Racism row should have stayed on the field: O’Keefe

brett.jpgThe recent racism furore in the Sydney cricket Test should have been kept on the field, according to ABC Radio commentator and former Test leg-spinner Kerry ‘Skull’ O’Keefe.

O’Keefe was speaking at a Sportsman’s Dinner organised by the Tintenbar-East Ballina Cricket club, held at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club last Saturday night.

“He thought it probably best if they shook hands, apologised and left it on the field,” Tintenbar-East Ballina’s Brett Crawford said.

While O’Keefe showed a serious side in talking on that issue, for the most of the night he was his usual hilarious self.

“It was a great night,” Crawford said.

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. He’s obviously popular.

“There were a lot of funny stories, but from the way he spoke, he obviously enjoys working with the Indian commentator, Harsha Bogle.”

It was the second time O’Keefe had been invited to speak at the annual Tintenbar-East Ballina fund-raiser.

Two hundred and ten people attended.

O’Keefe’s humorous speech capped a great day for the Tintenbar-East Ballina first-graders, who were already on a high after opening bowler Lucas Wagland’s hat-trick against Byron-Brunswick.

Lucas had all three victims caught and he finished with the great figures of 5-11 off six overs.

Tintenbar-East Ballina easily won the one-dayer, dismissing Byron-Brunswick for 82 and reaching the target for the loss of only two wickets.

PICTURE: Tintenbar-East Ballina’s Brett Crawford with Kerry O’Keefe at the Sportsman’s Dinner.

One Response to “Racism row should have stayed on the field: O’Keefe”

  1. dave Says:

    I would like to congratulate all those who had a part in organising the night, in particular Bluey Crawford. Not only was it a great night but a great way to raise some money for local sport.

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