Cricket associations join forces

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 24-Nov-2017

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The clash between Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat will be a White Ribbon showcase game.
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THE Bendigo District and Emu Valley cricket associations are joining forces with police to stamp out domestic violence.

In a rare alignment of the two associations, this weekend will see players in A-grade and division one games across the two leagues take a pledge in support of White Ribbon Day.

The day is held on November 25 each year and the recognition from the BDCA and EVCA will become an annual event.

Sergeant Margaret Singe will be at the BDCA match between Kangaroo Flat and Eaglehawk at the QEO to make a presentation to both captains, before heading to the EVCA clash between West Bendigo and United.

She said the initiative wasn’t just to eradicate domestic violence simply among players.

“The message is that even if it isn’t them, they can report it, that it shouldn’t be tolerated by you or anyone,” she said.

BDCA president Wayne Walsh and EVCA president Ron Gray were also big supporters of the idea.

The BDCA went to local organisation Sports Focus in a bid to show their support for the cause, and when asked the question Gray said it was simply common sense to get involved.

“I think it is great, where we can get together and try to make a bit of a difference I think we should,” he said.

“Between the two associations we have got hundreds of players, so if it gets the message out to players and their families and we can make a difference that way we’ll have done our job.”

Each player and umpire on the day will be wearing a white ribbon to show their support for the cause along with a white band that will be added to the stumps at each game. 

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