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Beyond the law: Batting for Australia

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Cite as: August 2015 89 (8) LIJ, p.96

Adrian Tinetti has opened the batting for his country in the last two Lawyers' Cricket World Cups. By Norrie Ross 

It is a classic boyhood ambition to open the batting for Australia but unlike most fanatical cricket fans Ballarat-based lawyer Adrian Tinetti can claim to have realised that dream. “Technically I can say I opened for Australia,” Mr Tinetti said. “You just have to put a little legal disclaimer in the fine print that it was for the Australian lawyers’ cricket eleven.

“Representing your country in any sport is an honour. But until you are there doing it, pulling on the green and gold, you don’t realise what a thrill it is.”

Mr Tinetti has opened the batting for his country in the last two Lawyers’ Cricket World Cups, in 2011 in Barbados and in 2013 in India, and he hopes to make it a trio of appearances when the biennial event is held in Brisbane at the end of the year.

The Lawyers’ Cricket World Cup is no “hit and giggle” tournament for social cricketers. The event in New Delhi was broadcast live on TV, and organisers often invite international players to mentor the competing teams from around the Commonwealth.

As well as hard-fought cricket matches, the event features a legal conference and a number of social events and official engagements, and it gives players the opportunity to meet lawyers from around the world. “It’s a privilege for us to get this opportunity, and there aren’t too many other professions that I’m aware of that give you a chance to go away and represent your country at a sporting level. It is a really terrific thing,” Mr Tinetti said.

“If you are going to play cricket overseas, Barbados is about as good as it gets. There were lovely little grounds in among the villages, and local cricketing legends would be there. You’d be out there batting and someone like Wes Hall would be sitting there talking to my mum and dad.

“Joel Garner would be walking along the boundary line, the best part of seven feet tall and a legend of West Indian cricket. You’d think to yourself ‘this isn’t too bad’. You’re out there batting for Australia and you see these sorts of guys at the ground.”

Mr Tinetti is a senior in-house lawyer at Federation University Australia and also works part time at Central Highlands Community Legal Centre.

As if playing for his country was not enough for a cricket tragic like Mr Tinetti, he happens to be part of a family that grows willow trees, makes cricket bats and has a beautiful country-style oval in the front paddock of their property at Shepherds Flat, a few kilometres past Hepburn Springs.

The Cricket Willow property, run by Mr Tinetti’s parents Ian and Trish, features a willow grove, gallery and manufacturing operation, the Sam Morris cricket museum café and accommodation for visitors.

Mr Tinetti and Tim Leoncelli were the only Victorians in the Australian team in Barbados, and in India he was joined by just one other Victorian, Darren Culbard. Australia will have an A and B team in Brisbane and Mr Tinetti is keen to encourage more Victorian lawyers to get involved in try-out sessions.

held during the year.

The World Cup starts on December 30 and the final is expected to be held at the Gabba.

“It’s a great way to meet people from across the world and travel and make friendships. I certainly have,” he said.

The Big Sing

Where and when:
Starts at Napier Hotel,
210 Napier Street, and finishes at Fitzroy Town Hall, 6-8pm, Saturday 20 December 2014.
Carols are free to attend, but money raised through sponsorship of the carols booklet will be donated to Artful Dodgers Studios.
In memory:
Mr Dugdale begins The Little Drummer Boy playing the recorder in honour of his late friend and Gertrude Players supporter Karl Yeomans, who lost his battle with cancer in 2006.
Crowd favourites:
She’ll be Coming ’Round the Mountain and 12 Days of Christmas


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