The Strollers Blue Third Grade cricket team is one of the sides keen to keep the Redbank Plains club moving forward. Picture: Gary Reid
The Strollers Blue Third Grade cricket team is one of the sides keen to keep the Redbank Plains club moving forward. Picture: Gary Reid

Strollers loyalty makes valuable ‘family club’ stronger

WHEN a cricket club with a valuable history and strong junior focus has a president like Brad Cumming, the future looks promising.

The girls in particular are motivated to match the boys. Important Indigenous contributions are recognised.

That's the case at Strollers Cricket Club this season where Cumming and his supporters are working hard to keep past traditions alive.

Before the club was revitalised three years ago, Cumming started his Strollers career as an eight-year-old.

Through mergers, knee injuries and changing times, Cumming has remained fiercely loyal.

"I started up the T20 side just to keep the Strollers name going around in Ipswich cricket and that's developed into starting the whole club back up again with Jono Gibbs,'' Cumming said.

"We're going all right being only our second year back in the competition.''

 

 

Strollers Cricket Club senior players.
Strollers Cricket Club senior players.

Cumming shared why Strollers have an important role in Ipswich cricket.

"It was always like a big family,'' the club president said.

"Everyone looked after each other, supported each other and that kept me there for 20 odd years.

"There's a lot of history behind the club and when that merger happened it was just fading away, so I just wanted to try and keep the name around. And that was done with the support of all the guys that play in that T20 Second Division side.

"This season's shirts have an Indigenous design happening.

"The design represents the history of our club dating back to 1947, our past, current and future ndigenous players and the traditional land owners the Yuggera and Uragapul people.''

Action from last weekend’s Strollers Blue v Northsiders cricket match at Redbank Plains. Picture: Gary Reid
Action from last weekend’s Strollers Blue v Northsiders cricket match at Redbank Plains. Picture: Gary Reid

Although Strollers don't have a first grade side this season, club supporters like Cumming are doing a tremendous job building for the future.

Strollers are well represented in the junior ranks.

They have teams in Junior Blasters, Level 0 (two sides), Level 1, Level 2 (two sides) and Level 3 (a combined team with Northsiders).

 

The Strollers girls cricket team.
The Strollers girls cricket team.

Among the Level 0 group is an all-girls side featuring some determined 7-10 year olds.

They have played two games this season against the boys.

"The girls are really, really good,'' Cumming said.

"We had three boys come along on Friday night and the girls were constantly into the boys telling them 'eye on the ball . . . it's coming for you be ready' . . . and they're always supporting each other.''

Cumming said the Strollers girls have been inspired by the Women's Big Bash League and the international successes of the Australian women's team.

"My own daughter is nine and she's playing in that side and we sit down and have a look at the Big Bash and she's enjoying it,'' Cumming said.

"I think a majority of girls we have are really loving it.''

Cumming said welcoming more kids into the club was positive.

"The main priority is junior development,'' the club president said.

"On top of that is getting more and more girls into cricket.''

 

A Strollers Blue fielder tidies up in the outfield. Picture: Gary Reid
A Strollers Blue fielder tidies up in the outfield. Picture: Gary Reid

Apart from a promising junior network, Strollers this year have two Third Grade teams (Blue and White) and a Second Division combination.

The Strollers Second graders won last season's Audrey Baxter T20 competition.

That's the team Brad and his older brother Craig are playing in this season.

Craig returned to the club this season after making state and national indoor cricket teams following years as one of the region's leading outdoor all-rounders.

The Strollers Second Grade side has won two of its three games this season.

The team is captained by Jarod Griesbach.

 

Strollers Blue wicketkeeper Jacob Park. Picture: Gary Reid
Strollers Blue wicketkeeper Jacob Park. Picture: Gary Reid

Strollers Blue is led by Al Phoenix.

Strollers White is captained by Stephen Kuhnke.

"Because it's second season back in, we don't want to grow too fast,'' Cumming said.

"The main priority is juniors but we are finding that there are a lot more seniors wanting to come and play.

"This year we kept it to two Third Grade sides and a Second Division side.''

The Strollers Second Division side, captained by Greig Cumming, that won last season’s Audrey Baxter Shield T20 competition.
The Strollers Second Division side, captained by Greig Cumming, that won last season’s Audrey Baxter Shield T20 competition.

He hopes the Strollers Second Division side can progress to the main competition in the future, building on its T20 success.

After wet weather issues around the grounds last weekend, other regional teams are hoping for dry conditions in their latest matches.

 

GAME DAY

Qld Premier Grade

Saturday: Ipswich Hornets Firsts v South Brisbane - Souths 0/50 at Baxter Oval.

Second Grade: Hornets 3/82 at Yeronga (Nick De Giusti 21*, Noah Emerson 3*).

Women's cricket

Sunday: Ipswich Hornets Firsts v University at St Lucia.

Second Grade: Ipswich Hornets v Valleys at Walker Oval.

Underage rep cricket

Ipswich U19s v Gold Coast at Baxter Oval.

Ipswich Taverners v Wynnum Manly at Tingalpa.

Harding Madsen Shield

Metropolitan Easts v Laidley District at Harristown.

Highfields Railways v Central Districts at Highfields.

Wests v South East Redbacks at Heritage Oval.

Northern Brothers Diggers v Northsiders at Rockville.

Brothers v Southern Districts Magpies at Walker Ova.

Thunder v University at Tivoli No.1.

Cricket Ipswich

2nd Division

Redbacks v Laidley at Raleigh Oval.

Northsiders v Brothers at Sternberg Oval.

Centrals v Thunder at Limestone Park.

3rd Division

Thunder Storm v Strollers Blue at Tivoli No.2.

Redbacks v Northsiders at Redbank Plains Reserve.

Strollers White v Thunder at Strollers.

Laidley bye.

 

 

Strollers Cricket Club juniors
Strollers Cricket Club juniors


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