The Primary Club of Australia’s donation to Aspect Western Sydney School at Wetherill Park

June 6, 2011 by  

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The Primary Club were thrilled to be able donate on behalf of the members of our charity - special playground equipment  to the Aspect Western Sydney School at Wetherill Park – a school that provides specialised evidence-based programs for children aged 4 to 16 with autism spectrum disorder, who require an autism-specific program. Aspect builds confidence and capacity in people with ASD, their families and communities by providing information, education and other services. The primary focus of the schools is to equip students with the skills to become as independent as possible and enable them to transition into more inclusive settings and caters for approximately 113 students across the Western and South Western Sydney Region. The Primary Club has made donations to many Aspect schools, which provide educational facilities for children who have autism spectrum disorder.  Like The Primary Club, Aspect is a not for profit provider, who provide Australia’s largest education services to these needy children and their families.  

June 2011 Newsletter – sent out to members

June 1, 2011 by  

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Click here to download the Primary Club of Australia's June 2011 newsletter.

Media mentions of our Sir Roden Cutler award winner

April 18, 2011 by  

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Narooma’s Paralympic hopeful lands $20,000 prize before heading overseas

A great article in the Narooma News http://www.naroomanewsonline.com.au/news/local/sport/general/naroomas-paralympic-hopeful-lands-20000-prize-before-heading-overseas/2133099.aspx?storypage=0 [link was not working in August 2012 but the article is recreated below].

Narooma’s Paralympic hopeful lands $20,000 prize before heading overseas

STAN GORTON
13 Apr, 2011 12:26 PM
WORLD-beating disabled sailor Ame Barnbrook has won another major award just before she leaves to compete in the World Championships in England in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Paralympics.Ame is the recipient of this year’s Sir Roden Cutler Award awarded by the Primary Club of Australia, which acknowledges outstanding sporting achievement by a disabled athlete.Sir Roden Cutler (VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE) served as Twelfth Man and Patron of the Primary Club of Australia from its inception in 1974 until his passing in 2002. Richie Benaud OBE graciously assumed this role since. Sir Roden agreed enthusiastically back in 1998 to lend his name to this special award, which the Primary Club and its members choose to present to an athlete or administrator who has performed an extraordinary service to his/her sport on behalf of people with disabilities. As part of the award, the awardee now receives a grant of $20,000 for recreational facilities for the sport of his/her choosing. Ame said she would dedicate the money to the Access Dinghy Foundation and Sailability NSW, both of which had helped her immensely over her 15 years of sailing. She was also pleasantly surprised to get a call from world champion surfer Layne Beachley recently who told her she was chosen for a $3000 Aim for the Stars grant. Ame continues to regularly train up Sydney with her sailing partner Lindsay Mason and they are set to fly off to Weymouth, England on May 26. Ame will compete in the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta in the first week of June and then in July she will compete in the 2011 World Championships, which is the qualifying event for the Paralympics. There she has beat the other two Australian SCUD teams in order to qualify for the Paralympics. Past winners and Ame’s story Past winners of the Sir Roden Cutler Award include Michael Milton (skiing) in 2001 and Kurt Fearnley (wheelchair marathon) in 2006. Ame’s story is a truly remarkable one. Born with Phocoamelia she has only the lower half of her left leg, a small foot and three toes, she has no arms or right leg. She uses her three toes for eating, writing, playing the trumpet and sailing. She has achieved more in her 22 years than most will in a lifetime. Ame has excelled in music, and sailing and has a degree in Creative Arts from Wollongong University. Her current aim is to represent Australia at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. In her own words, “It’s about what I can do, not what I can’t do. My disability is continually judged before my abilities have been recognised and I like to prove people wrong.” To get involved or help out with funding, contact Ame at amesarms@sailability.org

Sir Roden Cutler Award 2011 recipient – Ame Barnbrook

March 28, 2011 by  

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Amethyst (Ame) Barnbrook’s story is a truly remarkable one. Born with Phocoamelia she has only the lower half of her left leg, a small foot and three toes, she has no arms or right leg. She uses her three toes for eating, writing, playing the trumpet and sailing. She has achieved more in her 22 years than most will in a lifetime. Ame has excelled in music, and sailing and has a degree in Creative Arts from Wollongong University. Her current aim is to represent Australia at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. I her own words, “It’s about what I can do, not what I can’t do. My disability is continually judged before my abilities have been recognised and I like to prove people wrong.” It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that Ame will be our next Sir Roden Cutler Award winner.

