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Indigenous cricketer Wade King poses for a photo at Simpsons Gap near Alice Springs



HARMONY IN CRICKET Cricket Victoria’s Harmony in Cricket philosophy celebrates the message that cricket is a game for everyone by promoting a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

SOCIAL MEDIA Keep up-to-date on Victorian community cricket through our social media channels.

We proudly acknowledge that Victorian cricket clubs are a place where everybody, regardless of their cultural background, religion, gender, age or ability feels welcome. If a person has a passion for cricket; cricket has a place for them.

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NOOGAL TOENGORRT TANI Left: Victorian Women’s Imparja Cup team walking off the field in Alice Springs Top right: Jacinta Goodger-Chandler, Natalie Plane, Fiona Hale and Jess Martin after receiving their Black Caps

Noogal Toengorrt Tani is Cricket Victoria’s Indigenous cricket program designed to provide cricket participation and development opportunities for Indigenous Australians. Respected Wurundjeri elder, Aunty Joy Wandin-Murphy based the program’s name on the Woirwurrung words for ‘belong’ - Noogal and ‘success/win’ Toengorrt Tani.

designed the logo to represent Victorian Indigenous cricketers. The design is linked to the members of the 1868 Australian team, composed of Aboriginal men from Western Victoria that toured England and includes the seam of a cricket ball along the Aboriginal flag.

Indigenous artist Treahna Hamm



Bottom right: Liam Jackson bowling during the Imparja Cup

The 2014-15 season saw over 700 Indigenous cricketers playing the game around the state. Various participation and development opportunities were held including: • Imparja Cup tournament, cap presentation, squad trials and training sessions • Imparja Cup practice match v Victoria Police at the Melbourne Stars Family Day • Noogal Toengorrt Tani development squad sessions • Cultural workshops • Gippsland’s Harmony 8s cricket carnivals

Click to see how Lucknow Cricket Club has engaged with the Indigenous community

A RECORD BREAKING IMPARJA CUP Victoria experienced its best season at the Imparja Cup in 2015 when the men’s and women’s teams recorded their highest ever placing at the tournament as well as producing a record seven players in the Black Caps squads.

the preliminary rounds on top of the ladder with five wins and one loss.

In a first for the state, Victoria made it through to the Final of the women’s division after completing the round robin rounds in second position with two wins.

Capping off a brilliant 2015 campaign, Victoria’s Rohan Wight, Wade King, Bohdi Walker, Jacinta Goodger-Chandler, Fiona Hale, Natalie Plane and Jess Martin were selected in the men’s and women’s Team of the Tournament (Black Caps squads).

Even though eighttime champions New South Wales proved too strong in the Final, the girls impressed and continued to develop in just their second Imparja Cup campaign. In the men’s competition, Victoria reached another milestone, completing

However, the team suffered a 39-run loss at the hands of Queensland in the semi-final to miss out on their first Imparja Cup Final appearance.

including a top score of 65 not out. At his first Imparja Cup, 15-year-old King impressed taking 10 wickets in seven matches, including a hat-trick against Northern Territory.

Opener Wight often played a pivotal role in Victoria’s batting innings, topping the tournament’s run-scorers list with 233 in seven matches, CRICKET VICTORIA HARMONY IN CRICKET


Wurruk Cricket Club’s Walker returned to Alice Springs after a year off and in his comeback, he also claimed 10 wickets. In the women’s division, Goodger-Chandler was Victoria’s leading runscorer and was the third highest in the women’s competition, scoring 114 runs in five matches with her top score being an unbeaten 56.

best bowling figures of 4-15 against New South Wales in the Final. Melbourne Cricket Club’s Plane earned her Black Cap after snaring seven wickets in five matches with best bowling figures of 4-4 against Western Australia.

