A unique anniversary is being celebrated in this round of Great Southern cricket between two of the inaugural teams in this Association.
The first recorded match between the Goolwa and Port Elliot towns and teams was recorded on November 9, 1859, as reported in Adelaide Observer newspaper of the day.
Current player Gavin Smith (who has played in more than 500 games for Port Elliot) has his great grandfather playing in that game. An incredible link in the history of the Port Elliot Cricket Club.
There are also many other family connections between current or recent players including Lawrie 'Truck' Harding's grandfather and grand uncles Vern, Stan, Les and Clarrie, who like 'Truck', were noted for their batting and pace bowling and fitness in the field.
They were also part of the 1911 Port Elliot premiership team. This was 10 years before the Great Southern Cricket Association was formed. On the Goolwa side the Lawrence family also feature in the 1930s.
Current A grade player Jim Lawrence had a grand uncle Jack, who scored three hundreds, three bags of six wickets or more and took a hat-trick for the Goolwa Cricket Club.
Apart for the three 100s, Jim has emulated his grand uncle with 20 six wicket or more hauls and a hat-trick.
Jim's grandfather Gordon, another grand uncle and his father Barry also played for the club.
The Goolwa and Port Elliot Clubs are celebrating this match and their shared history over this two day round of cricket.
Many of the scorecards of matches between the clubs have been found from the 1860s onwards, including many memorable events by individual players and teams.
Perhaps the best individual record in the 160 year history is for Charles Howard Bebee (1863-1932), a Port Elliot fast bowler who took the last five Goolwa wickets in five balls in 1903 and also took all 10 wickets for five runs in bowling the Goolwa side out for 11 in 1913.
He was also the owner of the original Port Elliot Bakery.
The A Grade match between these two great clubs should be another fine contest and will attract a lot of past and present players to toast the history of both clubs.
A booklet published by the Goolwa Cricket Club was presented to the Port Elliot Cricket Club containing all the game details from 1859 - 2019.