While Australia battles New Zealand for the Trans-Tasman Cup there is also intense rivalry taking place on a southside cricket pitch. Representatives from the mosques in the federal electorate of Moreton are taking on the mosques in Rankin.
“The inaugural match last year was an opportunity for the community to come together for a traditional Aussie day of sport,” said Graham Perrett MP, who plays in the Moreton XI.
Jim Chalmers MP said that his side was hoping to repeat their victory from last year, when the Rankin team won by just one run.
The teams are made up of members from a number of different mosques, including the Holland Park Mosque, the Kuraby Mosque and the Islamic Shia Council of Queensland’s Mosque at Underwood.
Mr Ali Kadri, Spokesperson of the Islamic Council of Queensland is a keen cricketer and said that “We are a sporting nation and this shows in our national teams outperforming many other nations in international competitions. Sport like many other things brings us closer to each other and this game is a small step towards that direction.”
“It is limited overs format and everyone is welcome and it’s a great way to promote harmony and celebrate our multiculturalism in a uniquely Australian way,” said Mr Perrett
“Coming together for a day of cricket is a great way to strengthen ties and improve understanding in our local communities.” Jim Chalmers said.
Cricket Queensland will provide the umpires and support for the match.
The Match starts at 10am at the St Laurence’s College Playing Field #4 at Nathan Road, Runcorn.
MONDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: SASHA MARIN (PERRETT) 0432 402 714
MITCHELL WATT (CHALMERS) 0427 532 705