Primary Club of Australia Newsletter 2017- Out Now

June 2, 2017 by  

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This year's newsletter is now available for download in two sizes .. Please feel free to download this and share it with friends and family.

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2015-16 – Annual Report now available

September 8, 2016 by  

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2015-16 - Annual Report

pc-ar-2016-reduced_page_01 Other links: Previous Annual Reports   Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting was held at the Queen Street Lounge, Woollahra Hotel, 116 Queen Street, Woollahra, on Wednesday 26th October.  

Annual Report 2015-2016

The Primary Club of Australia Annual Report 2015/16 is now available to download. Click here to download the Annual Report: Primary Club of Australia - 2015-2016 Annual Report pdflogo   This 6 Mb version is suitable for reading online and printing at your leisure.    

The Financial Statements 2016

The audited Financial Statements for 2016 are now available. Please click here to download a copy. 

We’re The Superhumans | Rio Paralympics 2016 Trailer

August 4, 2016 by  

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Have you seen this amazing clip

We're The Superhumans | Rio Paralympics 2016 Trailer

Primary Club of Australia May 2016 Newsletter

June 2, 2016 by  

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2016.newsletterThe May 2016 Primary Club of Australia Newsletter has been published.

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Scores and Games on Day One Marathon Cricket 2016 – 3rd Feb

February 3, 2016 by  

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Scores & times: @ end of play day one.

Full results can be seen here: Net scores - (Total runs - (Wickets x 4 runs)) 7:00 AM: # 1 ND Grey Gums (6 for 65) v 8:20 AM: St Ives Dads (7 for 50) 7:40 AM # 2 Apaches (7 for 48)  v 9:00 AM Mulgoa (12 for 16) 9:40 AM # 3 Pillar Dads (6 for 77) v 11:00 AM Pillar Mates  (3 for 62) 10:20 AM # 4 LMS Old Arrack  (7 for 97)     v 11:40 AM  LMS Slashes (8 for 92) 12:30 PM # 5 Pfizer (7 for 73) v 2:30 PM Scorchers (6 for 24) 1:10 PM # 6 Fire & Rescue  (6 for 66) v 3:10 PM SES (8 for 27) 1:50 PM # 7 Mundipharma (5 for 28)  v 3:50 PM Bradman Foundation (3 for 102) 4:30 PM # 8 NSW Blind XII  (3 for 68) v 5:10 PM ANZ Bank (9 for 21) 6:00 PM # 9 Last Man Stands Sydney (4 for 135)  v 6:40 PM Last man stands - One Mob (7 for 91) 7:20 PM # 10 PCA Selection ( 6 for 93) v 8:00 PM # 11 Maasai Warriors (7 for 50) 8:40 PM The Richies  (5 for 75)  v 9:20 PM The Other Richies (8 for 32) 10:00 PM Close of Games

Sydney Morning Herald – Video clip

February 3, 2016 by  

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Maasai Cricket Warriors at the SCG (02:36)

Sonyanga Ole Ngais speaks about the similarities between cricket techniques and hunting methods and how his Warriors side uses cricket to create awareness of social issues.    

ABC News – Maasai Warriors taking on Sydney Swans XI at SCG in campaign to address social issues

February 3, 2016 by  

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Maasai Warriors taking on Sydney Swans XI at SCG in campaign to address social issues

Jude Bolton and Maasai dancers PHOTO: The Maasai Warriors show former Sydney Swans player Jude Bolton their AFL skills at the SCG ahead of their cricket match on Thursday. (ABC: Duncan Huntsdale)

A cricket match with a difference will take place in Sydney on Thursday night.
Former members of the Sydney Swans will be in action against a team from Kenya, who tour the world to raise awareness of social issues in their home country. The Maasai Warriors campaign against female genital mutilation and substance abuse, while promoting conservation in their homeland. Today the two teams met for a training session on the hallowed SCG turf. Swans' dual premiership player Jude Bolton says it is great to play host. "Just to have a side like the Maasai Warriors cricket team here who are raising some of the social issues happening in their home country, it is extremely special," Bolton said. The bare-chested Maasai Warriors team, dressed in their traditional tribal attire, certainly set themselves apart playing cricket, one of the world's most traditional sports. Maasai cricketer Sonyana Mike said members of the team grew up wanting to change what many consider to be culturally unacceptable. "We use cricket as a tool to spread the word on our citizens" he said. "We are fighting for women's rights as well. And we are trying to harmonise the communities that we live in." The Maasai are a nomadic tribe who come from Kenya and surrounding parts of Africa. In their society women get limited education, are usually subjected to genital mutilation, and are married off by their family at a young age. A documentary of the team will also be released this year, which includes footage of the side's recent tour of England where they participated in a similar match at the home cricket, Lord's.

