February 8, 2018 by  


The Aussie cricketers have been enjoying a super summer!  Both men and women.

The downside of that is that there have not been many first-ball ducks, or 'primaries'.  To date, in all forms of international cricket this financial year, we only have 6.  Whereas last year we accumulated 20 in the full 12 month period.  Primary Club Members donate $10 every time an Aussie cricketers suffers the indignity of scoring a primary in an international fixture.
  • Agar, Cummins and Coulter-Nile in the ODI series in India in Sept/Oct.
  • Villani, Beams and Wellington in their ODIs in Taunton (July) and Coffs Harbour (Oct).

Who knows, though.  We still have the South Africa 4-Test tour coming up in March.

PS.  The visiting English team did not suffer a single primary in the Ashes Series!


October 9, 2017 by  


We are now receiving registrations for corporate team entries in MARATHON CRICKET 2018, to be held at the SCG on Monday 29th January 2018.  Places are available for morning or afternoon slots, for teams of 12 players in a modified Twelve/12 over format, at $7,020 or $8,400 per team respectively.

Packages include luncheon for the morning teams and dinner for the afternoon teams, while the latter watch the feature games in the late afternoon and evening.  Contact the office on 0411 028 468 for more information, or email

For social or club teams, interested in playing in one of four the breakfast timeslots, please register your interest now, by sending an email to

Because of limited opportunities this summer, we are only receiving registrations from Primary Club members.


July 10, 2017 by  


Come and join fellow Primary Club Members for our traditional Day 1 Test Match Breakfast on Thursday 4th January from 7:30am in the Eastside Dining Room of Allianz Stadium ("SFS"), a short stroll away from the SCG.  Special guests include former England captain, Mike Gatting, who will be appearing along with Twelfth Man Mark Taylor, President Jim Maxwell AM and Master of Ceremonies Mike Coward AM.

CLICK HERE to book online now.

$120 for Primary Club Members and their guests; or $1,200 for a table of 10.  We encourage Members to book early, because we are likely to be oversold for the Ashes Breakfast.

If you require SCG seats - either a corporate box or ticket-only seats, go to THIS LINK, where you can also order your Breakfast seats.


June 8, 2017 by  

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Primary Club Members will be disappointed to learn that Aussie batsmen over the 2016/17 financial year suffered the first-ball duck, or 'primary', on 20 occasions in international matches - 15 by male players and 5 by females.  However, this of course has a positive twist in that all our members are 'fined' $10 for each such event, meaning our charity trust account should receive a healthy boost when our 2017/18 renewal notices go out in early June.

The offending Aussie batsmen were:
  • Tim Payne, Jhye Richardson, Ashleigh Gardner and Megan Schmidt in Twenty/20s;
  • Adam Zampa, Aaron Finch twice, Mitchell Starc, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazelwood, Elyse Villani twice and Alex Blackwell in ODIs; and
  • Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges and Nathan Lyon twice in Test Matches.

All such fines are optional and therefore tax-deductible donations, which go straight into our charity account!


May 23, 2017 by  

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The Board of the Primary Club of Australia is pleased to advise $178,000 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.)
  • Blind Sports & Recreation VIC - adaptive sporting equipment
  • Empower Golf, The Ridge GC - paragolfer unit for Sutherland hub
  • Fresh Tracks Foundation - for recumbent bikes for Newington Armor Hub
  • Lake Illawarra High School - ineractive touch screens and accessories
  • Post Phillip Specialist School VIC - basketball towers
  • Rainbow Club - beach wheelchair
  • Riding for Disabled, Booyong - four horse shelters
  • Sailability - trailer to transport two Hansa Liberty boats
  • Sargood Foundation, Collaroy - gym equipment for new centre
  • Special Olympics - shirts and caps for annual cricket festival
  • Trytons Cricket, Randwick - player shirts
  • Wheelchair Sports - four all-sports wheelchairs (part of Liesl Tesch's Sir Roden Cutler Award)

Katie Kelly named Sir Roden Cutler Awardee 2016/17

February 19, 2017 by  

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Para-triathlete and Rio gold medallist, Katie Kelly OAM was selected from five amazing athletes as the winner of the 2016/17 Sir Roden Cutler Award at the Primary Club of Australia's Marathon Cricket Dinner on Thursday 16th February at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Katie, with her support group, has established the Sport Access Foundation to assist people with a disability with access to sport and recreational facilities.  Her $20,000 grant from the Primary Club will be directed to this organisation. On Friday morning, Katie was interviewed on the ABC Breakfast program.  Hear her amazing story by clicking here. In the photo here, past winner Liesl Tesch is presenting the Award to Katie (centre) with NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres MP. The other four finalists each received a finalists medal from Life Member Daphne Benaud:  Ryley Batt OAM (Wheelchair Rugby, Port Macquarie NSW), Matt Bugg (Sailing, Lindisfarne TAS), Carol Cooke AM (Cycling, Melbourne VIC), Michael Lyddiard (Triathlon, from Townsville QLD)

