CHRIS Kennedy tries to avoid talking cricket with Glenn Brear.
It goes back to the 1994 grand final between Yarrawonga Footballers and Mulwala Footballers when Brear was the skipper and Kennedy the side's top all-rounder.
Yarrawonga had dominated day one by posting a huge score and Kennedy thought the match was firmly in the Pigeons' grasp.
He was captain of Goulburn Valley league club Shepparton United at the time and hadn't played a match practice in the countdown to the season.
The rest is history.
"He was trying to win their hearts over at Shepparton United and didn't turn up for the second day," Brear said.
"I nearly killed him.
"I've never forgiven him, it was a bloody practice match.
"When I think about it now though, he did probably did me a favour because we had got Benny Dixon back from school and he bowled 28 overs straight from 'Kea's' end and took 6-69 with a crook ankle.
"Benny also made a hundred on the Saturday and was man of the match. I still get stuck into 'Kea' about it."
Kennedy certainly hasn't forgotten the day.
"Don't worry, I get reminded," Kennedy laughed.
"We talk a lot of footy together but not so much cricket."
Despite Yarrawonga Footballers winning comfortably, the infamous Kennedy no-show incident still sparks debate and is likely to be up for discussion when the club holds a reunion at Stan Hargreaves Oval on Saturday, November 23.
The club was founded in 1963 with Ovens and Murray Hall of Famer the late Ken "Pascoe" Ellis instrumental in its formation.
As the name suggests, the club was originally made up of players associated with the Yarrawonga Football Club.
"We had some very good players," Brear said.
"A lot of them were footballers who were good at cricket as well.
"They were just looking for something to do in the summer a lot of the time."
The club won 13 premierships and only missed playing finals on seven occasions.
It merged with Mulwala and became the Yarrawonga-Mulwala Lakers in 2008 with the Yarrawonga and District Cricket Association disbanding in the same year.
Some of the other most notable players to have lined-up for Yarrawonga Footballers include Les Parish, Neil Davis, Paul 'Wacky' Walker, Dwain Duxson, Ian Ferguson, Michael 'Juice' Cooke, Graeme McMillan, Gary Essex and Gerad 'Aqua' Flanagan.
Parish was a stylish left-hand batsman who had the talent to match his footballing prowess, Walker played cricket and football for Collingwood and Duxson was once described by leading journalist Ken Piesse as the Bradman of the Bush.