Friday, March 1, 2013

They will be dancing in the streets as City wins TWO Minor Premierships.

         All matches tomorrows have been cancelled due to the wet weather. As a result City United Third Grade and Fourth Grade teams are both 2012/13 Minor Premiers. I personally place more value on the Minor Premiership as is a reflexion of a team performance over the whole season. Congratulations on Peter Mead and his players, Timothy Skewes and Paul Lawrence as co-captains and their players, the selectors and all members of this great club CITY UNITED.
         Both 3rd Grade and 4th Grade teams will be playing in the Major Semi-finals and don't forget our Second Grade side, they play in the Minor Semi-final next week as well. 
          Now Don't forget. There will a celebration BBQ Saturday back at the bowling club at a earlier time of 4 pm, to mark the end of the regular season.
GOOOOOOOOOOOO"you bloody beauty" CITY

When Old Blokes Play for City.

When Old Blokes Play for City.
Once we’d pound in from the fence
to bowl in Lillee-style,
or bat for hours, resolved, intense,
all dancing feet and guile,
we now curl offies down the track
and keep our innings brief,
 to ease that tender, aching back,
and give our legs relief.


These days our knobbly knees are shot,
our eyesight’s none too good;
we find that we can’t do a lot
of things that we once could.
The girls who came to watch us play
 are now our wives, who sigh
and, knowing of the price we’ll pay,
keep liniment close by.


Yet still we keep on turning out,
for cricket is much more
than just a game, it’s not about
that final winning score.
It’s bonds we’ve forged along the way,
It’s the friendships, not the fame,
 the mates we’ve gained as the seasons fade away…

when old blokes play for City.

GOOOOOOOO it is more than a game CITY

It's Duckie weather again.

With all this wet weather around again this weekend, City will keep everyone informed of the latest news from the TDCA in relation to matches this Saturday.                                                                      Now Don't forget. Come rain or shine. Win ,lose or draw. Washout or play. There will a celebration BBQ Saturday back at the bowling club at 6 pm, to mark the end of the regular season.

 My daughter recently got engaged, so excited about hearing the news my mother-in law rang me to find out more about him.
"What wonderful news, tell me all about him, is your daughter's fiancee a good catch?"
"Good catch?" I answered with much pride . "I say he is, he's the best fielder we've got in the side!"
GOOOOOOOOOOOO it's all about having soft hands CITY


Thursday, February 28, 2013

So much information.


A date has been set for City United Presentation Night, it will be held on the 12th April Friday night at the City Bowling Club. There will be barefoot bowls from 4pm, with the presentation night commencing 6.30pm. Cost will be $15 per person with children under 12 years free. Meal will be a Chinese buffet (yummy) with heaps of exciting presentations and things happening throughout the night. Numbers need to be in with Kathy by the 6th April. There will be a well-deserved major award presented on the night, which I know you will not want to miss.
Put this date in your diary. Place it in your Wife's, girlfriend's, boyfriend's, mum's diary, as you would not want to miss it.

GOOOOOOOOO it will be a night to remember CITY

City United teams to play Old Boys in a One-Day match this Saturday 2nd March. All players are requested to be at their prospective grounds by 12.30. If any player is unavailable please contact your captain.

Come rain or shine. Win ,lose or draw. Washout or play. There will a celebration BBQ back at the bowling club at 6 pm, to mark the end of the regular season.

1st Grade No 1 Oval: Dan Whale (C) 0423918389, Jack McVey,  Daniel Lawrence/Ben Simmler, Richard O'Hallorane, Scott DeWeyman, Simon Toyer, Ben Chew, Terry Kampe, Chris Langston, Tait Jordan.

2nd Grade Riverside 3: Paul Fisher (C) 0429654808, Sean Hancock, Simon Bellamy, Pat Dwyer, Neil Cooke,  Daniel Rogers,  Shel Ravi, Mark Fisher,, Brett Walsh, Jake Philp, Richard Ingram, Jae Thompson

3rd Grade Riverside 7:, Peter Mead (C) 0427603558, Cory Callcott, Matt Ballentine, Ben Ballentine, Lochlan Cooke, John Miskle, /Andy Jarrett, Rob Mills/Glen Ryan, Paul Lawrence, David Smith, Rodney Pryor.

4th Grade Riverside 4: Terry Skewes 0407467012, Nick Stacey, Trent Balderston, Scotty Hurn, Graham Schwenke, Tom Fitzgerald, Anthony Fitzgerald, Ron Benjamin, Eddie Beattie, Tim Paynter, Cooper Thompson, Mark Chew.

