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Central wants everyone to join the reunion

Friday, 8th February, 2008

Whether you batted, bowled, scored or just cheered - the Central Cricket Club would love to hear from you. Central is looking to unite its black and white army at its annual Players' Reunion and Central Cricketer of the Year Award night, which is shaping up as a huge event for Magpies past and present. The event attracted 70 people last year when it was held at the Tydvil Hotel - double that of the previous year - and organiser Heath Netherwood said he hoped to see even more this year. "It was a very successful night, everyone walked out really happy and enjoyed themselves," said Mr Netherwood.

"I'd like to see us get 100 this year, and anyone extra is a plus... Hopefully it will continue to grow every year." The popularity of the last reunion will see the event hosted at the Central Football Club this year, and held on a Saturday night to ensure revellers can have a quiet Sunday to recover."Last year we held it on a Sunday, and a lot of the guys, especially the younger guys, said that it was really good but it might be even better on the Saturday," said Mr Netherwood. "We'd just like to say thanks to the Central Footy Club for letting us hold it there. They've been fantastic."

Mr Netherwood invited everyone who had an association with the club to attend, and said those who had only spent a brief time with Central needn't be shy about calling up for a ticket. "We want supporters, parents, players, anyone who has been involved; we want all these people," he said. "Last year we had people sort of just popping in and not sure if they should come because they only played one or two seasons... but it's for everyone who has had something to do with the Central Cricket Club. "It's not about making a profit, it's just getting people back to the Club and making sure it's socially sound."Past player and former Captain John Preston said events such as these can play a big part in unity within a club, and even lead to more success on the field.

"I really love it, occasions like this," he said. "We always used to have functions like this and we had a good deal of success, and I think that played a big part. "I think with what Heath and the other people are doing they'll achieve the same situation." Mr Preston was a fast bowler and opening batsman with Central from 1956, and will speak at the function on his experiences through the years. "Well I've been asked to speak. I'm not much of an orator but I'll talk a bit about the old times," he laughed. "Last year there was a few tales to be told, and it was nice meeting a lot of the younger players and talking about the differences between then and now. "I'm sure there'll be a lot of reminiscing."

The reunion and Neville Davies Central Cricketer of the Year Award count will commence at 6.30pm on February 16, and formal dress is required. Tickets are available for $25 each, which includes a three-course meal. Organisers have requested that tickets be paid by February 11 in order to finalise catering numbers, although a small number will be available at the door. Anyone wishing to attend can contact Mr Netherwood on 0427 271 980, Terry Lloyd on 0418 806 823, Gus Clisby on 0419 604 921 or Jeff Hywood on 0427 092 838.

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