Legends in their lifetime
By STEVE SPINKS
JEFF Walsh's skill on local cricket fields is well known. So it's apt that Walsh was one of 13 local sporting identities inducted into the Lismore Workers Club Masters Games living legends club yesterday at the launch of the 2005 Games.
He is well known as a tearaway fast bowler and he has been an administrator for almost 20 years, including 14 as president of the Lismore District Cricket Association.
But perhaps there is one incident that stands out above all others. Playing for the Commonwealth Club in Casino in the late 1970s Walsh hit an unbeaten 207.
The only reason why he didn't bat on was because he hit a massive stroke at the Casino High School ground and the ball was lost in the agricultural plot.
After an unsuccessful search Walsh, who was the captain, declared the innings. He insists the ball has never been found.
The Railway Hotel publican has been involved with the Clunes Association, the Lismore Association and Casino and played inter-district cricket.
"I've been around cricket for a long time," Walsh said. "I didn't play in the last Masters Games (2003) because I had just had a hip operation. But I'll probably have a hit this year."
Other legends inducted were Reg Baxter (baseball), David McWhirter (basketball), Merle Speakman (dressage), Bruce Sanders (golf), Charlie Johnson (golf), Jodie Hamilton (hockey), Linda Ball (netball), Rick Bourke (oztag), Chris Eather (softball), Margaret Harding (swimming), Trish Wooldridge (touch), Jake Harley (touch).