• From Captain Radar….

    Welcome back to a new Quokkas season. A great game to get us off and running for the new year, against one of our favourite oppositions The Curtin. (Their nickname is pretty gross, so I’ll leave it out)

    The Curtin had lost one of their longest standing members over the off season, so this game was played in remembrance of Owen.

    With a handful of new players, some of which look exactly the same as their old players, we got underway with a terrific showing with the bat. Dutcy and Alex got us off to a great start with 44 and 32 respectively, followed by Special with a 32 on debut, then some traditional lower order hitting from Ed (33) leading us to very competitive 210 (ish).
    With the ball the team was equally impressive. Although we did struggle to contain the runs a little, and did fall asleep for our traditional 3rd quarter fade out, we managed to take wickets regularly, and really never let them back into the game. Notable performances with the ball were Pup and Dutchy with 2 wickets a piece. With Dutchy also only going for 8 runs. We also held onto catches (3) but perhaps more importantly took wickets via bowled and stumped dismissals, which given our abilities with the ball in the air, is perhaps a good tactic for the future. All except for 3 of us (including me) took a wicket. Great job.
    Thanks to everyone for a good day, particularly the Curtin who are always a great bunch of people to spend a day at the cricket with, and to Jay who provided the keg. Also thanks to everyone else who chipped in with the catering. Made my day very easy.
    Looking forward to the rest of the season.
  • Match Facts:

    Cox Oval, Fairfield

     

    Time:

    1pm start

     

    The Big Picture:

    The Quokkas return from Bruny Island this week with a palpable sense of joy that can only come from a great game, played in the right spirit, in breathtaking surrounds.

     

    The size of the outfield on Bruny probably aided some of the breath being taken away, Im still recovering from walking from Point to Long On.

     

    The Rose is our opponent this week, a team that has taken on almost mystical status within Quokka HQ due to some of the epic battles in the past.

     

    This game will be a great opportunity to get back into Pub Cricket from the lofty standards set by the Penguins, and enjoy the freedom that comes from free hits and no LBWs.

     

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas started the season with an impressive win against The Curtin, scoring over 200 off their 25, defending it, and enabling a large number of our (bursting) squad to have a game.

     

    This was backed up with an 8 wicket loss against the Bruny Island Penguins, though a lack of experience playing “proper” cricket (as well as a lack of numbers) didn’t help our cause.

     

    Quokkas: WL

     

    In the Spotlight:

    Reigning B&F winner Alex comes into this game as Captain, with a solid 30 and a wicket already this season. In charge of the field and the votes, it will be interesting to see how he goes at backing up in taking the broken bat home 2 years in a row.

     

    Pete Sforcina is back in the side to provide some guile with the ball and it is entirely possible he may actually have a bat as well. Go Pete!

     

    Team News:

    Once again we are blessed for numbers, though with some shift-work allowance for this match. It is a Sunday after all. The XI, at the time of writing, is:

    1. Pete Sforcina
    2. VP
    3. Monty
    4. Mad Max (Ami)
    5. Local
    6. Radar
    7. Jay
    8. SPECIAL
    9. Alex (c)
    10. Pup
    11. Big Dog (part timer)
    12. Dutchy

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Cox Oval is certainly a favourite for rabbits and Dentists, such are the pot holes in the surface. Its also a nice ground for those that enjoy looking for balls in the bush, given the short boundaries and scrubby surrounds. Bring your long socks.

     

    It is expected to be overcast and 18 on Sunday, after a week of fairly solid rain, so the outfield could be slower than normal with a bit of swing on offer for Pete and the medium pacers. Coincidentally, that is also the name of my new barbershop quartet.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • With no fanfare, Dutchy became the first Quokka to pass 1,000 YPCA runs in the last game; blasting his way to 1,010 in total. This has included 96 fours and 45 sixes, a total of 65% of his runs coming from boundaries. Dutchy also finishes Not Out in 34% of his innings.
    • IF he makes the game, this will be the Big Dogs 80th outing for The Quokkas, while it will be the 35th YPCA match for Radar
    • Alex and Local are retirement scores away from bringing up 400 career runs each for The Quokkas, needing 29 and 27 runs respectively. The fans would tip Alex to get their sooner, given he is averaging 41.2 for his career with 47% of his innings being not out.

