Fairlea East Oval,
The Big Picture:
Not only is this game the last one for this season for The Quokkas and the whole league, but it may well be the lasts game for Pub League stalwarts The Curtin due to their gaff being sold.
There’s plenty of talk at this Melbourne icon may yet be saved from property developers in shiny shoes, but it seems that the planet is on a bit of a downward trajectory being led by narcissists with short-term vision and a bucket-load of hubris.
Still, it may be better for our mental health to reminisce on all the good times rather than focus on the bad.
We’ve had plenty of great times on and off the field with the team from The Curtin, and look forward to adding another to it this Sunday.
The Quokkas actually made it past the first round of the BDNO in their last appearance, so we will say they are in (almost) unrecognisable form.
In the Spotlight:
F1 has made a spectatcular start to his Quokkas career, not least by turning up to training and posting one of the more unique contributions to the infamous group chat, but by actually bowling straight and quick (3 wickets at 16, going at less than 6 an over), hitting proper shots (averaging 35, thanks very much) and covering half the field despite some sort of Transformer living on his knee.
Local is back as Captain of this match, having never captained a winning side before.
The spicy cough has boomeranged to The Quokkas squad but our Pacific Ocean-like depth has allowed us to still get XI on the park (at the time of writing). Our squad is:
- Big Dave
- J Rod
- The President of King Island
- The Animal
- Local (c)
Pitch and Conditions:
It’s been a humid week in Murderous Melbourne, and it looks like we will have a high of 27 on Sunday so possibly ideal conditions for The Animal to show some of that 70s wild swing.
Given its had a little rain of late, we are hoping that Fairlea East is a little more gentle on those sliding on the field than a baseball bat with nails through it.
Stats and Trivia:
(Disclaimer – work / moving / parenting / studying has been bloody busy of late and I may be falling behind on stats)
- This will be Jays 40th YPCA match and his 58th overall for the Quokkas
- Dutchy is 2 wickets from joining ELITE company (Ed, Big Dog) in the 50 wicket club, he’s been bouncing the ball as well as he’s been bowling this season, so it could be on this Sunday
- SIZZLE (!) is back for his first game of the season, potentially in solidarity, after a couple of years impacted by tyranny of distance and a dodgy knee. The Quokkas records around taking catches while punching darts has been negligible in his absence. Welcome back.