Sir Robert Menzies had an abiding passion for cricket and cricket is therefore a natural item in any Menzies remembrance program. The Menzies Foundation has therefore been involved in various cricket activities since its inception in 1979.
Menzies Memorial Trophy
Five Menzies Memorial Cricket Matches between Victoria and the England XI have been held and after each match the winning team was awarded the Menzies Memorial Trophy.
Designed by Stuart Devlin, the trophy is on display at the Australian Prime Ministers' Centre at Old Parliament House, Canberra. It depicts eleven cricketers in various aspects of the game. The trophy is provided for the Prime Minister’s XI matches.
PM’s XI Man-of-the-Match Medallion
In recognition of Sir Robert Menzies’ role in establishing the Prime Minister’s XI cricket matches in 1951, the Foundation has since 2005 provided a Stuart Devlin medallion for the man-of-the-match at the Prime Minister’s XI match. The medallion features eleven cricketers in various aspects of the game and is a replica of the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Cricket Trophy.
Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship for Cricket
As part of the Menzies Foundation’s 25th Anniversary celebrations in 2004, the Foundation joined with Cricket Australia to award a Sir Robert Menzies Scholarship for cricket. Mr Paul Sheahan, Council Member and a former Director of the Foundation, was the Foundation’s nominee on the Selection Panel.
The scholarship was awarded to a talented young athlete (male or female)
who had been selected for an Australian Institute of Sport Cricket Scholarship.
The Foundation also provided a medallion which was designed in 1979 by
Stuart Devlin. It depicts eleven cricketers in various aspects of the game.
Lisa made her Australian cricket debut in 2001, led New South Wales to the Women’s National League title in her first season as captain in 2005-06 and was appointed Australian Vice-Captain for the International series against India in February 2006.
Lisa assumed the role of Australian captain for three one-day international matches in the 2006 series against New Zealand following an injury to captain Karen Rolton, led the team with distinction to a 5-nil series win and was named Player of the Series.
Employed by Cricket New South Wales as High Performance Coach - Female
Programs, Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology
from the Sydney University.
Karen was an outstanding performer and all rounder for the Australian Southern Stars team, making her debut against New Zealand in 1994.
In 2006, Karen was appointed Captain of the Australian Team and was awarded the Australian International cricketer of the year for the fourth time in five years.
The inaugural scholarship was awarded to George Bailey,
a batsman and medium pace bowler from Tasmania.