Mates rally for the future

ROCKHAMPTON'S junior cricket competition is struggling to find players.

Team numbers are down by about 40 from last year and organisers are scratching their heads to find out why.

"It has really come out of the blue...all the indicators were that we were in for a bumper season,'' Rockhampton Cricket Association president Graeme Brady said.

To entice more players the association has started Bring A Mate sessions on Mondays.

The sessions are at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground from 6pm-8pm every Monday night for the next month and will include social games to get young kids interested.

Brady said cricket had been a part of Rockhampton's culture since it was mentioned at the city's first ever council meeting in 1862.

"It's a tradition, cricket has been part of Rockhampton for 143 years,'' he said.

He said the sport now faced competition from indoor sports. "There are a lot more sports kids can play these days and the video games are a major factor.'' But he said parents too played a role in the drop off. "Parents have a different outlook these days they don't want their kids to go out in the sun.''

r Bring A Mate sessions hit off from 6pm on Monday at Rockhampton Cricket Grounds.



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