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Teams for Round 14 vs the Hawks announced

Teams for Round 14 vs the Hawks announced

The teams have been announced for the vital Round 14 against the Hawks with two returns in first grade and some shuffling for semi-final eligibility.We still have 5 teams well in the running for the finals, with 2 rounds to go against Hawkesbury and Wests.

Charlie Stobo returns from Futures League match

1st Grade: After Saturday’s brilliant win Gordon are now equal 1st with Syd Uni  on 61 points - then comes Bankstown on 57; Sydney on 54; Parra on 47 and Penrith on 46 make up the top 6.

2nd Grade: We are 7th, just 1 point out of the 6 on 43 points – with Parra in 6th spot on 44 points. In a bunched field, only 6 points separate 5th to 12th spot and obviously we must win the remaining games.

3rd Grade: Now dropped to 11th spot on 38 points and 11 points out of the 6 – a tough ask from here.

4th Grade: We now lie in 4th spot on 54 points and only 2 points off 3rd spot. Need 2 wins to host a semi.

5th Grade: Despite the loss we are still in 1st spot on 56 points; then Saints 54; ND’s 50; Blacktown 48. Hopefully Saturday’s poor loss was the reality check we needed and in particular to the bats, who must build on their innings.

Colts: After an exciting nail biting win, this side showed true grit and toughness to just cross the line.They are clear leaders on 64 points and 10 points ahead of 2nd place Penrith on 54 points - clearly the two best sides in the comp, although Syd Uni would dispute this comment.

Club Championship: Now in 6th spot on 1127 points and only 104 points behind the new leaders in Sydney on 1231. 2nd spot is ND’s on 1200, then Syd Uni on 1191 in 3rd spot; Penrith in 4th place on 1177points and Manly 1143.

*Please note that the selectors have shuffled lower grades to try and ensure maximum qualification criteria. We welcome back Charlie Stobo and James Kennedy in 1st Grade, with Scott O’Brien and Dan Stickland (after his top performance in 1st grade last week) moving back to 2’s to really strengthen them for this must win game. 

Grade .v.

Hawkesbury – 2 day matches.

Colts .v.

Randy-Petes Gold – 2 day match Sat.


Grade Saturday 25th Feb & 4th March 2017

Colts Saturday 25thth Feb & 4th March.


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade


Owen Earl





1) Steve Colley ©

Max Newman w/k ©

Paddy Effeney ©

2) Axel Cahlin

Sam Baker

Jamie Bekis

3) Mason Crane

Josh Doyle

Adam Cubbage

4) Tym Crawford

Reagan Klemt

Chris De Kretser

5) Ash Doolan w/k

Nick Miller

Darren Jayasekera

6) Cameron Eccles

Scott O’Brien

Shayne Lin

7) Matt Junk

Max Papworth

Cameron New

8) James Kennedy

Chad Soper

Michael Roberts w/k

9) Elliott Richtor

Dan Stickland

Jack Skilbeck

10) Daniel Smith

Dom Thomson

Danusha Seneviratne

11) Charlie Stobo

Anand Verma

Chris Spratt




M/R = Axel Cahlin

M/R = Anand Verma

M/R = Cameron New

4th Grade

5th Grade


Benson Lane No 2






1) Stuart Bromley ©

David Burk ©

Aaron Crofts ©

2) Charlie Booth

Nick Andreou w/k

Manus Chauhan

3) Steve Bristow

Jack Doolan

Andrew Harvey

4) Will Calov

Tim Ferrero

Dylan Hood

5) Mitch Kleem

Tom Hamblin

Kevin Huang

6) Liam McElduff

Damon Livermore

Matt Keane

7) Pat Rice

David Monaghan

Rahul Krishna

8) Hugh Sherwood

Vikrant Nehru

Brady Morrison

9) Sam Watts

Nick Prell

Sahil Sharma

10) Matt Wright

Lachie Stewart

Oliver Williams w/k

11) Oli Zanino w/k

Ryan Tullia

Liam Windel







M/R = Matt Wright

M/R = Nick Prell

M/R = Sahil Sharma

Train on: Jarad Clulow

Unavailable:  1) Adam Wasyluk 2) Liahm Williams 3) Oli Isles-Mann 4) Tommy Gohl 5) Nick Dellis 6) Fraser Wilson 7) Harry Middlebrook 8) Prashan Seneviratne 9) James Brown 10) Corbin Edgar 11) Matt Keevers

