Home­side smashed in worldly match

‘Bloody ter­rific’ event de­spite world get­ting the best of Mun­gungo

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

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.”

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

The Monto play­ers prac­tised their cover drives dur­ing a drinks break.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

The Mun­gungo cricket team of the fu­ture were train­ing hard in be­tween games: Blair Head­ing, Cody Pailthorpe and Grant Head­ing.

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