Challenge Accepted !!! – Are you willing to take on the challenge ?????

October 27, 2013 by  

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Since the first Test Match between Australia and England in 1877, there have been countless occasions where batsmen have fallen first ball – the dreaded Golden Duck.

When the Primary Club of Australia took up the challenge to raise money for sporting and recreational equipment for people with disabilities in 1974 – we looked to the dreaded Australian Golden Duck as an opportunity to raise this money.

37 years later – the Primary Club of Australia is again creating a new challenge – this time involving cricket teams from around Australia, coming together to raise money for the Primary Club of Australia through your Golden Ducks.

The 2013-14 Cricket season is upon us, and The Primary Club’s President, ABC Commentor and cricket legend, Jim Maxwell, invites all players across to country to come together in the event that a team mate scores a Golden Duck and has a whip around in the name of unfortunate player for the Primary Club of Australia.

Money raised can be donated via our “Donate Now” link you’ll see to the right.

We’ll also have certificates available that you can print out and present to the ‘unlucky’ player to acknowledge his or her contribution.

The passing of Dick Mesley

October 23, 2013 by  

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The Primary Club of Australia lost one of its great supporters and contributors with the passing of Dick Mesley last weekend.

For many years Dick served on the Club’s Management Committee and more recently he was an active member of the Charities Sub-Committee.

Dick was involved with the Club at all levels. From turning out for the PCA XI in years gone by, to  working bees at the old Dooralong ground, to helping to organise numerous fund-raising functions and activities, and of course  on the charities assistance side.

He was also a longstanding Golden Duck Donor and was made a Life Member in 2002.

Our thoughts go out to Wendy (another great supporter of the Club and a former Admin Secretary) and the Mesley family.  The family has requested in lieu of flowers that friends donate to the Primary Club charities. 


Donations in memory of Dick can be made via:

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at St Thomas’ Church, corner of Church & McLaren Streets, North Sydney on Monday the 28th of October 2013 at 11.00am.

Tributes can be posted on a guest book (via the SMH website) using the link below.

Primary Club of Australia v Cricketers Club of NSW at Barker College, Hornsby – 13 October 2013

October 13, 2013 by  

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This was the season’s opening fixture for the PCA. The PCA hosted CCNSW, one of our long time traditional rivals. The venue was the beautiful Barker College No 1 ground. After a slightly delayed start, the match was reduced to 37 overs a side.

Before play, both teams observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the recent passing of Faye Brooks, the mum of CCNSW’s President Greg Brooks.

The PCA won the toss and sent the opposition in.

It was pleasing to see that a number of the PCA team were making their debut for the club – Richard Clarke, Lucas Orellana, Aleksandr Yap, Duke Ramachandran and Matthew Cotterell.

Chris Lahoud and Aleksandr Yap opened the bowling. Apart from the loss of an early wicket, the CCNSW batsmen started aggressively and scored quickly, racing to 3-108 from 18 overs. Brett Favell, a sometimes PCA player who was playing for CCNSW, made a very good 48 to get CCNSW into a strong position. Favell exploited the wayward bowling and the short boundaries square of the wicket to score the runs in quick fashion. Then Scarcella came into the attack to join first change Pedley, and with Favell’s departure, the scoring rate dramatically dropped off, largely due to sustained accurate bowling. Wickets started falling at regular intervals, and in the end the PCA managed to contain the CCNSW’s total to a good (but gettable) 208 from the 35 overs. Scarcella finished with excellent figures of 4-14 from his 8 overs.

Orellana and Crouch opened the PCA’s innings and made a solid start, the first wicket falling at 36 from just 5 overs. Crouch was dismissed and Pietersz came in at first drop.  Another very good partnership of 36 in just 5 overs followed, Pietersz scoring 24 runs at a very good rate. He was well supported by Orellana who was compiling what looked to be a match winning innings. Orellana went on to score a very good half century in his debut match for the PCA, but sadly his innings was in vain. The all-too-familiar middle order collapse came. And what a dramatic collapse it was! The PCA batsmen, from a position of 3-97, quickly found themselves at 9-108. It was a very poor batting display from a good position, due largely to some very good bowling from Andrew Dadswell (another PCA player who was playing for CCNSW). Andrew finished with a ‘Michelle’ 5-for, with the brilliant figures of 5-16 from just 7 overs.

The PCA team was:

Joe Scarcella (c), Chris Lahoud (vc), Andrew Pedley, David Pietersz, Ian Camejo, Richard Clarke, Lucas Orellana, Daniel Crouch, Duke Ramachandran, Aleksandr Yap, Matthew Cotterell, Richard Cooney

The result:

CCNSW 208 (37 overs) defeated PCA 122 (29 overs)


L Orellana 52; D Pietersz 24; D. Crouch 15; Duke Ramachandran 12


J. Scarcella 4-14 (8 overs); D Ramachandran 2-18 (3 overs); A. Yap 1-25 (5 overs);

M. Cotterell 1-34 (5 overs); C. Lahoud 1-50 (8 overs); A Pedley 1-52 (8 overs)