WHILE the fight for the Ashes continues over the New Year period, some of Eyre Peninsula’s under 14 junior cricketers will be competing for a trophy of their own when the annual Quality Wool Cup takes place in Port Lincoln next month.
Now in its seventh year, the twenty/20 tournament will be on January 4-5, with representative sides from Eyre Peninsula’s seven cricket associations playing matches at Centenary Oval, Poole Oval and the Ravendale Complex.
The eight teams vying for this year’s cup are the Lincoln Tuna Kings, Far West, Eastern Eyre, Tumby Bay Dolphins, Lincoln Great Whites, LeHunte, Kimba Cats and Great Flinders.
EP Junior Cricket Association president Tom Kenny said the Quality Wool Cup was eagerly anticipated.
“Most of the under 14 players play in the under 16 competition in their local association, so they don’t get a real chance to show their talent,” Kenny said.
“In this concept, they are playing against boys in their own age group.”
The competition will feature a host of the peninsula’s talented young cricketers, including Jaiden Jude, Connor Madden and Bodhi Fauser (Port Lincoln); Reagan Taheny and Max and Noah Ramsey (Eastern Eyre); Rohan Treloar, Harvey Pedler and Tom Morgan (Great Flinders), Darci Best and Phoenix and Ezra Foster (LeHunte); Jack Lienert, Seth Gregory and Bryce Cant (Kimba); Kye Butler, Flyn Webb and Hudson Franks (Tumby Bay) and Jonty Woods, Kade Madigan and Declan Inglis (Far West).
Kenny said due to the success of the boys competition over the past six years, the local association, in conjunction with the South Australian Cricket Association, was introducing a girl’s cricket competition running at the same time.
“Initially, we hope to have four teams of nine girls from ages 11 to 17 competing in a round robin.
“Hopefully this will be an ongoing event in the future.”
There’s extra incentive for this year’s Quality Wool Cup participants, with the leading batsman, bowler and fielder to be awarded a commemorative bat signed by South Australian Redbacks captain and Australian representative, Travis Head.