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13 March, 2021

Pink Stumps Day a hit for six

Emerald Brothers Cricket Club host its annual Pink Stumps Day event for a good cause.

By Ali Goddard

The Emerald Brothers Cricket Club looking pinker than usual on Pink Stumps Day. PHOTO: Ali Goddard

LAST WEEKEND saw a sea of pink flood onto local cricket grounds as a cricketing club hosting an annual fundraiser for a good cause. 

Emerald Brothers Cricket Club hosted their annual Pink Stumps Day event in support of the McGrath Foundation. 

The Australia-wide event raised money for breast cancer nurses in regional Australia, with Emerald’s event displaying a very different style than past events. 

On the day Mayor Kerry Hayes and MP for Gregory Lachlan Millar captained their very own teams, fighting for the trophy – and a good cause. 

There was also a ladies’ tent, for which all funds raised went towards the foundation. 

A free glass of bubbly and a snack pack was on offer, with more snacks and drinks sold on the day too. 

Secretary of the Brothers Club Lyn Brown said it was amazing to have support from not only their cricket family, but also the wider community. 

“Our sponsors are so generous to us, so it was nice to get them involved,” Mrs Brown said. 

“We sold 80 tickets at the ladies’ tent but had a crowd of 200 come through throughout the day. 

“This event really showcased our club as we consider ourselves to be a very progressive and family-friendly club.” 

President of the Brothers Club Jodie Murphy said the day highlighted their links with the community. 

Mrs Brown said they raised $5000 on the day. 

“Pink Stumps is gone all over Australia, including a big event in Sydney each year,” she said. 

“We’re really proud of our senior men as they have been doing this event for 10 years – it’s great they’re supporting a cause for women. 

“Everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another and it’s close to everyone’s heart.” 

Mrs Murphy said “this style of event will definitely be held next year”. 

“Mayor Kerry Hayes and MP Lachlan Millar will be supporting the event for as long as they are in office, and even after,” she said. 

Mrs Brown said Lachlan Millar donated the perpetual trophy this year, with both Mr Hayes and Mr Millar planning to get a real trophy made up. 

“Each year, our two chosen teams will battle for bragging rights,” she said. 

Mrs Murphy said “it’s all for the cause”. 

The winner of the day was Lachlan Millar, but final scores were only for fun. 

Mrs Brown said “it was a close-court battle”. 

“Our players on the day were made up of many different types of people, from local councillors to dentists,” she said. 

“A couple of ring-ins showed some talent, including Mayor Kerry Hayes on wicket keeping, batter Todd Ritson, and Andrew Bell who had a go at both batting and bowling.” 

A big thank-you must go to Mrs Brown, Mrs Murphy and the Emerald Brothers Cricket Club for hosting the Highlands Leader on the day. 


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