The Lleyton Blissett memorial match, which was to be played against Wingham last weekend, was a washout for the outside cricket but Great Lakes Cricket Club and Stinger Sports ensured an event would go ahead.
Lleyton, an extremely talented young up and comer for the club and a hugely popular young man in his community, was tragically killed in a car accident in 2018.
The Great Lakes Dolphins, with the Blissett Family, initiated a memorial trophy in his honour and is played for on a certain match during a season.
With the welcome return of rain last weekend and a total washout of all matches, club treasurer/secretary Cath McPherson showed great initiative to put together a special intra-club event.
With the support of the Blissett Family, Dolphins players and Mick Steinmetz and Vicki Berg of Stinger Sports (who have been an excellent supporter of the club in training and practice provision this season), Cathy quickly cobbled together a beaut afternoon at the Indoor Centre.
With senior players, Sam Hull and Blake Clark, taking on captain/coach roles and selecting squads from attending players, the two sides battle it out in a modified game of indoor.
Much fun and laughter, lots of ribbing, the occasional piece of brilliant cricket and some dreadful play by a few still trying to impress selectors they can bat up the order, saw a very successful day had by all.
Members of the Blissett family Warren, Belinda and one of the Dolphins' excellent young talents, Lleyton's brother Landon all enjoyed the day and were thrilled it could go ahead.
They were very appreciative of Cath's efforts to ensure it did and the club looks forward to building on the tradition of holding the memorial match each year.
The Dolphins wish all clubs the best for the remaining matches of the season and, although nature has taken its toll on the season, the club's players are thankful they are still here to enjoy the opportunity to play the game they love and live in our beautiful part of the world and that they can keep on trying to do their best as they remember their past team mate.
Vale Lleyton Blissett.