• 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
  • Match Facts:

    Alphington Park, View St, Alphington

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    Time: 1pm

    The Big Picture:

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tsu

    “You ran me out by several steps” – many of my team-mates

    With Winter dreams behind us, The Quokkas have hatched from their cocoons like a flight of butterflies, ready to bring colour and beauty into the world. Like Butterflies though, this is likely to be short lived, leading to a quick decomposition and composting period for the rest of the summer, bringing a small amount of energy to the garden of Pub Cricket.

    This, the first game of the season, sees us take on one of our favourite teams in the John “Beefy” Curtin Hotel. As has been mentioned before, we were the first team the Beefies ever beat, ever, in the pub league and we have played many entertaining games since. Some of them have involved cricket.

    The Beefies will be without one of their founding members, Owen, who sadly passed a few weeks ago. The game will be a great way of remembering someone whose efforts allowed others to enjoy and benefit from Pub Cricket.

    Vale.

    Form Guide:

    Being the first game of the season, there isn’t a lot of form to speak of in the cricketing sense. That being said, the few net sessions that the Quokkas have run have been extremely well attended, so we are looking good at getting large numbers of people to turn up.

    If only that counted towards runs and wickets.

    Delving beneath the surface, many of the faces at training have been new ones, who haven’t had the rude truth of being a Quokka destroy their hopes and dreams. Yet.

    snidely

    In the Spotlight:

    Monty is back for his second season with The Quokkas and we are all looking forward to the man with the wild tattoos bowling with metronomic line and length again. And again. While Monty only went for 6 runs an over, he also picked up 5 wickets, which is unique in that its normally one or the other (or neither) for the Quokkas.

    Team News:

    To borrow from one of Steve Martins great movies, The 3 Amigos, we have a PLETHORA of players this week. This has made selection tricky, so we’ve had to preference those that have attended “training” (& bought the new kit bag). That being said, that may (read: will) all change by Sunday morning, but at the time of writing, the XI looks like this:

    1. Radar (c)
    2. Special
    3. Liam
    4. Alex
    5. Big Dog
    6. Fizz
    7. Ed
    8. Dutchy (w/k)
    9. Jay
    10. Ami
    11. VP
    12. Monty
    13. Pup
    14. Pete Sforcina

    Pitch and Conditions:

    This game is being played at the luxurious surrounds of Alphington Park, one of our favorites, with its grandstand and lush outfield. The last time we played here we got close to pipping Royston, but The Skip didn’t score enough runs. It wasn’t a bad result though, as The Royston put on an open bar afterwards.

    Artists impression of the results of an open bar

    Artists impression of the results of an open bar

    Its expected to be an overcast 19 degrees on Sunday, so not too tough going.

    Stats and Trivia:

    How I’ve missed this.

    • With as many as 4 debutants, this looks more like it is an Australian Mens Test team, rather than an established side like The Quokkas
    • A few milestones ticking over this week, with Ed playing his 70th Quokka match, Pup his 40th, and Alex & Jay their 30th (how cute!)
    • Captain Radar is sitting on 415 career runs, 5th overall and is only 103 away from The Big Dog – can he overtake the club legend this season?
    • Dutchy is sitting on 966 career runs, 1st overall, and is a good chance to reach 1,000 in this match if given 17ish balls to hit
    • We will have a double father-son combo in this match, with Radars Snr and Jnr in the match, as well as Pup and The Big Dog
  • Match Facts: Sunday, March 4, 2018

    Alfred Crescent Oval, Edinburgh Gardens
    Fitzroy North

    Time: 11am

    The Big Picture:

    The Big Day Not Out (BDNO) has been more agile than a Quokka fielder in recent seasons, moving from the end of the season to anytime where the Edinburgh Gardens is available during the Summer. This seasons effort has been moved to the quasi-traditional spot at the end of the season, providing the garlic sauce effect by adding a little more spice to the contest as YPCA teams battle it out for supremacy in the T10 format.

    With the ICC looking to get T10 cricket included in the Olympics, now would be a good time to get the IOC to look away at something else.

    distraction

    It is with a little sadness that The Quokkas go into this game, as it bids adieu to what has been a busy Summer, but a thoroughly enjoyable one in which the squad actually won some games and really supported one another throughout (almost).

