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On a beautiful day for cricket at St Kilda’s picturesque Peanut Farm oval, the team from the Australian Writers’ Guild collaborated well to craft a win over the actors from the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, to claim back the Credit.

The writers set the high-scoring tone early, with opening pair John Pace and Shane O’Neill scoring off virtually every ball. Their 4 over partnership yielded 33 runs with just one wicket lost. Then new recruit Dan Connell went in and started playing some of the finest hook and pull shots I’ve seen in the 15 years I’ve been playing this match, ending up with 28 off his own bat.

Kate Hanley continued the onslaught with a series of mighty blows yielding 18, and the strong batting continued through the second half of the innings, with Tom Holloway’s 17 and Haydn Growden’s 15 being highlights.

Wickets were hard to come by for the actors as the writers picked the loose balls and judged their running well. But Casey Filips took a couple of ripper catches, and the actors also effected a few sharp run-outs.

Under the new scoring system where 5 runs was added to the bowling team for each wicket, we went to the lunch break with the writers on an imposing 173, with the actors set to start their innings on 30 thanks to the 6 wickets they took. Wickets went to Frank Magree, Claire Pickering and Rick Davies.

Thanks to Ruthi Hambling from the MEAA and the team from Media Super, we had a delicious barbie lunch of snags and miscellaneous veges and salad. Meanwhile, those who visited the male toilets during the lunch break were apparently treated to a couple indulging their senses in other ways. It really was the perfect afternoon for a bit of physical activity.

144 runs were always going to be tough to get, and the writers never really looked in serious trouble as wickets fell on a fairly regular basis upping the goal. Frank Magree hit some lusty blows to pick up 17, and Adam Hetherington crunched four big boundaries on his way to 23, but 13 wickets sealed the actors’ fate.

Best bowling came from Josh Samuels 2/12, John Pace 2/7, and David Koutsouridis, playing his first ever game of cricket, an extraordinary 2/2, with two run outs also occurring in his two overs – a net result of -18! Other wickets went to Kate Hanley, Shane O’Neill, Tom Holloway, Gerard McCulloch, and your correspondent. But the whole team deserve the Credit for working together as a unit.

The final scoreline was AWG 238, MEAA 172. And with those scores, we retire the long-suffering and now full scorebook, which contains all the results dating back to 1990. Suggestions for a suitable home are most welcome. A glass case at the MCG perhaps.

The 35-year-old Credit trophy is also due to undergo renovations to allow us to inscribe the recent victors.

With the last 6 years splitting 3 games apiece it’s fair to say the competition between the sides has never been tighter.

Well done everyone for giving their all in a match played in the true spirit of the game, and many thanks to MEAA skipper Andrew Gilbert for his tireless work in organising the match.

See you next year!

Cheers,
Warwick Holt
Captain, AWGCC

 

The AWG v MEAA cricket match took place on Sunday 26 February in the lovely St Kilda surrounds of the Peanut Farm, accompanied by the gentle sounds of Luna Park’s rollercoasters. Congratulations to all who participated, but especially to our writers!


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'All over Australia, all over the industry, all over the age groups, sexes, aspirations and wider politics, the industry is on a campaigning roll' #MakeItAustralian

Make It Australian - fire, passion and good humour | ScreenHub Australia https://t.co/oJOWPmrXFv #MakeItAustralian

Thank you to all those involved in the #MakeItAustralian Perth Launch. Photos by Bianca Kartawiria. https://t.co/xJaqYOQAg8

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Wonderful speech for #MakeItAustralian from Shareena Clanton at the Melbourne launch. https://t.co/tFYnZRZAIU

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Parliamentary film and TV inquiry’s report will focus on jobs and growth https://t.co/g3zTx2QthO

Gillian Armstrong and Marta Dusseldorp on @Lateline last night on the launch of the #MakeItAustralian campaign https://t.co/OgCCpawhAx

Gillian Armstrong: We have hundreds of film schools and drama schools and a lot [of graduates] are going straight to Hollywood #lateline

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Gillian Armstrong: "Do we want our kids only finding out about the senior prom and maple syrup on pancakes? #lateline

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Gillian Armstrong: "I wouldn't be here without government controls and government funding and neither would Nicole Kidman." #lateline

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Director Gillian Armstrong: "We need protection of our talent -- but also, our stories are out culture." #lateline

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International tv and film streaming services are growing, but We can't lose Australian stories told by Australians… https://t.co/Q9kT8cQwHl

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If we want to live in a country with our own screen drama, we're going to have to fight for it #MakeItAustralian https://t.co/S0wkXI0Pds

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"Nothing changes without a fight" words of wisdom from Gillian Armstrong #MakeItAustralian

