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The dates for our next Marathon Cricket event at the Sydney Cricket Ground have been announced - Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February 2017. If you are interested in entering a team, either a corporate team or a club or social team, then please call the office on (02) 9980 2525 and request a registration form. We expect bookings will close my mid-September.
Marathon Cricket is one of our major fund-raising events, with 40 teams having a chance to live their dream of playing on the famous arena in a Twelve/12 match ensuring equal opportunity for all players to bat, bowl, keep and field.
Corporate packages include sponsorship recognition, game DVD, dinner with the AFL and Rugby Legends following their Twenty/20 "Battle of the Codes" fixture on Thursday evening.
We hope to raise over $100k for our disabled sports charities.
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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: www.primaryclub.com
CONTACT: Jim Winchester 0401 890 493 or Geoff Verco 0411 028 468
MAASAI WARRIORS SCHEDULE
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)
Maasai Tribesman Play Cricket to Raise Awareness about HIV/AIDS, Rhino & Elephant Conservation
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.
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.”
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 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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During the lunch break on the fifth day of the 2016 SCG Test Match, Mark Taylor joined Brett Lee and Michael Slater to talk about the Primary Club of Australia on Channel Nine's Cricket Show.
The episode can be seen below:
Mark Taylor talks about the work of the Primary Club of Australia about the concept and how the money is raised.
Daphne Benaud was also featured talking about the founders and about how the Primary Club of Australia provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to get access to sporting and recreational facilities they would not normally be able to access.
Please feel free to view the episode and share it with friends who may be interested in the work of the Primary Club of Australia. .
Comments Off on Our new Patron and Twelfth Man Mark Taylor spoke with Jim Maxwell on ABC Grandstand
On the first day of the 2016 Sydney Cricket Ground Test Match - Australia versus the West Indies - our Primary Club of Australia President and ABC Radio commentator Jim Maxwell spoke with our new Patron and Twelfth Man Mark Taylor.
Comments Off on Upcoming social cricket matches in Victoria
Would you like to play cricket for the Primary Club of Australia Social Cricket team?
You are invited to nominate your availability to play in any or all of the following regular social cricket matches in and around Melbourne.
Please advise Geoff Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0437 255 916 if you are available for any of these matches or interested in playing future matches.
DATESSunday 26th January - Cricket Willow, Shepherd's Flat, vs Australian Cricket Society, $65pp (This game i now fully subscribed).
Sunday 23rd February - Vic Blind XI, Kooyong, $25pp
Sunday 9th March - T20 with Lords Taverners, ACS, East Malvern CC, at Chadstone, $40pp
Combined PCA/Taverners V Australian Cricket Society (ACS) – Sunday Jan 26th 2014 @ Cricket Willow Shepard’ Flat near Daylesford
(FULLY SUBSCRIBED FOR PLAYERS)
Cost is $65 per player (includes lunch) $25 for non players
PCA V Victorian Blind Cricket Association
Date Sunday 23rd Feb @ Blind Cricket Kooyong
30 Over a side game with lunch
10:30am for an 11am start
$25 per player donation to PCA
This is a game of Blind Cricket vs Victorian Blind Cricket. If you have never played Blind Cricket - you must. Experience cricket on a new level, using a blind cricket ball and modified batting and bowling rules. A must for all cricketers at least once in your life.
The T20 Day
Sunday March 9th 2014
Location: Treyvaud Reserve Chadstone
Teams: PCA, Lord’s Taverners, Australian Cricket Society & East Malvern Taroonga CC
$440 per team for the day ($40 per player).
Comments Off on Primary Club of Australia v Troopers CC at Shore ‘A’, Northbridge – 24 November 2013
This match was hastily arranged to replace the original scheduled match with the NSW Parliamentarians, who had to cancel the fixture. The Troopers is a team that plays in the Moore Park competition and has played in a few Marathon Cricket Events. The Troopers were happy to take up the vacant slot for an opportunity to play the Primary Club of Australia on the exceptional Shore ‘A’ Oval, which surely boasts one of the best cricket grounds and facilities in Sydney.
There were again a few debutants for the Primary Club – Bill ‘Slasher’ McKay, Michael Fahey, Ajit Kumar and S. Hui.
The Troopers won the toss and sent the PCA in. The expansive outfield was in magnificent condition, but the grass was quite plush and it was clear that it was going to take some big hitting (mostly aerial) to reach the boundaries. The wicket was also a little difficult for batsmen - a little on the slow side, but with some variable bounce.
Scarcella and McKay opened the innings and managed a reasonable start, putting on 21 for the first wicket partnership before ‘Slasher’ was run out for 9. Scarcella soon followed, caught behind for 12. Thereafter, there was a steady procession of wickets, with all batsmen making a start but not going on to make any substantial score. The top scorer was Peter ‘Mullos’ Mullane, with 21. Jason ‘Warnie’ Bates hit a handy 17 in his pinch hitter role in the middle order to help get us to a reasonable, but not great, score of 124.
The Troopers came out to bat, and showed good intent early in the run chase. Richard Clarke and Aleksandr Yap took the new ball for the PCA and bowled quite steady, each taking a wicket in their 10 over opening spell. At that point, the Troopers were 2 for 30. A double change saw the skipper Joe Scarcella and Mick McCormick take the ball, with immediate success. Each took a wicket in his opening over. The accurate and penetrating bowling from the pair continued, with run scoring proving more difficult, and a steady procession of wickets followed. During their 12 over ‘partnership’, Joe and Mick tore the heart out of the Troopers middle order, taking the total to 8 for 56 after 22 overs, a position from which the Troopers never recovered. Joe finished with 4-22 from his 8 overs and Mick took 2-14 from his 7overs. Ajit Kumar also chipped in with 1- 12 from his 5 overs of handy medium pace, and Mullos also landed his leggies well for couple of overs and was rewarded with a wicket (1-8).
The Troopers only managed to reach 105 before being bowled out in the 33rd over. An excellent win for the PCA was followed by a very enjoyable post match drink in the superb pavilion, where we were also able to see the last 2 wickets fall to give Australia victory in the First Ashes Test at the ‘Gabba. What better way to end a fabulous day of cricket!
The PCA team was:
Joe Scarcella (c), Bill McKay, A Kumar, Michael McCormick, S Hui, John LeCouteur, Jason Bates, Peter Mullane, Michael Fahey, Richard Clarke, Aleksandr Yap
PCA 9-124 (34 overs) def Troopers 105 (33 overs)
P. Mullane 21 n.o.; J. Bates 17; J LeCouteur 15; J Scarcella 12; R Clark 12
J. Scarcella 4-22 (8 overs); M. McCormick 2-14 (7 overs); A. Kumar 1-12 (5 overs); R. Clark 1-15 (5 overs); A. Yap 1-16 (5 overs); P. Mullane 1-8 (2 overs)
Comments Off on Come and view some of the 12,000 “MARATHON CRICKET V” Photos
We had a very successful Marathon Cricket event. Of the course of the two days, our two photographers took over 12,000 photos.
These photos are now available for viewing via the Marathon Cricket website. www.marathoncricket.com
We have uploaded smaller versions of the photos to FLICKR. Larger (printable) versions are available for purchase - individually or as a set.