Launceston to co-host national under-19 cricket championships
Published on 08 September 2017
City of Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said he was delighted with the announcement that Launceston will co-host the national under-19 cricket championships.
Cricket Tasmania has announced that Hobart and Launceston will share hosting duties for the upcoming junior championships in December.
The Launceston-based matches will be played at the NTCA Ground, Invermay Park, the Windsor Park Cricket Ground and University of Tasmania Stadium, which will feature two day-night games between Vic Metro and Tasmania and NSW Metro and Queensland.
Mayor van Zetten said Launceston was well positioned to co-host the national carnival.
"We've got one of the best sporting grounds in Australia and we know from the previous matches played at the venue that the facility is more than suitable for major cricket matches of this calibre," Mayor van Zetten said.
"We have already hosted the women's Big Bash League here in Launceston, and we're extremely excited about the prospect of hosting the Hobart Hurricanes later in the year.
"This national junior tournament will go a long way to cementing Launceston's growing reputation as one of the top sporting venues in the country.
"And to have some of the finest junior cricketers in the country on our doorstep is extremely exciting. We know of our long, rich cricket history - producing some of the finest players not only in Australia but around the world with the likes of Ricky Ponting, David Boon and James Faulkner.
"No doubt, some of these young stars of the future playing in the under-19 tournament will go on to be Test cricketers of the future. Having them play here in Launceston is a wonderful opportunity for them to showcase their talents to the cricket-loving public of Northern Tasmania."
Chris Garett, Cricket Tasmania Cricket Operations Manager, said it was a terrific opportunity for the state to host an increased level of high quality pathway cricket, on top of hosting the finals of the JLT One Day Cup competition in October.
“We’re very excited to be hosting this tournament again and are thankful for Cricket Australia giving us this opportunity,” he said.
“Cricket Tasmania, host clubs and ground authorities have a strong reputation hosting successful events and if playing games in both Hobart and Launceston is successful then this model could be replicated in future.”
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7
Western Australia v Cricket Australia XI at 10am, UTAS Stadium
VIC Metro v ACT/NSW Country at 10am, Invermay Park
South Australia v Tasmania at 10am, NTCA Ground No. 2
VIC Country v NSW Metro at 10am, Windsor Community Precinct Cricket Ground
Queensland v Northern Territory at 10am, NTCA Ground No. 1
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
Northern Territory v NSW Metro at 10am, NTCA Ground No. 2
VIC Country v Western Australia at 10am, Windsor Community Precinct Cricket Ground
Cricket Australia XI v ACT/NSW Country at 10am, NTCA Ground No. 1
VIC Metro v Tasmania at 1.30pm (D/N), UTAS Stadium
South Australia v Queensland at 10am, Invermay Park
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
NSW Metro v Queensland at 1:30pm (D/N) UTAS Stadium
VIC Country v VIC Metro at 10am, NTCA Ground No. 1
Western Australia v Northern Territory at 10am, Invermay Park
ACT/NSW Country v Tasmania at 10am, Windsor Community Precinct Cricket Ground
Cricket Australia XI v South Australia at 10am, NTCA Ground No. 2