Egos to be blown ahead of auction

THERE are going to be a few wounded egos at the Charity Big Bash auction at Lavington Panthers tonight.

Let’s face it, a lot of cricketers have healthy opinions of themselves and when other players collect more money than themselves it doesn’t always go down well.

The word is at least one cricketer from the other side of the river was dirty last season when he only managed to drag in a few bucks.

Last year’s event was a huge success with $36,000 raised for The River’s Give Me 5 for Kids and the Albury-Wodonga Carer’s Accommodation Units at Albury Base Hospital.

Gary Tonkin, the mastermind or commissioner as we like to call him, might not admit it with his modesty and others jump on board and say what they have done to help out, but Gaz is the man.

He’s the reason we are back again this year.

A mighty 101 players have nominated from CAW, Wagga, Holbrook and Thurgoona for the auction with four teams — Tradelink Hurricanes, Ray White Albury Stars, Wodonga Prestige Turbos and Insight Clinic Privates — to jostle for their services.

Organisers have gone to a lot of effort to provide entertainment this year with beach balls, music and barbecues organised for the matches on November 29, December 7 and January 11 and 18.

It will be interesting to see who is rated the most valued player in CAW.

Luke Restall and James Tonkin went for the highest amounts last year and I’d expect Robbie Jackson and James Weighell to go for a bit as well.

I hope everyone gets behind it again.