GDCC Academy
GDCC Charity Dinner and Golf day a great success

GDCC Charity Dinner and Golf day a great success

The weather was fine, but maybe a little hot, the golf was good and the dinner was exceptional with Adam Gilchrist and Tony Squires putting on a great show for the guests.The GDCC Charity Dinner and Golf day was held on Thursday 16th February with the array of guests, sponsors and players filling both the golf course during the day and the dining room at night.

Our long term Golf Day sponsors Elliot House lead by Simon Dorahy were the winners on the day with James Packman’s team winning his 7th podium finish in 7 years coming second and the QC Traffic Control team of Steve Colley, Tym Crawford, Cam Eccles and Ash Doolan coming third.

The course was in excellent condition after the severe weather conditions of the previous week and was a credit to the Grounds team and General Manager David Gazzoli. Alicia Riccobon the Hospitality and events manager was her normal very efficient self, having the day and evening working perfectly to time and quality. 

Tym Crawford, Ash Doolan, Pat Effeney and Steve Colley in action 

The evening kicked off with Tony Squires introducing the evening’s events which was followed by Geoff Hickman giving an excellent welcome address to the guests He talked about the great culture of the club has survived 112 years and the importance of helping our charity for the night by donating to the Daff Family Fund. He also introduced the members of the 1989/90 and 1990/91 teams of which Adam played in both years.

Craig Marshall, Adair Durie and Geoff Hickman at dinner

As a special treat Adair Durie explained the wines from Tyrrell’s we were drinking on the night in his own inimitable style. Rumour has it that players were asked to play in Adair’s team while he was playing so that they could share in his after match wine tasting.

Adam Gilchrist delighted the guests with his in depth knowledge

The live auction was well delivered by our Gold Sponsor Craig Marshall from Savills Cordeau Marshall with all of the items selling well. 

The guests were then entertained by Adam and Tony who put on a performance as if they had their own show with excellent questions from Tony and in depth answers from Adam. You could hear a pin drop while Adam talked about his cricket career, the many characters he played with and against and the position of Australian cricket in particular the rise of the Twenty 20 game and the importance of Test cricket.   

The club is very thankful to both Adam and Tony for giving up their time to come to our event with Adam flying in that morning after catching the 5.30am flight. Just to show how grounded he is he flew back on Friday so he could coach his son’s team on Saturday morning. 

Ed Howitt, Neil Harvey and Mark O'Neill with partner Lindsay at the dinner

It seemed everyone enjoyed the night with a good representation from the players who were glued to every Gilly word as well as of course our Platinum, Gold and Golf Day Sponsors who helped make the day the success it was.

I think the words of Ed Howitt summed the night up when he said. “There is something really special about tonight”.

Thanks to everyone for coming and participating in the event and we look forward to next year.

Make sure you go to and make each day count for the Daff Family.

Paul Stephenson 

We are not quite sure what Dom Thomson was doing on the 18th green but we will leave it to your imagination.

Some silent auction items still available for sale

Some silent auction items still available for sale

After the finalisation of the silent auction at the GDCC Charity Dinner last Thursday, there were three items still available for sale. For those who were not able to make it, or couldn't decide on the night, we are giving you the opportunity to make a further bid for each item. 

Legends Lunch – 9 Gordon Test players

The Gordon Legends lunch was set at selling 10 tickets to a lunch with the Gordon Legends shown below at a minimum price of $250 a ticket. On the night surprisingly there were 7 tickets sold with therefore 3 remaining. This is fantastic opportunity for a Gordon supporter to join us for the lunch. All you need do is send an email to and place a bid and the first three above the $250 mark will be accepted. Send in your email now!