She also combined with fellow Black Caps member Hale for a record 77-run opening stand against Western Australia. Veteran Hale completed the Imparja Cup with 82 runs and five wickets. Victorian Imparja Cup debutant Martin was the competition’s second highest wicket-taker with nine including



Renee Melton batting during the Imparja Cup

2015 VICTORIAN MEN’S IMPARJA CUP SQUAD Ben Abbatangelo (c) (Northcote CC) Joshua Eaton (Essendon CC) Nathan Gardiner (Whittlesea CC) Liam Jackson (Frankston Peninsula CC) Patrick Jackson (The Pines CC) Alex Kerr (Greenvale Kangaroos CC) Wade King (Warrenbayne CC) Travis King (Warrenbayne CC) Brenden Miller (Lara CC) Daniel Mock (Woori Yallock CC) Clayton McCartney (North Dandenong CC) Fletcher Stewart (Essendon CC) Bohdi Walker (Wurruk CC) Rohan Wight (Ormond CC) 2015 VICTORIAN WOMEN’S IMPARJA CUP SQUAD Renee Melton (c) (Coburg CC) Loretta Chumbley (Gippsland Pride) Ebony Cuskelly (Buchan CC) Kirra Cuskelly (Buchan CC) Jacinta Goodger-Chandler (Napoleons-Sebastopol CC) Kareena Jacobsen-Logan (Spotswood CC) Fiona Hale (Mt Martha CC) Merinda Hale (Mt Martha CC) Jess Martin (Coburg CC) Natalie Plane (Melbourne CC) Marlee Wandin (Yarra Valley Womens CC) Molly Ward (Lucknow CC)

2015 Victorian Men’s Imparja Cup Team

2015 Victorian Women’s Imparja Cup Team CRICKET VICTORIA HARMONY IN CRICKET


SKYE CRICKET CLUB CROWNED ALL ABILITIES CHAMPIONS Skye Cricket Club was crowned the 2015 All Abilities Super League champions after defeating Barwon at the state carnival at Casey Fields. In its ninth year, the carnival saw over 220 cricketers participate across two separate formats, Super League and Ten Over Tonk.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Mick Morland welcomed everyone on the day along with former City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett, while the Super League Shield was presented by Lord’s Taverners Victoria Committee Member Ian Crawford. With support from City of Casey, the Lord’s

Taverners, Cranbourne Cricket Club and Casey-South Melbourne Cricket Club, cricketers with an intellectual disability came from all over the state to play in the carnival. “This year, we saw another amazing turnout,” Cranbourne Cricket Club President Shaun Petrie said.

“It’s not only a wonderful day for the participants but it’s also a wonderful day for the volunteers. “The carnival has gone from strength to strength which is great.”

Skye Cricket Club celebrating their 2015 All Abilities Super League win



ALL ABILITIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIPS Four Victorians were selected to represent Australia at the INAS International Cricket Series against England in March 2015. Staged in Melbourne, Gavan Hicks was selected as captain with Victorian teammates Daynah Hopkins, Steven Teloniatis and Lachlan MacRae joining him in the Australian team. The six-game series saw England prevail with five wins. Hicks compiled 130 runs throughout the series. He also took three wickets in Australia’s sole win over England. Hopkins finished with 48 runs and four wickets while Teloniatis and MacRae also contributed with the ball.

The Blind Cricket National Championships were also contested at the All Abilities Cricket Championships with Victoria completing the tournament in third position. With five teams involved, Victoria claimed two wins, defeating the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales.

The Victorian Blind Cricket team at the 2015 Blind Cricket National Championships

From left to right: Daynah Hopkins, Steven Teloniatis, David Hemp (coach), Gavan Hicks and Lachlan MacRae at the announcement of the Australian team at the MCG



ALL ABILITIES COACHING SEMINAR Coaches from across Victoria gathered at Deakin University to gain valuable insights and develop their knowledge at the 2015 All Abilities Coaching Seminar. The half-day course saw 22 coaches with a range of experience gather to hear from a group of presenters headlined by Pam Kappelides, a lecturer at the La Trobe University Centre for Sport and Social Impact.

Kappelides engaged participants with her thorough knowledge and expertise of intellectual disabilities, as well as providing the coaches with a range of resources that are available to assist with coaching all abilities participants in the club environment.