SBS – Marathon Cricket Article

February 3, 2016 by  

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Since they first started playing cricket in 2007, the Massai Cricket Warriors have become a semi-professional team, traveling the world and promoting social change.
Captain Sonyanha Ngais said that while cricket was new to Massai tribes, some of the skills involved were part of ancient traditions. “Bowling is just like throwing a spear, and batting is like using a shield to protect yourself,” he said. The Warriors grew up hunting in the small village in the Laikipia region of Kenya. The cricket team plays wearing their traditional red and white garments and are famous for the Aduma, a traditional jumping dance.
Ngais said the jumping dance was done “mostly to impress women”, but was also used to welcome, and to celebrate.
"Well the guys compete, we compete and the guy who will jump higher will win a girlfriend,”  player Francis Meshame said. The team will play at the Primary Club of Australia's annual Marathon Cricket event to raise money for sporting and recreational facilities for the disabled. Practicing on Tuesday with Sydney Swans legends, the Warriors also had a crash course in AFL. Sydney Swans legend Jude Bolton was impressed. "[An] incredible vertical leap… we saw one of the young men take a big leap at the end and do a good mark,” he said. Back home, the team has been drawing crowds from the most remote villages across Africa. This provides an important platform to promote awareness of social issues in the community. The team is working to educate people on about conservation, female genital mutilation and HIV/Aids.
The team has been brought to Australia by the Primary Club, a charity that promotes access to sport for people with disability.
The charity’s Jim Winchester said cricket can be a vehicle for transcending barriers. "There are over 500,000 people across the Maasai group and cricket is now just another layer in that culture,” he said. "I think you almost become your own culture when you're a team. Whatever different challenges they may have are just left out as soon as they walk out on the pitch.” The Massai Warriors will play two T20 exhibition matches on Thursday, scored and refereed by asylum seekers from Sri Lanka.


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pdflogo     Press Release - Maasai Warriors to play on the Sydney Cricket Ground   Deep in the heart of Africa a tribe of traditional Maasai Warriors are about to set out on another adventure of a lifetime - swapping their mud huts for skyscrapers, and their spears for cricket bats. For the first time ever, members of this colourful nomadic tribe will be in Sydney for the Primary Club of Australia’s Marathon Cricket Event and will take on the Sydney Swans and a combined Rugby/Rugby League Legends team in cricket matches on the SCG on Thursday, 4th  February commencing at 4pm. The Maasai Warriors, who are world famous for their traditional jumping dance, will be dressed in their red tribal costumes for these historic matches against a multitude of AFL and Rugby legends, including Adam Goodes, Jude Bolton, Phil Waugh, George Gregan, Andrew Mehrtens and Wendell Sailor. It’ll be a first for the Sydney Swans and the Rugby boys, a first for the tribal warriors, and a first for the Sydney Cricket Ground! The remote Kenyan villagers, who have only been involved in cricket over the past five years but have already played at Lords, are appearing for the Primary Club of Australia, a registered charity. Since its inception some 40 years ago the Primary Club has raised $5 million for sporting and recreational facilities for the disabled. The matches involving the Maasai are the centrepieces of the Club’s annual Marathon Cricket event, which runs over two days and gives 500 everyday Aussies the chance to play on the SCG. It’ll be a dream come true for these Maasai tribesmen, who will call Australia home on a nine day whirlwind trip. Their busy schedule will commence on Tuesday, 2nd February with a kick around with the Swans at the SCG, followed by a visit to the Opera House and a trip on the Manly ferry. Then later that day it’s back to the SCG for some batting practice in the nets ahead of the big cricket clashes and a “warm up” game against Sydney University that evening. See details below of their Sydney schedule before they head off to Bowral on the Saturday for a visit to the Bradman Museum and more cricket on Sunday. For more information visit: CONTACT:  Jim Winchester  0401 890 493  or Geoff Verco 0411 028 468  


