Tom Tate takes on the Southern Stars

GOLD Coast Mayor Tom Tate has met with world champion cricketers the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars in Surfers Paradise for a friendly game of beach cricket.

The team is currently playing in the Commonwealth Bank International Women’s Series against Pakistan, with the final match scheduled for Friday at the Gold Coast District Cricket club.

Cr Tate said it was a challenge to go against such a competitive team, even in a friendly match.


“They’re tough,” he said.

“But hey, if you’re going to get beaten, these ladies are great.”

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He’s encouraging Gold Coasters to come along and support the girls at the Gold Coast’s District Cricket Club at Kerrydale.

“Come on in and come and watch the game and get behind the Aussies,” he said.

“I believe it’s going to be another fantastic game and my money’s on the Aussies.”

The Mayor also indicated plans to give the Gold Coast District Cricket Club a bit of a facelift.

“It’d be fantastic to upgrade Kerrydale to meet more of an international standard so we can attract even the mens international games here as well,” he said.

Player Elyse Villani won player of the match in their last game and said she was happy to put in her best for the team.

“It was nice to get a few runs on the board,” she said.

“We’ve been playing very well as a team so it was nice to contribute.

“We beat Pakistan in the one day series four-nil, but they pushed us a little bit in that part.

“In the T-20’s we’ve been winning pretty convincingly which has been really good to stamp our authority, she said.”

Villani said it was a good laugh to have a game with Cr Tate.

“He’s quite a character so it was a bit of fun,” she said.

The Southern Stars are spending the day in Surfers Paradise on their day off ahead of tomorrow night’s final match against Pakistan.