In memory of a mate
NANA Glen captain Andrew Mainey believes the enormity of Lachlan Dew's loss will finally sink in for his players today.
Today will be Nana Glen's first match without the charismatic Dew, tragically killed in a road accident on July 23.
Nana Glen and Diggers-Ex Services ? the two clubs who Dew played for ? will turn out for the memorial Lachlan Dew Shield in the first grade match of the round, while all CHDCA players will wear black arms bands.
Yesterday, skippers from both sides paid homage to Dew as a player and person.
"It will be an emotional game for sure," Mainey said.
"I think it will properly kick in that he is gone (today).
"It has been noticeable at training, but (today) we will all realise."
Mainey said Dew will also be sorely missed on the field.
"He is just the sort of bloke you can't replace," Mainey said.
"We have some new faces and hopefully they can combine to do the job he did for us last season."
Diggers skipper Steve Meakins played with and against Dew in both senior and junior cricket and said it will be hard to play without him around.
"It was always a pleasure to play with or against Dewy," Meakins said.
"He was competitive, but always played in the right spirit.
"Dewy was just a source of inspiration.
"He could make light of any situation, he was a cheeky little bugger but he never had a bad word to say about anyone."