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Sometimes, it's just too nice to be indoors ...
1538 kilometres north of Perth, Western Australia, is the town of Karratha. From October through to April, the average minimum temperature in Karratha is over 20 degrees Celsius, peaking to an average of over 26 degrees in January and February. Needless to say, the daytime maximum temperatures are significantly higher.
Now, as nice as air-conditioning can be, there's nothing quite like being outdoors (at night) in Karratha during the warmer months. Because of this, there are many outdoor sporting venues set up with lights in Karratha. Including an Indoor Cricket court!
The Tambrey Indoor Cricket Association of Karratha is therefore probably unique - they play Indoor Cricket outdoors.
The following is a brief history of the Tambrey Indoor Cricket Association of Karratha, prepared by Paul Barber. Photos also supplied by Paul.
Tambrey Indoor Cricket Association Karratha, Western Australia
Tambrey Indoor Cricket
started back in early 1997 when a group a people, consisting of five males
and a female got together and formed a committee. The intentions of the
committee was to have a non-profit organization. We then proceeded to
approach the Tambrey Centre (which is a Tavern complex, which also has
squash courts, tennis courts, a swimming pool, 3 small function rooms
and a nice large function room) which is owned by Woodside Energy Ltd,
but is run by a managing agent.
we knew what was required to get the association running (like a net and
additional lighting to make it brighter for small ball sports) we started
talks with both parties involved. The cost of getting a net and additional
lighting is not a cheap exercise. So with the support from the Tambrey
Centre, a business agreement was decided on, and it was decided that a
court hire fee was the best way of repaying the money. Once that was all
arranged we then had to organise insurance, cricket equipment and most
of all, players and teams. A nomination night was arranged and the response
we got in teams wanting to play cricket was huge.
Inaugural season started in May 1998 and is now nearing the end of the
year 2000 with about 250 members signed up. Since the start we have only
had three teams pull out, but their spot was quickly filled. This non-profit
organization would not have been possible with out the time and effort
by the committee and most of all the full support from the Tambrey Centre
- we can't thank them enough.
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