• Match Facts:

    Sunday, November 16

    White Flat Oval, Hickman and Moyle Street, Bakery Hill

    Start Time: 1pm

    The Big Picture

    With The Quokkas winning the first two games of the Summer, spirits are up and available numbers are high.  This game should change all of that back to normal programming.

    While Ballarat was once the richest city on earth, its fall back to earth hasn’t been without highlights, particularly as the producer of sporting excellence.

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    Normally being dropped by Melbourne and playing for GWS wouldn’t equate to sporting super-stardom, but this bloke is an exception

    As a result, The Quokkas go into this game expecting much the same result as that which they experienced on tour in Adelaide and Launceston.

    Similar to previous tour games, this match is a friendly, with no impact on league tables or rankings.  Any funds on the day will go towards local charities.

    The game is being played on turf, which will suit the long list of slower bowlers on the Quokkas list, it may well also suit the seamers from Seymours on Lydiard (SOL).

    Form Guide:

    Quokkas: WLLWW

    SOL: n/a

    In the Spotlight:

    Returning to his hometown, the destroyer behind the stumps (Curto) has been in sumptuous form.  Conservatively involved in 40% of all dismissals this season, the home-town boy has an opportunity to show how far he has come from the emotional kid with sausage roll arms that left the ‘Rat all those years ago.

    There are a few more familiar and new faces in the Squad this week, with the return of Mo for the first time since last season.  Everyones favourite bowler that wears his hat on top of his head is back this week for some push ups, accurate slower balls and boundary slogging (Mo has as many sixes as fours (5)).

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    I’m back and I’m excited

    Joining Curto and Mo will be Tulip, who hasn’t turned out for the Quokkas since their match against the Tramways way back in 2009/10.  “Tulio” swore off the game after suffering from heat stroke for the 3 days that followed it, though this may have more to do with him playing in black jeans, a black t shirt and black boots.

    Team News:

    Once again the Quokkas have an array of players available for this game, which should make the Sunday morning drop-outs less of a worry.

    Cat returns for another bat, though wont be bowling, which will open up space for a bowling only player.  Captain Local will make the hard call on Sunday morning.

    Quokkas XIII (probable):

    1. Dutchy
    2. Shane
    3. Cat (bat only)
    4. Chef
    5. Snipper
    6. Tuesday
    7. Big Dog
    8. Curto (w/k)
    9. Tulip
    10. Ed
    11. Local (c)
    12. Mo
    13. Rev

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Ballarat is experiencing a fairly regular spring, which means cool weather and a fair bit of rain.  There is every chance that the pitch will be a greentop & the fielders will be in long sleeves.

    Oh goody

    Oh goody

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Mo returns to the Quokkas for his 19th match, with as many fours as sixes (5), the only player to have this stat;
    • Ed will take full advantage of Emu’s absence & look to put daylight between them on the all-time wicket tally (Ed on 23, Emu on 21);
    • Dutchy (383 career runs) is aching to catch Ed (411) on the all-time runs list, so we could see some damage done to the Mallow Hotel

    Quotes:

    “You won’t find a fine leg up there. Maybe a short backward one.”

    – Local, on the locals

  • From Captain Radar…
    First game for a new season for the Quokkas saw regulars and some new faces playing for the team. Given that I had been away for the previous season, Rev gave me the honour [/took the risk] of handing me the captaincy for the day. Really I think that was just because I introduced the team to Snipper, who is the teams star recruit. The game was against The Terminus Hotel at the Alfred Crescent Ground.

    Batting first as it was a home game, the opening pair of Robbo and Local hit a couple of nice looking shots before unluckily going cheaply. This brought Snipper and myself to the crease. Snipper looked great and had hit 18 of 8 balls before I negated any favours of introducing him to the team by running him out.

    This brought Curto out to steady the innings before he eventually was removed for 9. Emu then came to the crease and proceeded to bat the way we are accustomed to; scoring 32 of not very many. Running wasn’t on the agenda as Emu was nursing some back issues. Clearly channelling Michael Clarke for the day. At some point during this onslaught I made my first retiring score which I am still pretty pleased about.

    This bought a short interlude to the hitting with Chef and debutante Don slowing the place until Ed came out to hit a Blistering 37.

