GCA - The line-up of Grampians Cricket Association cricketers set to take on a team of former Australian greats in an upcoming Twenty20 match has been named.
The Association's best cricketers will come together to take on the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) Masters team in Stawell next weekend.
The cricket legends will be in Stawell from October 24-26, the highlight of which will be an action-packed Twenty20 match on Friday, October 25 at Central Park against the Grampians Cricket Association (GCA) representative team.
The tour is sponsored by the Northern Grampians Shire Council and supported by the GCA and local cricket clubs.
In choosing the Grampians Cricket Association representative team, a criteria needed to be met.
The Association had to name a minimum of two players between the ages of 15-18 to play which they have done, with Ethan Marrow (Youth Club), Tom Hannett (Navarre) and Harry Ganley (Buangor) all listed in the squad.
There are also experienced local players such as Travis Nicholson (Swifts/Great Western) and Jarred Blandford (Tatyoon).
Jackson Dark (Swifts/Great Western) who featured in the winning 2012/13 Victorian Bushrangers under 18 male state champion team, has also been named.
Representing the ladies is Sarah Cunningham from Chalambar.
Grampians cricket legend, Gary Hannett has been named coach.
Captained by Travis Nicholson with Jarred Blandford named as vice-captain and Travis Horvatek elected wicketkeeper, the GCA squad is -
Sam Cocks (Swifts/Great Western): An aggressive left hand opening batsman who scored a double ton last season; Jarred Blandford (Tatyoon): Left hand batsman, one of the two premier batsmen in the GCA and captain of Tatyoon; Travis Nicholson (Swifts/Great Western): Left hand batsman, the other premier batsman in the competition and captain of the team; Harry Ganley (Buangor): Right hand batsman, right arm medium pace bowler, up-and-coming youngster who possesses all the shots and also bowls well; Jackson Dark (Swifts/Great Western): Right hand batsman/right arm medium pace bowler, all-rounder who represented the Central Highlands at under 18 level last year, winning the state title on the MCG; Travis Horvatek (Aradale): Left hand batsman and wicketkeeper; Tim McDougall (Tatyoon): Right arm fast/medium pace bowler and right hand batsman, speedster who takes plenty of wickets and is a handy, aggressive batsman; Tom Hannett (Navarre): Left handed batsman, youngster who has represented the GCA; Ethan Marrow (Youth Club): Promising young batsman who has also represented the GCA in the under 13 junior country week; Marc Brilliant (Swifts/Great Western): Right arm medium pace bowler, swing bowler who uses line and length. Closing in on 500 wickets in the GCA; John Butler (Aradale): Right arm fast/medium bowler, up-and-coming paceman of the GCA; Lee Oliver (Pomonal): right arm medium pace bowler, quality line and length bowler; Sarah Cunningham (Melbourne & Chalambar): Plays for Melbourne in Women's Premier Cricket. GCA product who is making her way in the big smoke.
There will be a lot of opportunities to meet the players at events around the town, with the excitement of the main game to take place at Central Park from 5.30pm.
Entry is just $5, and kids under 16 admitted free.
A sportsman's night will be held on the Thursday evening before the game, while coaching clinics and community visits will also form part of the tour.