ROY IS ON HIS WAY: Test player is coming
CRICKET: From ice cricket to Salter Oval, it has been an interesting couple of weeks for Andrew Symonds.
The former Queensland and Australian player will be part of the Bulls Masters squad that will take on a Bundaberg Invitational XII this Saturday.
But last week the former Test player was braving cold conditions playing cricket on ice as part of an Ice Cricket Challenge event in St Moritz, Switzerland.
Playing on ice on an artificial pitch, players wore protective clothing.
Now he'll be hoping to clear plenty of pickets in the Rum City in temperatures more than 30 degrees warmer.
"I've always had a soft spot for Bundy,” he said.
"I've played a few times at Salter Oval and I've always gone all right there.”
Bundaberg is also familiar for the player known by his nickname, Roy.
His parents lived in the city for a few years after growing up in Charters Towers.
He expects a stiff contest when the Bulls turn up.
"It's always good to get back here and I'm sure the locals will put up a good fight,” he said.
"But I'm still hoping to put a few balls over the grandstand and give the crowd something to cheer about.”
Symonds also can't wait to give back to the community.
The Bulls will visit schools on Thursday and Friday before the game, teaching young players all about the game.
He will also be part of a fundraiser dinner on Friday night to be held at the multiplex and featuring other former Bulls players and also rugby league legend Allan Langer.
"It's always a highlight,” he said.
"The kids love to get their posters and shirts signed and that's where it really hits home why we do these regional tours.”
Fellow Bulls Masters player Lee Carseldine is also looking forward to the trip.
He will be playing for the first time in Bundy after over 100 appearances for Queensland.
"The atmosphere is always great,” he said. "It's just great fun, we try to be accessible to everyone.
"The locals are always keen to knock us old boys off.”
The Bulls Masters will take on Bundaberg at 7pm with tickets $5 for adults and children under-16 getting in for free.
The fundraiser will be held the night before with tickets $85 per person.
To book head to http://bit.ly/2EjzZou.