Johnny Mullagh XI at Willowfest 2011

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Slide show and Gallery of pics from the Johnny Mullagh Squad at the Willowfest Australian Club Cricket Championships at Mildura 2011.

Another wonderful week of challenging cricket and fun as families came together to again ensure the spirit and story of the 1868 ‘First XI’ remains a ‘living heritage’.

Thanks to Aboriginal Community Justice Panel, Grampians Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group, Barengi Gadgin Land Council and Victorian Tank Services for their generous support.

‘Tons of Runs’ by Paul Daley


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Pictures of ‘Tons of Runs’ Book Launch by Paul Daley including launch of the Indigenous Heritage River Walk and Pigeon Ponds vs Edenhope Cricket Match at Johnny Mullagh Oval, Harrow, October 29, 2011. ‘Tons of Runs’ is a remarkable research and publishing … Continue reading

Credo Parkies vs. Outer East Trailblazers 2011

The Credo Parkies commenced their Reclink Australia Twenty20 season for the Clem Briggs Jnr Memorial Trophy at Lilydale yesterday. Outer East Trailblazers made 168 off their 20 overs with Gavin the best of the bowlers with 2/23.  Alan made a quickfire 17 with the bat creating a solid foundation before Credo Parkies crashed to be bowled out for 50.


Cricket Therapy with the Compton Cricket Club

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.

Reconciliation Week Cricket Clinic in Bairnsdale

I was honoured to represent Cricket Victoria and be part of the Reconciliation Week Cricket Clinic at Bairnsdale West Primary School.  I was joined by Victorian Imparja Cup Coach Stuart Clark and Team Captain Alex Kerr.  Paul West does an inspiring job on behalf of both the school and Lucknow Cricket Club…  Now that’s good cricket all round!


The Long Walk ‘Koorieoberre’ 2011

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’ 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

CV Cricket Clinic @ Ngootyoong Marr Aboriginal Health Expo, Warnambool

What is your dream for you and your community?…

This was the question asked as part of the Dream Box Project set up by ABC Open at the South West Victorian Ngootyoong Marr Aboriginal Health Expo, held on March 29, 2011. The expo was organised by South West Healthcare’s Warrnambool Community Health Aboriginal Health Promotion and Chronic Care Program and a group of Aboriginal health agencies including the Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly Community Health Service (DWECH), the Gunditijmara Aboriginal Co-operative, Kirrae Aboriginal Health Service and the Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation. The aim of the event was to incorporate local, statewide and national health information using keynote speakers and activities.

It was fantastic to contribute a Cricket Clinic with Cricket Victoria’s South West Regional Cricket Manager, Stephen Field for school kids as part of the Expo, especially with AFL stars like Chris Johnson and Michael O’Loughlin and performers like Archie Roach on the bill!

It was also my first experience of eating ‘Eels on Wheels!’ which reminded me of my trip to Budj Bim  last year and the connections with the Johnny Mullagh XI.   Tasted great!



Cricket Victoria's South West Regional Cricket Manager, Stephen Field... 'Field-ing in the deep' with his 'keeping it real' dream!

Labour Day 2011 at Johnny Mullagh Oval, Harrow


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Pics from this years Labour Day, Johnny Mullagh XI vs. Glenelg XI at Harrow, Victoria.  The game has been played more or less annually since it was initiated at the Bicentennial in 1988 in tribute of Australia’s First National Touring … Continue reading

Victoria’s ‘Noogal Tooengorrt Tani’ Team @ Imparja Cup 2011

Jacob and Benny Cook-Harrison from Horsham

Annie Hateley from Cricket Victoria put this great video and report together about the Noogal team at the this months Imparja Cup, the National Indigenous Cricket Carnival.  It was amazing to be in Alice Springs, a town of many of the most extreme contrasts of Australian life.  The red centre was wet and green and there was lots of great cricket played by young and emerging players.

I especially loved the beautiful Coolamon trophy from the women’s tournament.  The mens teams made a guard of honour as a the women came off the ground as a statement against domestic violence which was very powerful given the difficult realities that we were made all too aware of during our time together.

It was great to attend to National Indigenous Cricket Advisory Council and hear about the progress and issues faced with cricket in indigenous communities around the country as well as see the progress in the development of our young team having been involved in their warm up game against Master Blasters Corporate Twenty20 last month.


Hi All

I just wanted to give you a wrap up of the Imparja Cup which was a huge success for Victoria.

Victoria won three games over SA, TAS and ACT. We had a couple of really close games but overall a very good result for a young team.

We finished 5th in the tournament. For full results please visit:

Stuart Clark and David Bourke did an amazing job finding three Indigenous players in the pathway program (U16 & U18) and one Premier cricketer – Fletcher Stewart from Fitzroy Doncaster.

With 6 boys under the age of 18, they did very well considering they played older and experienced teams with grade players.

Many of the states and organisers offered compliments to our young players as well.

Fletcher Stewart’s accomplishments throughout the tournament were a highlight. Fletcher finished fourth in the overall tournament bowling averages.

At the presentation dinner he was named in the honour squad for 2011 receiving a black cap. Only the third Victorian player to do so (Barry Firebrace and Tyrone Bean the other two). Not only this but he was named in the Development Squad which will go the Centre of Excellence and a squad tour in 2011.

Cricket Australia also reserved two scholarship places for Indigenous cricketers in the mainstream youth development squad. Fletcher received one of these scholarship places and will go on tour to Indian with the squad later in the year.

Fletcher returned to Melbourne early for Premier cricket and missed receiving his black cap so we are looking to present this to him at his club within the fortnight. We will let you know the details as we confirm this and forward on to journalists locally and nationally.

In addition to this, 3 Victorian players attended the Cricket Superstars trials. Two players – Ben Abbatangelo and Alex Kerr were both selected to go to Brisbane for 4 days in September for the next stage of selection and filming. They were two of only 4 players selected for the second stage of Cricket Superstars. Ben finished fourth in the fielding averages for the tournament.

Over the weekend, we received further positive feedback on CV’s  involvement in the Indigenous Surfing Carnival.

Thank you all for your involvement, administration and support with these two events.

It has been a very big and successful week in Indigenous cricket and we couldn’t have achieved these outcomes without your support.

Thanks! Annie.