    Thanks for everything, all of you.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas come into this game having narrowly lost to the ANSC by about 20 runs, or the difference of their best player. Given this format is much shorter, the opportunity for good players to score 40-odd is non-existent, which works in the Quokkas favor.

    Huzzah for lack of opportunities! Bring back serfdom!

    hooray

    In the Spotlight:

    Pup comes into this match after the best game of his career (that we know of), having scored 46 and bowled some crazy left-arm swing. His Runs Per Over rate this season is an incredible 3.6, which is probably a little too ridiculous.

    Snipper is Captain for the match, having been the best on ground last season. The man in the shades has “only” averaged 27 with the bat this season, but done so at a strike rate of 2.08 & with 74% of his runs coming from boundaries (44% sixes) – which is more than enough for the BDNO.

    Team News:

    Young snip-snip has a quorum of Quokkas to choose from this week, including:

    1. Ed
    2. Big Dog
    3. Dutchy
    4. Jay
    5. Alex
    6. Radar
    7. Monty
    8. Pup
    9. Snipper
    10. Local
    11. J Rod
    12. Gaz

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Autumn will truly be on show this Sunday, with a wet and windy day predicted and a high of 21 degrees. The start time of 11am may include some tough conditions and sore heads, but may help the bowlers with swing.

    Alfred Crescent Oval is notable for its small boundaries, which can appear to get mysteriously smaller once the batsmen get started.

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    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be the Quokkas 8th attempt at winning the BDNO, this years squad arguably being the strongest since Rowdy and Gladys appeared;
    • Ed and Pup are the only players to appear in every Quokka BDNO, with Dutchy and the Big Dog having missed 1 each
  • Match Facts

    Ramsden Street Oval,

    Ramsden Street,

    Clifton Hill

    Start Time

    1pm

    The Big Picture

    And so the penultimate Quokka day of the Summer is upon us with this, the match against All Nations Social Cricket (ANSC).

    The genesis of this match came from the games that The Quokkas used to play against the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) which came to an ending as untimely as any of my batting innings, though more due to the volunteer who organised their team leaving due to work commitments, rather than one of my brain fades.

    The ANSC has picked up where the ASRC cricket program left off, providing a means for asylum seekers and refugees to access the game, and all the physical and mental health benefits that this brings – as well as engagement with the broader community. Indeed this game is more a celebration of what the game can bring, rather than a demonstration of the game itself, which is a good thing considering the strong Quokka involvement.

    Here’s looking forward to a fun match.

    Fun

    Fun

    Form Guide

    Unbelievably, The Quokkas are coming into this match having won their last two.

    In The Spotlight:

    Monty returns to the field of dreams (Ramsden St) this weekend for his first crack at the Captaincy. Having shown that he obviously played quite a bit of junior cricket through his reticence to swing wildly at every ball and the ability to bowl on the pitch, it will be interesting to see whether he goes with 4 or 5 in the slips cordon.

    The BIG DOG returns to the side this week with this seasons leading wicket takers award firmly in his sights. The soul of The Quokkas is sure to surprise the ANSC with his bowling technique, here’s hoping the deep midwicket fielders can surprise the rest of us by holding a few catches and handing the large hound the trophy.

    Artists impression of batsmen facing The Dog

    Artists impression of batsmen facing The Dog

    Team News:

    With another 8 months without cricket staring them in the face with an expression as lifeless as the MCG pitch, its been all hands up in response to the call for availability at the start of the week.

    The squad (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Local
    2. VP (vp)
    3. Gaz
    4. Roley
    5. Pup (vc)
    6. Jay
    7. J Rod
    8. Snipper
    9. Radar
    10. Big Dog
    11. Monty (c)
    12. Alex

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Ramsden Street Oval (aka. Revs-den) has been a happy hunting ground for The Quokkas for many a season, as well as their preferred training venue. With wide boundaries and short grass, the ground lets both the belters and the nudgers score runs, as well as open up many more opportunity for (dropped) catches.

    Our last match their ended up not being there, but another place that wasn’t there, so we will be very happy to be there where it is.

