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Claire Rankin, Richmond River Independent

Matt and Katelyn Bodley
Family that plays together: Matt and Katelyn Bodley are the first father and daughter players for the Hammerheads. Photo: contributed

Two local cricket clubs are seeking more players for this season.

The Evans Head Hammerheads and the Casino RSM Redbacks are seeking players for the September to March season.

Hammerheads club’s Tracey Bodley said the club needed up to 10 cricketers to meet a shortfall caused by players moving away for work and other reasons.

“Last year, we were always short and always trying to find players,” she said noting that other clubs also were seeking to recruit.

Cost for a senior player is $200 for the season and for junior players (under-18) it is $100.

The Casino RSM Redbacks Cricket Club has halved its cost to join for the season to recruit more players, president John Carter said.

“We hope that would be an attraction in itself,” he said.

Mr Carter is 82 years and was one of the oldest to play senior competitive district cricket. The youngest last year was 13.

Membership fees are now paid upfront by card on Cricket Australia’s Play Cricket website, he said.

The cricket season, which usually starts on the second Saturday in October may be delayed until November because of covid restrictions, he said.

The club is looking for cricketers of all ages and experience to play in the Casino and Lismore competition.

Family combinations are encouraged, as well as those who have previously retired from the game but would like to play again.

Younger players can sign up with the RSM Juniors Club in Casino.

Those wishing to sign up with the Hammerheads in Evans Head can call Tracey Bodley on 0417 232 187.

In Casino, the RSM Redbacks’ John Carter can be contacted on 0422 375 474 or johngc@gmail.com

Inquiries about the Casino club also can be directed to Brian Storey 0476 908 122 or bmstorey@tpg.com.au

Richmond River Independent 15 September 2021

This article appeared in the Richmond River Independent, 15 September 2021.

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