Blue Ball match starts

EMU Valley Cricket Association clubs Axe Creek and Maiden Gully will meet in the inaugural Blue Ball Day match from today to raise awareness of testicular cancer.

Blue Ball Foundation organisers Jamie Morgan and Mike Elliott have already attracted the attention of IGA and Cricket Victoria for the day.

“IGA is our major sponsor, donating $7500 through their community foundation,’’ Mr Morgan said. “This whole day would not be able to go ahead without the support of IGA.’’

Mr Morgan said the official EVCA match at Longlea Recreation Reserve would culminate with a Blue Ball Foundation Gala Function in the clubrooms at the end of play next Saturday.

“All four Axe Creek teams in division one, two, three and four will use blue stumps with white bails which are Blue Ball Foundation colours,’’ he said.

“The foundation is also donating 90 caps featuring the IGA and Blue Ball Foundation logos and 90 Blue Ball Foundation T-shirts to be presented to each player and umpires after the game is over.’’ 

He said Cricket Victoria had provided a Victorian Bushrangers signed bat for auction and expressed interest in building the Blue Ball Day into the future.

Mr Morgan said the Blue Ball Foundation Gala Function on December 1 would be a fitting end to the Blue Ball Day match.

“The gala function will start at 7pm with a $10 door entry which provides free barbecue dinner with salads, meatballs and desserts all provided. Drinks will be at bar prices and there will be a kids jumping castle for a family feel. Under 18s will get free entry,’’ Mr Morgan said.

‘’Father and son duo Cameron and Taylor Henderson from TV hit show Australia’s Got Talent are performing for us from 7pm until 7.45pm. Cameron, the father, came second on the show and released an album last year.

“Other special guests on the night will be young Melbourne comedians Anthony Jeannot and Dil Ruk, award-winning bush poet and funnyman Ken Jones, and local Bill McIllrath will tell his amazing story of survival against the odds beating advanced testicular cancer.’’ 

Mr Morgan said a silent auction of 12 sporting memorabilia items and raffles would raise money for the Blue Ball Foundation to donate Bendigo Health’s oncology department.

He said the Blue Ball Foundation thanked IGA, The Good Guys, Premix King, Bendigo Party Hire, Raw Ink, Bendigo Advertiser, 3BO and Keith Sutherland for supporting the Blue Ball Day match.

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