Anecdotes – 19 January 2020

Sheep Station returns

The Sheep Station Cup this season has become a bit like Groundhog Day. We usually have 1 or 2 Teams doubling-up in a Grade and play each other twice during Competition Rounds. This year is setting new records.

Apart from having 3 x Teams in the same Grade (A2, C1 and D1), itself an Association and Club record – refer to photo of our 2 C1, Captains (Matt Schwartzel & Stu Fiedler) in C1 last round. This season, the A2 boys are in a 6 Team Comp so it comes around often. Get a load of this one:

  • A2 Red and Blue play each other 3 times
  • C1 Red and Blue x 2
  • D1 Red & Blue x 2

The fun starts when we look at how close the Competitions are. In A2, one point separates the Blues (Gunny) and the Reds (Andy’s) Team with the boys sitting in 2nd and 4th spots.

In D1, the Red’s (Diggers) are in 4th spot and the Blues (Rob) in 5th spot are also separated by 1 point. So this year we not only have a record 3 Teams but matches mean something as we head into the run for the Semi’s.

Drought breakers

Our own Craig Hutchinson (2nd right in photo) was the Coach of our U15s who went to Armidale for the Walter Taylor Cup – an annual invitation Carnival against Rep standard Country Teams during the 1st week of January. With the Tamworth (U14s) and Taree (U16s) Carnivals cancelled due to drought and bush fires, this one went ahead. Enter Hutchy and the boys. The first game was washed out and the 2nd was rain affected.

All this in an environment where leading up to the Carnival 6 of the 7 turf wickets were withdrawn from use due to water restrictions and the main Showground oval was only available for the Final because of a water donation from a cricket fan.

Good to see Hutchy now back in Sydney and the rain has been brought with him.

A good news story to finish off. Apart from bringing rain, our Team, Manager, Julie Morris took on the running of the Pink Stumps Day fundraising for the Carnival and raised $2,660 for the McGrath Foundation – a fantastic effort.

 

Above and beyond

Josh Banner (A1) is becoming a bit of an Iron-Man. Josh is working in Roads Infrastructure and part of the training program is that he does the night shift on major Road work for around 6 months. JB works overnight and finishes at 6.30 am. On Saturday’s he then gets home and has a quick rest and then off to his A1 Grade game to w/k and bat in the middle order. Fortunately, this shift finishes in March but for most of the season, JB has backed up for all but 2 games  and not a word of complaint.

Slug-fest

It good to sit back and watch the elite players in our Club slug it out to be the best. In a previous update, there was a tight contest for our best bowler and with daylight the nearest to Andrew Morris in the batting. A real contest is building across all areas:

Bowling

  • Rowan Dickinson (C3) with 24 wickets @ 9.75, and
  • Amit Sen (C2) – 23 wickets @ 11.39

Batting

  • Andrew Morris (A2) with 449 runs @ 56.13, and
  • Alastair Fullerton (D1 Blue) – 437 runs @ 72.83 (pictured)

Champion Player

  • Alastair Fullerton – 81.7 points
  • Andrew Morris – 79.9 points

With 4 Rounds left before the Semi’s the race is on.

What next

Just think about the last 3 weeks. We have had games affected by extreme heat, games called off due to smoke and this weekend most games rained off. Add to this the Country Carnivals for the U14s and U16s cancelled due to drought, the question is what is next. Maybe something different, a blue sky and yellow sun?

Good luck, Greg

As a Club, we pass on our very best wishes to Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page who is recovering from a heart attack on Friday night – here

Greg was in a Wiggles Reunion at Castle Hill RSL for a Bush Fire fund raising.

Our D1 players play against Greg who opens the bowling for Glenorie. Apart from being a very good player, he is one of the nicest players around. The accompanying photo was taken in a recent game against our D1 Blues, with Greg only too happy to have his photo taken with Tommy, Reyhan, Greg Page, Aden and Alastair.

Get well soon Greg.

 

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