Homeside smashed in worldly match
‘Bloody terrific’ event despite world getting the best of Mungungo
THE world may have got the better of Mungungo on the cricket pitch this year, but the event the tiny town put on last weekend was first class.
“When I looked out over the grounds and everything on Sunday afternoon as the sun went down I thought to myself, this really is bloody terrific,” Mungungo’s captain Nev Dahtler said.
After eight teams fought for the right to play Mungungo over Saturday and Sunday morning, it was finally last year’s finals day no-shows Gladstone who were left to take on the most prestigious event.
The visitors opened the batting and quickly set to work hitting the ball to the boundary.
“Then my son (Cliff Dahtler) dropped a catch off my bowling, I wasn’t happy with that,” said the determined captain.
With Gladstone reaching 165 for 4, their star recruit, Hannah Staines, from Monto, opened the bowling against her dad Rob Staines for Mungungo.
Mr Staines made 30 before following the competition rules and retiring, along with fellow opener Andrew Myles.
But Gladstone captain Chris Bye had every fielder on the boundary to stop the big hitters, keeping the homeside to only 98 for five at the end of their 10 overs.
Despite the great enthusiasm for friendly banter and competition on the cricket pitch, the real success story was in the incredible community spirit the Mungungo versus the world weekend encouraged.
Local policeman Ron Mientjes was happy with the event, and said he will
be getting the cops from Bundaberg to come over and field a team next year.
“I think we should be called the whallopers, because that’s what we get called as cops sometimes and also because we will be hitting the ball so far,” he said.
“The high point for me was when a major prize was won by a couple from Canberra and they decided they didn’t really need it and gave it to a local family instead,” event organiser Mark Stone said.
“There were so many people who helped us so much, a big thanks should go to Kev and Leann Davis, who spent more than three hours fixing broken toilets for us on Sunday morning.”
But it was Mr Dahtler who pointed out the real stars of the show.
“This never, ever would have happened if it hadn’t been for Mark (Stone) and Trish (Merritt),” he said.
“We are so lucky they showed up here, they have a lot of get up and go and it means a lot they did something like this that is good for all the community.”
The Monto players practised their cover drives during a drinks break.
The Mungungo cricket team of the future were training hard in between games: Blair Heading, Cody Pailthorpe and Grant Heading.