A-Grade’s classy season opener
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club A Grade have started season 2018/2019 with a classy win against Beechworth.
Playing at home, the YMCC won the toss and batted under new coach Josh Lawrence.
Opener Zach Moore batted smartly making 37 runs. While most batsmen got starts, it was Moore and talented all-rounder Corey McIntosh who dominated the Beechworth bowling.
McIntosh was unlucky not to get a half century being dismissed for 44.
Pleasing to coach Lawrence was the upcoming talent from YMCC junior programs, joining McIntosh was Brock McCabe 18 runs and Ben Irvine 21. The Lakers made 172 runs.
With the ball, the YMCC were able to constrict the attacking prowess of Beechworth having dominant bats the Surrey brothers both out with the score on 4/90.
The Lakers bowlers bowled well and shared wickets.
McIntosh 2/11; McCabe 2/24; James Irvine 2/26; John Ferguson 2/34 and Will Sharp 1/16.
It was great to see debutant Brady Bartlett have a good game taking 0/30 off seven overs and scoring 1 not out in his first match for the club after moving to town from Corowa. The Beechworth team were all out for 142. The YMCC play Benalla at Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga this Saturday.
Thirteen players of the Ovens and Murray Football League championship team had a memorable 50-year reunion on Saturday, September 16 at the Commercial Club Albury.
Following their 11.30am to 2.30pm luncheon gathering, the league stars were introduced at the league’s preliminary final at half-time between Wangaratta and Wodonga Raiders, at the Albury Sportsground.
“It was fantastic,” key forward and former Yarrawonga star Noel Long told the Yarrawonga Chronicle of the reunion.
“Thirty players and their partners attended.” The star-studded 1968 O and M line-up contained several former VFL players, some of whom captained VFL sides.
Fitzroy pair Ralph Rogerson and John Hayes (Yarrawonga) captained the Lions, Alan Lynch also played with the Lions, John Waddington and Peter Chisnall played with North Melbourne, Martin Cross with Carlton, Noel Long with Footscray, Kevin Smith with Richmond, and Trevor Steer and O and M coach Micky Bone with Collingwood.
Sadly, Kevin Smith, and two other team members Ron Hill and Ian Goyne, have passed away. Alan Lynch, John Waddington and Mick Bone were unable to attend the reunion.
In July 1968, O and M beat the Wimmera in Horsham in front of 10,000 people to be country champions. Down three points at half-time, O and M led by nine points at the last break to power on to a 15.13.103 to 10.8.68 victory.
Special guests at the 50-year reunion luncheon were O and M Chairman David Sinclair, and long-time league supporter and State Member for Murray Valley Ken Jasper.
Noel Long expressed his thanks to the O and M League for their contribution towards a “very special” day.
“I also give a special thank you to our Yarrawonga club great supporters Graham Ridley and Ray Humphreys,” the almost 79-yearold said.
“They were magnificent in helping to find telephone numbers of the team members, which ensured the very successful reunion.”
Fifty years on …golden oldies of the winning 1968 Ovens and Murray Football Country Championship team … back row, from left, Martin Cross, Ralph Rogerson, Trevor Steer, Jeff Hemphill, John Maddocks, Noel Long, Derrick Taylor; centerline, John Hayes, Graham Nish, Peter Chisnall, Neville Hogan; in front, Eddie Rogalski, Bob Barker.