Cricketers from eight different cultural backgrounds will get a chance to fight for a Community Rookie spot with the Sydney Thunder, with the second edition of the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup launched in Sydney.
Started by the Sydney Thunder last season, the competition aims to give cricket players from the eight cultural backgrounds the chance to experience the fun and excitement of Twenty20 cricket, whilst representing their local community.
This season, Sydney Thunder representatives will be present at each community round, with the standout player from the day to be invited to participate in the Sydney Thunder Community Rookie trials on November 24 at ANZ Stadium. From the trials, one Sydney Thunder Community Rookie contract will be awarded to the player who impresses the most.
The competition will culminate with the two finalists taking to the turf of Spotless Stadium to play in the official curtain raiser for the Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars match on Saturday 17 January. The winning team will see their country’s name etched alongside 2013/2014 winners South Africa on the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup.
Those communities taking part in this year’s tournament are:
Usman Khawaja commented on his excitement about the return of the MoneyGram Thunder Nation Cup.
“Last year it was great to see so many teams register and take part in the inaugral Thunder Nation Cup. I can’t wait to see some of the stars of the future that are unearthed as part of this initiative” Khawaja said.
Sydney Thunder General Manager, Nick Cummins, encouraged cricket fans and players to get involved in the Moneygram Thunder Nation Cup.
“After seeing the talent that was on display last year, we have decided that we will reward the standout player from this year’s Moneygram Thunder Nation Cup with a playing contract with the Sydney Thunder as our Community Rookie” Cummins said.
“This provides an opportunity for those players to fastrack their goal of playing First Class cricket and join our playing roster”.
“The Moneygram Thunder Nation Cup, first and foremost, is a community initiative so we encourage all people to get involved, as you don’t need to be cricket experts or professionals to play in the tournament”, he commented.
“MoneyGram is thrilled to team up with Sydney Thunder for the Thunder Nation Cup, and have the opportunity to engage with many communities in Western Sydney through a sport we all enjoy,” said Deepika Chadha, MoneyGram’s senior marketing manager for Australia. “We look forward to the community cricket days, and our team is very excited about the Community Rookie program which could unearth a future talent. MoneyGram is proud to invest in our local communities.”
About MoneyGram International
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Entry to the Moneygram Thunder Nation Cup is open to male and females, aged 16 and above. To enter a team of eight players or to find out more information head to www.sydneythunder.com.au/thundernationcup .
Thunder Nation Cup Schedule:
Nepal- 12 October 2014. Webb’s Ave, Auburn
Pakistan- 19 October 2014. Blacktown International , Blacktown
Aboriginal- 19 October 2014. Jameson Park 2 & 3, Penrith
South Africa- 26th October 2014. Bruce Purser Oval, Rouse Hill
Bangladesh- 2nd November 2014. Adams Park, Canley Vale
Sri Lanka- 16th November 2014. Monty Bennett, Wentworthville
Afghanistan- 16th November 2014. Hammondville Park, Moorebank
India- 16th November 2014. Granville Park, Granville
Community Rookie Trials- 24th November 2014. ANZ Stadium nets, Sydney Olympic Park
Semi-Final Day- 30th November 2014. Mona Park, Auburn
FINAL- 17th January 2014. curtain raiser to Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars, Spotless Stadium