The Primary Club of Australia v Sydney Uni Vets – King’s, 27 February 2011

March 14, 2011 by  

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Due to some early season washouts and the unavailability of the main ground for part of the season because of renovation works, this was the PCA’s first game played at the beautiful JS White Oval this season. The PCA also welcomed 2 new members turning out for their first game for us; Richard Dixon and Michael Cant, both former Gordon first graders and team mates of Stephen Liggins (himself a recent welcome addition to our playing ranks). Both new boys were to have a significant impact on the day, which eventually resulted in a hard fought win to the PCA. On inspection before the start of the match, it was apparent that the pitch which was prepared for the match had a disconcertingly long and wide crack down running the length of the pitch and close to the line of a right-hander’s off-stump at one end (and a left hander’s at the other end). The captains agreed that it was better to use the adjacent pitch - which had probably been used the previous day, but didn’t appear to be anywhere near as treacherous as the prepared pitch. Skipper Joe Scarcella won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a reasonable batting pitch, albeit one with a couple of cracks not far from the popping crease at either end of the pitch. Michael Cant (a regular opener) kicked off the innings with makeshift opener Bob Stephens. The pair started solidly. Michael showed that he’d not lost his batting skills and technique despite his long lay-off since his playing days. He started well, his defence was solid, and soon starting playing his attractive array of strokes. Eventually he compiled a very solid half century, before his compulsory retirement. His innings was punctuated by eight boundaries. At the other end, Bob also batted well in his unfamiliar role, despatching the loose deliveries and putting on a first wicket partnership with Michael that yielded 44 runs before he was run out for 20. Joe Scarcella Junior. Coming in at first drop, was dismissed shortly thereafter to a brilliant catch at mid-wicket by a youngster and certainly their best fielder, in fact probably the only player on the field who would have been able to pull off the catch. Ian Camejo was next in. Ian and Michael had a strong partnership before Michael’s forced retirement. Stephen Liggins came and went early for a ‘globe’. Ian’s batting stance at the crease was as unusual as his batting was effective; his was a hard-hitting innings in which he punished the loose deliveries with several boundaries including a couple of sixes. He was eventually dismissed, caught very well on the boundary, unfortunately only couple of runs short of his half century. Jason Bates, coming in at 4th drop, batting with Ian, also managed to find the boundary a few times and batted in his usual no-nonsense big-hitting style, compiling 24 runs before being unfortunately run out by the new man in, skipper Joe Scarcella (sorry for that, Jason, you’re right – it wasn’t a smart call on my part !!). Joe was joined at the crease by Richard Dixon. The pair batted strongly to steady the ship after a couple of quick wickets threatened to cut short the innings well short of the allotted 37 overs. The partnership took the score from 153 to 239 in rapid time, and featured good authentic batting – quick running between the wickets (the pair stealing quick singles and turning 2’s into 3’s in the big outfield), combined with putting the loose balls away to the boundary. Richard’s innings was particularly aggressive – it included four 4’s and 3 big sixes – and he, too, eventually reached his half century before retiring. The final total for the PCA’s innings from the allotted 37 overs was 7 for 242. It was a very good score that was always going to be difficult to beat. The Sydney Uni Vets openers included a promising youngster (still playing Green Shield, i.e. Under 16’s), a very good batsman who showed maturity beyond his years who ended up hitting a half century. Richard and Joe jnr opened the bowling for the PCA. Richard bowled with good pace and aggression but Joe jnr was bowling too short and the batsman scored quick early runs. Michael Cant was brought on to try and contain the runs and, after a loose first over, did his job well. Stephen Liggins replaced Richard after his first 5 over spell in which he took a wicket and looked threatening throughout. The skipper came on to replace Michael at the other end. Together, the pair bowled very well to pare back the run rate. Stephen bowled unchanged for his 7 overs. He bowled tightly and with good variation, and was unlucky not to have picked up a couple of wickets. Joe bowled full and straight, as the wicket demanded, and was rewarded with 3 wickets, all bowled. To its credit, the opposition fought back with some big hitting from a couple of their middle order batsmen, who took toll of some loose bowling in the latter stages of the innings to get a sniff of an unlikely victory. However, when Richard and Joe jnr were then re-introduced into the attack, they bowled tightly and managed to ward off the threat. Ultimately, the batsmen found the task too difficult and finished 30 runs short. Result: PCA 7-242 (37 Overs) def Sydney Uni Vets 7-207 (37 overs) The team: Joe Scarcella (c), Michael Cant, Richard Dixon, Stephen Liggins, Bob Stephens, Joe Scarcella jnr, Ian Camejo, Russell Thomas, Peter Buscall, Jason Bates, Ted Harvey, Bill Stephens Batting: Michael Cant 51 n.o.; Richard Dixon 52 n.o.; Ian Camejo 48; Joe Scarcella 28; Jason Bates 24: Bob Stephens 20 Bowling: Joe Scarcella 3-29 (6 overs); Richard Dixon 2-31 (7 overs); Stephen Liggins 0-31 (7 overs); Michael Cant 0-24 (6 overs);

