Carnival continues great tradition

READY TO GO: Some of the Ballina team that will play in the Under-13 cricket carnival
READY TO GO: Some of the Ballina team that will play in the Under-13 cricket carnival Mitchell Craig

SIXTEEEN teams will take part in the annual LJ Hooker Under-13 cricket carnival in Ballina next week.

Ballina District and Lismore District have entered teams and can expect strong competition from Brisbane and Sydney entries.

There has been a changing of the guard this season with Tintenbar- East Ballina Cricket Club taking over the running of the carnival from Ballina Bears.

The Ballina team is made up mostly of players from Byron Bay and Tintenbar-East Ballina.

Rocky Hughes, Keshava Raju, Louis Trisley and Jonah Wentzel are from Byron Bay while the 'Bar has Ethan Barnwell, John Butten- shaw, Kye Frappell and Kai Steele in the team.

Hayden Wilson (Cudgen) and Travis Antonelli (Murwillumbah) have also been selected along with Ryan Kernaghan (Lennox Head).

Matt Earl has come on board as carnival co-ordinator, with the 19-year-old having played in the competition when he was younger.

"It was a great carnival to play in as a kid and the local boys will give it a good go," Earl said.

"Most of the teams have played together for a while now, whereas our guys have only just come together.

"The carnival has been going for a long time, and I'm sure everyone will play well and enjoy themselves next week.

"It's great that the carnival can be shared around and that our club has a chance to host it now."

All the teams will be at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, on Monday for team photos before play starts at 9.30am.

The 50-overs-a-side final will be played at Kingsford Smith Park on Friday with all other games that day to be 40 overs a side.

"That will be a good chance for all the teams to finish earlier and come back and watch the final," Earl said.

"Friday is the best day to get everyone together and hopefully watch a really good final."

The carnival is also sponsored by the Ballina RSL Club, with team dinners to be held there.