THE outfields won’t resemble the MCG, but the Musgrave Cricket Grounds will be ready for action this weekend, roadhouse boss Adam McDowall says.
Teams from Weipa, Cooktown, Cape York and Mareeba will make the pilgrimage to Musgrave for the Super 8s carnival.
“We’ve just laid the concrete for a third pitch out the back so we’ll be able to have three games going at once,” Mr McDowall said.
“It should be a great weekend. These social events are the best thing about the Cape.”
Making an appearance at the iconic roadhouse will be legendary cricketers Jeff Thomson and Doug Walters, who will auction off some memorabilia and share some tales of their playing days.
Thomson, often regarded as the quickest bowler in cricket history, is renowned for his story-telling.
Walters was one of the best batsmen of his era and is famous for his love of the punt.
Mareeba’s Will Rofe, who has done most of the organising for this year’s Super 8s event, said it would be a great weekend.
“To have two greats like Dougy and Thommo at Musgrave will be an unforgettable experience,” he said.
“This is not just about getting together and playing cricket, it’s also about catching up with old friends and making a few new ones in the process.
“We want to grow this weekend into a tradition and get people coming from all over Far North Queensland.”
Mr Rofe said the support of businesses throughout Mareeba and the Cape had made it all possible.
“We really appreciate them for pitching in when they are under no obligation to do so,” he said.
“No one is getting paid to put this carnival on – we are doing it because it’s something we love.”
Mr McDowall said Musgrave Roadhouse would be open all weekend, with the kitchen and bar operating.
“Even if you’re not playing it’s going to be a fun weekend and there should be something for the spectators to enjoy,” he said.
There is a free barbecue on Saturday night, with Thomson and Walters appearing and running their memorabilia auction.