Bowler learns lesson from Buckle belting
PHILLIP Minniecon has learned many things in his life; from how to raise a family to how to survive while serving overseas.
Before being deployed to Vietnam, Minniecon played cricket in Babinda, Cairns and Gordonvale.
After his discharge in 1968 he moved to Brisbane and played with Balmoral Wynnum.
In his time in the game he played against the touring teams of India, West Indies and New Zealand along with the West Indies team from World Series Cricket.
Bowling to the world's best players on manicured pitches provided Minniecon with some insight into the game.
But a single day of bowling to former Queensland and Australian batsman Bill Buckle in Brisbane taught him one major thing; how to bowl to left-handed batsman.
Minniecon said Buckle's shot placement meant there wasn't many places he could have bowled.
"That day Billy flogged me all over the flats. And after the game he congratulated me for bowling so well," Minniecon said.
"He didn't mind where I put it.
"It really taught me how to bowl, but especially how to bowl to left handers."
In his time in Brisbane Minniecon played alongside and against some of the country's best cricketers.
Australian greats Sam Trimble, Peter Burge and Bill Albury are among those Minniecon bowled to.
Minniecon played his best cricket in Cairns and during three years as curator at the ground he was able to work the wicket to his strength.
"I played on both concrete and turf pitches but I really enjoyed the turf in Cairns," he said.
"Sometimes I might have prepared them for myself with a bit more juice in them.
"I opened the bowling and the captain would bowl first and say, 'That's one end tied up, who is bowling from the other end?"
Minniecon is in Sydney today to march with the Redfern Aboriginal Anzac Day commemoration.