The residents of Canberra sought to develop recreational activities after World War 1 had concluded – the first of these was cricket as seven clubs commenced The Federal Territory Cricket Association or as we know it today ACT Cricket Association so from foundation in the early twenties to the bright lights of Manuka Oval it has been an amazing journey, I hope you enjoy Episode 1 “The Early Days” as we celebrate the 100th Year of Cricket in the ACT.
Episode B of the Griffith Black and Whites 100 years anniversary looks back at the last four decades of the famous club through the eyes of past players and administrators where it has overcome many challengers to still be a strong, vibrant and community inclusive club in Griffith and Group 20 rugby league.
It all started from humble beginnings the Griffith Rugby League club that transformed into the mighty Griffith Black and Whites Rugby League Club still going strong today in Group 20 – this episode looks at the first six decades of a wonderful 100 years of history through the eyes of the people who made it all happen on and off the field.
The last decade in the Farrer FL for Lockhart was a tough one with no finals appearances. They made the move to the Hume FL that rejuvenated a community and club – they found a spark under a new coach, new president and a new attitude – scraping into the finals they found form at the right time – they learnt how to win – enjoy Lockhart 1982 – "The Premiership Trail”
The Tallangatta cricket club were on a high – they had fought its way through a tough finals series and were ready to for the final challenge on grand final day – however tragedy struck just days before the decider – they found a way to process, unite and complete an emotional backs against the wall triumph enjoy “Tallangatta – Heart of the Bushies”
It was the biggest sporting event to hit the Murray River city of Albury and it turned out to be one the biggest upsets in World Cup cricket history – a bunch of amateur cricketers from all walks of life in Zimbabwe took on the professionals from England and stunned the cricketing world and catapulted its entry into full ICC playing status enjoy “ Lions Amongst The Chickens”
It was one of the finest ever achievements in the history of cricket in Albury Wodonga – a bunch of local cricketers making their way to the Sydney Cricket Ground and taking out regional NSW biggest prize – it wasn’t all smooth sailing as the Border Bullets produced an amazing comeback to claim the trophy – enjoy “Bullet Dodged – The SCG Miracle”
Things had been lean for the Balldale Magpies since its last premiership in 1962 – the club were up for one more fling at a Hume FL flag and with the signing of former Richmond star Dick Grimmond as coach he had his trusty side kick Les Waldron as assistant and a few very handy recruits – they completed an unbeaten premiership season in 1972 but it took a mighty final quarter effort to do so – enjoy Balldale 1972 – "The Final Quarter"
Albury commenced its 1982 pre season with one thing and one thing only on its agenda – redemption for a gut wrenching loss in the 1981 decider against Wodonga – they trained incredibly hard, they recruited class and pace and they found a steely resolve that nothing was going to deny them to break a sixteen year premiership drought – this is Tiger Tales Episode One – “Tiger Jackpot”
Albury Thunder had played two decades in Group Nine without a senior premiership, they had gone close in recent years but could not take the next step, they recruited some top end talent, they got fitter and they changed a culture to become a force in one of country rugby leagues toughest competitions – enjoy "Roaring Thunder 2012".