ORGANISERS of the 2013 Western NSW Junior Cricket Carnival in Orange believe participation numbers will continue to boom.
In its 19th year, the under 13 carnival recorded a record-breaking 14 teams in 2014, and the Orange District Junior Cricket Association-run tournament is likely to feature the same number of teams in 2015, if not more.
ODJCA secretary Steve Ryan said he and fellow executive members had talked about the possibility of involving more junior teams in the future, with the lure of playing on turf pitches playing a significant role in interest surrounding the Orange-based carnival.
Following an unfortunate washout of the final day of the under 13 carnival yesterday, eventual winners North Shore and runners-up Parramatta both signalled their intentions to return next summer.
Expecting more teams to follow suit, Ryan said plans are already being looked at to accommodate a bumper carnival in 12 months’ time.
Following on from the success of North Shore and Parramatta, Penrith finished the under 13 carnival in third and Mitchell were fourth. ACT under 13s, Illawarra, Wagga Wagga, ACT under 12s, Camden, Lachlan, Shoalhaven, Northern Districts, Dubbo and South Coast filled the minor placings.
“The carnival has been fantastic. The feedback has been enormous,” Ryan enthused.
The under 15 carnival, boasting eight teams, begins on Monday.