isaac Campbell is currently representing MCC at under 16 level, is a member of the Griffith Warren Smith squad and has played one Creet Cup match in 2015/16. Previously, the 14-year-old was crowned the Hanwood CC cricketer of the year after claiming the most wickets in C grade and received player of the grand final honours in both 2013/14 and 2012/13. He also has a John Ritchie Trophy for most promising GDCA player under 17 to his name.
The Tours are supported by the Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Griffith City Council with assistance from the Goulburn District Cricket Association and the Griffith District Cricket Association.
This is the Masters’ ninth year of touring regional Australia and an important part of the program is to recognise exceptional young talent (15-18 years of age) through the ACA Masters scholarship.
ACA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson said the scholarship is a $1,000 bursary to help meet the coaching, travel or other cricketing expenses of the recipient for the year.
“Regional Australia has housed many of our current and former players, so we see this as a very important part of the tour program.
“The recipient will not just benefit from financial support but be able to take advantage of the mentoring of one of the former legends, which will go a long way in helping them develop as an elite cricketer,” he said.
There will be lots of opportunities to meet the players at events around the town with a Sportsman’s Night being held on the Thursday Saturday evenings before the game
Details for the functions are:
The Attic, upstairs at the Astor Hotel
Thursday 10 March, 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Snacks provided / bar open
Followed by a Trivia Night downstairs at 8pm with Masters involved
Exies Bagtown Motel and Function Centre
Saturday 12 March, 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start
Continuous nibbles, families welcome
$30 adults, $15 children (under 18 years), under 12's free
Tickets available from http://www.exies.com.au/ - call 6964 2323 for more details