Writers plot convincing victory


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!

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!

A great incentive to get reading Aussie plays from @griffintheatre Griffin Theatre : Script Club 2017

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild
Primary2:56 - 25.5.2017

A great read on last year's Feature Film Original AWGIE Award winner Ali's Wedding, written by Andrew Knight and Osamah Sami, which you can catch at the Sydney Film Festival this June!

Hungry to write your next play but can't get going? Fresh out of ideas? Check out our 8-wk course with Hilary Bell:

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

Congratulations to everyone nominated for #stkildafilmfest. We're excited to be sponsoring the Best Screenplay Awar…

Showrunners Share the Worst Advice They've Gotten and Best Advice They Give

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

The interactive writing panel we did for the Australian Writers Guild (@AWG_1) in Sydney is up if you’re interested:

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

The Federal Government has today announced its review of Australian and Children’s Screen Content

How Leah Purcell went from C-average student to $140,000 prize-winning playwright

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

Diversity on stage: who's afraid of color-blind casting?

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

Congratulations to all AWG members who won and were shortlisted for the NSW Premiere's Literary Awards!

Congratulations to Shelley Birse on winning the 2017 Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting!

Congratulations to Leah Purcell on winning the 2017 Nick Enright Prize for playwriting!

Primary0:47 - 23.5.2017

A big congratulations to Guild members Leah Purcell and Shelley Birse on winning awards at last night's NSW Premiere's Literary Awards!

SUNSET STRIP – Love, family dysfunction & prosthetic breasts. On @griffintheatre 14 June – 1 July. Get tickets:…

Primary23:00 - 22.5.2017

Sydney friends make sure you check out AWG member Suzie Miller's upcoming play SUNSET STRIP at Griffin Theatre Company this June! The Uncertainty Principle & Griffin Independent present Suzie Miller’s SUNSET STRIP – a play about love, sisterhood and making the best of a shitty situation. 14 June – 1 July Griffin Theatre Company Info at:

The Drover’s Wife is the first play to win Book of the Year #NSW #PremiersLitAwards. Enjoy this thank you message b…

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

2017 Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting is shared by joint winner Down Under by @AbeForsythe (Riot Film Pty Ltd) #NSW #PremiersLitAwards

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

We chatted to @LallyKatz about #mtcMinnieLiraz, writing family and friends into plays and meeting Miley Cyrus.

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild

This week #GTCRice playwright Michele Lee is taking over the Grif-instagram from the rehearsal room!

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild
Primary1:34 - 22.5.2017

Part two airs tonight!

Primary0:51 - 22.5.2017

Primary0:48 - 22.5.2017

With text by AWG member Hilary Bell, SEVEN STORIES combines music, storytelling and film in a powerful world premiere that is at once visceral, engaging, funny and otherworldly. City Recital Hall, 3 June 7:30pm.

Primary0:20 - 22.5.2017

Congrats to our member Ben Young - his first feature will be available in selected cinemas in Syd, Melb and Hobart from June 1. We have some double passes to a preview screening in Sydney this wed at 7pm at Dendy Newtown! Email by COB today

Primary7:01 - 17.5.2017

WA: Come see the new office, meet the team and network with peers and the industry. 6pm, Thur, 1st June!

Congratulations @MireilleJuchau and Alana Valentine, awarded the 2017 Charles Perkins Centre Writers in Residence

Retweeted by Aus Writers' Guild
Primary0:18 - 16.5.2017

Congratulations to AWG member Stephen Irwin! Thank you Rae Johnston for the article

Primary6:00 - 15.5.2017

Primary4:33 - 15.5.2017

Primary23:32 - 14.5.2017

Part one of Oscar nominee and Guild member Luke Davies's story airs tonight. A remarkable story not to be missed! #AustralianStory

Primary3:39 - 12.5.2017

If you missed it in Sydney, here it is - our first Games and Interactive Event via podcast! Enjoy!

Primary13:25 - 10.5.2017

Congratulations Darlene!

Primary1:09 - 10.5.2017

'Ali's Wedding' last year's AWGIE winner in Feature Film - Original - by Andrew Knight and Osamah Sami - trailer has been released! Take a look.

Primary0:53 - 9.5.2017

Primary3:07 - 8.5.2017

#FairGoFairfax #SaveTheSMH

Primary1:15 - 8.5.2017

RSVP now as places are limited!

Primary3:15 - 3.5.2017

An interesting read. Thank you Screen Australia for publishing it.

Primary1:23 - 2.5.2017

Meet Louise Fox and Vicki Madden next week in Melbourne!

© Australian Writer's Guild 2017. All Rights Reserved.
ACN: 002 563 500

Level 4, 70 Pitt St, Sydney, NSW 2000
t: 02 9319 0339
f: 02 9223 8933