Cricket enthusiasts rejoice, the Goldfield Ashes return to Charters Towers on January 20-22, 2017. Teams from across Australia travel to the northern goldfields town, all with the purpose of having a great weekend of cricket.
The first Ashes occurred in 1948, when the Charters Towers Cricket Association invited six teams to play a tournament on Australia Day. Since then, the event has grown massively. Previous events have drawn more than 3000 attendees, with more than 200 teams playing across 70 playing fields. It’s no wonder the Ashes is classified as a Queensland Iconic Event.
Given its size, the Ashes retains its reputation for friendliness and hospitality. Many teams have attended repeatedly over the years and players make lasting friendships that are renewed annually. Players of all abilities are welcomed at the Ashes, which helps contribute to the festive atmosphere.
One of the highlights is the Twenty20 exhibition match, with big names in sport often participating. Past players include ex-Australian rules footballer Matt Burton and co-captain of the North Queensland Cowboys, Johnathan Thurston.
Former Mayor of Charters Towers, Frank Beveridge, has been playing in the Ashes for 26 years and said that “every event has been full of memorable experiences. I’m just one of thousands who looks forward to it.”
If you want to enjoy the 2017 Ashes, make your plans well in advance. Accommodation in Charters Towers over the weekend is generally booked solid.
For more information, visit the official website for the Goldfield Ashes.