Playing in memory of Pat Milgate
They will be playing for the Pat Milgate Memorial Shield, which has been created in honour of Marist Brothers life member Pat Milgate, who died earlier this year.
And seeing as Pat’s son, Paul Milgate, now plays for Lennox Head after coming through the juniors with Marist Brothers and spending many yeras with the club, the match will hold special significance.
“He was a player, administrator and a great supporter of the club, his son still lives down at Lennox Head and still has a strong connection to Marist Brothers,” current Marist Brothers captain Craig Ferguson said.
“Our club coach, Dave Cleaver, was a bit of a driver behind it and within the club we all really felt that it was very appropriate considering what Pat gave to the club.”
Ferguson said that all past players, administrators and coaches were welcome to watch the two-day match which begins, weather permitting, at Megan Crescent today.
Brunswick-Byron host the second-placed Casino Cavaliers at Thompson Oval.
Newly elevated Brunswick-Byron captain Reid Campbell has asked his team-mates to exercise greater patience in their approach to the two-day format.
“Basically we did pretty well in the one-dayers last season, but we were failing to bat out our overs in the two-day game,” Campbell said.
“Our batting patience is what we are working on and when to go hard at the right ball and when to leave it alone.”
Campbell, who has played all his cricket with Brunswick-Byron since his junior days, has stepped into the captaincy with a largely unchanged line-up from last year.
Vinnie Quigley, who made a solid 30 last round, has stepped up from the juniors while Casey Mills has left and Darren Wright will be onboard only for the one-dayers.
In other games, Southern Districts take on South Tweed Colts at Nielson Park, East Lismore; defending premiers Ballina Bears travel to Murwillumbah; Tintenbar-East Ballina tackle Pottsville at Kingsford Smith South; Cudgen clash with Lismore Workers at Reg Dalton Oval; and Alstonville take on Terranora Lakes.