They?re oldies, but they?re still goodies
By STEVE SPINKS
CALL them old, call them veterans, call them fossils, but don't call them over the hill.
Lismore Southern Districts first grade cricket team may be starting to resemble the cast of Dad's Army, but they're still one of the best outfits in the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League.
The defending premiers have started positively this season with consecutive victories over the Casino Cavaliers and Tintenbar-East Ballina.
With the Cavaliers and the 'Bar predicted by many to be among the semi-finalists, it only enhances Souths' claim that age doesn't have much to do with ability.
You see, the average age of a Souths first-grader is 33.
"Yeah, there's a bit of experience there," captain Richard Nind said.
"But we all enjoy playing together and we're going pretty well."
In fact, if you add up the Souths first grade experience, it amounts to 170 years.
The elder statesman of the team is top-order batsman Rex Parrish at 41. The youngest is bowling all-rounder Scott Coster, who is 20.
Coster and bowler medium-fast Dale McDonald are the only players under 30.
With that in mind, you can imagine the complaining and the amount of Dencorub being applied the day after a match.
"Yeah, we're not real good after a game," Nind laughed. "We're trying to hang in there until a few younger blokes come along. We (Souths) didn't have Under-16s for a fair while, but we have now."
Today Souths take on another premiership contender in Easts at Nielson Park, East Lismore.
Elsewhere, Alstonville host Workers at Hill Park Oval; Lennox Head play Casino Cavaliers at Saunders Oval; Tintenbar face Ballina Bears at Kingsford Smith South; and Brothers meet Norths-Goonellabah RSL at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore.
Southern Districts' first-grade line-up this season:
Richard Nind (c) 37
Rex Parrish 41
Paul Fredericks 39
Brad Lofts 35
Michael Nind 35
Len Blok 34
Anthony Nind 33
Paul McLean 32
Craig Bateman 30
Dale McDonald 28
Scott Coster 20
Average age: 33