18/04/2024

Kangaroos defender Lachie Young was kicking goals on the local scene, but for cricket club Kerrimuir United in a T20 game. (Image: North Melbourne/Twitter)

Many people expect AFL players to have a sole focus on footy throughout the entire year. This isn’t the case for North Melbourne’s Lachie Young.

In the modern era, most expect AFL players to have a sole focus on footy throughout the entire year. This isn’t the case for North Melbourne’s Lachie Young.

The talented North defender plied his trade in the Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association (BHRDCA) T20 league for Kerrimuir United on Tuesday night.

It was his first game for Kerrimuir, having previously played most of his cricketing career at Somerville in the Mornington Peninsula. He last played for Somerville in late November, opening the batting and scoring 25 runs.

Kerrimuir president Pat Marulli said recently that he played with them because of a connection he had with the Box Hill North club.

“His partner is Connor Spinks’ (Kerrimuir’s senior captain) sister Shannon so he’s been around the club for a little while, he comes to functions and stuff like that,” Marulli said.

On a crisp Tuesday night up at Springfield Park in Box Hill North, Young showed his abilities with both bat and ball. In the first innings, he bowled three overs and took 2/14, with both wickets coming off the final two balls of his first over.

Those two wickets started the downfall of Blackburn. After being 1/91 when Young came on, Blackburn lost 7/51 in the last 10 overs to finish 8/142. He came out to bat at number three, scoring 27 runs, which included two fours and a massive six. 

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After whacking 10 in two balls, he then lost his wicket, coincidentally beginning Kerrimuir’s batting downfall. Marulli though was impressed with Young’s efforts last night.

“These guys that are really good athletes tend to be good at a few different sports. I think he enjoyed himself last night.”

The Muirs would go on to lose the game by three runs, staying winless in the BHRDCA T20 competition. Despite the loss, Marulli thought it was good promotion material for the BHRDCA and Kerrimuir.

“To be able to do that, just have someone in for a cameo performance I think is really good. We’re rapt that he did that, hopefully we can get another game out of him after Christmas.”

Marulli was also happy with the crowd that showed up last night to see Young play and despite losing the game.

“It was good to be able to promote that we had an AFL Kangaroos player, which we did on our social platforms. It was great to be able to get people down there.”

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