TV personality Tamara Wrigley revealed as latest buyer of BPL cricket team
A Sunshine Coast-based TV personality and her husband have purchased one of Queensland's newest cricket teams.
Tamara and Peter Wrigley have just announced they have secured the three-year ownership of the Moreton Magic.Ms Wrigley, who is also the mother of up-and-coming wicket keeper Mikayla, said the opportunity to buy the Brisbane cricket club were too good to resist.
"It's a bit of fun - it's not something we expected to do," Ms Wrigley said.
"Pete has been a big cricket supporter throughout Mikayla's career, I really got into it in the last two years - and now I'm absolutely hooked.
"When the opportunity came up to buy Moreton Magic, we just couldn't resist."
The new Brisbane Premier League (BPL) competition will see cricket legends play among amateurs in the Twenty20 League.
Ms Wrigley said it was a franchise-driven tournament for juniors to senior cricketers in an event model based on the IPL," Ms Wrigley said.
"We have some great talent in Brisbane and we are going to get out there and do our best," she said.
"Yes I'm a bit competitive," she jokes.
"It's exciting as this is the first competition of its kind giving amateur cricketers the chance to play against the best of the best."
Ms Wrigley is well-known in the fashion and real estate industries, having purchased her first property at age 21.She is not the first Coast identity to purchase a cricket team in the BPL.
High-profile compensation lawyer Travis Schultz joined forces with Nick Fitzpatrick and Joel Hamilton from the Australian Cricket Institute, business owner Dylan Pinkstone and surveyor Jared Pinkstone to purchase the Coastal Marlins.
BPL is made up of eight privately-owned teams in the league-modelled competition, which is being funded by a consortium of business people and sports stars, including Test great Ian Healy - who is a director of Queensland Cricket - and commentator Mark Nicholas.
Organisers say considerable investment would be ploughed back into grassroots cricket, which was the fundamental key to the BPL financial model.Coaches, umpires, managers and scorers are remunerated.
MEET THE MAGIC COACHES
Moreton Magic Head Coach Clinton Keenan is coaching not just the under 15’s this year, he’s also taking on the under 18’s. Winning the trophy for the under 13’s in BPL 01, we are hopeful Clinton can win it again in BPL 03.
Welcome to the Magic Phill Tsingos. Phill is a level 2 qualified coach, but more importantly he is a really outstanding person, perfect for the role of coach for our Under 12 boys. He has had a long association with the The Lakes Knights Cricket Club. He has run their Junior and Master blasters program over the last 2 years. He is also instrumental in the development of a lot of their players, as well as being a BNJCA selector.
Big welcome to Troy Mee to the Moreton Magic family as coach of the Under 13’s for BPL|02. Former grade cricket player on the Gold Coast for Palm Beach Currumbin Cricket Club, Troy will be a level 1.5 course once BPL rolls around in September. Current development officer & academy coach for the Lakes Knights Cricket Club, Troy also coaches the clubs fist winter teams. “My passion is youth development for young cricket players”.
You couldn’t get a better coach than Mark Harris to lead the women under 19’s tournament for the Moreton Magic in the inaugural Brisbane Premier League. With an impressive coaching resume under his belt, Mark has coached many a club to victory. What makes Mark such an outstanding coach is the fact that he has completed many courses through Cricket Australia such as a Level Two Representative Coach Accreditation course, a Level One Community Coach - Milo in2 Cricket Coordinator, a Milo T20 Blast Coordinator, Dudgeon Academy – Senior Coach ‘Come and Play’ BNJCA program, just to name a few.