Howzat! Facility improvements ‘across the line’ for national cricket championships
  • Monday 26 September 2016
Australia’s best under-17 male cricketers will be the first to ‘test drive’ the recent improvements at council’s Landsborough Sports Complex and Elizabeth Daniels Sports Complex when they take to the field today (September 26) for the 2016 National Under-17 Championships.

Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said investment in infrastructure by council, Queensland Cricket and AFL Queensland at Elizabeth Daniels Sports Complex and Landsborough Sports Complex had been a real drawcard for attracting cricket events of a national calibre to the region.

“The improvements at Elizabeth Daniels Sports Complex will be of huge benefit to the players competing in the national under-17 titles as well as future events held here,” Cr O’Pray said.

“The installation of two permanent sightscreens on the Kerry Emery Oval is going to be strongly welcomed by batsmen looking to get the best possible vision of the ball leaving the bowler’s hand.

“Council and Cricket Australia announced a partnership earlier this month that will see the National Under-17 Championships played here over the next two years, as well as bringing the Brisbane Heat to the Sunshine Coast for a Big Bash pre-season camp and two practise matches against the Hobart Hurricanes in December.

“With these improvements now complete, following hot on the heels of recent upgrades at Caloundra Cricket Club and the announcement of Brisbane Heat games coming in December – the Coast is definitely the place to be if you’re a cricketer or cricket lover.”

Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said the timing of the infrastructure improvements at Landsborough Sports Complex couldn’t have been any better with 10 teams from around Australia contesting the national championships.

“The improvements include a permanent sight screen and 170 meters of PVC fencing which fenced about one-third of the main oval, a portable sight screen and we’ve replaced the AFL goals on the main oval with removable goalposts,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The complex is a multi-use facility and also home to Glasshouse Hinterland AFC which means the goalposts can now be removed after each AFL season.

“The Landsborough Cricket Club is also about to embark on an upgrade to the lighting on the main oval thanks to the Community Gambling Benefit Fund.”

The first week of the championships will be staged on the Sunshine Coast – at Maroochydore, Caloundra and Landsborough – with the second week of matches to be played in Brisbane.

The semi-finals will be played on October 5, with the final to be played at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on October 6. More details are available at www.nationalchamps.com.au.