Cricket: Merewether name new nets in honour of club stalwart Bert Mullen

HONOUR: Bert Mullen at the opening of new Townson Oval nets on Saturday. Picture: SuppliedBERT Mullenwas a first grade player, fourth grade scorer, and most things in between over a seven-decadeperiod at Merewether cricket club.

But the now 96-year-oldwas best known, until only a few summers ago,for putting up the turf netstwice a week for training at Townson Oval.

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On Saturday the Lions officially opened new synthetic netsat their home ground, named in honour of life member Mullen.

ROUND 5: Wallsend v Charlestown, Stockton v Wests, University v City, Toronto v Belmont, Cardiff v Merewether, Hamwicks v Waratah.

* FOLLOWING on from the recenthat-trick series in The Leading Edge, the plot thickens.

Fenton Coull, former Newcastle rugby union general manager now presidentat Central Leagues Club, was actually the Southern Lakes batsman at the non-striker’s end when Jack Littlewood took Charlestown’s first hat-trick in the top gradeback in 1973-74.

The pair were Redhead juniors and Belmont seniors together and only parted ways when the Newcastle district’s residential boundary laws were relaxed that same summer.

But the manbehind the recovery from 4-0to victory and ultimately the minor premiership on the second day of the crucialfinal-round fixturewas none other than the late, great Bob “Dutchy” Holland with a score of 90 “ish”chasing150-oddat Kahibah Oval.

It’s the same venue where current Magpies bowler Josh Edwards claimed a hat-trick in last month’s season opener.The end?

* WINDSOR Castle dismissed Redhead for six in Newcastle City and Suburban A-grade on Saturday.

* ALL-GIRLS come and try sessions will be held at Smith Park and Ulinga Oval on Friday (5-7pm).