Bragging rights on offer as neighbouring towns clash

January 14, 2021 BY

Torquay Cricket Club legend Mick Grossman, Torquay president Rob Dunne holding the Battle of the Bridge trophy with Jan Juc Cricket Club president Rick Wheeler and Jan Juc legend Iain Lygo. PHOTO: DANIEL SHORT

THE stage is set for the ninth instalment of the Battle of the Bridge between Torquay and Jan Juc on January 24 at Spring Creek Reserve.

Torquay has had a stranglehold over the trophy in recent time, but it is Jan Juc that currently holds the honours.

This year’s winner will claim overall bragging rights with the current Battle of the Bridge ledger sitting at 4-4.

Torquay Cricket Club president Rob Dunne said he was looking forward to the chance of redemption, but said there was a great deal of respect between the two clubs.

While there are bragging rights on the line, the most important element of the day was the community involvement.

“To be able to contest this game has always been fun … we’re looking for redemption.” Dunne said.

“It comes from a place of respect more than anything, it’s something that’s really been embraced by the community.

“Yes, there’s some rivalry but at the end of the day cricket is the winner and the community is the winner.

“Cricket has an opportunity to be a good way for people in the community to recover from almost a year in lockdown.”

Jan Juc Cricket Club president Rick Wheeler said it was a unique rivalry having two clubs in such close proximity along the club, yet they play in different competitions.

“You’re always going to get it (the rivalry) when you’ve got two teams so close together,” Wheeler said.

“It’s good for both clubs, it’s good to showcase our local talent.”

The day will be kicked off by the Barwon Women’s Cricket Competition fixture between Torquay and Collendina followed by a legends match at 1.30pm before the senior Battle of the Bridge takes place at 5pm, both matches to be played in a twenty20 format.

While for the juniors, there will be a Blasters hit-out in between the legends and senior match.

All funds raised through raffles, donations and food and drink on the day will be donated to the Cancer Council, as was the case last year.