    That's right, this guy

    That’s right, this guy

    Big Dog and Rev held down a couple of ends to see us close to the 25th over before both were dismissed with myself and Emu having one more brief and not very prosperous crack at the last couple of overs. In truth that was just down to myself not Emu being on strike. The Quokkas ended up with 8 for 180.

    Bowling at Alfred crescent is always a tough task with short boundries in every direction usually meaning that everyone has their fare share of boundaries hit off them. This game played out in that way also, but with some fairly unusual statistics for the Quokkas.

    Emu opened the bowling and continued his great game by taking 2 wickets in his first 2 overs giving us a great start. Snipper also took an early one before a few overs of hitting from The Terminus’ strongest performers with the bat.

    Ed eventually came on to take a couple of wickets and get the Quokkas back on track. Special mention has to be made of Curto’s great performance behind the stumps, with two stumpings and a couple of catches.

    Big Dog chipped in with a wicket, and Chef bowled a very economic spell with a maiden and 1 for 7. Don also bowled great after a shaky start. Finishing with the same figures as Chef. All this left the Terminus all  out with a total of 125.

    So back to unusual statistics. The quokkas being known for their ability (or lack there of) to catch a cricket ball took 6 catches. Including some tough outfield catches as well as a great slips catch from Emu. 6 catches. That’s almost more catches taken in one week than I’ve dropped over my entire career.

    Captain Radar

    Captain Radar

    All in all a great day, and the terminus were a great bunch of guys. Its great to be back in Quokkas colours!

  • It has been a long time since The Quokkas have won two matches in a row, so it was fitting in a way that they were made to wait out a long game against The Palace Hotel to continue their unbeaten start to the season.

    Journeying over the bridge to the dreaded South of the River, the Quokkas arrived at JL Murphy reserve and looked at the wicket in puzzlement; when did pub league games start being played on turf?

    With warm-ups in full swing, The Quokkas did a head count and found they managed to have 14 players available for the game, though no opposition, so a 7-a-side begun being discussed in earnest.

    The Players from The Palace did appear eventually, though it seemed they had already had their post-match celebrations such was their merriment and revelry.

    Captain of the Day, The Rev, let The Palace bat first under the impression that the match may be over quickly given the state of some of their players.  How wrong he was.

    How could this man be wrong?

    How could this man be wrong?

    Where he was right though, was opening the stanza with a quartet of slow-bowlers in one-over bursts (despite protestations from Emu).

    Opening up with The Big Dog and Ed, wickets were taken early while Dutchy kept the run rate down with his left-handed Chinamen; something else surely never seen in Pub Cricket & a welcome change from his traditional dog-leg swingers.

    Relenting to the cries from behind the wicket, The Rev brought on Snipper who bowled with accuracy and pace, though without wickets. The same went for the other seamers; Robbo, Local and Matt.

    It was left to the big Emu to break the wicket-drought, hitting the stumps with an in-swinging Yorker.  The voice from first slip is in delicious form already this season.

    A run out & a great catch from new boy Matt off the bowling of Ed, who must be getting confused by all the wickets he is getting from catches being held, saw The Palace at 5/60 at drinks.  A good score, particularly when considering the wicket was playing like a Barry White ballad: slow and low.

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    Ohhhhh yeah

    The post-drinks session was a real test for The Quokkas, Cade from The Palace was punishing the bowlers through the offside whenever given a chance.  The effects of the beer seemed to actually empower The Palace’s batsmen and the score ticked over to a daunting 140 by the end of the 25 (very long) overs.

    The Big Dog disappeared with Chef at innings break to find a working barbecue (many thanks to The Palace for availing their kitchen to us!) , requiring a quick restructure of the batting line up & depriving Cat of the chance to run out her partner. Again.

    A quick note on the lunches: really excellent work.  Prawns, BBQd dim sims, snags and a great salad.  Also, all the profits from the…donations (not beer sales) went to the Father Bob Foundation.

    Right…back to it:

    Cat and Matt walked out to bat looking every bit like proper cricketers, which actually brought about their downfall.  Playing proper shots against erratic bowling on a turner was not the place for Rolls-Royce cover drives, but Ford Fiesta nurdles around the corner.

    With the openers contributing a combined total of 1, The Big Dog was found and sent in at first drop with Radar soon to follow.  The ‘Dog put on a demonstration of Fiesta batting, nudging the ball everywhere apart from forward of the wicket, testing The Palace’s increasingly unsteady fielders.

