I love my cricket but the best things that happen in our team are off the field, says Colm McCaughan, a member of Sydney’s Papal Bulls cricket club. Source: Catholic Weekly.
I’ve played with the Papal Bulls cricket club as soon as I was old enough, at 16, as part of the NSW Church Cricket competition.
It’s an organisation of teams across greater Sydney that represent their local churches.
Founded in 1999 by brothers Anthony and Chris Gordon, the Papal Bulls started out as a Catholic cricket team representing St Michael’s Belfield. Since 2008 we’ve represented St Peter’s, Surry Hills.
We take our cricket seriously and last season was a very successful one for our team.
We get out there and arrive at the game keen and ready to play, but win or lose what we value the most is the camaraderie that we have formed over the seasons and years.
After each game we go to the local club and have a couple of beers. It’s the most important aspect of playing cricket with our club; having fun with your mates.
Playing together week after week, season after season, has helped us to form really close friendships. I’ve got brothers in the team, John, Cormac, Criostoir, and Finbar, and it’s certainly helped me to form deeper relationships with them than I probably would have otherwise.
A lot of us are committed Catholics and members of the parish. But not all of us are, which is part of the genius of our particular club.
Spirituality is an important aspect of what we do. St Peter’s parish priest, Fr Bill Milstead, comes along to support us at games and it’s a club tradition to pray before each one ‘for the glory of God and the honour of the Church’.
One of the guys is a seminarian in the Wagga diocese who comes up in his holidays during January. We’ve had numerous seminarians who are now priests play with us over time which helps to keep the spiritual side of things intact.
The whole cricket competition opens up friendships with people under the banner of the different churches; it unites us though a common interest in the sport.
It’s a great cricket team to belong to and we have lots of fun, but it’s also way of life that fosters healthy relationships and connection with God.
Schooners, sport, and the Holy Spirit – it’s not just cricket (The Catholic Weekly)