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Fantasy League 2015/16 - Final results

Fantasy League 2015/16 - Final results

As the glow of the inaugural awards night continues to shine on the 'summer friendships', the Fantasy League has wrapped up for 2015/16. And with it comes the ultimate victory for Tony Wilson's "Tiddles Ultimates".

It should come as no surprise that the winning side should feature the top 3 players from the Hickman & Ritchard "Player of the Year" votes - Stewart, Krishna and Stobo (3, 2, 1 respectively). In addition, Monaghan, O'Brien and Klemt, the 5th, 3rd and 2nd Grade players of the year, made it impossible to beat Tiddles' side. A strong last half of the year, with Sherman, Rice, Ferrero, Richtor and Crawford also featuring strongly in the side saw one of the most comprehensive victories in the many seasons the league has been running.

Talking about the Player of the Year - it is interesting the see that the players' votes correlated pretty highly with the aggregate runs - although Rahul was the most valuable players in 2015/16... and Lachie Stewart's mercurial mid-year saw a high tally for this future star.

It's time to check out where your side finished... and your players. Who owes you a beer for their performances... and who do you owe a beer?

Well that's it from me for 2015/16 - someone else will be running the competition next year. So please put your hand up to help out.
Contact webmaster@gordoncricket.com... or speak to Ed Howitt to lend a hand.

Gordon Fantasy League Management

 

 

Rank    Team Name                                           Team Owner                                     Points
1 Tiddles Ultimates Tony Wilson 9247
2 Kiss My Chaminda Vaas Adam Cubbage 8709
3 Stuyvos Ed Howitt Jnr 8597
4 Norfolk N’ Chance Adam Cubbage 8371
5 Donuts XI Dave Millar 8234
6 Tiddles Loose Ones Tony Wilson 8181
7 The Capitol City Goofballs Scott O'Brien 8134
8 Hicko's Heroes Geoff Hickman 8118
9 Tiddles Stuyvos Tony Wilson 8016
10 Hugs Galore Ed Howitt Snr 7902
11 Meggsie Somerville's XI Michael Roberts 7857
12 Carroll's Crusaders Michael Donnelly 7847
13 99 Problems, But the Pitch Ain't One Tym Crawford 7575
14 Stumped for answers Adam Cubbage 7481
15 Jersey Boys Michael Donnelly 7442
16 The Third Man Max Newman 7344
17 The Ultimates Tym Crawford 7343
18 Sneaky's 3rd XI Pete Colley 7288
19 Peats Bite Ed Howitt Jnr 7277
20 All the President's Men Geoff Hickman 7255
21 Phuongs Ed Howitt Jnr 7238
22 Sneaky's XI Pete Colley 7194
23 Let's Get Tropical! Scott O'Brien 7154
24 Thumble's XI Jack Skilbeck 7111
25 Sudz's Sure Things Jamie Soper 6944
26 Oceans Eleven Ed Howitt Snr 6939
27 Tough Teds Team John Barker 6928
28 Waratah Potters Michael Donnelly 6857
29 R and G Michael Falk 6831
30 Whatever you want John & Rob Barker 6816
31 Sneaky's 2nd XI Pete Colley 6755
32 Chairmans Charges Mark Carmichael 6748
33 Arcadia Michael Falk 6744
34 Bob's XI Rob Barker 6722
35 Crowd Favourites Glenn Tullia 6667
36 YTB Ryan Tullia 6655
37 Inspector Hound Michael Falk 6593
38 Pistol Pete Passengers Tym Crawford 6455
39 Grump's Gropers Ed Howitt Snr 6431
40 The London Silly Nannys Scott O'Brien 6426
41 The Retrievers Penny Howitt 6269
42 Bristow's XI Stephen Bristow 6102
43 Lez’s Loose Lads Ben Leighton 6092
44 ColleyFlowers Ed Howitt Snr 6040
45 Don't Worry - Be Happy Penny Howitt 6029
46 Gordon Gorillas Mark Carmichael 5841

 

 

