2023 Battle of the Bridge

🏏 Thrilling Conclusion to Battle of the Bridge with AFL Stars Lighting Up the Field

The much-anticipated Battle of the Bridge at Spring Creek Reserve on December 30 lived up to its hype, featuring an inaugural women’s match, the participation of locally-raised AFL stars, and a massive crowd in attendance.

🌟 In a spectacular showdown, Carlton forward and two-time Coleman Medallist Charlie Curnow, alongside his recently retired brother Ed, proudly wore the Sharks’ blue jersey. Torquay Cricket Club and Jan Juc Cricket Club battled it out for local bragging rights in their annual summertime clash.

🔵 Adding to the excitement, former Torquay cricketer and Port Adelaide games record holder, Travis Boak, made a memorable return to his old club by joining Torquay’s side. Boak’s impactful performance included big hitting and fast bowling, making him the standout player of the men’s match.

Match Results:

  • Women’s Match: Jan Juc emerged victorious, with G. Fogarty showcasing her batting prowess with an impressive 47 runs not out. D. Johnson was the star with the ball, taking 4 wickets and being on a hat trick twice, contributing significantly to Jan Juc’s success.
  • Legends Match: Torquay secured a thrilling victory by chasing down a competitive score of 140 with 3 overs to spare. C. Huxtable and D. Waldron played pivotal roles, leading the Sharks with the bat in hand.
  • Torquay vs. Jan Juc Men’s Match: Torquay Cricket Club claimed a comprehensive victory, with Travis Boak’s stellar performance stealing the show. Boak’s big hitting and fast bowling were standout features of the match, while the Curnow brothers added flair, pleasing the enthusiastic crowd.

With the Battle of the Bridge now concluded, the competitive women’s match, the standout performances in the men’s match, and the thrilling Legends Match have etched this event into the annals of local sports history. Until the next showdown, let’s celebrate the thrilling moments from December 30 at Spring Creek Reserve!

Charlie’s late Christmas gift

Curtsey of Matthew Forrest from the Herald Sun

Turns out you can’t go out first ball after all. In the spirit of summer cricket battles, Carlton superstar Charlie Curnow was given a lifeline after being clean bowled in a Surf Coast local derby on Saturday night. Curnow and brother Ed suited up for Jan Juc, while, Port Adelaide champion Travis Boak was in Tigers colours of the Torquay variety in the annual Battle of the Bridge exhibition. All plavers hail from the coast and lumped at the chance to play. The two-time Coleman medallist was skittled first ball of his innings, and had trudged halfway off the oval before being called back… after a very late (let’s say ‘spirit of cricket’) no-ball call. “There would have been about 1500 people and there were a lot of Carlton supporters and kids to see Charlie and Ed,” Torquay vice president Terry Hill said. “One of our young guys got one through him, but everyone’s there to see the good sportsmen play. He well and truly deserved another go.” Torquay took home the Battle of the Bridge trophy. Boak showed his power with the bat, opening the batting and launching a few balls into the crowd. “