Three generations, one team
At first it was Andrew Mcrae, 44, and his father John Mcrae, 73, playing in a father-son cricket team. Six months later they would be joined by Andrew’s 13-year-old son, Aidan, a reflection that age is no barrier when it comes to playing cricket.
John, a talented player who had previously played for NSW Colts, put away his bat when he was 48 for a 25-year break, but has now returned to play with his son and his grandson in a three-generation team.
After reminiscing on fond memories of playing as a teenager with his father, Andrew initiated a team at Kincumber-Avoca Cricket Club with players made up of only eight fathers and their sons.
“When my son Aidan started playing cricket at 7, I always had in the back of my mind to start playing again myself so that I could replicate what I had with my dad,” said Andrew.
During the initial discussion of creating the father and son team, Andrew floated the idea with his father that it would be funny if he came and played as well.
At first, John passed off the idea as a joke and nothing more was said. But as the start of the season came closer, Andrew asked once more, and John agreed to give it a go.
Andrew says the decision was less about cricket and more about replicating what they did all those years ago – building on their relationship and having something in common.
John is now fondly known to the father and son team as ‘Grandpa’. The concept of three generations playing within the same grade and team is rarely overlooked by others.
“Every team has always gone out of their way to acknowledge the three generations and it has made us feel pretty special about it,” said Andrew.
During the first game they played together as a team, Andrew’s 93-year-old grandmother and Aidan’s great-grandmother watched from the sidelines, making four generations of the family present at the game.
The father-son team is in its first season but is only likely to continue for another two years within the same grade, as the young boys start to advance past their fathers.
“Cricket just happens to be the vehicle that we are using to stay together and have a bit of fun together,” said Andrew.