Tasmanian sport is getting bigger and better every year, with local athletes and teams making their mark in a variety of competitions around the country and the world.
But it’s not just the sportspeople that are achieving remarkable success – the island state itself is garnering a reputation as a great location for hosting exciting events.
The cricket season has just got underway and whether you’re a huge fan or casual follower of the game, it promises to be an exciting summer for the Tasmanian team in all forms.
Having started the 2011 Ryobi Cup – the domestic limited overs competition – with one win and one loss, Tasmania will be hoping to rise to the top of the table with consecutive home matches in the first half of November.
On Wednesday November 2 they play Victoria at the picturesque Bellerieve Oval in Hobart.
Renowned for being one of the most enjoyable grounds internationally to watch cricket, a day at this venue is a wonderful opportunity for both locals and visitors to relax under the summer sun and be entertained by some of the country’s best talent.
Then on Sunday November 13 the side hosts South Australia at Burnie’s West Park Oval. While it doesn’t hold the international reputation of Bellerieve – an official Test-match venue – spectators are bound to appreciate the intimate setting and proximity to the pitch.
With former and current Australian representatives such as Ben Hilfenhaus, Xavier Doherty, Jason Krejza and George Bailey in the squad, Tasmania appear set for a great season and are likely to be highly competitive, especially in front of passionate home supporters.
Tickets for Ryobi Cup matches are available at the ground on the day, so it is a hassle-free way to spend an afternoon with friends or family.