Sporting good time in the Valley
TONY “Skully” Blanch has played almost every sport known to mankind and credits “friendships and team bonding” as their greatest attractions.
“Cricket and soccer would definitely rank as my favourite sports and the feelings you get when you go onto the field as part of a team and all the handshakes after a game finishes makes for a great atmosphere,” he said.
“I’ve always been into sports; they’re great.”
Skully is a lower-order batsman and right-hand off-spin bowler for the first-grade Westlawn cricket team, a side he previously captained for 19 years.
In a fortnight, Skully and his team will battle it out in the Clarence River Cricket Association (CRCA) Premier League grand final at McKittrick Park. Their rival remains undecided.
A Grafton local, Skully said the best thing about living in the Clarence Valley was the “friendliness” of the local people.
“It’s great when you can walk down the street, say g’day to so many people and have them say hello back to you,” he said.
“Country life is good.”