The 2017 Australian Masters Indoor Championship are underway at the newly renovated Action Indoor Sports Kambah. They will run through to Saturday 27th of May. There are three ACT teams in action over the week competing in the 35 & over, 40 & over, and 50 & over men’s divisions. Live streaming will be available for all the play's action including the preliminary finals and grand finals held on Friday 26th May and Saturday 27th of May.
Accenture has become a major sponsor of all ACT Masters teams as part of its commitment to supporting vital community organisations that its employees are involved with. Sheldon Rego, Accenture senior manager and 35 & over all-rounder says “ the national indoor cricket competition is going from strength to strength, growing significantly since I started playing in 2010 when the Masters was a small community. We now have a strong digital and technology focus which will make the game more accessible, and the support of organisations like Accenture will help promote awareness of indoor cricket and attract more people to get involved.”
The ACT 35 & over’s campaign began on Sunday with a loss to division favorites New South Wales and a win of Western Australia, they now sit 1-3. Sheldon Rego believes the home court advantage will only benefit the locals — especially the infamous Canberra winter. “I think that if we come out of the blocks strong we have a good chance to be up there in the finals. We have trained well, we understand the court conditions and what works in our favour here in the ACT,” Mr Rego said. “I’m hoping that our familiarity with the cold and our ability to play together in a place where we have played a long time should work in our favour.”
Last year the ACT 40 & over men’s side fell just short of taking home the major prize losing to Queensland in the grand final. The experienced side is the pick of the ACT teams to take home the silverware in 2017, naming a talented side lead by coach Tom Rowe. They defeated Queensland on day 1 and are currently sitting pretty with a 4-0 record and a rest day today.
“I think that the over 40’s have the best chance to take the trophy home. There is no doubt that they’ve got the best skills and the best team in terms of comradery and the way that they have worked with each other for a long time.” Mr Rego said.
The ACT 50's are also positioned nicley tto make a run at the finals with a 3-1 record after two days play.
The national titles are not the only thing on the line, as members of the teams will be competing for selection in the Australian sides for the 2017 international season. The competition will be fierce and the prospect of national selection is sure to add to the excitement of the tournament. The games will be fast paced and action packed with a high quality of talent on display.
You can find the full program at the Australian Indoor Cricket Website http://www.indoor.cricket.com.au/ and not miss a moment of the action through live streaming via the Australian Indoor Cricket Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CricketAusIndoor/ .
Cricket ACT CEO Cameron French was also extremely pleased with the new sponsorship agreement and excited for the action to get underway “We are always open to great companies like Accenture that want to team with Cricket ACT and help cricket grow in the region” French said. “Cricket ACT is also proud hosts of the Nationals with Action Indoor Sports Kambah and see Canberra as the perfect location to host National titles” French concluded.
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