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The Mackay Cricket and
Harrup Park Story: 1867 – Now

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Harrup Park’s links to Lord’s
“the home of cricket”

John Ewen (JE) Davidson played in Mackay’s first official cricket match, and was a member of Marylebone Cricket Club, that owns Lord’s. He was Foundation President of the MCA.

Henry Finch Hatton arrived in Mackay in 1872, his brother Harold arrived in 1875, and both were keen cricketers who joined the Mackay Cricket Club. Henry and Harold’s ancestor Edward Finch Hatton, the 8th Earl of Winchilsea, and two others had bought land that later became Lord’s.

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2007/2008 season

The Association took out a joint lease in partnership with Mackay Croquet Club and contributed maintenance of the croquet grounds.

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August 2009

Harrup hosted the Powers Education Open Tournament – limited over T20 games between cricketing youth from NSW, North Queensland and two Indian clubs.

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2010

A Federal and State Government joint grant of $2.8 million was utilised to further develop dressing rooms, toilets and cricket administration offices.

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2010

The Association took out a joint lease with Mackay Ladies Vigoro Association and contributed maintenance of their grounds. The Vigoro Association have made their grounds available for junior cricket since 1972.

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22 October 2011

The Ryobi Cup, featuring Queensland vs Tasmania, was played in front of a crowd of 2500.

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2011

Further grandstand additions

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19 August 2011

Harrup hosted a coaching clinic for junior cricketers by Queensland and Australian pace bowler Geoff Dymock.

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1 November 2011

Arabia comes to Harrup

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March 2011

Club awards recognition

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2013

Further Club renovations

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2014

AFL Feature match – Brisbane Lions played Sydney Swans

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October 2015

Queensland Bulls Masters T20 Country Challenge

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6-9 December 2015

Queensland Bulls played the NSW Blues in a Sheffield Shield game

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2015

The new function rooms extension is opened

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24 August – 4 September 2016

International A series games between Australia A, a National Performance Squad, India and South Africa

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6 March 2016

Brisbane Lions played St Kilda in the first of many NAB Challenge/JLT Series AFL preseason fixtures

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2016

The first of many successful Eat Streets was hosted

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26 February 2017

JLT Community Series game – Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon

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29 April 2018

The first of many annual CQ Emergency Services Days held at Harrup saw over 7000 people on the oval enjoying the displays and activities

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12-13 January 2018

WBBL attendance record broken

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17 February 2018

Pink Stumps Day raised over $23,000 for the McGrath Foundation, and it was the top fundraiser across Australia that year

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14 April 2018

NEAFLW game – Gold Coast Suns vs GWS Giants

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25 August 2018

The first ever Beer and BBQ Festival was a great success, with over 4500 attendees enjoying the boutique beers, food stalls, eating competitions and bands

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12 November 2018

150th anniversary of cricket in Mackay

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November 2018 – $4 million renovation

New outdoor casual dining and bar area, a redesign of the entry, gaming and reception, and new Australian flora and fauna inspired decor.

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2018

Mackay Cricket is named Queensland Cricket Association of the Year

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5-6 January 2019

WBBL double header weekend, featuring the Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades

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3 March 2019

Preseason AFL game – Gold Coast Suns vs Western Bulldogs

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May 2019

The Harrup Park Charitable Contributions Fund commenced

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23 June 2019

AFLW Gold Coast Suns vs Brisbane Lions

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16-17 August 2019

Harrup’s busy social scene

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October 2019

North and Central Queensland schools descended on Harrup for the northern conference finals of the Street Smarts T20 State Challenge

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September-October 2019

Harrup hosted two weeks of games of the Australian Under 17s cricket championships

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2019

Naming the Terry Hayes Grandstand

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2-3 November 2019

WBBL Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers

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November 2019

13-15 years Queensland State Schoolgirls championships

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December 2019

8 teams from across Queensland competed in the Bulls Masters Under 16 Youth Cup

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2019/2020

The Komatsu Womens Challenge Series commenced

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2019/2020

National Under 17s cricket championships

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6 March 2020

AFLW Gold Coast Suns vs Geelong Cats

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March-June 2020

Impacts of COVID on the club

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2020

More awards recognition

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May Long Weekend 2020

Harrup hosted its first GBRA T10 Bash for Cash

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While COVID cancelled or postponed a lot of the state and national carnivals across the 2022/2021 season, Harrup still hosted the NQ Alliance Open Male and Female, Under 21 and Under 18 Senior Carnivals as well as hosted 16 teams in December across the Under 12, 13 and 15 age groups of the Junior Northern Alliance Carnival.

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2021/2022 season

Harrup started and concluded the Cricket Australia “Summer of Cricket”

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13 February 2021

AFLW Gold Coast Suns vs Carlton Blues

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2-3 May 2021

Harrup hosted an inaugural T20 Bash for Cash, with $50,000 in sponsored prizemoney hotly contested by 10 teams in a COVID restricted competition.

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27 May 2021

The Reubens played a COVID-restricted numbers outdoor concert to 680 fans as part of their album tour.

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November 2021

Harrup hosted 9 WBBL matches between 6 teams over two weekends

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2021

Harrup won the Clubs Qld Support of Sport Award, for its continued support of female cricket in the Mackay region

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9 January 2022

AFLW Gold Coast Suns vs GWS Giants

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In 2021/2022, Harrup provided $6.5 million across all initiatives with direct community benefit for community groups, sport, local services and charities.

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27 August 2022

Legends on the Lawn came to Mackay, albeit postponed from May, featuring big names like Jimmy Barnes, The Living End, Jon Stevens and more

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17 September 2022

AFLW Gold Coast Suns vs St Kilda

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13-18 October 2022

WBBL Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers

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March 2023

Great Barrier Reef Arena community opening – Party in the Park

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May 2023

Great Barrier Reef Arena community opening – Legends on the Lawn

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August 2023

Introducing the GBR Rays

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September 2023

The start of a local T20 cricket competition

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October & November 2023

Cricket and AFLW take over the GBRA

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December 2023

Harrup now has more than 1,000 foundation members, over 24,000 members and 62 affiliated sporting, recreation and leisure clubs.

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“It is a proud role cricketers have played in fashioning Mackay into one of the finest Queensland regional cities.”