Name                                     Before Transfer   After Transfer   Total Points
Rahul Krishna 505 588 1093
Charlie Stobo 588 487 1075
Dave Monaghan 339 630 969
Michael Roberts 433 436 869
Cam Eccles 370 493 863
Will Smith 567 279 846
Dan Smith 302 523 825
Elliot Richtor 318 487 805
Dan Stickland 332 438 770
James Kennedy 347 386 733
Tym Crawford 276 452 728
Reagan Klemt 220 495 715
Tim Ferrero 363 342 705
Charles Booth 306 395 701
Anand Verma 455 215 670
Lachie Stewart 445 222 667
Anshul Baruah 341 322 663
Steve Colley 344 317 661
Max Papworth 190 457 647
Patrick Rice 354 280 634
Scott O'Brien 158 474 632
Mitch Kleem 312 306 618
John New 209 380 589
Nick Prell 297 278 575
Damon Livermore 114 460 574
Chad Soper 230 330 560
Reece Bombas 330 218 548
Adam Cubbage 286 253 539
Cameron New 295 244 539
Shayne Lin 171 357 528
Jack Colley 386 141 527
Sam Watts 276 240 516
Aaron Crofts 231 256 487
Jack Skilbeck 183 303 486
Ian Higgins 257 222 479
Anthony Sherman 212 255 467
Dermott Beattie 108 352 460
Rudy Midya 186 253 439
Pat Effeney 282 156 438
Tim Diehm 199 226 425
Ben Leighton 160 259 419
Matt Chamberlain 278 137 415
Chris Bateup 325 70 395
Lachie Borg 353 42 395
Andrew Crosland 132 248 380
Corbin Edgar 199 175 374
Matt Todd 217 156 373
Andrew Harvey 205 160 365
Chris Spratt 133 225 358
Axel Cahlin 203 153 356
Will Calov 21 329 350
Max Newman 153 196 349
Cameron McBrien 163 181 344
Ryan Tullia 339 0 339
Matt Coffey 174 164 338
Steve Bristow 138 197 335
Dom Thomson 186 140 326
Tristan Cooper 198 109 307
Oliver Williams 112 186 298
Ben Parker 153 140 293
Saahil Turki 282 9 291
John O'Neill-Fuller 89 198 287
Glen Tullia 105 175 280
John Philipson 107 170 277
Rob Barker 276 0 276
Manus Chauhan 91 178 269
Stuart Bromley 0 258 258
Darren Jayasekara 107 132 239
Prashan Seneviratne 80 124 204
Nick McMurray 84 113 197
Vikrant Nehru 86 99 185
Oliver Zannino 128 49 177
Brady Morrison 76 92 168
Christopher Retallick 99 66 165
Liam McElduff 0 163 163
Stan Gaynor 103 60 163
Ed Howitt 0 161 161
Nick Miller 160 0 160
Michael Cant 0 155 155
David Spies 0 122 122
Matthew Wright 7 113 120
Matt Keevers 118 0 118
Mike Dale 82 0 82
Daniel Alleyn 0 81 81
Michael Falk 80 0 80
Harry Wallace 80 0 80
Sam Braham 65 0 65
Tim Van Zuylen 41 0 41
Dante Otto 41 0 41
James Kidd 40 0 40
Mitchell O'Donnell 32 0 32
David Leiboff 20 0 20
Nick Fagan 0 15 15
Mark Harvey 15 0 15
Oliver Stofka 5 0 5
Nathan Lane 0 1 1

 

 

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Trevor Chappell's Season in Review

Trevor Chappell's Season in Review

There were a number of encouraging signs emerging towards the end of the season, across all grades and individually. Our overall standing in the club championship, I think should be pleasing to most. There were many things that we could all point to as not being as good as we would have liked them to be with the 2015/2016 season; from training to the way different teams played at various times. 

The performance of the first grade was particularly pleasing, the way they trained and worked as a team during the season; contributions from all the top order bats and the work of the quicks throughout. To have finished one point out of the six with no front line spinner and a shortage of meds through various reason, for much of the season, is a wonderful effort. The leadership of the team is to be congratulated for this performance.

