Team aims for semis, playing in honour of their brother
CRICKET: Travelling is no object for a player keen to remember his brother in four or five games of cricket this weekend.
Troy Duroux has travelled from Melbourne for the carnival to play with the Marbuck's team being organised by Dave Duroux.
Dave and Troy Duroux are in the team playing in memory of their brother Dwayne "Marbuck" Duroux who died in 2009 from motor neurone disease at age 36.
"Murbuck was born in Ipswich and lived in Warwick and then Killarney before moving to Macksville in New South Wales," Dave said.
"He was sick for three or four years. Marbuck showed a lot of courage to be as independent as he could be when he was sick.
"Marbuck was more into cars than cricket. He would often watch me and his many relatives play in Warwick cricket."
His son Elijah is in the team this year and his other son Marbuck jnr played in last year's carnival.
Dave said the carnival team was for all the boys to get together and think about Marbuck.
"We will have a few beers around the barby each night," Dave said.
"Many of the team are from Warwick, James "Jimbob" Jerome is from Tenterfield, Shane Hooper lives at Inglewood, two players are coming from Glen Innes, two from Stuarts Point (Nambucca Heads) and one from Melbourne.
Away from the games, the team will hang out at Dave's place or his mother June Speedy's.
"Mum watches all the games. Two of her sisters travel from Glen Innes and Isisford to watch the carnival," Dave said.
Dave Duroux, James Jerome and Shane Hooper played games for the Originals in the carnival before the Marbuck's team era. Dave recalls playing in a game when Originals player Joe Marsh scored in the 270s in a score of 700 plus.
Dave said his team would aim to make the top-eight in the competitive grade. "We have played in a semi twice but are yet to make a final," he said.
Marbuck's XI will play the second and third games tomorrow at Warwick Credit Union Oval (AFL field) in a round robin with Goomeri Giants and Rosewood Icemen.
A cricket pitch has been prepared by curator Dave Drewery on the prime black soil on the eastern side of the Condamine River.
Other than some social cricket, this weekend's games will be the first official cricket on a ground as big as the MCG.
Luckily for the batsmen, the mowed boundary is well in from the edge of the field.
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At a Glance
Key player - Shane Hooper
Best chance for classic catch - Rick Johnson
Worst runner between wickets - Shane Hooper
Biggest hitter - Keegan Hooper and Josh Klein
Best chance for lowest batting aggregate - Hard one but perhaps Jamie Fuller
Favourite to bowl most wides - Troy Duroux, he doesn't play cricket so might be him
Team characters - Have to be James "Jimbob" Jerome and Rick Johnson
The travellers - Troy Duroux (Melbourne), Allan Kirk and Elijah Duroux (Stuart's Point, NSW)