The Canberra Southern Cross Club Kookaburra Cup is a 3-day T20 cricket tournament that attracts approximately 800 kids from all over ACT and NSW. In 2018 the event was comprised of 259 individual matches across 37 individual grounds in Canberra.
The last two years of the Kookaburra Cup saw an increase in the number of teams which is partly attributable to a significant team return rate. The 2017 Kookaburra Cup had 51 teams while 2018 had 74 teams, an increase of 45%. Of the 74 teams, 49 were from outside the ACT. Those travelling to Canberra for the competition would consist of the 10-15 players per team plus the friends and family members who travel with them.
While Cricket ACT is grateful to organise and host an event that helps highlight all Canberra has to offer, the most important aspect is the benefit to the children who participate. Kookaburra Cup allows local players to play against higher level opponents from out of state while also providing an opportunity for young cricketers to make friends with a common interest.
The competition is played by girls and boys aged 9 to 16 years old and each year Cricket ACT looks for ways to encourage diversity within the teams.
Yesterday the event was announced as a finalist for the Canberra Sport Awards, making it the third of three cricket finalists (the other two being Nathan Lyon for Athlete of the Year in Men's Sport and Marie Hart for Outstanding Service to Sport).