Fifth grade was our only grade team to play in finals with good consistent performances during the season. Unfortunately that couldn't be maintained into the finals. Some very good young players have emerged from this season.

Threes couldn't quite get to the finals in the end which was disappointing, there was some good cricket played at stages. 

Two's and four's had disappointing seasons however some good signs towards the end of the season from both teams leave me with the feeling that there is enough to build on for next season.

Colt's were unlucky to miss the grand final with weather robbing them in the semi. Again some young players have come under notice.

If we can continue that direction and build on it for the 2016/2017 season, there is no reason the club can not have a lot more teams playing finals cricket then.

Back in pre-season training at Riverview last August I suggested to all players to set themselves some goals for the season, even to the extent of writing them down. I don't know how many did that, however I am sure you can all look back on your season now and know whether you performed as you would have liked, performed above or below expectations. I suggest you all take some time now to review your season and identify the areas that you intend to improve next season. Obvious areas like batting bowling and fielding come readily to mind; don't overlook attitude to and during games and training. 

My observation during the season was that there are too many people prepared to 'leave it' to someone else; a strong, successful club is built on everyone getting in and having a go. There are many that do have this attitude, but there are unfortunately too many that don't. One thing is for sure, if you hope to improve on last season, starting the next one with the same old ideas, thoughts, attitudes and habits, won't do it.

One area that I personally would like to see an improvement in is the non game bowlers doing more bowling at training. At some point during training we invariably end up being under-maned at the bowling crease. Spinners should be looking to bowl most of the night, mediums probably the same, quicker bowlers for at least an hour in two spells, if the non game bowlers do at least half an hour, it spreads the load on all bowlers.

Last season fielding at training was mostly under worked. Every player should be doing 30 to 45 minutes, made up of throwing, ground fielding and catching. This along with the bowling above are areas where too many are prepared to leave it to someone else; either to do the work or to organise a session. There are some things in fielding you can do on your own (i.e throw at a target), there are plenty of things in fielding you can do with only one other person (i.e catch, ground balls, throw). 

Many players are happy to grab one other person to throw or lob them balls to hit, do the same with your fielding, and I suggest get the fielding done first.

Helping each other is so important in cricket, particularly to be a successful side or club. Every night at training last season I saw players that would have a bowl and a hit and vanish into the trees on the hill. I am sure many had legitimate reasons to be doing so, but I am equally sure there were a lot that thought, I've had my bat and bowl, I'll be off now. Stay half an hour extra to do some fielding; don't use the excuse that nothing is organised, you only need one other person to do something meaningful.

Pre-season fielding come August will be along the same lines as last season, mostly focused on footwork and technique, with a lot of repetition. Nearly all these exercises can be broken down to just two players, remember them and use them during the new season.

In August I will again be suggesting to all players that they write down some goals for the upcoming season; spend a few moments now to get some ideas together, then put it into your cricket kit and enjoy the winter season. When it comes time to dig out the cricket bag you will hopefully find the note and be one step on the way to a successful 2016-2017 season.

It was a great adventureā€¦at least for one Gordon cricketer

It was a great adventureā€¦at least for one Gordon cricketer

The first Gordon cricketer to enlist to fight in the First World War was third grader Cliff Geddes who, on 19 August, 1914 enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces 3rd Battalion. Cliff would be foregoing his cricket creams for an Australian uniform which would become his mode of dress for nearly five years.

The GDCC wreath for the Anzac day dawn service.

He was born in Warialda to William and Sarah Geddes. Interestingly two of his grandparents were convicts, one was from Ireland and one from England. Cliff and his family moved to Chatswood and lived in a cottage called Cyrene in Railway Street.  He was a bank clerk when he enlisted on 19 August 1914 at the age of twenty-eight and sailed on the HMAT Euripides to England on 20 October 1914.

