Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Knees Won't Give McMahon the Elbow

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Knees Won't Give McMahon the Elbow

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Byline: Gary Nichols

SIR DAVID Attenborough would probably describe the natural habitat of Tim McMahon as the arc between first slip and leg slip.

The Harwood wicketkeeper and skipper has been honing his craft behind the stumps for almost five decades - and it shows.

McMahon's knees scream with pain most Saturdays but still the veteran gloveman goes about his business with little fuss.

"Both my knees are buggered. I've had four arthroscopes on both knees and torn my cruciate in both," McMahon said.

"I saw a specialist in June last year and he told me to keep playing while I can but eventually I'll require knee replacements."

McMahon is very much the keeper's keeper.

Sound in technique and calm under pressure, he adds a touch of class to a generally unglamorous job.

When Harwood Cricket Club is mentioned, the first name that comes to mind is McMahon.

The Chatsworth Island cane farmer has been at the helm of the Lower Clarence side since 1984 and has gained the reputation as being an astute reader of the game.

"I've always played for Harwood and I enjoy the captaincy. I play the game hard and I guess I've got a competitive attitude," he said.

"You don't ask for any favours and you don't give any. When the game's finished, it's finished ... you go and have a beer."

McMahon holds a captaincy record which is unlikely to be equalled - in 1992 he skippered teams to five premierships.

"I was lucky enough to win five titles in one year with Harwood and Lower Clarence. We won the Open Grade, Challenge Cup, North Coast, Cotton Shield and the night comp," he said.

McMahon said apart from winning Harwood's first Premier League title in 2001, the development of the Harwood Cricket Ground was a highlight of his career.

"The Harwood Cricket Oval has made a huge difference for locals. It benefits cricketers and will be fantastic for young players for years to come," he said.

Harwood are currently sitting in second place on the Premier League table, something McMahon is proud of but he said there has been a genuine decline in the playing standard in recent seasons. …

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