Crusaders Cricket Australia was established in 1977 by Ben Barnett (former Australian Cricketer), Swan Richards, David Richards and the late Ray Steele to provide the opportunity of playing the game of cricket. Crusaders is made up of multiple programs including the outright program which consists of up to 100 boys and girls aged 14-18 to play games in summer against schools, association teams, academies and cricket clubs. The Flashbacks program consists of cricketers aged 30+ who continue to take part in the game of cricket, playing matches across Melbourne. Crusaders also provides the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to willing cricketers to experience the game in other countries through mid year cricket tours to places such as Europe, UK, Asia, Sri Lanka and anywhere else on the planet. Crusaders has been developing cricketers for almost four decades, producing first-class, test cricketers and more importantly, great people.
The emblem of the Crusaders is of great significance, the background of navy blue portrays the past, sky blue represents the present and the gold represents the future. The stars represent each state and territory of Australia, the mythical bird (martlett) is believed to have been in existense all the way back to the 10th century. The oxford dictionary quotes the word "Crusade" as "a cause" and characterises the reason for the name, Crusaders.
Welcome to the Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy Community Bank!
We are delighted to welcome the Clifton Hill/ North Fitzroy Community Bank as one of our sponsors.
The Community Bank on Queens Parade in Clifton Hill has come on board in providing some valuable support for two of our Sudanese players travelling to England with the Crusaders next month in what will be a wonderful tour with plenty of highlights as is the norm with our tours.
We are most grateful for the encouragement and support provided by Michael Galante and Lee Chia and hope that this will be the start of a long and mutually beneficial partnership.
Vale John Goodman
Crusaders Cricket Australia would like to extend our sympathies to the Goodman family and Chipperfield-Clarendon CC on the passing of John. A dear friend to the Crusaders for many years and a great member of the cricketing community in Buckinghamshire. Below is the obituary from Ian Scholefield:
John scored for Chipperfield and Clarendon CC in the Thames Valley League for around 60 years. Buckinghamshire Minor County CC also enjoyed his services for a long period. He is was an Honorary Vice President and on the current Scorers Register for the Club Cricket Conference (CCC),
He also toured Australia on at least three occasions with the CCC, which is where he first came in contact with Crusaders Cricket Australia. We used him on eight of our UK and Europe tours as our prime scorer. This also resulted in him in taking up the pen also for Cricket Victoria on their youth tours to UK. He enjoyed about three seasons for Ashburton CC in Melbourne. Close relationships were developed with all of these Australian organisations.
John was well-known at MCC and Lords where he scored in a one-day international on one occasion. He also scored during September each year at the Lord’s number two oval. Amongst the many other clubs he performed the vital role were Royal Household CC and Sir Michael Parkinson’s XI.
Earlier in the 2019 season in UK he was still scoring on average 4 matches a week.
He revelled in keeping records of the games which he scored. I asked him back in May “What is your record of scoring games and centuries now? Have you kept a record of how many grounds that you have scored at.”
His response “I don't know how many games I have scored other than for Chipperfield where the number stands at about 1,800. Now up to 738 centuries, only one so far this season. Grounds are now at 502. Bucks CCC made a presentation to me on the 500th last year. I think if you look on the BCCC
website you might see a picture of me receiving my 500 cap.”
John pictured below with Swan Richards
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Congruatulations to Crusaders and former Victorian and Australian Cricketer Clint McKay on being appointed interim coach for Vanuatu. Clint will take charge of the team in the first stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup Challenge in Malaysia. We wish Clint the very best for this role.
Vale Bob Hawke
Vale The Hon RJ Hawke AC.
The Committee and Members of the Crusaders are saddened at the passing of former Prime Minister and Patron of the Crusaders The Hon R.J.Hawke AC.
Mr Hawke was a passionate supporter of cricket including The Crusaders and was instrumental in assisting Swan Richards with the introduction of the Crusaders v Politicians cricket matches in which he played whenever his time permitted.
In 1984,when Prime Minister Mr Hawke was also responsible for the reintroduction of the Prime Ministers XI match against touring cricket teams.
Our condolences go to his family on this sad occasion.
ABC Sport Video - Akat Mayoum
Insightful clip to view below:
Crusaders have always and will continue to help create a role beyond sport and more importantly, Sporting clubs across Australia often play a much greater role beyond sport. Helping migrants find acceptance and a sense of community.
That's been the case for Akat Mayoum, proud Crusader/Outright Graduate with a South Sudanese background who plays for Sunshine Heights Cricket Club in Victoria.
Partnership with Cricket Victoria
In more recent news, yesterday the Crusaders had Cricket Victoria and we can confirm that this season and beyond, Cricket Victoria are providing assistance for the MCG Crusader/Outright training, during the summer period they have confirmed a marquee game between Crusaders and Victorian Premier Cricket First XI under 21’s. Additional to this, scheduled games including 2-4 games vs Country under 21’s and VMCU under 21’s. Note, that dates for these for these games will be confirmed at a later date. This partnership
and program ensures that there is future in cricket for those aged between 18-22 and are no longer part of the pathways program.