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Great Barrier Reef Rays

Updated: Aug 20, 2023

A Stellar Weekend for the inaugural Great Barrier Reef Rays and Century Cricket Competition in Brisbane.

The Great Barrier Reef Rays, premier cricket team representing Mackay and North QLD, proudly celebrated a noteworthy weekend at the Century Cricket competition. In the Rays inaugural year, they made it all the way to the Grand Final, although were not able to come away with the championship. Despite not securing the win in the finale, the team achieved significant milestones and garnered immense appreciation from fans and stakeholders alike.

Century Cricket deserves commendation for their warm hospitality and for hosting an exciting and very competitive competition. Featuring elite players such as NSW captain, Dan Hughes, Nick Larking of the Melbourne Stars, former Australian Fast Bowler Ben Laughlin and a host of other 1st class players. The Rays' participation illuminates the vast potential and the promise of cricketing talent from the North.

The Rays boasted 4 players from the Northern region Lane Kohler, Isacc Borg, Mitch Doolan and Sam Lowry. Their astounding performances were indicative of the region's cricketing prowess and the promise of more success to come. 7 other North QLD players also played in the competition for other teams.

The Rays Team was further amplified by the contributions of cricket luminaries: former Australian Fast Bowler Ben Laughlin, Melbourne Star Nick Larkin, and Brisbane's rising star and the competition's top run-scorer, Angus Lovell. Their inclusion offered invaluable experiences for the North QLD players, enhancing their exposure and learning.

The Rays owe a significant part of their success to their dedicated coach, Adam Knezevic. A local legend himself, Knezevic's guidance hints at a bright future for the Rays, cementing its reputation as a developmental pathway for emerging talent. Furthermore, a special mention to Vic Williams for his invaluable support throughout the competition. His hashtag #raysational truly encapsulates the spirit of the team.

Lastly, the Rays extend a heartfelt thanks to all sponsors for their unwavering faith and support throughout this journey.

The Rays played 6 games over 3 days against the Gold Coast Waveriders, Northern Brisbane Kings, Southern QLD Rockets, Moreton Bay Magic and Darling Downs Dingos.

For media inquiries, please contact – Christie Higgins


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