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#makeitaustralian launch in Brisbane, supporting our stories on screen! https://t.co/a8Dtb2DEiL

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Seeing people that spoke like me was crucial growing up. As a film maker, I want to make stories for Australians.… https://t.co/jZUvm8hyZT

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Joining us tonight at the launch of the #MakeItAustralian campaign? Make sure you're up to date with the latest times and venues around the country: SYDNEY: 6pm, Event Cinemas George Street MELBOURNE: 3pm, ACMI PERTH: 4pm, Luna Cinemas, Oxford Street, Leederville ADELAIDE: 5pm, Media Resource Centre BRISBANE: 6pm, William Galloway Auditorium, QCU HOBART: 5.30pm, Fullers Bookshop

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Writers, performers, producers, directors and crew are joining forces to campaign for the future of the screen industry. The campaign will be launched on Monday 18 September at venues around the country. Join Australian Writers' Guild, Australian Directors' Guild, Screen Producers Australia and MEAA by registering yourself to attend the event near you. Events to be held across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth and Adelaide. #MakeItAustralian

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Entries for the 2018 NSW Premier's Literary Awards are open, including the 2018 Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting and the 2018 Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting. Entries close Friday 13 October 2017.

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Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department are calling for Indigenous screen content makers from around the country who are passionate about environmental issues to apply for a special factual initiative – State of Alarm. Previous screen credits are not essential, but applicants are required to submit a pitch video outlining their concept.

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Join us tomorrow night as we chat to one of the nations's best writers, Andrew Bovell. Andrew’s staggering body of work across film, theatre, and television, places him at the very pinnacle of our industry. Andrew is the critically acclaimed writer or co-writer of The Secret River, Lantana, Edge Of Darkness, The Book Of Revelation, Iris, Strictly Ballroom, and Who's Afraid of the Working Class? Andrew, in discussion with playwright and director Brett Cousins, will draw from his 30 years of writing experience, including his journey into the industry, his fight with crippling writers block, and advice on how to achieve excellence in your writing.

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Bus Stop Films and Write Night (AWG) are hosting a free event aiming to help screenwriters craft authentic characters with a disability, confidently. To have a diverse film and TV landscape we need to give writers the tools and confidence to write diverse and authentic stories! Join us for an illuminating keynote by the Guardian's film critic, Luke Buckmaster on the representation of disability in Australian Cinema, followed by a panel discussion with esteemed filmmakers Daniel Monks, Emily Dash, disability arts veteran Alison Richardson and Creative Director of Robot Army Ryan Chamley . Hosted by Genevieve Clay-Smith, Co-Founder of Bus Stop Films and 2015 NSW Young Australian of the year.

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Want to learn from the best? Come along Wednesday night and spend an evening with Andrew Bovell, 13 September, 6.45pm, at the Dan O’Connell. Andrew, in discussion with playwright and director Brett Cousins, will draw from his 30 years of writing experience, including his journey into the industry, his fight with crippling writers’ block, and advice on how to achieve excellence in your writing.

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Huddle against the darkness and gather around the fireside in one of Tasmania’s most historic (and haunted) hotels with three of Australia's most prominent genre writers (Vicki Madden, Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause) and listen to tales that promise to send a chill up your spine and heed ominous words about how to create terrifying tales and sinister stories of your own. You'll uncover the secrets of how and why genre premises live or die in the national and international film and TV industry as well as how to set and write scenes that wreak maximum tension. There will be sweat-inducing tales from the industry to share and then – if you dare – stay the night in one of Tasmania's oldest and most haunted pubs. This unique overnight experience will begin at 4pm (just before twilight) where introductions will be made, followed by a pub meal before retiring to an open fire in an historic convict pub. Next morning (if there is one) there will be one on one meetings with our ghoulish guests to discuss your own project. When: 4pm Saturday 14 October to midday Sunday 15 October 2017 Where: The Ross Hotel, 35 Church Street, Ross, Tasmania (approximately an hour south of Launceston and 1.5 hours north of Hobart) The Tasmanian Genre Writing Retreat is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Screen Tasmania

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We've got your Friday listening sorted! OzPod has 34 of the best, brightest and most innovative names in podcasting in Australia and from around the world presenting a full day of panels, presentations and workshops. Listen along on ABC Extra or through the ABC listen app. For updates follow @OzPodConference on Twitter or join the conversation using #OzPod2017.

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Only 8 hours left to register for the Tasmanian Gothic Short Script Challenge! Registered participants have just 48 hours to write an original horror script of 7 pages or less! The challenge is open to anyone, located anywhere in the world. This year again there are three prompts to be incorporated, making this a uniquely difficult competition that inspires highly original and idiosyncratic results! Registrations for the 2017 Tasmanian Gothic Short Script Challenge will close at 11 pm tonight (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

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