A-Grade’s classy sea­son opener

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Classies - BY ROBERT MUIR

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.

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