CHATTING TO DICK STUMBLES

DB: You’ve had an interesting career both on and off the field. Tell us about it?

RS:  My first job was an Audit Clerk for Peat Marwick Mitchell – now KPMG. I’ve been an auctioneer. I had a career as a  lead light craftsman and a good one at that … good enough to twice get into Home Beautiful. I’ve been a workplace Aboriginal Development trainer and a school teacher.

DB: If you could have been anything in your life , what would it have been?

RS: What I am today – whatever that is.

DB: Name 3 people you would invite to a dinner party

RS: David Attenborough, Robyn Williams and Barack Obama

DB: How far can you trace your family history back

RS: On my mother’s side – The Battle of Trafalgar. I was named after my Great Great Great Uncle, Lt Richard Anderson. Got his pistol and a copy of his diaries.

On my father’s side, my GG GF was Town clerk of Wollongong. His brother nabbed the bushranger Captain Starlight

DB: Tell us about your interest in sport. What’s your favourite?

RS: I love Baseball, Cricket and Golf … all hard to play.

DB: Do you think cricket is a team game?

RS: Most certainly. I always reckon a champion team will always beat a team of champions.

DB: Tell us about your finest cricketing moment (in less 3000 words)

RS: Being picked in the Australian Over 70s team to tour England in 2016

DB: Who’s the most admired cricketer you played with or against?

RS: I played with Tony Leigh (Footscray and Victoria) for a couple of years. … played the game hard but a true gentleman.

I played against Colin McDonald (Brighton CC) … a lesson in concentration.

DB: What’s the most memorable cricket ground you’ve played on?

RS: John Paul Gettys Wormsley park estate in a game against the Queens Household.

DB: How many games of cricket have you played?

RS: Maybe 600 plus. I’ve been playing since I was 17 (with just a few breaks with kids and life generally!)

DB: Besides your wife and cricket, what turns you on in life?

RS: I love chocolate! And visually … natural wilderness

DB: What does VCV mean to you?

RS: Playing the game I love against a bunch of blokes that keep you honest and laughing – most

of the time! And the opportunity to travel to all corners of the world playing cricket. I still can’t believe it!

DB: What advice would you give fellow Vet cricketers

RS: Play on. You’re a long time looking at the lid!