• To play or not to play, a question being asked by Quokka minds on the morning of October 23rd?

    The weather conditions created doubts, posing a curious blend of excitement and apathy at the prospect of the new season and one’s desire to not leave the room. Together these forces merged into a Sunday morning mix of confident uncertainty. No uncertainty went into the design of the Ramsden St Oval and its efficient drainage meant we were good to go.

    As Visitors, the Quokkas took to the field braving an icy southerly wind and set about the task of taking ten wickets on one of earth’s coldest cricketing spring Sundays.

    And a good start it was!

    Opening with a maiden, Tuesday and Bowl’en were keeping tight lines and broke through in the third over for the first wicket of the season. Yet as the match settled through the early overs, a sharp start from the Quokkas was being undone by dropped catches and the growing confidence of the opposition batsmen, a sign of how momentum would shift from team to team throughout the day.

    Snipper with the early catch

    Snipper with the early catch

    Quokkas were keeping Terminus scoring down with tight bowling and solid fielding, and had a few dropped catches been held, would’ve been well on top at the first drinks break. Instead, The Terminus were only two down at drinks, the second being a seductive and mysterious Big DogDutchy combo getting the batsman caught behind. Following drinks, any concerns of earlier promise ebbing away were allayed as the Quokkas took four wickets in four overs. Beginning with a great Chef catch deep on the mid-off boundary from the captains bowling, Snipper, Rev and Ed came in and excelled with their bowling and catching, such action it was! Picturesque, poetic, profound, these middle to late overs redefined such terms. The Quokkas had had kept them down and yet the Terminus continued pushing and once again seemed to take the momentum until some Tuesday fielding magic created a runout and led the Quokkas on to get all ten wickets with no retirees and a few overs to spare, oh yes.

    B. Rev C. Big Dog You'd feel pretty unlucky

    B. Rev C. Big Dog
    You’d feel pretty unlucky

    Lunch break and The Terminus all out for 142.

    The Quokkas were confident going into the chase and batted with a relaxed enthusiasm displaying the first round nature of the fixture.  Whilst many were showing promise, none of the top order were able to take control of the target. Jay played some sweet shots before getting caught behind for 16 and Local was seeming to slot into a groove before being run out for 12. The Terminus were holding their catches, affecting run-outs, the Quokkas were six wickets down and needing over ninety runs to win at drinks!

    Needing over ninety and with only four wickets in hand, a Quokkas victory was an unlikely prospect. Discussion referred to a good bowling and fielding performance we could learn from and a range of other cliches to put a positive spin on an inconsistent and disappointing performance. Such thoughts were not in the mind of the Big Dog who stood bravely in the cold sunshine knocking singles to mid wicket or behind point, frustrating the bowlers and inching towards the target. Some quick fire hitting from the Chef brought a distant target into vague view and then Snipper came in and seized upon the platform established by Big Dog. With Snipper hitting boundaries and Big Dog joining in on the act, the vague target became real and when Big Dog retired the quokkas needed a run a ball off the last three overs. it’s getting pretty dang breathless by this stage and we’re all over the place in our minds and so on. Not really but you know what i’m getting at. Geez i have to say that big dog was really good, a perfect example of taking your time and playing to your strengths and the situation, (i was out caught for one in a pretty dingus and shabby performance i must say) and folks are watching on the boundary and whatnot. there was feelings everywhere, emotion was visually manifest in the shape of the icy wind giving the Rev dropsy and causing my gout to whinny up my nodules none too funny. cat comes in and helps snipper step closer towards the target, it’s pretty edgy – the game is poised, it’s on the edge of a nanoknife! Cat and Snipper had some tight moments yet stuck fast and needing three off the last delivery to win Snipper hits a six over mid wicket for an outstanding victory, crowd goes wild, courteous professional styled touching and expressions of affection and overall agreement that yes i said yes and what a good day it was.

    The man of the hour

    The man of the hour

  • Match Facts:

    October 21, 2016 Ramsden Street Oval, Clifton Hill

    Time: 1pm

    The Big Picture:

    The Quokkas 2016/17 season gets started this weekend after a winter of activity. The Quokkas played indoor cricket through some of the Winter, which resulted in a finals appearance that was ended by a group of spritely 14 year olds.

    Another notable moment was the changing of pubs, from The Labour in Vain to The Gasometer. We’d certainly like to thank Roman and the team for their hospitality in the past, particularly when we trudged through the Sunday crowds with our coffins to get upstairs.

    The Winter also saw The Quokkas tour Sri Lanka with members of the UK Quokkas squad. While the games were a little one-sided, a good time was had by all.

    This first game of the season will be against the Terminus, one of the teams we were lucky to beat last season and a great group too. The Quokkas will be looking to get the season underway successfully, though will settle for hitting the middle of the pitch.

