As a way to say “thanks” to the women in their lives who let them play cricket each Saturday and to raise funds for cancer research, the Medowie Yowies will host a Pink Stumps Day next weekend.
The Yowies are a new senior Medowie Cricket Club team, formed for the Newcastle City and Suburban Cricket Association’s 2017-2018 season.
It was early in the season that the D6 grade team knew they wanted to host a ladies day.
“We wanted to say thanks to our wives, daughters, mothers, anyone who lets us out on a Saturday to play cricket,” the team’s Tom MacKenzie said.
“The idea grew and we wanted to support families out there who have been or are affected by cancer so we registered with Pink Stumps Day.
“Pretty much everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. We’ll go out and have a bit of fun, but won’t forget there are people out there who are doing it tough.”
MacKenzie described the Yowies as a “good, social cricket team”.
The team is made up with 15 men who live and work in Nelson Bay, Maitland, Newcastle, Raymond Terrace and other towns in the area.
Medowie was a central location they could join together and play cricket each week.
For many of the team, it is their first time playing in a graded cricket competition and for the Medowie club.
Bronson Marshall had not played organised cricket since he was 11, but when he was asked to join the Yowies he was keen.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” he said.
As of Friday, the Yowies had won five of their 11 games and were sitting fourth on the D6 ladder.
The Yowies’ ladies and Pink Stumps Day will be held at Ferodale Oval, Medowie on Saturday, January 20.
It follows the 10th Pink Test at Sydney Cricket Ground at the beginning of January, where thousands of cricket lovers dressed in pink in memory of Jane McGrath, the wife of former Australian cricket fast bowler Glenn McGrath, who died from breast cancer in 2008.
Pink Stumps Day is an initiative of the McGrath Foundation, a breast cancer support and education charity. Money raised through Pink Stumps Day events goes back to the foundation, which place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia and increase breast health awareness.
All members of the Port Stephens community are invited to the Medowie Pink Stumps Day.
Play is scheduled for 1.30pm, but there will be activities at the clubhouse from 12.30pm. There will be bubbles and nibbles, a 100 club, raffle and buckets to collect money.
The Yowies will face Elliotts Lambton on January 20.
The predominantly father-son team are due to play their Pink Stumps Day match this weekend, and will wear their pink gear to the Medowie game.
Additionally, the Lambton team have invited the women near and dear to them to join in on the Medowie Pink Stumps Day.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Yowies’ fundraising efforts can do so on the Pink Stumps Day website by clicking here.