To remind everyone the prize is as follows:

The lunch will be attended by Neil Harvey, Brian Taber, Ken Eastwood, Ian Davis, Graeme Watson, Matt Nicholson, Beau Casson, Trevor Chappell and Phil Emery and will be held in a CBA function room in their city offices.   We are running this offer a bit differently, making it possible for any Gordon supporter to attend. The item will be in the silent auction and the highest bidders for tickets will attend with a minimum of $250 per ticket. You can put a group together if you like and make an offer. The rules will be in order of the highest per individual bid and if some are equal the same the first ones on the sheet. There is a maximum of 10 tickets available.


Bottle of Chateau Haut-Brion

The fantastic 1986 bottle of Chateau Haut-Brion is also available before it is returned to its temperature controlled room or drunk by one of the committee. The last sale for this wine was US$800, so this is a bargain at $500. The item is shown below.

Vintage wine from Hilton Chapman – Chateau Haut-Brion. Starting bid $500

The final item not sold were the three framed photographs as per below. These would look great anywhere in your house or office. This is a bargain not to be missed. McLean's photos sell for over $1,000 each and the frames cost more than $600.

Triptech (3 like framed photos) of original McLean Stephenson works. Award winning photographer. Starting Bid $600 for all three

So if you want one or more of these items just email and they are yours.

GDCC Charity Day Committee


Colts vs Sydney University - Round 13 - 2016/17

Colts vs Sydney University - Round 13 - 2016/17

On Sunday, the leader-leading Gordon Colts came up against a strong 4th placed Sydney Uni outfit. The team was full of confidence considering our position on the ladder arriving at Beauchamp Oval. 

There were good batting conditions out there on Sunday in a big clash against Sydney Uni 

Due to the heavy storm the night before it took a big effort prior to the game to remove the covers with all the water on them, ensuring no water finds its self on the wicket. 

Eventually when it came to the toss, Captain Crofts won the toss and decided to bat. 

Openers Brady and Andrew got us off to a steady start before Brady was dismissed with the score on 21. Some good bowling from the Sydney Uni attack counteracted by some strong bating in the middle overs from Aaron and Oli got the score to 76 before both fell to good bowling. 

That's some lovely placement there by Danusha 

A small collapse followed but resistance from Sahil (27) and Danusha (32) lead to a defendable score of 148, no easy chase against a strong bowling attack on a slow outfield. 

How about these indiviudal displays of brilliance!

After a good lunch Danusha and Aaron took the new ball and two tight opening spells followed which restricted the opening bats from Sydney Uni and their scoring options. Dylan then came on and bowled in a good partnership with Manus who got the breakthrough with the score on 28. 

Plenty of pressure on the Sydney Uni batsmen as the Colts line up for the kill 

Wickets quickly followed with Danusha taking two in successive balls, twice throughout his 10 overs leaving him with 4 for the match and easily the pick of the bowlers. Some missed chances from Gordon gave Sydney Uni a sniff at the win coming down to the last wicket needing only a handful of runs to secure the win. 

With only 4 runs needed to win, the Sydney Uni number 11 came back for a 2nd run but great fielding from the skipper Aaron Crofts saw a direct hit run out from mid on to win the game. 

The close win secures Gordon’s place at the top of the table with a couple of games left before finals. 

James Brown

Orchard Tavern
Reunion for our 89/90 and 90/91 premiership teams

Reunion for our 89/90 and 90/91 premiership teams

With the “homecoming” of Adam Gilchrist for our Charity Dinner and Golf Day, it was on opportunity to have a reunion of both the 1989/90 and 1990/91 Premiership winning teams. Adam played for Gordon in those two years and 10 of the players were able to make the dinner while 4 more were able to make a dinner at the home of Michael Cant on Friday night. 

Adam Gilchrist at Killara Oval during his playing days at Gordon

The team over the two years was very similar with a core of NSW representative players and a future Test player recognised now as the best wicket keeper batsman in the history of the game.

While it was important to have the high profile players, the premierships couldn’t have been won without an outstanding group of young players who came into the side when the State players were away. This was very evident in both seasons.

