A piece of History
Past Player and ACA member, David Boyd was recently reminded of his first-ever encounter with first-class cricket when his brother dropped off a special autograph book he found cleaning out their dad’s house.
Hailing from Kalgoorlie in regional Western Australia, David, as a child, recalls his father taking him to watch a specific game of Shield Cricket back in 1968, with West Australia taking on South Australia.
South Australia won the match by 95 runs with Ashley Mallett taking second innings figures of 6/75. Emanating from that match, a small but memorial piece of memorabilia, keeping it's memory alive almost five decades later.
A small autograph book, featuring the signatures of some of Australia's best; Greg and Ian Chappell, John Inverarity, Eric Freeman and Ashley Mallett to name a few.
Boyd later went on to represent Western Australia as a left arm medium-fast bowler and also featured for the U19 Australian team.
David recalls moving from the desert to the big city where his father took him along to the cricket. He was surprised that his family had kept this piece of history and marvels at the names on the scorecard, now forever inked into his autograph book.
Message from Greg Chappell
Dear ACA members,
I trust this finds you well.
On Monday, August 5 The Chappell Foundation are hosting the annual Sports Star Sleepout at the Sydney Cricket Ground from 6pm to 6am to raise funds to assist NGOs and charities which are at the coalface in combating youth homelessness in Australia.
This event has been scheduled at the start of 'Homelessness Week 2019.'
I'd like you to participate - either by joining us and having your friends and others sponsor you, or by making a generous donation.
Of the 126,000 homeless people each night, 44,000 of them are under the age of 25. We want to help them turn their lives around.
TCF is probably the 'purest' charity going. We have no employees, no office, no overheads and no marketing/promotion expenses.
We do it all ourselves and so everything we raise goes without seepage to the intended beneficiaries.
Already, in two years we have donated about a million dollars to NGO's such as BackTrack (Armidale), Stepping Stone (Sydney), Ecumenical Coffee Brigade (Brisbane) and WAYS (Sydney).
The Chappell Foundation has some prominent Patrons: Sir Peter Cosgrove, Dame Quentin Bryce, Hon John Howard, Hon. Kim Beazley, Pat Rafter, Lisa Wilkinson, Sir Ron Brierley, Basil Sellers, John Singleton, Dennis Lillee.
I am a Patron as well.
The Board led by Chair Darshak Mehta OAM includes redoubtable Journalists Malcolm Knox, Tracey Holmes & Peter Lalor, as well as former Australian women's cricket captain, Lisa Sthalekar - whose fund-raising idea this event is! Australian cricketer Moises Henriques also serves as a Director.
It would be fantastic if you can participate in the Sports Star Sleepout which will certainly focus attention on a national tragedy happening in front of our eyes and, we hope, elicit solutions and actions.
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