Jason McAlpine takes a swing during the Australia Day seven-a-side competition.
Jason McAlpine takes a swing during the Australia Day seven-a-side competition. DARRYN SMITH

Les Anderson steals show

Curtis Janke dominated the weekend’s seven-a-side Australia Day hit-out, but it was the oldest competitor in the tournament who really stole the show.

Janke starred for Across The Waves (ATW) Yellow’s victorious division one side, topping the division one aggregate (204) before semi-finals.

He then smashed 67 in the semi-final and claimed man of the match in the final, for a fantastic all-round performance.

But Les Anderson, who turns 73 today, was the real star.

He hit a six, bowled magnificently throughout and never dropped a catch for his Generations.

Playing with grandsons Steven and Andrew, he guided the team to an easy win in division two against Pink Rejects.

The team did not drop a catch in the entire tournament, a winning statistic according to player Brad Grogan.

“Catches win matches don’t they?” he said.

Grogan had a quiet dig at the division one sides in the process.

“I hope they don’t put us up there next year, we’ll probably show them up,” he laughed.

The team donated their $200 first prize to charity, while the Pink Rejects fundraised all day for the McGrath Foundation.

Ryan Norton starred in the division three final for Skins, who chased down the total of 71 with one ball remaining from the six overs.

In the main game ATW Yellow beat the ATW Gold — who had previously beaten Brothers Diggers in the semi-final — convincingly in the decider, thanks mainly to some tight bowling from the side and two pieces of brilliance in the field by Janke.

In a carnival dominated by the bat, some huge sixes were hit, most by Diggers captain Jarrod Laycock.

He monstered 13 on Saturday, many clearing the NewsMail grandstand, and six more yesterday — people were rushing to relocate their cars to a safer spot when he entered the crease.

Liam Denning took most wickets (7) in division one.



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