Cliff, who had taken 54 wickets at 7.89 with the Vets team, and had just been promoted to Third Grade. It was near the end of the season and he took 7 wickets for 31 runs with his medium fast deliveries, off 24 overs with 10 maidens. His performance resulted in his promotion to Second Grade, where he took 2 wickets for 70 runs in the remaining three games of the season.

Cliff Geddes in 1914

Having enlisted only 2 weeks after the declaration of war, Cliff was destined to be part of the first landings of the ANZAC’s at Gallipoli and on the night of May 19, Cliff was on alert for an expected Turkish offensive that night. Throughout Cliff’s time in both Gallipoli and the Western Front he would make a diary note of the day’s events wherever possible and his first published entry was made on that night.

Cliff was sleeping in full kit when the attack came and the thunderous gunfire brought him instantly to his feet. His notes on that night detail the attack:

'Along with others I was ordered to lie on the ground above the trench. When we climbed out a startling sight met our eyes. The darkness of No Man's Land was lit by the fire of blazing rifles from the grass, and the Turks were within 25 yards of our trenches.

The orders of my particular group from Captain Austin, company commander, were that if the Turks got very close to jump across the trench and charge them with the bayonet, but on no account to fire our rifles and let them know we were there.

Thus I was a spectator of the most thrilling game I have ever seen'.

The Australians were magnificent. Every man who could was firing across the trench at the line of fire from the dark ground as fast as he could pull the trigger and pull back the bolt to reload. When the rifle got too hot to hold, or jammed, the man below on the floor of the trench handed up his with more cartridges. The machine-guns poured back their hail of lead.

The scene on May 19, 1914

Many of our grand chaps fell shot through the head, but immediately another man took the place of him who fell.

The dawn now began to break and what a sight lay before our eyes. It seemed as if an army lay asleep in the grass. So confident were the Turks that they attacked with blankets strapped to their backs, presumably to sleep the next night in our trenches, but the majority were sleeping their last sleep in No Man's Land. The remainder could stand the fire no longer, and raced back towards their own trenches.

I was struck by the magnificent running of an athletic Turk, who ran like a deer for his own trench. Bullets threw up the dirt all around his feet, but on he sped and I really hoped that he might get there as he was such a wonderful runner. Just as he reached his own line and was about to jump into the trench an Australian bullet ended his great effort, and he rolled back down the slope in front of the banked-up earth.

On 28 July, suffering from dysentery, Cliff Geddes was transferred to a hospital on Malta for treatment where he stayed for many months. Unfortunately, the strain of battle and the horrendous conditions he endured at Gallipoli saw his condition worsen and being further diagnosed with enteritis and cardiac strain he was discharged from his AIF duties and was transported back to Australia arriving in March, 1916.

The adventure for Cliff was over as he settled back into life in Australia, taking time to recover from his illnesses. Like all Australians over the next 18 months, he observed in horror the continued losses of Australian troops as they fought throughout the Western Front.

In October, 1917 Cliff surprised his family when he visited the AIF recruitment office in Sydney and offered to re-enlist and return to the war. Cliff of course had a major difference to the other recruits signing up in that he had already been to Gallipoli and knew what would be facing him in Europe. He knew the job wasn’t done and in his eyes who better than him to continue the fight.

I had the fortune of meeting Cliff’s son Geoff in July 2015 and when I asked about why he returned to the war he said that while he hated the loss of life, his sense of adventure was still stirred and his willingness to fight for his country in its hour of need was not diminished.

Viller Bretonneux on April 25, 1918

On his arrival in France, Cliff was posted to the 13th Battalion, which also included Gordon legend Jack Prowse, and fortunately he had brought a new diary with him enabling him to write about his daily experiences in the Somme. His early experience was totally different to Gallipoli, but certainly not better. His diary on April 19 1918 read as follows:

‘Passed a field where there were 11 dead horses & mules, poor brutes, that they should be victims of shells. The rain was running of the top of my steel helmet, & underneath it the perspiration was trickling. At last we halted by a sunken road, & the cooker was there, & we each got a drink of hot cocoa. Moved on again, & I thought we were about at our destination, but I’ve never had such a tramp in my life. Talk about hard work, the clay was sticking to our boots, the load on our back was heavy, & we were getting weary. Then we tramped across ploughed fields with the grain just growing, which the old Frenchies have had to abandon, & I thought we were never going to stop.