Australian Deaf Cricket Team, while Moorabbin Cricket Club’s Steve Lefebvre discussed his work in engaging participants in a mainstream cricket club and establishing teams and supportive club personnel that are dedicated to people of all abilities and ages.

Cricket Victoria Regional Cricket Manager Jason Mathers spoke about his experiences and challenges faced in coaching the

The seminar involved robust discussions between coaches and presenters and provided a great opportunity for all involved to up-skill

Coaches listening and workshopping at the All Abilities Coaching Seminar



their knowledge about all abilities cricket. Cricket Victoria would like to thank the Victorian Government for their support through Access for All Abilities.

ANNA LANNING SHIELD The Eastern Cricket Association (ECA) hopes to produce the next wave of female state cricketers through the newly implemented Anna Lanning Shield. In conjunction with Cricket Victoria (CV), the ECA initiated the new competition to help strengthen the pathway for females in the region. “It’s about us (ECA) being able to provide cricket to the widest range of people possible,” ECA Junior Chairman Richard Barker said. Aimed at 10 to 15-year-olds, the competition has helped to bridge the gap for female participation opportunities between MILO T20 Blast and Premier Cricket.

“Previously, girls that completed MILO T20 Blast in the region, would either play in the boy’s league or they would stop playing until they could play at Premier level,” CV’s Chris Cunningham said. “Hopefully, through the Anna Lanning Shield, we can avoid these trends by providing girls with an all-girls junior competition.” Seven years ago, Box Hill Cricket Club implemented the first structured opportunity for girls to play cricket in an all-girls environment, with their under-14s team. Box Hill coach Alan Carter noted that this initiative is the next progression for female cricket in the region and that it would

help develop grassroots cricket.

and is an outstanding leader at our club.”

“It’s exciting to see women’s cricket grow in our region,” Carter said.

In its first year, four clubs - Boroondara, Clifton Hill, Mont Albert and Trinity Wilsonparticipated in the competition with Clifton Hill fielding two teams.

“Having the competition named after Anna Lanning is also great because it helps create a connection and shows the girls what’s possible in this sport. “Anna is a very good young player who has represented her state

The eight week Anna Lanning Shield was held every Wednesday at Hislop Park in Balwyn North.

Anna Lanning Shield participants enjoying a game of cricket



WOMEN HAVING A BLAST IN MELBOURNE’S NORTH The City of Darebin and Cricket Victoria joined forces to run the ‘Have a Blast, Play Cricket’ program.

participants learnt the skills of cricket and engaged in games during the one hour sessions.

With the help of four local cricket clubs, the free four-week social cricket program for women was the first of its kind in the area.

Darebin Council Participation and Inclusion Officer, David Connolly, said the program was created with a focus in attracting females to organised sport.

Held at a different location each week,

“There is a large amount of senior cricket clubs in the area, with the majority being male,” Connolly said. “We have one female senior club in Darebin. “We’ve focused on women’s participation as Darebin wants to do more in this area and work towards increasing female participation in sport.”



Connolly was impressed with the enthusiasm of the four clubs involved with the program, as Holy Trinity Cricket Club, North Alphington Cricket Club, Darebin Women’s Sports Club and Preston Cricket Club each shared the hosting of sessions. “We were happy that the four clubs chose to be part of the program,” Connolly said. “These clubs have done some great work across a variety of different areas in the past. “It was fantastic to see them come on board and also assist in running and hosting the sessions at their club too. “The program was a good way to gauge the

level of interest in the area. “It’s the first time the council has looked at this area, which provides women a social environment to enjoy skilled based activities while also making it fun at the same time. “We didn’t target a specific age group, with ages of

attendees ranging from 15 onwards. “We had mothers with children playing in MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20 Blast who wanted to learn some cricket because their children were doing the same.” Cricket Victoria Game and Market Development Officer Chris Cunningham, who coordinated sessions with Cricket Victoria Women’s Club Development Coordinator Emma Gallagher, said that sessions covered a variety of aspects.

final week we had a game based session of traditional pairs cricket. “We averaged 15 participants for the first three weeks while 25 attended the final session. “The program was certainly successful and encouraged women to join whom perhaps wouldn’t have played cricket without a program like this.”

