Evans Head under 14s win cricket final for Ray
Councillor Ray Jeffery, who was killed in a car crash last week, would have wanted his team to soldier on regardless, and they did just that.
Playing against Kyogle at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah, the Evans Head and District Under-14s on Saturday won with seven wickets in hand.
“Righto fellas, let’s go and do it for Ray,” team captain Rhys Black said as the youngsters, wearing black armbands, took to the field.
Despite a determined Kyogle second innings, the Evans Head juniors smashed their way to victory, their second competition win for the season.
Coach Bill Keenan said it was a sad time for the boys.
“It has also been a hard time for the whole community. Ray worked tirelessly for his juniors, and the entire district. Ray will be missed very much,” Keenan said.
A framed picture of the team with ‘Our Best Mate, Ray’ engraved on it, was presented to Ray’s wife Barbara at Evans Head after the match.
“Ray would have wanted them to get on with it,” Barbara said.
“Actually, I’m amazed because it’s the first time I’ve ever seen 10- to 14 year-olds actually behaving and doing what they’ve been told to do.
“They are a great bunch of kids and Ray was very proud of them.”
Ray Jeffery’s funeral will be at St David’s Presbyterian Church, Evans Head, next Monday.