Aussie 15s a big hit, says organiser

TIM Coyle believes the Aussie 15s competition has achieved all that he hoped it would when it was launched at the end of November.

Speaking before tonight's grand final between the Westbury-aligned Cock'n'Bull Crusaders and Mowbray's Star Bar Slashers, the former Tasmanian coach and competition organiser said: "The support from the players has been fantastic as they have really supported the concept, and they have enjoyed playing it.

"At the end of the day it gives the players another cricket opportunity at a fantastic venue.

"They love the ground, and there was probably some scepticism about the rules at the start, as you don't want to muck around with the game too much, but at the end of the game we wanted a product that would attract people's attention."

The competition, which has seen NTCA clubs align themselves with Launceston pubs in a modified form of the game has attracted club cricketers from across the state to play on Aurora Stadium's drop-in-wicket.

The former Tasmanian coach said new rules such as the double-scoring straight zone down the ground and batsmen only being able to face 15 balls an innings had been accepted by all involved.

"All-in-all we're happy with the way it has gone, but we'll sit down at the end of it and see what can do to develop or it, or whether we keep it the same."

Coyle expected the final to be a close contest between two teams that are evenly matched, but thought the bowling attack for the Crusaders would be enough to see them home.

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