The First Australians

14/11/13 Category: News Posted by:

There are always lots of feel-good stories doing the rounds, especially when it comes to sport. It seems that nearly every week we hear a story on the news or read an article about some footballer or cricketer giving back to the community or promoting sport amongst school children.

This story could fall into just that category however what makes it unique is that the subject himself is a school child but he has a big vision to take cricket to a remote Aboriginal community in NSW.

Photo: Yarran with some of the equipment he will be donating to the Brewarrinawith Community.

Yarran, is a 12 year old boy who attends St. Michael’s Primary school, Mittagong here in the Southern Highlands & who has played cricket for both Gib Gate & the local rep side before entering the Campbelltown comp.

Having played cricket for just over two years now Yarran has established himself as an all-rounder with a particular passion for fielding, an area of the game that has become a focus of the national team of recent years with specialist fielders enlisted to make the most of on-field opportunities.

Yarran wasn’t always a cricket fan with a strong enthusiasm for Rugby League before trying cricket at the request of a friend. In a family where sport is the common language Yarran also plays mixed netball with his sisters and their backyard is never short of a sporting competition.

When I met with Yarran & his family recently at the Museum to see how we could assist him in his mission I was honoured to meet such a mature young man who was clearly proud of his unique Aboriginal heritage and spoke with great passion for what he planned to do.

Yarran’s father’s country is Kamilaroi, north-west of Dubbo, about an 11 hour drive from the Southern Highlands. Yarran has spent a lot bit of time in the isolated community Brewarrinawith with his parents and five siblings where Yarran tells me, you will see the kids playing rugby league & even soccer but no cricket.

Since finding cricket & developing a passion for it Yarran is keen for others to experience the joys of the game as he has, & hence has decided to donate his original cricket kit; including bat, gloves & equipment etc…to to the children of the local Brewarrina Community.

The isolated community has three schools, St Patricks Catholic Primary, and Brewarrina Central School which combines the primary and high school, so the equipment will serve in a small way to inspire interest in cricket as a sporting choice to the community and help foster its development

It is not commonly known that the first ever Australian Cricket Team to tour England, way back in 1868 was in fact an Aboriginal team. Well before the Ashes were even conceived, it would be another ten years before a first-class team toured England under the Australian banner. This is a part of cricket’s strong history and a story that the Museum is working tirelessly to tell throughout both the cricketing world and within wider Australia.

With the assistance of the Bradman Museum, Yarran will be travelling back to Brewarrina to donate cricket and sporting equipment to the schools in the hope to inspire young people living in remote communities to play cricket.

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