GOOOOOOOO strong teams, so much to play for, I can not wait CITY

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

One left to play.

Our MIGHTY 1st Grade side has it's final match this weekend against Old Boys. I am so proud of them, the way they played within the spirit of the game, the way they stuck together throughout the season, the way Dan Whale our Captain handled himself both on and off the field.There has been three highlights for me this season, which will stay with me forever. One of them was this one, it's worth remembering again. The "Big boys did us proud".

CITY United players chaired young batsman Michael Bellamy off No.1 Oval on Saturday night after he smashed the winning runs in a nail-biter against Old Boys in the Tamworth first grade.
The rest of the City players were on the edge of their seats in the pavilion as Bellamy and number 11 Aaron Dennis chalked off each run, but went berserk when Bellamy belted a boundary to win the game by a single wicket.
After rain on Friday night, the match started late and became a day-nighter but the wicket was still a sticky one and it provided a low-scoring but exciting contest.
Old Boys batted first and despite the top order making starts the innings honours went to the City bowlers. Dennis was the pick of them with 3- 15 from eight overs but Simon Toyer also made the most of the opportunity with 4-10 at the end. The other highlight of the innings was a brilliant catch by Toyer off Dennis at backward point to remove the dangerous Aaron Hazlewood.
“Jack McVey bowled well at the start and Aaron Dennis bowled a good spell in the middle and nipped a few out,” City skipper Dan Whale said. “Then Simon Toyer came on for a few and got the tail out.”
Chasing a small total, City could smell a third win for the season. After a shaky start to their inning, Daniel Lawrence decided the best approach against the tricky movement off the pitch was to go after the bowling and he hit 31 off 28 balls before coming unstuck when Norvill brought himself into the attack. The wickets continued to fall but the runs required were also reduced and when Bellamy joined Richie O’Halloran,the pair put on a careful but crucial 18 for the seventh wicket. Norvill struck twice in two balls to leave City 8-73 and this time it was captain Whale who added 18 with Bellamy for the ninth wicket before he departed with the score on 95.
That brought Dennis to the crease but the number 11 defended well and allowed Bellamy to score the runs. The right-hander got the score to within two runs of victory and then struck a lofted off drive to the fence to secure the win and take his own score to 31 not out from 62 balls. “Good batting from our lower order got us home in the end,” Whale said. “There were a couple of good partnerships and Dan Lawrence came in the middle and got us out of a hole. “Then Michael Bellamy batted really well. “It was what you needed to do, be patient and work hard. “You couldn’t go at the ball hard. “Both sides bowled well. “We knew it was going to be a low scoring game after the rain we had but going into it we just wanted to bat time and bat our overs out."


Monday, February 25, 2013

The toughest job there is. To face the new ball as an Opener.

My tribute to Sean and all the other City openers
You get the word “We are batting”.
Unpack the kit.
Left pad, right pad, adjust  the straps.     
Collar up, sunscreen on.
Check the beloved  bat.
Collect the gloves .
Sit apart, isolate the thoughts,  ignore the taunts.
Time to go, glance at the bat.
Helmet  on, as you prepare for battle.          
Check the grip, on the weapon of choice.
Cradle the bat, as you become as one.
Stride to the wicket, take guard on middle and leg.
Take a big deep breath, try to stay relaxed.
Check the field,  where is the gap.
caress the ball,  off  the mark.
Bless the bat!
Face again, adjust  the box
 Sweet  cover  drive……………….boundary.
Wipe the face of the bat as if you were wiping away the blood.
Short pitched, fast, take it on the body.
Next ball faster looking for your middle stump, kept it out, just.
The battle is warming up.
Out of the corner of your eye you see the Umpire signals two to go.
Next one flys outside off, you shoulder arms.
Final ball, jumps from a good length, catches your glove, flys so slowly and drops in a gap.
You survived, the first over gone, you give a sigh of relief.
GOOOOOOOOOOOO to face the new ball, when the bowlers want blood, you have to be a little bit mad CITY

All matches will now convert to One-Dayers.

All matches will now convert to One-Dayers after the first week was cancelled due to rain. Our selector might want to make a few changes to the orginal sides pick at Wednesday's training.
GOOOOOOOOOO see you all at training CITY

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Veterans match has been cancelled to the state of the pitch.

City's 4th Grade match against the Tamworth Veterans team has been called off today due to the wicket still being to wet from last night's rain. Hope to see as many as we can at training on Wednesday. 
GOOOOOOOOOOOO we had them is year, we had them CITY