    The man is an excitement machine.

    The man is an excitement machine.

    Radar was unluckily beaten by a straight delivery, bringing The Rev to the wicket who heeded the Big Dogs lesson & helped lay a foundation, taking The Quokkas to 3/56 at drinks.

    Thankfully The Rev didn’t stick around for any more foundation development after drinks, bringing a sequence of Dutchy, Curto and Ed to the crease, all of whom made runs in quick time & brought the required run rate back to a level more in tune with todays interest rates.

    The retirement of the Big Dog and the loss of Emu (not playing for his average) and Local for few runs suddenly put the chase in question, though the steady and powerful play of Snipper and Robbo (23 off 10) saw The Quokkas home.

    Many thanks must go to everyone at The Palace, particularly Mark Pratt, for putting the team together, helping with the barbecue, providing more beer when we ran out etc.

    Thanks also to the team at EcoEnergy Ventures, for providing a trophy for the game & the ground hire.

    Happy Days

    Happy Days

  • Match Facts

    Sunday, October 19, Alfred Crescent Start Time 1pm (AEST)

    Big Picture

    Another big summer of cricket commences this weekend for The Quokkas, who have had a much lower-key off season than in recent seasons.  They can only hope that this results in a better start than in recent times, the last two seasons commenced with big interstate losses in Tasmania (to The Royal Oak Hotel) and in South Australia (to The Heapsgood XI).

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    Happy Memories from South Australia

    The usual mix of retirements and disappearences have occurred in the off season, with some new and old faces returning too.  Of the new bunch, Snipper and Chef show real promise and even commitment, which will be handy given the packed schedule ahead.

    Of the familiar faces, Radars return from the USA is a real boon for the Quokkas, given he can open the batting and the bowling and is just a really good bloke in general.

    The schedule itself will see the Quokkas compete in (at least) 12 matches, including 4 non-YPCA games.

    In all, it’s a big season ahead and it kicks off this weekend against the YPCA new (and unknown) boys; The Terminus.

    Form Guide

    Quokkas: LLWLL

    The Terminus: n/a

    In the Spotlight

    Radar is Captain in this, his first game back in the mighty Maroon.  Unseen for a year while smashing ear drums and realities all over the USA, the bowler in tight denim has been right into pre-season; throwing down unplayable leggies, screaming seamers and destroying the odd car or two with the one that goes OVER the net.

    With the need for more players, especially younger ones, more dire than ever; Snipper is a welcome addition.  Unfairly, he seems able to bat, bowl and field.  AND his girlfriend bakes fresh scones.  It’s all a bit unfair really.

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    Snipper

    Team News

    The late mail is that The Phantom and Lonely unavailable due to parenting requirements.  We are hoping that Don (the Big Dogs mate) will be able to make it though and that “Is Don, is good”.

    Quokkas XI (probable):

    1. Robbo
    2. Local
    3. Snipper
    4. Radar (c)
    5. Big Dog
    6. Ed
    7. Rev
    8. Chef
    9. Emu
    10. Curto (w/k)
    11. Don

    Pitch and Conditions

    The last time the Quokkas graced Alfred Crescent local was the semi-finals of the Big Day Not Out in which The Phantoms bowling was pogo-d all over the neighbourhood.

    It’s also the ground where, under Radar’s captaincy (and Rowdy’s 87* off 23), the Quokkas hit over 260 runs in a 25-over match.  Aside from the memories of the run-fiesta, this ground is a favourite of the Maroon army due to its central location & for having a playground that small children can be locked in for hours.

    The lackadaisical streakers are always a treat too.

    Never with this result, though

    Never with this result, though

    Sunday is expected to be a dry 28 degrees, so similar to the run-fest of 2012, though without the Quiet man.

    Stats and Trivia

    • This will be The Big Dogs 33rd match for The Quokkas, quite fitting given his Irish accent;
    • Ed (366 runs) is marginally behind Dutchy (369) in regards to total runs, with the Dutchman out with Bread and Butter Pudding related illness, this is “Le Coqs” big chance to move to 2nd on the all-time runs list;
    • Radars statistics are quite binary: 12 matches, 11 innings, 112 runs, 11 fours and 1 six

    Quotes

    “The last time I played (baseball) at JL Murphy Reserve it ended in a bench clearing brawl and a member of the opposition subsequently being charged with assault. Any correlation between this event and my prior pitch decking the batter is purely coincidental”

    -Dutchy

  • The decline in the standard of international cricket became all to apparent during the recent Test between India and England/South Africa, when England demonstrated Quokka bowling at Test Level.

