Roar set to hit off at Aurora

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten  gets some cricket tips from Tassie Roar’s Meg Phillips at Aurora Stadium yesterday.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten gets some cricket tips from Tassie Roar’s Meg Phillips at Aurora Stadium yesterday.

AURORA Stadium will host its first official Cricket Australia fixture this season featuring the Tassie Roar women’s cricket team.

The Roar will take on the Queensland Fire in the North of the state for two Women’s National Cricket League Twenty-20 matches on Friday, November 28, and Sunday, November 30, with a one-day game played on the Saturday.

The Friday T20 game will be a night fixture under lights.

The national women’s fixture continues to build Aurora’s profile as a cricket venue.

It follows the successful inaugural Aussie 15s competition last season and the Ricky Ponting Testimonial match that attracted a record crowd of 17,771 – the biggest ever to attend any cricket match in Tasmania.

Launceston’s Tassie Roar fast bowler and Australian Shooting Stars squad member, Katelyn Fryett, said she was looking forward to playing at home at the North’s premier sporting venue.

‘‘We are really lucky that we get the opportunity to play cricket on world-class sporting arenas and the chance to play the first-ever national league fixture at Aurora Stadium is fantastic,’’ Fryett said.

‘‘It will be extra special for myself and a few of the girls who are from the North and have family and friends in the region and it is a great opportunity for young cricketers to witness women’s cricket at the highest level in Australia.’’

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said he was excited to attract the Cricket Australia fixture and encouraged Northern cricket lovers to turn out and support it.

‘‘We want to see more first-class cricket here in Launceston on what is a brilliant oval,’’ he said.

‘‘We saw that when the Ricky Ponting game was held here and 17,000 turned out for it – we want to see Aurora Stadium used for more than just football.’’

Alderman van Zetten said the Launceston City Council remained keen to attract a Hobart Hurricanes T20 fixture to the ground in the future.

‘‘But this is a great start and we’re really looking forward to it,’’ he said.

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