Friday, February 13, 2015

It just isn’t cricket.

In shocking news a former City United player Peter Lalor was involved in a disgusting incident on Saturday in Newcastle.
Peter was a junior at City, while moving through the grades he was part of a 2nd Grade premiership win for City. Peter was playing 1st grade when he moved to Newcastle. His Father Steve Lalor also played for City and recently has become a district umpire.

Peter now plays in Newcastle for the Jewells Tavern Beavers and was bowling against a Merewether at Jesmond's Heaton Park when he was struck over the head with a bat by a rival player on Saturday.

Captain Peter Lalor counts himself lucky to be alive after the incident left him with nine stitches and a concussion
"It was a shock to everyone," Lalor said. "It must have been a brain snap."
The game was abandoned and Lalor was taken by ambulance to hospital bleeding from his head.
CT scans later cleared him of serious damage and the 33-year-old is expected to be released from hospital on Monday.
Police are investigating the incident.
Peter has been with the Jewells Tavern club for the past eight seasons but has played first-grade district cricket for Waratah-Mayfield.  
All at City wishes Peter a speedy recover.

I spoke to Phillip Hood through the week after having a knee replacement on Monday morning. He was feeling a bit down until I told him although City won three of the four matches on Saturday no-one or no team was able to meet the challenge that he laid down for the Saturday’s matches. That brought a smile to his face.

GOOOOOOOO It will not be long before we hear Phil yelling out from the sideline to beloved City teams CITY

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

You can't remove the smile from his face.

Our 2nd Grade side has had a very tough season. With a early win at the start of the season against Wests our 2nd Grade side captained by Mark "Pup" Fisher was leading the competition. Since that match the team has struggled to find a win, although on many occasions the boys were not far away.
Injuries, players being unavailable, the inclusion of Terry Skewes and David Smith who the team had to hind in the field didn't assist in the teams results.
But this team has built a great bond and are a very tight knit group of players who always support each other no matter the situation of the match.

Mark and Johnny will be planning the down fall of Wests this weekend. 
Without a doubt, Mark Fisher is the reason the team has such a strong team spirit. Mark has this positive, upbeat, undying enthusiasm and self belief for his team and players, he has held this team together.
On Saturday Mark's team played Souths and all his dreams came true with our 2nd grade team playing the match of their lives. After the win Mark and his players were understandably elated. Most of the team spent a number of hours celebrating at our major sponsor, the Tamworth Golf club.
GOOOOOOOO "You know we are unbeaten in the month of February". Mark told me with pride and a smile CITY

Monday, February 9, 2015

City give paceman a winning sendoff

What a six the best of my time at City
This was the heading in Mondays Northern Daily Leader, after our 1st Grade side rolled Souths for just 71 runs at Riverside 1 to complete a convincing win.
Our 1st Grade side lead by Simon Toyer battered first, after losing two early wickets Richie (I always think he looks good) O'Halloran 22 runs and Benny Semmler 24 runs steadied the ship and set a nice platform. Both batsmen gave the team a launching pad being only two down at the twenty over drink break. And Launch we did smacking 102 from the remaining twenty overs.

Tezza (I look just as good as Richie) Kampe 31runs had a ball, hitting the experienced bowling attack of Souths all over the park. His face lit up when ever he told the story of the massive six that he hit.
City finished with a match winning 154 runs.
The bowlers were not going to let Souths off the hook with all five bowlers Jack McVey, Tait Jordan, Simon Toyer, Dan Lawrence and Man of the Match Ben Semmler all taking wickets.
 The reason for the papers headline is Jack McVey is headed back to University in Newcastle. It was a perfect way for his team mates to give Jack a departing gift.
GOOOOOOOO last word must go to Peter Mead who said with a broad smile "we totally outplayed them in all aspects today" CITY
Jack you are truly a once in a generation cricketer. From everyone at City United "Thank-you"