Yamba planning to do it for ‘Wadey’ today
YAMBA cricketers will don black armbands today when they take the field against Wanderers in their Lower Clarence Cricket Association first grade match at Iluka.
The club is mourning the death of long-time club member and former player John Wade, who succumbed to a two-year battle with cancer recently.
Club stalwart Graham Mackie described "Wadey" as a "one of those larrikin blokes" who was always around to do his bit for the club.
"When we revamped the ground in 2003/4 he was the first there to lend a hand, nailing up pickets and doing whatever he could," Mackie said.
Mackie said while Wadey was not the greatest player the club had produced, there was no-one who had done more for it.
"A great quote popped up at his funeral last week," Mackie said. "He once said 'I loved playing cricket - it was a great team game, I could not bat bowl or field so I needed the other 10 players to support or help me out'."
On the field today Yamba will be looking for a good showing against Wanderers with a full complement of 11 players on the field.
"We've struggled this year for numbers, which hasn't helped us," he said.
"Against a team like Wanderers you need the full 11 on the field."
He said while the bowlers had been doing a good job, Yamba's young batsmen were still short of experience.
"It's something we've done in the club to build for coming seasons," he said.
"They'll be a lot stronger performers next year."
Matt Breakwell said the club would be looking to put in a good performance to send Wadey off in the right fashion.
"He was a real character around the club," he said. "He was MC at the club presentations and was always a real laugh. He'll be missed."