Ricky Ponting Could Have Been a Lacrosse Player

Ex-Australian Cricket captain Ricky Ponting pictured here as a lacrosse player.
Ex-Australian Cricket captain Ricky Ponting pictured here as a lacrosse player.  

In this article from David Beniuk (AAP), it is revealed that Ricky has a family lacrosse history:

"Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist will captain rival teams in a celebrity testimonial match for the former Australian skipper.

Ponting will pull on the pads one last time on January 30 for the charity Twenty20 match in his hometown Launceston along with Gilchrist, Justin Langer, Ian Healy and Andrew Symonds.

Shane Warne won't play but Ponting is talking to part-time Tasmanian AFL clubs Hawthorn and North Melbourne and local product Jack Riewoldt.

"Shane at this stage is unavailable to play but I'm sure he'll do something to add to the night in some way, shape or form," Ponting's manager James Henderson told reporters.

Tasmanian boxer Daniel Geale has also committed to some form of involvement in the Aurora Stadium event, while several big-name musicians and media celebrities are being approached.

"There's a number of other high profile Australian cricketers who are trying to move schedules and we would be hoping to announce more names in the coming week or two," Henderson said.

Organisers are hoping for a crowd of 15,000 and proceeds will go to the Ricky Ponting Foundation, which supports children with cancer.

The game will be billed as the Biggest, Biggest Game of Cricket to fit with a campaign the foundation already runs and children will be invited to organise their own games on the ground before the match.

Launceston has found itself in the spotlight as a producer of quality cricketers following the selection of locals George Bailey and James Faulkner in Australia's squad for the first Ashes Test.

Aurora, with its new drop-in pitch and upgraded lights, has been eyeing Bellerive's monopoly on big game fixtures in the state.

"It's great that (Ponting) can play on this ground," Henderson said.

"Obviously he grew up just next door, he spent so much of his days at (club ground) Invermay Park.

"To come actually onto a ground where he watched lots of footy games, his mother played lacrosse here, he's really excited."

Ponting, who grew up in the working class suburb of Mowbray, will also be presented with the keys to the city by Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten."

Originally published in The West Australian, Dec 2nd 2013

 

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