Darling Downs and South West Suns players Dean Sullivan and Hayden Lanza with ex-Australian coach John Buchanan after the Bulls Masters in Stanthorpe.
Darling Downs and South West Suns players Dean Sullivan and Hayden Lanza with ex-Australian coach John Buchanan after the Bulls Masters in Stanthorpe. Hayden Smith

Nominate your local cricket legend

QUEENSLAND Bulls Masters and Suncorp Bank are calling on Queensland communities to nominate their local cricket champion for the Bulls Masters and Suncorp Bank Community Cricket Champion of the Year.

The Community Cricket Champion program, a joint-initiative of Bulls Masters and Suncorp Bank, has been designed to recognise the contribution of community cricket volunteers from across the state and acknowledge the role they play in ensuring cricket continues to thrive in their local community.

Nominations are open to anyone involved with community cricket, be it the coach who volunteers their weekends or a parent who manages the drinks table at every local match.

Bulls Masters Managing Director Jimmy Maher said the organisation wanted to recognise and reward cricket volunteers who allow the game to develop in their communities.

"The Bulls Masters, with the support of Suncorp Bank, are committed to supporting local cricket communities across Queensland," Mr Maher said.

"Many of the Bulls Masters were supported by hardworking and dedicated volunteers in their early days of cricket and it's time that these people are recognised and awarded for their efforts.

"The next Ian Healy, Matthew Hayden or Andy Bichel may be at your local cricket club and the club's volunteers will play an integral role in the development of those young cricketers.

"That is why we are encouraging all cricket clubs right across Queensland to nominate their volunteers for the Community Cricket Champion."

The winner will be selected by a Bulls Masters and Suncorp Bank panel and will be recognised as the official Bulls Masters Suncorp Bank Community Cricket Champion. The winner will also win an individual cash prize of $2,000, a $10,000 grant for their cricket club and the chance to have the Bulls Masters visit the club for a BBQ with all club members.

Nominations can be submitted online at suncorpbankbulls masters.com.au. Nominations open on Monday, December 8, 2014, and will close on Friday February 27 2015, with the winner announced on Wednesday March 25 2015.



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