War Veterans Cup Final 2018

Narrabri District Cricket Association to host War Vets Cup final at Collins Park

The Narrabri District Cricket Association side that will take on Inverell on Sunday in a rare home War Veterans Cup grand final - back, Gareth Lamond (coach), Nathan Trindall, Alistair Hillard, Chris Sargent, Shane Murphy, Tom Craig, Jordyn Mowle, Brendon Ward (NDCA president), front, Luke Meppem, Jake Brayshaw, Coby Cornish (vice-captain), Lachlan Cameron (captain), Nick Smart and Ryan O’Neill.

Go the Pink Slugs

The Narrabri District Cricket Association’s rep side will contest the 2017-18 War Veterans Cup grand final against Inverell on Sunday at Collins Park.

Grand final glory awaits

The Narrabri District Cricket Association’s representative side will contest its biggest game in two years on Sunday - the 2017-18 War Veterans Cup final.

It will do so at home, after finishing at the summit of the competition ladder after five rounds.

The Pink Slugs - as they are commonly referred to - finished level with grand final opponents Inverell on 15 points, but reigned supreme after net run rate was factored in.

That saw the final come home to Collins Park for just the second time in more than 20 years.

On Sunday the Pink Slugs will go in search of Narrabri’s first inter-town competition home grand final victory since 1986, when it defeated Gunnedah at home.

Narrabri’s last representative home grand final was in the 2015-16 season, which it lost against Tamworth Blue.

Before that it’s most previous home final was in 1996, when it lost to Tamworth.

The last time the Pink Slugs featured in a War Veterans Cup final was that 2015-16 season loss.

Current skipper Lachlan Cameron captained that losing side, and said that he was determined to win the silverware on Sunday.

“I’m pretty excited,” Cameron said.

“This has really been a long time in the making.

“It’s been so Tamworth-dominated for so many years now so it would be awesome to win one.

“For guys like me, Mep (Luke Meppem), Murph (Shane Murphy) and Sarge (Chris Sargent) who have been there for a lot of years, and being the whipping boys - there was three years in a row once where we didn’t win a game - those bad times spur you on when you get an opportunity to have good times.”

Cameron said that his side’s batting would be the difference for it come Sunday.

“I don’t think I’ve been in a Narrabri districts side with a stronger batting lineup,” he said.

“We bat all the way down to 11.

“I think Nathan Trindall is due to come in at 11 and he has been hitting them pretty well, then Jake Brayshaw and Jordyn Mowle at nine and 10 could both easily bat in the top six.”

The two 2017-18 War Veterans Cup finalists met in round four of the competition when the Pink Slugs travelled to Inverell.

It was a day that the Pink Slugs would love to forget.

Inverell dismissed Narrabri for just 103, before chasing that down for the loss of just one wicket.

Cameron top scored with 65 runs in that match.

He said that his side learned from the loss, and would be stronger come Sunday’s decider.

Captain/president’s message:

The NDCA is very proud of the efforts from all players in the Narrabri Districts squad this year.

There are some very familiar faces and some new young blood coming through – and we couldn’t be happier with how the future is shaping up.

The core group of players who have been sticking around in the representative arena for years now have earned the right to host the Northern Inland Cricket Council’s War Veterans Cup grand final again this season.

All players involved with the districts setup this year have shown great commitment and dedication to the association and are a credit to themselves and the local clubs they’re representing.

We’re excited for the future seasons ahead, and we will be aiming to put two districts teams on the park for Narrabri next year, which is a great sign of growth for cricket in Narrabri.

The Narrabri first grade districts team is taking on Inverell in the Grand Final this weekend at Collins Park after a solid run through the round games with some great individual and team performances.

The boys had a solid win against Armidale at home to close out the regular season, and finished on top of the ladder, earning the right to host the big dance.

We’re sending a call out to everyone to get down to Collins Park this Sunday and give the boys the home town

advantage they deserve and watch some very exciting cricket, right in our own backyard.

From all of us at the NDCA, we wish you all the best this Sunday in the grand final.

Play hard, play fair and play to win.

GO SLUGS!

Brendon Ward (NDCA president) and Lachlan Cameron (Narrabri XI captain).

Road to the War Vets Cup Grand final:

Round one (October 29): bye; round two (November 19): drew Tamworth after wash out; round three (December 3): def Gunnedah by 42 runs; round four (December 17): def by Inverell by nine wickets; round five (January 14): def Armidale by eight wickets.

NDCA War Vets Cup Squad (players used):

Lachlan Cameron (c), Nick Smart, Coby Cornish, Tom Craig, Shane Murphy, Chris Sargent, Luke Meppem, Nathan Trindall, Jake Brayshaw, Ryan O’Neill, Jordyn Mowle, Alistair Hillard, Nathan Collis, Nick Tomlinson, Aaronn Baker and Brock Schwager.

