Firebirds and Blaze Ready Themselves For The Dream 11 Super Smash Christmas Eve Match


Article added: Monday 18 December 2023

Wellington’s Firebirds and Blaze are gearing up for the iconic Xmas Eve Dream 11 Super Smash showdown - this year facing off against the Auckland Aces and Hearts.

As the holiday season approaches, anticipation is growing among cricket enthusiasts as the Wellington Firebirds and Blaze brace themselves for a thrilling Christmas Eve encounter against Auckland in the Dream 11 Super Smash. This highly anticipated fixture on December 24th holds a special place in cricketing history, being the favourite part of the Super Smash competition since its over the past five years.

The stage is set for a riveting showdown as the Firebirds and Blaze, stalwarts of Wellington's cricketing legacy, prepare to take on their Auckland rivals in this iconic Christmas Eve tradition. The match not only signifies the clash between two cricketing powerhouses but also embodies the spirit of the season and the heritage of this tournament.

The sentiment isn’t lost on the team, who see the event as a firm favourite of the cricket season, (QUOTE FROM PLAYER SUCH AS) “There’ something about the Basin, the home crowd, the night before Christmas, the energy is just awesome, the whole team looks forward to this match”, PLAYER. 

But it’s more than just misty eyed nostalgia fueling the players, coaches Luke Woodcock and Lance Dry are prepping the teams for this key foundational match, (QUOTE FROM COACH SUCH AS) ”It’s early in the comp, but it counts”, say COACH, “Getting the training right as we head into these December Super Smash matches is key”. 

It’s also a great opportunity for the local community to see high performance cricket on their doorstep. Super Smash is a high performance, high energy, three-hour entertainment package. It's high-calibre domestic cricket designed for pure entertainment. So it’s not just for the cricket super fan, it’s for everyone -  and perfect for the attention span of younger fans. 

(QUOTE FROM PLAYER SUCH AS). “Our best memories are from Xmas Eve matches with the Basin packed out - we’d love to see ALL of Wellington there representing and showing their support - we’ve always had such unwavering support from our community”, PLAYER.

The event is designed to be family-friendly, offering an exciting and affordable option for local Christmas festivities. With a range of activities catering to all ages, the match promises an unforgettable experience for everyone.

"We encourage everyone to bring along their out-of-town friends and visitors to showcase the spirit of Wellington cricket," added [STUART?]. "It’s a chance to share the excitement of the game, the vibrant atmosphere of the Basin Reserve, and the passion we have for our cricketing culture with the wider community."

Event Details:

  • Date: December 24th, 2023

  • Time: First of the Double Header Matches starts at 10am

  • Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington

Tickets for the Dream 11 Super Smash Christmas Eve Cricket Match can be purchased online via (Adult $10, Child $5) or at the venue on the day of the event.