Battle Hymn

Battle Hymn of the Honest Trundlers 2015: Version 1, Queenstown

Here we are in Queenstown on another Trundlers tour
We’ll play a bit of cricket and we’ll have a beer or four
Following the footsteps of the legendary Podmore
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

Hooray for Captain Spalding, he’s the leader of the crew
He organised the cricket and the airline travel too
And if you are a Trundler, he’ll give you a job or two
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

I was glad to be in Queenstown for another year
It always is a pleasure to be with the Trundlers here
But I struggled since the bloody airline lost my cricket gear
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Now Brewery is a new boy, joining with the Trundlers lags
He had no trouble with the airline, safely claimed his bags
But New Zealand Customs pinged him as he had too many fags!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

You’d think that as a Bowral lad, his life had been cocooned
Now touring with the Trundlers, all his troubles just ballooned
Theo fined him also to rub salt into the wound
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We were worried that our bowling stocks were looking rather poor
Harmy couldn’t get them out and we were on the floor
Then up stepped Bobby Masefield, the bugger just took four!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

The game today was really one with lots of thrust and parry
Millbrook started with a very tidy spell from Harry
Then Tricksta struck a might blow, a six with lots of carry
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We all enjoyed the game today, at Queenstown in the sun
And we were very cheerful when the game was clearly won
And the number in the wickets column was exactly none!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We all enjoyed the cricket and we all enjoyed the cheer
Carousing in the evening with our bellies full of beer
And if our bodies stand the strain, we’ll be back here next year
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

 

Battle Hymn of the Honest Trundlers 2015: Version 2, Oetematata

We are in Oetemetata on another Trundlers tour
We’ll play a bit of cricket and we’ll have a beer or four
Following the footsteps of the legendary Podmore
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

We were pleased to play on the old field at Oetemetata
The scoring was so complex we needed help just for a starter
George Brandis has the scorebook as he thinks it’s meta-data
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We couldn’t make it bounce today, though we were really tryin’
Every time it hit the pitch the ball was truly dyin’
The only one we got to bounce came off a dandelion
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Today at Oetematata a new ‘keeper has been found
On a really dodgy pitch, the Dutchman’s work was sound
The only ones he didn’t take I’m sure went underground
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Now Tricksta is a new lad we’ve been very glad to see
Retiring in his first two bats and bowling tidily
Today he pinged the ball back in and got me on the knee!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus 

We’re especially pleased to welcome number two, that’s Johnny Hogg
In the Trundlers smooth machine he is a vital cog
We were concerned to hear he’d been assaulted by a log
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We won our unique game today, so I have to sing this song
Against the poor old Eagles we were really just too strong
We batted well and in the field we then did nothing wrong
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We’re celebrating here tonight, but we really shouldn’t dally
Even though the beer is flowing and everyone is pally
Tomorrow is a crucial game, we’re playing at the Valley
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We all enjoyed the cricket and we all enjoyed the cheer
Carousing in the evening with our bellies full of beer
And if our bodies stand the strain, we’ll be back here next year
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

 

Battle Hymn of the Honest Trundlers 2015: Version 3, Valley of Peace

Here we are in Christchurch on another Trundlers tour
We’ll play a bit of cricket and we’ll have a beer or four
Following the footsteps of the legendary Podmore
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

Opening for the Valley was our old mate Derek Banks
The former captain of the team, now back among the ranks
He cruised into the twenties as another drive he spanks
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

The batsman at the other end was rather short and stocky
Of course it was another mate, the bloke they call the jockey
The shot he played to lose his stumps was really more like hockey
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

When Doctor Olsen starts to bowl the batsmen get the shivers
The runs dry up and wickets flow like rushing Queenstown rivers
He is an obstetrician and so smoothly he delivers
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We thought that Johnny Davidson would spoil the game today
He was cruising to a hundred, showing us he could play
But Bobby Masefield marched him off and really saved the day
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We thought a hundred and ninety-nine would be a winning score
It looked way out of Trundlers reach at seventy-five for four
But Bradley and the Saint put on a bloody  hundred more
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Playing for the Valley, Jeffrey Olsen’s form was fine
He had a bit of zip and bowled a really tidy line
Eight overs of amazing stuff, he finished three for nine!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

It always is a pleasure to be at the Valley for the day
To win the ANZAC Trophy here, you really have to play
We know the Valley plan to come and win it back in May
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Beneath their breath I hear the Trundlers start to moan and curse
The rhymes are really lousy and the scansion’s even worse
You’ll be relieved to know that there is only one more verse
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We all enjoyed the cricket and we all enjoyed the cheer
Carousing in the evening with our bellies full of beer
And if our bodies stand the strain, we’ll be back here next year
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

 

Battle Hymn of the Honest Trundlers 2015: Version 4, Diamond Harbour

We are in Diamond Harbour on another Trundlers tour
We’ll play a bit of cricket and we’ll have a beer or four
Following the footsteps of the legendary Podmore
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

Hooray for Captain Spalding, he’s the leader of the crew
When he went to bat today, we had a lot to do
But he brought us home and so we say “Well batted Stu”
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on 

We know that number sixteen always shows a lot of pluck
But today at Diamond Harbour he ran out of luck
When the game was on the line, he got a golden duck
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

The weather it was great today, clear and warm and sunny
The Herders made a presentation that they thought was funny
They picked on number sixteen and gave him a plastic bunny
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

Some games finish early and bowlers have an easy ride
But bowling the last over there is nowhere you can hide
So we feel for poor old Claw who put in a head-high wide
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

Now number nine is Graham Smith, with his left-handed stance
His dress code breaches give the fines master a merry dance
We saw that he got pinged today for brothel-creeper pants!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

