Former Test cricketers Merv Hughes, Damien Fleming and Rodney Hogg were the guest speakers at Echuca's Biggest Blokes Lunch on Friday.By Trent Horneman
In the cricket world, Merv Hughes, Damien Fleming and Rodney Hogg would be a formidable three-pronged pace attack.
On Friday, they were a three-ringed circus, entertaining more than 300 guests at Echuca’s Biggest Blokes Lunch.
The trio kept the crowd entertained with their banter, recounting stories from their glory days.
Fleming, who spoke at last year’s inaugural Biggest Blokes Lunch, said he was honoured to share the stage with Hughes and Hogg.
‘‘If you had have asked me years ago that I would share a car to Echuca with Merv Hughes and Rodney Hogg, it would have been a dream come true for a teenage Damien Fleming,’’ he said.
‘‘We are part of the fast bowling cartel. We have to stick together to demystify the myth that fast bowlers are dumb, although Merv and Rodney do their best to prove that theory at times.’’
While the guests of honour were all smiles on the day, there was a serious tone to the day, which raises money and awareness of prostate cancer and men’s health.
‘‘It is touching to be able to meet prostate cancer survivors,’’ Fleming said.
Organiser Dick Phillips said Echuca-Moama’s response to the second lunch was overwhelming.
‘‘212 last year and 304 this year,’’ he said.
‘‘We have representatives from Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia here, which has been great. This event is not only a fundraiser for the foundation, but it is also a soft sell for men’s health.’’
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