    Resident wicket-keeper / book-maker, Curto, was unavailable for comment.

     

    Test Level bowling

    Test Level bowling

  • And so another season of un-entertaining cricket for the Victorian (Labour in Vain) Quokkas was crowned with an entertaining evening of celebration in the manner only known as THE GOWNLOWS.

    Taking up residence in the Grace Darling Hotel, the second-oldest pub in Melbourne, in the very room in which the Collingwood Football Club was formed, the Quokkas celebrated their own recent season with a count of the votes given, match reports read and awards presented for outstanding efforts.

    Highlights of the season were also observed, including the $5,000 raised for charity (Kickstart for Kids and the McGrath Foundation), the match against the Victorian Blind Cricket Association and of course the match against The Pinnacle Hotel (our win!).

    Joe “Lonely” Miller-Norman ended up taking out the Best & Fairest Award on a count back, after initially polling the same number of votes as Pup, though receiving more 3 votes for the games he played in.

    Bad luck to Pup, though he has years to exact revenge.

    Bad luck also to Ed, who now has to listen to Lonely bang on about this win, as well as the “Mighty Teal“.

    Other winners for the evening included:

    • Most Runs AND Most Wickets: Ed
    • Best Player at the Big Day Not Out: Robbo
    • Worst Player at the Big Day Not Out: Phantom (also picked up the award for the most runs against in an over; 28)
    • The Sledgehammer Award for Sensitivity: J Rod
    • The Zoe Goss Award for being dismissed by a female: Emu
    • The J Rod Death Bowling Award: Curto (for being hit for 14 runs off 3 balls to lose the game with an over left)
    • The Bruce Reid Award for Batting: The Rev

    Thanks everyone for a great season, here’s looking to season 2014/15.

  • First before any captains report, let me just go through how I was bowled by a woman.

    With that explained, I must say I was disappointed to see the Royal Oak field some ring-ins from Malvern Valley take batting positions 2,3 and 4. However, with Robbo and Pup ringing bells, we were able to keep a run rate low. That was until Ed came onto bowl. He bowled a really good toppie, but the five other balls, well, I didn’t worry about my car, the hits went over into houses.
    One ring in retired, JRod came onto bowl a wicket maiden, Derby bowled tight then Joe bowled smoke, taking pegs on two occasions.
    We kept them to 66 until we found out Klutzy the Keeper dropped the ball on the helmet. Make that 71.
    The chase started in earnest, Cupsy and Robbo slamming it about.
    “Best hundred dollars I spent” was Robbo, not referring to a trip to Bangkok but to the 2″9′ Gray-Nicolls Powerbow. As a general rule, in cricket, if it hits a tree half way up, it’s a six.
    With two retirees, Emu went in, and in true BDNO form, went out cheaply. Curto and Ed came together and just when the equation got tight, Curto saw off a ring in and a new bowler came into the attack.  He was described by Curto as “what you could wish for” and Rev described him as the “worst bowler I have ever seen with perfect tennis ball bounce” or to explain better; Ed hit him for a leg side six! Curto’s innings was 1..646 and the semi final awaited.

    The semi final occurred after 17 hours of waiting. We were a little rusty and were pelted about the park. Robbo, Joe and Shotgun all felt the pain. After five tough Tramway wicket less overs, we batted with Joe and Dutchy opening up to hopefully get near a 150 that we would need. Some big hits came off but too often boundary riders cut off fours.
    Joe skyballed and Dutchy went, not after some lusty cut shots! Then Local Derby came in and played some of the most abstract shots available…for sixes! Meanwhile, Cupsy had Jekyll and Hyded into Alastair Cook in the last Ashes, series swotting, cursing and missing everything. Relief came in all three poles being disturbed. I was at the non-strikers end and as he heard the death rattle he looked at me with the “there goes the never been out record”
    I was in again and made maybe a dozen (reverse sweeps are so 2012) but made the error of driving and calling before it beat the bowler. He dragged it back and Pup was run out.
    Salvation was to come from Robbo with his Bow of Power, blasting an unbeaten 24. I happily sat up the other end watching slog sweeps and pull shots. Rev came in briefly with his new bat too, and from the thick edge for 2, he knew his purchase was special as well.

