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Sporting greats to be honoured at MCG

Dec 26, 2010

Shane Warne celebrates his hat-trick at the 1994 Boxing Day TestThe Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) today announced an expansion to the list of sporting statues placed around the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) precinct in partnership with Australia Post.

The Australia Post Avenue of Legends project will see a minimum of one statue per year for the next five years placed in Yarra Park, extending from the Gate 2 MCC members entrance up the avenue towards Wellington Parade.

Speaking at the official Boxing Day Test luncheon in the MCG’s Olympic Room today, MCC president David Meiklejohn also announced that the first statue in the series will feature Australian and Victorian cricketing legend Shane Warne

“It is appropriate that on Boxing Day – four years on from his last Test match at the MCG – we announce that the first statue in the Australia Post Avenue of Legends series will feature Shane Warne,” said Mr Meiklejohn.

“Shane’s playing record is unparalleled and he will sit comfortably alongside the 10 sporting greats already outside the MCG. 

The Bill Ponsford statue at the MCG.We are most grateful to Australia Post for supporting the sporting and cultural heritage of the MCG and surrounding precinct.”

Mr Louis Laumen, sculptor of the 10 statues already outside the MCG, has been engaged to sculpt the work. An unveiling of the Shane Warne statue is expected towards the end of 2011. 

"Australia Post has always been a great supporter of celebrating Australian achievement and our sporting heroes are so important to the fabric of Australian culture,” said Ahmed Fahour, Managing Director and CEO of Australia Post.

“The MCG truly is the people’s ground and we are proud to support the concept of the Avenue of Legends that people of all walks of life can enjoy for years to come."

The 10 statues already outside the MCG are cricketers Sir Donald Bradman, Keith Miller, Bill Ponsford and Dennis Lillee, Australian Rules footballers Ron Barassi, Leigh Matthews, Dick Reynolds and Haydn Bunton and athletes Shirley Strickland and Betty Cuthbert.

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Posted by: denrenix on 26/12/2010 10:09:30 PM

Is one of the seats at MCG a different colour to mark where a ball was once hit?

Posted by: Melbourne Cricket Ground on 26/12/2010 10:17:47 PM

There are two odd coloured seats, signifying the biggest recorded sixes at the MCG - one in the Great Southern Stand (hit by Simon O'Donnell) and the other in the MCC Members (hit by Peter King).

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