“Each session focused on a different skill aspect of cricket,” Cunningham said. “Bowling, batting and fielding were all explored during the program, while in our

Participants at the ‘Have a Blast, Play Cricket’ Program



COMMONWEALTH BANK BUSHRANGERS Peter Handscomb and Scott Boland in Gippsland for Diamonds in the Bush

Peter Siddle giving a young cricketer bowling tips

Above left: Ryan Sidebottom presenting medals at the MILO T20 Blast Primary School Cup Above right: Jake Reed on stage at the Diwali Festival

Fawad Ahmed answering questions from a group of young cricketers at the mega clinic in Alice Springs



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Rob Quiney greets a young fan in Alice Springs

James Pattinson with two students from Mother of God Primary School at the In2Sport Brimbank launch

From Bundalaguah to Alice Springs, the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers travelled far and wide to engage with the community in 2014-15. Players attended community events including:

While in Alice Springs in March 2015, the Bushrangers held a mega clinic for 187 children from local schools and communities. On the day, children moved between cricket activities conducted by the Bushrangers with everyone coming together at the end for high catches and autographs.

• MILO in2CRICKET sessions • MILO T20 Blast School Cups • Junior camps • Club cricket and school visits • Community festivals including Diwali • Community events such as Imparja Cup training • Diamonds in the Bush • Net sessions • Coaching seminars • Pathway presentations

Travelling 500kms to play cricket every week, cricketers from Tennant Creek were also treated to a nets session with Chris Rogers and Peter Siddle. The Bushrangers would like to thank the cricket community for their continued support throughout the season.



MELBOURNE RENEGADES The Melbourne Renegades demonstrated the power cricket has to bridge cultural divides in many activities held during the BBL|04 season. Among the activities, Pakistan-born Fawad Ahmed travelled to Craigieburn Cricket Club for a Melbourne Renegades and Harmony in Cricket clinic. The night featured skill development activities, a question and answer session with Fawad, junior pathway structure education and games of MILO T20 Blast.

MILO T20 Blast and junior cricket clubs. A number of them were playing cricket for the first time. Renegades Development Rookie Ben Ashkenazi also participated in a junior clinic in Footscray which brought together kids from local clubs under the City of Maribyrnong’s Active Maribyrnong Program. The Renegades look forward to getting out in the community again in BBL|05.

Participants on the night were from MILO in2CRICKET,



A student from Mother of God Primary School high fives Sledge at the In2Sport Brimbank launch

Ben Ashkenazi giving young cricketers tips at the Maribyrnong Super Clinic

MELBOURNE RENEGADES BBL|04 COMMUNITY ROOKIE Top right: Fawad Ahmed giving a young cricketer spin tips at Craigieburn Cricket Club Bottom right: MILO T20 Blast participants enjoying Family Day


PREMIER CRICKET CLUB Essendon Cricket Club

BATTING Right-hand bat

BOWLING Right-arm legbreak

MAJOR TEAMS A MILO T20 Blast cricketer preparing to bat

Papua New Guinea Australian Prime Minister’s XI



Harmony in Cricket’s #21Gifts21Days social media campaign counted down to Harmony Day on March 21, 2015. From March 1, gifts were given to various members of the community to celebrate diversity in cricket. A range of gifts including signed bats, team merchandise and cricket equipment were given to volunteers, participants and members of the wider cricket community to recognise their support throughout the season. Cricket is a game for everyone and we thank all those who embrace the Harmony in Cricket philosophy.