    As for the final 5 overs, let’s look at how the Tramways team saw it. They slapped us around in the first 5 overs and bowled tight to the Napier. They deserved a grand final. Surely, the Quokkas won’t let these guys make 69 of 5 overs? Emu and Pup went all out attacking with a ring field and slips and went for 7 and 8.
    Surely 54 off 3 overs won’t happen?
    Fresh from baby duties, the Phantom came on to bowl. Cupsy successfully showed why he is not a vice-captain by convincing me that Phantom could be the X Factor. Barefoot, he bowled 6 short pitched mediums that were pogoed. One nearly went over the house on Alfred Crescent. It hit the second floor guttering.  661646 equals 29. At one point the batsman walked off, only to be told he was on 19* so he returned to bat, hitting another 6, then walking off.

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    Screenshot of Alfred crescent oval, Alfred Crescent and newly damaged houses adjoining the oval – thanks again Quokkas!

     

     

    Returning to JRod, the death over king, Napier ploughed their way to finally tying with Tramways with one ball remaining. JRod bowled a decent enough OFF Stump ball, kissing the edge, Curto howled to his left and snatched it! Only for the ball to jar loose on landing because he has Mr.Burns arms. Napier were ecstatic, Tramways were gutted, musing an opinion about the Quokkas that many others had formed before.
    The real winner was the President of the league because the ar$eclown had no contingency in case of a tie.

    Overall, the finals summed up our season; batting is a feast or famine, bowling swings from very good to very poor and when switched on, fielding is awesome, but switched off, it is Tufnell-esque.

    Thanks to Rev and Ed for getting the show on the road and to all the guys for being upbeat even though with short games I couldn’t bat everyone as much as usual.

    As Cupsy said, nothing was better than watching the three ring ins for the Royal Oak with oversized bags trudge away first round losers wondering how the Quokkas rolled them.

