South Australian Cricket Association to bring eight cricketers to Kangaroo Island for bushfire relief clinic

KI local girls Tash, Nikki and Teigen Boxer caught up with Strikers' cricket star Bridget Patterson at the T20 Port vs Crows bushfire relief match on Sunday.
KI local girls Tash, Nikki and Teigen Boxer caught up with Strikers' cricket star Bridget Patterson at the T20 Port vs Crows bushfire relief match on Sunday.

The South Australian Cricket Association is bringing eight top-level cricketers over to Kangaroo Island for a free cricket clinic to help put a smile on kids' faces.

The visitors for the two-day KI bushfire relief trip on February 10-11 will be a mixture of Strikers, Scorpions and Redbacks players, as well as various SACA staff.

Meanwhile, the T20 bushfire relief showdown match between Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows on Sunday, February 2 raised $1,015,239 and still rising from donations, plus player top and cap auctions.

KI's own young female cricket star Bridget Patterson played for the Crows in the match, making 30 not out from 12 balls.

Businesses such as West End and Bank SA also donated money per boundary/six/wicket.

And with Bridget striking four fours and a six, she definitely did her bit raising money for the fund.

South Australian Scorpions and Adelaide Strikers and Kangaroo Island local Bridget Patterson is coming back for a SACA bushfire relief clinic. Photo Simon Stanbury

South Australian Scorpions and Adelaide Strikers and Kangaroo Island local Bridget Patterson is coming back for a SACA bushfire relief clinic. Photo Simon Stanbury

The free KI cricket clinic is from 4.30pm on Monday, February 10 at Kingscote Memorial Oval.

Local kids will be able to get up close and personal with the likes of Jake Weatherald, Tahlia McGrath, Cameron Valente and of course Bridget Patterson.

Patterson plays for South Australian Scorpions and Adelaide Strikers.

A daughter of former lavender farmers at Emu Bay, Patterson played childhood cricket against boys, and credits that experience for her rise in women's cricket.

Children need to register for the clinic by visiting playcricket.com.au and searching 'Kangaroo Island' or by visiting bit.ly/CricketBlastKI

Adelaide Strikers player Jake Weatherald is coming to Kangaroo Island. Photo Simon Stanbury

Adelaide Strikers player Jake Weatherald is coming to Kangaroo Island. Photo Simon Stanbury

Following the clinic from about 7.30pm, SACA will be holding a "Cricket comes to KI" at Kingscote Football Club, where people are invited to listen to interviews with players, participate in a Q&A and enjoy a drink.

Tuesday morning activities are yet to be finalised, but the cricketers may be able to do a couple of school visits, before heading back to Adelaide Tuesday afternoon.

South Australian Scorpions and Adelaide Strikers and Kangaroo Island local Bridget Patterson in action. Photo Simon Stanbury

South Australian Scorpions and Adelaide Strikers and Kangaroo Island local Bridget Patterson in action. Photo Simon Stanbury

"We're so excited to come across and put some smiles back on faces of the locals, after such a horrible and trying time for the Island," said Steve Kavanagh, cricket manager, Barossa and Fleurieu.

This story South Australian Cricket Association to bring eight cricketers to Kangaroo Island first appeared on The Islander.

Comments