Vis­it­ing stars cel­e­brate with town

Pilbara News - - Pilbars Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr Gil­bert McA­dam skies an at­tempted cover drive.

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.

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