Grow­ers part of cricket his­tory

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Aus­tralia’s wool in­dus­try is putting its shoul­der be­hind Aus­tralian cricket as part of a Flock to Baggy Green project.

The Wool­mark Com­pany, man­u­fac­turer Kook­aburra and Cricket Aus­tralia have joined forces for the project, which in­volves invit­ing wool grow­ers from across Aus­tralia to donate some of their wool for Aus­tralia’s iconic Baggy Green caps.

Wool­mark will col­lect do­nated wool from par­tic­i­pat­ing wool grow­ers and take it to Kook­aburra to cre­ate the caps worn by Aus­tralian men’s and women’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket teams dur­ing Test matches.

The idea has al­ready cap­tured the at­ten­tion of Wim­mera wool grow­ers who have had a strong link to cricket.

La­harum wool grower Mau­rice Dumesny, who spent a life­time ei­ther play­ing for or help­ing run La­harum Cricket Club, said the Flock to Baggy Green project was a tremen­dous idea.

“It’s a great way of get­ting more peo­ple to know about wool and as grow­ers it will be great for us to know we’ve helped cap Aus­tralian crick­eters,” he said.

Wool grow­ers can donate as lit­tle or as much raw wool as they wish, with ev­ery­one who do­nates wool to re­ceive a sam­ple of the fin­ished fab­ric as a me­mento of their con­tri­bu­tion.

Wool­grow­ers will also be given the op­por­tu­nity to share their own crick­et­ing sto­ries over the course of the project.

The project high­lights the process by which Kook­aburra trans­forms raw Aus­tralian wool into the ‘Baggy Green’.

It also show­cases the strong link be­tween cricket and the wool in­dus­try, a con­nec­tion that stretches back to be­fore the Fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralia and con­tin­ues to this day.

Cricket has long been at the heart of ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties through­out Aus­tralia, with many past and present Aus­tralian crick­eters hav­ing con­nec­tions to the wool in­dus­try and hail­ing from re­gional ar­eas.

Cricket Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive James Suther­land has wel­comed the Flock to Baggy Green project as an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the na­tional cricket cap and the con­nec­tion be­tween Aus­tralian cricket and Aus­tralian wool grow­ers.

“The Baggy Green is a proud sym­bol of Aus­tralian cricket, and it is won­der­ful to have a project that gives wool grow­ers the op­por­tu­nity to donate some of their wool and be able to trace it to the caps that will be worn by Aus­tralian crick­eters for years to come,” he said.

“The ini­tia­tive is also a re­minder of the strong link be­tween Aus­tralian cricket and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.”

Aus­tralian Wool In­no­va­tion is the par­ent com­pany of Wool­mark and chief ex­ec­u­tive Stu­art Mc­cul­lough is con­fi­dent wool grow­ers will sup­port the Flock to Baggy Green project

“What a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for wool grow­ers across Aus­tralia to sup­port our na­tional cricket,” he said.

“Cricket and wool have been closely linked for a long time, you can ac­tu­ally see a sheep on the Baggy Green if you look closely.”


Kook­aburra com­mu­ni­ca­tions head Shan­non Gill said Kook­aburra was hon­oured to be the maker of the Baggy Green for Aus­tralian teams, as well as caps for com­mu­nity clubs around Aus­tralia that help give ev­ery cricket team its iden­tity.

“As a proudly Aus­tralian com­pany we welcome the op­por­tu­nity to help fur­ther tell the story of what cricket means to the coun­try, from back­yard to Baggy Green,” he said.

Wool grow­ers have un­til March 30 to send a sam­ple of their wool, com­plete with their name, prop­erty, fi­bre di­am­e­ter, tele­phone num­ber and email ad­dress to: Flock to Baggy Green c/- AWI GPO Box 4177, Syd­ney NSW 2001. They can also visit web­site bag­gy­green for more in­for­ma­tion about how to get in­volved.

For the record, Mau­rice Dumesny, 62, played his first sea­son of cricket in the 1968-69 sea­son and last played in 2004-05 when he was 50.

In his 431 in­nings he made 7259 runs to be La­harum’s third-high­est run scorer be­hind Damien Bun­worth and Robert Queale. He had a high­est score of 102 not out and a ca­reer av­er­age of 19.41.

He took a club-record 220 catches and cap­tured 509 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 16.30 with best fig­ures of 8-32.

He is now re­lax­ing on the ten­nis court on Satur­day af­ter­noons and this year is re­flect­ing on out­stand­ing wool prices.

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