The Ti Tree Celtics Cricket team are hoping for some luck of the Irish when they play for the very first time in the 2013 Imparja Cup Communities competition.
Taking the art of crossing over codes to a new level, the squad of 10 Boston Celtics basketball fans reckon that cricket doesn’t look that hard. With the help of NT Cricket Development Officer Phil Lovell and the Central Desert Shire Sport and Recreation Team, they’ve been training hard for two months for the Super 8s cricket competition.
Win lose or Draw, the Ti Tree Celtics hope that this is the start of big things for cricket in the Central Desert Shire communities.
Captain Wayne Scrutton is excited about the Celtics chances. “We’re breaking new ground for us fellas across the Central Desert, we love playing footy, we love playing basketball, we’re having a go at cricket. We’re going to play hard but enjoy ourselves and who knows, we might even win”.
Central Desert Shire President Adrian Dixon praised the commitment of the players. “We see cricket on Imparja all the time, we’ve all heard about the Imparja Cup. Our training facilities aren’t that great, we don’t have a wicket to play on, but these guys are cricket naturals and they’re really keen to have a go,” Mr Dixon said.
Phil Lovell from NT Cricket says encouraging remote community participation is a central tenant of the Imparja Cup aim. “Supporting this team with a view to expanding interest in cricket across the region is not only a priority for the Central Desert Shire but it’s what NT Cricket and Cricket Australia want also.” Lovell said.
The Imparja Cup Communities Competition kicks off on Tuesday 19 February 2013.