2019 Newsletter

ACT Region 2019 DreamCricket Gala Day
March 1, 2020

Newsletter February 2020

Chair – Peter Dell (Warragul, Vic)

Secretary – Murray Paterson (Orange, NSW)

Treasurer – Geoff Tancred (Orange, NSW)

Board members: Neetan Neetan (Adelaide, SA); Craig Edmonston (Yeppoon, QLD); Mary Brell OAM (Orange, NSW), Jonathon Lyall (ACT); Don Stephens (Dubbo, NSW)

2019 was a very busy year with Dream Cricket expanding not only throughout Australia but also continuing in Nepal, India and Sri Lanka

Some 2019 Highlights

From ACT

Jonathon Lyall and the team from Canberra Sunrise Rotary Club have done a fantastic job promoting DreamCricket in the ACT and surrounding areas. Their first gala day in March 2017 was officially opened by Sir Peter Cosgrove Governor General of Australia and was just completed with all students receiving a medal before heavy rain fell on Kingston Oval.

Following is a report on their second gala day held in October 2018

ACT Region 2019 DreamCricket Gala Day

  1. The Gala Day. The Gala was held on Tuesday 5 November 2019 the Radford College Main Oval.  One hundred and twenty-five primary school age children with a disability from seven schools took part, supported by a significant number of teachers, carers and parents.


  1. On arrival the children were escorted by their Radford College assistants through a welcoming archway formed by approximately 80 Junior School students from Radford. Once all the children had arrived the Gala Day was officially opened on schedule at 10:00 am by Mrs Fiona Godfrey, the Principal of Radford College.  Other VIPs included: Mr Ric Smith, President of the ACT Lord’s Taverners; Mr Dennis Yarrington, President of the Australian Primary Principals Association; Mr Murray Paterson, Secretary DreamCricket Australia ;representative from ActewAGL; and a number of Presidents of local Rotary Clubs.



  1. Between 10:15 am and noon, including a drinks break from 11:00 – 11:15 am, the children in their teams played six different activities, all of which have been designed to develop a particular cricket skill (e.g. batting, throwing a ball etc). Each of these activities were supervised by the Radford College Year 9/10 assistants who also provided bucket-loads of encouragement and enthusiasm (high fives all round).


  1. Between 12:00 and 12:30 pm the children had their lunch, including sausage sandwiches and fresh fruit for those who were allowed, followed by a game of run-out cricket, which exercised all the skills the children had been practising before lunch. On completion medallions were awarded to every participating child by two cricketers from ACT Cricket (Tom Vane-Tempest from ACT Comets and Samantha Bates from ACT Meteors and Sydney Thunder).  By this stage the children were noticeably tiring, it was also a hot day, and they were then escorted to their buses and returned to their schools.  According to feedback from their teachers they arrived home exhausted but very happy.

From NSW


On the 25th October 160 students attended a day at Bradman Oval, Bowral

Moss Vale PS, Tangara SSP, Cow Vale PS, The Crescent School, Mary Brooksbank School, Mainsbridge School and Parameadows were the participating Schools

There were 14 school staff and 35 Rotarians plus a number of community groups helping on the day. There were also 50 High School assistants.

This was the 11th annual DreamCricket Gala Day held by the Southern Highlands Rotary  Clubs conducted by Rick McCarthy and was a great success




Bathurst held their DreamCricket Gala Day at the Bushrangers AFL ground on Thursday 5 December attended by 80 students from Bathurst Primary Schools and was organised by Tyrone Costage from Kelso Campus of Dennison College. The day was strongly supported by Matt Tabbernor from Cricket NSW who provided additional activities for the students.

The Rotary Club of Bathurst provided KFC and Pizzas for the students for lunch. A very enjoyable day was enjoyed by all.

Murray Paterson, Secretary Dream Cricket Australia

CORRIMAL South Coast

Sue Clark from the Rotary Club of Corrimal has been very active in promoting DreamCricket in the Wollongong Area. They held a successful clinic on Monday 28 May 2018.

Further details can be obtained from Sue Clarke ballyclark@bigpond.com”.


Tuesday 22 October 2019

110 students from 12 schools attended the ninth annual Dream Cricket Gala Day at Victoria Oval Dubbo.

The weather was warm but not too hot and the facilities in great condition.

Fifteen Rotarians from Rotary Clubs of Dubbo West and Dubbo South and four interested community members assisted with the setting up and running of the day’s events. Dubbo West also provided a free sausage sandwich lunch for students and helpers.

Thirty year 11 students from St Johns College performed the very valuable roles of activity managers. We very much appreciate the help these students provide each year.

Matt Ellis from Cricket NSW was very enthusiastic about the conduct of the day

The students left for their homes at the end of the day proudly wearing a medallion around their neck and having had a fun day.    Several parents and teachers passed on messages of appreciation and thanks to Rotary for providing a great day for their students.


