Despite the vigilance and efforts of the Foreign Office I have been . allowed to visit the North Island of Australia, having previously only been to Tasmania (according to its inhabitants, the south island). Don Brooker met me at Sydney Airport because the internal airline pilots were suffering from the supposed British workers' disease, the Strike.Perhaps just to make me feel at home it was drizzling; by the time I reached Canberra I was fully acclimatised, there was a thunderstorm!. Within two days I had met about a third of Canberra's population, all of whom seemed to be comnnected with Weston Creek Cricket Club. The list included Noel Short of Short Holdings, Ginny Didier of Playwell Store, Tony Campbell, Geoff Thomson, Greg Lord and last but by no means least the Managing Director of P.A.Credit Union Co-operative Ltd., Geoff Smith. My dealings with Mr. Smith have so far been helpful, fair and I hope productive. I had formed an impression of Percy Samara from five telephone conversations in two days:- organised, meticulous, hardworking. Percy is more than simply efficient. He,.his wife Mary, and children Katharina, Anura and Rohan welcomed me into their home and showed me hospitality that was very close to spoiling me. Other people too, have shown great kindness. Greg Irvine and the other cricketers with my cricketBarrie Abrahams and his family (no relation, they are from Yorkshire!) for a traditional Sunday dinner. Peter and Sue Neal for dinner (invited) and bed (uninvited I). Tim Overland for using his car as a road block and keeping me out later than my curfew time (10.OOpm)I. My first training night reflected the enthusiasm and genuine desire of all players to do well for W.C.C.C. This will to win has also been very much' in evidence since then. I hope that the season brings the success the Club so obviously deserves. Hard work is another ingredient skill .vital for' this success. My most nervous moments so far were waiting to appear on SPORTSWATCH; and Don's organisational skills were sadly missed. Percy Finally my thanks to all those involved with making my stay so enjoyable to date, for arranging the flat; I now have my own key, and the car. My only complaint is that every Saturday evening the car automatically ..heads for Northbourne Avenue and towards Sydney. Welcome to Abey, and congratulations to Liz and Tom Porter.
COVER POINT PERSONALITY SPOT Chris Harris was born in Coonamble, at a very early age, in 1948, the year in which Don Bradman played his last Test for Australia. Indeed, Chzis has on several occasions been compared favourably with the incomparable "Don", although never by anyone outside his immediate family. Chris demonstrated his cricketing prowess at an early age,representing Northern New South Wales when he a spindly 10 year old. At High school he had the rare distinction of being School Captain TWICE; he enjoyed his final year so much he decided to repeat it. He obviously enjoyed his first year at College just as much, as he also repeated it.Nowadays he still enjoys repeating things, especially jokes. After teaching P.E. in Guyre for a few years Chris went overseas for a year as a sort of Australian Cultural Attache", after which he decided to try his luck in the fabled National Capital. In 1974 he met Don Brooker at a bar and together they set about establishing the Weston Creek Cricket Club -the story that Chris was not good enough to get a game with any of the existing clubs is nearly completely untrue. He is now the Senior .P.E: teacher at Kaleen High School where he is noted for his curriculum innovation. His Unco-ordinated Activities Course for the Academic Under-achiever has made him famous in advanced educational circles. During his long career with the Creek, Chris has established an enviable reputation in all four cricketing skills - batting, bowling, fielding and lying. He has all but perfected the controlled inside edge, known as the French Cut in pre-Al Grassby days. His ability to leave catches for his slips colleagues is legendary and his tricky and wholly unorthodox bowling has mesmerised many an incompetent batsperson. Undoubtedly his annual performance with the microphone at Presentation Night is a highlight of the season. It is this ability that has led to Chris being ranked alongside that other mega-microphone personality and fellow Coonamble boy, Tony Campbell. * * * * * * * * * * * * Generous Club supporter and founder member Keith Simmons was so moved by the sight of the Championship banner fluttering in ths spring breeze, he offered to meet all costs in buying the banner and erecting the new flag pole.- Thank you, Keith. Weekly practice sessions for the Club have been arranged as follows:. Tuesday and Thursday.. 1st to 4th grades. Wednesday .. CCSCA teams Friday .. 1st grade Any member of the CCSCA teams unable to attend on Wednesdays are invited to attend on Thursdaty.