Cricket great Steve Waugh returns to the crease when he captains a team in Battle of the Smasher’s 2 at Drummoyne Oval on Sunday, 18 December 9am-6pm to raise funds for the Steve Waugh Foundation.

Steve will be joined by a host of celebrities such as singing sensation Guy Sebastian, NRL stars Robbie Farah, Chris Lawrence, Chris Heighington, Paul Gallen, Nathan Hindmarsh, NSW Origin coach Ricky Stuart, NRL boss David Gallop, league legends Paul Sironen, Brad Clyde, Hazem El Masri, football great Mark Bosnich and Daniel Smith from the Sydney Thunders – to name a few. Not to mention out very own local star ex-Wallaby and Palace Hotelier Bill Young.

The day will kick-start with champion NSW Breakers playing Queensland in cricket’s answer to State of Origin. This Twenty20 game features some of Australia’s best female cricketers including superstar Elyse Perry.  Following this Steve Waugh’s Warriors will take on the Canada Bay Exiles.

City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said: “We are really excited to be having this great charity cricket event return as Battle of the Smashers 2 and supporting such a worthwhile charity which helps provide children suffering from rare diseases with a fighting chance and somewhere to turn. The support they provide to these children and their families is life changing.”

Not dissimilar to last years event, the teams will play for the Archie Jackson Cup named after the famous Balmain cricketer who entered cricket’s history book as the nation’s youngest player to score a century on his Test debut when at age 19, he scored 164 in the infamous Bodyline Ashes series of 1928-29. Sadly, he contracted tuberculosis and died aged 23. The trophy is played in his memory.

There will be plenty of activities on the day to entertain the whole family such as a native animal farm, face painting, autograph booths, Free Sydney Cricket Club coaching clinic, Santa and more.

There will be lots of activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy including: native animal farm, face painting, autograph booths, a free Sydney Cricket Club coaching clinic, and of course what will be a much anticipated visit from Santa.

Admission is by gold coin donation but remember all funds go to Steve Waugh Foundation, so please donate as much as possible to this worthy cause. There will be plenty of raffle prizes too.

For any further information about this event please contact Council on 9911 6555.


Team members get ready for Battle of the Smashers 2! (L-R) David Kelly (Sydney Cricket Club General Manager), Daniel Smith (Sydney Thunder), Mayor Angelo Tsirekas, Paul Sironen in pads (Balmain legend), Daniel Lane (Sports Editor) and Bill Young (ex Wallaby).

Steve Waugh’s Warriors XVI

Steve Waugh (c)               (Australian cricket great)

Ricky Stuart (vc)                (NSW Origin coach)

Austin Waugh                    (Sutherland junior cricket rep)

Guy Sebastian                    (Top-of-the-chart singer)

Paul Gallen                          (Cronulla Sharks)

Nathan Hindmarsh          (Parramatta Eels)

Michael Crocker               (South Sydney)

Brad Clyde                          (Canberra Raiders great)

Anthony Minichiello       (Sydney Roosters)

Tim Mannah                       (Parramatta Eels)

Johnny Mannah               (Cronulla Sharks)

Steve Mortimer                (Canterbury great)

Gavin Robertson              (ex-Test cricketer)

Bill Harrigan                        (NRL referees)

Troy Waters                       (Hall of Fame boxer)

David Kelly                          (Sydney Cricket Club)

Bill Woods                           (Channel 10)


Canada Bay Exiles XVI

Dominic Thornely   (c)    (Sydney Sixers)

Robbie Farah           (vc)    (Wests Tigers)

Chris Lawrence                 (Wests Tigers)

Chris Heighington            (Wests Tigers)

Todd Payten                      (Wests Tigers)

Aaron Woods                    (Wests Tigers)

Paul Sironen                       (Balmain legend)

Hazem El Masri                  (Bulldogs legend)

Daniel Mortimer                (Sydney Roosters)

David Gallop                        (NRL Chief Executive)

Bill Young                              (Wallabies)

Mark Bosnich                      (Socceroos)

Daniel Smith                       (Sydney Thunder)

Daniel Lane                          (The Sun-Herald)

Angelo Tsirekas                (Mayor of Canada Bay)

Neil Cadigan                       (Media)