Don Stephens

President, Dream Cricket Australia


A clinic was conducted by the Rotary Club of Mt Druitt on 6 November at the Halinda Special School led by Murray Paterson. The students with a wide variety of Special needs rotated through 4 activities and were exhausted in the hot weather by the time the activities ended.

The event concluded at lunch time with a BBQ provided by the Rotary Club of Mt Druitt and certificates of commendation given out by the school principal Jan Eccleston.

Murray Paterson


DreamCricket Australia


2019 marked the 9 th year we have successfully run DreamCricket in Orange with 77 students from all the government primary schools registered to attend the event on 7 November at Wade Park Orange. We were blessed with a fine mild day which allowed the students to complete the six activities and the game of run out cricket prior to lunch

We were ably supported by the senior students from Orange High and James Sheahan Catholic High who did a fantastic job in ensuring the students enjoyed and were able to achieve in each of the activities.

Lunch was  provided by Ashcrofts IGA and we would like to thank them for their generosity as well as the Orange Primary  Schools Pre 2 for providing the medals which were given to all the students by Member for Calare Andrew Gee, Director of Schools, Duncan Auld, Dream Cricket Australia Past President Don Stephens and Treasurer Geoff Tancred

Thanks to all the Rotarians from each of the 3 clubs who supported the day. Without your help and that of the committee this marvellous event for special needs students would not happen.

See you all again in 2020

Murray Paterson

Secretary, DreamCricket Australia


Past Rotary District Governor Greg Bevan has been very active in the Newcastle area through the Rotary Club of Kurri Kurri. There have been number of highly successful clinics run in this area. Please contact Greg for more information on these activities.


The Parkes and Forbes Rotary Clubs under the guidance of Ross Williams held the annual Dream Cricket Day on Thursday 14th November at Parkes Primary school. Approximately 60 students attended from Parkes and Forbes primary schools. The activities mangers were year nine students from Parkes High School who again did a great job.

A sausage sizzle sandwich was provided for lunch and the students had a enjoyable and fun day rounded off with a game of “Runout Cricket

Don Stephens

Richmond/ Windsor


Wednesday 23 rd October saw 85 students arrive at Richmond Oval for the annual Dream Cricket Gala Day organised by Rotary Clubs of that area.

Fifteen Rotarians arrived early to help arrange shade gazebos and to set up the activities. By 10.30 am the primary aged students from nine schools had arrived anxious to get started with the fun activities.

They were ably assisted by about twenty students from two local high schools.

The students moved around the series of activities spending about 15 minutes at each station until 12.30 when a break was taken to enjoy the wonderful lunch provided by the Rotarians.

After lunch the last two activities were completed and the students then formed two groups each of two teams to participate games of “Runout Cricket”. This game was very much enjoyed and provided a befitting end to a great day.

To further cap of a great day each student went home proudly wearing a medallion around their neck.

Tony Miller



Tuesday 12 March Francis Ryan Oval
Sanctuary Point
GALA DAY for EVERYONE! We can help to
organise transport if necessary. High School
helpers: Nowra HS and Bomaderry HS,
Vincentia HS
Tuesday 7 May North Nowra PS North Nowra PS, Havenlee SS, Bomaderry PS,
East Nowra PS. High School helpers:
Bomaderry HS
Wednesday 8 May Francis Ryan Oval Sanctuary Point PS, Vincentia HS. High School
helpers: Vincentia HS
Tuesday 14 May Milton PS Milton PS, Ulladulla PS, Budawang SS. High
School helpers: Ulladulla HS
Tuesday 15 October Francis Ryan Oval Sanctuary Point PS, Vincentia HS. High School
helpers: Vincentia HS


Wednesday 16 October Milton PS Milton PS, Ulladulla PS, Budawang SS. High
School helpers: Ulladulla HS
Tuesday 22 October North Nowra PS North Nowra PS, Havenlee SS, Bomaderry PS,
East Nowra PS. High School helpers:
Bomaderry HS
  • For events where you may need to travel, we can help to organise transport, but we understand that if you get in early you may be able to find your local Club / Community organisation and book them to provide a bus!
    Who has not been to a Dream Cricket Gala Day and who does not know about it? Take a look on this LINKto find out more. The added socialisation of meeting with other schools, the pride of receiving a medal to recognise each student’s participation, not to mention a hearty BBQ provided for lunch, makes a Gala Day really special, please join us on Tuesday 12th March 2019 for this day.
    If you have comments, suggestions, or requests, please don’t hesitate to contact either Margaret Britton or myself. It would be great to have general confirmations of all dates before the end of this term!!! I’ll let

    Kind regards –
    Judy Potter Margaret Britton
    Project Administration Southern area
    Rotary e-Club of Brindabella Rotary e-Club of Brindabella
    MOB 0412 219 895 MOB 0427 957 621
    EMAIL judypotter43@gmail.com EMAIL m.j.britton@bigpond.com


On Thursday October 17th, The Rotary Club of Young held it’s annual Dream Cricket Day.

