HE’S played at Lord’s and the MCG.
And while the Walbundrie Sportsground may not have quite the same ring about it, Australian Test cricketing great Glenn ‘Pigeon’ McGrath will tick that box as well later this month.
McGrath will bowl at the ground on Sunday, February 24, after club treasurer Sue Collins won a competition asking why the former fast bowler should be part of Walbundrie’s Pink Stumps Day.
“I never thought in a million years I would win it,” Mrs Collins said.
“We wanted to do a Pink Stumps Day and they had a question on the web page asking in 100 words why you would love to have Glenn attend your function.
“I wrote away and didn’t really think any more of it.
“When they called me, I just thought they were ringing about Pink Stumps Day.
“I was shocked.
“I felt like I’d won Tattslotto.”
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While it’s yet to be determined how many overs the 48-year-old will bowl against Henty, Sue’s son and club president, Mason, said the Walbundrie township was already buzzing.
“It’s huge for us,” Mr Collins said.
“The whole community is thrilled.
“We haven’t worked out how many overs Glenn will bowl, but apparently that’s up to us.
“All of Walbundrie will be there and I’ve rang our neighbouring clubs as well and they are keen to get involved.
“It’s going to be a great day and hopefully we can raise some good funds for the McGrath Foundation.”
In an act of goodwill, Henty gave up its home match against Walbundrie to allow the Tigers the opportunity to host the final match of the home and away series.
“When Mason first rang, I wondered for a second if it was legit,” Swampie captain Mark White laughed.
“We’re pretty excited to be involved in such a good cause.
“It’s not every day something like this happens.
“I would imagine Glenn McGrath still rolls the arm over pretty well.”
Walbundrie will run a barbecue and raffles on the day with Cricket NSW likely to hold a junior coaching clinic.
Mrs Collins’ competition-winning letter read as follows:
Cricket begins at the grassroots level and, while our little town has been affected by drought, that hasn't stopped everyone banding together for a day of sport to support a fantastic cause that has touched many families in our town.
Our community is a proud and sport loving town and a visit from Glenn would boost the morale of many for a family day of fun and laughter.
Glenn is such an important part of cricket and the McGrath Foundation and a great ambassador for breast cancer.
We would be privileged to have him attend our day.
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