Alice Springs to Host Sheffield Shield Final
Alice Springs is poised to host the Sheffield Shield final if the Victorian Bushrangers secure top spot on the competition ladder.
The Bushrangers' brilliant season has put them two wins clear of the competition and with just three rounds to go their lead has likely secured the final from March 26.
Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the match would be a huge moment for the Alice Springs community.
“To host a match of this magnitude is very significant for the Northern Territory and Alice Springs in particular," Ms Moss said.
"The Territory Government is committed to bringing top-tier sport to the bush and this match would bring national and international spotlight to our very own Traeger Park.
“The match will also be great for local business and tourism with the Red Centre sure to be buzzing with all the action.
“While we have a few weeks to wait for the potential final, in the meantime we can look forward to the Sheffield Shield clash between the Bushrangers and Western Warriors at Traeger Park on March 8."
Cricket Victoria’s General Manager of Cricket, Shaun Graf said the Bushrangers are looking forward to getting back to Alice Springs, their home away from home.
“We’ve had terrific support from the local community in recent years. It’s a rare opportunity for Northern Territory fans to see elite cricket in their own backyard with a number of international players likely to play in both teams," said Mr Graf.
“We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to the Northern Territory Government and Alice Springs Town Council for welcoming us back again and their outstanding support, we’re looking forward to playing in front of a great crowd against Western Australia at Traeger Park and then hopefully again in the final.”
Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan said the Sheffield Shield match would be a great day for the community.
“Council is proud to host the Sheffield Shield in Alice Springs each year and Traeger Park Oval is an excellent facility for these high-profile matches," Mr Ryan said.