Paul Toole’s long and distinguished career across three cricket clubs will be celebrated at Toronto Workers Club next month.
Having called stumps and retired as Kookaburras captain during the off-season, his most recent port of call Toronto are combining with former haunts Randwick-Petersham (Sydney) and Rugby Union (Bathurst) for a dinner on December 2.
A photograph doing the rounds on social media has Toole sitting alongside current Test player Usman Khawaja and former NSW player Richard Chee Quee as skipper of the Randy Petes first grade grand final side in April, 2004.
* IT was the short cut that doubled a Newcastle representative trio’s trip to Inverell last weekend.
They skipped the team bus and drove to the NSW Country Championships, but a planned game of golf along the way didn’t actually eventuate.
Opting to go over the Barrington Tops, they got lost deep in “Malcolm Naden territory” and arrived long after the group.
The 12-hour journey didn’t feature 18 holes, but at least one tee shot off the mountain range.
* INAUGURAL second grade one-day finalists Merewether and Charlestown will play for the Royce McCormack Cup at Kahibah Oval on Sunday.
The NDCA committee have decided to honour the long-serving volunteer, currently district secretary and umpire’s president, with the new piece of silverware.
Best on ground will also recieve the McCormack Medal.
* MONDAY marked 95 years since the first game of cricket at No.1 Sportsground.
* THIS That music festival took pride of place next to Passmore Oval on the weekend and Hamilton-Wickham lost another home game they won’t get back in 2017-2018. Combined with some post-footy wares throughout the opening five rounds it takes the total to three.
* LORD’S Taverners Hunter branch will host a disabled cricket day at East Maitland Park this weekend. The participation event, with no experience required, starts at 10am on Sunday with a barbecue lunch at 12pm followed by an over 50s exhibition game at 1:30pm.