TGS Hits Australia Day for Six31st January 2019
Toowoomba Grammar School has taken the Australia Day tradition of a backyard cricket game a step further, bringing Mills Oval to life with a match that spans the generations.
For the past fourteen years the School has played an Australia Day Reunion match, calling back the 1st XI team of twenty years ago to compete against the current 1st XI.
This year’s clash was on Australia Day itself, and youth prevailed over experience.
The 1999 1st XI won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 7-170 after 40 overs.
The 2019 1st XI answered with 3-174 after just 27 overs. Mitchell Doolan scored an impressive 109 n/o.
The scoresheet now sits at current 1st XI with nine wins, Old Boys on four and a draw in 2013.
There’s always plenty of friendly rivalry as the Old Boys try to avoid hamstring injuries to outplay the younger team.
The pressure was on the 2019 1st XI who were defending the title after last year’s 1st XI finished on 5-231 with the 1998 Old Boys 8-229.
They are a strong team though, crowned runners-up at the invitational Neil Dansie National Cricket Festival last week.
The Neil Dansie Festival has been running for nine years featuring some of the top cricket schools in Australia including Toowoomba Grammar School, Knox Grammar School (Sydney), St Peter’s College (Adelaide) and St Kevin’s College (Melbourne).
TGS was defeated by a strong St Peter’s team in the final with the sweltering Sydney heatwave taking its toll on the Toowoomba boys: TGS – 133 St Peter’s 2 -134