Over 100 children attended along with around 50 carers and teachers. Schools from Cootamundra, Cowra, Temora and Young enjoyed a fun packed day at the Young PCYC.

With the help of Brenan Cruz, the PE teacher from Hennessy Catholic College and 8 students, the day ran smoothly followed by a sausage sizzle.

Each year it gets bigger and better.

Roz Hill

Director of Youth

The Rotary Club of Young




DreamCricket is prospering in Queensland with major support from PDG Craig Edmonston from the Rotary Club of Yeppoon. The major centres of Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg are enjoying the benefits of DreamCricket for special needs students

Please find attached some photos  from Chris Foley doing a great job in Bundaberg last year with a Clinic at the Bundaberg Special School.

I like the child in the wheelchair photo. Note the local TV camera in the background.

Craig Edmonston

Director, Yeppoon Queensland


South Australia

This is to give you a report on our successful day at Maitland (SA) program event on Friday the 18th of October around 11.30 am conducted at the Lutheran School Gymnasium with students participating from both the Lutheran School and Yorke’s Central School. Both the Headmasters of each school have been extremely supportive and the reason the decision to hold in the gymnasium was due to the uncertainty of the weather.

There was a total of 29 students from both – Lutheran school & Central Yorke School, with 6 Rotarians from Maitland Rotary club and 5 from Edwardstown. There were 2 physical Education teachers also available. Each school provided several year 9 students as helpers, and I believe, it was of great value to them as well.

It was a great day!! with all the students enjoying themselves. After the day each attendee was given a medal for their participation. Feedback from the schools tells us that this was most popular as the kids liked the concept of Sticky- Wicky game & Sticky – wicky wicket pop-ups.

We were extremely pleased when the Maitland Rotary Club supported us in coordinating this special event, thanks to Mr Huges in particular as he was the link between the school and us. Mr Hugh from Maitland Rotary club had arranged for the local newspaper to attend. Also, there was a local man to represent Variety SA (the Grant sponsor). I have briefly explained and have given copies of the training manual and information flyers to the school and Rotarians present. Later, the Maitland (SA) Rotary club members indicated that they would continue to operate Dream Cricket on the Peninsula with a possible thought of a special need school at Monta Bay (Northern Yorke Peninsula South Australia) on their chart. As a result of this undertaking, we were able to leave the two cricket kits which, The Variety Club (SA) financed, in their care for future use

I’m glad that I could conduct this event to fulfil the dreams of our friend, late Kevin Donaldson who always was in favour of spreading the program of dream cricket in the regional areas of South Australia.

It is with most sincere thanks to everyone, special thanks to Geoff Tancred to deliver the kits on time and before the event. We the club of Edwards town, appreciate and acknowledge that without your support and structural leadership these children would not have had the full enjoyment of the day


Peter Dell our Director from Warrigal in Victoria has been doing a fantastic job expanding the program in the Gippsland and Eastern Regions of Victoria and also down the Mornington Peninsula and recently in Bendigo.

He writes of his recent experiences at the combined District Conference held  in 2019.

The Victorian Multi District Conference was held at The Melbourne Conference Centre on 16th and 17th February, attended by approximately 1,500 delegates representing approx. 200 Rotary Clubs, stretching from Orbost to Melbourne to Portsea to Deniliquin to Holbrook to Corryong.

Keen interest was shown in DreamCricket at our stand in the “House Of Friendship”.

Several Rotarians, especially those involved in IFCR (International Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians) knew of DreamCricket. Most delegates, and visitors from the public arena, had no idea what DreamCricket was all about. Once informed, they were most impressed with our program, and many have asked for more information.

As a result,  I have been asked to speak at 17(new) Rotary Clubs, (asap), while several other Rotarians took our information back to their clubs, to urge them to invite me along to showcase our sensational program.  

We had a fanatical cricketing fan from Sri Lanka (a female Rotarian), teachers and carers from Special Schools, Parents of kids with disabilities and Grandparents with Grandchildren with disabilities.

Rotarians from some clubs who are already involved in DreamCricket, gave me glowing reports of the program:  of how the students teachers and parents all love it.

When you hear such warm praise of DreamCricket, it makes all the work, and travelling, meetings etc,  worthwhile!

It was a great  DreamCricket weekend,( the conference didn’t really matter) and I am sure we will see a large increase in the number of schools involved in the very near future.

Peter Dell

Director, DreamCricket Australia.

An Invitation is extended to become Associate member of DreamCricket. The annual subscription is $25.00 You will not only help progress this wonderful program but you will also be kept up to date with the work of volunteers around the Country who are involved

Further information about Dream Cricket and how you can be involved: Contact: The Secretary, Murray Paterson Murray.paterson@keystosuccess.com.au   0418206485 www.dreamcricket.com.au

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