Jets won’t Sidebottom out

March 14, 2018

Shepparton lawn bowling great Edna Harling has seen 12 Collingwood premierships across her 103 years. Yesterday she met the current crop of Magpies, who also visited schools across the region.

Local legends: 103 year-old lawn bowling great Edna Harling was rapt to meet Collingwood premiership player and Tallygaroopna export Steele Sidebottom.

One day there might be half a Northerners cricket side made up of Sidebottoms, but that will not be in the top-tier according to Steele Sidebottom.

With Collingwood premiership player and Tallygaroopna export Steele returning to the region to visit schools with a host of Magpies teammates, he said he might take to the field in a lower grade.

‘‘There’s potentially five of us that could play, but I don’t know, Ryan’s in England at the minute so one day down the track maybe in one of the lower grades, definitely not A-grade,’’ he said.

‘‘I played one game there (with the Northerners) maybe three years ago, I played B-grade and one of the young boys ran me out for about one and I haven’t played since,’’ he added with a laugh.

With Ryan returning in the off-season of County Cricket to take the field for the Jets this summer, one game had Ryan join forces with brothers Josh and Trent.

Steele said he narrowly missed out on watching Ryan play in England last year.

‘‘I went to Europe last year, but when I went over his season was starting to finish and he was coming back not long after we were there,’’ he said.

‘‘There wouldn’t be much cricket there because it’s been snowing flat out, he’ll just be training, but he’s doing well.’’

Steele is taking some solid form into the season, after gathering 28 possessions to star in the Pies’ defeat of Western Bulldogs in pre-season action.

‘‘The first (pre-season) game wasn’t great against GWS, but on the weekend we played pretty well, we got off to a bit of a slow start but I think we’ve put in a good block of footy in the pre-season,’’ he said.

One thing Steele did not expect was having lunch with a 103-year-old.

Greater Shepparton Sports Hall of Fame inductee Edna Harling was thrilled to be able to lunch with a host of players at the Kialla Park club rooms yesterday.

The mad Collingwood fan has lived to see 12 Collingwood premierships, being a young girl when the Pies secured the four-peat that has yet to be beaten.

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