Council to explore Sheffield Shield options

26 June 2014

AlburyCity will look at securing a Sheffield Shield cricket match in the 2015-16 season after having to pass on an opportunity to host a Victoria vs Queensland match at the Lavington Sports Ground due to a potential fixture clash with the AFL NAB Challenge.

AlburyCity's Director of Tourism and Economic Development Tracey Squire said, "Council has already submitted a tender to host an AFL NAB Cup match at the Lavington Sports Ground in March. The AFL will announce the successful tenders on 15 August. At this stage we need to keep the arena available in the event we are selected as a successful venue."

"Unfortunately the tight turnaround between the proposed matches means that the Lavington Sports Ground can't be prepared in time to host both events."

"We have made the venue available as a contingency arena for Cricket Victoria should Council be unsuccessful in securing an AFL NAB Cup match."

"Unfortunately the timelines haven't worked out on this occasion. Council will continue working with Cricket Victoria, Cricket NSW and the Albury Wodonga Cricket Association to explore ways we can attract Sheffield Shield cricket to the region, particularly in the 2015 pre-Christmas period when we can guarantee the Lavington Sports Ground's availability and a perfect playing pitch."