Preparations in place for Queanbeyan's big night

As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Queanbeyan Cricket Club, The Queanbeyan Age takes a look back at the incredible history behind the baggy blue cap.

As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Queanbeyan Cricket Club, The Queanbeyan Age takes a look back at the incredible history behind the baggy blue cap.

ONLY two weeks to go until a host of Queanbeyan cricketers, officials and supporters rekindle stories of greatness, premiership success, battles hard fought and of nail biting losses and near misses.

As of today, in excess of 220 Bluebags and friends have confirmed they will attend the club's official 150th Anniversary cocktail party on Saturday, February 23rd.

Many more will be attending the various anniversary BBQ's and events as Queanbeyan celebrates 150 years of cricket in the district.

Four players from the 1957-58 first grade premiership side: Pat Jeffrey, Malcolm Wheeler, Ian Armour and Jimmy 'Junior' Norton will be in attendance as will eight past presidents.

Col Berry, Winston MacDonald, Ray Hatch, Steve Bailey, Rod Winchester, Ian McNamee, Michael Frost, Armour and of course current President Peter Solway will be on hand on the night.

The Legend himself, Neil Bulger and his brother Vince are coming along with many of the club's 1980/81 and 1982/83 premiership players.

The likes of Chris Henry, Frank Hansby, Graham Hore, Bill Carters, Wayne Campbell, Col Imrie, Tony Wynd and Phil Higgs will gather and tell yarn after yarn of batting feats and those classic catches.

The club's three key recruits of 1985-86, Mark Thornton, John Bull and Daryl Stevenson will reunite along with many of Queanbeyan's current stars in Mark Higgs, Aaron Ayre, Lea Hansen and Jono Dean.

Mel Johnson, Queanbeyan's captain-coach from 1967-70, former Test Umpire and Life Member of the Queensland Cricket Association and his wife are coming from Qld to be part of this historic weekend.

Mel, along with stalwarts Lloyd Buckley, Richard Longmore, Chops Bailey and Lindsay Coffey will be sure to tell plenty of wonderful tales of tough cricket and good times.

Queanbeyan's women's sides will be well represented also with Sonia Price, Karen Hitchcock, Vanessa Picker, Anna Baker and Chloe Spear attending.

Meanwhile, following on last week's selection process of great Queanbeyan teams, we received an email from a selector titled 'Leftie'.

He argues that the team of left handed cricketers below would take on and beat any right handed side thrown together and his side: Mark Higgs, Neil Bulger, Ian Armour, Alan Bailey, Mark Steel, Lea Hansen, Pat Jeffrey, Frank Hansby, Aaron Ayre, Mick Carruthers and Frank Nash, is formidable.

Feel free to send your best Queanbeyan XI selections to The Queanbeyan Age or directly to www.queanbeyancricket.com.au

There are now just two weeks and counting untill the big weekend ... all current and former players are reminded that the RSVP for the big weekend of celebrations is now upon us.

Please head to the Queanbeyan Cricket website or call 0449 904 052 to confirm your place.

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