Good-time Tigers defend title
THE Thomson Tigers are ready to pounce on another "big week'' of cricket action in Rockhampton.
The Longreach team will dust off the pads for their 13th appearance at next week's The Morning Bulletin/Rockhampton Cricket Country Week Carnival.
This year's event, which runs from Thursday to Saturday, has attracted 44 teams playing in turf and concrete grades.
For the Thomson Tigers contingent, who will arrive from Brisbane, Toowoomba, Sarina and Longreach, the annual three-day carnival represents the perfect opportunity to relive their cricketing glory days and to catch up over a couple of quiet beers.
"We're just mates who are all out there for the same reason ? to have a good time,'' said captain Tim Hughes, who steered the Thomson Tigers to victory in the sixth grade turf division last year.
"It's a big social weekend and good way to keep in touch with mates.''
"The numbers are excellent this year considering the carnival takes in Friday, which is a normal working day,'' said Rockhampton Cricket president Graeme Brady.