  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we were all going direct to the Labour in Vain, we were all going direct the other way to the Prince Patrick, it was sunny, it was stormy, it was 25 degrees, it was 15 degrees, it was Ed’s six, it was Mo’s pushups, it was Canty’s chambray, it was Emu’s mohawk, it was Dutchy’s tanty, it was Curto’s lack of a mid on, it was pub cricket at its best, it was pub cricket at its worst.
    It begins, as it is with all things, with the Creator. The reason for being. The Reverend.
    And Curto.
    Their opening partnership looked strong. Curto shouted, Rev ran. Boundaries were hit, a platform was built. The sun was shining. All was well with the world.
    Ignoring all before him, The Rev focused on those he could not see, namely keeper and slip. Repeatedly he took forth the edge of his bat and cleft them in twain. This reverse attack tactic could never last long however, and soon a trademark ‘leave’ toed to first slip marked the end of his on-field contribution (14).
    Joined at the crease by the perfectly-coiffured Emu, the scoreboard ticked over nicely until Curto (15) fell foul of a full toss bringing the score to 46 for 2. Curto silently made note of this tactic for later in the day.
    It is heartening to see what the love of a good woman can do for a chap. Emu looked rejuvenated by promises of betrothal from Mademoiselle Mu and raced to 31 while Canty could only stand and admire.
    Gladys swung like the silver fox he is but could only manage 10. Phantom added a certain 27-year-old English medium pace bowler to his long list of English cricketing comparisons by not walking when the ball hit his elbow, but then tried to swat a straight one and left on 7.
    Meanwhile, Canty had his collar popped for the occasion however and had no intention of going anywhere, especially anywhere near the strikers end. He ensured the scorers rarely had to deviate from the binary system and was fittingly dismissed on 11.
    At 94 for 5 our early platform looked in jeopardy. Rowdy, on who’s Atlassian shoulders so many Quokkas innings had been propped up, put the pressure back on with some big hitting. Despite racing to 14, his ‘go big or go home’ strategy soon saw him home.
    Mo carried on where Rowdy left off and some muscular shots led some to question his relationship with the Essendon medical team. Newly married J-Rod, perhaps showing what too much love from a good woman can do, chipped a flaccid shot to mid off for 1.
    Big Dog started strong but the tempting waft from the barbeque proved too much as he departed on 3 from as many balls.
    With 8 men back in the shed and the score at 111 (which no doubt delighted Canty) it didn’t look good. What we needed was something out of left field and that was exactly what we got. Ed emerged from the toilets still clutching his little master and proceeded to slap it all over the place. Three fours and a six over cover prompting Platoon-like celebrations and talk of a book sequel.
    As Mo’s peptides ran low he headed back to the pavilion on 13, Emu returned to accompany Ed for the final 2 overs. Sensing a man looking after his average, The Prince Patrick brought the field in and kept Emu down to a few singles.
    With the Quokkas finishing on a competitive 149, it was time for Dutchy’s bicycle barbeque and Ed’s attempt at food poison with a $10 bag of snags.
    And so to the field… a freshly pepped Mo took the new ball and along with Rowdy & Dutchy gave the PP little opportunity to score. With the batsmen hungry for runs, the early introduction of Big Dog’s pastry treats was too much for one to bear, charging down the wicket leaving Gladys an easy stumping. 17 -1.
    Gladys was in on the action again in the next over with J-Rod attracting the edge and being thankful one of the few Quokka keepers able to take such tricky catches was behind the stumps. 26 – 2.
    Enter the PP captain and Ed’s muse, Jeremy. Emu’s decision to move Curto from cover to slip saw his first ball lobbed safely up to cover. Subsequent dropped catches by Dutchy & Ed (trying to attract the attentions of Man City scouts by bringing the ball down beautifully on his chest) meant opportunities to send their big hitter back early went begging.
    Always preferring to see wickets fall from his own bowling, Ed redeemed himself thanks to another stumping from Gladys. The cricket gods were clearly unhappy however, venting their displeasure with weather uglier than a Mortimer inseminated Tasmanian. Time for drinks.
    With the gods sated with cans of Melbourne Bitter and the smoke of exotic herbs, play soggily resumed with the PP on 71-3.
    Another 40 runs with no wickets meant the PP had 2 retirees, one enabled by square leg umpire Strawbs’ double vision, but Gladys’ catch from Big Dog meant the game was going to go down to the roach. Glady’s had now been involved in all 4 wickets, but kindly no-one mentioned the captain’s field set exclusively for catches in front of square.
    Clearly useful in a casino, Ed’s score updates informed all that the PP needed 14 of 12. Pressure on.
    Mo was feeling pressure of his own as he rang up his 1000th push up while Curto took what everyone assumed would be the second to last over. Let’s just hope any deliveries he’s involved in in the near future go rather more smoothly.
    Recalling his own dismissal he attempted a similar ‘full’ ball but was a smidgen (6ft) too high. Wild thing indeed. 11 from 12.
    Fielding downwind of the umpire’s intoxicating waft clearly affected J-Rod who, after being labelled as ‘Quokka’s best fielder’ by someone else who must have been breathing the same air, casually set about proving them wrong.
    A 6 closely followed by a 4 saw the pressure evaporate, and another single saw the PP home and (mostly) dry. The Quokkas team left wondering what might have been and whether Curto was lamenting more the loss of his mid on or his mind.
    What might have been then infact was, with the PP closed and the Labour never more open, Ed took full advantage of Kathleen’s absence to snuggle up to Jeremy on the warm deck (see photo).
    The Loving Couple

    The Loving Couple

  • The King is dead; Long live the King

    And so, onto Adelaide for our second interstate tour. It was a new season and hopes were unrealistically high. Would we be able to put on a show with just one net session behind us and lacking our star batsmen Rowdy, Gladys & Emu? The answer…a resounding no.

    We fielded first and after a reasonable bowling performance (in spite of some sluggish fielding) we were set a gettable total to chase. Some fairly ordinary shot selection and kamikaze running between the wickets meant we never got close. The upside? Two new stars with the bat coming in at 10 and 11. J-Rod shocked the world with his first career 6 and Pup came of age with dancing footwork and a flashing blade.

    Our hosts manned the BBQ and kept the esky full whilst we headed out to field in the hot South Australian sun. A decision that was largely defined by Dutchy getting stuck in Horsham and waiting for alternative transport. With the team kit safely in the stranded van Big Dog and Piper had a morning shopping trip to Rebel Sports to pick up some new stumps. Ed and Phantom literally mucked in and displayed their resourcefulness by shovelling mulch in to secure the stumps and we were underway.