MELBOURNE STARS The Melbourne Stars embraced the Harmony in Cricket philosophy through many initiatives in BBL|04. Ties to the Indigenous community further strengthened this season with Victorian Men’s Imparja Cup squad member Josh Eaton named the Stars’ BBL|04 Community Rookie. Showing their commitment to developing Victorian Indigenous cricket, the Stars bolstered the Community Rookie contract to create a 12-month Indigenous scholarship which will assist Eaton in his post-season development.

edition cap during Family Day and in the warm up of their first home match.

send the Women’s Imparja Cup team to Alice Springs for the national tournament.

The cap featured a design that incorporated the Victorian Indigenous cricket logo - Noogal Toengorrt Tani - which means belong and success/win, along with some of Victoria’s Indigenous cricketers Aboriginal totems.

Also during their first home match of the season, the Stars celebrated the Harmony in Cricket message with giveaways including Indigenous designed bats and Harmony in Cricket wristbands.

Each cap had the name and number of the Stars player or coaching staff embroidered on the back and was signed and auctioned off with proceeds helping to

The Stars also showed their support for the Women’s Imparja Cup team, wearing a special




The Stars also hosted international students

at their first game of cricket and MILO T20 Blast participants donned Harmony in Cricket face paint. The Melbourne Stars would like to thank the community for their support and look forward to BBL|05. Josh Eaton chats to Rob Quiney after being presented with his Stars jersey at the Casey Family Fun Day

MELBOURNE STARS BBL|04 COMMUNITY ROOKIE JOSH EATON Top right: MILO T20 Blast participants at the Stars’ Harmony in Cricket match Bottom right: Two Stars fans enjoying the Harmony in Cricket giveaways at the Casey Fields Family Day

DATE OF BIRTH 26/07/1995

JUNIOR CLUB St Francis de Sales Cricket Club

PREMIER CRICKET CLUB Essendon Cricket Club

BATTING Left-hand bat

BOWLING Left-arm pace Cameron White wearing the Stars’ Noogal cap

MAJOR TEAMS Noogal Toengorrt Tani - Victorian Men’s Imparja Cup team



COMMONWEALTH BANK VICSPIRIT The Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit was committed to embracing the Victorian cricket community in 2014-15. Led by captain Meg Lanning, the cricketers attended many events including: • MILO in2CRICKET sessions • MILO T20 Blast School Cups • Junior camps and forums • Club cricket and school visits • Community events such as Imparja Cup training and wheelchair cricket • Cricket World Cup events including the Fanzone • Pathway presentations


• Girls Sports Victoria events With the hype of Cricket World Cup surrounding Australia, the girls embraced the excitement with Julie Hunter, Molly Strano, Elyse Villani, Kristen Beams and Jess Cameron all appearing on stage for a question and answer session at the Fanzone at Birrarung Marr. Continuing to be role models in the community, the VicSpirit players also attended numerous clinics throughout the season to pass on tips and give advice to young cricketers. The VicSpirit would like to thank the cricket community for their support.


Julie Hunter giving catching tips at a clinic during the Women’s Premier Cricket Firsts Final Elyse Villani with a MILO in2CRICKET participant

Kristen Beams on stage at the Cricket World Cup Fanzone

Left top: Meg Lanning at the launch of the MILO T20 Blast School Cup competition Left bottom: Briana Binch at the Victorian Women’s Imparja Cup training session

Anna Lanning at a Special Olympics cricket carnival

Left middle: Elyse Villani presenting medals at the MILO T20 Blast Primary School Cup Left bottom: Emma Inglis with the students from Loreto Mandeville Hall Toorak after a clinic



OUR BIGGEST SUMMER OF CRICKET The biggest summer of cricket in Australia saw success not only on the field but also off the field with numerous initiatives successfully engaging Victoria’s multicultural community. Introduced at the start of the season, Cricket Victoria worked with various local government authorities to develop ‘In2Sport’ programs around the state, with the aim of ensuring cost is not a barrier for participation. Throughout the season partnerships were formed with Brimbank City Council, City of Casey, Central Goldfields Shire, City of Greater Dandenong, Frankston City Council, Hume City Council, Maribyrnong City Council and Swan Hill Rural City Council.


