Tickled pink about Pink Stumps success
CCGS cricketers, and special guest - former Australian cricketer Mr Glenn McGrath, ‘pulled on the pink’ in support of Pink Stumps Day, an initiative of the McGrath Foundation which brings the magic of the Sydney Pink Test to our own community and raises money to support breast cancer nurses in communities all across Australia.
Mr Paul Geddes, Director of Sport at CCGS and Pink Stump organiser was pleased at the level of community involvement on the day. “This is an issue that affects so many people in our school and broader community,” said Paul. “There was such a fantastic level of community support and excitement about this event and we managed to raise over $6,500 for the McGrath Foundation - which is just phenomenal.”
Whilst our CCGS cricketers played some amazing cricket, the star of the day was definitely Glenn McGrath who spent over three hours signing autographs, mixing with students, parents and players and giving the cricket teams’ encouragement.
“It was so lovely to have Glenn here. He was a hit!” said Mrs Anita Parsons, CCGS Pink Stumps organiser. “He is an amazing ambassador and spent a great deal of time with our cricketers and supporters…nothing was too much trouble.”
Pink Stumps Day is an apt demonstration of the power of communities coming together to achieve amazing things. “From the people who donated to the Foundation, baked cakes, organised raffles, manned the stall, cooked sausages or turned up to support this worthy cause – every bit makes a difference,” said Anita. “It truly was an amazing day, with an amazing result on so many levels.”
Pink Stumps Day results:
The CCGS 1st XI Cricket team played against St Patrick’s College. Kain Barnett and Caleb Fortuin took 4 wickets each and Jack Wadeley in fast form contributed with two. St Pat's were all out for 48 runs. Matthew Buckland bowled for the first time this season with a respectable 3 overs. Tom Bastick and Beycan Irmako opened our innings, and the game was over after both having a tremendous opening partnership with CCGS winning match on 1/52 after 7 Overs. The teams then played a 10 over short game in great spirits. The CCGS First XI team now travel to Bathurst for a Semi Final show down with Scots.
The under 13C Grammar Blue were excited by a visit from Glenn McGrath. Following a few autographs and some inspirational words of encouragement from Glenn McGrath, the boys took to the field with an impressive display of bowling, limiting the opposition to less than 70 runs. The boys were able to haul in the run chase, although a very slow outfield because of the rain limited the boundaries, so the runs were earned with quick singles.
Link to NBN news report: http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2015/02/21/coast-goes-pink-for-mcgrath/