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Kookaburra Cup

Played in the lead up to the summer of cricket, the Kookaburra Cup is fast becoming a staple of the kid’s sporting calendar.

A staple on the Canberra sporting calendar, the Kookaburra Cup is an annual pre-season tournament attracting players and teams from around the country. The mission of the Cup is to showcase Australia’s number one sport, cricket, to kids and families. The festival vibe of the event has been designed to achieve two primary goals of participation and enjoyment for all.

Played in the lead up to the summer of cricket, the Kookaburra Cup is fast becoming a staple of the kid’s sporting calendar. In its’ twelve years of operation, the Kookaburra Cup has continued to grow, with each tournament attracting more than 600 participants playing more than 140 games over three action packed days.

The T20 tournament is held at multiple venues right across the ACT and is open to entries from both girls and boys. The teams will have eight players per side, and have traditionally competed in either Cup or Plate divisions of Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 groups over the three-day tournament. This tournament has featured prominent names in the cricket community including Australian World T20 leg spinner, Adam Zampa, Sydney Sixers captain, Nic Maddinson, and Brisbane Heat and Canberra alumni all-rounder, Jason Floros.

“We are delighted to once again welcome all teams into our backyard to kick start their upcoming cricket season” said Cricket ACT CEO Cameron French. “Tournaments like this help demonstrate that Canberra is a perfect destination to hold sporting events with its wonderful facilities and family friendly tourist and cultural attractions." he added. 

Key Details

  • What: 2018 Kookaburra Cup
  • Who: Male & Female Junior Cricketers (11-16 years old)
  • Date: Wednesday, 3rd of October to Friday, 5th of October.
  • Cost: TBC 

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2018 Kookaburra Cup - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the format played?

The format is Twenty20.

How many matches are played?

Every endeavour will be made to ensure teams play a minimum of five (5) matches over the three (3) days unless a bye occurs due to uneven numbers of teams in that division. Two matches will be played on the first two days of the tournament (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) with finals played on morning of the third day.

How many players can play in a team?

The Kookaburra Cup is an 8-a-side competition aimed at increasing participation. Teams may nominate a non-batter and non-bowler on their team sheet to use nine (9) players in any given match. Any extra players able to be used as substitute fielders only.

What are the age groups?

The age groups for the event are Under 12, Under 14, and Under 16 for boys and Under 13 and Under 17 for girls. Each age group is split into two divisions, identified as the “Cup” for higher skilled teams such as district and representative teams, or individual clubs who feel they can compete in at a high standard, and the “Plate” for community based teams including schools and smaller local cricket clubs.

What equipment is provided?

Teams are provided with all match balls, one set of stumps (including bails) and a scorebook.  This will be provided at sign-in for the entire tournament, NOT after every match.




Round 1

Ball No. 1


Round 2

Ball No. 1

20 overs (max.) old

Round 3

Ball No. 2


Round 4

Ball No. 2

20 overs (max.) old

Round 5

Ball No. 3



Each team must supply enough boundary markers to mark out the field.

At which venues will matches be held?

Until the draw is finalised in the weeks leading up to the tournament, ground allocations cannot be provided. When allocating grounds, the competition will attempt to keep age groups and divisions clustered together in adjacent districts of the ACT. Most transfers between grounds will be no more than a 15-20 minute drive.

When will a draw be provided?

A draw will be supplied approximately one week before the competition starts.

What is the age cut off for players?

The age cut off is 1st September 2018. For example, if a player turns 14 on September 2nd, they may play Under 14s. However, if a player turns 14 on August 31, they must play in the Under 16 division. This is the same rule as is applied in most Australian Underage cricket competitions. 


Are teams required to provide officials for each match?

Cricket ACT will endeavour to provide as many umpires as possible for each fixture. However, given the size of our pool of our umpires, and the tournament taking place mid-week, we cannot guarantee that we will have enough officials to stand in all fixtures. Where possible, we will allocate one umpire per match, so that the batting team will only have to provide a square leg umpire for 20 overs. Please come prepared to provide at least one official to stand at square leg.

We also ask that each team provide a scorer for the entirety of the match.

What are my team’s responsibilities at the end of each match?

Both teams in each match are responsible for ensuring that team scores, and the match result, are uploaded to MyCricket as quickly as possible after the match. You will be provided with a username and password that allows you to do this.

We understand that visiting teams may not have internet access away from their accommodation, but you will be provided with deadlines. Please meet these so that we can generate draws for the final day as quickly as possible.

Teams also have the option to enter the individual scores for players if they would like, as we present awards for highest run scorer and highest wicket taker. These will be awarded based on who has entered statistics into MyCricket. If your statistics are not entered on MyCricket, please be advised we will not be keeping our own records. Therefore, players in your team will not be eligible for these individual awards.

Are there any events that are held to complement the tournament? 

There is an Opening Ceremony for the tournament, held in the morning ahead of the first match at Manuka Oval. All teams are also invited to attend the Presentation Ceremony after the tournament, held at Manuka Oval after the conclusion of the final matches.

Teams should also be aware that there is a coaches/manager’s briefing, held before the Opening Ceremony on the first day. This is also at Manuka Oval, and doubles as the collection location for the team’s prize packs.  

For further information contact:

Chris Griffin