August 29, 2001

NTCA indoor training facility to be upgraded

Thomas Rose

The NTCA Ground's indoor training facility is poised to receive a $40,000 upgrade courtesy of the Tasmanian Cricket Association (TCA) as they try and promote cricket as a statewide sport.

New flooring, nets, lighting and paint are planned for the Launceston ground's indoor facility. The TCA's offering is significantly due to the redevelopment of Bellerive Oval in Hobart and is a bid to keep the northern venues' facilities on par with those in the south.

The NWTCA Ground is also expected to receive a similar gesture from the TCA.

The indoor facility is primarily used as a training venue for junior players and for selection trials such as those for the junior Metro Cup cricket tournament.

The TCA has planned sessions between junior cricketers and senior Tasmanian team members to help enhance the productivity of cricket in Tasmania at a junior level. Sean Clingeleffer, Brett Geeves, Scott Kremerskothen and Shane Watson all made the two hour trip to Launceston from Hobart to participate in a skills session with eighty budding cricketers. Four more similar sessions have been planned by the TCA which will occur before Christmas.