Quokkas v Nerrena Cricket Club
Feb 10, 2019
Nerrena Cricket Club, Nerrena
The Big Picture:
The Little Red Engine is a famous story about a small train that pushed (or pulled?) some carriages over large mountains to get them to their destination. If anyone ever tells you public transport isn’t inspirational, spit in their eye.
With this story in mind, a brave and diminutive Quokkas squad heads east to the rolling green hills of Nerrena for our annual tussle with the mountains that are their cricketers.
The Quokkas managed to take out the O’Donovan-Gannon trophy last year, before the bar staff of the Gasometer Hotel managed to take it somewhere else and lose it.
The trophy has been replaced though, and one would bet there is a good chance that the hosts want it to stay in the proximity of the very affordable drinks in the safety of their clubhouse.
Its that time of year when the energy to play cricket (and organise!) starts to wane, gear starts going missing and patience is simply a game your grandma plays. Thankfully the Quokkas are made of sterner stuff and up to the chase.
Unfortunately Dutchy has selfishly decided to spend this week in hospital, while Sizzle and Ami have developed friendships that require their presence elsewhere. Seems over-rated to me.
The reduced squad (at the time of writing) is:
- Big Dog
- Pup (c)
- Pete Sforcina
In the Spotlight:
The last time Snipper played at Nerrena it was with a busted left arm, so he bowled right-handed with no ‘lever’. It was a site to behold and still effective. Here’s hoping our resident electrical engineer can do some more damage with a 33% increase in available limbs.
Pup hasn’t done too much in the way of official Captaincy in the last few years, letting his actions inspire those around him to greater things. Or perhaps jus twear Stefan Edbergs tracksuit. Either way, the younger hound is in charge this week & we all look forward to inspiring words throughout.
Pitch and Conditions:
Nerrena is possibly as close as one can get to the gates of heaven while still tilling this mortal toil. The forecast is for a very serene 22 degrees, so it should be a great day out.
Stats and Trivia:
- Unless something drastic changes on Sunday, this game wont be played under YPCA rules, so stats wont count
- Ed, Alex, Jay, Local, Dutchy and Cat have all played Nerrena 3 times; such is their love of Gippsland
- This will be Pups 45th appearance for the Quokkas, drawing ahead from J Rod (44)