Feldman and Birkett To Play In Anzac Game
Brisbane Heat players Luke Feldman and Haidee Birkett will join with former Queensland players and guests for the annual Shell Green T20 match at the Brookfield Showgrounds on Anzac Day.
Pace bowler Feldman, who was a strong performer for the my FootDr Queensland Bulls again this season, and allrounder Birkett, who starred for both the WBBL Heat and Konica Minolta Queensland Fire, will play for the Lord Mayor’s Brookfield United Cricket Club XI against an Australian Army XI on Tuesday.
Former Queensland players Brett Henschell and Megan White will also play for the Lord Mayor’s XI in the match that starts at 11am with activities underway from 10am.
Queensland Cricket staff will also run junior cricket drills and games as part of the free day which also features a Light Horse and armoured vehicle display, the Last Post and a “Diggers breakfast”.
The Shell Green match was originally played as a diversionary tactic by the Australian troops during preparations for the evacuation at ANZAC Cove at Gallipoli in 1915.
In recognition of that event, Brookfield United CC has hosted its own Shell Green tribute match for the past five years.
After the match, the ‘Shell Green” Shield will be awarded to the winning captain while the Corporal Mathew Hopkins Player of the Match Award’will be presented to the best on field by a member of CPL Hopkins’ family.
Matt Hopkins grew up in the local area and was a student at Kenmore State High School. He served with 7 RAR and was killed-in-action just prior to Anzac Day in Afghanistan on the 16th of March 2009.
Organiser Rick Maher, the vice-president of the Australian Defence Force Cricket, acknowledges the close ties between cricket and Australia’s defence forces through his own family connections.
His great uncle Rex Rogers played for Queensland post-World War II, one of a number of Queenslanders to represent their State after serving in the armed forces between 1939 and 1945.
These included a trio of “Invincibles” in Bill Brown, Col McCool and Ray Lindwall as well as Ernie Toovey, Aub Carrigan, Errold La Frantz.
Records show that five Queensland first-class cricketers died during both World Wars; while countless others fought and served.
The honour roll includes:
Charlie Adamson, an accomplished sportsman who played cricket for Durham and rugby for the British Isles, spent time in Brisbane where he represented Valley District Cricket Club before playing one first-class match for Queensland against New South Wales in 1899. He was a member of the Royal Scots Fusiliers in the British Army and died in Greece in 1918.
Alan Marshal played a total of 119 first-class games for Queensland and Surrey and was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1909. Marshal served in Gallipoli and died at age 32 of typhoid while on duty in Malta in 1915.
Hubert Smith played three matches for Queensland between 1911-1913. He was a member of the 15th Australian Infantry Battalion and died of illness in Malta in 1915 at age 25.
George Poeppel played one first-class match for Queensland in 1915. He was a Private in Australia’s 15th Australian Infantry Battalion and died at age 23 in France in 1917.
Glen Baker, played 29 first-class games for Queensland from 1936-1942 with a highest score of 157. He was a Lieutenant in the Australian Army and died in New Guinea in 1943 at age 28.
Other Queensland players to serve in more recent times include fast bowler Tony Dell, who is the only Vietnam veteran to play Test cricket.
Dell, who did his National Service with 2RAR in Vietnam between 1967-68, is the founder of PTSD support group Stand Tall For PTS.
Former Bulls pace bowler Matthew Pascoe also served in Afghanistan after graduating from the Australian Military College, Duntroon.