Visiting stars celebrate with town
Former football stars graced Ros Jones Memorial Oval last weekend for the annual Wickham celebrity cricket match, part of a weekend of celebrations for the Wickham community.
Regular event drawcard Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico was joined by St Kilda great Danny Frawley, former Western Bulldog Adam Cooney and indigenous trailblazer Gilbert McAdam to team up with local cricketers for the annual grudge match.
Dipper’s team was sent out to bowl first in the Friday night game and it only took a few balls before the man with the mo was calling for drinks from the sideline.
By the second innings, he had donned the mic for some unique commentary on the match.
It was a close game, but once again Wickham came up trumps for the sixth year in a row.
Wickham Community Association president Fiona White-Hartig said the event was a chance for the community to let its hair down.
“It is really about acknowledging all the things people do to make Wickham a great place to live,” she said. “Thanks to everybody in the community who came along and supported it.
“Hopefully it will grow bigger and better next year to celebrate the 45th anniversary.”
Mrs White-Hartig said the association would try to get a few more cricketers back next year, and possibly outback comedy legend Russell Coight.
The weekend was not just a cricket match, with markets held next door on the night and a concert on Saturday night.
It was also a chance to present the annual Wickham Community Awards for those who had shown dedication to the town.
Wickham Tidy Towns was awarded community group of the year.
After a big year for the Wolves, Jarrod Cross won junior sportsperson of the year, while Steve Edney got the nod for sportsperson of the year.
Corinne Oakes won citizen of the year and junior citizen of the year went to Meeza Humphries.
A blue team player connects with a booming pull shot.
The red team struggled with the bat early.
“Dipper” trundled in with some slow-medium paced deliveries.