Cartoon by Paul Zanetti
Cartoon by Paul Zanetti

Quick Singles

Anger management

RUMOURS that an 'on-field altercation' between Andrew Firth and Brad Lofts in the SCG Trust Game between CRCA and Lismore last Sunday came close to fisticuffs need to be treated seriously.

If they are correct one or both players should be thinking of other things to do with their weekends, because this behaviour is a serious breach of the Spirit of Cricket preamble to the Laws of Cricket.

If something like this happened off the field, authorities would most likely recommend some sort of counselling ? anger management seems to be the popular phrase.

Quick off the mark

HAVE the North Coast Cricket Council selectors seen something most of the rest of us have missed?

Last week they included talented young Brothers batsman Matt Ryan in the zone rep team as a fast bowler.

'Chewie' has been doing some bowling of late and has the reputation of being 'sharp', so it is a new dimension he has added to his game.

Congratulations Matt, the only player from the Clarence picked in the zone team.

Bragging rights

QUICK Singles would like to be a fly on the wall in the Frame household this week at breakfast time.

Last weekend 12-year-old Jake made his best score in senior cricket with 49no in South third grade's massive 8-367.

While a notable feat in itself, Jake also managed to get one up on the old man, John Frame, who managed just 28, opening the batting.

Well done Jake, just frame that scorecard.

Family fun

THE South innings was remarkable for another family involvement and one this occasion the senior member of the partnership finished well ahead.

Greig Sutherland, who has returned to competitive cricket to play with daughter Kara, made a stylish 103. Kara's contribution to the cause was only 8, but this talented young player has a lot more cricket to play yet.

As an aside Quick Singles recommends parents and their children playing sport together if the opportunity allows.

At the time the parent probably gets the most out of it, but with time the child looks back fondly on the experience.

Umpire lying low

FORMER Clarence Valley umpire Darren Goodger was denied his second appearance in an ING Cup match at the weekend, when rain washed out the game on Sunday.

Goodge was keeping a low profile for this game, swearing any who knew of it to silence.

Quick Singles can only hope it wasn't embarrassment stemming from his first game, where he was the adjudicator in the vital wicket that gave Blues' quick Doug Bollinger a hat trick.

Enjoy your champions

LIKE all Australians (and anyone else who was watching) Quick Singles was cheering Makybe Diva down the last 500m of the straight at Flemington when the marvellous mare began the run that ended in her third Melbourne Cup.

Almost instantly the comparisons began to be made. Is she as good as Phar Lap? Better than Kingston Town? Who knows?

As one wise sports writer opined during the week: don't give your champions a number, enjoy them.

Tip for Kostya

CHAMPION boxer Kostya Tszyu needs to take a leaf out of the Tony Santic-Makybe Diva playbook and retire while still on top.

Although Makybe Diva looked to have a lot left in her after her Cup win on Tuesday, it didn't stop her owner pulling the plug on her stellar racing career.

While risking have a champion make a fool of him, Quick Singles was worried when the boxer announced during the week he will fight on.

Tszyu is a proud man and the beating he received from Ricky Hatton last time out probably hurt that pride more than his body.

Unfortunately, as the magnificent Muhammad Ali showed, there can be several fights too many and the body pays the toll, not the spirit.

Milo Have a Go

MILO Have a Go begins this Saturday at Chatsworth Island Public School at 9am.

Milo Have a Go is a fun program specially designed to introduce cricket and ball skills for all children under nine years old.

The two-hour program runs on Saturday mornings for a 10-week period ? six weeks before Christmas and four weeks when school returns in 2006.

Milo is co-ordinated by Bananacoast Community Credit Union premier league players Nathan Ensbey, Ed Munday and Greg Ward.

Don't miss out , Have a go and play cricket, further information is available from Tim McMahon on 66464021.

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