Thursday, March 21, 2013

Training set down for Friday and enough talk of the weekend ahead, I have a story for you.

Don't forget there is fielding training,  Friday afternoon at No1 Oval from 5pm til 6 pm, all welcome to attend.
Our club and it's players have grown and achieved so much this season. It's time to put the icing on what has been a terrific season.
Before I sign off. All the luck in the world to very City player taking to the feild this weekend, you all have a role to play in your team, play hard, play strong, play smart.

That is enough talk about this weekend. I have a story to tell you.

Our three City players died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.

"In honor of this holy season" Saint Peter said, "You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven."

Scotty said I will go first and fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. "It represents a candle", he said as he gave Richie and Sugar a wink.

"You may pass through the pearly gates" Saint Peter said.

Richie, then thought for a moment and then reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, "They're Christmas bells." as he gave Sugar the thumbs up.

Saint Peter said "You may pass through the pearly gates".

Sugar started to search desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out the only thing he had, a pair of women's panties.

St. Peter looked at Johnny with a raised eyebrow and asked, "And just what do those symbolize?"

Johnny replied with his cheeky grin, "These are Carols."

GOOOOOOOOOOOO Be good Johnny, be good CITY

My tribute to the old blokes who will be turning out for 4th Grade this weekend

When Old Blokes turnout 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 turnout for City
it is much more than a game. 

GOOOOOO we have been here before, we know what is required, the very best, "Old Blokes" City

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Teams for the Grand Final

We are a City team, of courage and heart.
Every member, holds a critical part.
Tough and determined, we play with plenty of heart.
Now is the time, for us to excel.
Forget about past mistakes, no point to dwell.
There is nothing, we should hold back or fear.
Let's go out there City, and release our fury,
We won't need a judge, or a jury.
Through our victory, justice shall be served,
At the end of the day, our legacy, will be forever preserved.
Cause we are a City team, of courage and heart

City has three teams in this weekends Grand Final matches.

The match times of the weekend matches- Saturday 1pm til 6 pm, Sunday 10am til 6.00pm.
Lunch will be provided free of charge on Sunday. A BBQ will be supply at a small cost back at the City Bowling Club Sunday night.

Special Training Session:There will a training session at No 1Oval on Friday afternoon from 5pm til 6pm. Training will involve fielding and catching drills to prepare for what will be a enormous weekend. All players are invited to attend.

2nd Grade Squad: Riverside 1, against North Tamworth: Paul Fisher (C) 0429654808, Sean Hancock, Simon Bellamy, Pat Dwyer, Neil Cooke, Daniel Rogers, Mark Fisher, Micheal Bellamy, Jake Philp, Adam Ryan, Tait Jordan, Chris Langston,  Reserves:  Shel Ravi, Sam Brown,

 3rd Grade side: Riverside 2, against Old Boys: Peter Mead (C) 0427603558, Cory Callcott, Matt Ballentine, Ben Ballentine, Lochlan Cooke, John Miskle, Andy Jarrett, Glen Ryan, , Brett Walsh, Scotty Hurn, Josh Bennie, Terry Kampe.

4th Grade Squad: Riverside 3, against Old Boys: Paul Lawrence(C) 0438617044 , Nick Stacey, Tom Fitzgerald, Anthony Fitzgerald, Eddie Beattie, Tim Paynter, Cooper Thompson, Paul Hagley, Mark Chew, Garry Whale,  Doug Trueman, Graham Schwenke, Reserve: Ron Benjamin

GOOOOOOOOOOOO best of luck to all City players this weekend CITY

Training and teams selection this afternoon.

It's back to business this afternoon, in preparation for this weekend's Grand Finals. All players are requested to attend training.

Question. What have all these players have in common?                               Answer. With three City teams involved in this weekends Grand Finals. They are amongst the many City players who are excited and looking forward to this weekend. 

Now don't forget, the 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  at City where it's more than a game CITY

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Results from the weekend’s finals matches.