The GLoBALL program was also back for another year and over 200 international students attended their first KFC T20 Big Bash League match. With support from the State Government, GLoBALL is a joint initiative run by Cricket Victoria and the Essendon Football Club. The program uses sport as a vehicle to introduce international students to the Australian culture.

generally celebrated between mid-October and mid-November. A Harmony in Cricket Carnival was held in January for asylum seekers and refugees with teams of eight gathering to participate in a modified version of the game at Jacana Reserve.

Cup (CWC) spirit with various carnivals and programs held including the Melton Schools Mini Cricket World Cup, Manor Lakes’ Community Event, Moonee Valley/ Maribyrnong City Council Community Cup and the Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association Season Launch.

Young cricketers and families across Victoria also embraced the Cricket World

Prior to the CWC’s opening fixture on February 14, coaches were treated

Cricket Victoria, Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars once again joined forces to celebrate the Diwali Festival at Federation Square. Diwali, or Deepavali, is a five-day festival


Participants at the Harmony in Cricket Carnival

to a CWC Coaching Seminar where former Australian stars Michael Bevan and Damien Fleming were joined by Sri Lankan Test player Tilan Samaraweera and Bangladeshi international Aminul Islam to give an insight into their coaching philosophies. Fans also enjoyed the

CWC Trophy Tour prior to the tournament with the top-prize visiting areas such as Bendigo, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Geelong, Traralgon, Shepparton, Wodonga, Kinglake and St Kilda as well as enjoying the CWC Fanzone prior to all matches at the MCG.

Melbourne Stars BBL|04 Community Rookie Josh Eaton at the GLoBALL marquee

Elyse Villani and James Pattinson with a Mother of God Primary School student at the In2Sport Brimbank launch

Monash Health Seekers facing the Asylum Seeker Alliance in the inaugural Victorian Seeker Cup



CRICKET PROVIDING HOPE TO ALL The All Nations Cricket Program had a profound impact on its participants in 2014-15.

“We began in October 2014 with the aim of teaching cricket but to also help empower our participants.

The social cricket program was formed to provide refugees and asylum seekers with an opportunity to play cricket.

“We met with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and Brimbank City Council and formed the idea of having a cricket hub, which gave people from a refugee or asylum seeker background the opportunity to play.

New Hope Foundation and coordinator of the All Nations Cricket Program Douglas Burgos said that the program goes beyond teaching participants the game. “The New Hope Foundation is a community-based organisation, which provides settlement, welfare, advocacy support and referral services for migrants and refugees,” Burgos said.


“The Grand United Cricket Club also came on-board and helped by providing gear and allowing us to use their ground as well as their nets. “Many of the participants have told me that they’ve become more independent and sure of themselves after attending the program.


“We ran two sessions, one in Werribee on Tuesday evenings that was supported by Wyndham City Council and the other in Sunshine on Thursday evenings which was supported by Brimbank City Council. “Across the two sessions we had over 40 attendees which were made up primarily of asylum seekers from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal. “The passion the boys have is amazing and we even had sessions on Christmas and

New Years Day.” Burgos noted that a highlight of the program had included attending the KFC T20 Big Bash League. “We have a lot of Bangladeshi supporters among the group and undoubtedly their favourite player is Shakib Al Hasan who played for the Melbourne Renegades,” Burgos said. “We attended a Melbourne Renegades match and a training session at the Junction Oval where we met Shakib and the participants thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Participants from the All Nations Cricket Program

WELCOMING THE SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY Multiculturalism in cricket has always been welcomed and appreciated in Victoria. Cricket Victoria (CV) has always recognised the potential to engage with the newly arrived community of migrants and refugees, in particular, those arriving from historically cricket loving nations such as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. With proper consultation and relationship building, CV understood that the South Asian community was a valuable target market to engage in grassroots cricket and connect to local clubs and associations. The support of VicHealth and the Victorian Government through Sport and