I don’t know how we kept going, no halt, on & on across the heavy ground. I was so weary I wouldn’t have cared if a shell hit me. Then we drew near a hedge on the side of a village, & the field was simply honeycombed with shell holes, there were thousands, & Lor’ knows how any human body lived in such a place. And yet, as we walked across the field, not a single shell was falling there. The village was Villers-Bretonneux, it was taken by the Germans last Wednesday, but our boys have since won it back. We got through the hedge, & came, without warning, on several dead Germans lying in the open, a most gruesome sight.

We had breakfast under difficulties, our hands were very muddy, but we extracted some bully beef, bread & cheese from our tucker bags, & then commenced to try & sleep. For a start the chats were biting me, I’ve had these clothes on for over a month, then it was pretty cold on the clay floor of the trench, & aeroplanes were droning overhead, not to mention shells. What a life, eh! I’d give many quidlets now to be back in Sydney harbour.

One of the pastimes of the Australian soldiers during the war was to play a ‘make up’ game of cricket. While there are no scorecards to record the various cricket matches that Cliff Geddes was able either to organise or be part of during his travels across the Somme, it is a clear example of the Aussie love of cricket and in particular Cliff’s passion for the game. There was even an Australia vs England match. It is probably just as well that it didn’t make the record books, because England won.

Cliff’s diary relates some stories about the cricket matches:

'After dinner I played in a cricket match, D Coy. v. Bn. Headqrs. We went to one field, & some chaps were having a practice, then we were told the match would be in a field where the Bn. parade ground is, so we went there, but the 14th Bn. were playing there. Then our band arrived, so we had a band & no ground or gear. Lt. Col Marks & the Adjt. came along then, & we adjourned to where we were first. Couldn’t persuade the others there to give up the wicket they made, so we played on the grass, it was a very rough wicket. I was sent in first with Wilkinson, & after I had scored 2, a shooter got me. We got 60, & they won by 3 wickets''.

'In the afternoon, I played cricket with the 13th Bn against the Honourable Artillery Company (Tommies) on their ground. We finished at 8 p.m. then there was the long trip back, so a chap is about knocked up. The Tommies won by 30 runs, they had a good batting team, one chap had played with Somerset, & one with Yorkshire seconds. They gave us tea, the usual army issue plus boiled eggs, very decent of them'.

During Cliff’s travels through France, he would have been encouraged by the many letters he received from his girlfriend Elsie Gall. In his diary, from 31 March to 5 September, he mentions Elsie twenty-eight times, either receiving her letters, writing to her or receiving parcels of ‘goodies’. In all, Cliff received over forty letters during his time in the Somme.

Elsie Gall in 1914

The following are examples of some of the references to Elsie and her letters and parcels:

Luckily I put some things out of Elsie’s parcel last week in my haversack, & I had a tin of salmon for breakfast.

'In the afternoon I got a lovely mail, 10 letters, 6 from Elsie, & I’ve now received every one of hers up to No. 30 which is splendid'.

'I got a parcel from Elsie, a tin of biscuits she made, coconut macaroons, & they were very tasty & acceptable'.

'I got a huge mail in the afternoon, letters galore from home. I also got letters No. 31 & 32 from Elsie'.

'Got a lovely parcel from Elsie tonight, butter scotch, chocolate ginger, figs & butter – won’t it be a treat here in the front line where there’s no canteen eh'.

'5 letters from Elsie, didn’t have time to read them before we fell in, so when we were allowed to break off'.

Cliff Geddes was becoming very concerned with the gravity of the fighting when he stated in his diary that he hated the sight of the dead and wounded lying about and hoped this awful affair would end soon. Fortunately for everyone, the end was coming soon and in September 1918, Cliff’s Battalion was sent behind the front lines to rest.

