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Chance Of A Lifetime For Visiting Students

06 November 2017

A dozen young Aboriginal students were given an opportunity of a lifetime on the weekend, taking to the hallowed turf of the WACA Ground during the lunch break of the WA XI v England Tour Match.

A group of 12 students from Wangkatjungka Remote Community School, 120km outside Fitzroy Crossing, were making the trip to Perth as part of a one-week upper school camp based on attendance and effort, when teacher and Cricket School Ambassador Brenton Simmons contacted the WACA "to see if there was anything going on".

The off-the-cuff enquiry resulted in an opportunity to play a game of pairs cricket on the Ground, with WACA staff taking the students through Scorchers junior clinic drills and games.

"We were bringing some of our year five and six class on an attendance award camp, so I contacted the WACA," Simmons said.

"I've run in2CRICKET programs during Term 4 last year and Term 4 this year, so it was a good way to consolidate that learning.

"The kids absolutely loved it.

"It was a great opportunity to get on the oval, because we usually play on a basketball court and the temperatures are around mid-40s.

"So getting on the cool oval was a great experience and so was meeting Scorchers captain Adam Voges and Rebecca West afterwards."

The students were also given some Scorchers giveaways, inclduing posters and water bottles, to help make an exciting trip a truly memorable one, with many having travelled for the first time on a plane in the journey to Perth.