The Mid North Coast (MNC) has two squads representing the area at the NSW 60s Veterans Cricket Championships at Maitland this weekend.
With squads from all around the State competing, it is sure to be a hotly-contested tournament.
The MNC will be represented by the Sharks in Division 1 and the Dolphins in Division 2.
The squads have a range of players from all backgrounds and experiences with a common thread of being cricket tragics.
As is the case with most players who are trying to maintain, or find, their Peter Pan in the twilight years of their sporting endeavours, the camaraderie and fun of playing with and against old and new mates is the key.
This is mixed with a real competitive edge that comes out at these events and is always matched by the spirit of the game.
The matches are played for keeps but with a friendliness and manner which recognises the traditions of the national game, with many digging deep to find the skill they had back when.
Many of the MNC squad members played in the recent veterans tournament at Gloucester and a few were still recovering from two days of cricket as they prepared for four.
There will be pain mixed with laughter and banter, and amongst it all, some very good cricket.
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At the carnival dinner, the NSW teams for the National Championships in Adelaide will be named and a number of Coasties have already been informed they have been selected.
As importantly and perhaps more so, all squad members, plus those unable to make it to the State Championships, know they have a full calendar ahead with inter-town and regional matches, the 'bread and butter' of vets' cricket, seeing many highlights and adventures ahead.
There are a number of matches against other towns around the State, including a tournament in Bowral on Bradman Oval.
In addition, a number of Coasties have nominated for selection in matches against the touring England 60s squad, who will be aiming to retain the 'Ancient or Grey Ashes' recently retained on their home decks in June.
They play matches in all states apart from WA and NT, with games against invitational and regional sides.
The Coasties hope to have success in their endeavours this weekend and wish all their mates from the other teams the very best.
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