SPECTACLE: McKittrick Park will be one of three Grafton venues hosting the sem-finals and finals of the McDonald's Country Plate and Cup competitions on December 28-30.
SPECTACLE: McKittrick Park will be one of three Grafton venues hosting the sem-finals and finals of the McDonald's Country Plate and Cup competitions on December 28-30. JoJo Newby

Country Cup a Clarence Valley money spinner

COUNTRY CRICKET: Close to 550 competitors, officials, umpires, partners and family members will hit Grafton next week for an intense three days of cricket. They will be in town for the semi-finals and final of Cricket NSW's Country Plate and Country Cup competitions, hosted by Clarence River Cricket Association for the first time from December 28 to 30.

The event is facilitated by Clarence Valley Council's economic development team and, based on Tourism Australia's estimate of daily spending of $262 a day, is tipped to bring a $424,440 economic benefit to Grafton and the Clarence Valley, in return from a $3000 outlay to Cricket NSW.

In investment terms, that is three for 424 and, according to council's economic development team co-ordinator Elizabeth Fairweather, is a winning summer scoreline.

Abbey Motor Inn owner Damien Kratz said he had a number of cricketers and families booked for the week, and that events such as these had a significant positive impact on his Fitzroy St business.

"At this time of year we usually have overnight stays, people in transit on the big interstate holiday drive. So to have people booked for three to five nights between Christmas and New Year is a real bonus," he said.

Country shield final winners, Photo: Geoff O'Neill 30-12-14
Country shield final winners, Photo: Geoff O'Neill 30-12-14


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