Annual match still a ton of fun
INDIA will aim to extend its dominance over Australia at Tyalgum’s famous Australia Day cricket clash.
Hundreds of people flocked to Bruce Bartrim Oval last year to see the traditional match-up, and the crowds are expected to flock to the oval again this year to take in the highly-anticipated clash.
For the past 20 years, the cream of the town’s cricketing crop has gathered to represent Australia against Tweed Shire’s strong Indian presence.
But for more than three quarters of those years, the Indians have proved too good.
In 2010, the Indian side triumphed by 13 runs as the Australians attempted to defend a rare win the previous year.
While national pride is on the line, the game is played in a great spirit in a way that brings the community together.
“It is all in good fun,” Indian captain Jeffrey Singh-Gosel said.
The brainchild of Murwillumbah man Sarvran Singh, the Australia Day fixture is a family-oriented affair, and opens with the traditional junior bout between representatives of the two nations.
Singh-Gosel said the senior side would include a few young guns who had forced their way into the national team, while senior players like Vinni Gosel would offer leadership skills.
“We will probably nominate a side similar to what we had last year, with the addition of some youngsters who are coming through,” he said.
Singh-Gosel has been involved in the clash since its early days and said it was a great way to spend Australia Day.
“It’s an awesome way to bring people together to just enjoy the day. What other way would be better to spend Australia Day than having a cricket match?” he said.
Ben Mills will reprise the role he took on last year as Australian captain.
His side will also field a similar team to last year and the players all know each other’s games inside out.
“It is pretty much the same team it has been for years, I have been playing with some of these fellas since I was a kid.”
Mills is confident his players can turn last year’s loss around.
“I would like to think so,” he said.
The side will welcome back Jack Bartrim, who is in good form, having taken 5-14 recently at club level, while brilliant all-rounder Josh Barnes will also slip into the whites.
Mills is also a big fan of the clash, having played for many years, and he said it was something the whole town looked forward to.
“It is a great way to celebrate the day, it has gone back a few years now and it is something the town looks forward to every year, which is great.”
Play begins at 9.30am for the juniors and 11.30am for the seniors.