On Famous Footballing Cricketers
In the states of the Commonwealth where the Australian code of football stands pre-eminent in public favour, notable cricketers who have played the game without prejudice to their cricketing career indicates that South Australia provides the finest example. George Griffen (who kicked the first goal scored by the famous Norwood club), E.Jones, Clem and Roy Hill, A.Gehrs, J.Reedman (pictured left), Vic Richardson, L.Chamberlain, are but few of the many whose names will go down in history as great footballers.
In Victoria, memory fondly lingers around the football deeds of J.Worrall (pictured right), W. W.Armstrong, R (Dickie) Houston, P.G.McShane, W.Carkeek, D.Smith, J.Rosser, J.Minchin, and others. In Tasmania, C.Eady, K.Burn, E.A.McDonald, played the game and all found places in representative Australian cricket teams.
New South Wales can also show its quota of great cricketers who identified themselves with the game. Arthur Gregory (of the great cricketing family of the past) convened the first meeting to establish the game in Sydney in 1880. Since then, C.W.Beal (manager of the 1882 Australian XI), Leon and W.Moore (relatives of C.G.Macartney), B.Dwyer (who died in England while fulfilling an engagement with the Sussex County team), A.Newell, D.Noonan, Tibby Cotter, W.Whitty and Victor Trumper, all played the game for varying periods.
Victor Trumper gave early promise of becoming a champion at the game. In 1893, while in his early teens, he played with Sydney in a match against Redfern, the latter winning by seven goals to three. Of Sydney’s three goals, Trumper scored two.
Club bickerings, in which the Sydney and West Sydney clubs were the chief wranglers, brought about the downfall of the game in Sydney at the close of 1894. Later on, Trumper played Rugby Union for Newtown club in which he was noted for his fine kicking and handling.
In 1898 he made a triumphal entry into the cricket world where the memory of his great deeds still live.
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