Bushpigs Charter trip north for Goldfield Ashes
MURGON cricketer Jamian Currin is a veteran of the Goldfield Ashes competition, and now he is taking an invitational Burnett side to Charters Towers with an eye to claiming glory.
"I've been going to the Goldfield Ashes off and on since 1991 with other teams, but I stopped when I came down here,” Curran said.
"My brother and I always wanted to have a go at (the A-grade division) so we decided to put a team together this year, with enough fellas interested in going.”
The Burnett Bushpigs will make their inaugural competition entry when the Ashes get underway next Friday, with the three-day Twenty20 competition bringing more than 200 teams to the small town in North Queensland.
"The competition has been going for 50-odd years, and (I think) it's the largest competition in the southern hemisphere,” Currin said.
"There's a lot of luck in trying to win it too, you can take really good sides there and easily get beaten.”
The Bushpigs will field players from the Burnett to Bundaberg, and despite the strength of the team Currin knows they will need to be at their best to leave Charters Towers victorious.
"It's a strong comp, there's mainly Townsville A-graders and a few state players. I think Andrew Symonds is meant to be playing in one of the teams as well ,” Currin said.
A side of predominantly seasoned veterans, Currin hopes the injection of some talented youngsters will give the Bushpigs an edge.
"We're all around 40 other than the three or four young fellas, so whilst we have that experience moving around the field might be difficult by the last day,” Currin said.
"There's a young bowler Dean Krebs from Bundaberg, he played under-19s and opens for South-Queensland, and young Jared Sippel is a Queensland rep who will be quite handy too.”
The squad of 14 will leave for Mackay on Wednesday for a pre-competition hit out, and Currin hopes it will blow out any rust before the big dance next Friday.
"The idea is to have a game in Mackay on the Wednesday night, then get into Charters Towers the next day and prepare,” Currin said.
"We're definitely going to try win it, but everyone has to play well. In T20 a bad three or four overs and you're out of the game.”