FOLLOWING the success of its inaugural event in February 2015, the all abilities cricket initiative, GV Harmony Cup event held at the weekend, provided a great day of cricketing fun for locals of all abilities.
Two teams made up of members of the local community turned out to line up at the crease for a chance to get a taste of one of Australia’s favourite sports, with Jamie Grahame’s team sneaking home on the last ball to beat Matthew Cole’s team by just one run, seeing Jamie’s team walk away the day’s champions and the illustrious Harmony Cup.
ConnectGV CEO, Carolynne Young said, “The GV Harmony Cup came about when Tony Giblin, the president of the Shepparton United Cricket Club approached ConnectGV about the possibility of getting a game up and running back in 2014. ConnectGV jumped at the chance to be part of this as it strongly aligns with our vision of ‘a fully inclusive community.’ The idea grew legs and we had a number of interested community partners who shared similar visions. From there, a committed working party was established.
“The community partnership was fantastic this year.
“Many thanks to Federal Member for Murray, Damien Drum for coming along to toss the coin and open the game. It was great to see Damien spend some time out on the field and also and be part of the all abilities cricket team play off.
“We’d also like to thank Sam Atukorala from the Ethnic Council and Senior Constable Matt Walker from Community Police for helping to get this event off the ground in the initial stages and for staying on board this year.
“Alana Baldi for taking the training sessions as part of her role with Cricket Victoria (of which she went above and beyond) in the lead up to the game.
“Dean Pritchett from Valley Sport who is always so supportive and amongst the mix of any initiatives that have to do with all abilities. Thank you for your efforts in grant writing to secure uniforms for this year. Thanks to Megan and Nathaniel also from Valley Support for volunteering their time on the night.
“Michaela Sargeant and Steven Nash from GV Water for coming on board late into the planning stages and providing the hydration fountain and water café. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with you in the events to follow.
“To the Shepparton United Cricket Club … what an amazing club who have truly carried our vision of being fully inclusive into their club. Last year they had the insight to extend the Harmony Cup into their club presentation night. There are no words to describe the smiles and excitement from participants that came from doing this. Chris Giblin from the club has been instrumental in breathing life into this event.
“And finally and most importantly to the participants. It’s all about being part of something, getting active and having fun. We hope that was what you achieved and we look forward to welcoming more community members and involving more teams into the mix next year.”