• From Captain F1….

    W J Cox oval, an oval the size of a postage stamp and a pitch with a width not that forgiving. With the clouds around and the humidity about, it was perfect conditions to replicate Steve Harmison’s famous first ball of the Ashes. 

    The Nomads were going to host an amazing BBQ and due to this they were sent in to bat. We were gifted an orange ball which felt a lot harder than the traditional cricket balls we have played with. After discussions with the various Vice captains within the Quokkas (approximately 10 in total), we needed a different gameplan to tackle the strong batting side of the Nomads. One over spells was the tactic to be employed for our innings.

    The first 12 overs were not great. We leaked around 135 runs and we only managed two wickets during this time and their team have retired two of their batters. A few extra drinks during the break and we really turned up our fielding. Every player was backing up the throws and our bowlers were keeping the economy down. We managed to restrict them to 218 by the end of their innings!

    The pick of the bowlers was Pete ‘The Animal’ with 2/19 from 3 overs but all our bowlers really contributed in that second half of the Nomad’s innings.

    219 was definitely a score that could be chased down as long as we have batters in the shed. The field size was small so as long as we hit it in the gap, we should be able to score runs. The Nomads immediately set an aggressive field to try and create wicket chances. This didn’t work early as Radar was seeing it like a beach ball and scoring quickly. Ed was just on the opposite end and focusing on a well built innings. However, soon as Radar was eyeing off retirement, the Nomads pulled off a miracle catch to dismiss Radar for 28 from 13. Alex was next in and he and Ed put on a 20 run partnership before Ed was  caught and bowled for 15 from 16. Alex kept at the same attacking gear and putting away each delivery for 4, unfortunately he was bowled for 21 from 9.

    By the end of the 12th over, were were below par at 4/111 as Dutchy had performed the Quokka BBQ of burning Prez. To redeem himself, he top edged a bowl near his temple and re-energised his innings to retire at 38 from 20. We had an attacking cameo from Hendo which unfortunately ended when he perfectly picked the fielder at deep square leg, ending his innings at 20 from 10.


    Our innings was at 8/171 in the 21st over. 48 runs needed from 4 overs. The Animal and myself trying to work out what we need to do with the comfort that Dutchy is in the sheds. The Animal was in charge of rotating the strike which he did cleverly and my job was to just get bat on ball, which all 10 VCs kept reminding me. The final over required 16 from 6, The Animal and I already agreed just to hit out or get out as Dutchy could come back in and finish the job. 2 sixes and a couple of hard run 2s managed to finish the job for the Quokkas and we won with 2 balls to spare!

    A memorable game for the Quokkas!

    Radar and The Animal
    Cricket is very much the winner
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, January 29th 2023

    Cox Oval, amongst the gum trees,

    With lots of plum trees,

    A sheep or two,

    A kangaroo



    The Big Picture:

    After starting the season like the 2022 Melbourne Demons Mens team, The Quokkas seem to be following their lead by having something of a drop-off, losing fairly convincingly (again) to The Rainbow Hotel in their last game.

    The Rainbow were simply able to bowl in much better areas for a prolonged period, not letting the Quokka batters settle or score runs easily.  A great game and a good benchmark for where we can improve.

    One important area where we have made great improveents is the mid-innings barbecue, not spotted since pre-covid, but relaunched on the weekend with great success mainly thanks to the energy of Ray Jayner.  Nice one, Ray.

    Improvement in the middle will certainly be of great import this Sunday against The Nomads.  Traditionally contestants at the pointy end of the Big Day Not Out, they bring the sort of batting power that could result in several balls being lost into the wild scrub at Cox Oval, and possibly losing some of our players trying to retrieve said balls.

    Form Guide:

    As mentioned, The Quokkas have hit a mid-season dip after starting the Summer in the sort of form that requires SPF 50. 

    We take a settled squad into the game this week for some balanced heads and big hitting.

    In the Spotlight:

    This was quite remiss of me, but I missed the fact that last game was Eds 100th appearance for The Quokkas.  This has included 75 YPCA games, 10 Big Day Not Outs, 10 T20-type appearances, 3 VBCA games and 2 games in Sri Lanka.

    In the YPCA, Ed has scored 1,350 (second-most) runs at 36.49 with a high score of 58*.  This has included 108 fours and 37 sixes.

    He’s also bowled 170.2 overs for 58 wickets (a Quokka record) at 18.81, gong at a miserly 6.41 runs per over. Furthermore, he’s taken 32 catches and affected 5 run outs, giving him 37 dismissals – which is also the second most at the club.

    More than all of this though, he has been secretary of the league for the last 10 (?) years – making sure we all get on every week, sheltering us from the pain of herding the clowder that are the YPCA captains.

