Brothers love of the game
FOR Mundubbera Senior Cricket Club president Paul Beutel, cricket has always been a passion he shared with his brother Rob Beutel.
Both men play for the Mundubbera Colts and have done so for two decades.
"I've been playing since I was 17 and when Rob moved back here a year later he started playing to,” Beutel said.
"That was around 1996, we are both born and bred here and moved away for a little while but we came back and have stayed ever since.”
Unfortunately for the Beutel brothers, the Colts were overcome by a powerful Bulls attack at the weekend.
It left the team with another loss for the season.
"We got flogged, we made 113 and they only lost one wicket chasing that down,” Beutel said.
"They are a young and determined team with some very fast and accurate bowling which they back up with great batting. They are definitely the team to beat.
"Unfortunately for us we can't seem to get a full side on the park this year and are depleted most weeks.
"We do have the players, it's just difficult having everyone available at the same time with work and other commitments.”
Beutel said he didn't do well against the Bulls bowling attack but was glad he was able to contribute in the field.
"Their bowling was just too good on the day,” Beutel said.
"It felt good to take a catch in the field though, it feels like you are contributing to the team and helping out with a catch or some good bowling.”
Beutel enjoys being able to play cricket with his brother every week whether they win or lose.
"It's a good bond to have over sport,” Beutel said.
"We are always ringing each other anyway, we are pretty close. It's great camaraderie which is added to on the field.”
Both Beutel siblings have had a love for cricket from a young age but it wasn't until their later teen years that they took the sport up socially.
"We did play a little bit of backyard cricket as kids but not a great deal,” Beutel said.
"We didn't really start playing the game until we first came back to Mundubbera, we always loved it but hadn't played it.
"And once we started we never looked back.”
Now both Beutels have 12-year-old sons already following in their fathers footsteps.
"They both play for the Central Burnett Blue Heelers and they play junior cricket as well,” Beutel said.
"I am hoping to be able to play a game on the same team with my son one day, I think that's what all fathers hope to achieve with their sons as they get older.”
Next week is a bye round for the Mundubbera and Gayndah Senior Cricket Competition.
"The bye week is to give us all a little break, we have been playing every single weekend so this helps recharge the batteries,” Beutel said.