Dave catches up with Hurricanes coach Adam Griffith about The Hobart Hurricanes’ KFC BBL|09 campaign which will begin with a home game in Australia’s ‘Red Centre’, at Traeger Park in Alice Springs, before a huge clash with the reigning champion the Melbourne Renegades on Christmas Eve afternoon at Blundstone Arena, as the league’s fixture was revealed this morning.
In a huge plus for Hurricanes Members and fans, the entire home and away season fixture has been condensed to fit inside the Tasmanian school holidays, ensuring a summer packed with Big Bash action.
The BBL Finals Series has been re-worked, with it now to be staged across two weekends and adequately rewarding the best two placed teams following the 14-match season.
Affinity with #TasmaniasTeam in the North & North-West will continue to grow, with two fixtures locked in at the University of Tasmania Stadium on Monday 30 December (night) v the Melbourne Stars and Sunday 19 January (afternoon) v the Adelaide Strikers.
Hobart will host four matches with night games on Friday 3 January, Monday 13 January and Friday 24 January.
“Our commitment is to be the team for all of Tasmania and with six matches across the state within the summer school holidays, we’re sure to see families out in force supporting the Hurricanes,” said Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive, Nick Cummins.
“The decision to play in the Northern Territory will provide us with a great opportunity to showcase Big Bash in the region and forms part of a greater alliance between Cricket Tasmania and NT Cricket.
The Tasmanian cricketing community will see the benefits of this initiative via increased investment in community cricket, umpiring, our men and women’s elite programs as well as Cricket Tasmania and Hobart Hurricanes member facilities.
We will also use this opportunity to celebrate Tasmania’s indigenous culture and heritage, with more details to be announced shortly.”
“We were pleased with how the Christmas Eve fixture was received by fans last season. We’re looking forward to building the game into a Hobart tradition for years to come.”