Against all odds they fronted up to the impossible task. (Well two of them)
Early one Saturday morning, more than 60 summers ago, a horse set off from Kinglake bearing two proud young men towards Kangaroo Ground 20 km down the mountain.
That day, Jack Murphy and Jim Alexander were the Kinglake cricket team. On the previous weekend, Kangaroo Ground had run up 203, considered then a monster score.
All of Kinglake decided it was not worth the trip the next week to contest the lost cause. There were more important chores to be performed in Kinglake that day. All except Murphy and Alexander.
It is local legend now that this indomitable pair, knowing all the while that one wicket would render their journey a waste, unsaddled their horse, tied on their pads and ran up 0 - 204 to win the game.
No doubt they were appropriately feted when they arrived back home that night. No doubt, too, there were nine happily embarrassed men in Kinglake.
Belief is a wonderful thing.