Due to popular demand and the response to Part 1, I have been convinced to write Part 2 of the Cinderella story. To recap it was the story of my club Pembroke Old Scholars (David if you will) vs the Might of Grange (Goliath) in a T 20 grand final at Adelaide Oval.
We are a Motley Crew a mixture of Old Boys and rings ins. But for the work of Rulebook Ashwood would not get a team on the park from week to week. His contact list is bigger than any Amway network I know. Our one day side has used over 60 players this year. Grange are a semi-professional club who have the luxury of paying players such as former SACA players Mark Harrity and Bradley Young. It is fair to say Pembroke were massive underdogs.
Whilst never having played on the hallowed turf myself, as a Board Member I was advised that I would be presenting the trophy. The next best thing to playing in a winning side on the Oval would surely be presenting the trophy to our skipper. The leadup was exciting with the Side doing their warm up on the number 2 Oval and using the Adelaide Strikers changerooms. There was a crowd of around 1000 people present which was more than most Shield games and it was great to see many former teammates and luminaries of the club present.
It seemed that the occasion got to many of our players with some overawed by the prospect of playing on the hallowed turf. Many were white as sheets in the rooms beforehand, whilst it would be just another day at the office for many Grange Players. Rulebook Ashwood lamented after the game not using Rafael Sterk one of the Pembroke Players who has competed in 3 Olympics as a Water Polo goal keeper. He was one of the few who seemed to lap up the occasion and perhaps should have addressed the team before the game.
Grange batted very well and made 150 plus and Mark Harrity bowled very quickly in the evening. A lot of our lads had never batted under lights before and found it a new experience. Rafael Sterk Made 20 odd and Dino Vyrnios the Greek God made 30 including a massive six. The guys who played whilst being bitterly disappointed with the result will be telling their grandkids about the day they played on Adelaide Oval. They have memories to cherish for life and there is always next year.
For the record Pembroke definitely won the after party – kicking on at the Skipper’s House well into the morning with none of the 11 making it to work on the Monday.