A trip to Adelaide awaits a group of mates who have won the Tasmanian division of the National Indoor Cricket League (NICL).
The undefeated Eastern Shore Bombers overcame the Hobart Hurricanes’ own Clive Rose’s Kingborough Knights to win the State League’s grand final and book a position in the NICL National Finals Series at the Action Indoor Sports Centre Salisbury in Adelaide from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September 2018.
These National Indoor Cricket League Finals are for all the winners of each region across the country and the Eastern Shore Bombers will be proudly representing Tasmania.
They will actually be competing against nine other men’s zone winners in total to see who will be named the NICL National Champions.
Tom Robinson is one of 11 players who will travel to Adelaide as part of the Eastern Shore Bombers team, and while he thinks his team will be the underdog, he is hoping his side’s experience will see them be competitive.
“We are a fairly experienced group but our average age will definitely be up there compared to the other teams,” Robinson said.
“We have all known each other for 20-25 years through indoor cricket and outdoor cricket at Clarence.
“Some of us have represented the State for indoor cricket before but that was back in 2002 and ’03, or even before.”
Robinson also coaches a Tasmanian indoor cricket team that took on South Australia for the inaugural Lonergan-Skeggs Shield last weekend – capturing the trophy with a nail-biting victory over the mainlanders (see photo below).
“The team is more of a development team,” he said.
“We haven’t had a Tasmanian team in a national championship since 2003 so we are hoping to grow the game and see Tasmania back in those sorts of tournaments.”
Keep an eye out on Cricket Australia’s Indoor Facebook Page and the NICL Website throughout the tournament – around 30 games will be live streamed across this period, meaning the Bombers team will feature in two or three games at a minimum.
Valuable Experience: Jack Bowerman, Stuart Clark, Wayne Quarrell, Tom Robinson, Nathan Muir, Brad Grimsey and Martin Stirling who took on South Australia last weekend to win the Lonergan-Skeggs Shield (above - left to right).