CHATTING WITH LES QUARRELL
VCV: You were still playing against the young blokes until a couple of years ago. How did you get into veterans cricket?
LQ: Arthur Pritchard. I knew him from my VJCA days. He promised me the world if I signed with Essendon. I was only 58 at the time. He said he’d get me a game.
VCV: Why Essendon? You were born and bred in Richmond. You’ve done a Kevin Sheedy?
LQ: Not so. Richmond Union didn’t have a team when I started in Veterans cricket.
VCV: You’ve made a 100 hundreds. Is that true?. How would you know? Did you put a mark on the back of the bat like Mark Waugh every time you made a ton?
LQ: No, not a 100 hundreds. That’s wrong. It’s 108. Wrote every one of them down too. Made 8 in one year as a kid.
VCV: You’re highly respected as VCV Chairman of Selectors and an Australian selector. You can make or break or break careers? Do you feel any pressure?
LQ: Not really. I’ve got good help and there’s always MyCricket. Could be time to handpass the National job to someone else though.
VCV: Tell me about that magnetised team sheet. Was that your idea or did you pinch it from footy?
LQ: Yea pinched it from footy. It’s brilliant!
VCV: You’ve been described as a colourful character.
LQ: Dunno what you’re talking about.
VCV: Does VCV have any colourful characters we can talk about?
LQ: Veterans cricket’s full of them. More characters than you can poke a stick at.
VCV: Like who?
LQ: Well Essendon cricket practice for a start. Like Billy Wigmore practicing in a moon boot
VCV: You’ve given a bit to footy and cricket over the years. Life memberships at the Richmond Junior FC and the mighty Burroughs, a Cricket Victoria 50 year service award and now life membership at Caulfield. But no life membership at Essendon. How come?
LQ: Only been there 7 years. They run a tight ship at Essendon. They give you nothing. Can’t even get a biro without an invoice.
VCV: Noticed you’ve been getting out stumped a bit lately. Is your eyesight going?
LQ: No, No, No. Had a few health issues a couple of years ago. A bit of tendonitis in the groin. Prostate problem and high blood pressure. All that’s fixed now. Last couple of years have been good.
VCV: So how are you coping in lockdown?
LQ: Missing cricket a bit. Cricket twice a week kept me fit. Can’t wait to get back out on the park again? When’s the first game?