It’s just not cricket
THE Merton Cricket Club after many years will be unable to field a side this season due to lack of player numbers.
After winning the grand final last season by defeating Kilmore in the Seymour competition, most of the team have gone their separate ways.
Some have retired due to family commitments and last year’s captain, Anderson, moved to another club in the Wangaratta league.
After advertising for a captain/coach position and many calls to ex-players, the regretful position to fold the club or go into recess will be made this Wednesday at the clubrooms, starting at 6pm.
The club started in the pre-war years, folded, then reformed in the early 1980s.
Since then it had played in a number of leagues and divisions over the years including Euroa, Alexandra/ Mansfield, Euroa/ Alexandra, Benalla and District and finally in the Seymour league in the last two seasons.
In the last 30 years the club has won eight premierships and has played in finals on a regular basis.
Hopefully we can regroup and reform next season.
In the meantime the ground will host junior matches and maybe a couple of scratch matches for the older players. played in the morning competition and scored 15 points.
Rob Brownlee won nearest the pin on the eighth.
On Saturday, September 23, the second round of the club championships was played with the course running an extra 40-50 metres.
The winner of the ladies’ was Mardi Trescowthick.
The men’s winner was Greg Roberts.
These two won the sponsors ‘Euroa Hotel’ prize.
Line balls went to Mick Bolton on 75 nett and Braydan Millar and Neil Barter on 76 nett.
The ladies’ drive and pitch went to Ria Pearce.
The men’s drive and pitch went to Shae Van Der Schoor.
We had a visit from 15 players from the Yea Golf Club who enjoyed the golf and hospitality and said: ‘They would be back soon’.
One of their golfers also won the raffle.
Nearest the pins: on the 4th Alan Rowarth who also got his birdie, on the 8th the club, on the 15th Neil Barter, and on the 17th Chris Bennett.
Braydan Millar somehow beat Wally Dunn with a birdie on the 18th in their knockout.
Next week’s golf is a stableford round.
For those who want to watch the football grand final, hit off is from 10am with Wally Dunn looking after proceedings.