With the 2021 Western Australia State Election significantly ramping up, the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club has been extremely fortunate to work with both our local members and party candidates in trying to obtain crucial commitments that will significantly better our future and support all of our members.

West Aussies will be going to the polls on Saturday March 13th, with a chance to return Mark McGowan’s Labor Party for a second term or install a new Premier in Zak Kirkup and his WA Liberals. 

In the meantime, the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club has been extremely busy working with the candidates form both major parties – particularly surrounding our efforts regarding the John Connell Reserve Development Project.

For those unaware, the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club is currently situated in the State Electoral division of Jandakot – currently held by Yaz Mubarakai of the WA Labor Party. Yaz is an extremely popular figure down at the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club and alongside his son represents the Spartans on match days – often found playing in our Third Grade or One Day ‘E’ grade.

The Leeming Spartan Cricket Club will however be moving districts at the 2021 election following the rezoning of borders in the area, meaning we will now (as a Club) find ourselves in the division of Riverton, which is currently held by the retiring Liberal MP and former party leader Mike Nahan.

This is actually an extremely beneficial position for the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club because it means we have essentially four opportunities to work with our elected members and candidates to achieve the best outcome for our Spartans. 

The benefits of community sport are of course extremely well-known and the importance of clubs such as Leeming Spartan are integral towards creating lifelong memories and friendships, helping people with everything from their mental to physical health, and enables us all to come together and be part of something special.

Thus, the Committee have been working hard to seize the opportunity to work with our local politicians, and given community sport is right on the agenda of this year’s election, we have been extremely fortunate to receive several incredible commitments from the major parties – all of which we will detail in full in the coming days.

Whilst a lot of this pertains to the incredibly important developments proposed at John Connell Reserve – including obtaining a second oval and fixing our ageing change rooms to allow for female teams to represent the Club, we have also recently received an incredible commitment from the State Government if re-elected.

Specifically, this announcement pertains to $30,000.00 as announced by the WA Labor party recently for supplies and major equipment purchases for use by the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club.

Should we be fortunate enough to receive this funding, we intend to purchase a sightscreen for the first time which we will keep at the John Connell Reserve as well as a state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard that makes it easy for everyone to know the score. The scoreboard will be controlled from an iPad up at the clubhouse meaning it will always be up-to-date.

It is important to note that this is essentially an “appetiser” of sorts for the Club, and precedes a major announcement of funding towards the John Connell Development Project by both major parties.

The Leeming Spartan Cricket Club is delighted to have the support of our Labor Candidate for Riverton, Dr. Jags and his incredible commitment. You can read the announcement in full below.

Leeming Spartan Cricket Club will put Runs on the Board with WA Labor Funding Commitment
Friday, 22 January 2021

  • Dr Jags and WA Labor commit $30,000 to Leeming Spartans Cricket Club for a new electronic scoreboard and two new sight screens.
  • New sight screens to create a safer playing experience for batters.

Labor candidate for Riverton, Dr. Jags Krishnan, today announced a $30,000 funding commitment to the Leeming Spartans Cricket Club for a new electronic scoreboard and two new movable sight screens. 

The scoreboard and sight screens will be used by the senior men’s team, a planned senior women’s team, as well as both junior boys and girls teams.

The scoreboard will be a much-needed improvement for the growing club, with no current means to provide live score updates to players and spectators. The scoreboard will be linked to social media via the MyCricket app, enhancing player and spectator participation.

The new sight screens will provide increased safety to batters, allowing greater visibility of the ball as it’s being bowled, reducing the risk of being hit and injured by an unsighted ball.

Dr Jags has been working closely with the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club to better understand the needs of the club and its members.  

The scoreboard and sight screens are expected to be ready for the 2021/22 cricket season.

Comments attributed to Labor candidate for Riverton, Dr. Jags Krishnan:

  • “I am delighted to be able to support this great grassroots club with a new scoreboard and sight screens.
  • “They are a growing club with a strong and proud history in the Riverton electorate.
  • “With three First Grade premierships from four grand finals in the past 4 seasons, I hope this commitment from WA Labor will result in another trophy in the cabinet.”

Comments attributed to the Leeming Spartan Cricket Club:

  • “This commitment from Dr Jags means our club can finally purchase an electronic scoreboard and sight screens.
  • “Dr Jags has been an incredible advocate for our club since he’s been the Labor candidate for Riverton.
  • “He’s worked with us closely over the past several months and we know that when he makes a commitment, he’ll do all he can to follow through.”

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