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!

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 Local.com.au , 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!

Merv meets Boony at Diwali Festival

 

Phil Yew, Merv Hughes & David Boon run the Diwali Cricket Match.

Phil Yew, Merv Hughes & David Boon run the Diwali Cricket Match.

The Diwali Festival which is the Hindu/Indian Festival of Lights was held at the iconic Whitten Oval in Footscray  this week.   Urban Seed’s Credo Cricket got involved through local MP Marsha Thompson who was promoting the concept at the recent Harmony in Cricket Forum which discussed the current issue of social inclusion for Indian students.  

At the event Victoria’s Acting Premier Rob Hulls said that “Victorians want to work very closely with the Indian community to make sure that … members of our multicultural community are welcomed,”.

“We are an open community; we’re a welcoming community; we’re a peaceful community; and we certainly encourage people from all over the world to come here to Victoria.”

“Diwali is one of India’s most significant festivals – it celebrates goodness and victory over evil and spiritual darkness,” he said.

“At Diwali celebrations over a billion hands across the world will light a billion candles and its certainly a light we’re proud to shine here in Victoria.”

Partnering with Cricket Victoria the cricket  match starred David Boon and Merv Hughes (the David Boon being the Credo Cricket variety!) Boony umpired and Phil ‘Yewbeaut ‘ Yew commentated. This was a great opportunity to showcase cricket in the community in Footscray. Congrats to Boony who did an awesome job and had big Merv smiling by the end of it all.  The highlight was the Bollywood dancers during the innings break. 

Local Newspaper report and photos here.


Credo Cricket meets Cricket for Change in London

 Cricket for Change's 'Street 20 World XI' at the Honorable Artillery Ground, London

 

Cricket for Change’s ‘Street 20 World XI’ at the Honorable Artillery Ground, London

 

Credo Cricket’s Phil Yew talked with Urban Seed Director, Marcus Curnow about his recent cricket adventures: 

So Marcus the last we heard you were playing cricket with ‘gangsters’ and Hollywood Execs in LA. What were the cricketing highlights from your UK travels?

Well the lowlight, without doubt, was having the Aussies lose the Ashes at the same moment I was arriving at Heathrow.  Not great timing lads!  The highlight was getting to play at the Honorable Artillery Ground.

Why?

It’s an amazing paddock near Finsbury Circus, smack bang in the middle of London and so surrounded by buildings that I couldn’t even get a mobile phone signal.  It’s perhaps the oldest known venue for cricket, which apparently ceased for a time there in 1780 after a bout of match fixing…. Perhaps they sent the culprits over to Australia with the First Fleet because the MCC and the Lords ground took over from about then. 

So how did someone of your cricketing ability get to play at such a distinguished venue?

Now, go easy…I was a guest of Cricket for Change, (C4C) and that was my real reason for being there and the real highlight.  They are a fantastic, charity that has been running community cricket programs in the UK since they began as a response to the Brixton riots in 1981.  They are a great mix of cricketing characters who have basically made it their mission to be at the forefront of each innovation in community cricket.  They’ve run coaching apprenticeships, leagues, and participation programs with at risk youth, in schools and prisons and with multi-ethnic groups from disadvantaged neighbourhoods.  They have in many ways pioneered much of women’s and disability cricket at grassroots and higher levels in the UK and now increasingly overseas.

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