Colts take their fi­nal cricket bow

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

CRICKET: The Mundubbera Colts have an­nounced they are re­tir­ing from Cen­tral Burnett cricket com­pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing their loss to the Wan­der­ers on Satur­day.

Cap­tain Rob Beu­tel said it was a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion by the team.

“Ev­ery­one wants to do stuff with their kids and give them a go at it,” Beu­tel said.

“At the start of the year we de­cided on that, as it’s get­ting harder and harder to get a team.

“The team said we’d do this year and that’s it.”

Beu­tel said the Colts had played to­gether for about 20 years.

“Most of the team has been the same for 20 years,” he said.

“There would be no team in this town that has ever gone for that long, it’s a bit of a long time.

“Me, Paul Beu­tel and Brad Ward were three of the orig­i­nals that have never missed a year of cricket ever.

“We’ve been there since it first got to­gether.

“We’re still great mates to­day and that is never go­ing to change.

“You can rely on each PHO­TOS: TOBI LOF­TUS other to be there.

“It’s been a good jour­ney and there have been a lot of fun times.”

Beu­tel said his favourite me­mories with the team would be the after-game beers.

“Back in the younger days we used to go to the pub and wouldn’t get home un­til 2 or 3am,” he said.

“These days we just have a few beers and go home be­cause we’re too old.

“We are mar­ried – we’ll get in trou­ble if we stay out that late these days.”

Beu­tel said he would miss that.

“Ev­ery week­end you knew you were go­ing to catch up with your mates, have a game of cricket and have a good time,” he said.

“We’ve al­ways been a fun team and have never been se­ri­ous.

“It’s the com­pany that brings us all to­gether.

“Ev­ery­one was keen as when cricket sea­son came around.”

Beu­tel said the team cel­e­brated one fi­nal time on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

“Once we all fin­ished on Satur­day we said ‘let’s have one more beer’,” he said.

“We might as well en­joy one last one to­gether.

“We sat at the bar in the cricket club, all raised our cans and said ‘thank you very much for the times’.”

With the Colts not re­turn­ing for the new sea­son later in the year, that leaves Mundubbera with just one cricket team, the Stingers, and Gayn­dah with three teams.

GAME ON: The Colts and the Wan­der­ers in ac­tion in Mundubbera on Satur­day.

Two Wan­der­ers bats­men pass each other in Mundubbera on Satur­day.

A Colts player throws the ball back to the bowler.

A Colts player falls as he dives for the ball.

Bai­ley Kim­ber goes to bowl for the Colts.

A Gayn­dah Wan­der­ers player plays a shot.

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