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Ray Carroll’s ‘From the Boundary’: July 25, 2023

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ACK to semi

Assumption First XVIII won its final home and away clash for 2023, defeating Mentone 9.13 (67) to 5.7 (37) on Saturday.

The next match is at home for Saturday’s cut throat semi-final versus Ivanhoe.

The Dark and Light Blues have had an even spread of good players all season, with area names prominent including Gilchrist, Fowler, Cavigan, Shinn-Mahony, Higgins and Garcia. The other semi final is Yarra Valley versus Marcellin.

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Assumption First XVIII heads into the finals after a season with only one narrow loss to Yarra Valley.

Two strong post-holiday wins over Trinity and Mentone have the side well set for the finals. Other finalists are Yarra Valley, Ivanhoe and Marcellin.

Assumption has defeated the latter two sides in hard fought games this season.

Coach Steve Belos must be quietly confident the defending premiers will record another triumph.


Three of last season’s title winning side are progressing well at a high level.

Harry Rowston has debuted for GWS Giants, Cooper Harvey for the Kangaroos and Jedd Longmire, nephew of Swans’ coach John, is playing for Collingwood in the VFL.


The Ashes series in England has produced some thrilling cricket which has captivated audiences around the globe.

On the TV screens in Australia, it has outrated AFL and NRL almost three to one.

A rising star for England has been young Yorkshireman Harry Brook.

A tall, superb stroke player, he will, I believe, be a superstar of the next decade.

In England in 2005 I visited Sedbergh College, a renowned school in a glorious setting in the Yorkshire Dales.

A teacher I knew there invited me to come for lunch and watch the First XI play. I saw this young kid hit a sublime century against the visiting XI.

The cricket coach said to me ‘this lad will play for England’ and sure enough, he is now a key Poms player.

His name is Harry Brook. He already has centuries against Pakistan, South Africa, and New Zealand and is the fastest ever batsman to reach a thousand test runs.

Blast from the past

The photo, circa early 70s, shows long-time Kilmore resident Bryan Harding,  fourth from left, going out to bat for the Victoria Police XI against Assumption at Brunswick Oval.

On Bryan’s right is Fred Barnett and on his left is Harry Herbert. The latter was a brilliant all-rounder.

He played football for Geelong and was a fearsome fast bowler.

England captain Len Hutton said Herbert was the fastest bowler he encountered on tour to Australia.

Harry was playing for a Victorian country XI at Ballarat against the tourists.

Bryan Harding, beyond his fine career as a police officer and detective, was a fine player and coach of football and cricket teams. He led the ACK XI in 1948.


A nice quote I came across: “Be kind to everyone you meet, for none of us know of the inner battles almost everyone faces in this life.”

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