CRICKET: Yaralla Cricket Club have been through many changes over the years and club president Bill Jones has seen most of them during his time at the club.
Aside from on-field action as a player, Jones has filled in various roles at the 'Reds' and has teamed with Andrew Robertson to be co presidents this season.
Jones still dons the whites and the coloured uniform for his beloved Yaralla in the B-grade or even reserves on the weekends and he told The Observer about the start of his journey.
"I signed up as a junior for the under-13s and that was over 40 years ago,” Jones recalled.
He progressed through the ranks at the Reds and there were several highlights.
"Yaralla used to be called the Queensland Alumina Social Club and won its first premiership back in 1982-83 at B-grade level,” Jones said.
He described himself as a batsman who could roll the arm over a 'bit'.
"I was a bit of a bowler and batsman and was a very slow and ordinary bowler,” Jones laughed.
"I scored a few hundreds over the years.”
Apart from the trials and tribulations Jones has experienced, it's one ingredient which makes him hang around.
"Over the years, it's just being involved in a team environment which I have enjoy and still do,” Jones said.
Yaralla did field a team in the three-team Gladstone Cricket Incorporated A-grade competition last season, but the club withdrew having its top-tier team joining The Glen and BITS in the Capricorn Challenge competition this season.
Jones is hopeful Yaralla will get back on board at the top level next year.
The club has a wealth of talent eager to go the next step.
"We will try and get an A-grade next year and our brightest prospects are Matty Perkins, Zane and Jake Robertson, Harry Rideout and Col Crawford,” Jones said.