Kinnane puts his hand up for umpiring duties
IT TAKES a lot to keep Tim Kinnane away from cricket.
There were some anxious moments in November when Kinnane suffered an aneurysm during a second-grade match for Brothers. Read the story here.
After 18 days in intensive care and a painful recovery process, Kinnane has now achieved his two biggest goals - to return to work at Grafton Intake and Transit Centre and play cricket.
Sadly, the 45-year-old found the going tough in his first game back.
"I've lost the whole lot. My fielding and batting was a debacle," he conceded.
I've lost the whole lot. My fielding and batting was a debacle.
But Kinnane has found the ideal solution. This Saturday he makes his debut as a local badge umpire for the Clarence River second-grade match between South Services and GDSC Easts at JJ Lawrence Oval.
"I want to stay involved in cricket, and they say if you can't play, then you umpire," Kinnane said.
"I've been doing it every week anyway, only now I'll be in an umpire's uniform instead of a Brothers shirt."
Kinnane was originally head-hunted by Clarence River District Cricket Umpires Association secretary Jeff Hackett. Kinnane had earlier expressed an interest but indicated he intended to keep playing for a few more years yet.
"That was expedited by the aneurysm," he said.
Kinnane was grateful for the support he had received the past few months.
"A big thanks to the cricket community, jail community, my family and the Grafton Ghosts as well,'' he said.
That's the thing about Grafton people - they do come together when things like this happen."