Land and Coast Care
10. The Village Green
It is claimed that cricket in Tasmania started in this area, with regular games between convicts and free settlers, although Robert Knopwood recorded people playing 'crickett' in Hobart on December 26 in 1814.
Cricket became a passion, those on farms playing nearly every summer lunchtime. Backyard cricket, on a dirt pitch, with tennis balls and own rules gave plenty of practice. The Rokeby Cricket Club was formed on 1 October 1859, and was most successful in challenge competitions such as the Cameron Shield, but family teams also competed in local and interstate matches.
The women folk were the scorers, caterers and food transporters, shoe cleaners, knitters, and clothes preparers (saffron was used to give the cream colour). Having developed great expertise in the game and its rules, they often were included for practice matches.