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    Phantom, Ed, Rev, Morts and Shotgun in front of the Adelaide Botanical Gardens before the match. This was the most idyllic image for the next 24 hours.

    Two early wickets had us sitting pretty until the wildcard Dan Healy came in at number 4. Ed had been working on some new sledges although bagging the former pro footy player for getting delisted after 38 AFL games does seem a little rich from the man who last graced the footy field at centre half forward for the Manchester Mosquitos.

    The fence was cleared several times to bring up a a retirement on 42 and captain Big Dog showed there is no place for nepotism at the Quokkas as Pup was called on to bowl with the former Saint in full flight. We limited runs at times but lost our way in the mid afternoon heat and the score continued to rack up. Robbo and J-Rod had a busy day fetching the ball from beyond the legside boundary though only Cupsy had his homecoming ruined by having one end up in the Torrens off his bowling.

    On the batting front Robbo continued his form of last season and was out twice (including his free hit) in the first over. Curto gave us an early display of his Stuart Broad impression by refusing to go until Rev put the finger up even though Curto seemed to be the only one who thought he hadn’t hit it.

    Ed and Dutchy threatened briefly before Big Dog came in and ran Dutchy out trying to hide at the non-striker’s end. Shotgun returned the favour calling the Dog through for a single that was never there. Biggest surprise of the day was the two most volatile members of the team staying calm despite their calamitous run out dismissals.

    The collapse continued though the Phantom was unlucky to go to a blinding slip catch from opposition captain Howie. Down to the last pair and not even close to the total, the tail end had the freedom to chance their arm. J-Rod made the best of the short boundary and will spend the rest of the season reminding us about it.

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    The Phantom, seen here barefoot, cracking cover drives after lunch at Chateau Tanunda.
    Unfortunately, this occurred on the day BEFORE the match.

    Into his fourth season with the club this was the innings where the young Pup came of age. Like his namesake plundering test attacks he went from being unable to pierce the infield with his junior bat not so long ago to standing tall and cracking boundaries. For teammates, the similarity to Rowdy didn’t end there with Ed asking Pup to be sure to let him know if he ever wanted to offer an opinion on anything. A new batting star for the new season.  Hopefully he can keep the batting order afloat until Max is ready to don the pads.

    We rounded off the day with a super meal at the Jasmin Indian restaurant and added to their signed bat collection from touring cricket teams with a presentation of our own version. Easily the highlight of the tour was the replacement of the 1984-85 West Indies touring team bat in the display case by the 2013 touring Quokkas.

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    Quokka tour bat on display, not sure what the “Australian Ashes Winning Team” bat to its left is.

    A big thanks to Howie and our hosts for organising and well done to everyone for contributing to the charity fundraising effort which resulted in over $2,600 being raised for the very worthy www.kickstartforkids.com.au

  • This Star Wars Day saw the Quokkas head to The Brandon Hotel for the 3rd annual Gownlows presentation night.  All the Quokkas were there bar Alex and Radar, who were pre-occupied with some sort of ‘other’ entertainment in Western Australia.  Rumours abound.

    With 12 rounds of voting available this season, its was always going to be an interesting race to the B&F finish line, and so it proved with Gladys and Rowdy tying on 10 votes each for the famed broken bat.  Thankfully, the bat was in good hands at the Emu residence & has had a handle installed as well as been given a good clean.  It seems Emu does some of his best work in the off-season. Rowdy gave a touching speech, reminding us all of how bad we are as cricketers, before handing over to Gladys for more of the same.  Truly deserving winners, both.

    The other major award winners included:

    • The Christopher Reeve Award (for use of legs when batting) – J Rod
    • The Chimney Award (for incessant smoking during games) – Cupsy
    • The Mike Hussey Award (for taking one for the team) – Morts
    • The Dwayne Leverock Award (for best catch) – Sam Curtin
    • The Max Nichols Award (for best dummy spit) – Dutchy (beating out The Big Dog and the Curtin brothers)
    • The Darragh O’Donovan Award (for bravery) – Alex (beating out The Big Dog himself and Curto)
    • Best Bowling Performance – Pup
    • Most Wickets – Ed
    • Most Runs – Rowdy

    Thanks to everyone for a great season, photos of the night to follow

     

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