Rhonda knows the score
RHONDA Adamson is perched on the first rung of the wooden grandstand at McKittrick Park at South Grafton, a hand on her ever-present multi-coloured pen.
Rhonda radiates warmth as she greets players and supporters arriving for Monday night cricket. She sets up her workbench, a makeshift lap table, as she has done for over 20 years, and meticulously goes about scoring for the local cricket competition.
“I love scoring, you get to watch the actual game, it stops you from gossiping too much,” laughs Rhonda. “But I suppose you can still manage to score and gossip at the same time.”
Rhonda has been attending cricket matches for over 20 years. She said taking on the role as ‘scorer-something’ was far from her mind until her sons, Chris and Nathan, became interested in cricket.
“I actually hated cricket, I couldn’t watch it on TV, not even the one-dayers ... that is until my sons started playing,” she said.
Rhonda is a life member of the Clarence River Cricket Association (CRCA) and is an extremely popular figure in the sport.
“They made me a life member a couple of years ago,” she said.
“I’m also a life member of the CRSA (Clarence River Soccer Association), the South Services Soccer Club and the Gunners Soccer Club.”
Rhonda’s infectious laugh and ‘cheeky’ comments can be heard most Saturday afternoons and anytime the Clarence River representative team plays.
“I travel to every rep game and do the scoring. Sometimes I have to put up with a lot of ‘crap’ but I give as good as I get,” she chuckles.
Rhonda said the best thing about scoring is the people she meets who are involved in cricket, and being able to have a conversation with them.
“I’m always around a great bunch of people; I like getting to know all the players,” she said.
Rhonda’s son, Chris, is the current captain of Premier League side Tucabia White, a club which Rhonda has been ‘part of the furniture’ for over a decade. Chris is also a member of the Grafton Ghosts League team, something Rhonda has struggled to come to terms with.
“I had a strong allegiance to the Rebels but with Chris playing for the Ghosts I had to ‘cross the river.’ It certainly tested my loyalty ... I try to watch every game,” she said.
Away from cricket, Rhonda said she gets enormous pleasure from babysitting the grandkids and spending time with family, and of course her weekly pilgrimage to the Grafton District Services Club to play Bingo.
Rhonda has a knack of ‘bringing scoring alive’.
She brings to life this weird and wonderful world that others might find tedious and boring.
She makes every ball an event, sometimes to the dismay of the umpires.
Rhonda said she uses a multi-coloured pen to highlight fours and sixes but according to her son Chris, the pen could become a thing of the past.
“Tucabia presented mum with a laptop at last year’s presentation night,” Chris said.
“She is learning how to use the program on how to score. She has practised a couple of times in front of the TV watching Test Matches … once she works it out she might be able to finally get rid of the pen.”
Rhonda would not divulge who she considers to be the best cricketers she has witnessed over the years, even her son Chris fails to get a mention.
“I couldn’t name anyone in particular, some players might get upset,” she said.
“I’m still doing the scoring; when I finish scoring I might name some,” she said.WHAT THEY SAID
Premier League players have their say about Rhonda:
Greg Mears, Tucabia Blue: “Rhonda’s always full of yap, a great club person; she’s fantastic and keeps all the boys in line.”
Tom Kroehnert, South Services captain: “Rhonda is the ‘darling’ of cricket and looks after us all.”
Tony Blanch, Westlawn: “A loyal supporter who keeps the Tucabia boys in line. A great ambassador for the sport.”
Chris Adamson, Tucabia White captain: “In my words she is the ‘Miss World’ of local cricket. She has to be to put up with me for the past 22 years and what we put her through at times.”
Michael Mitchell, CRCA president “Unselfish, a workaholic who is forever chasing scorecards and is very tolerable.”
Tim McMahon, Harwood captain: “ A champion worker and a champion person who never looks for any praise.”