WJ Cox Oval
Deepest darkest Peru
The Big Picture:
Much like every movie made in the 80s, the Quokkas are back again.
Unfortunately we haven’t been replaced by an all-female cast with cameos by the original team (with the affable Chris Hemsworth for a bit of light comedy relief), but will be seeing somewhere in the vicinity of 359 games of YPCA experience take the field.
This is the Quokkas 10th season in the YPCA, having started as some nervous drinkers trying to post 120 runs in 25 overs, we now start as seasoned drinkers who recycle the same jokes.
We are coming up against one of the new teams in the league, The Cherry Tree, who begin with the same promise and child-free existences as we did coming in. What a Dorian Gray moment this will be for them.
Its been a long and fruitful off-season for the Quokkas, moving from the Gasometer to the Empress Hotel. We’d like to thank the “Gaso” for having us and wish them all the best with their young-person music and such going forward.
Despite the move in pubs, the recruitment of new players has been quiet so far. What we haven’t gained in youth we’ve added to with experience. And injuries.
Again, Dorian Gray shit.
In the Spotlight:
Special had a brilliant debut season last summer, scoring 56 runs at 18 and taking 3 wickets at 23. His pace with the ball increased as his injuries dissipated and he has shown plenty of zip in the nets so far. If only he’d shut up.
A very solid XI is available at the time of writing, with the order to be confirmed by the Captain:
- Big Dog
- Radar (c)
- J Rod
Pitch and Conditions:
Cox Oval is one of the more exotic grounds in the YPCA, with bushland so dense on one side of it that it has its own moon.
A little tricky to find, it is at least a quiet and isolated spot with only the refreshing waves of the Eastern Freeway for company. That, and the Bunyips.
Stats and Trivia:
- This will be Radars 50th appearance for the Quokkas (37 x YPCA, 6 x BDNO, 4 x T20s*, 2 x VBCA games), putting him at 5th overall for games. He’s been a sensational player for the club for a long time, literally doing everything; batting, bowling and ‘keeping. Though not all at once. Well done mate.
- Radar only needs 15 more runs to make it to 500 for his career. With an average of 17, it could be a close-run thing. Only 4 other players have reached more than 500.
- Jay is 1 wicket away from 20 total YPCA wickets, only 7 others are ahead of him.
- Dutchy is 1 wicket away from 30 total YPCA scalps, with only the chosen two ahead of him