    Be-Present

    The forecast for Sunday is a potentially damp 20 degrees, so there may be some swing early and better batting conditions later. A good toss to win.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Dutchy is only 30 runs off 200 for the season, and 35 off one thousand career runs, which is quite remarkable really and quite a credit to him;
    • Jay is sitting on 17 career wickets, a casual 3-wicket haul will bring him into the elite group of 20 wicket takers. Given he averages 0.4 wickets per over, he will need to channel his inner Chef (0.94 WPO);
    • Snipper is only 20 runs off 400 career runs for the Quokkas, given he averages 47.5, he should get there this weekend if given the chance. Only 5 other Quokkas have hit more than 400 runs
    • Alex is currently leading the team for balls faced this season, having faced 17.5 overs, narrowly ahead of Ed 15.8
    • Ed is leading the team in legal deliveries for the season with 84, narrowly ahead of the reborn tweaker Dutchy, who is on 78. Of course, The Rev has the most number of total deliveries with 839
  • Match Facts:

    VBCA Grounds,

    454 Glenferrie Rd,

    Kooyong

    Sunday, Feb 18

    Start Time: 11am

    The Big Picture:

    This match is the second-leg of this seasons bipedal series between the VBCA and The Quokkas, with the VBCA taking out the first match earlier this season (which was a warm up for them ahead of Nationals). The last match was relatively one-sided, The Quokkas happy just to get the majority of a team on the park.

    This match, though, is a little different. The Quokkas have a full XI available at the time of writing, meaning there should be possibly (maybe) 8 ready by Sunday morning. The games against the VBCA are always good fun and played with a great spirit, at least once the bar is opened at midday.

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas are actually coming off their first Tour win EVER, having beaten Nerrena in Nerrena in a tightly contested match last weekend. This is a matter that should illicit wonder as much as it does concern, I‘m pretty sure a Quokkas away win is one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. Taken in context though, an away win won’t have too much impact on this game as the nuances of the rocking & rolling ball take hold.

    Similar to touring games, The Quokkas are traditionally pretty poor at Blind Cricket matches, but perhaps all that is about to change too.

    In The Spotlight:

    J Rod returns for his annual Captaincy stint, fresh from the birth of his second child, full of vim and vigor. And sleep. ‘The Rod’ has been known to get so worked up at games that others can tell he is actually breathing, so it will be interesting to see how he approaches captaining a match when the soft, shaded outfields of Kooyong are available.

    The Quokkas are also hoping to welcome back Gaz, who has been missing in 2018 due to a combination of sickness and cardigan-related issues. We all look forward to seeing how the casual cover-driver handles the rolled ball.

    We also see the return of the only Quokka to get paid for appearing, albeit with what he calls “fizzy drink” and “twisted up chips”.

    Sledging went to unexpected places too

    “I want Twisties!”

    Team News:

    The XI (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Ed
    2. Dutchy
    3. Snipper
    4. Radar
    5. J Rod (c)
    6. Rev
    7. Roley
    8. Jay
    9. Pup
    10. Gaz
    11. Maxy

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The VBCA grounds are a real delight, with soft outfields, lots of shade and the comforts of the commentary box readily available. The slight slope to the ground also creates some challenges for the bowlers, similar to bowling into v with the wind in non-blind cricket.

    Who in The Quokkas will be their Peter Siddle?

    Artists impression of Peter Siddle

    Artists impression of Peter Siddle

    The BOM is expecting a top of 22 on Sunday, so it should be a very comfortable day out.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be the 6th match between the VBCA and The Quokkas (someone should really organise a trophy), the only Quokka to have played in all of them being The Rev;
    • J Rod, Dutchy and Big Dog have all played in 4 VBCA games.
  • Match Facts:

    Nerrena Recreation Reserve,

    Nerrena Hall Road

    Nerrena, Gippsland, VIC

    Australia, The World

    Sunday, February 11

    Start Time: 1pm ???

    The Big Picture:

    This will be the third match between Nerrena and The Quokkas, and the first time we are playing for the O’Donovan – Gannon Trophy. The O’Donovan- Gannon Trophy is surely in the top 10 of Irish cricketing trophies, so there is plenty to play for there.

    Samuel Beckett would be amused, or possibly bemused.