Recreation Victoria were the catalysts that CV needed to engage the growing South Asian community into cricket. CV Community Programs Manager Annie Hateley, teamed up with MyCricket Participation Analyst Simon Webb to interpret data, develop a strategy on how to connect with the community and engage them in the structures of cricket.

comments and suggestions. Annie and Simon continued to work with their growing networks to engage the community to adopt CV’s insurance scheme, policies and

procedures to minimise risks in the social cricketing community. The Victorian Metropolitan Cricket Union (VMCU) led by President Mark Keating was instrumental

The pair held an initial consultation at CV in September 2013, bringing together leaders in the South Asian community and experienced cricket administrators. CV devised a number of specific questions which were discussed openly and frankly, tabulating the feedback,

Soorya Cricket Club celebrate winning the Jags Premier League title



in assisting the transition of clubs from unaffiliated and social cricket formats, to developing formal relationships with the peak bodies representing the interests of cricketers and clubs. By the end of the 2013-14 cricket season, Simon had already identified a growth of approximately 50 new teams from the South Asian community with over 750 newly registered cricketers playing regular club cricket. A second consultation was conducted in July 2014. The second consultation brought together the original participants, newly identified community leaders, emerging social and unaffiliated cricket groups, the


VMCU and selected member associations. Key local government staff were invited for their perspective on ground allocation and community engagement. At this stage, Simon and Annie had worked with the VMCU to develop and present five models of affiliation to CV. These models were developed as a strategy to present back to the South Asian community to demonstrate that CV had listened and looked to create a flexible model for their communities, which also complied with Australian and Victorian laws and regulations that govern organised sport. The feedback was tremendously positive and has helped CV to


provide more efficient customer service to new clubs, associations, councils and the South Asian community. Further issues were also explored beyond the basic and initial engagement of communities and are now leading to the growth of junior cricket, engaging females and identifying and developing young and talented cricketers. A third consultation was held in March 2015, targeting the South Asian community from the south-east corridor of Melbourne. Once again, the contribution from the community was positive and they demonstrated a strong interest in being part of the

greater Victorian cricket community. It is important to note that the VMCU, local government, CV partners and CV’s Game and Market Development staff have all played extremely important roles in supporting, empowering and engaging the South Asian communities in local cricket. CV would like to thank the Victorian Government and VicHealth for their support of Harmony in Cricket and welcoming the South Asian community to the Victorian cricket family. Click here to read the complete report.


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REBUILDING A COMMUNITY The Kinglake Ranges Teenage Cricket Participation Program is helping to rebuild a community by increasing community cohesion and physical activity through cricket.

Having been affected by the 2009 bushfires, the community saw a significant decrease in junior participation and a significant level of disengagement in the community.

Receiving funding from the State Government through Cricket Victoria’s Harmony in Cricket projects, Kinglake continues to grow the program to get youth back into playing sport.

Over the past few years, the Kinglake Cricket Club, assisted by Brad Quilliam, has worked extremely hard to rebuild their community through the Teenage Cricket Participation Program.

For its target market, Quilliam found that indoor cricket, because of its fun and action-packed nature, had been highly successful among teenagers and has assisted in rebuilding its playing list. It started out with Quilliam taking participants to the indoor cricket centre once a week to help them get back into sport. From there, interest in the program grew and started to focus not only on developing cricket skills but also on developing the participants as young adults. “We wanted to build other activities around the program, so we took participants on



a camp, held a T20 game that involved the emergency services and held other events similar to these,” Quilliam said. “We just want to keep the teens engaged in a fun environment and we want to not only develop their skills but also want to develop them as young people and get them back into the community. “The smiles on their faces have started to appear, so it has been a successful initiative with the kids even winning the indoor premiership last season, which was a super effort.” Quilliam noted that he has had previous experience in living in a disaster affected town.

“During my youth I lived in a small Victorian community called Cockatoo which had experienced the devastating 1983 Ash Wednesday Bushfires,” Quilliam said. “Many of the youth during that time disengaged from the community like ours have and didn’t reconnect causing many social and health issues. “One of the successful activities after the 1983 Ash Wednesday Bushfires was the effort made to reconnect the youth through sport which, saw a large participation of both teenage males and females playing sport together and reconnecting with their community.”