    Finally, he’s a great bloke and it’s genuinely been a privilege to spend time with him.  Thanks Eddie.

    Team News:

    A long weekend looms large on the horizon, so some desperate calls may need to be made before the weekend, but at this stage the team is:

    1. El Prez
    2. F1 (c)
    3. Jay
    4. Alex
    5. Radar
    6. Ed
    7. Dutchy
    8. Oscar
    9. Big Dave
    10. The Animal
    11. Hendo

    Pitch and Conditions:

    It’s no secret that Cox Oval is my least favourite ground in the YPCA, and probably in the great State of Victoria too.  Surrounded by nettles, wattles, Yowies, Yetis (and other unpleasantries) just beyond the very short boundaries.

    The pitch itself is wafer thin, which doesn’t help those of us that occasionally stray a little wide.

    It’s looking cloudy with a top of 25 on Sunday, so there could be a bit of swing in the air for the likes of Animal and Prez.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be The Animals 30th appearance for The Quokkas, here’s looking forward to the Wildman on the mysteriously powered bicycle terrorising batters for many more to come;
    • Oscar is only two runs off 100 for the season from only 3 digs.  Pretty rude really;
    • As announced by Slug, Dutchy got his 50th YPCA wicket in the last game, he’s averaging a wicket every 24.52 runs at 7.25 per over and 2.67 bounces before each delivery;
    • Radar was out after hitting his 1000th run in the last game, which was very considerate of him in regards to keeping things tight numerically.  His average has jumped to 25.64 this season from 22.64 at the end of last season – not easy to do;
    • Jay kicked the door in on the 40 wicket club last weekend (he’s up to 41), just in time to see Dutchy walk to the next-door club house.  Jay is averaging an insane 17.68 at 6.42 RPO;
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, January 15th

    Burnley Oval, Burnley



    The Big Picture:

    Welcome to 2023!  I read something the other day that said the theme of my year would be the song that was #1 on the charts when I turned 23, which turned out to be “wherever, whenever” by Shakira.  If you can trust anything in life, it’s the internet.

    That being said, with The Quokkas form so far this season, we will look to take our opposition on wherever and whenever – and often with success.

    This week sees us return to Burnley Oval to take on The Rainbow Hotel.  The corresponding fixture last year was played in fits and starts due to some pretty torrential weather, though ended with us neither fitting nor starting and being rolled by our old friends.

    The last time we managed to beat The Rainbow, our Token Fast Bowler (not Radar, Jay) was Captain, and so he is again.  Here’s hoping we ‘Dare (la la la)’ to take the game on and Jay helps us to ‘Did it again’.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas are in good form this Summer, possibly benefitting from the cooler weather on their (mostly) older bones, with 3 wins from 4 matches and the one loss possibly being due to incredible use of Crocs.

    With a mix of (again) older hands and some YOUTH being injected into the side (courtesy of The Empress), the camaraderie and spirit is certainly ‘Loco’.

    In the Spotlight:

    The Animal hosted a brilliant after-training session last Sunday, treating those in attendance to some of his home brews.  Absolutely delicious stuff – many thanks to the wild man on two wheels.

    On top of this, the long-haired one has scored 137 YPCA runs at 15.22 and taken 7 YPCA wickets at only 6.76 runs per over.

    Team News:

    The summer break has obviously invigorated a few bodies and we are well stocked ahead of Sunday.  The Squad (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Hendo
    2. Big Dave
    3. Ed
    4. Dutchy
    5. Alex
    6. Jay (c)
    7. Radar
    8. Fargo
    9. Animal
    10. Prez
    11. F1
    12. Fridge
    13. Rev

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Burnley Oval may be one of the more distant grounds that you have to travel to in the Pub League, but it’s certainly worth it.  The outfield almost always has grass with very little in the way of pot holes or dog shit.  The pitch itself isn’t too narrow, the toilets are almost always open and there are BBQ facilities available. 

    If only it wasn’t more than a 10 minute drive away…

    It’s going to be a scorcher on Saturday, but Sunday looks a lot more reasonable with a cool change coming in and a top of 23. Remember to slip, slop, slap and slide.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Ed is currently sitting on 58 career YPCA wickets (average of 18.66 at 6.43 runs per over), could the former off-spinner swing his way to being the first to 60 this weekend?
    • Radar has hit 983 YPCA runs and is well-placed to be the third to crack 1,000 this weekend, currently averaging 84 for the season)
    • Jay, 39 YPCA wickets (average 18.21, 6.4 rpo), is one away from joining the 40-club with Dutchy and I
    • This will be The President of King Islands 10th YPCA match for The Quokkas, she is averaging over a wicket a game and has become a most welcome member of the team
    • Shakira is accused of defrauding the Spanish government of 14.5 million euros through tax fraud


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