CO-CAPTAIN: Michael Jones defends for Jonesy's XI in a game on the Queens Park turf. His team will play at Briggs Oval on Friday and Yangan on Saturday.
CO-CAPTAIN: Michael Jones defends for Jonesy's XI in a game on the Queens Park turf. His team will play at Briggs Oval on Friday and Yangan on Saturday. Gerard Walsh

Yangan one of four country grounds in use at carnival

CRICKET: There will be a bit of footy talked about when Hulk's XI, Rosewool Icemen and Badzy's Bandits do battle in a round robin at Yangan on Friday in day 1 of the Condamine Sports Club Warwick Australia Day Cricket Carnival.

Yangan, Maryvale and Allora are the country fields being used on Friday and Wheatvale, Yangan and Allora fields will be in use on Saturday.

The Rosewool Icemen are a team with many players from the Rosewool Redbacks team which is in the top four in Warwick club cricket. Captain Tyhe Clarkson is also one of the best Aussie Rules players for the Redbacks.

Badzy's Bandits is a team organised by Andrew Bardsley, the 2017 Redbacks Aussie rules captain.

Hulk's XI will be captained by George McVeigh, a former Queensland Country hooker. Warwick Cowboys rugby league back Kev Poole is joint Hulk's organiser. If teams had to nominate their own home ground, the odds are Hulk's XI would go for Yangan.

In the Saturday games at Yangan, Jonesy's XI will be in a round robin with Mitch's XI and Max's XI.

Jonesy's XI won the carnival in 2009 and will play at Yangan for the first time.

Co-captain Michael Jones said the team had some players out this year.

"Tony Johnson is out after moving to Cairns and Nick Campbell has work commitments,” he said.

"We have four new recruits.”

Matches to watch

Friday 8.30am Slade Park: Stunned Mullets v SBH XI - Last year's winners Stunned Mullets against a team with many Wheatvale club players. Can Wheatvale paceman Chris Cantwell get Steve Hawthorne out playing a reverse sweep?

Friday 8.30am Queens Park Turf: Digglers v Annie's XI - After two successive social competition wins, Digglers will come up against a side with last season's leading rungetter, former Brisbane A-grade keeper batsman Dean Murphy.

Friday 8.30am Allora: Dalrymple Dongers v Hugh's XI - The Dongers from Allora will be one of the teams keenest on the cricket side of the weekend. The Morris brothers, Nick, Joe and Tom are all in the team for the Friday battle against the police team.

Saturday 8.30am Slade Park: Maryvale Condy v Doc's XI - Leigh Cronin will come from Hervey Bay and could bowl some of the most economical overs in the carnival but it is unlikely Doc's XI team organiser Jarred Collins will just defend.

Saturday 8.30am Mayhew Oval: Goomeri Giants v Ring Ins - The battle of the teams travelling the furthest, Goomeri from the South Burnett and Ring Ins from Casino. Ring Ins have won the carnival three times.

Saturday 2.30pm Hamilton Oval: Palace Cows v Bears/Small's XI - Cows are one of the most improved teams and will play a Bears/Small's XI team which has won eight carnivals, the last in 2006.

Sunday morning on four turf wickets: Competition grade semi finals.

Sunday Noon Briggs Oval: Social competition grand final

Sunday 1.30pm Slade Park: Competitive grand final



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