Reunion to recall Brothers' heroic days
VINCE McGuire was still in his mother's womb when Marist Brothers first joined the local cricket competition in 1917. The 89-year-old was born at the end of their first season and went on to play for the club into his late 40s. Tonight he will be the oldest former player at the club's 90th reunion at Lismore Workers Club. Once a part of arguably the most feared batting partnership Marist Brothers have fielded, McGuire learnt his craft slogging with garden tools. ""When I was going to school we had to play with pick axes. Bats were too expensive,"" McGuire said. ""We used to put them over the fence but if you miss-hit it, you'd almost break your hands."" McGuire and opening partner Frank Harmond led Brothers to the 1950/51 premiership. "They were outstanding together,"" said former team-mate John McMahon. ""They were feared by every club around at that stage." McMahon only played with McGuire in his last season. ""He was an absolutely outstanding, hard-hitting right handed batsman,"" McMahon said. ""He was also rated in the top three wicketkeepers to have stood in the Far North Coast. ""He was tremendously competitive and had that Don Bradman frame: Short, very wiry and extremely fast hands. He was one of those fellows wh'd go into bat and have 50 on the board 10 mins later." McGuire turned down an invitation to play with the NSW combined country team because of commitments on the family farm.