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Wimmera to introduce ‘master’ sports program

Cricket is among the options for a 'masters' sports program in the Wimmera.

Cricket is among the options for a ‘masters’ sports program in the Wimmera.

Wimmera people who believe they might be too old to resume playing cricket, football or netball will have a chance to play in a ‘masters’ sports program starting in summer.
Wimmera Regional Sports Assembly is developing the concept in an effort to encourage people back into sport.
Assembly executive officer David Berry said the program would start with cricket and involve a match between Horsham and Wimmera-Mallee representative teams.
“The idea is to target people who might have retired from their favourite sport to manage or coach, and give them a chance to rekindle their desire for participation,” he said.
“We know there are master-level cricketers already propping up lower-grade teams, but we’re specifically not targeting players who are still in the game.
“There are many people who no longer play who might still be capable of participating against players of a similar age.
“In cricket we are looking for players perhaps aged 50 and older.”
Mr Berry said the cricket concept tentatively involved a three-game representative series with games at Horsham and Warracknabeal.
“The idea is to get it going with a view to expanding it in 2017 to include Grampians and West Wimmera associations,” he said.

For full story, see the July 27, 2016 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.

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