CANBERRA TEST TICKETS and Day 1 Breakfast, 1st Feb 2019

November 23, 2018 by  

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The Primary Club has reserved a block of Gold Section seats for Days 1 and 2 of the Canberra Test Match against Sri Lanka, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd February 2019.

The seats are in Bay 5, Row J at Manuka Oval.  Numbers are limited, so order now.

For booking and more information, CLICK HERE.

And for those members keen to share Breakfast together, we are joining with Lord’s Taverners ACT at the Hotel Realm, Barton at 7:30am on Day 1 (Fri 1st Feb).  Special guests include Mike Hussey and Belinda Clark.  For more information and to book seats at the breakfast CLICK HERE.  Make sure when you are prompted for ‘Seating Preference’, enter ‘Primary Club’ to be seated at one of our table.


November 23, 2018 by  

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Come and join Primary Club Members for brunch and a bit of a “chin-wag” about the state of Test Match in our private room at the Shafston Hotel, a healthy stroll from the Gabba.  Special guests will be appearing, including Jim Maxwell and others to be advised.

  • Day:  Friday 25th January (Day 2 of the Test)
  • Time:  From 10:00am to 12:30pm
  • Breakfast:  Full buffet hot and cold breakfast, with tea station serving tea, coffee and juice throughout.
  • Tickets:  $42.50pp* to cover breakfast costs and champagne on arrival
  • Cash Bar on offer after 11:30am for those staying on at the Shafston.

Sri Lanka Test Match Tickets

The Primary Club has a block booking of Gold Reserve seats at the ‘Gabba at $75 each including postage and handling in Bay 3, starting at Row D at the Northern End.  Preference on Day 2 will be for those members and guests attending the Brunch at the Shafston.

For more information and bookings, CLICK HERE.


November 22, 2018 by  


Primary Club Members and their guests are invited to book their seats now for the forthcoming Test Match Breakfast on Day 1 of the Sydney Test – Thursday 3rd January 2019.

The event will be held from 7:30am in the Market Canopy of the Entertainment Quarter (formerly Showground) next door to the SCG to the south.  Tickets are $110 each.

For bookings and more details, CLICK HERE.

Join Jim Maxwell, Mark Taylor, Ed Cowan and our MC Matt De Groot for breakfast, before departing for the game at 9:45am.


November 15, 2018 by  


In recognition of their determination and sheer inspiration, five of Australia’s most outstanding athletes with a disability, including Paralympic and Invictus Games medallists, have been named as finalists in The Primary Club of Australia’s 2018/19 Sir Roden Cutler Award.

Among the finalists are Madison de Rozario, three-time gold medallist in wheelchair track and field, and Joany Badenhorst, the first and only female Paralympian to represent Australia in Boardercross.

Also included as finalists are Cristine Suffolk, middle and long distance runner, Damien Thomlinson, Afghanistan war veteran and snowboard Paralympian, and Curtis McGrath, an eight-time World Championship gold medallist in para-canoeing.

The winner was announced at the Baggy Green Awards Dinner at NSW Parliament House on 15th November – Damien Thomlinson will receive a $20,000 grant for sporting and recreational equipment to be given to an organisation he chooses which reflects the Club’s charter. In addition, each finalist will receive a grant of $2,000 for a charity of his/her choice that supports people with disabilities.


October 10, 2018 by  


Primary Club Members donate $10 to charity every time an Aussie cricketer suffers the indignity of scoring a first ball duck or ‘primary’ in an international fixture.

Since 1 June 2018, there have been nine such events, compared to 13 in the previous full year.

  • Josh Hazelwood in the Test vs India at Adelaide on 8th December: Ct Pan, B Shami
  • Ben McDermott in the T20 vs India at Sydney on 25th November: LBW B Pandiya (Editor’s note: a disgraceful act, attempting to sweep on his first ball, when the previous wicket was out exactly the same way!)
  • Aaron Finch in the T20 vs India at Melbourne on 23rd November: Ct Pant B Kumar
  • D’Arcy Short in the T20 vs South Africa at Gold Coast on 18th November: Ct Phehlukwayo B Morris
  • Chris Lynn in the ODI vs South Africa at Hobart on 11th November: Ct De Kock B Steyne
  • Mitchell Starc in the same innings: Ct & B Rabada
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile in the T20 vs Pakistan at Dubai on 29th October: Run out.
  • Nicole Bolton in the ODI vs Pakistan at Kuala Lumpur on 22nd October: LBW Sana Mir.
  • Kane Richardson in the T20 vs England at Birmingham on 27th June: Ct Hales B Jordon.

SIR RODEN CUTLER AWARD – Nominations Close 31 Oct 2018

October 4, 2018 by  

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We are on the search for the 2018/19 Sir Roden Cutler Award recipient and are seeking your help.

