The 1997-98 season saw the return of two former top representative players – Peter Rawling and David Johnston – who had previously played with the Club in their early careers.
Peter Rawling, a former Emu Colt, had played first grade with the Club in the 70’s and early 80’s before transferring to Thornton. After a break from cricket for a number of seasons he returned in 1997 to the Club where he had started his career.
Playing in fourth grade, he had a very successful season scoring 501 runs and won the District award for Fourth Grade Player of the Year.
David Johnston, a former Sheffield Shield player, made a comeback after a seven year break to play with his old Club where he had started playing first grade thirty years before.
Unfortunately for David and the Club, his comeback was to be short-lived. In his very first match against Raymond Terrace he ruptured an Achilles tendon putting him out of action for the rest of the season and bringing an end to his cricket career. Ironically, the injury was a repeat of the one that he had suffered in the other foot two years before when playing in a social Ten Over competition match.