Honour for Maitland’s Emu Colt

Honour for Maitland’s Emu Colt2018-07-24T19:30:52+00:00

During the 1973-74 season, Peter Rawling was named "Emu Colt of the Year". This honour followed his selection at the JS White Carnival as vice-captain of the Emu Colts team for the tour of NZ. Peter had the distinction of being the only player ever to participate in the Colts Carnival on six occasions, and only the second player ever to be selected in the Emu Colts team on five consecutive tours.

Later in the season with his brother David, he was a member of the Emu Club team that visited USA, Canada, England and a number of other countries on a three-month world tour.

The local competition was seriously affected by wet weather that curtailed play in many matches, including the semis and finals.

For the first time since 1969-70 Western Suburbs. under the captaincy of Ken Shine, a former Emu Colt from the North-West region won the first grade premiership. However, in a semi-final restricted to 15 overs a side, Western Suburbs was defeated by Black Hill, which went on to contest its first final in first grade since entering that competition in 1958-59.

In one of the closest first-grade finals in the Association's history, Northern District defeated Black Hill by scoring the winning run off the second last ball of the match with the last batsman at the crease. For Black Hill, Paul Moore, a left-arm spinner. had the impressive bowling figures of 8-43 off 15 overs.

In division 1 of second grade, Morpeth won its third final in four successive seasons, while in division 2 SMR, in its first season in that grade, won both the Premiership and final. The Premiership in the three divisions of third grade was won by Hinton, Medowie and Largs. A new club entry in third grade was Smiths Potato Chips.

High on the list of individual performances was that of Craig Evans (Raymond Terrace) who topped the first-grade batting aggregate and averages with 694 runs at 86.7, including two centuries. Mick Job bins (Kurri Workers) was the only bowler in first grade to take 50 wickets. In third grade division 2, George Moxey (Medowie) took 91 wickets.

Maitland had a very disappointing representative season, failing to win any of the Hunter Valley competitions. However, Maitland representatives - David and Peter Rawling, Rodney Lawrence and Warren Trappel - performed strongly in the Hunter Valley team that defeated Newcastle in a Country Trial match.

David Rawling scored a century, Peter Rawling had a good double with 59 not out and 5 wickets, and Lawrence and Trappel each took 6 wickets. Peter and David Rawling, and Rodney Lawrence were subsequently chosen in the Combined Hunter Valley/Newcastle team that played Metropolitan.

Ted Skinner of the Maitland Umpires Association was one of the umpires who officiated in this match. P and DRawling, W Trappel and R Lawrence were also members of the Hunter Valley team that played the University of Sydney in the Rothmans Knockout competition. Trappel took 5-11, but Hunter Valley, needing only 6 runs for victory, lost its last 5 wickets for 1 run (a no ball) to lose the match.

Early in the season, Maitland played a team from North Sydney that included former Maitland players Jeff Crittenden and David Johnston. At Easter Maitland also hosted a visit from the Balmain Club.

Rick Allen was selected for the Country Boys Coaching Class and scored an impressive 74 for the Country Boys No. 1 team against a Combined Green Shield team. Craig Evans was chosen in the State CHS team that played against Queensland CHS and an NSWCA XI, and in the interstate Carnival in Melbourne. Another member of the same team was a future Australian Test captain - Allan Border.

As part of the Australian National Coaching Plan eight Maitland coaches attended a three-night course conducted by State coach Peter Spence, and qualified for certificates at various levels.

Cricket followers were saddened by the death at the age of 32 of Stuart Williams, a former captain of Eastern Suburbs and a regular representative John Bull Shield player for a number of seasons.

At the Annual Meeting, Life Membership was conferred on Eddie Hill, who had been a member of the Board of Control since 1966-67. Life Membership badges were also presented by the Mayor to six other members who had previously been accorded that honour.