Rugby League’s most celebrated image is that of 1963 Grand Final combatants, Norm Provan and Arthur Summons embracing each other after a tightly fought game. The “Gladiators” as the image is known, shows that despite the contrast of height between the two, typifies Mark Twain’s quote that ‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog’.
Cammeray A1’s answer to the ‘Gladiators’, came together in a match winning 6th wicket partnership on the weekend. After strolling out to the crease with Cammeray in trouble at 4 for 32 chasing NB Jet’s 150 runs, Wade Ridley steadied the collapse with a 35 run partnership with Reno Post. The match was still in balance at 5 for 67 when Reno holed out. Another quick wicket and the collapse could continue despite some strong batters to come. But the unbeaten 84 run partnership with Alec Draffin paved the way for a great victory for Cammeray.
After both picking up 2 wickets (Ridley 2 for 11 off 4 overs, Draffin 2 for 39 off 8 overs) earlier in the day to restrict the Jets scoring, the pair set about dispatching the red ball all over the Gore Hill ground. The fight in both Cammeray dogs were evident to all, and the result was never in doubt as the Gladiators overtook the opposition score in the 31st over. Great to see Wader notch up the first of what’s sure to be many ‘half century’ of the season, and to see Draff continue hitting the ball so sweetly. Skipper Palmer was estatic with the pair’s form, but was equally quick to acknowledge the ‘whole team effort in the field’ earlier in the day, that set up the victory, and pinpointed it came down to ‘combining good fielding with catching’.
The A1’s will be keen to continue notching up victory as they take on Pymble Pigs at Lofberg Oval this weekend in what is a tight competition, where every point counts.