Kerry O'Keeffe on his way to Naracoorte

Naracoorte Football Club is set to play host to popular cricketing identity Kerry O’Keeffe. 

O’Keeffe will be the star at a football club sportsman’s night on Thursday, April 19.

Club president David Collins said it promised to be a great night.

“He’s probably the funniest man in Australia,” he said. “He will be an interesting and colourful character to have here in Naracoorte as he is very amusing and will tell plenty of stories.” 

Mr Collins said that with any luck, O’Keeffe may even enlighten his audience with his take on the ball tampering scandal that has engulfed the Australian team.

“I have no doubt something might be said about it," said Mr Collins. “His audience will definitely get a lot of fun and an amusing night out of it, that’s for sure.” 

A former Australian Test cricketer, O’Keeffe is best known for the colourful commentary career which followed his playing days.

Mr Collins believes there wouldn’t be many sports lovers in the local area who wouldn’t have heard his commentary – and particularly his distinctive laugh.

“Those who do attend know what they will be getting themselves into,” Mr Collins said. “It will be a night full of fun and laughter.” 

Tickets are available at Ormerod Pics and Pieces for $30. O’Keeffe will take the stage after senior football training, with the clubrooms open from 5.30pm and bar and meals available.

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The Tuesday night table tennis competition resumed again this week after the Easter break. Trilbys made short work of Berets with an imposing 8-4 win. Jess Edwards is playing above the number 3 position with 2 singles wins and 2 doubles wins.

Mayette Briggs played some great shots pushing David Burge to 5 games and combining well with Edwards to secure the bottom doubles.

The top two teams left nothing at home to reach a 6-6 score line. Ben Goodridge won both his doubles and took games in 2 of his singles, to give Party Hats a 3 game advantage over Hard Hats.

Akubras and Berets also played a close one with Akubras finishing 2 games ahead after reaching 6-6. Akubras won the top and bottom doubles in 3 games and only just went down in the second doubles.

Megan Inverarity and Di Pollard were fractionally better than Grant Inverarity and Sharon Billing taking the match in five hard-fought games.

Top Hats, Party Hats and Akubras have all won 2 and lost 1. Hard Hats, Berets and Trilbys have won 1 and lost 2. Helmets are yet to open their account.

Competition this season may well be closer than it has been for some time.