Match report – PCA vs Barker Old Boys at Barker No.1

February 21, 2011 by  

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Sunday 20 February 2010 Muggy conditions greeted the combatants as they arrived at the picturesque Barker College. Some last minute changes to the PCA lineup saw a reduction in the team’s Lloyd ratio but a 100% increase in the Stephens representation with Bill making his second appearance. At the toss fortune favoured the Primary Club and the meteorologically inspired decision to bat first was made. Mike Lloyd got the side off to a rollicking start with some adventurous strokeplay. At the other end both Joe Scarcella and Roger Christie (on Primary Club debut) suffered the misfortune of finding Hanlon in the gully (surely the most athletic fieldsman yet seen at a PCA fixture). In the end it was Mark Clarebrough who provided the calm ying to Mike’s raging yang and together they took the team to 3/72. After weathering a tight spell from Rodgie, Mike fell for a very entertaining 48. Rob Lavery (who takes great joy at writing about himself in the third person) played some agricultural shots and, with good support from Mark and another debutant, Liam Cole, a strong total was building. Towards the end of the innings Liam put his foot down and formed rapid partnerships with both Lockie Davies and Bob Stephens. The eventual total of 168 looked a good one but rumours abounded of some significant strength in the batting lineup of the Old Boys. Little did they know of the venom possessed by the PCA’s attack… Marcus Lloyd, who became the first current Barker student to take part in such a fixture, achieved schoolboy nirvana in his second over removing sportsmaster Steve Thomlinson courtesy of a spectacular catch by wicketkeeper Roger Christie. Ben Crossing, who bowled with abounding penetration but scant luck at the other end, provided a tight foil to Marcus’ attack and helped him earn a second scalp. When Lockie Davies trapped Thomlinson Jr plumb in front Barker were teetering at 3/52. However Barker’s key pairing of Beverley and Rodgie were now at the crease. Good lines from Liam and Lockie made things difficult for the batsmen and almost brought the breakthrough. Unfortunately the ball slipped from Lockie’s grasp, leaving Liam to opine that Lockie may owe him, “a few beers, possibly a dozen.” A tight over from Bill after drinks provided the pressure that allowed Rob to eke out the dangerous Rodgie. When Joe ripped through Dunn then Beverley (courtesy of more Christie acrobatics) the game was in the balance with Barker needing almost a run a ball from the last 10 overs with only 4 wickets in hand. Alas it was not to be. Marvell and man of the match Eastman managed to keep out the extraordinary swing of Mike and the return of Marcus and Rob to guide their team home with two balls in hand. Still, a fantastic day was had with high quality cricket complimenting the stunning surrounds. Result: Barker Old Boys 6-169 (34.4. overs) def PCA 6-168 (35 overs) by 4 wkts Batting: Michael Lloyd 48, Rob Lavery 36, Liam Cole 31 n.o., Mark Clarebrough 17 Bowling: Joe Scarcella 2/19, Marcus Lloyd 2/53, Laughlan Davis 1/20, Rob Lavery 1/28 Rob Lavery 21 February 2011

Photos and DVDs from Marathon Cricket 2011 are now available!!

January 30, 2011 by  

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Hello everyone. During Marathon Cricket 2011 over 2500 photos were taken over the two days. These photos included team photos, individual player photos, action photos that players will want to remember forever, action photos that players will want to instantly forget(!), photos from the Twenty20 match on Thursday evening, photos of the umpires and photos from the days. These photos are now uploaded ... (visit the www.marathoncricket.com website) The Marathon cricket website has small photos for you to download and send to friends via email. Larger photos are available for purchase for a nominal amount. If you have photos of the day and would be willing to donate them to the Primary Club for Sale - please contact me directly at web@primaryclub.com regards Benjamin Richards Official photographer (and Primary Club of Australia committee member).

News articles and video about Marathon Cricket and the Indigineous Allstars game

January 17, 2011 by  

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Indigenous All Stars to take part in cricket clash

Preston Campbell, Wendell Sailor, Jamal Idris, Scott Prince, Nathan Merritt, Jamie Soward, Greg Bird, Ben Barba and Jharal Yow Yeh are among the 'Learn. Earn. Legend!' Indigenous All Stars set to tackle cricket's next generation of Indigenous stars in a landmark charity match at the SCG on Thursday night.  ... Read more at: http://www.nrl.com/NewsViews/LatestNews/NewsArticle/tabid/10874/newsId/61082/Default.aspx

SBS News video about the Jack Marsh Cup

View the video at: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2011/01/12/cup-named-after-jack-marsh

Cup named after Jack Marsh

History will be created at the SCG tomorrow night, when the first all-Indigenous match at an international cricket ground gets underway, SBS' Nick Vindin reports. Read the article at: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1464837/Cup-named-after-Jack-Marsh

Is NRL star Greg Bird our cricket saviour?

GIVE that man a baggy green. Australia's latest slow bowling hope was uncovered at the SCG last night...Gold Coast NRL star Greg Bird. Bird wowed the crowd with his bowling skills at a charity Twenty20 match to raise money for children with disabilities. Read the full article at: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/archives/old-sport-pages/is-nrl-star-greg-bird-our-cricket-saviour/story-fn67w6pa-1225987676241  And see photos from the event at: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/gallery/gallery-e6freye9-1225987466115