Australian Masters Games

Day 5 - Well worth the Price

9 October 2013

Day 5 - Well worth the Price

Grovedale’s Ross Price not only played a key role in organising and managing the 60+ men’s cricket tournament at this week’s 14th Australian Masters Games in Geelong but for good measure picked up a gold medal as a member of the winning team as well.

It’s not the first time this scenario has played out given the fine spirit in which the Games have been staged, conducted and played out but a special occasion nonetheless.

In Price’s case, the 67-year-old had a foot in both camps – as a responsible local resident acting in support of the Geelong Cricket Association as competition manager for the 60+ games but opting to play for and captain the Melbourne over 60s team.

It was a wise decision, with gold medals forthcoming after the visitors prevailed at the death, despite conceding 14 wides whilst bowling – scoring 4/98 off their full 14 overs in response to the locals’ 6/96 off theirs’. Price made his own contribution – although some might question the value, given the scorecard shows he was responsible for eight of the wides and was run out for a duck when batting.

The over 40s competition in cricket continues through until Friday.

Earlier in the day, much interest focussed on the action in the second and final session of indoor rowing held at the Avalon Airport Games Village at Kardinia Park with some of the Games hardiest participants competing over 2000m after doubling up in the 500 and 1000m ergometer-based races the previous day.

Inspired by her 83-year-old grandfather, John who is competing in sailing at his sixth consecutive Australian Masters Games, Lucy Dick rowed to victory over the two shorter distances whilst another 83-year-old, Arthur Ince took a treble in the men’s 80+ category.

Ince must surely be in line for the title of Games “ironman”. In spite of his age, he has entered a dozen events across three sports – athletics, swimming and rowing.

Former librarian Pam Mews took time out from her own busy schedule in athletics to take on the same indoor rowing program in the women’s 75-79 category. The 78-year-old from Beaumaris emulated Ince by tasking all three golds - even pipping him time-wise in the two longer events.

44-year-old Springfield Lakes (Qld) man Stephen Hennessy has now collected 17 Australian Masters Games gold medals across in indoor rowing and rugby union – after winning all three men’s 43-49 indoor rowing events here in Geelong.

The Games Village was then transformed into celebratory mode for the Mid-Week Party, to which attendees were encouraged to wear a touch of red in support of fellow Games participant Peter Lane who is launching a foundation to honour his baseball-player son Chris who was killed whilst training in the USA in August.

Entertainment for the night featured The Robbie Williams Experience and DJ Fabian.


Day Six of the Games will be celebrated tomorrow. 22 sports will be featured, including the first day’s competition of the indoor volleyball tournament at the Leisuretime venue. Highlights are expected to include:

  • the appearance of the “first couple” of Australian time-trialling, Shane Miller and Veronica Micich in the road cycling competition at Meredith. Miller is a four-time Australian masters time trial champion and twice (in 2009 and 2011) winner of the event at the Australian Masters Games. In fact he won all five events he entered in 2011 in Adelaide
  • the extraordinary Callala Bay, NSW 84-year-old Geoff Hawkins will participated in a hotly contested 80+ mens division of the same event. The cancer survivor has also recently recovered from an accident in which he was knocked off his bike by a vehicle travelling at 100kph
  • amongst his rivals will be Marco Brandli from Coffs Harbour. The 83-year-old was so motivated by this year’s Tour Down Under that he shouted himself a new BMC bike – no doubt trying to emulate the brand’s more famous consumer, Cadel Evans
  • Tuesday’s world record breaker in the women’s 70-74 5000 metres, Kilsyth’s Lavinia Petrie will be back in action this time in the cross country events, beginning at 8.00am in scenic Eastern Park
  • another athlete to set a world mark at these Games, Coghills Creek’s Kelly Ruddick will also return to contest the 40-44 road walking events on the Barwon Promenade at around the same time - alongside 86-year-old walking sensation from Richmond, NSW - Heather Lee
  • competition winding up in the equestrian events at Werribee Park and the ten pin bowling tournament at Belmont
  • the Clifton Springs and Lonsdale Golf Clubs hosting the individual stableford events


The Australian Masters Games will be staged until Saturday 12 October and is one of Australia’s largest multi sporting events.

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