Thirty years of cricketing history at Cudgen
IT doesn't get any more Aussie than the summer holidays friendly cricket match.
The Richardson and Togo families this year celebrated the 30th anniversary of their annual New Year's Day and Boxing Day cricket challenges at the Cudgen Public School ground.
The Richardsons of Currumbin were enjoying a home barbecue in 1976 with friends of the Togos of Chinderah, when talk got around to which was the better beer, XXXX or Tooheys.
As the argument unfolded, the idea of a cricket challenge took hold. Mark Richardson was just 16 when he played in the first of the cricket friendlies - now he's 46 and captain of the Richardson family team.
"We've all got to know some really great people. We've had players fly in from Port Hedland in WA and Whyalla in South Australia just for these games," Mark said yesterday.
Opposing captain Geoff Togo said the camaraderie at the games was fantastic.
"We're always blooding the little fellas. It's a great bunch," he said.
Richardson player Nick Ede said: "People talk about the Boxing Day Test, this is what cricket's all about."