"Wanna take a walk on the wild side" 2nd Grade side - City v Souths:      
Paul asked, "Hey, boys you wanna take a walk on the wild side"
And Paul asked, "Hey, City you wanna take a walk on the wild side"
And the players answered.
"Doo do doo do doo do do doo"  

City lost the toss and was sent in to the bat first.
City was dismissed for a total of 174 runs in the 71st over.
Best batting:  Michael Bellamy 57 runs; Pat Dwyer 36 runs; Paul Fisher 22 runs.
In reply Souths were dismissed for a total of 105 runs in the  44th over, giving City a lead of 69 runs on the 1st innings.
Best bowling:   Jake Philp 5/25 off 17 overs; Simon Bellamy 3/36 off 11.1 overs.
City went in to bat for a second innings and at the close of the match was 7/197 off 81 overs.
Best batting:   Paul Fisher 57 runs N/O; Michael Bellamy 28 runs; Pat Dwyer 25 runs (ret. hurt)
A 5 wicket haul for Jake Philp was a great present to celebrate his 22nd birthday.
City will now take on Norths in the Grand Final.

"Everything we touch just turns to Magic" 3rd Grade side – City v Souths:
Ëverything we touch just turns to Magic.
Peter really turns me on.
Everything we do just turns to Magic.
As my life at City just goes on.
City won the toss and elected to bat first.
City was dismissed for a total of 109 runs in the 49th over.
Best batting:  Brett Walsh 22 runs; Andy Jarrett 18 runs; Peter Mead 18 runs.
In reply Souths were dismissed for a total of 194 runs in the 57th over, taking an 85 run lead.
Best bowling:  Brett Walsh 4/76 off 16.4 overs; Andy Jarrett 2/42 off 12 overs; Lachie Cooke 2/11 off 5 overs.
City went out to bat for a second time and declared their innings closed at 6/217 off 36 overs.
Best batting:  Scott Hurn 81 runs; Andy Jarrett 36 runs; Mat Ballantine 23 runs; Brett Walsh 22 runs.
In reply Souths were dismissed for 55 runs in the 35th over handing City an outright victory.
Best bowling:  Lachie Cooke 3/2 off 4.5 overs; Glenn Ryan 3/12 off 7 overs; Brett Walsh 2/12 off 9 overs.
It was a fantastic effort by the whole of the 3rd Grade side to pull off a miraculous victory after being behind on the 1st innings.
City will now take on Old Boys in the Grand Final.

 Justice Crew "Boom Boom" 4th Grade side– City v Bective:
it's getting hot out here.
it's getting tight out here.
it's game on out here
City won the toss and elected to bat first. 
City reached a total of 8/255 off their allotted 90 overs.
Best batting:  Terry Skewes 73 runs ret, Anthony Fitzgerald 57 runs; Tom Fitzgerald 40 runs.
In reply Bective were dismissed for a total of 149 runs in the 81st over.
Best bowling:  Terry Skewes 3/27 off 18 overs; Nick Stacey 2/25 off 13 overs; Tom Fitzgerald 2/18 off 11 overs.
City will now take on Old Boys in the Grand Final.
The batting of Tom Fitzgerald was something to watch. The Father (Anthony) and Son (Tom) partnership set us up for a big score. Then at the end of the innings Ron hit what was the winning runs. Everyone did their job with the bat which allowed City to bat the entire 90 overs.
The bowling was tight from all bowlers Paul Lawrence was as tight as a fish's .................... well you know what I mean.
GOOOOOOOOOOO great cricket where everyone does it for each other, you have to love it Where it is more than a game. CITY

Monday, March 18, 2013

From adversity comes greatness

   The cry of City,City, City!!! was heard loud and strong.          

 "The greatest victory's and the most magical moments comes when you're been truly tested, when you have taken some knocks and some disappointments. Because only if you've been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain."

City United will be represented in three grades. The "Let’s take a walk on the wild side" 2nd Grade side, the "Everything we do is magic" 3rd Grade side and not to forget the "BOOM BOOM!! It's gettin hot in here" 4th Grade side will all be there on Grand Final day.
Congratulations to our three Captains and all City players, supporters and their families for this wonderful achievement. To my knowledge this is the first time in City's history to have three teams represented in the Grand Final. All three team played excellent, smart, hard cricket against strong opposition and all deserve their opportunity in the big one.
More details of the matches tomorrow but lets celebrate and take time to reflect on the matches and this achievement until Wednesday, when it is back to training and preparing for the big weekend ahead.