Members of the Masked Booby Bandits, Clinton Geddes, David Harris, Barry Green, Ben Green, Gary Green, Ben Grimsure and Ben Geddes are ready for battle.
Members of the Masked Booby Bandits, Clinton Geddes, David Harris, Barry Green, Ben Green, Gary Green, Ben Grimsure and Ben Geddes are ready for battle. ALLAN REINIKKA

Booby bandits gear up for carnival

CRICKET: Masked Booby Bandits.

No, they are not a pack of blindfolded female strippers, or even blokes who are well endowed in the chest area. In fact, there is nothing risque about them at all.

The Masked Booby Bandits are simply an innocent cricket team who are gearing up for this weekend’s annual 2010 Country Cricket Carnival in Rockhampton.

And team member Ben Geddes said their team was named after a rare bird in Rockhampton, the “masked booby”, but he also admitted that the team had enjoyed the joke of some innuendo.

“We are not boob men,” Geddes laughed.

“Though we have worn masks on the field and made references to boobs.”

The Masked Booby Bandits will be one of about 60 teams competing in the event, but will be at the bottom of the barrel in seventh grade turf.

And the team will be battling it out against the Raymo’s Rebels, Sparkies and Duaringa Hounddawgs this weekend, but Geddes doesn’t like their chances.

“We have never won a competition and we have played since ’93,” he said.

“We always play turf anywhere from seventh to third, depending on how competitive we want to be,” he said.

“We like to think we are competitive, but at end of the day we still celebrate either way.”

The team-mates comprise ex-Rockhampton school friends and family who, over the years, have spread across Queensland.

“We are all scattered around Queensland, but we are all from the central originally, most of us are ex-Grammar school boys,” he said.

“The Country Carnival offers us an opportunity to get back together with everyone of all walks of life; it’s something we look forward because a lot of us only see each other when we come up.

“It’s a typical mates’ weekend, but all our families come; we play cricket and have a good time for the three days.”

Geddes said although their team wasn’t a club, they were lucky to secure all of the right equipment from Exclusive Cricket that set them up each year.

The 2010 Country Cricket Carnival will have teams competing over three days in grades from one to seven on both concrete and turf.

The Australia Day weekend carnival is Rockhampton’s biggest social cricket carnival with competitors travelling from different areas in Queensland.

Rockhampton’s Green Machines are expected to put on a good show in the first grade turf games when they face Calliope Colts, Colts Biloela and Moranbah.



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