Jim Cattlin Tribute to Dick Guy
After Sid Carroll came Dick Guy and he was the embodiment of Gordon. I remember facing him in the nets and getting a taste of what all those opposition batsmen had to deal with out in the middle. The few walking steps to start his run up then ambling into a ‘rolling’ longish run which gave him the momentum to vary his pace and flight, of which he was a master. That determined look he gave you which started you wondering if he would deliver the floater which would drop, the faster straight one to trap you LBW or bowled or the spinning sucker ball. It was struggle to pick the different deliveries from his hand just to keep him out let alone imagine a scoring shot.
I remember a game versus Balmain at Chatswood, I was at short cover and he had been trying to dismiss John Renneberg for a few overs. Suddenly Renneberg drove it like a few before but this was slightly uppish. ‘Shit ! It’s coming my way, don’t drop it!’ I thought! I moved in a few paces and snaffled it up - one happy bowler smiled with satisfaction.
I remember the Rothman’s Knockout Final at Hurstville Oval in the 60s. What a day! I wasn’t playing but saw the whole match. We didn’t score many that day batting first so the pressure was on to dismiss Western Suburbs. Naturally Dick came on early and had a real battle with Bob Simpson. ‘Simmo’ was accumulating in a methodical way and getting settled. Suddenly he hit a low firm drive back down the pitch a little uppish. Sure enough, Dick scooped it up and that big happy smile came over his face, bye bye ‘Simmo’! Ken Oates took a catch in the slips, Lloyd Wilson dropped a skier and Wests won. So what, the Gordon boys sung the song loud and clear in the dressing room just to show Wests what spirit we had. And who was the centre of that spirit – Dick Guy. He liked to party after a game win, lose or draw.
Dick mellowed a lot in later years and he was good company at Wanchors reunions. Still the life of the party with a cheery smile and hearty laugh he always had good insight about players and cricket in general. I’ll miss him.