    Form Guide:

    Being the first game of the season, you could say that there is no form to go by. That being said, our last game was at GALLE INTERNATIONAL STADIUM where we got our arses handed to us.

    In the Spotlight:

    Nickname AW is Captain for this game and comes into the new season after an excellent Winter in the indoor league with bat, ball and in the field. Here’s hoping he brings this form and his famous enthusiasm to the game on Sunday.

    Team News:

    1. Dutchy (w/k)
    2. Local
    3. Big Dog (w/k) + Cat
    4. Nickname AW (c)
    5. Rev
    6. Jay
    7. Tuesday
    8. Chef
    9. Ed
    10. Snipper
    11. J Rod

    Pitch & Conditions:

    Ramsden Street Oval is no GALLE INTERNATIONAL STADIUM but it certainly is a favorite with The Quokkas, not least because it is close to the “Gaso”. The new pavilion provides great shade & the other facilities are some of the best in the City of Yarra.

    The only downside is the foliage on the eastern side of the ground, where friendly deliveries can get lost.

    Stats & Trivia:

    • Local is only 13 runs off 250 career runs for The Quokkas, given his average is 16.9, he should make this;
    • Jay is on 114 runs scored and 118 runs conceded, and could soon join the elite company of players with more runs scored than conceded;
    • Cat has 40 YPCA career runs at an average of 10, so should pass the 50 this weekend
  • From Captain Jay…

    It was with high hopes that the Q.C.C arrived at Alphington Park last Sunday for the final Yarra Pub League match of season 2015/16.
     
    This Captain’s quick pre game assessment of team morale was a solid 7/10. A definitive seasonal high.  Q.C.C members were spotted stretching, walking fast, tossing balls, inspecting the pitch, in the nets and at the ground early.
    This was, of course a big day for the hungry Quokkas. Coming off the back of the 2nd win of the season against the Rainbow Hotel, Q.C.C was in the hunt for a double and the Terminus could be just the blokes to satiate the Quokkas appetite. 
    A quick conversation with the Terminus revealed a squad with a total of just 19 hours sleep between the first 11 with an average of 11 stubbies consumed the night before.
    While morale was high, there were significant doubts that two in a row was possible. Last week Mike McDermott, a resident of Oxford in the UK won the lottery for the 2nd time in a year with the exact same numbers. According to the Daily Mail, the odds of the same six lottery numbers coming up at random again are 5,400,000,000,000 to one, or 2,330,636 squared. The Rev assured this captain that the Quokkas odds of winning the two in a row were in the same region of probability.
    It was with this weight and responsibility that two of the clubs elder statesman strode to the middle to face an impatient (keen to get back to bed) Terminus attack.
    Big Dog and Dutchy put on a solid opening stand with Dutchy retiring on 40 odd and Big Dog hitting out for 11. A fine opening partnership. Seeing off the new ball and setting up the middle order to pile on the runs.
    Snipper, back for his first match in a while went for 13 of 15 balls.
    Then came the middle order.. and what a middle order. Alex leading the way and pushing forward the run rate right up where she needed to be. Alex (ret 34), Curto (ret 30), Tuesday (30), Jay (25 n/o) and J Rod (8) piling on 127 runs in 70 odd balls. (all batters with S/Rate of over 1.6)
    The ever generous Nick AW and Local bowing out for 1 and 1 respectively.
    Ed, inspired by thrilling middle order batting and in at number 11, put on 19 runs off 9 balls (S/Rate 2.11)
    Quokkas finally had a total that leg side bowling and dropped catches could (maybe) defend..  7/229
    Earlier in the day the cones were strategically placed real deep to protect our leg side. Which for the most part (save Ed and Revs final overs) worked to our advantage.
    Tuesday and J Rod opened up the bowling from the Heidelberg Rd end. Tuesday, overlooked as an opening bowler for most of the season relished the opportunity with the new ball. 2 overs 1/7.
    Tuesday’s solid line and length set a difficult precedent for the remaining 10 bowlers to follow. 
     
    J Rod, under an injury cloud, worked away and kept the pressure on –  2 overs 0/6. The first 4 overs going for 1/13 runs (a run rate of 3.25). This was proper cricket.
    The Quokkas of old started creeping back in at around the 5 over mark. Dutchy cowering under a skied top edge at an expertly placed gully. Nick and Curto colliding under a catch at fine leg.
    Tuesday and Snipper dropping deep field catches. Almost unheard of..
     
    The fix was in? 
     
    Dutchy, Nick AW,  Ed and Rev bowling really tight (first) spells. Terminus, down a few wickets decided to finally install some batsman at the crease and they quickly lifted the run rate before drinks (12 over mark) 
     
    3/60 at the break. Not bad. It was only uphill from here..
     
    It was time to turn the screws. Jay and Snipper put on a pace attack after the break. Jay being hit for 6 off the first ball back from drinks.
     
