Firing up for the Andrew ‘Packy’ Turnbull Memorial cricket match are (from left) Geoff Martin, Cudgen 4ths captain Steve Halloran Rural Fire Brigade captain Brett Gray, and fireman Lucas Herrington.
Firing up for the Andrew ‘Packy’ Turnbull Memorial cricket match are (from left) Geoff Martin, Cudgen 4ths captain Steve Halloran Rural Fire Brigade captain Brett Gray, and fireman Lucas Herrington. Crystal Spencer

Memorial match on Australia Day

CUDGEN Fourth Grade cricketers have vowed to extinguish the (Station) 347 Firies when their simmering Australia Day Memorial clash heats up at Walter Peate Oval on Tuesday.

Dedicated to the memory of fourth grade cricketer and first-rate fireman Andrew “Packy” Turnbull, the heated fixture promises to spark a little fire in the belly.

“There will be fines in place for any misuse of language, ducks, or other indiscretions on the pitch,” Cudgen’s Steve Halloran joked.

“We’re going to teach those firies a thing or two about cricket, and it could become an expensive afternoon for them!”

When not risking his own life to save another, Packy was a fourth grade legend for more than a decade.

He was a big-hitting machine who brought as much personality to the game as he did skill.

“He could hit a ball to the moon and was renowned for his one-handed six,” Halloran said.

“As a spin-bowler he did some remarkable things with the ball on occasions, and was always running around and diving everywhere.

“He also took some remarkable catches from time to time, and not always totally sober.

“But he brought more to the game than just his antics; he brought a calmness to everyone with his very presence.

“If things got out of hand he’d always chime in with a ‘happy days’.”

The 20/20 bash was the brain-child of Dean Fogg, Geoff Martin and John Wackett, with all monies raised to benefit the Turnbull children.

A sausage sizzle will be provided for all in attendance.

“It’s a very low-key, casual affair,” Halloran said.

“So if you haven’t finalised your Australia Day celebrations, why not bring the family down, have some fun, and help support the cause.”

The “firey” encounter gets under way at 10am.



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