Supporting Community Cricket

North Balwyn ECA Dunstan Shield Premiers 2020

While COVID-19 continues to challenge us, North Balwyn Cricket Club (NBCC) says Toyota’s Good for Cricket program significantly helps clubs navigate the disruptions caused by this pandemic.

President of NBCC, Neil Dalrymple says they have been participating in the raffle for the past three years. “This year especially, it will be a very important part of our fundraising program as it is a very challenging season due to COVID-19.” NBCC is among many clubs across the country participating in the raffle. “That support helps keep community cricket clubs like ours going and enables us to provide a high standard of facilities and opportunities for anyone that wants to get into the game, whether that’s just for fun or to help develop for greater aspirations.

Community clubs are where careers in the sport are honed and we are proud to have Aussie test cricketer Rachael Haynes as someone who started here at North Balwyn playing under 12s.” Rachael highlighted the massive role clubs play in bringing people together. She said that one of the many challenges clubs face currently is finding new ways for members to stay connected during times of restrictions and creating a sense of purpose during extremely challenging times. The raffle helps clubs do all that and more. Combined with Good for Footy, the program has reached the $10 million milestone of funds raised since its inception in 2008. In that time, over 1500 clubs from both sports have benefitted from the program. “Clubs play an integral role in nurturing and developing players who then go on to play representative cricket and they are a big part of our identity”, Rachael said. “The combined program has been an extremely successful one and the contributions can’t be underestimated”.

Fifteen years ago NBCC welcomed Rachael as a player. “They made me feel part of the game and the club and that was really significant for me because it made me feel like I belonged. I have gone on to play international cricket, and I wouldn’t have done that without the contributions they made.” NBCC began back in 1927, initially nicknamed the “Red Robins” after the famous maroon cap. But in recent years the nickname has changed to the “North Balwyn Bulls”, after the main turf wicket located on the DS Bull oval at Macleay Park, North Balwyn.

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To support North Balwyn Crick Club you can purchase tickets for Toyota’s Good for Cricket raffle – drawn on 26 February – at toyotagoodforcricket.raffletix.com.au/nbccbulls?q=buy
First prize: 2019 Toyota RAV4 2WD Hybrid GX 2.5L 5D Wagon
Second prize: 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Ascent 2.5L Auto CVT Sedan
Third prize: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Ascent Sport 1.8L Auto CVT Hatch