Memorial Warrior Cup
Team East scooped the Memorial Warrior Cup for a second consecutive year, comfortable winners by 66 runs over the T20 format.
Congratulations to guys and girls, well played. A big shout to all who travelled long distances at own expense to share the day, some from as far away as the UAE and Scotland.
With the game consigned to the record books it’s time for thanks and acknowledgements. Can’t say enough about the veteran community coming out in full force with hundreds in attendance in the hot, muggy conditions.
We were privileged to hold the event at The Reg Bartley Oval, with its pristine grandstand, facilities and magnificently maintained playing field. Congratulations to the City of Sydney and groundsman Ben Hansen, take a bow!
To our sponsors and to our many donors, you are the ones who appreciate the significance and benefits to veterans’ health of the East vs West match. You helped make possible the new look of the day: the updated cricket kit from Kookaburra and Kingsgrove Sports, the caps and trophy compliments of Platatac, the team uniforms from Lifestyle and The Terry Australia, the Tumble Town kids playground and face painting and balloon art for the kids by Danielle. Your generosity will help fund the programs that Wandering Warriors continues to build and grow, particularly our education program. Our special thanks go to the major event sponsors Omni Executive, Safran Pacific and Stripe International.
Our deep appreciation goes to TacMed and Paeon Medical for taking the extra step of providing a medical presence on the day. Just in case. Thanks guys, grateful you came along and relieved your medical skills were left untested.
We kindly thank the Rushcutters Bay Tennis Club and Café for their support with catering and providing many a cool drink given the conditions on the day.
To Brigadier Craig Shortt, WO1 Paul Dunbavin and all who helped turn the Cup into a Special Operations Command family day: you understand the sense of community fostered by events like the Memorial Warrior Cup.
We appreciated the time that local Federal Member, Dave Sharma MP, set aside for us, and for his interest in the work of Wandering Warriors. We wish him well in his role as the Member for Wentworth.
We welcomed the presence and support of Commando Welfare Trust with Gwen Cherne, our friends at Open Arms – thank you to Heather Gow and Amber Lynch and also Bree Till and the family for coming along on Australia Day; your commitment to the wellbeing of veterans and their families is recognised and appreciated.
Thanks also goes to Cricket NSW and the main umpire Shane Evans for the time you took and the part you played. The same goes to the Fox Sports Australia team – we trust you enjoyed your day and got some useful footage for your upcoming segment.
To the Wandering Warriors team that made the day possible, well done all. Self-praise is no recommendation, so there won’t be any – you know who you are.
To the Royal Hotel in Paddington, Mitch and the team, thank you. The venue proved excellent for post-match congratulations and commiserations. West team captain Harry Moffitt produced one of the best deliveries of the day with his wry assessment of his team’s performance. East captain Luke Statton matched it with his own warm appraisal of proceedings, and the rest is history. The spirit of the day was captured right there at the Royal, the game was never just about the cricket.
East 8/143 20 overs
West 8/77 20 overs
Best Player Mr J. (Team East)
Best Bowler Mr. P ( Team East)
Best Batsman Mr J. (Team East)