Bert bets a 'pineapple' on the 'Innisfail Show'
Far North Queensland is getting behind Ben Dunk to win the Allan Border Medal, to be awarded this evening at a ceremony in Sydney. ‘The Innisfail Show’ has had another stellar season, and locals believe that this could be his year.
President of the Tolga Termites cricket club, Bert Young, has backed Dunk to pick up the big gong. “I’ve put a 'pineapple' on him to win,” said Bert. “I reckon that he’s done enough, even though he hasn’t played much international cricket.”
The Plain Dealer contacted Dunk, who was preloading with Doug Bollinger at the New Windsor Hotel near Hyde Park. “The Rug and I are just getting a few in,” explained Dunk. “Boof has got a whole spreadsheet set up to track what everyone sucks down at the event, so we won’t be able to get on it once we’re at the dance.”
Dunk was sanguine about his chances of winning. “Well, I’m not going to win Test Player of the Year,” he opined. “But I’m a pretty good chance at Best Big Bash Player, Best Original Sledge, Best Sledge Adaptation and Best Tweet. As for the main award, it really depends how they weigh it up.”
The AB Medal committee have systematically snubbed Dunk in previous years, but the feeling among North Queenslanders is that the tide might be changing since Dunk was recently honored as 'Innisfail's Cricketer of the Century'.