One of the final days of Australia's involvement in WW1 at Peronne.

Cliff’s final entries in his diary at that time read as follows:

Oh well, the 4th Brigade & the 13th Battalion particularly have suffered pretty severely in these big attacks against Fritz during the last six weeks but our losses are light compared to what we've dealt out to him. His prisoners alone exceed our casualties. As this big advance has continued on all fronts, day by day with ours, it is evident to all of us that the war has completely swung our way at last, & the German menace seems at last to have its back broken.

Who would have thought last April & May such a sudden change would come over things? The Aussies have more than done their bit in this great push. Just on our own sector prisoners constantly poured back & we advanced a terrific distance since it first began. We have lost some grand men though, part of war's hellish price.

God grant, there may never be another one on this earth! Our brigade are all out for a thoroughly well-earned rest, but there are French, English & Yanks galore to carry on the big advance unceasingly & Fritz will get no respite.

The whole of the Aussie divisions are to have a long spell, so I won't be destined to see any more German stoush & fireworks. Our numbers are so small now that I think the heads have brought our chaps out because they're too weak to carry on without being re-organised & several battalions have been cut out altogether.

This Rouen front, on which I conclude this diary, is certainly more cheerful than that celebrated "health resort", Villers-Bretonneux where I passed so many exciting moments, where gas & shells were as plentiful as rabbits in N.S.W. I am truly thankful to be alive & sound as I close this off.

On his return, Cliff married his sweetheart Elsie and they lived in Chatswood where he continued to play for the club from 1919 to 1924.

The inside of the front page of Cliff's Diary

After he finished playing, Cliff would regularly visit Chatswood Oval and following the Second World War, would take his teenage son, Geoff, who was playing Green Shield for the club, to the oval to watch the legendary Gordon cricketers, Ginty Lush, Sid Carroll and Jack Potter. During this period, Gordon won two First Grade premierships in the 1945-46 and 1947-48 seasons when crowds of three to five thousand were not unusual.

Tragically one Saturday in late 1947, while sitting near the Macartney Scoreboard at the oval, Cliff suffered a stroke. His distraught son urgently sought medical attention and he was rushed to hospital. Geoff still recalls that terrible day as if it were yesterday. Unfortunately Cliff wasn’t able to recover and he died one month later.

Cliff loved his cricket and his club before, during, and after the war and will be remembered as one of our true heroes.

Paul Stephenson

Ed Howitt (Senior) -We have lost a true gentleman

Ed Howitt (Senior) -We have lost a true gentleman

TO GORDON CRICKET SUPPORTERS,

As some of you may have already heard, Ed Senior passed away this morning (Thursday 21 April, 2016) at home following his battle with cancer and more recently a stroke last Sunday night.

I am sure you all will be devastated with this news, as am I. Ed was a wonderful person to his wife Margaret, his children Ed, Lisa & Penny and their families, to all his great friends in a wide circle of contacts and most specially for us, his great friends from Gordon DCC.

The word “gentlemen” is the most apt way of describing Ed, he was in every sense of the word a true gentlemen. We will all miss him not only for his contribution to Gordon but for his great friendship, however we will also treasure the times we had with him over the years and in true Ed spirit, he will keep telling us that he never made a mistake umpiring or scoring, something we can now confirm.

Yours Sincerely

Geoff Hickman - President - Gordon District Cricket Club

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5th Grade unable to progress to the main show

5th Grade unable to progress to the main show

The 5ths bowed out of the competition in their semi-final over the weekend. They fought hard but couldn’t get ahead of Campbelltown, despite giving them a real fright half way through the Ghosts’ first innings. 

Tristan Cooper won the toss out at Raby (14 out of 16 for the year) and decided to bat. A wicket fell early before Damon Livermore and Matt Coffey took the score to 30. Wickets then fell regularly as the Gordon batsmen struggled with the good Campbelltown attack.

8-56 looked disastrous and, despite Anthony Sherman, Aaron Crofts and Pat Rice doing some good work, the innings closed at 94.

