CRICKET played second fiddle at the Korumburra Recreation Reserve on Sunday, when the local cricketing community came together to honour the memory of David ‘Dutchy’ Dutchman.
A large crowd saw Dutchy’s All Stars easily defeat Wonthaggi Club to win the inaugural Dutchy Cup, but the result meant little in the scheme of things.
With LDCA secretary Gary Adams keeping the crowd entertained as MC and a DJ playing between wickets and overs, it was a fun day out for the whole family.
Dutchy’s All Stars captain and one of the key organisers of the tribute match, Shane Dole, summed it up beautifully.
“Today was a great spectacle and a great tribute to a great man. I’m sure he’d be looking down and he’d be very, very happy with what’s happened today,” he said after the match.
“All our volunteers today have been fantastic, everybody looking after the canteen, barbecue, beer tents; there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes so thankyou to everyone that volunteered their time.
“I’d like to acknowledge our players, obviously the guys who have come from interstate and made a lot of plans to make this day what it was. It’s been a fantastic success.
“I’d like to think this event can go on for many years to come.”
And there is no doubt next year’s event at Wonthaggi will be even bigger, following the success of Sunday’s inaugural match.
Raffles were running throughout the day and an auction after the match, featuring various items including an Essendon jumper signed by Dyson Heppell and a cricket bat signed by Brad Haddin helped raise funds to go towards a trust fund set up for Dutchy’s son, Blake, and Survivors of Suicide (SOS).
A guest speaker from SOS also spoke to players and spectators during the lunch break, promoting awareness of mental health.
LDCA umpires Alan Roberts and Alan Jordan kindly donated their time to officiate the match, with Dutchy’s All Stars bowler Matt Loader was awarded the man of the match after claiming a five-wicket haul.
Wonthaggi Club captain Liam Sawyer commended the efforts of Dutchy’s All Stars.
“It’s a beautiful ground and we’ve got a lot to live up to next year,” he said.
“I think the game was played in the proper spirit and the way ‘Dutchy’ would like it to be played.”
Doing it for ‘Dutchy’