The 1989/90 team broke a drought of 42 years to bring the First Grade premiership flag back to Gordon. The performances of the young players as mentioned was exceptional.  Kevin Roberts, only 17, scored 625 runs at 78.13 while Warwick Adlam, 18, headed the bowling averages with 29 wickets at 15.79. Adam Gilchrist was only 18 and in the first of two seasons with Gordon, was second in the batting averages scoring 297 runs at 49.50.  The other runs scorers were Michael Cant with 512, Steve Day with 400 and Ross Toohey with 323. 

The 1989/90 Premiership team

The bowling was also first class with the main wicket takers being Richard Stobo with 32 and Warwick Adlam with 29. John Davison, Ross Toohey, Mark O’Neill and Geoff Hickman also played their parts well during the season.

Geoff Hickman in 1989

It would be remiss of me not to mention one particular innings from our erstwhile President Geoff Hickman. The match was against Mosman at Killara and with the score at 8 for 173, the number 10, Geoff Hickman arrived at the crease to share an 84 run partnership with Mark Aldridge who as batting at No.9. With Mark’s dismissal for his highest score for the club of 73, Geoff continued with Richard Stobo for a further 54 run partnership. Geoff was eventually out for 69, also his highest score for the club, leaving Richard not out on 21. Stobs of course claimed that Geoff robbed him of a century. It is not often you get two “lower order batsman” all record the best scores for the club in the one match as well as the number 11 nearly scoring a century. 

Phil Emery, Michael Cant and Steve Day

With all three days of the final being washed out, the semi-final against Northern Districts became the defining game with Mark O’Neill and Phil Emery playing in the victorious NSW team final against Queensland.

With only a draw needed the plan was to bat as long as possible and the innings of Michael Cant with 54 in 3 hours 54 minutes allowed Gordon to score a match winning total of 330. Adam Gilchrist scored 86 (in slightly quicker time) with Peter Rowley-Bates making 53. ND’s were bowled out for 210. 

The 1990/91 Premiership team
The 1990-91 season saw the addition of Steve Liggins from Northern Districts and Michael Cant took over the captaincy at the age of 22. 

Richard Stobo during his first playing career

The main run scorers were Michael Cant with 612 and a great score of 151 not out, Phil Emery with 415 at an average of 103.75, Adam Gilchrist with 518 and a high score of 96, Steve Day with 467, and Paul McLean with 423 and a high score of 101. 

The bowling was dominated by Richard Stobo who took 64 wickets at 16.77 from a mammoth 399 overs which included 96 maidens. 

Phil Emery and Mark O’Neill were playing for the victorious NSW team against Victoria in the Sheffield Shield final when Gordon tackled the minor premiers, Balmain, in the semi-final at Drummoyne Oval. 

An early collapse meant we were only able to score 161 with John Davison top scoring with 39, however it was in the bowling that we showed our true worth on that day with perhaps the best performance by Richard Stobo (now known as Charlie’s father) in his career with the club.

Mark O'Neill

Richard took 6 for 64 to help dismiss Balmain for 151, however with Gordon having a lead of only 10 and 5 hours left to play the match was still in the balance. Gordon were soon in trouble in the second innings and only an excellent 50 from Gilchrist got us to 122 and a lead of 132.

Richard however came to the fore again with figures of 4 for 28 and Balmain couldn’t get the required runs. Richard finished with match figures of 10 for 92. That doesn’t happen often in a semi-final.

The final against Mosman was again a very tense affair with the first of the three days being washed out. Gordon batted first and only scored 177 with Adam Gilchrist again scoring runs with 61. Greg Rowell from Mosman took 5 for 73. The Mosman innings was moving steadily ahead to a victory, however a bowling partnership was needed to slow the run rate and put pressure on the bastman. This was provided by the unlikely pair of Warwick Adlam and Mark O’Neill who not only took the last 5 wickets for 33 runs, however completely stopped the scoring with figures of 5 for 45 off 23.4 for Warwick and 3 for 10 off 17 overs for Mark. Not known as well for his bowling than his obvious batting talent, Mark showed that when the chips were down his leg spinners would be good enough in any situation. Mosman were dismissed for 159. 

