MOREE Junior Cricket Club will open-bat the new season next month with the McGregor Gourlay Sports Dinner, a huge event aimed at raising funds for cricket facility upgrades at Ron Harborne Oval.
The Friday, October 20 event at The Max Function Centre is supported by a vast list of generous sponsors and will be emceed by Big Sports’ Breakfast host Jimmy Smith, whose transition from playing rugby league for Australia as well as the ARL and NRL to sports media and commentary has been seamless.
Celebrity guests include former Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin, Australian netballer Abbey McCulloch and former rugby star Tom Carter.
World-class cricketer Haddin, who retired from international and first class cricket in 2015, has represented Australia in all three forms of international cricket – Test, One-Day International and Twenty20 International.
McCulloch is a member of the NSW Swifts playing in the new Australian league Suncorp Super Netball.
She currently captains the side alongside vice-captain Paige Hadley.
Tom Carter retired from rugby union in 2013 after playing for the NSW Waratahs and representing Australia on the world stage.
He is now Chairman of Selectors of the Sydney University Cricket Club.
Moree Junior Cricket Club president David Watts, who has spent months putting together the huge gala, said the sports dinner will include raffles, auctions and lucky door prizes.
“This is going to be a huge event and it is open to the entire public – it’s not just a night for cricketers,” Watts said.
“This is a night for anyone and everyone but we do hope to raise quite a bit of money for junior cricket in Moree.
“There will be plenty of things happening on the night and it’s just fantastic that we have such special guests as Jimmy Smith, Brad Haddin, Tom Carter and Abbey McCulloch coming along,” he said.
Tickets to the sports dinner, available from A Tasty Surprise on Balo Street, are just $100 per head and include complimentary beer and wine between 6pm and 7pm, hor doeuvres, a main meal and a dessert plate.
Major sponsors include McGregor Gourlay, WJ’s, Broadbent Grain, Chesterfield Australia, Tyrepower Moree, Cotton Seed Distributors, B&W Rural, Qantas, M&G Travel, Simply Print Anything, Black Truck and Ag, Local Appliance Rentals, A Tasty Surprise, Jukes and Son Tyre Service, Landmark, Any Occasion Catering and the Artesian Spa Motel.
“Moree has really gotten behind this night, with so many sponsors – large and small – supporting junior cricket in our town,” Watts said.
“It’s a credit to every single one of them.”