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Ray Carroll’s ‘From the Boundary’: July 18, 2023

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Ray Carroll
Ray Carroll is the author of the Review's longest running segment, 'From the Boundary'. A retired coach from Assumption College Kilmore, Ray writes passionately about social affairs within the community, giving the much-loved editorial space over to much-loved current and ex-locals.

Happy in the valley

It’s a long way from Nottingham, UK, to the hills and vales of Hidden Valley near Wallan, but Kevin Marchant and his family love their Aussie location and lifestyle.

Kevin and his wife Dee have two fine children, twins Edie and Bobby, who love their schooldays at Assumption College.

Kevin was born in Nottingham and attended a local high school, then the renowned Loughborough University.

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A civil engineer by trade, he is a talented sportsman. He played rugby union in the England and Wales National League, cricket in the Notts County Premier League. He loved playing cricket again last summer after a long break, with Kilmore Cricket Club Third XI alongside son Bobby who is a keen young footballer.

Nottingham in the English Midlands is renowned for many things, not least Sherwood Forest and the legend of Robin Hood. The county was home of two of England’s greatest ever cricketers, fast bowler Harold Larwood and Bill Bowes. Both were coalminers and they spearheaded their country famed ‘Bodyline’ attack in 1932-33.

Kevin has been a prolific marathon runner clocking up sixteen to date in the prestigious Melbourne and Gold Coast marathons.

He has fond memories of his homeland, university friends, sporting teammates, holidays in Cornwall, winning league title and cups and learning life lessons through sports.

His mum and sister still live in Nottingham and he loves taking his family every couple of years to visit them. He met his Australian wife Dee in Spain – she was on a working holiday and Kevin was on tour with a rugby club.

The pair instantly clicked and two years later were married. They came to Australia in 2000 and the two children were born in Australia.

Dee was born in Werribee and was educated at St Andrews Primary and Watsonia Tech. She is a bookkeeper and very talented photographer.

The special people in her life are her parents, Kevin and the children. Like her husband, she loves living in the valley: “A lovely location, wonderful community and just a great place to be.”

The two children make their parents proud. Daughter Edie is very creative. She loves arts and craft, spinning and knitting, singing and songwriting, reading and painting.

People tell me she’s a fine singer. She is certainly a nice young person, as is her brother Bobby.

A super keen sportsman like his dad, Bobby loves footy, cricket, swimming, motor biking and going to the gym. Like his sister, he really appreciates all that ACK has to offer. Both have really good pals and this is an important facet of their young lives.

The family love Hidden Valley and its people, and I’m sure they are highly regarded by all. Prominent among their circle of friends are Robbie and Katia Fowler and family, of Wallan, whom they describe as a truly wonderful family.

Aussies at the Ashes

Several thousand Aussies are in England for the Ashes Tests. Among them is Wallan Cricket Club president Robbie Fowler and three of his sons.

A legendary figure in Wallan cricket and footy as a player, coach and official, Robbie has long wanted to be at the mecca of cricket, Lords, for an England and Australia test.

He went in a ballot for tickets six months ago but with 300,000 in the ballot, chances were slim. He persevered and finally got tickets via a scalper agency.

A day at a Lords Test is not cheap. Try 209 UK pounds as a starting price. Anyway, he and sons Campbell, Beau and Chase finally made it and on day one he texted me from Lords:

“We’re seated at midwicket, terrific atmosphere and great to enjoy Steve Smith and Travis Head in fine form. Walked round the precinct at lunch break and saw a who’s who of world Test champions of the past mingling on the lawns – among them Jeff Thomson, Ricky Ponting, Merv Hughes, Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee. Also noted stars of music and screen e.g Stephen Fry, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Lily Allen and Ed Sheeran. It’s been worth the long wait and the price of the tickets”.

R.I.P two good men

Two fine people of abiding faith were farewelled from this life very recently. John Kelly, pictured below, and Tom Dalgleish were much loved and admired by family and all who knew them.

John’s family would have been moved to note many of his students from the 1960’s and 1970’s came. Some from long distances to attend the requiem mass co-celebrated by St Patrick’s Father Prakash and former ACK student Fr Michael Kelly.

Tom Dalgleish, pictured below and now reunited with his wife Barbara, was a gentle person. He was very proud of Helen, Peter, Paul, Brendan, Damien, and Adrian. He was grandfather of 20 and great grandfather of 13.

Children and grandchildren played roles in Tom’s requiem mass. Their love and devotion shone through. A truly good man. Tom was one of those quiet Australians who are really the backbone of the nation.

The family would have been pleased with the assemblage of local area folk paying tribute by their attendance. Like John Kelly, Tom Dalgleish would have been delighted by their uplifting masses so wonderfully celebrated by Father Prakash.

Footnote: Kilmore’s St Patrick’s Church and Anglican Christ Church are blessed to have very good men at the helm. St Pat’s Father Prakash and Christ Church’s new pastor Father Daniel Kerr are both inspirational and truly dedicated.

Varia

Cooper Harvey, son of Kangaroos legend Brent ‘Boomer’ Harvey, 431 games, debuted for North Melbourne a week ago.

Cooper played in ACK’s premier XVIII in 2022 and is the 149th student of Assumption to play VFL/AFL since the college began in 1893.

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Assumption First XVIII meets Mentone in the last game before the finals at ACK on Saturday. The AGSV title series should be hard fought with possibly old rivals ACK and Marcellin to fight it out for the flag.

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