Maryborough to run own cricket competition in 2017/18
FRASER Coast Cricket's senior comp is no more.
Maryborough District Cricket Association will run its own senior competition over the 2017-18 summer and it could start as soon as September 16.
Maryborough Cricket's Chris Strochnetter stressed it was not an easy decision, but was the right one to take to protect the future of the sport in the Heritage City.
The new competition's format is yet to be finalised, but Maryborough will run either A-grade and reserve grade, or run as one large competition.
"Based on feedback from the clubs so far I think we're looking forward to a good season," Strochnetter said.
The split will not stop there, with Maryborough and Hervey Bay to field their own senior representative teams in the Goodchild Shield. The Shield includes teams from Gympie, South Burnett and Bundaberg.
Strochnetter said he was not overly concerned about the standard of competition.
Three of the 2016-17 season's top four A-grade teams came from the Heritage City.
Past Grammars, who have dominated Maryborough, Fraser Coast, and Sugar Cities competitions for the past five years, will lead the way, though Australs will not be too far behind.
While Brothers, a club that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, is expected to field at least one team, and the likes of Tinana and Mary River Mullets could very well feature, Strochnetter said the door was open for players and new clubs to compete.
The new competition will start on either September 16 or 23, with an opening date to be determined after teams confirm their participation.