Tell us who should join athletes such as Kurt Fearnley, James Pittar, Michael Milton, Ben Felten, Jan Pike, Jess Gallagher, Liesl Tesch and our 2017 winner and Para-triathlete, Katie Kelly, as a recipient of this prestigious award (pictured left with Liesl and The Hon Stuart Ayres at the Feb 2017 Dinner).

Nominations will close on 31st October 2018.

The Sir Roden Cutler Award, managed by The Primary Club of Australia since 1999, recognises athletes with a disability who display enormous determination and dedication in their sporting pursuits, inspire the nation and are the embodiment of the Australian spirit.

To nominate an athlete, simply complete this 7-question survey and provide us a brief CV: CLICK HERE.

Up to five finalists will be invited to the Primary Club’s “Baggy Green” Dinner at the NSW Parliament House on November 15 and eligible for a $2,000 grant each.  The winner will receive a grant for sporting and recreational equipment up to the value of $20,000 paid to the organisation they choose which conforms to the Club’s charter.  To book tickets to the Dinner, including a tribute to the ‘Baggy Green’, go to THIS LINK.

Since its inception, The Primary Club of Australia has provided almost $7 million of equipment and facilities to provide people with a disability the opportunity to pursue their sporting and recreational endeavours.

Media contact:          Peter Laidlaw 0419 210306


September 17, 2018 by  

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The Board of the Primary Club of Australia is pleased to advise $357k in grants were paid or committed to the following organisations, consistent with our charter to provide sporting and recreational facilities to people with a disability.  (All in NSW unless advised otherwise.)

  • Aspect School, Central Coast – playground
  • Balmain Para Rowers – double scull
  • Blind Cricket NSW – marquee
  • Civic Disability Services, Wattle Grove – wheelchairs
  • Disabled Surfers – surf wheelchairs, hypothermia rugs
  • Disabled Winter Sports – bluetooth guide
  • Coogee Minnows – surfboards
  • Riding for Disabled, Box Hill – ramp
  • Sargood on Collaroy – gym equipment
  • Sporting Wheelies QLD – rugby wheelchairs
  • St Andrews Public School, Southwestern Sydney – playground
  • Studio ARTES, Hornsby – touch screen, loom, music instruments
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick – supine bike
  • The Ponds School, Southwestern Sydney – climbing nets
  • Towradgi Public School, Illawarra – specialised play/therapy areas
  • Trytons Cricket, Randwick – cricket equipment
  • Wheelchair Sports – all sports wheelchairs


September 17, 2018 by  


Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Queen Street Lounge, Woollahra Hotel, 116 Queen Street, Woollahra, on Wednesday 24th October, commencing at 6pm.  Please advise Anja on (02) 9980-2525 if you can attend or are an apology.

Annual Report 2017-2018

The Primary Club of Australia Annual Report 2017/18 is now available to download.

Click here to download the Annual Report (mid res): Annual Report 2017-18


Note: the audited version of the financial results will be available at the AGM.




July 4, 2018 by  

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The Primary Club of Australia squad of 14 cricketers and 26 supporters recently visited Kenya, playing a total of 7 matches.  Highlights of the tour included visits to two major game parks – the Ol Pejeta Conservancy to the north of Nairobi and the Maasai Mara to the west.

While at Ol Pejeta, we played three games in the ‘Last Male Standing Rhino Cup’, a tournament with other teams from the UK, South Africa, Mauritius and locally.  Now in its fourth year, this tournament raises funds for the Conservancy and its Rhino campaign and for the East Africa Cricket Foundation.  The latter is a coaching program dedicated to cultural and character development in schools for underprivileged children across Kenya.  We visited two of these schools on the outskirts of Nairobi – Dr Aggrey Primary School and the Muslim Primary School – and witnessed the coaches in action.  The Primary Club donated $7k to this program two years ago from funds we generated at our Marathon Cricket event at the SCG.

During the final of the Rhino Cup, President Jim Maxwell added to the significance of the event by commentating on the game live and was assisted by international scorer Ian Wright, both parties touring with our squad.  Two local teams fought out the final – the Kanbis CC defeating the Kongonis CC in a high quality cricket match.

Following the tour, Jim discussed the tour, the Rhino Cup and the state of cricket in Kenya on the BBC World Service’s ‘Stumped’ program.  To hear the full interview, CLICK HERE.  Congratulations to two Primary Club of Australia Members who are the main organisers of the Cup – Rob Stevenson and Nathan Dale.  Well done to you and your support team!


June 5, 2018 by  

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The Primary Club of Australia’s May 2018 Newletter, called “First Ball” is out now.  You may view a low-res version via the link below.  Or call Anja on (02) 9980 2525 to request hard copies for your coffee table, office or waiting room.  Stories include our charity projects, a feature article about “Sargood on Collaroy”, our interstate events during last summer, and of course our Marathon Cricket event and Elanora Golf Day in Sydney.

Click on this link below:

First Ball May 2018 – low res

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