On a warm Sunday Afternoon before Australia Day the Glebe Rd Uniting Church, Ipswich, challenged a group from Wellers Hill and Tarragindi, Brisbane, to a seriously social game of cricket.
A gathering of close to 100 people enjoyed the great vantage points from the large fig trees of the Yeronga Memorial Park.
Showing great sportsmanship the younger Glebe Rd team offered to field in the heat and sent the older boys from Wellers Hill into bat.
Nathan Godfrey, Tom Glasby & Bruce Dodd hit many fours while Matt Patrick & Michael Buchanan savoured a six each. Greg Dart hit 5 large sixes, top scoring for the Brisbane side on 32.
Derek Weatherhead showed his form for the Ipswich bowlers with 5/13 including a great caught & bowled.
The second half of play didn’t go the way of Wellers Hill – Tarragindi with the more seasoned batsmen from Glebe Road stacking on the runs very quickly with plenty of boundaries from Rodney Fisher, Jamie Hewitt, Mike Case and Jeremy Bruce.
Top scorer for Glebe Rd was Tristan Albury who was unbeaten on 35 and took out the man of the match award.
A great afternoon enjoyed by all with Glebe Rd Uniting winnning convincingly by over 100 runs and happily offering to play other churches in another game of social cricket.
Organiser Matt Patrick saw the day as a great success with many families making an afternoon of it with many of the children enjoying their own games of cricket and t-ball on an adjacent pitch.
“Ive been walking through that park to work for 9 years” Matt said “I’ve always imagined it as a space where families can gather and men can enjoy some bloke time”.
Being work colleagues Matt and Tristan decided to put something into reality reminiscent of the time when Laidley used to take on Gatton. “I would love to see it across the uniting church as a way of blokes encouraging each other.” Matt said after the game.