Kinglake Cricket Club with their indoor cricket trophy



THE LIFEBLOOD OF CRICKET Cricket Victoria annually holds a Volunteer Recognition Breakfast and 50-Year Service Luncheon to honour the game’s dedicated volunteers. Staged on day three of the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test, 20 outstanding volunteers were recognised at Cricket Victoria’s Volunteer Recognition Breakfast with Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars and VicSpirit captain Meg Lanning and Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, Gabrielle Williams, MP, presenting the awards.

where recipients reminisced about their time in cricket. “On behalf of Cricket Victoria, I would like to congratulate this year’s volunteers,” Cricket Victoria Chief Executive Officer Tony Dodemaide said. “Volunteers are an integral part of our game and I would like to thank this year’s recipients as well as all of the volunteers across the state for their continued support and tireless efforts to help our game thrive.”

In November 2014, 23 long serving volunteers were also recognised at Cricket Victoria’s 50-Year Service Luncheon



Phil Anning receiving his award at the 2014 Cricket Victoria Volunteer Recognition Breakfast

The 2014 Cricket Victoria Volunteer Recognition Program recipients

THE 2014 CRICKET VICTORIA VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION PROGRAM RECIPIENTS WERE: Jesse Adams (Allansford Cricket Club) Lindsay Alabaster (Monash Tigers Cricket Club) Lionel Allemand (Donvale Cricket Club) Phillip Anning (Pakenham Cricket Club) Peter Barnes (Dandenong District Cricket Association) Peter Baxter (Puckapunyal Cricket Club) Mandy Cameron (Trafalgar Cricket Club) Frank Ekenaike (Victorian Sunday Cricket Association) Nicholas Frampton (Warrnambool & District Cricket Association) Barry Freeman (Tooradin Cricket Club) Keith Gaston (Old Mentonians Cricket Club) Iain Giles (East Malvern Tooronga Cricket Club) Robert Hateley (Altona North Cricket Club) Andrew Kincaid (Noble Park Cricket Club) Kel Liddle (Nichols Point Cricket Club) Paul Lourey (Glen Iris Cricket Club) Brad Montant (Lucknow Cricket Club) Jenny Reynolds (Gembrook Cricket Club) Lucy Scott (Central Park St Brendans Cricket Club) John Wise (Berwick Springs Cricket Club)

THE 2014 50-YEAR SERVICE VOLUNTEERS WERE: VICTORIAN METROPOLITAN CRICKET UNION Tony Corr Ivan Eaves Helmut Elgaznieks Ian Carter David Leach VICTORIAN COUNTRY CRICKET LEAGUE Val Popov Peter Flahavin Kevin Lanigan William Peter (Bill) Nield Alex Dowsett Doug Timmins Ian Southall Adrian Farley Bob Phillips Allan Evans Ron Milnes Ray Humphries Graham Davey John McLean VICTORIAN SUB DISTRICT CRICKET ASSOCIATION Gary Barr Geoffrey W Richardson Don McQueen

Jill Crowther receiving her 50-year service certificate from Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide



East Preston Islamic College’s Zainab after a MILO in2CRICKET session



COMMUNITY PARTNERS Cricket Victoria’s community cricket department has a strong relationship with many community partners across Victoria. We thank them, along with Victoria’s cricket community, for embracing the Harmony in Cricket philosophy and continuing to support and contribute to Victorian cricket.

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Selected photos courtesy of: Darebin City Council, Brimbank City Council, Getty Images, Centralian Advocate, Sarah McDonald




Harmony in Cricket Magazine 2014-15  

Cricket Victoria's Harmony in Cricket magazine showcases Victorian community cricket, highlighting Indigenous, multicultural, female, club a...

Harmony in Cricket Magazine 2014-15  

Cricket Victoria's Harmony in Cricket magazine showcases Victorian community cricket, highlighting Indigenous, multicultural, female, club a...