Signed bat an auction feature
IF YOU have enjoyed watching retiring Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist swing the willow, you need to get to a Cancer Council fundraiser on February 22.
An auction of sporting memorabilia will be held at the luncheon, organised by the Ballina Relay for Life committee.
A bat signed by Adam Gilchrist during the Brisbane Test against Sri Lanka late last year will go under the hammer.
Gilly’s father, Stan, will compere the event.
Peter Carmont snr, one of the organising committee, said one of the sponsors, The Professionals real estate agency in Ballina, had arranged for the bat to be signed.
And that was long before any hint of Gilchrist’s retirement from international cricket.
Other items to go under the hammer include a picture taken at the Sydney Cricket Ground during the Fifth Ashes Test match in 1962-63, signed by captains Richie Benaud and Ted Dexter; a photograph of the scene after Queensland won the Sheffield Shield for the first time at the end of the 1994-95 season; and a bat signed by the Queensland Bulls Pura Cup team last season.
The Ashes photograph will be auctioned on behalf of the Rotary Club of Lismore West to go to a charity for a children’s medical service.
An autographed Brisbane Broncos NRL jumper and football also will be auctioned.
The Sportsmans Lunch will be held at the Ballina RSL Club starting at 12.30pm.
Former Australian Test bowler and TV personality Max ‘Tangles’ Walker will be the guest speaker.
Tickets for the lunch cost $70 and are available from The Professionals, Ballina. They are also available at the Ballina RSL Club or by phoning 0419-862994.