Broth­ers’ love of the game

Decades of rep­re­sent­ing the Colts

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery

For Mun­dub­bera Se­nior Cricket Club pres­i­dent Paul Beu­tel, cricket is a pas­sion he has al­ways shared with his brother Rob.

Both men play for the Mun­dub­bera Colts and have done so for two decades.

“I’ve been play­ing since I was 17 and when Rob moved back here a year later he started play­ing too,” Beu­tel said.

“That was around 1996, we are both born and bred here and moved away for a lit­tle while but we came back and have stayed ever since.”

Un­for­tu­nately for the Beu­tel broth­ers, the Colts were over­come by a pow­er­ful Bulls at­tack at the week­end.

It left the team with an­other loss for the sea­son.

“We got flogged, we made 113 and they only lost one wicket chas­ing that down,” Beu­tel said.

“They are a young and de­ter­mined team with some very fast and ac­cu­rate bowl­ing which they back up with great bat­ting. They are def­i­nitely the team to beat.

“Un­for­tu­nately for us we can’t seem to get a full side on the park this year and are de­pleted most weeks.

“We do have the play­ers, it’s just dif­fi­cult hav­ing ev­ery­one avail­able at the same time with work and other com­mit­ments.”

Beu­tel said he didn’t do well against the Bulls’ bowl­ing at­tack but was glad he was able to con­trib­ute in the field.

“Their bowl­ing was just too good on the day,” Beu­tel said.

“It felt good to take a catch in the field though, it feels like you are con­tribut­ing to the team and help­ing out with a catch or some good bowl­ing.”

Beu­tel en­joys be­ing able to play cricket with his brother ev­ery week whether they win or lose.

“It’s a good bond to have over sport,” Beu­tel said.

“We are al­ways ringing each other any­way, we are pretty close. It’s great ca­ma­raderie which is added to on the field.”

Both Beu­tel sib­lings have had a love for cricket from a young age but it wasn’t un­til their later teen years that they took the sport up.

“We did play a lit­tle bit of back­yard cricket as kids but not a great deal,” Beu­tel said.

“We didn’t re­ally start play­ing the game un­til we first came back to Mun­dub­bera, we al­ways loved it but hadn’t played it.

“And once we started we never looked back.”

Now both Beu­tels have 12-year-old sons al­ready fol­low­ing in their fa­thers’ foot­steps.

“They both play for the Cen­tral Bur­nett Blue Heel­ers and they play ju­nior cricket as well,” Beu­tel said.

“I am hop­ing to be able to play a game on the same team with my son one day, I think that’s what all fa­thers hope to achieve with their sons as they get older.”

Next week is a bye round for the Mun­dub­bera and Gayn­dah Se­nior Cricket Com­pe­ti­tion.

“The bye week is to give us all a lit­tle break, we have been play­ing ev­ery sin­gle week­end so this helps recharge the bat­ter­ies,” Beu­tel said.


GAMEPLAY: The Bulls and Colts took it to each other early on Satur­day.

Colts player Paul Beu­tel tak­ing a catch in the mid­field.

Bai­ley Kimber bowl­ing for the Mun­dub­bera Colts.

Rob Beu­tel wicket keep­ing for the Colts.

Jor­dan Parr bowl­ing for the Mun­dub­bera Colts.

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