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Diary Of A PlayCricket Roadtrip: Great Southern

08 September 2017

The Come & Try Day at Albany's Indoor Centre

The Perth Scorchers' PlayCricket campaign headed to the country, with the Great Southern stop No.1.

Day 1: Sunday 3 September
It was a long day of travel today, with the Perth Scorchers Bus heading off from #TheFurnace at about 10:30am, bound for Albany.

But there’s no rest when there’s cricket to be played.

The Game Development team of Job Van Bunge, Matt Neves and Callyn Bennett ran a high performance coaching session at the Albany Indoor Centre from 4pm.

Day 2: Monday 4 September

On the road again.

This time, the Scorchers retraced their trail to Mt Barker, stopping at the Narrikup Cricket Ground to view the picket fence made solely from cricket bats.

We headed to Mt Barker Primary School at 9am for a series of PlayCricket activities with all year groups, with about 220 kids taking part, before heading to Denmark.

Another 400 kids at Denmark Primary helped continue the PlayCricket message, before we headed back to Albany for a couple of afternoon/evening activities.

The first was assisting with a Winter Talent Program session at the Albany Indoor Centre, before we attended a Junior/Senior Great Southern Club Meeting, where we were joined by WACA Commercial Manager Brett Jefferies, who presented on the Healthway Healthy Club Program.

Day 3: Tuesday 5 September

Today, we headed east of Albany to Great Southern Grammar, where staff delivered a PlayCricket event to about 80 kids.

It was the first of a bit of a school hop for the morning, as the Scorchers Bus then headed to St Joseph’s College and Spencer Park Primary.

The afternoon and evening were devoted to an older playing group, as staff discussed the high performance pathway with the Albany Department of Sport and Recreation, before hosting a coaching workshop.

Day 4: Wednesday 6 September
It was an amazing day today, as the Scorchers saw close to 1000 kids across four schools and a Come & Try Session.

We headed to Yakamia and Flinders Park primary schools in the morning, dropping into their assemblies and running some recess clinics.

Mt Lockyer and Albany primary schools were then on the trip list for the afternoon.

The free Come & Try clinic that was hosted by the Albany Junior Cricket Association and supported by CSBP was a huge hit with the area’s kids and we had a great turnout.

Day 5: Thursday 7 September

It was our final day in the Great Southern, so we made it an early start, heading off from Albany to Katanning at 6:45am.

We dropped into Braeside Primary’s assembly, before hosting a Year 2 clinic, then moved onto St Patrick Primary School in the mid-morning, which included a few recess activities.

Our final stop in the region was Katanning Primary School, where about 120 kids enjoyed a mini assembly promotion with Blaze and staff.

We headed back to Perth at about 1pm, ending another fantastic roadtrip for the Scorchers to the Great Southern.

Next stop: South West!

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