     

  • Match Facts:

    Alonnah,

    Bruny Island,

    Tasmania

     

    Time:

    11:30am

     

    The Big Picture:

    Ahhhhh…the tour match…the annual chance to spread the gospel of inclusive and fun cricket, needed so badly now in these grim days of sandpaper and ‘good blokes’.

     

    Indeed the current climate very much reminds me of a story told by Martin Flanagan, Australian writer, about a conversation he had with the Chaplain of the Western Bulldogs;

    Flanagan: “There’s no limit of goodness in the world”

    Chaplain: “I agree, it’s just not organised, and the other side is”.

     

    With this in mind, The Quokkas are preparing to take on a team from Flanagans home state; Tasmania. The team itself being the Bruny Island Penguins, a club that has one of the most idyllic places to call home that I have been lucky enough to grace on a cricket tour, or any tour to be accurate.

     

    For those unfamiliar with Bruny Island, Google it. For those with no patience for engines that search, observe the view from my balcony minutes ago:

    bruny

     

    But back to the game. This match provides us with an opportunity to make new friends and rekindle old ones, as well as enjoy the bounty that this beautiful island that lies off another beautiful island, that lies off our own island, has to offer.

     

    As an aside, I have been somewhat astounded at the number of times that:

    1. Ive been asked if Im from “The Mainland” (I am); or
    2. Called “Cobber”

     

    For context around the match, the genesis of this game springs from Local, who hails from the island amongst other places including; Ballarat, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Perth and the Carringbush. Christmas must involve a killer commute for him.

     

    Many thanks to him though, Captain for this game, for helping bring us to this wondrous spot and arguably the southern-most point that a Quokka match will ever be held.

     

    Many thanks to the Penguins for making it happen too!

     

    Form Guide:

    With only one game in the locker for the season, The Quokkas are looking pretty good.

     

    In that outing we managed 215 runs from 25 overs, which we were able to defend, bowling the other side out for 190-odd.

     

    That being said, the 14 players available for our last match against The Curtin are not as available here, so form may be extremely un-useful (a-useful? Dis-useful?).

     

    Also working against us are the inclusion of ‘real’ cricket rules including; LBW, wides, no balls and the like.

     

    Its just not cricket, or maybe it is.

     

    In the Spotlight:

    “More Steve”, the Tasmanian Tour specialist comes back into the Quokkas squad for his first game since Jays hedonistic intra-club match at the end of last season, or last recorded match since our tour of Launceston many moons ago.

     

    I’m not suggesting that he is the most naturally talented cricketer in his family (there are plenty of others to do that), but he is able to bowl medium pace off the mark with alarming accuracy, as well as play proper cricket shots.

     

    More Steve. Forever.

     

    Team News:

    Its been a tough gig getting a touring team together for this match, as it seems to be with every tour match, and we go into this one with only 9 available ahead of the game (unless Liam turns up on Saturday morning).

     

    Thankfully the Penguins have volunteered to provide us with a couple of players and Maxy and Sime are on standby, so we should be OK.

     

    The team, at the time of writing, is:

    1. Ed
    2. Big Dog
    3. Dutchy
    4. Rev
    5. Local (c)
    6. Will (Captain of the Royal Oak in Launceston)
    7. More Steve
    8. Wills mate
    9. Pup

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    After an earlier inspection of the ground, I can confirm it is the MCG realm in regards to size, if not catering. The boundaries are simply exhausting to comprehend, let alone traverse. Further, the pitch has both ‘stickiness’ and bounce.

     

    Thankfully, the Quokkas have the ultimate weapon for such conditions; The Big Dog.

     

    If only we had the fielders to support him.

     

    Saturday is expected to be a sunny day, top of 20, with a very cool breeze sweeping across the ground from the arctic.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • With his wicket from the last match, Pup moved to 5th in the all time wickets, taking them at a healthy 5 per over and an average of 14.91
    • Local has looked the good in the nets thus far, and has a good record while captaining, he has also scored 373 YPCA runs at 17.76 with 38 fours and 12 sixes – an impressive 60% of his runs coming from boundaries
    • This is the Quokkas second tour match to Tasmania. The first, like the tale of the giant Rat of Sumatra, is another story

   

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