    This match is an annual fixture that The Quokkas look forward to with great anticipation, the Nerrena ground being as beautiful a pitch as you will find in Gippsland, much like the representatives of the team itself. Despite all this, and perhaps unsurprisingly, The Quokkas have never won in Nerrena; which possibly explains why we keep getting invited back.

    Last years game was great fun; The Big Dog got his opposite number out in the first over of the game, Tuesday hit some handy runs, The Rev knocked himself out while fielding, everyone had a laugh at that and a general good time. Oh yeah, we also raised some cash for Beyond Blue.

    Form Guide:

    After starting the season in imperious form, normal programming has returned on Channel Quokka, with 3 losses in a row. The efforts and attitude have remained high though, and some players (Radar, Dutchy, Alex and Ed) are arguably in career-best form. Should these 4 keep up their form (and the rest not play too badly), The Quokks are a good chance to push for a win here.

    In the Spotlight:

    After debuting against Nerrena in our first match against them, Jay, has gone on to play pretty much every game since, whether they be in Sri Lanka, Rottnest Island or Clifton Hill.

    Jay

    One of these guys has taken 17 wickets. The other has taken 15.

    In his 16 YPCA games, Jay has taken 17 wickets at 16.12 and scored 254 runs at 25.4. All of this has been done with impeccable technique that speaks of afternoons spent at proper cricket training and an application that is possibly wasted at our level. More than this, though, has been Jays contribution to the team. Always positive and supportive, Jay has brought the spirits and the performances of the team up with him.

    Team News:

    It’s obviously been a long season, as we’ve had to scramble to get an XI together for the first time this season. While many weeks this season have started with 14 or so available for the coming weekend, this week started with horse trading and has ended with a high likelihood of a full squad.

    Radar has managed to convince his Dad to play, which will be a real boon to the teams bowling stocks, as well as the general level of cool in the team. Can anyone else’s Dad casually talk about working with Sugarman?

    Yeah, thought so.

    Snipper is scheduled to make his long-awaited return to the team this Sunday too, though musical commitments may provide an obstacle.

    The XI (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Local
    2. Radar
    3. Dutchy (c)
    4. Jay
    5. Alex
    6. Ed
    7. Big Dog
    8. Pete Sforcina
    9. Snipper
    10. Roley
    11. Cat *
    12. Rev *

    * Cat will probably bat & Rev will probably field for her (this way he cant run anyone out – on either team)

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The Nerrena Recreation Ground is an absolute Quokka favourite and has an average rating of 5 stars on the Quokka Travel Guide**. With the green, undulating hills of Gippsland making up the background and pine plantations neighboring it, Nerrena is an empowering place for the spirit and the senses – kind of like the opposite to India. The weather forecast is for a cool 22 on Sunday with a chance of rain, here’s hoping that the wet stuff stays away long enough to get a game in.

    ** May not exist

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Local is only 21 runs off hitting 100 for this season, which he should do rather quickly as long as he stays in. His strike rate for the season is Darcy Short-esque at 1.61
    • Roley got his first Quokka YPCA runs in the last match, scoring 14 in fairly quick time after deciding that hitting boundaries involved a lot less running that singles
    • Captain Dutchy is only 35 runs off ONE THOUSAND career YPCA runs for The Quokkas. Given he is averaging 56.7 for the season (at a strike rate of 2.02), he could get there in a couple of overs on Sunday
  • Match Facts:

    Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill

    Sunday, January 21

    Start Time: 1pm

    The Big Picture:

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    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat last week against The Royston in a game they should have lost by a lot more. The ability to recover from 5 for 60-not-much at drinks in their batting innings to post 170-odd and then nearly defend it was a great effort.

    Batting first certainly was tough on a very slow pitch and outfield & The Quokkas showed great resilience in making it into a game. I do make a lot of jokes on here about traditionally bad form and lack of success, but the men in maroon have been really taking up the fight this season; active in the field, supporting each other and having some fun with it. More of that and there is no reason why we can’t get another W this weekend.

    Quokkas: WWLLWLL

    In the spotlight:

    The prodigal son, Pup, returns this week for his annual match that allows him to qualify for the BDNO. That’s not fair, Pup has played this season, but hasn’t  batted – so does it count? Given that I didn’t really bat for my first 15 years as a Quokka, I will say his efforts do count.

