Vale Ian Craig

November 18, 2014 by  

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Former Australian Test Cricket Captain and Primary Club of Australia honorary Vice President, Ian Craig, passed away this weekend aged 79.

Ian Craig at the Bradman Museum in Bowral.

Ian Craig at the Bradman Museum in Bowral.

The following is from http://www.sydneycricketground.com.au/latest-news/vale-ian-craig/

Mr Craig was just 17 when he was called in to the Australian Test squad in the 1953 season, having made his debut as a 16-year-old during the 1951-52 season.

He was Australia’s youngest state cricketer, the youngest Australian player, NSW’s youngest captain and the youngest Test captain when, at 22, he led the 1957-58 tour to South Africa.

Mr Craig led a team that contained the likes of Richie Benaud, Alan Davidson, Neil Harvey and Bob Simpson.

Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards, Cricket NSW chairman John Warn and SCG Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd paid tribute to the former Australian captain.

Mr Edwards said: “We were very sad to learn of Ian’s passing and on behalf of Cricket Australia, I extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and former teammates at this difficult time.

“Ian earned a very special place in the proud history of our game as the youngest Australian to make a first-class double century, gain Test selection and captain his country.

“Beyond those remarkable achievements I will always remember him as a true gentleman. I thoroughly enjoyed his company and views on the game over many years.

“He will be sadly missed and will forever be remembered as one of the elite few to have captained his country in Test cricket.”

Mr Warn said: “Ian Craig was a childhood hero to many after becoming the youngest Australian to play for his state and country.

“A peerless captain for NSW, he was fondly regarded by his former team mates and all those who knew him.

“Ian was a warm, gentle and modest man who will be greatly missed.”

Mr Shepherd said: “Ian Craig made a huge contribution to Australian cricket as a player and then a Test captain.

“One his retirement from cricket, he chose to continue that commitment to the sport by serving on the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust for 18 years in all.

“When Ian was appointed to the Trust in 1968 to replace Stan McCabe, he became the youngest Trustee, just as he was NSW’s and Australia’s youngest player when he first earned his caps.”

Mr Craig is the 88th Trustee and served two stints, the first from September 30, 1968 to July 13, 1978 and the second from July 14, 1988 to July 13, 1996.

He also served on the Bradman Foundation, including the role of chairman and ultimately became a life member, and as a board member of the New South Wales Cricket Association.

The flags atop the Members Pavilion were flown at half mast today in tribute to Mr Craig.

He is survived by his wife Ross and children Andrew, Jonathan and Alex.

 

IAN DAVID CRAIG, BORN YASS, NSW, JUNE 12, 1935

Youngest to play state cricket (NSW): 16 years, 249 days
Youngest to play for Australia: 17 years, 239 days
Youngest Australian men’s Test captain: 22 years, 194 days
Test captaincy record: Played 5, won 3, drew 2
First class captaincy record: Played 48, won 28, drew 17, lost 2, tied 1

 

Tests       11 matches, 358 runs,  Highest score: 53;   Average: 19.88        with 2 fifties

Great Article from Rouse Hill Courier about our recent donation to Tallowood School

November 1, 2014 by  

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http://www.rousehillcourier.com.au/story/2656177/primary-club-of-australia-jumps-to-help-kellyville-charity

 

New play equipment for Tallowood School

New playground: Tallowood School pupil Zac and Primary Club patron and former Sydney Roosters player Jimmy Smith make use of a hammock installed with the help of a grant from the organisation. Picture: Natalie Roberts

New playground: Tallowood School pupil Zac and Primary Club patron and former Sydney Roosters player Jimmy Smith make use of a hammock installed with the help of a grant from the organisation. Picture: Natalie Roberts

TALLOWOOD School had just one trampoline and one small area of equipment before The Primary Club of Australia came to play.

The Kellyville school, which has 98 students from kindergarten to year 12 with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities enrolled, received a grant of $58,480 from the organisation to install new play equipment.

Deputy principal Deb Swinton said the children had made use of the double slippery dip, hammock and spinner — a circular swing which responds to gravity and movement — in lessons and at lunchtimes.

“They might do circuits where they’ll have a swing and go down the slippery dip,” she said.

“We encourage a lot of physical activity for the children who can because a lot of them traditionally don’t have access to formal sport.

“For the younger kids we have to teach them how to play and share, so they take turns on the equipment.

“The children with autism often play in a parallel way so we encourage them to have positive interactions with each other and the play equipment really helps.”

Mrs Swinton said the children loved the play equipment.

“The hammock is very calming, so it’s good for helping them manage their emotions and behaviour as well.”

Primary Club charity development manager Geoff Verco said the organisation comprising former professional cricket and other sports players aimed to provide sporting and recreational facilities for people with a disability.

This can include hydrotherapy pools as well as general sporting equipment.

“We fit in where other funding sources dry up,” Mr Verco said.