Cricket a big hit in winter

By The McIvor Times

AXE Creek Cricket Club held its first Multicultural Winter Cricket Tournament this year to great acclaim.

A total of four teams played cricket across April, May and June with the tournament culminating in a grand final celebration on Sunday.

The teams in last weekend’s grand final were the Bendigo Strikers representing members of the South Indian community and the World XI which represents players from Bendigo teams.

“The Axe Creek Cricket Club is proud to have provided this fantastic opportunity,” James O’Bryen, Axe Creek Cricket Club Secretary said.

“All of the games have been played in great spirit, and is a fantastic example of how sport in Bendigo can embrace all cultures.’’

The event followed on from the success of the Multicultural Cricket Day held in December last year.

Sports Focus project co-ordinator Laura Bradley said the Axe Creek Cricket Club was leading the way in inclusive sport.

“This is a great example of a club challenging the way sport is played and offering something different to include everyone within the community,” she said.

The event was supported by the Greater Bendigo Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Plan (CDIP) Sports Action Group.

If any Heathcote locals wish to get involved in this initiative, or want further information, please contact James O’Bryen from the Axe Creek Cricket Club on 0408 405 640.