Colts take their final cricket bow
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.