Warwick cricketers off and racing for Aussie Day tradition
WE'VE all got an Aussie Day tradition of some kind whether it be a family pie-eating competition, or wearing that horrendous shirt that makes the kids' nose turn up in embarrassment, but the Sel's XI cricket team have one of their own - the dash and splash.
Come Saturday, there will be 11 team members fuelled up on a few brews taking to the track for their annual 100m sprint, and then to the pool for their swimming race.
Organiser Geordie Beckhouse said the two-part challenge was in its second year and was a hit among the team.
"It all came about when we were sitting having a drink and someone said 'I could have made that boundary' or something, and then we decided to have a race and then it became the Sel's XI challenge," Mr Beckhouse said.
But a full day of cricket and a sprint wasn't enough for these blokes, who then took to the pool to race in the second leg of the challenge.
Last year, Grant Beckhouse took out first place in the water, and Ross Brackin won the running leg.
Now, the giant trophy with their names engraved into the plaque will be up for grabs again this Saturday.
Mr Brackin said the secret to winning was simple...
"I never celebrated the night before so these fellas had an extra 24 hours of alcohol in them!" he laughed.
If you're keen to cheer from the sideline, Sel's XI will take to Hamilton Oval after the cricket games this Saturday, and then hit WIRAC for the swim.
If you have a quirky Australia Day tradition, we want to hear about it.
Phone Georja on 4660 1316.