The Victorian Vikings will be unveiled for the first time on Sunday when they tackle an All Stars outfit at Kardinia Park.
Following the Victorian All Abilities Cricket Carnival earlier this year, the Vikings, which consists of players with an intellectual disability, were selected to represent their state and will pull on the Big V for the first time this weekend in a Forty40 encounter at the Geelong Cricket Ground.
The All Stars line-up is comprised of players that have been invited to train with the Vikings squad during the year, which includes past and present Australian ID players. Among the interested onlookers will be Melbourne Renegades batsman Michael Hill and Melbourne Stars all-rounder John Hastings, who will be present at the encounter.
According to Vikings coach Campbell Waring, both sides are looking forward to squaring off against each other in a wonderful advertisement for all abilities cricket.
“It’s really exciting and it’s great that they are able to participate and represent their state and are no longer a team in name only,” Waring said of the Vikings.
“A lot of these players are club cricketers from across the state and there are some very good players (in both teams).
“Hopefully this leads to playing another state in the New Year or next season as that would be the next advancement in the program.”
The Forty40 clash will be held from 11am to 5pm at the Geelong Cricket Ground on Sunday, October 30 and admission is free.
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Please note, a media opportunity with Victorian Vikings coach Campbell Waring and captain Gavan Hicks will be conducted from 2pm on Thursday, October 27 at Eastern Oval, Ballarat. Interested media are asked to phone Campbell Waring (0427 839 548) to make arrangements.
Victorian Vikings All Abilities Team Gavan Hicks (C) Garath Aslem Nick Bruin Andrew Calladine Shaun Harris Justin Healy Chris Langley John Loy Adam Loy Michael Massarotti Shaun Rayment Jordon Wynne
All Abilities All Star Team Jarrod Connelly (C) Paul Barnard Ben Davenport Matthew Dean Shaun Ferguson Daynah Hopkins David Jenkins Ben Langley Liam McMurtrie Nathan Mahar Brayden Oogles Steve Telionatsis David Wallace Craig Whitehand Shaun Wilkie