Grey Junior vs Queens College 14 May 2022

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Some audio random pictures of the crowd. What a great atmosphere!

I hope the blog brings back happy memories of Rugby match days at Grey Junior.

What an exciting Saturday morning. Hundreds of cars parked in the streets outside the School. Plenty of excited young players. A huge number of parents watching. The crowds around the three fields cheering and shouting encouragement.

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Cars parked everywhere
And I mean everywhere
View from the small gate on College Drive
Part of the crowd in front of the new Grey Junior Pavilion – built in 2016
The field next to the tennis courts
Part of the big croud
More of the crowd under the watchful eye of the Grey Senior Clock Tower

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Howie Gardiner – Fond Memories

Howie Gardiner, the Zimbabwean First Class cricketer died on 19 June 2018. We both went to Christian Brothers College (CBC) in Bulawayo and played together in the first cricket team. We were very good friends. I last saw him in London a few years ago.

One memory about Howie I remember will remain with me for the rest of my life.

It was 1962. Our last school year. We were playing against Gifford Tech. It was the last ball of the day. Gifford Tech were 9 down. Howie was fielding close to the batsman at silly mid off or silly mid on. The bowler ran in and bowled.. The ball hit the batsman on the pads. He was plumb lbw. Up went the appeal. The umpire was CBC’s Brother Thackaberry. His decision was immediate: “Out”.

But we did not win. The decision was reversed. Why?

Because Howie turned round immediately and told us “He snicked it”. Only Howie heard the snick. The batsman was given “not out”. And so the match ended in a draw.

Such was the measure of the man, Howie Gardiner.

Rest In Peace Howie.

“All shall be well, all manner of thing shall be well.”

From your friend

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