Following the success of the visit by WACA Game Development Staff to Nullagine, Marble Bar and Warralong in May, Ngurra Kujungka staff – Dan Barnes and Callan Hatchman ventured out to Jigalong and Parnngurr looking to continue the momentum of cricket in the Western Desert and see if it will be received just as good.
Well…they were not disappointed, following the long drive from Telfer and an overnight stopover in Newman, Callan and Dan arrived in Jigalong early Tuesday morning to be greeted by Jigalong Community School staffs that were more than excited about the prospect of the kids participating in the great game.
With plenty of activity on at the school, twenty five high school students actively took part in the one hour clinic which involved activities which taught the basic skills of batting, bowling and fielding (particularly catching). Six separate activities were performed in the hour but none was more popular than the batting game ‘Rapid Fire’. Two innings were delivered and if it was not for time calling stumps on the session many more would have been played out.
Ngurra Kujungka staff was not only pleased by the response from the students but the Jigalong school teachers as well who indicated they learnt fresh activities to implement into their own classes.
With a one hundred percent success rate of cricket throughout the communities, it was Parnngurr’s turn to test their skills in cricket.
In arriving at the school first thing as the kids were also arriving, Dan and Callan set up their activities emulating what they delivered the day before in Jigalong. With a quite a large group and a broad range of age categories, a range of activities were modified to cater for all ages involved.
Like Jigalong, the kids from the Parnngurr community were fully engaged into the activities. What was an initially planned as a one hour program easily turned into an hour and a half with once again the kids right into ‘Rapid Fire’.
The involvement of Parnngurr and Jigalong continued the one hundred percent strike rate of cricket in the communities. A further visit by the WACA is certainly to be looked at and if not Ngurra Kujungka staff will plan to deliver to the remaining communities being – Parnpajinya, Punmu, Kunawaritji and Kiwirrkurra.