An email from Australia…

A lovely write up by Anne Cochrane.

The club was delighted to receive this surprise email today:

Hi Adam and lads at Lowerhouse, just wanted to drop you guys an e mail. I don’t know how or why, but your matches came into my YouTube feed, and now every Saturday night I am watching you guys from Australia.  It’s currently our winter here, so it’s great to have some cricket on my tv. So, go well boys and good luck for the rest of the season. (My club starts preseason on July 17, so we’ll be into it soon enough).  Kind regards (your new overseas supporter), Brendan Peavey, President , Gormandale Cricket Club”.

Thanks to t’internet we learn that Gormandale is a small town (321 people in the 2016 census) in eastern Victoria, established in the 1880s when land was cleared for farming. The cricket club, dates from 1892, so is as old as the Lancashire League. Image of bush being cleared from the club website


A Gormandale team from 1948 (image from the local historical society facebook page):

Gormandale Tigers play in the Latrobe Valley Cricket Association, one of the biggest leagues in country Victoria. Their website and Facebook page shows they are a thriving, lively, community club, beer features prominently, the club’s spiritual home being the Grand Junction Hotel.  Their profile states “Our Club is very inclusive and we aim to make sure every player no matter what grade they play or level of ability they have always feels welcome and comfortable within the walls of our rooms be it after the match, during training or at social functions while also going out of our way for our overseas players to make sure they get the full experience of what our region has to offer.”

Welcome to the Lowerhouse family Gormandale Tigers! All the best for your 2024 season!

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