The new jersey will see the Bulls Masters logo sit on front of the Queensland Bulls and Fire jerseys for the upcoming Marsh One-Day Cup and Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL), as well as on the sleeve of the Bulls Sheffield Shield playing kit.
The sponsorship renewal will see the Bulls Masters continue as an Official Partner of Queensland Cricket (QC) after coming on board in 2018 and having been a long-standing supporter of the game across the state.
The Bulls one-day jersey is a replica of that worn by the Queensland Men’s team that claimed the FAI One-Day Cup in March 1989 with a convincing win over Victoria in the final.
Bulls Masters Chairman and member of Queensland’s triumphant 1989 one-day team Ian Healy joined current Bulls captain and wicket-keeper Jimmy Peirson in showcasing the new strip today at Allan Border Field.
Ian Healy and Jimmy Peirson in the new Queensland Bulls jersey
Healy and fellow 89 squad members and former greats Allan Border and Carl Rackemann will feature at QC's inaugural Summer of Cricket Lunch, presented by Channel Seven on October 17 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The trio will look back on 30-years since Queensland’s 1989 triumph and Australia’s memorable Ashes victory in England at the lunch, with the panel to be interviewed by the Courier Mail's Chief Sportswriter Robert Craddock. The lunch will also feature appearances from current and past greats including Chris Lynn, Glenn McGrath, Beth Mooney and Darren Lehmann, and will be emceed by Channel Seven’s Abbey Gelmi and Ben Davis. More details can be found here.
Allan Border with the FAI Cup trophy
Founded in 2010 by a group of former Queensland cricketers, the Bulls Masters are a not-for-profit organisation established to develop and grow cricket across the state while working closely with charities and regional communities.
Managing Director Jimmy Maher said the Bulls Masters partnership with QC would assist in their mission of fostering cricket and providing support for Queensland communities.
“The Bulls Masters sponsorship with Queensland Cricket has been a great opportunity for us to stay connected to the current crop of Bulls and Fire players, plus cricket fans around the state, so we are delighted this can continue into a second year.
“While we will continue to hold events and showcase our game to fans in regional communities, this partnership means we can also provide greater support to clubs in Brisbane and South East Queensland and can help in the growth of women’s cricket across Queensland.
“This summer is set to be another busy and important one for the Bulls Masters with our calendar taking us to all corners of Queensland. By working closely with QC we can help build the passion we all have for the maroon cap and create a positive outlook for cricket’s next generation.”
QLD's 1989 FAI Cup Winners
QC Chief Executive Officer Terry Svenson said today's partnership renewal announcement with the Bulls Masters will allow QC to continue servicing cricket through community driven initiatives.
“Having Queensland Cricket continue our partnership with the Bulls Masters is a wonderful alignment of shared values to grow cricket and provide outstanding experiences for communities across Queensland.
“The partnership will allow us to have a close association with our past players, while also working together on initiatives that are good for the game.
“We thank Ian, Jimmy and the entire Bulls Masters team for their continued contribution and commitment to cricket in Queensland, and we look forward excitedly to the upcoming summer,” Mr. Svenson said.
Both the Queensland Bulls and Fire begin their one-day campaigns next month in Brisbane. The Fire open the WNCL season against Western Australia at South Brisbane Cricket Club on Saturday September 21 and the Bulls play Victoria in the Marsh Cup at Allan Border Field the following day.
The Bulls Masters will continue their involvement with community cricket as naming rights partner of the Bulls Masters First Grade Cricket competition.
ABOUT THE BULLS MASTERS
“Passionate Queensland Cricketers Advancing Today’s Game”
The Bulls Masters is an organisation of former Queensland cricketers established in 2010 to develop and grow the game of cricket throughout the State.
It was founded by a group of former state and national players including Ian Healy, Martin Kent, Jimmy Maher, Andy Bichel and Michael Kasprowicz.
The Bulls Masters visit regional communities providing coaching and development to young cricketers and supporting local cricket clubs and charities, as well as working with regional communities to provide fundraising opportunities.
The Bulls Masters is extremely proud of its ability to visit a significant number of regional Queensland towns and cities and have an impact on people's lives via hospital visits, fundraising for charity, encouraging children to get active and play sport, discovering and nurturing indigenous talent and helping to improve local facilities.