Acknowledgement of Country

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the original inhabitants of Australia, who lived healthy and productive lives, but colonisation brought considerable damage. It continues to do so today.

While governments can change policies at the national and state level, the future will be different only if individuals and organisations, like Sydney Cricket Club, make changes that benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at individual and organisational level.

We at Sydney Cricket Club have been too slow in making changes. The acknowledgement on this website is a very small, and very slow, start. 

We know that Aboriginal people have ongoing connections to the lands on which Sydney CC works and plays. 

For example, ~500 Aboriginal people live in City of Canada Bay Council, ~2,000 in Inner West Council and ~500 in Ryde Council. Read more about the Wangal people.

We know we need to educate ourselves, rather than ask Aboriginal people to teach us. The resources to start us off are here. 

  • provide a guide to terminology (courtesy Girra Maa, Indigenous health discipline at UTS)
  • carry a short list of resources (books, YouTube clips) and Aboriginal people to follow on Instagram and Twitter

Sydney Cricket Club v SCG XI (men)

Sydney 161 (W Fort 56, N Doyle 55, T Pinson 3/35, D Malone 2/24) beat SCG XI 158 (C Litchfield 56, D Mortimer 47, T Mullen 1/20, H Manenti 1/27)

The men kicked off in brilliant sunshine with Sydney batting first. The SCG XI lost their opening bowler to injury after three balls, and Sydney took advantage with brilliant drives over the top, bold sweeps and delicate late cuts. Will Fort knocked his middle in with 56 off 40, with Nathan Doyle similarly stylish gathering 55 off 45.

The SCG XI came out fighting and for a long while were ahead of the rate, particularly through Charlie Litchfield (56 off 32) and Damien Mortimer (47 off 48). But the loss of two wickets slowed them at a vital stage, and they fell three runs short.

Tom Pinson of the SCG XI won the Simon Katich Medal for player of the match with his 3/35 off four overs and 26 off 19.

Damien Mortimer's innings comes to an end
Mary-Anne Henderson hits the crease

Sydney Cricket Club v SCG XI (women)

SCG XI 5/138 (R Dick 40, S Horley 37, S-J Johnson 3/13, G Lockhart 1/21) beat Sydney 6/135 (S-J Johnson 54, S Dimeglio 25, R Dick 2/11, S Horley 2/20)

The women’s game was the mirror image. The SCG XI scored freely after the early loss of Alyssa Healy, with Saskia Horley (37 off 27) and Rhiannon Dick (40 off 37) leading the charge. Sammy-Jo Johnson kept the target within reach with one early and two late wickets.

Sydney started well with Sammy-Jo Johnson leading the way with 54 off 41, well supported by Samira Dimeglio. The game was on the line until the last ball, with a boundary needed to tie the scores, but the 12 needed from the final over proved just a bit too much.

Sammy-Jo Johnson was named player of the match and won the Lisa Sthalekar Award for her 54 off 41, and 3/13 off two.