Tuesday, May 21, 2013

January at City revisited.

Somethings that happened at City in January, 2013

My two favorite Cricketers who are yours?

The Don and Lillee
Don Bradman's last ever Test innings ends with a duck, bowled second ball by Eric Hollies at the Oval.
Bradman famously needed only four runs in his last innings to finish his career with a Test average in excess of 100 runs. While he failed in that respect, during his career he still amassed 5,028 runs against England in Ashes Tests, including 19 centuries and finished with a Test batting average of 99.94.
Indeed, Bradman’s aura as a sporting icon became so great that respected cricket writer R.C Robertson-Glasgow wrote: “There are no funny stories about the Don. No one ever laughed about Bradman. He was no laughing matter’‘.
One of the strongest Test sides ever seen, Australia's 'Invincibles' regained the Ashes with a thumping 4-0 win. Despite their dominance, the series is best remembered for Don Bradman's final Test innings, a second-ball duck at the Oval.

Dennis Lillee was the most accomplished and consistently hostile fast bowler of his time. At his peak no one was faster.
By his career's conclusion Dennis had claimed a world record 355 Test wickets and had become an Australian sporting legend. There is strong support among senior cricket officials, players and the media for the contention that he was the greatest Australian pace bowler of any era.
Caught Marsh bowled Lillee

Throughout his Australian career Lillee was also famous for his partnership with wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, and the scorecard entry 'c Marsh b Lillee' appeared 95 times in Tests, a partnership record between wicketkeeper and bowler that is yet to be broken. Coincidentally, both players ended their careers with 355 Test dismissals; Marsh took 343 catches and had 12 stumpings
GOOOOOOOOOOO Our Don Bradman - Now I ask you is he any good? CITY
Bullriding is scary stuff.

I was out watching the rodeo last night, when I overheard these two want to be bull riders talking."That new bull nearly did me in, tonight."
"Oh yeah, what happened?" asked the other want to be bull rider.
"I entered the holding yard, then the bull came charging at me like a locomotive from hell. He damn near got me!" he replied.
"So, how'd you get away?" asked the other want to be bull rider.
"The bull kept slipping. He slipped three times, and that gave me a chance to make it to the fence and jump over," he said.
"Mate, that's scary! If it'd been me, I would probably have crapped all over the place," remarked the second want to be bull rider.
He then replied, "I DID! What do you think that bull was slipping in?"
GOOOOOOOOO ride them cowboy CITY

Over the next ten days of the Country Music Festival, City United will be cooking a BBQ breakfast for the country music fans up at the Tamworth City Bowling Club from 7am till 10am. So if you are in the area call in and say "G'day". The Tamworth City Bowling Club has been a very good supporter of City United and we believe it's the best little club in town. Friday night raffles and trivia on Friday nights from 6pm are very popular so call in sometime through the week, as you will be warmly welcome.
GOOOOOOOOOO see you there after the match CITY

Have a week off old timers

This weekends Matches are all twenty/20. A game for the young, a game for the fast, a game for the fit. So when our President asked if he had been selected for any of the teams this weekend, this is what was said :

Yes he's lookin' kind of jaded
And his sight is not the best
And the hair around his muzzle's turnin' grey
He has played a hundred matches
And I think it's only fair
We leave him in the longyard here today

He was broken in the sixties
Maybe sixty two or three
Never faltered always seemed to be on hand
Never have I seen him beaten
By a batsmen on the field
And at a short cover he was pick of all the land.

So leave him out there in the longyard
Do not pick him
Leave him out there with his mates and his chair
Leave him there till after this weekend
And then we will pick him.
So he will be left in the longyard here today.

GOOOOOOOOOO have fun boys, will be watching CITY

The past few weeks have seen our juniors performing in their Representative cricket .
Come Sunday our seniors will be representing both Tamworth and themselves.
Jack Mcvey has been selected for the Tamworth team to play Narrabri at Collins Park Narrabri in the War Veterans Cup match.
While in the Connolly Cup, City has Richard O’Halloran, Ben Semmier and Simon Toyer representing their town and themselves against Dumaresq Colts in Armidale.
GOOOOOOOOO best of luck to our City boys CITY

