Australia Day Tumbulgum Cricket Challenge

A terrific tussle on Australia Day between the Tumbulgum “Village People” and the North Tumbulgum “Cavaliers” resulted in a close win for the “Village People”.

This year, we were oversubscribed, so a couple of keen prospects will have to get on the players list quicker next year!

The teams looked resplendent in their specially screen-printed white polos purchased by the TCA and sponsored by local businesses – Tumbulgum Tavern and Judy Emzin Bookkeeping.

This year, I was asked to coordinated the annual Tumbulgum cricket challenge.  I saw this as an opportunity to incorporate the event with the McGrath Foundation “Pink Stumps” Day. McGrath Breast Care Nurses help individuals (and their families) experiencing breast cancer by providing physical, psychological and emotional support. From the time of diagnosis, and throughout treatment, this support is available for free.

We raised $656; thank you to those who donated, especially Tumby Park for their very generous donation.

The weather was relatively kind to us which was pleasing, particularly as some of us are “past our prime”.

“Village People” lost the toss and were sent in to bat.  Our star batter was Dan Purkis and it was great having Aleasha again on our team.  Despite our best efforts, I was’nt sure we had put enough runs on the board.

The “Cavaliers” were cruising earlier in their 20 over innings, but, after a couple of key wickets were lost, including Tizzy, the match went down to the wire and the “Village People” managed to hold out the “Cavaliers” for the win.

After presenting the trophy to North Tumbulgum captain Tizzy last year, it was a thrill to accept the trophy on behalf of the “Village People”.

A special thanks to Luke who again prepared the pitch for the match and Tumbulgum Tavern for putting on a few beers for the cricketers and a much-earned sausage sizzle.

Let’s do it all again next year…,

Paul Close

“Village People” Captain