How a group of mates formed a new cricket club in M'boro
WHEN it came to picking a name for their new club Darren Stimpson and his mates did not have to mull it over for too long.
Stimpson and his group of older cricketers had played in the Twenty20 competition as the Mullets for two years.
When they got together to form a new club it was an easy selection.
"It's a very long story about how we got that name and you probably don't want to print that!" Stimpson said with a laugh.
"It goes back about 20 years when we started a team.
"A few of us played for 'that' team back then and when we needed to come up with a name it was pretty easy.
"We'd called ourselves the Mullets in the T20 comp so went with that. The Mary River fit well."
The Mullets are two games deep in their maiden Fraser Coast Cricket season.
They marked their debut with a memorable four-wicket win over Tinana, in which young gun Josh Ezzy tore through their local rivals to finish with 6-45 from eight overs.
Defending premiers Past Grammars brought the side back to earth with a 76-run win over the Mullets, in which Matt Neilsen top-scored with 38.
Stimpson described his Mullets as a blend of old heads and young kids.
"I got a few of the old boys back from a few years ago," the captain said.
"Some of us played with other teams last year and we thought we could form our own club this season.
"Half the side are probably those older guys, we've got a few in their mid-20s and a few more as young as 15."
Mary River do not aspire to be world-beaters, but the makeup of the club is near-perfect for the younger players' development.
Players like Ezzy and Alan Smith have taken full advantage, with both starring in the opening two games.
"Alan Smith's batting and bowling has been superb," Stimpson said.
"Josh has been good with his bowling. Trent Greenaway is one of the blokes who came back from back in the day and he's done well."
The Mullets will face Bushrangers Blue in Maryborough on Saturday.
Stimpson was not over- confident heading into the game despite the Bushrangers' 112-run loss last week.