South Burnett cricketers to fight for Goodchild Shield
ON SUNDAY Kingaroy will go head to head with Bundaberg to secure a spot in the Goodchild Shield cricket grand final in February.
Each year 12 players from the five A-grade teams in the South Burnett compete against the best cricketers from Gympie, Fraser Coast and Bundaberg and the last time Kingaroy won was 2013.
Murgon Crusaders captain and representative selector, Graham Brown, said the team were set on putting up a good fight.
"We have a bit of a rivalry with all of the teams, I guess," Mr Brown said.
"Bundaberg are fairly strong - we beat them in the final a few years ago so it'd be nice to get one over them again."
Aside from a-grade matches amongst the teams each weekend, the players had no official practice together before the big matches.
"When the teams of the South Burnett get together, all those rivalries go out the window," Mr Brown said.
"We gel well but you're in a totally different team - if you've never batted with them, you don't know how they'll call, they might run you out from miscommunication."
Mr Graham has played in the competition for the past four years and believed there was pressure to do well for the region.
"There's a fair bit of pride to be selected, so hopefully people stand up and do that job and not let their team mates down," he said.
"I think it just gives us a bit of bragging rights and if we do win the shield we're more likely for our guys to be selected for the Wide Bay team."
Mr Graham said the team was a chance for players to gain the experience to go on to bigger things with the sport.
"A couple of years ago we had one guy from Kingaroy who made it to the Australian country team," Mr Graham said.
"That's the pathway that led him to that - it's definitely one of the stepping stones."