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    Pup, seen here doing stuff

    Pup is in synchronous career form, having bowled 60 overs for 20 wickets at a cost of 300 runs at an average of 15 at 5RPO. It takes me back to those heady first days at cricket stats school. Wild times, let me tell you. If anyone remembers what happened that night after we stayed up discussing the advantages of the mean average versus the median average, let me know.

    Team News:

    1. The Rev
    2. Big Dog
    3. Pup
    4. Local
    5. Ed
    6. Roley
    7. Radar
    8. Alex (c)
    9. VP
    10. Dutchy
    11. Monty

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Last weeks game was played in what can only be described as “Melbourne” conditions; starting in some coolish-damp weather before the sun came out and dried everything up. Its always a great excuse to blame the weather and conditions in deciding the result of a Cricket match, and that’s exactly what I’m doing here. Its going to be a hot week this week but will cool down to a respectable 29 on Sunday so at least it should be an even contest in that regard.

    Ramsden Street has been a happy hunting ground for the Quokkas in recent seasons and is located deliciously close to The Gasometer, so here’s hoping we make the quick trip back to the big red car Sunday evening.

    Stats and Trivia

    • Last weeks efforts saw Radar pass 400 career YPCA runs for The Quokkas, making him the 5th highest run scorer of all time. This has been done in 29 innings at an average of 17, with 48 fours and 5 sixes. Congratulations Radar!
    • This will be Locals 25th YPCA match for The Quokkas, to go along with his 4 BDNOs, 3 T20s and 1 VBCA match
    • Ed is only 21 runs away from 900 career YPCA runs, and given he is averaging 94 for the season, he should get there this week – if given the opportunity
  • Match Facts:

    Alphington Park, Vere Street, Alphington

    January 14, 2018

     

    Start Time:

    1pm

     

    The Big Picture:

    A very happy new year to all. With a new year comes new hopes and, inevitably, failed resolutions. And so it is with The Quokkas, who managed to win 3 of their 5 games at the end of 2017 and so go into 2018 with a new – perhaps temporary – confidence.

     

    The Quokkas ended 2017 in hitherto unknown form; holding catches, scoring (lots of) runs and taking wickets. Much like working on the Death Star, it was pretty fun at the time but you definitely got the feeling it wouldn’t end well.

    Artists impression of The Quokkas intuition

    Artists impression of The Quokkas intuition

     

    The Royston are something of an unknown entity as the Quokkas have never played them before. That means little for The Quokkas as they get beaten by unknowns, as well as knowns, regularly.

     

    Form Guide:

    The Quokkas have already started 2018 with an impromptu game against the VBCA to assist them with some practice ahead of the All Abilities Carnival. The game was a loss for the Quokkas, but that is hardly the point.

     

    A scan of The Quokkas results from this looks more like morse code than anything else:

    Quokkas: WWLLWL

     

    In the Spotlight:

    It’s been a long-time coming, but the co-founder of the Quokkas; Skip, will be making his debut for the Australian team this weekend.

    Yes, I could have found a better picture

    Yes, I could have found a better picture

     

    Originally flown over for back up for Ben Stokes, the Skipper has been released by the ECB as it seems the role of drunken larrikin has already been filled within the team. Also, he couldn’t punch his way out of a wet paper bag.

     

    Not sighted by the Aussie Quokka lads since his majestic Century at Galles Test Ground (that’s right), we are all looking forward to a big knock from Skip here.

     

    Team News:

    The ebbs and fortunes of team selection continue this week as we don’t have 14 available at the start of the week, which could be dicey as all the ‘reserve’ players have all ended up going into the starting 11 by game day so far this season.

     

    The XI at the time of writing is:

    1. Skip
    2. Jay
    3. Chef
    4. Ed
    5. Dutchy
    6. Big Dog
    7. Alex
    8. Monty
    9. VP
    10. Local
    11. Radar (c)
    12. Rev

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Alphington Park is a Quokka favorite. Seemingly permanently soft, flat and green outfields, a picturesque white pavilion and a car park almost a safe distance from the middle (thanks Dutchy for “adjusting” my Subaru).