Campbelltown also started badly, losing an early wicket, but a good partnership saw the score 1-46 before four wickets fell quickly and the Stags were right in the game at 5-53. They passed the Gordon score six down, however, and overnight were 6 runs ahead.

On Sunday, Gordon needed very quick wickets to get back in the game. While Rahul Krishna, Pat Rice and Anthony Sherman all bowled well, Campbelltown’s innings concluded at 170 – a lead of 76.

Gordon went out looking to wipe off the deficit as quickly as possible but were 2-4 immediately, before Rahul Krishna, Stuart Bromley and Shayne Lin all made valuable contributions. They took the lead four down but after that, the batting was again disappointing. Apart from 19 from Andrew Harvey, the wickets fell steadily and 52 ahead was hardly enough.

Campbelltown passed the score three down and deservedly moved into next week’s final.

Bad luck to the Gordon team but they should be proud of their excellent season.

Gordon 94 (Anthony Sherman 19, Aaron Crofts 16*) and 128 (Shayne Lin 35, Rahul Krishna 27, Stuart Bromley 24, Andrew Harvey 19) lost outright to Campbelltown 170 (Pat Rice 3-42, Rahul Krishna 2-19, Anthony Sherman 2-34) and 3-55.

President's Message - March 2016

President's Message - March 2016

Since my last report we have completed the final 4 rounds of the season last Saturday. During that time we have had 16 wins from 24 matches, with a tie and draw included. This has allowed us to jump from 16th to 10th in the club championship, a challenge I set us in my last report. So well done to all our teams and especially 2nds and 4ths, who whilst not being able to make the finals played some great cricket during the last 4 rounds and definitely helped us get into the top 10.

Charlie Stobo celebrates a wicket at Chatswood

Whilst we have got more ground to go to get where we want to be, this is an improvement from last year where we slipped to 13th and allows us to hopefully build on this for a top 5 position again next season.

Congratulations to 5th grade and Colts for making the finals and particularly to their captains Tristan Cooper and Glenn Tullia for leading their teams into the finals. It is a thankless task captaining these teams with last minute adjustments and unavailability’s impacting teams each week. Glenn in particular has done an amazing job with some great support from John O’Neill-Fuller taking this young team into the semi’s. It would be great for all the club to show their support to these teams over the next 2 to 3 weeks as they challenge for a premiership.

Firsts and thirds went so close to making the top 6, but probably one draw for 1sts and a bit of inconsistency from 3rds cost them in the end, however again they should be proud of their efforts.

Whilst there will be more about individuals contributions over the next 6 weeks, it is worth mentioning the performance of some of our 1st grade players.

Cam Eccles celebrates his century at Hurstville

Cameron Eccles was the 9th highest run scorer in the first grade comp with 673 runs at 48.07, which is an excellent achievement. In fact we had 5 of our bats finish in the top 50 run scorers. With the bowling Charlie Stobo was the equal leading wicket taker with 38 wickets at 20.76, what a great performance in his first full 1st grade season. Dan Smith also finished as the 9th leading wicket taker with 31 wickets at 25.26 another great performance.

Off the filed the key achievement was our annual Golf Day & Dinner at Killara Golf Club. The event was an outstanding success for the club and for all that attended I’m sure you agree it was a great event. Many thanks to all who contributed to the day being successful, to Ian & Trevor Chappell & Tim Sheridan, all the sponsors, auction item donators & purchasers and attendees for all contributing towards the day’s success. I would especially like to thank Paul Stephenson, Paula Booth, Tim Cubbage, Michael Falk and Geoff Keevers for their hard work to ensure the function was a success.

We now look forward to our final event of the season being the Annual Awards Night to be held on Saturday 30th April 2016. This is a great opportunity to acknowledge the achievement of our players and to thank the people who make our club run so successfully off the field. The players have responded well with a good level of support. Therefore I now request that our volunteers and supporters come along to what promises to be a great celebration of the end of our season.

Regards

Geoff Hickman

0416-254706 (M)

President, Gordon District Cricket Club

 

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