Book Review: A View Of Australia From Fine Leg


How many of us have had a wild idea late at night or in the early hours of the morning, then thought better of it in the light of day? Well Craig Dodson had such a thought and made good on a dream.  Craig’s book A View Of Australia From Fine Leg tells the story of how a cricketer in his early 40s, who had not played for over a decade, completed a schedule of matches over five States; all to scratch an itch and to raise funds for charity.


The dream emerged while watching last year’s Second Ashes Test at Lords on TV in the wee hours of the morning.  Craig had a desire to again play a game he loved, though to do something epic and make a difference. The dream evolved to play 10 games for 10 different teams. To provide some impetus for such an undertaking Craig realised there needed to be something bigger at stake than just his want to play; a worthy cause.  Now married with two young children, Craig about ten years back had a significant struggle with depression. He chose Gotcha4Life as his cause; a charity started by The Cricket Tragic Gus Worland to focus on men’s mental health.


This book outlines how Craig pulled together this epic journey, who he played for and how along the way he garnered the support of a team of Australian cricket greats, and was interviewed for local Brisbane TV by an Aussie Test legend. Craig also provides his insights in to the state of the game in the suburbs and regions, playing with a cohort from 12 to 68 years of age.


I am somewhat biased, as Craig like me has been a contributor to The Footy Almanac for many years writing about our beloved Sydney Swans. Putting those allegiances aside I can honestly say that this book is a great read if you have any interest in our summer game. Do yourself a favour and check it out.



An extract from Craig Dodson’s book can be read here.



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About Keiran Croker

Keiran is a lifelong Swans supporter, despite a brief dalliance with the Cats and Tigers in primary school years. Family connections to Port Melbourne and South Melbourne demanded loyalty to the Swans. The long wait for success was worth it.


  1. Luke Reynolds says

    I particularly enjoyed the story of game 1.

    It’s a great read throughout. Well done Craig.

  2. craig dodson says

    Thanks KC, you have captured the intent of what I set out to achieve brilliantly mate.

    Luke, was a pleasure to be skippered by you for the day..

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