Sunday, December 21 Pederson Oval, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North
Start Time: 1pm
The Big Picture
The Quokkas last game for 2014 comes amongst a flurry of good tidings and cheer. Not only are the Quokkas 3 wins from 4 games, but their 1 loss was against far superior opposition & even it wasn’t a blow out. Their last game, against the Marquis, saw them win a very highly skilled match against brilliant opposition. This has led many to ask; “what have you done with our Quokkas?”.
The “Beef” Curtin are one of the Maroon armys favourite teams to play, having co-hosted the Small Day Not Out last season & also our opposition to perhaps the greatest Quokka game of all.
With Christmas just around the corner, this match is sure to contain plenty of festive cheer.
John Curtin: n/a
In the spotlight:
Since coming into the side this year, Tuesday & Chef started slowly but have put in ever-improving performances with each game. While Tuesdays fantastic year in the field (6 catches, more than Curto) has had the crowds talking, its his efforts with the bat (scores of 1, 6 and 25) that are really starting to change games.
Similarly, Chef is starting to build confidence from his bowling performances and is starting to hit runs, and in a hurry too.
The lost dogs home has called and as a result we have the indefagitable Pup back amongst our numbers. The left-armer had a break-out summer last summer, and I’m not just talking about pimples. Finishing second in the B&F only on a countback, Pup (16 career wickets at 13 & 178 runs at 16) is a welcome addition to the team.
Perhaps due to the Christmas rush, the pull outs are a little premature this week. Rowdy and J Rod have confirmed their unavailability, to be replaced by similar players; Rev and (new boy) Barnesy.
Quokkas XI (probable):
- Snipper (c)
- Big Dog (w/k)
Pitch and Conditions:
The Pederson Oval is the home and heart of Yarra Pub Cricket with its grandiose grandstand and lush, long boundaries. The forecast is for a balmy 28 degrees and with the Quokkas batting second, they should be sure to keep their energy about them in the field.
Stats and Trivia:
- This will be Eds 30th appearance for the Quokkas (not counting BDNO or VBCA games), making him only the second player to do so (behind the Big Dog);
- Locals hot run of form with the bat has seen his batting average this season boom out to over 10 (10.8 to be precise) at a pulsating strike rate of 0.81. A vast improvement of the average of ~3 that he carried into the season;
- The Curtins bowlers could be excused for having a double-take at the Quokkas batting averages for this season. Snipper (62), Radar (45), Emu (68), Ed (48) and Big Dog (50) are all looking like Test candidates on paper, before one considers the YPCA retirement rule;
- The Quokkas have taken an un-Quokka-like 18 catches already this season, though some of this could be attributed to the lack of attendance by J Rod. More amazing still is that, even though Curto has been in the form of his life behind the stumps, Tuesday has more catches than him (6 to 5)