During the first week of the Christmas school holidays, 13 CHAC cricketers boarded a plane to Melbourne for the inaugural Cannon Hill Anglican College Cricket Tour. Three matches were planned for the week against Carey Baptist Grammar School, Melbourne Grammar and Wesley College. Unfortunately, due to record rainfall the previous few days, our first match against Carey Baptist College was cancelled. Instead, we made our way down to the MCG where we enjoyed the first session of play in a domestic Sheffield shield match, between Victoria and Western Australia. The rest of the day was spent exploring Melbourne’s CBD with our team mates and coaches.
Thankfully, on Wednesday we were given the all clear to play, and we faced a strong opponent in Melbourne Grammar, who played outstanding, patient cricket. The boys put up a strong fight, showing glimpses of the talent that exists in this team. Strong performances with bat and ball included Josh Wright (47 n.o. and 1/36 off 9 overs), Matthew Sparks (17 runs), Connor Molloy (2/30 off 5 overs and Noah Smith 1/6 off 6 overs). The following day, we played Wesley College at their picturesque St Kilda Road Campus. This day we bowled first, managing to bowl the opposition out, an effort the boys should be proud of. Batting in the afternoon, we weren’t able to chase the runs down, as we were bowled out short of the target, but showed significant improvement from the previous game. Once again there were many strong performances including Josh Wright (30 runs and 2/34 off 8 overs), Noah Smith (30 runs), and Connor Molloy (2/32 off 6 overs). A highlight of the day was the chance to meet former Australian fast bowler, Damien Fleming, who as a Wesley College parent and bowling coach, was nice enough to talk to a few of the boys and get some photos with the team.
The final day of the tour included an MCG and National Sports Museum tour. This was a phenomenal experience for us, as we looked back into the history of the MCG, and got to see many behind the scenes features of the stadium. After completion of the tour, the boys were lucky enough to spectate a pre-season Big Bash match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Melbourne Stars.
Shortly after, we found ourselves at the airport, waiting for our flight back to Brisbane. The tour had concluded, and we were all upset our time in Melbourne had finally come to an end. This was a remarkable experience for the 13 boys involved, as it was an amazing learning curve, not only about ourselves as cricketers, but ourselves as young men, as we held a large sense of independence on tour. The boys learned how to cook their own meals, wash their clothes, find their own way around town, and what it’s like to play cricket against Melbourne APS schools. This tour taught us many life skills, and the bonding and close friendships we created with one another is something that will remain with all of us into the future. We will look back on this experience as one of the most enjoyable weeks of our schooling lives.
Joshua Wright (Cricket Captain 2018)