The first thing that comes to my mind regarding cricket was the rush from the classroom to line up for a hit at the nets. First in, best dressed.
I remember being selected for an Under 12 match against St. John’s in Hawthorn. About a week before the match it was realised that we did not have a wicket keeper.
Somehow I was chosen and for the rest of the week, I had a crash course on wicket keeping from Brother Stanislaus. We would meet at morning tea time in a vacant net and he would put me through my paces.
In that particular match the opposing keeper was none other than Kevin Carroll, who even at that time was recognised as a fine cricketer.
Later at Under 15 level, I had the privilege of batting with Kevin, when he had just transferred to Marcellin from St. Johns. In one Saturday morning match at Andersons Reserve in Hawthorn, we put on an unfinished partnership of over 200, of which Kevin contributed 120. I am sure this would have been his first century for Marcellin, but I am positive it was not the last.
Other outstanding players at that time would have been Ronald Bond, John Bice and Peter Ruddock.
One of the perks at school was to get on the classroom cleaning team on a Friday night. After cleaning the rooms we were able to have a hit in the nets for an hour and usually Brother Stanislaus was there to do a bit of coaching.
Kick to Kick was played on bitumen during class breaks. It was pretty hard on the legs and knees particularly.
Inter house matches were played at Deepdene Park, to which we had to march from the College. At that time Terry Cleary stood out as a fine player.
Other times we played at Rathmines Oval, not far from the College.
I also remember playing at the Arden Street oval against C.B.C. North Melbourne.
At that time North Melbourne were playing their V. F. L. matches there.
I will never forget the trips to Assumption College for the lightning premierships.
What a cold place. On one occasion it was so cold, that a couple of the Kilmore players adjourned to the boiler room to keep warm during half time and fortunately invited me along.
A great memory in an Under 15 match at St. John’s Hawthorn was beating Assumption College Kilmore by 2 points. It was the only time I can remember playing in a winning team against Assumption College.
That Under 15 side was very talented and some of the stars were Kevin Carroll, John Zika & Carl Layh.
I remember one day when some recruiters from the Collingwood Football Club called at the College to interview John Zika.
Athletic Carnivals were originally conducted at the Camberwell Football Ground, but I can remember us moving to the Collingwood Football Ground later on.
A usual occurrence before the Carnival was to compete in the Long Jump. The pit was located in the South West corner of the College, near where the shelter shed was later built.
During my days the outstanding sprinters were Ronald Bond, Terry Cleary Michael Kettle and York Gerstmann. The long distance stars were John and Frank O’Sullivan, Maurice Boland and Carl Layh.
Each year there was a Carnival for all Marist Brother Colleges to compete. I can remember competing in a hurdles event at Olympic Park, where I ran a distant 7th.
Athletics in 1956 were very popular at that time, as of course Melbourne was hosting the Olympic Games. I can vividly remember calling into Vealls Electrics in Burke Road after school to watch the events on Television, which was very new at that time.
Tennis was played at the Loyola Courts, which were adjacent to Xavier College in Kew. Quite a route march to get there. We had to travel on the Outer Eastern Train Line, which was in decline and was terminated soon after.
I was a late starter into tennis, but can remember Brian McCrohan, John Bartley, Peter Deayton and Michael Leigh being dominant at that time.
All of these players later played for the Old Collegians team, into which I was recruited along with Brian Gartner, Richard Bartley and in later years Mark Beranato Richard Juska and Chris Mirabella. John Bartley and I played together in this Old Collegian Competition for about 25 years.
Felix Russo was the Gymnastics teacher and he put us through our hoops, particularly the Vaulting Horse. Those that excelled were placed into the main squad and they gave performances at different venues. My late brother- Brian Dynes – made the final squad and was awarded the Form 1 Trophy in 1951.
The finale to any performance was a human pyramid being formed and my brother had to clamour over the other boys to finish at the top. Quite a spectacular group.