Sport

Gympie's Ross Chapman to captain Australian over-70s

"THE young blokes weren't getting a fair go," Gympie cricketer Ross Chapman recalls.

So the man who had scored 10 centuries before he left high school, got together with fellow Gympie enthusiasts Max Walters and Craig Whittaker to form Gympie Gold.

Former Gympie Times sports editor Brad Petersen was the team's first captain.

Now, some years on, Chapman is lining up to captain Australia's over-70s team.

"We'll play three one-day intermediate games against a touring England side," he said yesterday.

The matches will take place in Brisbane next week, on Thursday; in Sydney on October 29; and Canberra on November 3.

But before then, he'll be playing for Queensland at Surfers Paradise on Sunday and at Caloundra on Tuesday.

An enthusiastic Gympie cricketer since primary school, Chapman played for Gympie Central against Chatsworth, continuing with Gympie High.

He went to Brisbane to study and played for Norths for seven years, also working during the day and studying for his engineering career at night.

He made the Metropolitan Colts side at 22 and practised with the state squad, before being called up for National Service.

That made study very important, because if he failed even one subject, his studies would be cut short and he would have to join the Army.

That happened soon enough anyway, after his graduation in 1969.

Cricket followed his career and, while working for an engineering consultancy in Charleville, he played cricket there too.

"I became shire engineer in Kilkivan in 1974 and played for Gympie again for almost 10 years.

"I went to Rocky for five years and was shire engineer for Fitzroy Shire.

"By then my kids were in Brisbane and luckily I got the job back here in 1995, effectively as (engineering director) Bob Fredman's deputy.

"Fortunately I've never really stopped playing cricket.

"If you give up at 40 and try to come back at 60 it can be hard."

In some ways, Chapman has lived a lifetime of Gympie and Queensland cricket and helped pioneer seniors cricket nationally.

"You hardly heard of it in 2009, and there were only 14 people with the Queensland side.

"But in Canberra in 2010, Queensland won the Australian championship."

Chapman looks back on a career which includes eight tests for the Australian Over-60s.

He has scored some 50 centuries in about that many years.

And he hasn't finished yet.

Gympie Times

Topics:  gympie cricket association




UPDATE: Dead whale will be left to feed dingoes

A humpback whale, believed to be a baby, washed up at the southern end of Fraser Island.

A humpback whale has washed up dead at the southern end of Fraser Is

Shark fins seized in Rainbow Beach raids

Four sets of shark fins were found in a freezer at one property.

Investigation launched into alleged shark finning on Sunshine Coast

Latest deals and offers

10 reasons to go to the Gympie Muster

Getting a selfie in the moshpit in front of Main Stage is one reason to go to the Muster.

10 reasons you should go to the Gympie Muster

MOVIE REVIEW: War Dogs tells a fascinating true story

Miles Teller and Jonah Hill in a scene from the movie War Dogs.

DARKLY funny film examines the business side of the war on terror.

Marvel-ous: Thor actors visit sick kids at Lady Cilento

Stars of Thor: Ragnarok dropped in on patients at the hospital

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.