Golden oldies drafted into Aussie squad
TWEED cricket golden oldies Dave Russell and Ian Petherick are celebrating their selection in the Australian over-60s side to tour New Zealand.
"I am both excited and humbled to be representing our nation in this great game," Russell said.
Mr Petherick said it was an honour.
"When one plays a team sport, selection can never be guaranteed," he said.
"Hence to make an Aussie side, even though it is late in life, is still an honour which I will cherish."
The team will play 14 matches, including three one-day internationals.
"I know several of my fellow Australians from NSW and Queensland and with the other top players from the other states, we should form a good unit," Russell said.
The pair still play local cricket, with Russell playing for Terranora CC in the Coastal league (where Terranora sits on top of the ladder) and Petherick playing for the Brisbane over-60 team as well as a Queensland Rotary team and the Australian Rotary side.
Russell works as a maths teacher at Kingscliff High.
"My students have been very positive about my news as are my Terranora team mates, in particular veterans in their own right David Parks, John Cameron and president Ian Rawlings, all good team and club men," Russell said.
Petherick started playing cricket as a 14-year-old in Lockyer Valley before moving to Bundaberg, where he played for 40 years. He retired to Tweed after playing against and for such players as Geoff Dymock, English gloveman Steve Rhodes, Martin Love, Jeff Thompson and Dennis Lillee.
Russell and Petherick were named for the squad after performances in the recent national carnival.