WACA TOUR AND SUNDOWNER – TUESDAY 20 NOVEMBER
An enthusiastic group of cricket buffs met on a sunny but breezy afternoon at the WACA museum in East Perth for a truly wonderful tour of the ground conducted by William (“Bill”) Reynolds.
Bill told us the story of the formation of the WACA and the story of the development of the WACA ground, the stands and the scoreboard. We were able to go into the players rooms and to wander onto the ground and view the wickets (at a safe distance).
Unfortunately we did not have time to do justice to the wonderful display at the museum but promised ourselves that we would go back later and spend more time there.
The museum is a little gem that is worth keeping in mind when you have visitors. There are exhibits dedicated to the greats of Western Australian cricket in theme rooms including The Bat Room, The Bradman Room and The Lest We Forget Room. The collection holds significant cricket memorabilia from the great and sometimes infamous moments in cricket history including the “Underarm Ball” controversy. There are also some wonderful photographs.
The museum is open Mon-Fri from 10am to 3pm at Nelson Crescent, East Perth. Ph 9265 7222. Ground Tours are available Mon-Fri at 10am and 1pm. Accessible via Red or Yellow CAT bus.
MAKING THE GRADE. A HISTORY OF THE WACA CLUB CRICKET
Following on from our very successful tour of the WACA in November, members might want to buy this book for a special Christmas present. Go to the WACA website to order http://www.waca.com.au/other/news_detail.php?ID=2712
This is a fascinating story of the formation, development and playing of the club cricket competition in Perth, which was the foundation for the creation of the Western Australian Cricket Association in 1885. Through its many trials and tribulations, the competition survived and prospered to become acknowledged as one of the strongest club competitions in the cricket-playing world in the 1960s and 1970s. It tells in great detail the stories of its milestones and of the famous people who played and administered the competition – as well as providing an in-depth history of its constituent clubs throughout a long history plus a retinue of statistics to delight the most avid of cricket enthusiasts.
Excerpt from Foreword by Dennis Lillee: “In short, this book has something for everyone. It should be a must read – and retained by everyone who has played club cricket, or been involved in any way in a club which has played in the WACA competition, either personally or through their family or friends.” Dennis Lillee AM MBE WACA President.