Grand final team:

Back, Gareth Lamond (coach), Nathan Trindall, Alistair Hillard, Chris Sargent, Shane Murphy, Tom Craig, Jordyn Mowle, Brendon Ward (NDCA president), front, Luke Meppem, Jake Brayshaw, Coby Cornish (vice-captain), Lachlan Cameron (captain), Nick Smart and Ryan O’Neill.

Player profiles:

Lachie Cameron

Nickname(s): On-time, Camo, Lachie; district caps: 41; favourite professional (current or retired) cricketer and why: Greg Inglis – he scored 1831 runs in one season for South Sydney in 3rd grade; favourite shot with the bat: reverse sweep; go to sledge: I’ve seen a plane crash – and your batting is worse; best Pink Slugs memory: scoring a ton in 2012.

Shane Murphy

Nickname(s): Murph; district caps: Hundreds; favourite professional (current or retired) cricketer and why: Michael Slater - because of his style; favourite shot with the bat: cut shot; go to sledge: I don’t sledge; best Pink Slugs memory: Every match played as a Slug.

Tom Craig

Nickname(s): Craigy; district caps: 18; favourite professional (current or retired) cricketer and why: Andrew Symonds – who wouldn’t rather go fishing than to training?; favourite shot with the bat: straight drive; go to sledge: what are you doing out here? This isn’t junior cricket; best Pink Slugs memory: Running an eight with Jarred Lions-Sing v Inverell in 2007-08.

Jake Brayshaw

Nickname(s): Wrong-un Boii, Doggies, Maxi; district caps: 17; favourite professional (current or retired) cricketer and why: Glenn Maxwell – because apparently we are look-a-likes and he hits big sixes; favourite shot with the bat: cover drive (when it gets off the square); go to sledge: I don’t sledge – I’m a spinner; best Pink Slugs memory: bowling a batsmen around his legs and yelling “wrong-un boiii!”

Chris Sargent

Nickname(s): Sarge; district caps: unknown; favourite professional (current or retired) cricketer and why: Robin Smith. Murdered the ball. Used to walk the boundary at Newlands Road and stop and have a chat with spectators. Had a beer with the Highfield lads one day; favourite shot with the bat: pull shot; go to sledge: only sledge Smarty about not taking drinks and Matt Wall’s innings; best Pink Slugs memory: the Country Cup run – where we made the semi finals.

Luke Meppem

Nickname(s): Meppo, shadow, Kevs brother; district caps: 38; favourite professional (current or retired) cricketer and why: Mark Waugh, the man could do it all bat, bowl, field, punt and party; favourite shot with the bat: straight drive (normally turns out to be a hack through mid-wicket); go to sledge: from my junior cricket days “tumps are hungry give them a cherry”; best Pink Slugs memory: the keg ball parties and bus trips have been a highlight, but winning the War Vets this Sunday will be special.

Coby Cornish

Nickname(s): Corn dawg, CoCo, Chanel, droppy; district caps: 4; favourite professional (current or retired) cricketer and why: Lachlan Cameron – because his calves look like granite wrapped in steel when he’s on the front foot; favourite shot with the bat: drop hands leave and stare; go to sledge: if you turn that bat over you’ll find the instructions champ; best Pink Slugs memory: actually getting to play.

Jordyn Mowle

Nickname(s): Mowley, Rastas; district caps: 5; favourite professional (current or retired) cricketer and why: Lachie Cameron – because he has the big arms; favourite shot with the bat: anything out of the textbook; go to sledge: put your lid back on or book a room at the hospital buddy; best Pink Slugs memory: turning a one hour bus trip in to a three hour bus trip.

Ryan O’Neill

Nickname(s): Lez, Jacob, Shaq; district caps: 7; favourite professional (current or retired) cricketer and why: Alyssa Healy – our hair styles are the same; favourite shot with the bat: leading edge; go to sledge: “That’s not a wide! Did you bring your guide dog with you?”; best Pink Slugs memory: I’ll tell you Sunday afternoon.

Alistair Hillard

Nickname(s): Badge; district caps: 1; favourite professional (current or retired) cricketer and why: Curtly Ambrose – we have similar builds and sunglasses; favourite shot with the bat: cow corner cliff-hanger; go to sledge: you smell like disappointment; best Pink Slugs memory: I’m about to make one on Sunday.

Nick Smart

Nickname(s): Smarty; district caps: 39; favourite professional (current or retired) cricketer and why: Tony Longworth – his patience and resilience at the crease was second to none; favourite shot with the bat: straight drive; go to sledge: you bat worse than Blake Jarrett; best Pink Slugs memory: any Sunday afternoon session at the Crossroads after a win with Meppo, Murph and Collo.

Nathan Trindall

Nickname(s): Big Nafe, Nae Nae; district caps:14; favourite professional (current or retired) cricketer and why: Brett Lee – I sing as good as he does; favourite shot with the bat: try and hit the ball - anywhere; go to sledge: Would you like me to bowl a piano and see if you can hit that?; best Pink Slugs memory: being handed my first blue cap.