Good Sports … with Josh Spasaro
HOW'S this for an evergreen sportsman? At the age of 70, Murgon's Nev Kratzmann is still carving up bowlers at national level.
His Queensland Over-60s team, also featuring his brothers Brian and Bob, took out last month's national crown on the Sunshine Coast, beating New South Wales in the final.
Nev got man of the match twice at the tournament, scoring 124 runs (including a 40 retired) from four innings, and taking nine wickets.
The Kratzmann name is synonymous with sporting success.
Nev's sons Mark and Andrew won tennis titles for Australia in doubles, and his grandchildren Courtney and Jared have represented Queensland in cricket at junior level.
Another one of Nev's grandkids, Sam, has also played cricket at under-14 Queensland Schoolboy level, and at 16 he is excelling under the cricket program at Brisbane Grammar.
Nev, a proud farmer, said he is in great shape, despite being diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago.
The Australian over-60s representative has beaten many odds to remain in tip-top condition, let alone continuing to blast opposition bowlers all over the cricket ground.
"When I found out I had prostate cancer, and that it was at a level that was quite advanced, I thought it was a death sentence," said Nev, who was this year's South Burnett Relay for Life ambassador, for the cancer fundraising initiative.
"I've had mates that have died within 12 months of finding out the news.
"All it takes is going to see your doctor and getting a simple test."
Nev won't be slowing down anytime soon at the crease.
"I scored a hundred for Murgon's B-grade side in the South Burnett competition two seasons ago," he said.
"I'm aiming for another ton this season."
Nor will he back down from any barbs thrown his way while out in the middle.
"They had a guy bowling at the over-6os championships who played for Newcastle at A-grade level last year, and I got after him and got him away for a few fours in the final," Nev said.
"The captain took him off and said 'he bowls better than that', and I said 'maybe the batting was too good'.
"Sport has always been a part of the Kratzmann family.
"When my kids were growing up, we'd go on little holidays at their tennis tournaments and everyone would play," Nev said.
"It didn't matter if it was Dalby, Chinchilla and Warwick - we'd make a weekend out of it."