Tasker dream ball leaves a bruise

August 15, 2017

Patsy Duffy (centre) with Deniliquin Film Society president Graeme Dick and treasurer Janice Harrington.

Although a couple of weeks old, this story was too good to let go through to the keeper.

For an opening batsman from the bush, it’s something dreams are made of.

Former RSL Cricket Club opener and Taskers Garage owner Jamie Tasker was at a New Holland conference in Adelaide recently, where it so happened the major prize for a handful of the tractor dealership owners was to face an over from former Australian Test strike bowler Mitchell Johnson, who was a guest at the event.

While Tasker didn’t claim the prize himself, one of the nervous tractor dealers who did had decided the thought of facing the scary quick paceman was a bit too nerve wracking, so he decided to hand his ‘dig’ on to the cricket tragic from Deniliquin.

‘‘I’d had a couple of beers by this stage and had a bit of courage up, and I was never going to turn it down when my mate offered it to me,’’ Tasker said.

‘‘They had an indoor cricket net at the facility and all the dealers and guests were lined up along the nets watching.

‘‘He was only bowling off four steps but it was sharp.

‘‘Like a true opening batsman I let the first one go outside off stump, which got a nod from Mitchell. Tractor dealers aren’t known for their batting ability so I think he was a bit surprised when I shouldered arms straight up.’’

Tasker, a textbook left hander and RSL life member, said he managed to get bat on ball a couple of times and copped a ball to the ribcage which drew a bit of banter between he and the fiery opening bowler.

‘‘I mouthed a couple of words to him after he got me, all in good fun of course, but I think that only fired him up. He gave me a big in-swinging yorker for the last ball and cleaned up my stumps.

‘‘There was a big cheer from the crowd.

‘‘For an old opening batsman, facing Johnson was something dreams are made of. I wore the bruise to the ribs with a big smile on my face.’’

Fittingly, one of Tasker’s New Holland mates caught the final ball on film.

Final quarter surge

Deniliquin AFL listed player Todd Marshall was a dominant force for the Port Adelaide Magpies in the South Australian National Football League in their game against West Adelaide on Saturday.

The 18 year-old booted five goals in the final quarter to steer his side home to a 92 point win.

In doing so, the 198cm forward was named the second best afield for the Magpies.

Marshall’s promising start to his career will see him feature heavily for Port Adelaide in the finals in the SANFL, with his side sitting in second spot on the ladder with just two rounds remaining.

PVC pipe post

A little bit of lateral thinking was needed at the Blighty versus Yarroweyah match on Saturday after one of the point posts snapped near its base during the reserves match.

The twos played on without the post and the goal umpire simply had to do his best to judge whether there was a score or not for shots that went to the right of the big sticks at that particular end.

For the senior match however, a star picket, a length of PVC pipe, some tape and padding did the trick — albeit a shortened version of the usual behind post at the Yarroweyah oval.

Movie night

Deniliquin Film Society held its monthly movie screening on Friday evening, with guests enjoying a showing of The Apartment.

Held at the Neighbourhood Centre in Trickett St, the featured film was a 1960 American romantic comedy-drama. Deniliquin Film Society president Graeme Dick said the monthly event attracts audiences of varying sizes.

‘‘We have anything from one person to 20 or 30 people come to the movie screenings,’’ he said.

‘‘Last month, we had about 15 or 20 people come to the screening of Adoration.

‘‘It depends on the movie — we try to screen classic films which are difficult to access locally and ones you can’t catch on television.’’

The society’s next screening will be on Friday, September 8, and the featured movie will be Lady Macbeth.

The event will be held at the Neighbourhood Centre, with doors opening at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

Your first visit to a Film Society screening is free, and 12 month subscriptions are available.

For more information, go to www.denifilms.org.au or contact Graeme Dick on 54897258

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