Sunday 8th February 2015
Mandemar v Wollondilly Cricket Match
I've often wondered how the Drip Torch Ashes came into being. I imagined that it must have been the remains of a drip torch that was left behind in a fire, or something else equally as sentimental and romantic. But no, it's nothing quite so exciting.
It was late one night at the Wollondilly Brigade Christmas Party a decade or so ago. The usual suspects were enjoying a last round of drinks before wending their way home, when to everyone's dismay, there was no more wood for the fire. Rather than venture out into the darkness to try and find more firewood, some bright spark brought forth a set of cricket stumps...and proceeded to feed them into the fire to keep the "stayers" warm.
Next day during the tidy-up at the Station the ashes were swept up. Rather than unceremoniously dispose of the dregs of the previous nights fire, they were reverently placed in the battered remains of a Wollondilly drip torch - and the two Brigades have done battle over them ever since.