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Maleny to host
World Cricket festival

by Elise Martin


Hundreds of senior cricket enthusiasts will set upon Maleny during the 2004 Air New Zealand Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival from September 4 to 11.

The bi-annual cricket festival is now in its 20th year and will be hosted by 12 clubs across the Coast.  About 48 international teams will converge on the Sunshine Coast from as far as the United States, Canada, South Africa, England, Japan and New Zealand.  Sunshine Coast Orgaising Committee member Rod Thamm said six cricket matches would be played at the Maleny Showgrounds.

The competitors will include former Canadian Cricket Team Captain Clifford Cox and former Australian Test Leg Spinner Bob “Dutchy” Holland.  Festival Ambassador and Australian cricket legend Allan Border said the Sunshine Coast was a perfect setting for this year’s festival.

“The Festival is renowned for its spirit of fun, friendship and fraternity and you couldn’t hope for a more idyllic setting for some great cricket action than the Sunshine Coast in spring time,” he said. The Golden Oldies Festivals are aimed at sports enthusiasts aged 40 years and over. The festivals cover sports including Rugby Union, Cricket, Netball and Hockey.

Queensland has hosted three other Golden Oldies Festivals including Hockey in Brisbane in 1999, Netball on the Gold Coast in 2002 and Rugby in Brisbane in 2003.

From left, Cliff Cox represents USA/Canada, Frank O’Dwyer represents Australia,
Festival Ambassador Allan Border, South Africa’s Dennis Carlstein and Phil Boyes
represents New Zealand for the festival.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.