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No place like home for Tongala

Tongala Cricket Club finally got its own home last Saturday night when its two-story facility was officially christened at the Tongala recreation reserve.

February 13, 2013 4:30am

Living legends.....Brad Campbell, Jim Ogden and Jamie Murphy who along with the late Alan Johnson and Alan Corry were installed as the club’s first Hall of Famers.


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Tongala Cricket Club’s long innings to get its own home finally reached fruition last Saturday night when its two-story facility was officially christened at the Tongala recreation reserve.

Over 200 people attended the opening of the impressive facility which has been some 18 years ago in the making.

The club has had to be patient fighting regulations and red tape to make its dream a reality but persistence finally prevailed and the club is now the envy of most cricket clubs in country Victoria with its own home.

Former players in Bruce Lambert, Alan Davis, Des Nunn and master of ceremonies Des Campbell were able to take the function attendees through the ages and explain some of the trials and tribulations the club, first formed in 1904, had encountered in getting where it is today.

Former club champion player and premiership captain Jamie Murphy in responding to his induction into the club’s inaugural Players Hall of Fame unveiling said the Tongala Cricket Club now had a facility equal to anything in country Victoria and better than most.

‘‘The Tongala Cricket Club and the community has to be very proud of this facility,’’ said Murphy who claimed his nine years at the club were the most satisfying of his long and distinguished cricketing career.

‘‘It was just a privilege to be associated with this club and town,’’ Murphy told the gathering.

Updated honour boards and memorabilia also is adorning the walls of the new facility.

Hall of famers named

Nobody could possibly mount an argument why any of the inaugural inductees into the Tongala Cricket Club’s Players Hall of Fame weren’t deserving of the honour.

The late Alan Johnson was the oldest inductee with his exploits with both bat and ball for the former Tongala East Cricket Club and the Tongala Cricket Club in the late 1940s, 50s and early 60s. Johnson was also a gifted golfer.

Gritty all-rounder, the late Alan Corry, also got a gong which was also a very popular decision.

A true gentleman and sportsman Corry’s efforts both on and off the field for the club and former Kyabram Cricket Association were legendary as was his 14 wicket haul, including all 10 first innings wicket in a match at Bendigo Country Week in 1953.

Peerless wicketkeeper Jimmy Ogden, who also excelled in the Corry days at Tongala and in the KDCA in the 1950s and 1960s, was another of the older Tongala brigade to be included in the first inductees.

Latter day champion players in Brad Campbell and Jamie Murphy were the youngest of the inductees and were also thoroughly deserving of inclusion.

Both boast performances with bat and ball probably unequalled by any players in the history of the club.

The inaugural inductees, painted by renowned local artist Murray Ross, adorn a wall in the social room.

The naming of the new social room also brought no surprises.

The strong link the Nunn family has had with the club for a good portion the club’s history has been acknowledged with room named after Des Nunn and his late father Ray.

Apart from his contribution as a player and club administrator Des Nunn was the man who first instigated the move for the club to have its own base and has worked tirelessly to that cause.

Ray was also a star player with the club and one its most willing workers in a Nunn dynasty that has been carried on today by Adam Nunn, son of Des, who is the current club captain.

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