Some of Australia’s best athletes named as Sir Roden Cutler Award finalists

February 10, 2017 by  

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Five of Australia’s most inspiring athletes with a disability, including Paralympic medallists and an Afghanistan War veteran, have been named as finalists in The Primary Club’s Sir Roden Cutler Award.   Among the 2017 finalists is Ryley Batt OAM, a four-time Paralympian and dual Paralympic gold medallist in Wheelchair Rugby, and Carol Cooke AM, a three-time gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist.   Also included as finalists are Paralympic sailor Matt Bugg, Paralympic gold-winning paratriathlete Katie Kelly, and endurance athlete and Australian of the Year finalist Michael Lyddiard.   The winner, to be announced at a major dinner at the Sydney Cricket Ground next Thursday night, will receive a $20,000 grant for sporting and recreational equipment to be given to an organisation they choose which reflects the Club’s charter.   Jim Maxwell, president of The Primary Club of Australia and legendary cricket commentator, said the finalists are an inspiration for not only people challenged with a disability, but the broader community too.   “What makes these five athletes worthy of being finalists in the Sir Roden Cutler award is their sporting accomplishments, their sheer determination to overcome their challenges and their tireless efforts to encourage other people living with a disability that they too can reach their dreams,” Mr Maxwell said.   The 2017 finalists in the Sir Roden Cutler award are:
  • Ryley Batt OAM, a four-time Paralympian in the Australian Wheelchair Rugby Team that has won two consecutive gold medals in London and Rio, who delivers Paralympic awareness talks and mentors young people with disabilities.
  • Matt Bugg, has a sailing world championship and a silver medal from the Rio Paralympics in the 2.4m class, who tirelessly works with sailors with disabilities in Tasmania by coaching and providing technical advice.
  • Carol Cooke AM, the winner of three Paralympic gold medals in cycling at the 2012/2016 Paralympic Games, who gives motivational talks to young women and founded the MS 24 Hour Megaswim which has raised over $7m for those living with Multiple Sclerosis since 2001.
  • Katie Kelly, a gold medal winning Paratriathlete, who provides inspiration to young children with Usher’s Syndrome and founded the Sport Access Foundation to provide grants for disabled people to be involved in sport.
  • Michael Lyddiard, Afghanistan War veteran who after being severely injured in the line of duty has competed in triathlons, cycling, and distance swimming, who is an Ambassador for the Veteran Charity "Soldier On" and a finalist in the 2017 Queensland Australian of the Year awards.
  The Sir Roden Cutler Award, established in honour of the Primary Club’s first Twelfth Man and Patron and the longest-serving Governor of New South Wales, 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.   A portion of the grant this year comes from the Royal Australian Mint that will donate part of the proceeds from the recently released limited edition Richie Benaud 50 cent collectible coin, after it heard of the Primary Club of Australia from Daphne Benaud while she assisted with the coin’s creation.   Richie Benaud was a foundation member of the Primary Club when it formed in 1974 and was its Twelfth Man and Patron from 2002 to 2014.   Royal Australian Mint Chief Executive Officer Mr Ross MacDiarmid said: “The Royal Australian Mint is proud to contribute to Richie Benaud’s legacy by not only releasing this special commemorative coin but also supporting the Primary Club of Australia and the athletic industry with a contribution of proceeds towards this inspiring program.”   Media contact:          Peter Laidlaw 0419 210 306   About The Primary Club: For more than 40 years, The Primary Club of Australia, with support from the cricket-loving public, has been committed to helping many of the four million Australians with disabilities lead a more active and inclusive life. A cricket-based charity, we have provided more than $6 million of equipment and facilities for organisations that support people with disabilities. It works with other leading charities in the disability sector to identify community needs and ensure all of the funds it raises delivers a positive outcome for people with disabilities. Since its establishment, The Primary Club of Australia has funded projects ranging from specialist playground equipment for young children with disabilities through to sporting equipment for people with disabilities participating at the elite level of sport. All donations by the Club are made to other registered charities.


November 1, 2016 by  


the-sound-of-summer2Here's a great Christmas or Birthday present idea!  Purchase a hard back copy of Jim Maxwell's latest book, his personal memoirs titled "The Sound of Summer", via the Primary Club at the RRP of $46.95 including postage and handling within Australia; and by agreement with the publisher, all the proceeds will go to the Primary Club's charities. For more information, and to order one or more copies, go to this link.


February 14, 2016 by  

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Richard John Glover was recognised in the Australia Day Honours List with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for 'service to charitable organisations and to the community'.  Rick joined the Primary Club in 1980, became a Board Member in 1982 and has served continuously since, including 18 years as Honorary Secretary to 2007.  Rick volunteers for a wide range of Primary Club activities, not least of which the very successful Sydney Test Match Breakfast, Marathon Cricket at the SCG and the Special Olympics Cricket Festival at Bowral.  Rick would not be able to provide this service without the constant support of wife Pam, and three daughters Katrina, Jo and Georgi!

Report: SYDNEY TEST MATCH BREAKFAST, Sunday 3rd January 2016

October 18, 2015 by  

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Under grey skies, on the first morning of the Sydney Test Match - Australia versus West Indies - the members and guests of the Primary Club of Australia joined President Jim Maxwell, newly appointed Patron and Twelfth Man Mark Taylor, special guest speakers Simon Katich and Fazeer Mohammed, respected West Indies journalist, along with MC Mike Coward.
President Jim Maxwell invited new Patron and Twelfth Man Mark Taylor to the podium to partake in what was the highlight of the morning - the induction of Daphne Benaud, the widow of former Primary Club of Australia Patron and Twelfth Man Richie Benaud, as a Life Member of the Primary Club of Australia. Following the presentation, The Minister for Sport and frequent player of Marathon Cricket Stuart Laurence Ayres MP was introduced and he announced that the Government were donating $5000 towards Marathon Cricket. The rest of the breakfast saw MC Mike Coward interviewing guest speakers Simon Katich and Fazeer Mohammed about the state of test cricket. The breakfast concluded with Katie drawing the raffle - first prize - 30 mins in the ABC Commentary Box with Jim Maxwell. We invite you to lock in this event next year .. and every year. Day One of the Sydney Test Match - the 3rd January.    

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