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.

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‘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

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.

http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/watch/id/601337/n/Cricket-Therapy

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’...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

CV Cricket Clinic @ Ngootyoong Marr Aboriginal Health Expo, Warnambool

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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!

-Marcus

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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

Compton Cricket Club Trip to Harrow 2011 Images

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.

Compton Cricket Club Australian Tour Victoria Highlights & Thanks

Highlights:

Cap presentation by Urban Seed EO Chris Lacey at Laneway Cricket Match in the heart of  Melbourne.

Photo shoots and autographs with locals via the Marie Claire article found in the magazine rack at the local ‘servo’ in Skipton!

Moments of silence :

  • 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!

Thankyou ‘s

Stuart Welsh and David Sprigg for driving huge distances and running a cricket clinic at Harrow.

Phil Yew and the Urban Seed, Credo Cricket mob for organising the Laneway Cricket Match in Hosier Lane, Melbourne including Rayzer Kuffelkoff as umpire.

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!

Floods & Cricket…

Thoughts and prayers go out to many across Australia’s Eastern States and particularly those with whom we are connected in North and Western Victoria who have been affected by the recent floods.

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!

Custard’s Top 5 Willowfest Nicknames

What is it about cricket and nicknames? I was honoured to be invited to play with the Johnny Mullagh XI at the recent Willowfest Cricket Carnival in Mildura but as an invited player I didn’t escape the power dynamics of being ‘named’…

1. Custard: I have always liked to think it’s because of the ‘cus’ at the end of Marcus but really it has more to do with my throwing arm… or lack thereof…

2. Curdle: Apparently this is what happens to Custard when its been in the sun too long!  5 games of cricket in 4 days in 35 degree heat and my team mates could tell I was wilting!

3. Colonel :  I’m not sure about this one.  Perhaps a KFC reference as they are a major sponsor of Victorian Bushrangers (see next nickname below).  Or was it because I was the white guy from down South?

4. Cricket Victoria/ CV: It’s not news that some of the Johnny Mullagh XI have had a few differences of opinion with the cricket authorities over the years.  Given my current contract with Cricket Victoria this one was heard as an ironic jeer whenever I did something ordinary…like a mis-field… ‘Good pickup CV!”

5. Digger: This was by far the most embarrassing!  In the first game we were playing on a pitch that was sub-standard.  I hit one short, but wide of mid wicket and took off for a quick single but was turned back by the non-striker.  Attempting to get back into my ground my spikes got stuck in a hole just centimetres outside my crease.  I was aware of mid wicket approaching the ball out of the corner of my eye but,  as he was a long way away, instead of just dropping my bat inside the crease,  I once again attempted to place my foot behind the line in front of me. Once again my spikes got stuck in the same hole.  Realising I was stuck I went to place my bat down behind the crease.  Unfortunately I was unaware that mid wicket had ambitiously launched a full blown kick at the ball and had managed  to “Bend one like Beckham” from outside the box.  The ball cannoned into the stumps from nowhere the moment before I touched my bat inside the crease… much to the joy of the fielding side who celebrated like they he just scored at Wembley!  Shirt over the head and everything.  Walking off I was a mix of perplexed, embarrassed and angry.   My less than sensitive team mates called me ‘Digger’ for the rest of the tournament… because I never made it out of the trench!

-Marcus