Nets to help Greenvale Kangaroos hit a six

 Hume Mayor, Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou, with Australian cricketer Peter Siddle
 Howzat! Hume Mayor, Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou, with Australian cricketer Peter Siddle, at Greenvale

Cricket in Hume has received a big boost, thanks to the opening of new training nets at the Greenvale Recreation Reserve on Section Road.

The nets have been established over turf pitches, and are located between ovals 1 and 2 at the popular reserve.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said she was confident that the nets would benefit young people who played cricket at premier level within Hume.

“These nets allow children and adults to practice their batting and bowling on a superb turf surface,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“They will be used regularly at training for the players of the Greenvale Kangaroos Cricket Club, and I’m confident the nets will enhance the club’s on-field performance.

“The turf pitches offer a first-class resource for the people of Greenvale, as well as residents from other parts of Hume.”

The new cricket nets will be formally opened at a special ceremony on Wednesday 27 January 2016 at 11am.

Council anticipates that the event will be attended by Australian cricketer Peter Siddle, as well as men and women from Victoria’s state cricket teams.

The Chairman of Cricket Victoria, Russell Thomas, will take part in the ceremony, along with the President of the Greenvale Kangaroos Cricket Club, Bruce Kent.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the nets had been funded by Hume City Council and Cricket Victoria.

“The game of cricket is popular around Australia, and it is much-loved in Hume,” she said.

“Cricket offers so much, and it’s terrific for people who like a sport with high skill and strategy.

“I encourage anyone with an interest in cricket to consider whether they could play the sport, because Hume is home to many passionate cricket lovers and participants.”

The Greenvale Kangaroos Cricket Club was established in August 2013, when the Greenvale Cricket Club merged with the North Melbourne District Cricket Club.

The club boasts a variety of junior teams, including under 10s, under 12s, under 14s, and under 16s.

It also features a total of six senior teams.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the new turf training nets would help the Kangaroos get better and better at their cricket.

“There’s an old motto: practice makes perfect,” she said.

“Hume City Council has invested in the cricket nets at Greenvale to help our residents improve their game and, more importantly, enjoy a social pursuit in a friendly environment.”

For further information on sporting reserves and clubs in Hume, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 27 January 2016

Updated : 3:11 PM, 27 January 2016

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