The group will be headlined by Kangaroo Island product Bridget Patterson, alongside fellow Statewide Super SA Scorpions, West End Redbacks and/or Adelaide Strikers Tahlia McGrath, Annie O’Neil, Cam Valente, Jake Weatherald, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Callum Ferguson and Alex Ross.
Kingscote Cricket Club will host the players and SACA staff, with a free Woolworths Cricket Blast clinic for local kids to be held from 4:30pm on Monday.
Kids will get the chance to get up close and personal with their cricketing heroes, while also learning some cricket skills, making friends and having fun.
SACA will put on a free barbecue following the clinic, before inviting parents to stay at the clubrooms for a ‘Cricket comes to KI’ evening, where they will be entertained by stories and a Q&A with players, while the club will also open the bar for the night.
Signed Statewide Super SA Scorpions, West End Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers memorabilia will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the Kangaroo Island Cricket Association.
SACA General Manager of Community Cricket Shane Bernhardt, said that players and the Community Cricket team jumped at the chance to do something meaningful for KI families.
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to visit Kangaroo Island following such a trying time for so many people and families.
“It’s true that cricket brings people together and we are very lucky at SACA to have such a powerful platform to be able to do something good.
“Our players and staff are giving up two days of their time, during such a busy period, to put smiles back on faces and we’re incredibly appreciative.”
SACA is also in the process of helping to replace cricket equipment lost by families and clubs.
Two visits to the Island have already occurred to deliver matting donated by Enfield Cricket Club and other equipment items to Western Districts Cricket Club, which was completely destroyed by fire.
This visit comes just days after a similar free clinic was held in Woodside to support the bushfire-ravaged community in the Adelaide Hills.
Parents are advised to register their children in advance for Monday’s Kangaroo Island clinic by visiting bit.ly/CricketBlastKI.
All kids that attend will receive a Woolworths Cricket Blast kit, which includes a bat, ball and a drink bottle.