Australia Day/ Indian Republic Day Harmony Cricket Match

Urban Seed’s Credo Cricket and Cricket Victoria partnered to do what they do best on Australia Day hosting a fun match between Victoria Police and Indian students who are friends of Urban Seed through our local connections with the Barkly Street Uniting Church Cricket Club and Footscray Baptist Church.

Having run a well publicised street cricket match with Police and Indian students in the city last year; in Footscray on Indian Independence Day (August 15) and at the Diwali Festival in September,  the Jai Ho Festival at Myer Music Bowl (celebrating January 26 as both Australia and Indian Republic Day) proved the next perfect location to celebrate the connections that cricket can create.

Urban Seed’s Marcus Curnow said,

“Reports of street violence against Indians in Melbourne on Australia Day and reports coming from India that Australians may not be able play cricket in Mumbai are saddening and the responses of extremists. The Australia Day/ Inidan Republic Day match between Victoria Police and students is a statement that cricket should not be used to bowl hand grenades but can build partnerships that bring our nations together.  No matter your background  you are always welcome to play cricket in Melbourne and this is made a reality with Urban Seed running matches each week in Footscray and on city streets and through initiatives from Cricket Victoria and Harmony Australia, such as ticket giveaways and developing pathways to cricket umpiring as employment for Indian students.”

Given the profile he has had on the issue, particularly in India recently, it was fantastic to have the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Simon Overland participating in the match.  The Spirit of the day was captured well in his partnership with Ravi Bhatia the CEO of Primus Telecom.  Their running between the wickets was highly entertaining and went some way to demonstrating that the cultural differences between the countries could be overcome with good spirit, improved communication…and a bit of luck!

See various reports at Indian , Cricket Victoria, The West Australian and Urban Seed.

Later in the evening some Urban Seed Credo Cricketers had opportunity to keep talking cricket when they joined with locals in West Footscray at the busy Indian hub of Barkly Street Village for an Australian’s listening to Indian’s ‘Listening Post’ event organised by members of the Footscray Church of Christ.

Next Local ‘Listening Posts’

Tues 2nd Feb 8pm-10pm [meet outside Public Library on Barkly St West Footscray]

Sat 6th Feb 10am – 12pm [meet outside Subway store at end of Footscray tram line/opposite Footscray station]

Bring: some small folding chairs, Thermos and mugs, plus Indian/Australian colours and banners

Details: Greg Gow 0434 982 070 or Cara Munro 0420 418 16

Yewsie and Custard prepare for the match...feelin the Harmony!

“It’s Just Not Cricket: Spirituality of Sport and Mission”

“It’s Just Not Cricket: Spirituality of Sport and Mission”

Marcus Curnow’s Forge Festival Workshop Blurb:  March 2008

In the midst of the ‘monkey business’ of a Kentucky Fried Cricket world, Urban Seed has committed itself to ‘Credo Cricket’; public expressions of sport you can believe in. ( Sport plays a huge role in shaping community, cultural and even religious expression in the Australian psyche. This seminar will explore the contemporary theology of sport, with Christianity and practical expressions of grassroots approaches and strategies for ‘grassroots’ engagement.

Workshop: Credo Cricket- Melbourne Laneway Cricket: Forge Festival explores Melbourne’s laneways for a different kind of ‘hit.’ Join with the ‘Bin Juice Bradman’s’ and the ‘Milk Crate Merv’s’ for a game of Laneway Cricket. Hear about Urban Seed’s recent laneway cricket carnival held in conjunction with Cricket Australia as a means of bringing church, business and welfare services together.

Marcus has been involved with Urban Seed, a Christian community based ministry of hospitality and advocacy in the heart of Melbourne since 1996. Marcus has worked as a youth worker in a variety of cultural contexts and now convenes a regional expression of Urban Seed (Seeds Footscray), where he resides with Rachael and their three kids. He has degrees in Nursing and Theology. He believes that Jesus chose twelve in order to play cricket; that Bible study shouldn’t suck; that good liturgy requires risk; that Cornwall (the home of his forebears) is not England and that when in doubt, “Its the Economy of God stupid”! It has oft been said that he could use a bit more sleep.