Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Favourite ~ We don't like Cricket, we LOVE it!

Well its that time again, when Australia versus England for the Ashes trophy. For me this time around I can't help but feel a bit wistful. For those non cricket lovers the Ashes comes around in Australia every four years and kicks off at The Gabba Grounds here in Brisbane. Four years ago we were in the stands, Frankie was only mid way in his High School years and Chauncy was about to enter his final year of Primary School. The boy's primary school was right next to the Gabba grounds and that day Chauncy spent most of the day, shouting out to his mates, at school next door.

We love our cricket, Frankie played for years for both school and club cricket, which for Kristen meant long hours of score keeping, umpiring out in the middle and driving many miles to school and club games. For me it meant trying to get grass stains out of cricket whites. Above is Frankie's first 11 cricket baggy hat that still hangs proudly in his room along side one of his most valued possesions, a letter from the great Sir Donald Bradman himself, written to Frankie. My favourite line is..."I hope you learn to love the game of cricket and hopefully play it well." He did both Sir Don!

This photo is what I will always think of when I think of Frankie and cricket. Actually even when I think of Frankie as a young boy. He always was up for a game of cricket no matter where he was.
Here he is running onto the ground when he had the honour of playing a game on the great "Gabba" ground itself, midway during an International Game. Both boys had the opportunity to do this, one of the perks of belonging to both the Mater Cricket Club, now Carina Cricket, and also attending East Brisbane Primary School. Which is the only school that gets to use the Gabba for its sports day...a great honour.

Check out that action! Frankie is the bowler. So four years on Frankie has finished school and no longer plays cricket and Chauncy is half way through high school. But some things don't change, the radio is on, the tele is tuned to Chanel 9 and occasionally you will here Kristen or I yell "Come on Australia". Aussie, Aussie, Aussie GO GO GO!!

21 comments:

  1. Love that song Katherine - doesn't it evoke memories of happy times! What lucky kids to have the Gabba for sports day & a play during an international game, that's so cool!! Have a great w/end. Sonia :)

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  2. Wow - boys and cricket - my favourite kind of story!

    Lovely memories.

    tff

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  3. Can totally relate to your cricket stories. I have a not-so-little-anymore bowler here we still drive around to Saturday morning matches! And this is the first year in a long time when we haven't planned a 'Gabba' weekend (much to my daughter's delight cause we decided that we can only put up with her whinging through a 20-20 game from now on!). Go the Aussies, though!

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  4. Aawww!! Check out the grin and the skinny legs, cute and hilarious! (In a good way, obviously). I have a big grin on my face now, cheers Katherine!

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  5. Yep! I remember driving endlessly to those cricket games and training and washing whites and replacing bats and...no-one plays here anymore either Katherine, but like you the TV is on for the cricket and in the car it's on the radio!

    Have a great weekend, Pam

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  6. too funny about the cricket, you have got to love it to deal with the traffic snarls, have a great weekend

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  7. Hi Katherine, I LOVE MY CRICKET, sorry but I do! Thanks so much for your lovely comments about my magazine article. xx

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  8. Hello Katherine....!

    I trust this note finds you having a FABULOUS weekend Lovey....!! THANKS so much for your note....!!

    I must admit I haven't paid much attention to the cricket since Lillee retired....hahahahaha....Having said that I'm ALWAYS stoked when we win the Ashes....OY....Oy....OY....!!

    LOVE the pic of Frankie on the beach....!!

    Cheers for now,
    Tamarah :o)

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  9. What great memories of cricket this is! So adorable! Have a wonderful weekend, Kellie xx

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  10. Dear Katherine
    That shot of Frankie on the beach is so cute... what great memories..

    I have to admit I am not much of a cricket fan!!! but love your enthusiasm!!!

    Hey next time I come up I will give you a shout... it was all a bit last minute this time but I have to say i LOVED Noosa!!! Will be back for sure!!! Have a great Sunday... ciao ciao xxx Julie

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  11. What great memories, Katherine. xx

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