Sydney 11 November 2011
Cricket Legends Lunch 2011 for Northcott Disability Services photos and story; MiSociety
Kitson and Blackwell bowl ‘em over at the 16th Northcott Cricket Legends Lunch Details of Cricket Legends Lunch 2013
Cricket legend Greg Matthews told guests during a robustly engaging and thoroughly entertaining spell at ’the Panel wicket’ that, based on the current selection policy, Australia would lose the upcoming series against India in Australia later this year.
The ‘yorker’ of a prediction momentarily brought stunned silence to enthralled guests at the 16th annual Northcott Disability Services Cricket Legends Lunch held to support kids, young people and adults with disabilities.
Simon Katich (The Kat) and Stephen O’Keefe (The Sok) added their views from ‘the Panel’, which is a regular Lunch fixture and highlight of the event. Perhaps, more importantly, as Simon and Stephen engaged with Northcott clients and guests it was obvious that these two NSW Speedblitz players are fine young men with an appreciation of life beyond their sporting realm. The well known adage of C.L.R.James “What does he know of cricket who only cricket knows” sprung to MiSociety’s mind.
This year’s Cricket Legend lunch was its ‘second innings’ at Doltone House with the facility to allow Northcott’s clients and guests to easily mingle on the outside deck of the Jones Bay Heritage Wharf before and after lunch. During the lunch each individual table of guests also has a ‘Cricketing Legend’ seated amongst them.
Jean Kitson, writer and comedian, together with Alex Blackwell, captain of the NSW women’s cricket team, made a huge hit in their debut innings as the first all female duo to M.C. this event. Jean Kitson with her captain’s best ‘gee up’ and ‘on the mark’ humour kept the formal proceedings and fund raising auction (that included a quickly snapped up Rolling Stones signed Fender Guitar) ticking over at a fast rate.
Adaptive Cricket, a new style game of inclusive cricket which allows people of all abilities to play, was officially launched at the 2011 Cricket Legends Lunch. Adaptive Cricket has been developed by Northcott’s Recreation service in consultation with clients who are supported by the service. One such client, Andrew Williams, passionately told everyone present that “Adaptive Cricket is for all – no-one is excluded”.
The Cricket Legends Lunch was originally inspired by former Australian test cricketer, Frank Misson, and is a major fundraiser for Northcott Disability Services’ Recreation and Leisure programs. MiSociety is proud to be a continuing supporter of this very worthwhile cause – so stay tuned for details of their next event. Further information on Northcott Disability Services.
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