Movember match back for a good cause

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Beyond Blues captain Brad Malingre and Pro-State Warriors captain Simon Deegan with the 2016 Movember Cricket Match trophy.
Camera IconBeyond Blues captain Brad Malingre and Pro-State Warriors captain Simon Deegan with the 2016 Movember Cricket Match trophy. Credit: Brad Malingre

Moustaches have a proud history in Australian cricket and the Tom Price community will be doing its part to continue that legacy next weekend at the town’s fourth annual Community Movember Cricket Match.

The charity cricket match, hosted by the Tom Price Scorchers cricket club, will be held next Saturday on Clem Thompson Oval in a bid to raise money and awareness for men’s health.

The Beyond Blues and Pro-State Warriors will each field teams of 10 hirsute players in a Twenty20 format game, with anyone who takes the rules too seriously told to expect a fine.

On the sidelines, prizes, food vans, moustache-themed face-painting and live entertainment from local band Pilbara Blend will be on offer throughout the night.

Event co-coordinator and Scorchers treasurer Brad Malingre said the men’s health match had grown each year to become a one of the biggest on the Tom Price sporting calendar and a true community occasion.

He said it also provided a forum in which local people could come together to share their stories and “realise these issues are real”.

“In small towns like this, when someone’s affected by suicide or cancer, it’s sort of magnified because everyone knows everyone,” he said.

“I think by having these events, it highlights that there are people in town who are trying to raise awareness and money for it.”

“It gives people the courage to feel like they have the support to tell their story and take part.”

Organisers are aiming to raise $20,000 from the event, with about $6000 collected at time of print.

The Tom Price Community Movember Cricket Match starts at 5pm on Saturday, November 25.

Any community members can get involved as players by contacting organisers via the Facebook event page.

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