Home' Tennant and District Times : 2018-0323 TDT Contents WHEN Marcus Maher first arrived in Ten-
nant Creek, a remote town in Northern Terri-
tory, there was hardly a wicket stump to be
seen, but today the town boasts a thriving
This cricket community includes a mixture of ju-
nior’s and women’s teams, an established association,
as well as an Imparja Cup victory.
Marcus (pictured) said the town’s cricket revival
began as an opportunity to have a sport to play dur-
ing the summer, and to promote a positive social
atmosphere within the community.
“Everyone talked about how cricket used to be such
a big thing in Tennant Creek in the 70s and 80s, so we
wanted to relive that part of history and everyone was
eager to get cricket rolling again,” he said.
Prior to the annual Rossy Williams’ 7-a -side Cricket
Competition, Tennant Creek didn’t have a regular
seasoned cricket competition for nearly 20 years, but
the two-day competition soon brought indigenous
and non-indigenous boys and girls from remote sta-
tions to play.
Marcus said that some families and adults were driv-
ing 500-kilometres to Alice Springs for their children
to play cricket, making it a 1,000-kilometre round
trip - a sheer reflection of dedication.
Marcus said the success and interest in the William
Rossy Shield competition inspired him to create a
more long-term program.
“Everyone was talking about a team to play in how-
ever in a remote area, it can be quite hard to sustain as-
sociations due to people coming and going,” he said.
With a lack of outdoor oval space and as a means
to gauge interest for regular games of cricket , Any-
inginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation launched an
indoor cricket competition , before progressing to an
outdoor competition on tennis courts.
Through Marcus’ role as the Sport and Recreation
Manager for Anyinginyi , he applied for grants
through the Northern Territory Government and the
local Council to successfully install the first perma-
nent wicket in the town.
The town now has an official Tennant Creek Cricket
Association with committee members to help sustain
the competition , but Marcus has since left the com-
munity to move back to his hometown in Country
“I still keep a close eye on the program I helped
create and hope the momentum of the current com-
munity will continue and be sustained into the future,”
Marcus’ story is part of Cricket Australia’s Com-
munity Champions Campaign, a newly launched
initiative that hopes to highlight grassroots stories
around Australia, where individuals are using cricket
in a positive and inspiring way.
12 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 23 MARCH 2018
The Tennant and District
Times is published by
Jasmin Afianos, 139
Paterson Street, Tennant
Creek NT 0860, and
printed by Peter Baldwin,
Mount Isa Qld 4825.
The Tennant & District
Times is published
by Natasha Hennig,
139 Paterson Street,
Tennant Creek NT
0860, and printed by
NT News - Darwin
Print Centre, 1
Darwin NT 0800.
By JASON DUNEMANN
TENNANT Creek Darts commenced the local fixtures last week, with
five teams nominating for the season.
Memo (7) defeated Kilowatts (2) at the Memo Club, while Duds (8) defeated
Inbetweeners (1) at the Sporties Club. TC Battlers had the bye.
High peg for the week was a 97 from Jack Young, and highest overall average
was Tommy Gillett with 18.27.
Allan Spence notched up the first 180 for the season, and also had the best leg of
singles for the week, with a 17-darter.
Bill Spence finished the night strong, throwing a 24.60 average in the Teams game.
Round 2 action sees Memo taking on the TC Battlers, and Kilowatts up against
Memo and Duds win
first round of darts
3 TC Battlers
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How Marcus revived cricket in Tennant
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