Tuesday 2nd February

9:30am: Kick with Swans at SCG/Moore Park 12:00 Opera House visit 13:30 Manly Ferry ride 15:30 SCG practice nets 18:30 Game with Syd Uni CC  

Wednesday 3rd February

7:00 :  Marathon Cricket Day 1 16:30: NSW Blind XI game 19:20 Maasai Warriors vs Media 19:30 MC Cocktail Party  

Thursday 4th February

7:00 Marathon Cricket Day 2 16:00 Maasai Warriors vs RU/RL Legends 17:40 Maasai Warriors vs AFL Swans 19:30 Marathon Cricket Dinner - (tickets available)

The Maasai Cricket Warriors

January 8, 2016 by  

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The Maasai Cricket Warriors

Maasai Tribesman Play Cricket to Raise Awareness about HIV/AIDS, Rhino & Elephant Conservation (Nanyuki, Kenya).

Imagine a cricketer who is a semi-nomadic cattle herder living amongst the wild animals of Africa. Imagine him who wears layers of beads; who sets fire on the field with his bright red clothes and flying braided hair; he who gives war cries while throwing or hitting a ball is actually a crusader from peace. Imagine him – a Maasai tribesman – playing a T20 match. Unbelievable ? Then you ought to meet the Maasai Cricket Warriors. © The Maasai Cricket Warriors Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region in Kenya have exchanged their spears for cricket bats and they are using cricket as a vehicle to empower youth and to target social problems in order to bring about positive change in their communities. The Maasai Cricket Warriors, who will be fully clad in traditional attire, will be coming to Australia in February 2016 to play against cricket teams across Sydney. The highlight of the trip with be two T20 cricket matches versus teams during Marathon Cricket - an event created by the Primary Club that raises money for sporting and recreational equipment for people with disabilities. These matches will be played on the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground. During previous matches, the Maasai Warriors have given children from local schools in Africa to have the opportunity to watch their first live cricket match while at the same time participating in HIV/AIDS Awareness and Rhino and Elephant Conservation activities. “We are extremely proud to support this initiative,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO. “The Maasai Cricket Warriors are a perfect example of how sports can be a conduit for raising awareness amongst communities, particularly children.” © The Maasai Cricket Warriors In addition to the Maasai Cricket Warriors being avid cricket enthusiasts with abundant talent they are also role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning against retrogressive and harmful cultural practices such as FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and early childhood marriages and fighting for the rights of women in order to eradicate discrimination against women in Maasailand. Through the ethics and principles of cricket the warriors learn to respect one another and to foster peace and unity through the spirit of sportsmanship, while at the same time promoting healthier lifestyles and spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS Awareness amongst youth. © The Maasai Cricket Warriors The Maasai Cricket Warriors are now engaged in the production of a documentary film called”Warriors” which highlights how the team are using cricket and the unity of sport to battle HIV and fight for women’s rights. The ‘Cricket Warriors’ feel education and change is the only way to secure the health of the community, provide equality to their society, and as a result protect their future. But this has been the Maasai way of life since the founder families, and the elders fear changing these traditions will herald the end of the Maasai. The struggle between identity, heritage,and development is something that resonates across the globe – even in the game of cricket itself. The Maasai Cricket Warriors received an invitation to compete in the Last Man Stands World Championships, which took place in London, United Kingdom in August – September 2013. During the event - the players had the opportunity to play at Lords. ————————- Maasai Cricket Warriors is a group of Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region in Kenya who have exchanged their spears for cricket bats and they are using cricket as a vehicle to empower youth and to target social problems in order to bring about positive change in their communities. Their mission is to empower the youth in the Maasai communities of Kenya through cricket development, while enhancing their participation in community development, allowing them to become healthy, productive and well adjusted members of society. Visit Maasai Cricket Warriors  

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