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NEW CRICKETS NETS IN MEMORY OF BLAKE ‘TIGER’ McGRATH
A passionate young Jindabyne cricketer, whose life was tragically cut short, has been honoured today, with Member for Monaro John Barilaro joining Bill and Jo McGrath at the unveiling of new cricket nets, named after their late son Blake ‘Tiger’ McGrath.
Blake, his father Bill and older brother Chris all played for the Jindabyne Cricket Club in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s.
Mr Barilaro said it was only fitting the new nets, which will continue to help grow cricket in Jindabyne, have been named after such a passionate young sportsperson.
“I know Blake’s passion for cricket will inspire other young people to take up the rewarding game,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Over the past few years we’ve seen renewed interest in cricket in Jindabyne and that is largely thanks to Blake and his legacy.”
The new nets at John Connors Oval were made possible thanks to contributions from the local community and the NSW Government.
The NSW Government funded more than $14,000 dollars for the new nets, with Partell and Associates donating $17,000 and Southern Phones $5,000.
Simon Partell, from Partell and Associates, said the McGrath family have been long-time supporters of the Jindabyne Tigers Cricket Club, with the club even named in memory of Blake, who was nicknamed ‘Tiger’.
“The McGrath family have been an integral part of the cricket club for many years and it is a great way to honour a life that was cut too short. I hope that Blake’s memory lives on through this and encourages young cricketers to take up the sport.”
“We could not be any happier with how this project has turned out and would like to thank the NSW Government and Mr Barilaro for their support in this project, along with Southern Phones.”
The Jindabyne Tigers Cricket Club will host its first home game at John Connors Oval on Sunday.