Clubs team­ing up to hon­our Dingers

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BOTH the Rochester United and Rochester Tigers Cricket Clubs are urg­ing fans to get down to this week­end’s matches be­tween the sides to again hon­our a lo­cal leg­end.

The an­nual Dingers’ Day, cel­e­brat­ing Tigers’ player Matthew Ding­wall who trag­i­cally died in 2011, will see the A grade sides com­pete for a per­pet­ual tro­phy.

But, as Tigers’ pres­i­dent Ray Ge­orge ex­plained, the cel­e­bra­tion is ex­panded this year as the clubs meet in all grades.

‘‘This year is quite unique with not only A, B and C grades play­ing each other but the un­der 14s and 16s as well as in Thurs­day’s Twenty20,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a big week for both clubs and we re­ally want to see a lot of peo­ple get­ting down to sup­port.’’

Ge­orge couldn’t speak highly enough of Ding­wall, a gun crick­eter and all-round great per­son.

‘‘He was just a big, jolly bloke, and no one had a bad thing to say about him,’’ he said.

‘‘His fa­ther is the groundskeeper and he’s done a lot for the club as well; it’s a pretty fa­mous fam­ily name in Rochester.

‘‘Dingers was a big unit, and he’d just stand and de­liver and whack big sixes. He caused a lot of bowlers headaches.

‘‘(Dingers’ Day) is re­ally about the clubs com­ing to­gether, we’ve got plenty of free food af­ter the game, there’s a jump­ing cas­tle for the kids; just a great fam­ily at­mos­phere.

‘‘We drink long necks on the day be­cause that’s what he al­ways used to drink; it’s just a nice day.’’

The un­der 14s meet on Thurs­day night at Win­dridge Oval, the 16s on Fri­day night at Moon Oval, be­fore the se­nior sides meet on Satur­day at 12.30pm.

A grade will be played at Win­dridge Oval, B grade at Moon Oval and C grade at Rochester High School.

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