Great feature on Dateline SBS last night by Yaarra Bou Melhem of the Compton Cricket Club’s Australian Cricket Tour. Some good pics of the Mullagh’s, Urban Seed’s Laneway Cricket and Australian Cricket Society in the photos section.
Slide show with a Ted Hayes voice over. I like the hats! Presented to the Compton Cricket Club by Urban Seed’s Chris Lacey for the Street Cricket leg of their Australian Tour earlier in the year! (pic below)
Took some pics of the Watjobaluk Dance Group from the Wimmera at Federation Square for The Long Walk build up to the “Dreamtime at the ‘G” AFL Game between Richmond and Essendon Football Club last Saturday Night.
A highlight of The Long Walk 2011 was the introduction of the Koorioboree, a gathering of Indigenous dance groups from across Victoria. For the first time the Koorioboree brought together five groups to meet, dance and encourage the growing critical mass of Victorian Indigenous dance.
My pictures feature Aaron Grambeau who does cultural education at Brambuk Cultural Centre at Halls Gap in Western Victoria. When we last met Aaron he was busy teaching Compton Cricket Club players about the indigenous history of the Gariwerd (Grampians) area and teaching the Los Angeles based crew how to throw a boomerang.
Talk about ‘From Bullets to Balls’...to Boomerangs! I’ve faced a lot of short pitched fast bowling in my time but I have never been so scared at a cricket event as having the Compton CC Boys throw boomerangs!!! The kangaroos grazing nearby were untroubled!
Aaron is a great communicator who really made the connections for the LA based cricketers about what their recent tour to Western Victoria to play the Johnny Mullagh XI meant in light of local history, present and future.
Whilst the Compton boys are famous for getting a crowd moving with some LA, street based, gangsta style, hip hop…it was awesome to see Aaron and the five groups from across Victoria rocking the City of Melbourne with some rhythms that were home grown and truly ancient. Deadly!!!
More official Long Walk and Dreamtime at the ‘G photos by James Henry here
Click here for Slideshow of photos by Kimberley Low from www.cricketouttacompton.com.au of the Compton Cricket Club travelling to the town of Harrow in Western Victoria to the spiritual heartland of Australian Cricket to play the Johnny Mullagh XI descendants of Australia’s First Touring sports team.
Awesome effort on media by Compton Cricket Club support staff Katy Haber in the US and Hugh Snelgrove and photographer Kimberley Low in Oz. I’ve run a lot of community cricket events in my time and with all the efforts that go into getting 22 people on a field across geography and social divides… the story doesn’t always get out! Thanks for all your good work!
MSNBC : Compton Cricket Club arrive in Sydney
Tom LaBonge LA : A send-off for the Compton Cricket team on their way “Down Under”
90’s Guy : Compton Cricket Club: From gats to bats
Susanne Gervay: Homies and The Popz Compton Cricket Club & Father Chris Riley off the Streets in Sydney
Punch Magazine: Bravado and ‘me, me, me’ are destroying modern sport (Including a pic of a street cricket match with Ted Hayes wearing oven mits!)
Wimmera Times: American Cricket Team to Take on Harrow
Wimmera Times: Cultures Combine
ABC News: Compton Cricketers Score Down Under
Marie Claire Magazine Article: Guns for Runs
- before the game at Harrow remembering members who had died from both teams and the original 1868 indigeonous team.
- Remembering victims of recent floods for whom the team raised money at each event.
- At Johnny Mullagh’s Grave in Harrow.
Ted Hayes motivational speaking and especially his honouring of elders in front of the town at Harrow.
Ted Hayes chasing a kangaroo through the bush whilst ‘spotlighting’.
Lenny Coops Man of the Match performance batting and bowling for the Mullagh XI.
Powerful cultural education at the Brambuk Cultural Centre in Gariwerd (Grampians) including some hilarious (and dangerous!??) boomerang throwing!
“Front foot,,,, Back foot… Square Cut and a …Hoooook!” Issac and Theo Hayes rapping “Shots” at Harrow.
(Including post game on Monday night in front of the town and leading a rap workshop and cricket clinic with 60 students representing Edenhope, Goroke and Balmoral Schools the following morning.)
Local indigenous cricketer, Barry Firebrace being made an honorary member of the Compton CC and his unbeaten knock against ACS.
Lots of great chats about the love and struggles of the game of cricket and what it means for us in each of our differing contexts.
Dreaming crazy dreams of the many ways we may continue to support our communities and build connections through the game we love!
Stuart Welsh and David Sprigg for driving huge distances and running a cricket clinic at Harrow.
Uncle Wayne ‘Swisha’ Bell from Heywood and the local Wotjaboluk elders for welcoming us and pulling together the Johnny Mullagh XI Team.
Ange Newton from Harrow Discovery and Johnny Mullagh Cricket Centre for tirelessly organising and promoting the Harrow experience.
Harrow & District local’s for their hospitality at the Conniewirrico campsite.
Ian Hammet and the Chamberlin Trust Committee of the Australian Cricket Society for organising the immaculate University Oval courtesy of Melbourne University CC for the match against the Wandering XI.
Barry Firebrace and Rob Hyatt from Indigenous Sports and Recreation, Victoria for playing with the Compton CC against ACS.
Hugh Snelgrove and Katy Haber for managing the Australian Tour and working so hard on publicity.
Hip Hop… Hooray for the first All American Born Cricket Team to tour our shores.
Say Compton… Say… Crickeeeerrrrrrt!
“We couldn’t beat the Poms, How about the Yanks?” Link to the ABC News report on The Compton Cricket Club versus Australian Cricket Society at University Oval. Thanks to Ian Hammet, Graham Burgess and the Societies’ Chamberlin Trust Charity Arm for supporting the event so well.
The reports are coming in to Cricket Victoria of many clubs that have lost facilites, kits etc. Obviously playing cricket is not the first thing on people’s mind in the midst of a crisis but soon after, the cultural role that it plays it bringing people together, offering a sense of positive hope can be powerful. This is ‘re-creation’ in its best, healing and resotrative sense! This was evident in the response to the Black Saturday bush fires and the Asian Tsunami. Stay tuned as I know that people in cricket circles are banding together and various initiatives will soon be launched.
I think these photos from Harrow Discovery / Johnny Mullagh Cricket Centre taken by Bec Potter of the Johnny Mullagh Cricket Ground at Harrow in Western Victoria are amazing!
Ironically the Compton Cricket Club are scheduled to play against the Johnny Mullagh XI on this ground on February 7th as part of their Australian Tour. Having initially in contact with Premier Anna Bligh’s office in Queensland about donating proceeds from some of their Tour Events to Australian flood relief efforts the Harrow pictures served as a stark reminder for the ex-gang team from South Central L.A. about the different environment they are coming to play cricket in.
Custard hitting one into the deep… April 2010
The deep… January 2011!