Not joking, Kerry
By Paul Attewell and Steve Spinks
FTB was listening in on Kerry O'Keeffe's interview with Northern Star sports reporter Steve Spinks last week.
O'Keeffe will be in Ballina this weekend for the Tintenbar-East Ballina Cricket Club Sportsmen's Dinner at the Ballina Jockey Club.
The man they call 'Skull' still can't get over his massive following among cricket lovers everywhere.
"I am stunned by it," he told Spinks.
"I really haven't quite sat back and wondered why, but I think Australians relate to someone who doesn't take himself too seriously.
"Sometimes I don't think there is enough humour in this country, not that my attempts at humour are that great."
Trust us Kerry, you're bloody funny.
For more information about the Sportsmen's Dinner contact Brett Crawford on 0419-815259.
THE Far North Coast is chasing more umpires.
Convenor Greg Smith said more decision makers were needed, especially at the junior level with the big Under-12 and Under-13 carnivals in Lismore and Ballina coming up.
The time and cost is minimal and Smith said it was a good way of earning extra pocket money.
Inquiries to Greg Smith on 66860857.
FLAT Track Bully has found the ultimate Flat Track Bully ? West Indies vice-captain Ramnaresh Sarwan.
FTB found Sarwan's breakdown of Test average very interesting while watching the telecast on Sunday.
Sarwan averages 112 against minnows Bangladesh and 49 against strugglers Zimbabwe.
Against every other Test nation the right-hander averages in the 30s.
What a Bully!
In the family
SOUTHERN Districts veteran Rex Parrish was ribbed mercilessly by team-mates recently when his teenage son, Matt, outscored him in a Hooker League match against Tintenbar-East Ballina.
It is the younger Parrish's first season in first grade and he has acquitted himself well with bat and ball.
But that doesn't make Rex's plight any easier.
"What can you do?" Rex chuckled.
"You just have to sit back and enjoy it.
"He's coming along all right."
All tied up
WE have another tie.
Hot on the heels of the Alstonville Under-10s tie last week we have a Lismore Under-12 match between Souths and Marist Brothers Gold.
Both teams finished with 5-87 from their allotted overs.
Well done fellas!
STUDENT got the better of teacher, at least temporarily, in a Lismore District fifth grade match at Tullera on Saturday.
Goonellabah RSL opening batsman Kirren Jordan, a Year 11 student at Kadina High School, faced opposing Hawks captain and Kadina teacher Robert Sipe for the first ball of the match.
It was death or glory for the student, who swung hard and smashed a good length ball straight back over the bowler's head for six.
The premeditated shot resulted in players and supporters' cars scattering in all directions, but they needn't have worried.
'Sipey' had the last laugh, clean bowling Jordan 88 runs short of his maiden fifth grade century.