Tyalgum cricket left to right, Terry Short 43, Craig Robinson 12, Bruce Bartrim 69, Jake Atkinson 13 and Ben Mills 33.
Tyalgum cricket left to right, Terry Short 43, Craig Robinson 12, Bruce Bartrim 69, Jake Atkinson 13 and Ben Mills 33. Blainey Woodham

Back on pitch

IT has been a few years in the making, but the Tyalgum Cricket Club is finally back in the crease.

Ten long years have passed since the once-illustrious club stood tall in the Tweed District Cricket competition, but now they are back and ready to bowl the opposition away.

Well, once they get a bit more practise in.

Tyalgum’s resurrection began with a simple concept dreamed up by former players Terry Short, Ben Mills and Adam Gallard – who all the came through the ranks as juniors – one afternoon while sipping away in a public house.

“I was driving around town one day and saw some guys in the middle of the pitch, so we got together and brainstormed,” club president Short said.

“We thought ‘why not get a pub team together to play out of Tyalgum again?’ ”

Two years later and their dreams were realised, though it’s not quite the pub team they had envisaged.

“It’s supposed to be a 40-overs match, but it never lasts that long,” Short said.

“We play against Murwillumbah, Pottsville, Terranora, South Tweed and Cudgen, so there’s a bit of rivalry, but we’re hardly playing for sheep stations.”

They began their fourth grade campaign with just seven players on the combined Colts-Tyalgum books and were belted by 40 runs, but have seen the fruits of their work attract a wealth of young talent to the club.

“We’ve just got all our numbers sorted,” Short said.

“We have seven senior players on the books, including Bruce Bartrim, and a really strong following of local juniors, many of whom have shown a lot of promise, considering they haven’t been playing long.

“We’re working on building up our junior base because we’d love to see the kids from this area flourish once again. We hope to get at least second and third grade teams up and running soon, as well as a full junior squad.”

In 2014 Tyalgum will have been involved in local cricket on and off for 100 years, and it’s the club’s aim to have all grades up and running in time of the centenary celebrations.

“The club has a very proud heritage, which my wife Kim is actually in the process of tracing at the moment for a book,” Short said.

“It would be nice to be getting back to where we once were when the centenary rolls around.”

On Saturday, December 19, the club is holding a break-up party after their final game for the year, and then on the Sunday will be holding a Christmas do, to which everyone around Tyalgum is invited.

The cricket club also has plenty of fun day’s coming up, with the boys set to play Murwillumbah Hospital’s Children’s Ward in a January fundraiser, play a Glenn McGrath Foundation game in February, and everyone’s favourite, the Australia Day game against India.

Any interested players and sponsors, along with former players who can help with Kim’s book, can contact the Shorts on 0266792031 or via email at tyalgumcricketclub@hotmail.com.


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