Sydney Morning Herald – Video clip

February 3, 2016 by  

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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

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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.

Our new Patron and Twelfth Man Mark Taylor spoke with Jim Maxwell on ABC Grandstand

January 7, 2016 by  

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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.