Fire crisis unites cricketers

City United’s Mitch McGlade will turn his attention to reigning premier Stoneyford tomorrow, just over a week after he was caught in the middle of the Gippsland bushfire crisis.

A group of Colac district cricketers will share a bond forever after they were caught up in Gippsland’s bushfire devastation during the new year holiday period.

City United teammates Alex Inglis and Mitch McGlade joined the Mulder family, consisting of brothers and Irrewarra cricketers Lachy, Tristan, Ryan and Liam, and their parents Jason and Therese on a trip to a popular Gippsland camping spot near Marlo.

Mates, talented local footballers Tom Prascevic and Joe Loubey, were also with them when they had to evacuate their campsite to a nearby river as fires threatened the spot the Mulders had stayed at for the past 15 years.

McGlade said the group of young men would always remember their first trip to the Mulders’ treasured holiday location, with the fire danger quickly turning a relaxing getaway on its head.

They were without power and phone reception for a “couple of days” and road closures had forced them to remain stranded as fires engulfed the state’s east.

“Lachy always talked about how good it was so a few of the boys decided to go and check it out,” McGlade said.

“The start of the week was awesome, we were just going fishing and snorkelling each day,” he said.

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