Cricket matches in Gawler honours Australians devastated by bushfires

Black armbands worn during two cricket matches will carry great significance for a young Gawler Central cricket captain for years to come.

Tyson Kerr, 15, last week led his under 17s team and opponents Gilbert Valley to wear black armbands and hold a moment's silence for those affected by the recent devastating bushfires.

The fast bowler explained how he was saddened by confronting television scenes of the fires, so initiated the sign of respect at the beginning of two Friday evening matches this month.

"It just melted my heart seeing fellow Australians losing their homes and loved ones in the devastating bushfires," he shared.

"And to the firefighters risking their lives...it has all been surreal," he added.

Tyson, with support from his coach Josh Lourens, messaged Gilbert Valley U17's captain, who wholeheartedly agreed with the decision.

Last Friday night the two teams joined on Gawler Oval before their 5pm match, each displaying armbands with heads bowed in silence.

"I have worn armbands before during football games, especially if some had died, so it felt like the right thing to do" he said.

Tyson, who heads into year 10 at Xavier College, was also full of praise for the opposition team.

"Full credit to the Gilbert Valley for showing great spirit and taking the time to come earlier to the match and be part of it," he said.

Tyson's thoughtful deed has left his mum Natalie Highett feeling "super proud".

"He's just an old soul and shows such great leadership," she added.

Meanwhile, the match between the teams continue this Friday night, January 17, at Gawler Oval from 5pm, with the cricketers continuing to honour bushfire victims and firefighters with armbands and a minute's silence.

The public is encouraged to head along to show their support and also enjoy the match.

The oval located off Nixon Terrace.