Feast of competing for Warwick this Australia Day
PREPARATIONS are in full swing for Warwick's Australia Day long weekend cricket bonanza, with the event expected to draw more than 1000 visitors to the Rose City.
Cricketers are expected to descend on the city from Sydney, Adelaide, New Zealand and Queensland regional and metropolitan centres, with 33 teams set to play 95 games over the course of three days of competition from January 25.
The games will be played at Wheatvale, Maryvale, Killarney, Yangan, Allora, Queens Park turf and synthetic, Hamilton Oval, Mayhew Oval, Slade Park and Scots PGC College.
Diggers cricket team captain Colin O'Brien said three games each day would be played at each venue on the first two days, with two games to be played at each venue on Monday.
"The grand final will be played at Slade Park at 1pm on the Monday," O'Brien said.
Many of the state's best country cricketers are set to play, as well as Brisbane A-grade players and stars from other sports.
An A-grade player from Melbourne is also set to join in the event, playing for the Diggers.
In previous years sports stars such as Olympic hockey medallists Dean Butler and Lee Bodimeade and Brisbane Broncos player Andrew McCullough have joined in the action.
Warwick fast bowler Mark Steketee is set to play as well, having recently been called up for the Brisbane Heat's Big Bash League team.
O'Brien said preparations were progressing well, with the event set to inject $500,000 into the region's economy.
"It's set to be a big weekend for the town," he said.
"The event is a reunion for teams, families and friends.
"Pubs and motels will be booked out."
Condamine Sports Club is the major sponsor for this year's event, with Kookaburra providing cheap cricket balls and $1000 in prizes.