Fun ends at the Country Carnival
THERE will be some sore bodies as the fun event of Rockhampton’s cricket calendar has played out.
The Rockhampton Country Carnival attracts teams of great quality and also players of incredible imagination.
The fun normally begins with finding a name for each team and looking at the list for the 2010 carnival there must have been some long nights as team organisers searched for that distinctive title.
One such team was the winner of the Sixth Grade Concrete competition.
The name Etatsorp (Prostate spelt backwards) & Co is a strange one and if that name wasn’t noticed then the attire of the gentlemen in the squad certainly would.
Organiser Bevan Crozier said the Etatsorp & Co team played all their matches wearing ties and donning top hats.
Crozier said the three days of cricket produced everything he and other organisers had hoped for.
There were close matches, and the occasional blowout, but the main thing was the majority attending enjoyed the event.
Even the weather proved to be kind with none of the rain that spoiled the 2009 event making an appearance.
For some teams success was a repeat of last year while for others it was the first chance to taste victory after years of trying.
In the Grade One Concrete section it was back-to-back wins for the Gracemere side known as Poddy’s XI.
The team is made up of players from the McDonald family and their mentor, Dale McDonald, would have to be satisfied with another on-field success.
While the teams were tasting success there were also a number of outstanding individual efforts on the concrete wickets.
Winner of the Third Grade was Meatants XI and little wonder when one of the team’s number, Nathan McMaster, could record figures of 6-6 when bowling in one of the matches.
Also in the Third Grade was the team known as Marlborough Maggots, but there was nothing grubby about the performance of Sandy McArtney who smashed his way to a score of 155 runs, the highest innings on concrete for the tournament.
On turf the visitors from Moranbah proudly started the tournament as the defending champion but was unable to hold on to that proud title as they were overwhelmed by the Green Machine.
Like so many teams of the Frenchville club The Green Machine was dominant.
Led by Kel Applewaite, the Green Machine beat Moranbah, Callipe Colts and then finished the weekend off with a victory over Colts Biloela yesterday at the Rockhampton Cricket Ground.
Individually the side did not do too bad either.
Bowling award for the most wickets over the tournament on turf was Greg Black with a haul of 10 wickets.
Wicketkeeper Lachlan Hartley also played his part in the Green Machine’s triumph as he forced seven dismissals, the highest number on turf for a glove man.
Southside Oldies might not have been one of the winning teams, that honour in Fourth Grade turf went to My Left Foot, but bowler Mick Lawrence will remember his display as he took 8-23, the best figures in a match for a bowler.
For Thomson Tigers the return trip to Longreach will be a pleasant journey.
Crozier said the team had been coming for years but this is the first time they had gone home winners, taking out the Fifth Grade turf.
Raymo’s Rebels took out the Seventh Grade of the Turf competition with well known local identity Richie Pershouse setting the record with the bat, blasting 190 runs against the luckless Masked Booby Bandits yesterday.
The final comment for the tournament must go to Crozier following organising the event and having concerns about whether the tournament would face problems with rain.
“The whole weekend turned out excellent, I think I will now go and hibernate for six months,” he said.
For most players, however, it is roll on next year.Carnival Winners
Turf : 1st grade- The Green Machine, 2nd-Wycarbh, 3rd – Bidgood’s XI, 4th – My Left Foot, 5th- Thomson Tigers, 6th-Sommers (Gladstone), 7th-Raymo’s Rebels.
Concrete: 1st grade-Poddy’s XI, 2nd -Scurvy Dogs XI, 3rd- Meatants XI, 4th- Bushrangers (Springsure), 5th-St Lawrence, 6th- Etatsorp XI, 7th- Profilers.