“1972: The Best Ever Trip, so they said”.

r-cricket-outta-compton-large570-scaled500The best ever Trip so they said!
The GPD Cricket Club went to Melbourne that year by train, plane and bus.
One got left behind but was recaptured by the bus.
Someone went to sleep in the train’s toilet and another relieved himself into Warren Pietsch’s Esky. A bit like Porky and the Milk.
They arrived in Melbourne and were welcomed by Charlie Rixon, the Victorian Government Printer.
The afternoon was a free time and at night they gathered at the North Melbourne Footy Club for a highly successful Cabaret.
Let’s Not talk about the Cricket.
Sunday was a wipeout for the Croweaters with the Vics. racking up a score of 182. J. Swanson topscored with 100 not out. Big Reg Handke took 3/75 for South Oz.
In reply, we could only muster 131 with Adrian Chennell getting a creditable 36 runs. D. Stewart took 3/34 for the Vics.
And you guessed it! Ron Hamence and Merv “Nobby” Clark were not amused!
The Vics. hadn’t won for some four years and so we gobbled up as many snags as possible at their after match Barby.
On the Monday we travelled via Dandenong Road to Springvale, then Frankston and stopped for Lunch at Somerville.
Coming home was a sad affair but we cheered up thinking about the next trip!
Who split his trousers on the Bus Trip – buses are very unstable you know.
Who tried to have a shave using Colgate Toothpaste?
Who fell from the stage on the night of the Cabaret, struck a chair on the way down and hit the floor still clutching a Full glass of beer?
Who was the biggest Romeo of the whole Trip?
Who dropped a vital catch and felt very terrible about it?

“The Casino Raid” Part 1.

030-1-scaled1000Timeline: 1970s.
Place: Canteen, Netley, South Australia.
Activity: Fundraiser that went Arse Up.
The Coppers crashed through the entrance to the Netley Canteen at midnight wearing white overalls and swinging their sledgehammers and smashing pool tables.
They took the Chocolate Wheel and the pinball machine
The South Australian Flying Vice Squad had raided the GPO Cricket Club’s “harmless little Fundraiser”.
Evidently, someone’s wife had tipped the Police off and the coppers had been inside watching us since 8 p.m.
I was the dickhead that let them in, not noticing through an alcoholic blur that the plain clothes detectives were all dressed in suits and very tall.
That horrible night almost bankrupted the Club, what with replacing the broken equipment and defending our poor old mate Jim Fisher in Court our final  Bill ran into the thousands.
But in an act of great generosity the Victorian Government Printing Office Cricket Club rescued us with a huge donation of cash and an interest free loan.
The media uproar was deafening.
However Don Woolman, Government Printer knew “nothing” and Bill Voyzey, the Permanent Head of State Supply knew “nothing”.
Anatoly Onishko (Publications Officer) didn’t have a clue where his missing cash register had gone to, until it finally turned up after some weeks.

We all blamed poor old Casino Bob Allen (very unfairly I might add) for the disaster.


“The Casino Raid” Part 2.

casino-royale-review-wallpaper-03I thought that I could add a little more to the story about the police raid on the Cricket Club’s Casino Night held at the Netley Canteen in the 1970s.
As far as I can remember I was contacted on the Saturday morning by the Advertiser and the Sunday Mail for comments on the raid on the Friday night at the Netley canteen.
I did not have any comment as I did not know at that stage that there was a raid by the Vice Squad.
I then received a call from Bill Voysey the Director General of the Department of Services and Supply asking for my comments on what had happened and whether I had authorised the event in the canteen.
I had no comments and I told him that I had not been asked to authorise the venue.
On the Monday I was asked to attend a meeting in Bill Voysey’s office, organised by the Minister, Don Hopgood I think.
At the meeting was the Police Commissioner, Harold Salisbury who gave his understanding of the events which had taken place on the Friday evening.
According to the Commissioner, a female stripper had contacted the Police concerning a dispute over her not being paid for her performance.
She told the Vice Squad that there were blue movies being shown, other strippers were present, gaming was taking place in a back room of the canteen.
She told the Police that it had been well advertised as there were sailors there from a ship which was in port at the time.
From the interview sheet it was suggested that the stripper in question was dreadful and had been booed off the stage.
When she demanded her payment she was told to get lost as she had not earned it. She promptly left the canteen and rang the Police from a public telephone box.
On the Sunday there was a SANFL grand Final at Footy Park between Port Adelaide Magpies and I think Sturt.
I was a guest of the Advertiser and Ron Hewitt looked after me.
There was no discussion about the football but the whole day was taken up with the raid on the Gaming Night at the Public Buildings Canteen.
Evidently there were a number of Griffin Press and Advertiser people involved who had their names taken along with many others.

The Flash

Paul, Tommy and others.


Photo: It’s a great picture and obviously its the lads on a Cricket Club Weekend in 1975.

From Left to Right: Graham Braybrook (Seated), Ron Hamence and Tom McDermott (Honorary South Australian).

At the Back: Paul Korff and Alan Maynard.

Photo Courtesy of the Korff Family.



Geoff Morey, the Honorary South Aussie.

guvcricketix-scaled500In the front on the Left we have Geoff Morey with beard (who was a loud mouthed Victorian or was it New South Welshman and great bloke).

I think Geoff was a sort of honorary member of the South Australian Cricket Club.

Sadly, Geoff died quite young. The Morey Family kindly donated a Pewter Mug in Geoff’s memory to be given to a South Australian who made an outstanding non sporting contribution to the successs of each Annual Trip.

Moving along we have a lady unknown and then Bob Allen. Middle Row: Reg Handke and Ian Grunert (looking more like a woman each passing day).

Back Row: Adrian Chennell (seated), Darryl “Chook” Preece, Bulldog, Elsdon, Parham, Big Den and on the extreme right is that Rob Powell or Sleepy?


The Cricket Team in 1992.

fd60b581-scaled10001Photo courtesy Tony Fitzsimmons

Left to Right: Todd Roberts, Lew Murray, Richard Searle, Darryl O’Keefe, David Wynes, Russell Wight, Neville Riddle, David Lee, Chris Smith, Phil Pocock, Alan Davis, Tim Roberts and Craig Roberts.

The umpire was Bruce McColl.

The Match was held in 1992 at the Strathmore Reserve in Victoria.

South Australia 95 Runs defeated Victoria 94 Runs.