ACT Comets: Canberra Comets, Federal Capital Territory
ACT Comets (also Canberra Comets and Federal Capital Territory) is a professional cricket team that represents the Australian Capital District. In addition, they are the flagship of the Cricket ACT, which carries out management and control functions in the specified area. The team was officially founded in 1928 (the current name was assigned to the local cricket association at that time).
ACT Comets: Domestic One Day Competition
The team’s motto is “Respect. Partnership. Labor ethics. Competitions”. ACT Comets has its own Manuka Oval with a capacity of 15,000 spectators. Interestingly, this particular stadium has been hosting annual matches between the Prime Minister’s XI team and the team of foreign stars since 1954. In addition, landmark matches at the national team level are periodically held here: South Africa – Zimbabwe World Cup took place at Manuka Oval in 1992.
ACT Comets have been active participants in the limited overs format – the Mercantile Mutual Cup for several seasons. Unfortunately, they failed to come close to the records of long-term favorites (Western Australia and New South Wales) and did not win a single trophy. One of the main reasons is the lack of funding and team problems that prevented ACT Comets from entering the four-day Sheffield Shield. Eventually, ex-bowler Merv Hughes and ex-batsman Mike Veletta were recruited to save ACT Comets from failure.
ACT Comets currently play in one of the smaller leagues – the Futures League. During all the years of performances, the team won its first trophy in the 2010-2011 season.
ACT Comets Canberra Comets Federal Capital Territory: players
At various times, such eminent players as Brad Haddin and Nathan Lyon played for the Canberra team (the first, in particular, was played for the Australian national team in competitions in several formats and even served as vice-captain). Throughout the history of ACT Comets Canberra Comets Federal Capital Territory, 25 players have played at least 50 matches for it, four have reached the 100-game mark, and the club’s legend, Peter Solway, has played 150.
|Player||Country||Most Successful Season||Individual Statistics|
|John Williams||New Zealand||1988-1989||205|
In addition, many cricketers who started their careers with a team from Canberra have subsequently performed well in the BBL and internationally (vivid examples are Jason Floros, Ryan Carters, Will Sheridan).
ACT Comets Canberra Comets Federal Capital Territory: current composition
The current captain of ACT Comets / Canberra Comets / Federal Capital Territory is local native Jono Dean. Having started his career in Canberra, Dean grew noticeably in professional terms, which soon attracted the attention of BBL managers (in particular, the gifted batsman played for the Adelaide Strikers for four seasons). The current line-up includes:
- Tom Engelbrecht;
- Jarryd Hatton;
- Hayden Kerr;
- Jonathan Cook;
- Nathan McAndrew;
- Tom Pinson;
- Lewis Evans.