Community embraces tour

By Patrick Tansey

The positive flow-on effect from the ACA Masters event in Cobram Barooga recently will continue for months to come, according to those who organised the event.

The ACA Masters squad had a packed schedule, with players fully immersing themselves in the local community.

They played golf at Cobram-Barooga Golf Club, did a clinic with Cobram-Yarroweyah United Cricket Club, attended a players night at Cobram Top Pub, plus a range of school clinics.

They also attended a fantastic lunch hosted by Cobram-Barooga Business Tourism, which brought the event to Cobram-Barooga.

Tourism chair Don Rudd said it was fantastic the Cobram-Barooga area could showcase its qualities and illustrate what it was capable of hosting elite events like the ACA Masters Tour.

‘‘It was an event that everybody really benefited from, from the school kids, to the cricket community, and of course the local area itself because of the obvious economic impact that such an event delivers,’’ he said.

Barooga Sporties chief executive Bobby Brooks was thrilled the organisation was able to team up with CBBT to bring the event here.

‘‘From Barooga Sporties perspective, we are really happy with our partnership with CBBT and rapt that it gives us a platform to bring events like the Masters Tour here for our community to enjoy,’’ he said.

Murray Valley Cricket Association administrator Anthony Holmes said the Twenty20 match played at Barooga Recreation Reserve on the Friday night was a great endorsement for local cricket.

‘‘It was a really good night, we were really happy with the crowd that turned up to watch the game,’’ he said.

‘‘They (ACA Masters) were a class above in the way they timed the ball. It showed all our young guys representing the MVCA that it’s a big thing to play for Australia or play at state level.’’

Mr Holmes said the MVCA representative side was purposely made up of largely young players to give them a chance to test themselves against elite players in order to help fast track their development.

‘‘We’ve got some very good young kids coming through. A lot of the under-17 squad that won Country Week for Murray Valley last year played in the game because they’re the future of our competition,’’ he said.