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Karramomus relives junior team's glory day

Karramomus had a reunion of its premiership winning under-16 side that won the club's maiden junior flag 30 years ago.

DAMEN FRANCIS January 16, 2014 4:10am

Richard Crawford, Ashley Hooper, Jamie Tate, Barry Baldi (coach), Kevin Mutton and Mark Limosani caught up to celebrate the 30-year reunion of Karramomus’ under-16 Cricket Shepparton premiership.


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The date on the official team photo reads 1982-83, but it’s the Karramomus under-16 side of 83-84 that has a special place in the club’s history books.

It won the club’s maiden junior flag and five of the 12 players, plus coach Barry Baldi, were reunited on Saturday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the triumph.

The details are sketchy, but team captain Jamie Tate remembered the feeling like it was yesterday.

‘‘That was the hard part of the day, remembering that far back,’’ Tate said.

‘‘The part I do remember is we should never have won. We came from fourth place to win the flag.

‘‘A lot of us haven’t been around the club a lot, but we got a warm welcome.

‘‘It was fantastic to see old friends and the club doing so well.’’

Batting first, Karramomus made 5-109 on the opening day of the final, which was played over three Saturdays.

On day two, Jamie Dyer’s hard-hitting 54 took the Bloods’ total to 8-177 and by stumps Shepparton Youth Club was reeling at 4-34.

SYC was all out for 84, as the Bloods collected their first piece of junior silverware on April 3, 1984.

Tate (39) and Ashley Hooper 35 were the other major contributors with the bat, while Hooper (5-7) and Steven Jaegar (4-26) led the way with the ball.

The reunion began at Vibert Reserve, where Hooper and fellow premiership player Richard Crawford were playing a C-grade game, and continued into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Crawford, who made his 300th appearance for the club this season, said his premiership teammates would always be close to his heart.

‘‘It was a lot of guys that had grown up together through primary school,’’ Crawford said.

‘‘Most of the guys still live in Shepparton, a couple are on the Gold Coast and one is in Sydney. Kevin Pickering unfortunately passed away in (1998) in a skiing accident.

‘‘We’re planning to do this again every 10 years if we can.’’

Baldi went on to captain the club’s first A-grade premiership the following year.

Tate lived in Shepparton for less than five years, before returning to work at The News as a sports journalist.

He is sports editor at the Sunday Herald Sun and occasionally pulls on the pads for Victorian Turf Cricket Association club Doutta Stars.

SCORECARD: Karramomus 8-177 (Dyer 54, Tate 39, Hooper 35, Whitelock 2-8, Turner 2-61, Kittlety 1-20) d Shepparton Youth Club 84 (Kiely 33, Petherick 25, Hooper 5-7, Jaegar 4-26)

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