How the fabled fantasy village game was born
By Nick O’Donnell The story of the game village in Wicket, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is told in this new book by a local resident.
A native of Wicket and a student at the University of Sydney, the author is now working to raise funds to help him write the book.
‘It’s a bit of a big story, it’s an adventure story, a story about the natural world, and I think I’m the first person to do that book, so I’m hoping people will get involved and get to know the characters,’ Mr O’Donovan said.
‘The story I tell is about the game itself, but I also have a sense of humour, and there’s a lot of laughs.’
There’s a game called Wicket – it’s a village game.
It’s been around since the late 1700s and it’s just a really simple game where you’re not allowed to move any part of the village.
You just have to pick up the ball, and then when you put it down you’re on the move again.’
And the more you play it, the more the village gets bigger and the more people are allowed to live there.’
The story began in 1894 when a local farmer named John O’Doherty built a game village at the beach in Wickets.
It became known as Wicket Village, after a local village near Wicket where a famous Welsh musician was a member of the Royal Welsh Regiment.’
We used to have a Welsh-themed pub and I used to play a lot with the locals,’ Mr Ewok said.’
I’m sure I was playing the game all day long, but it was a real big deal then.’
Mr O’Dowles story was told in the book by Wicket village resident and author John Odean.
He is one of the most famous local storytellers in Australia, and a regular contributor to local newspaper The Daily Telegraph.’
When I was a teenager I used it as a way of learning about the history of the town and how things were going in the community,’ Mr Elton said.
“It was the main source of information for me as a teenager and it has a special place in my heart because it is my village and I’m a resident of the community.”
I thought the game was so fun, so we’d get to play around a bit and then I’d think ‘what’s the best thing I could do to do it?”
But I was fascinated by the story, so what I started to do was write it.’
It was a lot more of a challenge than I expected and I guess that’s the thing about writing stories: you always have to be a little bit of an optimist.”
We’d go to the beach, the surf would be great, the waves would be huge, and the game would be a fantastic time to relax, have a bit on the side and play games and just hang out with other people.’
But then there would be one day when the waves wouldn’t be there, and we’d all go to bed.’
Wicket Village has a long history of its own, with a long-standing relationship with local authorities.
It is currently run by a community committee and a small number of residents run the game’s main tourist attraction, the Wicket Hotel.’
The Wicket is the largest tourist attraction in Woosborough and it is very popular with locals, so it has always been important to the Wickets community,’ said Mr Odeans father, John Odonan.’
They’ve had the Wortson Hotel since 1894 and they are the longest running tourist attraction at the Wailsons beach.’
If you’re going to be at the game you need to be around the Wainsford Hotel.”
When the locals were playing the Wollsons the game is usually pretty crowded.’
In my book I’m going to put in a little information about the Wettsons famous pub and what it is all about.’
You can also find a number of pubs in the Woksons area.’
Wettsons pub has become a popular spot for people to get a pint, a shot or two, and have a good chat.’
As a result it’s become a really popular spot in the town.’
Most people think that Wettson has become the home of the Wandsworth Club – but it’s actually the Wellsons pub that has become home to many of the local people.
‘They have been regulars here for decades.’
My favourite part about it is that the locals get together at the pub for the whole week to play games.’
This is the way that Wickets is run and we try and be as involved as possible with the game.’
On Saturdays we host the annual Wickets Festival and people come from all over the world to play the game with us.’