Law adds class to Queensland Bulls Masters
THE first man to lead Queensland to victory in the Sheffield Shield, Stuart Law, is the latest addition to the star-studded Queensland Bulls Masters squad to play in Ipswich next week.
Law will join a number of his former Queensland and Australia teammates, including Ian Healy, Andy Bichel, Michael Kasprowicz, Greg Ritchie and Carl Rackemann.
As well as the outstanding line-up of ex-Test and state cricketers in the team, current Queensland and Australia rugby league captain Cameron Smith will join the squad.
On Sunday, November 18, Law and the rest of the former cricket legends suit up for a Twenty20 match against an Ipswich Cricket Invitational XI at Baxter Oval, Amberley.
It follows a charity golf day on Friday and dinner on Saturday evening.
"Stuart Law won the Sheffield Shield five times as Queensland captain, as well as two domestic one-day trophies, so he certainly played a massive part in what was a golden period for Queensland cricket," Bulls Masters managing director and team captain Jimmy Maher said.
"A big part of Queensland Rail Bulls Masters tours is making sure we pass on our knowledge of the game to young cricketers in the region.
"I'd encourage any young cricketers in the area to make the most of having ex-players like him around as they are more than happy to pass on their wealth of cricket knowledge to the next generation."
There are several Ipswich products amongst the Bulls Masters, including Bichel, Greg Ritchie and Dirk Tazelaar.
Tazelaar has been named in the match day XII, though he insists he told Maher he would not be playing.
"I told Jim quite clearly I wasn't going to be playing," Chuwar resident Tazelaar said.
"I had a knee operation and everything is good with that now so I don't want to risk it."
Tazelaar is confident there will be plenty of players available to make up for his absence.
The tour of Ipswich will turn into something of a reunion for the first Queensland team to win the Sheffield Shield in 1995.
The Queensland pace attack from that game - Tazelaar, Bichel and Carl Rackemann - will be on hand, along with Law and Maher and 1995 squad members Greg Rowell and Scott Prestwidge.
"It's good to get back and raise some money for local cricket, which was good to me in my younger days," the one-time Ipswich Norths player said.
"Anything just to create some extra interest in Ipswich cricket is great.
"Everybody wants to put a little bit back."
As well as the Twenty20 match at Baxter Oval, the public will also have plenty of other opportunities to mingle with the team throughout the tour with coaching clinics, sportsman's dinner and bowls evening.
Two young Ipswich players, Rowan Lutter and John Bill, have been selected to be 12th men for the Bulls Masters team and will receive bursaries provided by the team to help them further develop their cricket.
The match doubles as the official opening of the new facilities at the Ivor Marsden Sporting Complex.
Anyone interested in attending the Bulls Masters Sportsman's Dinner on November 17 at the Ipswich Golf Club should contact Vanessa Grant on 3812 0488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queensland Bulls Masters team: Andy Bichel, Gavin Fitness, Geoff Foley, Ian Healy, Ken Healy, Michael Kasprowicz, Stuart Law, Jimmy Maher (c), Clinton Perren, Scott Prestwidge, Carl Rackemann, Greg Ritchie, Greg Rowell, Chris Simpson, Cameron Smith, Dirk Tazelaar (12th men: Rowan Lutter and John Bill).
Ipswich invitational XI: Michael Sippel (c), Travis Ilka, Tyrone De Silva, Craig Cumming, Brendan Forwood, Sean Lutter, Cameron Wood, Taylor Peach, Mitchell Raine, Luke Barrett, Steven Homburg, Rhys O'Sullivan.