    Was this the beginning of the end?
    What had the Terminus been drinking?
    Had the Terminus’s hang over subsided? 
     
    Jay and Snipper straightened up the attack with 4 overs of solid line and length, a few dots balls even. It was time to bring on the newly reformed (Aria Award Winner) Alex Gow. Recently turning to leg spin. Sighting the obvious advantage of having less of a chance of being charged for manslaughter than when he bowls short pitched/headhunting pace. 
    Alex’s first leg spin wicket has been compared to Warnie’s first Test ball on English soil.
    Bowling the batsman round the legs, from outside leg to take out the top of off. The umpire was confused. A few dropped catches later, and a staggering total of 76 runs coming off just 5 overs courtesy of – Curto (1/18), Big Dog (0/21), Rev (1/39) and Ed (2/23).
    A nervous captain retired to the deep outfield (in the shade) counting down the overs. “You can only put the cones out so far” – his internal mantra.
    Terminus 9/177!  Quokkas win 2nd match in a row. 
     
    Special mentions: 
    Dutchy – 2 short of a 50. Solid batting.
    Rev – 4 dropped catches / 1 taken (off his own bowling)
    J Rod – Dropping a catch off his own bowling and dropping his guts at the same time (causing fits of laughter from the batsman)
    Curto – Good match back, solid form with the bat and the gloves, good luck with the twins!
    Nick AW – Great bowling, great fielding, good bloke. Endearing comments at every change of end.
  • Match Facts:

    Sunday, February 28

    Alphington Park, Parkview Road, Alphington

    Time:

    1pm

    The Big Picture:

    And so another YPCA season rolls to its end for the Quokkas, though this isn’t the last game of the season, it’s the last one not pitched against other Quokkas of one form or another. It hasn’t been the most successful of seasons for the Quokkas, but that’s hardly the point and besides we beat the Rainbow in the last match to ensure we had TWO wins for the season.

    Yay, us.

    This is only the second encounter between the Quokkas and the Terminus, the last contest was the Terminus’ opening foray into Pub Cricket and resulted in a win to the Quokkas, with Radar and Ed scoring 37s.

    This man also bats

    This man also bowls

    The match was also famous for  The Revs bowling being responsible for the death of Possums in the trees surrounding the Alfred Crescent oval.

    Here’s hoping the Quokkas can pull off another win to finish the YPCA season well, or at least enjoy the day and head back to the “Termi” anyway for some brilliant tap beers.

    Form Guide:

    2016 has started positively for the Quokkas, it’s a shame they seem to be hitting form right before the season ends. Or is it?

    After getting smashed by a way better team in the ASRC, the Quokkas put up a good showing in the Big Day Not Out and somehow managed to beat the Rainbow (good lads, them).

    So there you have it, the Mozz is officially ON.

    In the Spotlight:

    Jay (Lo) makes his Captaincy debut for this game, so is sure to be given a hard time by all and sundry. The big opening bowler is in fair form in his debut season, averaging 44 with the bat and having taken 5 wickets at 18 with the ball.

    Once again ladies and gentlemen, MOZZ.

    Team News:

    The last league game of the season was always going to draw a few out of the woodwork, not least because it’s against a pub we will probably lose against that has a decent beer selection. Also, their Pub may be showing the NAB mugs competition, and who would miss that?

    Who indeed?

    Who indeed?

    The available list (at the time of writing) is:

    1. Big Dog
    2. Ed
    3. Dutchy
    4. Local
    5. Radar
    6. Tuesday
    7. Rev
    8. Curto
    9. J Rod
    10. Snipper
    11. Alex
    12. Nickname AW
    13. Jay (c)

    Pitch and Conditions:

    The game is to be played at Alphington Park, which (I believe) The Quokkas have only graced once, in their infamous 1-run loss to The Rose. The ground is next to the old paper mill, which is currently being torn down to make way for FIVE THOUSAND new folk to move into the new apartments being built. Here’s hoping the construction dust settles on the pitch, giving it lots of turn.

    All we’d need then is a spinner.

    Ed

    It’s looking like a very pleasant 24 degrees on the day, so it should be fun.

    Stats and Trivia:

    • The Bad Boy curse has continued this season, with last seasons B&F winner (Snipper) only playing 2 YPCA matches. Here’s hoping the golden boy doesn’t have paint to watch dry or grass to watch grow so he can play his 10th YPCA innings for the club & add to his 220 career runs (@ 55) and 6 wickets (@25)
    • This may be Curtos last pub league game for a while as he is expecting Twins over the Winter. Curto has the record number of dismissals for the Quokkas; 29 (23 catches and 6 run outs / stumpings). We wish them all well.
    • Radars barn-storming 18 last week took him past 300 career runs (302 to be precise), only the 7th to do so
    • The Revs 26* in the last game took him past 150 career runs, the absolute slowest ever to do so.
  • 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!

  • 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

   

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