Police and community battle for cup

Multicultural and indigenous community members and Shepparton police will battle it out for the Community Cup tomorrow.

Raising money for the Blue Ribbon Foundation, the cricket “bragging rights” event aims to improve social cohesion in the Greater Shepparton region.

This year’s match has been forced indoors because of bad weather, with participants set to battle it out at Major League Indoor Sports in McGill St, Shepparton.

Afghani Ethnic Council board member Abas Ali said he was looking forward to the competition after sitting out the past few years.

“I bat a little bit, I might even open,” he said. “We’re pretty lucky to live in Shepparton, this part of the world has a big mixture of different communities.”

The event concludes Cultural Diversity Week which has seen numerous events hosted around Shepparton.

Shepparton police multicultural liaison officer Senior Constable Matt Walker said he would select a combined team from the event to play against the Islamic Shia Council of Victoria.

“We’ll play down at Deer Park but those guys are pretty serious, so it’ll be quiet tough,” he said. The Competition starts at noon tomorrow with a range of children’s activities on offer.

“I would like to thank our two major sponsors, Cricket Victoria and Cardamone Real Estate, who helped make this event possible,’’ Sen Const Walker said.

“Everyone and anyone is encouraged to come on down for a day of fun.”


The Community Cup attracts participation from Shepparton’s migrant communities.

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