Going in to bat for breast cancer

THE successful inaugural Bat4Boobs Pink Stumps Day, supporting the McGrath Foundation, was held at the New Town Oval on Valentine’s Day (Saturday 14 February).

More than 150 people attended when the New Town Cricket Club partnered with the McGrath Foundation through its National Pink Stumps Fundraising Campaign to raise funds to support the McGrath Breast Care nurses.

The event took place during a Women’s Premier League game between New Town and North Hobart – a repeat of the recent T20 grand final held in December last year.

Both teams showcased a line-up of star-studded current and former state and national players as well as underage representatives.

Bat4Boobs Pink Stumps Day organiser Peter DiVenuto said the game highlighted the growth of women’s cricket in Tasmania and nationally.

“It’s great to see the growth in young women taking on the sport of cricket,” organiser Peter DiVenuto said.

“The game encourages a healthy and active lifestyle.

“The strong team environment and mateship creates a wonderful support network for when difficult times arise – such as a family member or friend being diagnosed with cancer.”

Highlights from the match included New Town’s Rachel Priest scoring 47 not out, Amy Smith capturing three wickets for just 15 runs and captain Meg Phillps taking three wickets for 16.

The final outcome saw a win to New Town.

The lunch was held in stylish dome marquees that were donated by Salters Hire, with entertainment throughout the afternoon provided by MCs John X and the ABC’s Allison Costelloe.

Mr DiVenuto said more than $26,000 was raised for the McGrath Foundation, which funds 154 breast care nurses in communities around Australia.

“One in seven women in Australia will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85,” he said.

“It’s estimated 55 people every day receive a breast cancer diagnosis in Australia.

“We received great support from many Tasmanian businesses.”

Local Liberal Member for Clark and Attorney-General Elise Archer attended the event and said it was great to support a worthy cause and also support the wider promotion of women in sport.

“Off the field, the big winner of the day was the McGrath Foundation receiving over $25,000 from the event and the players played a major part in the success of the event,” she said.

“Our Government recognises local sporting clubs provide an important and valuable physical and social outlet for many members of our local community, and I am always happy to support their efforts.

“With State Government funding of $40,000, the New Town Cricket Club was able to improve the clubrooms in 2019.”

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