Dale McDonald, Hamish McDonald, Isaac McDonald, Matthew McDonald, Robert Hutchinson and Tony Newman are ready to play.
Dale McDonald, Hamish McDonald, Isaac McDonald, Matthew McDonald, Robert Hutchinson and Tony Newman are ready to play.

Poddy's family takes games seriously



? GRACEMERE'S Gordon "Poddy'' McDonald loved his cricket and the next generations of the McDonald family are carrying on this passion.

Poddy was dismissed for 95 in July, 2004, and at his wake the family cricket team concept was born with the Poddy's XI making their debut in The Morning Bulletin/Rockhampton Cricket

Week Carnival in Rockhampton last year.

Dale McDonald, Poddy's youngest son, is ready to play along with grandsons, grandson-in-laws and a couple of "family hangeroners''.

Tony Newman, one of Poddy's grandsons, it was just a family reunion with about five team members playing cricket regularly and the others once a year.

Team members have travelled for the occasion, including Ross Newman (Cairns), Michael and Shane McDonald (Emerald), Mal Timm (Gladstone) and Robert Hutchinson (Brisbane).

Playing in the third grade concrete division at Gracemere, Poddy's XI are still waiting for their first win and already have a plan of attack.

"We're aiming to bat first so we might not have to field for all the 40 overs,'' Tony said.

The field is also set with some thicker grass on one side of the wicket for the older team members, who will also be placed strategically closer to the bar, while the younger team members could get stuck with dirt and prickles.

Poddy's XI open their title quest against the Marlborough No Morals today.



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