TOUR TO KENYA, JUNE 2018

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!

“FIRST BALL” MAY 2018 NEWSLETTER

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

PRIOR YEAR PRIMARIES? 13 AS 2017/18 CLOSES

February 8, 2018 by  

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Shaun Marsh of Australia is dismissed for a primary at Newlands (AP Photo/Halden Krog

The Aussie cricketers were enjoying a super summer, until our men’s team arrived in South Africa in March!

To date, in all forms of international cricket this financial year, we now have 13, compared to the 20 we accumulated in the full 12 month period the prior year.

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

  • Chadd Sayers (#13) was welcomed into the Primary Club in his maiden Test, the second innings of the 4th Test in Johannesburg on 3rd April.
  • Peter Hanscomb became No. 12 in the first innings of the 4th Test in Johannesburg on 31st March, while Beth Mooney earlier on the same day in Mumbai opened with a primary in the Australian Women’s T20 Final against England.
  • In the 3rd Test at Newlands, Capetown, Australia wilted in the second innings (against the back-drop of the ball-tapering scandal) and racked up the 9th and 10th primaries, with Shaun Marsh and Pat Cummins capitulating in a team total of just 107 runs on 25th March.
  • Amanda-Jade Wellington in the ODI in India on 15th March (run out without facing ball) and Pat Cummins in the 2nd Test at Port Elizabeth on 9th March.
  • 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).

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

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

RICK GLOVER OAM

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!

Sydney Morning Herald – Video clip

February 3, 2016 by  

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http://media.smh.com.au/video-sport/video-cricket/maasai-cricket-warriors-at-the-scg-7181372.html 

 

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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http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/02/02/kenyas-massai-warriors-prepare-t20-games

 

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.

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.

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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

 

Primary Club featured on “The Cricket Show” on Channel Nine

January 8, 2016 by  

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2016-01-08

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.

2016-01-08 (4) 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. .

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