The Victory's that evaded us
The big boys tried hard but the middle overs of their bowling allowed Wests to compile a few too many runs. In the end that was the difference. Again like so many matches Dan lead from the front and we were in the match right up to the death. Still allot of cricket yet to be played and matches to be decided.
Our 2nd Grade match mirrored 1st Grade, again just chasing a few too many runs.
Our 3rd Grade had a victory and collected the maximum two bonus points from the match. A moment out from that match was when Peter Mead took this screamer of a catch at short mid wicket. With his right hand still stinging and the imprint of the ball in bedded into his right hand, his fellow players came running in to congratulate him. Peter still in pain lightly shock his fellow player's hands with a very light return shake. UNTIL Sugar arrived to the gathering, Peter's hand was now starting to swell with pain, Peter presented his hand to Sugar who come down with all his force and gave Peter a congratulating hand slap. Peter yell of pain was heard around the fields.
GOOOOOOOOO expect to find yourself in 4th Grade next week Sugar CITY
There was something very special happening on Saturday at 1st Grade. Whale watching of a difference, there was a pod of whales in 1st Grade. Yes there was Gary, Daniel and Nathan Whale all in the 1st grade side. All three taking to the field possibly for the final time in a Grade match. Dan had some fun with his old man by sending him from fine leg to fine leg in the first few overs before he thought his old man might have a heart attack. The crowd went off when Gary and Dan put on 31 runs for the eighth wicket. Family moments like these are treasured and I was pleased that I was there to witness it. GOOOOOO Garry last word on 1st Grade, "I hit a four, did you see it" CITY
Some matches throughout the season are more important than others. This weekend will give our 1st Grade an opportunity to break through into the top four of the competition. With Wests only 4 points ahead of us in fourth place, a victory this weekend would see us, up there with the leaders.
I know the boys will lift and meet the challenge head on. They held an extra fielding session through the week, to prepare for it. Let's do it.
GOOOOOOOO You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive moment, confidence is the difference. CITY
Weather forecast for Saturday is for a warm 41 Degrees. At Training on Wednesday afternoon it was just so hot and dry that I heard the trees whistling for the dogs and when I arrived home I collected the eggs from my chooks from the backyard to find that they are laying their eggs sunny side up.
Do the right things gentlemen, drink plenty of water through Saturday morning and throughout the day. Each grade will have an additional fieldsman at each match. With additional drink breaks given.
GOOOOOOO Only Mad Dogs & Englishmen
Go out in the midday, Go out in the midday,.Go out in the midday, Sun City
""STOP"" the press
I went to buy a Northern Daily Leader at my local newsagents this morning, "Sorry mate they are all sold out, they have been running out the door since 6 am" I was told.
"What is the big story of the day " I asked.
"Back page mate, Lachie Cooke took 5 for 11 for his Tamworth side in the Walter Taylor Shield played in Armidale"
You could not wipe that smile from my face as I left my newsagents empty handed.

Lachie Cooke is having a stellar year. He is the leading wicket taker for City in Third Grade with 16 wickets to his name ( I would of had more if the boys could catch, he quickly told me), which is a fabulous achievement when you take into account the strong bowling attack they have down there.
There is someone who can take alot of credit for Lachie's development this season. His captain Peter Mead, who keeps throwing him the ball, saying "you can do this."
GOOOOO Lachie told me he wouldn't be happy until I get my picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone:
I Wanna buy five copies for my mother Rolling Stone
I Wanna see my smilin' face on the cover of the Rolling Stone CITY

I spent the last few days “on the wallaby track.” out Manilla way. On the 19th January our 1st and 2nd Grade sides will be playing Souths out at Manilla on their Turf wickets as with Country Music visitors and grounds being unavailable it was the only option. Our 3rd Grade side will still play their match in Tamworth as normal. More details on these matches will be posted when they come to hand.

GOOOOOOO In my wild erratic fancy visions come to me of Clancy;
Gone a-droving "down the Cooper" where the western drovers go;
As the stock are slowly stringing, Clancy rides behind them singing,
For the drover's life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know. CITY
What it means by "I play for City" was in evidence in this weekend matches. Against Bective we had wins in Seconds and Thirds. Half the 3 rd Grade side was made up of regular 4th Graders, 2nd Grade had it ranks made up of regular 3rd Graders. The players who were required to play up a Grade played their role in these victories.
First Grade just fell short in their run chase, the match was there to be won. The middle/lower batting order just fell away. First Grade have the players to go all the way this season but need to show a little more resolve and grit to do the hard work required to get the team home.

With the Christmas Break behind us, the season like the weather is warming up. It's time to hit the training nets harder then ever. The matches will become more intense, more important, it's time to lift even higher City.