Masters coming to town
SOME of the biggest cricket stars Queensland has produced are set to travel to Gladstone to take on some of the biggest industries in the state.
The BITS Cricket Club has invited eight members of the Queensland Rail Bulls Masters to Gladstone for four days of fundraising and sporting action from September 13.
After coaching sessions and a charity golf day the Industries Twenty20 Challenge is on again with eight industries Masterbattling it out to win the trophy.
They will get some help though with a Bulls Master playing on each team.
Then on Sunday, the Bulls Masters will team up to take on the Harbour City All Stars in the Tracey Slatter Benefit Match.
And they'll be busy while they are here, coaching school children, playing a charity golf day, joining temas for the Industries 20/20 Challenge and taking on the Harbour City All Stars in the Tracey Slatter Benefit Match.
BITS Cricket Club president Nev Judd said he hoped there would be large crowds down to support the cricket games with gold coin donations going to the Glenn McGrath Foundation on the Saturday and to the Tracey Slatter Benefit on the Sunday.
"(The industry challenge) is the only social sporting event in Gladstone that gets all of the Gladstone industries competing," Judd said.
There is also set to be entertainment on Saturday night and a jumping castle and face painting for kids.
Bulls Master Jimmy Maher said the team's four-day trip to Gladstone was not just about playing cricket.
He said the coaching sessions with kids and the fundraising efforts were the most important aspects.
of their visit.
Growing up in a regional area himself, Maher said it was great as sporting idols to be able to influence kids to get outside and active and enjoying cricket.
"As past players we love doing it," Maher said.
The Bulls Masters coming include Jimmy Maher, Geoff Foley, Ken Healy, Chris Simpson, Michael Kasprowicz, Scott Prestwidge, Lee Carseldine and Graeme Hick.