After an initial rain-drenched cancellation, the annual Yarra Old Grammarians vs Firsts XI cricket match was rescheduled for Wednesday 24 February and we had a fabulous turnout of cricketers both past and present with blue skies and sunshine all round. Rod Penaluna, President of YOG hosted the day as well as the umpiring and was nicely supported by YOG and current parent of Cameron, Mike MacLennan (YOG, 1976). It was agreed to mix things up this year and have YOG and current Firsts on each side.
A number of YOG’s from a range of eras donned the creams on the Patterson Oval including Peter Bennett-Hullin (YOG, 1983) who was again front and centre in a match that saw a combination of the two teams for the first time. He joined ex YOG Premiership star Richard Armstrong (YOG, 1985) who knocked them around and got ex Premiership player Andrew Teabags Dilley (YOG, 2014) going.
Current A grade local player Jordan Goldsmith (YOG, 2013) and Dan Robertson (2014 Premiership player) were both productive with bat, ball and in the field. Premiership Captains Jack and Sam Harper, (Sam recently made his Shield debut with the Bushrangers) and immediate past Captain, Josh Hudson were all among the runs. Mick Letson (YOG, 2006), brother of Dean ensured that the Letson family have been represented every year while Nick Pask (YOG, 1999) took a blinder of a catch to dismiss Kieran Harper (YOG, 2010) who showed why he is more famous for his 40 matches with the North Melbourne Kangaroos.
And 2015 graduates Aaron Leis, Lachlan McRae, Mitchell Chappell were all very happy to be back at the Fortress reliving some of their great memories.
We look forward to next year’s battle.