     

    We are expecting an English Summers day on Sunday; a few clouds and a top of 23, so it should be a cracker.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • This will be Eds 50th YPCA match, the bearded one is quite the Quokka legend with 846 career YPCA runs (at 32.54) and 39 YPCA wickets (at 18.69) – congrats Eddie;
    • Jay in on track to be the most run out player this season, here’s wishing him slow heels for Sunday;
    • The Big Chef missed out on a bat in his last game so is still 11 runs off getting to 250 YPCA runs for The Quokkas, here’s hoping the big kiwi can get the job done quickly;
    • This seasons leading wicket-taker race is currently a non-sexy 4-way between Big Dog, Dutchy, Jay and the VP – will this match see the winner scream to the front like Usain Bolt, or watch the others fall over in front of him like Steven Bradbury?
    Yes, I could have found a better picture

    Not Steven Bradbury or Usain Bolt

     

     

     

     

  • Match Facts:

    Alphington Park, Vere Street

    Alphington

     

    Time:

    1pm Start

     

    The Big Picture:

    After winning the first two games of the season, the Quokkas have reverted to form and lost the last two on the bounce. That being said, the first lost was only by 6 runs and the second was a close contest against The Dan O’Connell and one of the best all-round efforts that The Quokkas have ever put together in the YPCA.

     

    Well done lads.

     

    If they are able to take this form into Sundays game against The Pinnacle, they are a good chance to finish 2017 with a win.

     

    The Pinnacle is a team we have had mixed results against, but also one that has provided many classical YPCA moments; not least when their Captain got so drunk that he passed out, leading to one of the most disjointed post match speeches of all time when he was roused from uner the pile of kit that had been piled on him.

     

    Form Guide:

    Quokkas: WWLL

     

    In the Spotlight:

    He’s been in the spotlight more than Kermit the Frog, though Dutchy does wave his arms in the air a helluva a lot less than the little green frog.

     

    The man in the hot-pink lycra is in equally hot form this season, taking catches behind the stumps, taking wickets when he comes on to bowl and – oh yeah – he hit 72 off 35 balls in the last game.

     

    Dutchy has already passed 100 runs for the season (112) from 3 innings (2 not out), facing 53 balls and hitting 11 of them for 6 (20%)!

     

    James “VP” Gow comes in for his record third game for the season and this will also be his first as Captain.

     

    Team News:

    Once again, the week starts with The Quokka bus is bursting at the sides, though it remains to be seen if it will be its normal semi-vacant self by Sunday.

     

    The squad for the game (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Pup
    2. VP (c)
    3. Tuesday
    4. Alex
    5. Radar
    6. Local
    7. Snipper
    8. Big Dog
    9. Jay
    10. Ed
    11. Stewart
    12. Dutchy
    13. Monty
    14. Rev

     

    Pitch and Conditions:

    Alphington Park is one of the prettier grounds in the YPCA, with a lovely white grandstand at the northern end and feint traces of asbestos floating past from the construction site over the road.

     

    This is also the park where Tuesday, a welcome inclusion back in the squad, once hit a ball for 8.

     

    After sweltering through the hottest November in Melbourne since the Big Bang, the local weather has forced Crowded House to change the name of its song from ‘4 seasons in one day’ to ‘4 seasons in one season’ as a result of the ridiculous volume of rain and cold.

     

    Hopefully things dry up a bit ahead of Sunday.

     

    Stats and Trivia:

    • Without banging on about him too much, Dutchy is on a hat-trick. Nearly impossible in the Pub League but he has managed it. He may need to bribe VP with a few Moon Dogs to get a go at some of the Pinnacles lesser-batters (if they exist)
    • The Dutchman is also now on 907 career YPCA runs for the Quokkas, the record and the thousand mark may well be beat this season. This will also be his 50th YPCA match for the Quokkas
    • Not to say he’s half the man, but this will be Jays 25th appearance for the Quokkas
    • The Gow brothers are 3rd for matches played by brothers in the same team for the Quokkas (4), behind the Curtins (13) and the Nichols (8), but are closing the gap and are wellnahead of the Hentys (1)
    • Alex and the Big Dog are close to new records, with 489 and 198 career runs respectively
    • This will be Radars 30th YPCA match for the Quokkas
    • There is a laneway in Dandenong named “Lois Lane” – I kid you not.

     

     

     

     

     

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