Some Trundlers think restricting us to numbers really sucks
But Hoggy called it on today and raised two hundred bucks
It caused a lot of swearing, there were many – fits and shucks!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

We know today that Tricksta give the duck shirt to the Moose
His job was only half-way done, he was on the loose
For bunging on the numbers, Johnny Hogg got called the goose!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

I can’t remember a Trundlers game with a margin any thinner
I’m sure that we can all agree that cricket was the winner
It’s a good excuse to drink some beer and have some dinner
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

We all enjoyed the cricket and we all enjoyed the cheer
Carousing in the evening with our bellies full of beer
And if our bodies stand the strain, we’ll be back here next year
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

 

Battle Hymn of the Honest Trundlers 2015: Version 5, Akaroa

We are in Akaroa on another Trundlers tour
We’ll play a bit of cricket and we’ll have a beer or four
Following the footsteps of the legendary Podmore
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

Usually as the tour goes on, the Tundlers all get slower
So against the Herders we are usually not a goer
In nine tours it’s the first time we have won at Akaroa
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

The Herders batted first and soon there was a mighty shout
Tourists turned around to see what the fuss was about
History was made today when we got Pointer out!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

At the half-way mark today we were one run ahead
Chasing a big score you would have thought that we were dead
At the crunch the key thing was the five blokes in the shed
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

To generate a Battle Hymn you have to be alert
Always on the lookout for the latest bit of dirt
Today it was Bobby’s bush lawyers kept his number off the shirt!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

As usual the Herders score was really pretty fine
With wickets falling they still got two hundred and sixty-nine
But the Trundlers chased it down in over thirty-nine
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

It’s sad to see the Herders gnash their teeth and grieve
Today we saw a run chase that I still cannot believe
Finished with a sparkling partnership by Brad and Steve
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

Stevie Fraser here today picked up his share of fame
It wasn’t just his fifty and the smashing way it came
It’s a bit of history, he got two Masefields in one game
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

As the tour goes on, the Battle Hymn is getting thinner
It comes out later in the night, when we have had some dinner
It really just reminds us all that cricket was the winner
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

We all enjoyed the cricket and we all enjoyed the cheer
Carousing in the evening with our bellies full of beer
And if our bodies stand the strain, we’ll be back here next year
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

 

Battle Hymn of the Honest Trundlers 2015: Version 6, Akaroa tour dinner

We are in Akaroa on another Trundlers tour
We’ll play a bit of cricket and we’ll have a beer or four
Following the footsteps of the legendary Podmore
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus: Glory, glory hallelujah [x3]  And the team goes trundling on

We started off in Queenstown, as we now do every year
I was glad to join my Trundlers mates and have a beer
But I struggled since the bloody airline lost my cricket gear
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Now Brewery is a new chum, joining with the Trundlers lags
He had no trouble with the airline, safely claimed his bags
But then the Customs pinged him since he had too many fags
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We enjoyed the second Millbrook game, in Queenstown in the sun
And we were very cheerful when the game was clearly won
Because the number in the wickets column was exactly none
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Then we played on the unique field at Oetematata
The scoring was so complex we needed help just for a starter
George Brandis claimed the scorebook as he thinks it’s meta-data
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We couldn’t make it bounce that day, though we were really trying’
Every time it hit the pitch, the ball was really dyin’
The only one above stump high came off a dandelion
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We were chasing at the Valley what looked like a winning score
It looked way out of reach when we were seventy-five for four
But Bradley and the Saint put on a bloody hundred more
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Hooray for Captain Spalding, he’s the leader of the crew
Went to bat at Diamond Harbour with quite a lot to do
But he brought us home and so we said “Well batted, Stu”
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Most Trundlers think restricting us to numbers really sucks
But Hoggy called it on that day and raised two hundred bucks
It caused a lot of swearing, there were many – fits and shucks
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus 

Usually as the tour goes on, the Tundlers all get slower
So against the Herders we are usually not a goer
In nine tours it’s the first time we have won at Akaroa
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Stevie Fraser yesterday picked up his share of fame
It wasn’t just his fifty and the smashing way it came
It’s a bit of history, he got two Masefields in one game
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

The ANZAC game at Akaroa always stirs the blood
But alas for me today, it turned out as a dud
I pulled up lame and the vet says I’ll be retired to stud
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

But the scorebook somehow showed some runs for number ten
It said that he got thirty runs and then went in again
It was my number but the batsman really looked like Den
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

It was that sort of game today, with lots of gear to lose
So much confusion in the shed, so very hard to choose
The Dutchman couldn’t bat because the jockey had his shoes!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

When the time is getting later, the Trundlers start to worry
But Brewery and number five are puffing on a durry
It seems when you are Head Count, you just never have to worry
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Let’s raise a glass to our veteran member, number sixty-seven
He would be an ornament to anyone’s eleven
When he reached his fifty here, he thought he was in Heaven
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

And give a cheer for Theo, he’s our Dutchman number five
Eighty games a year they say, on cricket he does thrive
And if he hasn’t fined you, you’re probably not alive
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Several of the Trundlers will think they got off light
A verse for every Trundler here would probably be right
But then the final Battle Hymn would last all bloody night!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

I’m already writing down the 2016 dates
Of all the cricket that we play, the Trundlers tour sure rates
Playing over here each year with our New Zealand mates
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

Every year I think the Battle Hymn is getting thinner
I get away with it because we’ve had a lovely dinner
And one thing we can all agree, that cricket was the winner!
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

We all enjoyed the cricket and we all enjoyed the cheer
Carousing in the evening with our bellies full of beer
And if our bodies stand the strain, we’ll be back here next year
And the team goes trundling on

Chorus

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