Warwick Adlam

It is very important for the club to keep reminding ourselves of the past and continuing to build on the great culture we have created over 112 years and the fact that 90% of the players from 27 years ago were able to make the dinner was a testament to the depth of tradition in the club. Having Adam Gilchrist with us on the day was also a reflection on how our club has also produced so many great NSW and Australian cricketers who in every case also remember where their roots were.

Gilly you are welcome back any time. 

Paul Stephenson

Members of the premiership teams at the dinner were Left to right, Phil Emery, Steve Day, Paul McLean, Adam Gilchrist, Warwick Adlam, Mark Aldridge, Geoff Hickman, Mark O'Neill. Michael Cant and Richard Stobo.
The current first grade team are not the only ones to give the stag salute! 
Colts vs Georges River - Round 12 - 2016/17

Colts vs Georges River - Round 12 - 2016/17

Ahh… Georges River. The second encounter between Gordon and Georges River was once again being held at Beauchamp Park. But before I get into the events of Saturday’s action, I think it is only fair that I give the viewers a glimpse of what happened in Round 4 vs the River.

Crofts leads the charge against the River! 

In short, Georges River played two ineligible players, scored 385 in 96 overs and claimed that we… yes Gordon were playing for the draw…. I still don’t understand how they thought we were playing for the draw. 

If you are reading this Dayle Carew, please call me and let me know. As a result, the game ended in a draw, Gordon protested and got 6 points and back down the river they went.

With back to back wins against Blacktown and an outright win against Easts, Colts returned to Beauchamp looking to score three straight victories on the trot. Mild, overcast conditions welcomed the two sides to the one day format. 

The return of Nick Dellis and departure of Jory Cureton meant Colts did not lose any striking power with the ball. Dylan Hood backing up after his four wicket haul and Prashan Seneviratne eyeing off another performance than Nuwan Kulasakera would be proud of.

Lovely footwork here by the 'keeper to take a catch off the quick 

Skipper Aaron Crofts lost the toss and Gordon were asked to add another 10 wickets to the tally of 125 for the season. Despite Gordon hoping to win the toss and bat first, it is always a treat for the opposing team to shape up against the firing quicks the colts side has each fixture. Danusha Seneviratne (1/17 off 6) and Nick Dellis (0/21 off 8) started off the innings satisfactorily. 

With periods of economical bowling and tight lines, Georges River managed to tick over some runs to kick of their innings. However, nonetheless, Colombo born Seneviratne was up to the task, adjusted to the conditions and took an early pole to add to wicket #126 for the season. At 1/41 off 10 overs, the River, who for 99.9% of the season barely reached 10 runs without losing at least 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 wickets, were actually in a decent position.

But… yes… they were playing the top side in Gordon and over the next three to six overs the game changed dramatically.

Prashan Seneviratne (1/7 off 6), who idolises his bowling off kiwi international Neil Wagner who possesses that infamous grunt at the end of his delivery stride, once again hit that 50 cent coin for his next 36 deliveries. 

For about a month now, Prashan has arguably been the pick of the lower grade bowlers at Gordon. His line and length, seam up deliveries catches the opposing batsmen off guard. 

Yep. That'll do it. What a great action shot! 

Yet again, the River batsmen could not hit the red kookaburra. In conjunction with Dylan Hood, they both caused a collapse. River lost 5 wickets for just 5 runs. Dylan Hood (3/17 off 6) cartwheeled the stumps down towards 1st and 2nd slips throat. In fact, Hoody was on a hat trick and this is where the drama really kicks in… 

Dylan Hood, who at this stage was sweating more than a hot curry after a night out, took the ball and headed to his mark. Little did he know that the most attacking captain at the club had set a 9-0 field for a hat trick ball. Let me just take a moment to set the scene….

1st Slip, 2nd Slip, 3rd Slip, 4th Slip, 5th Slip, 6th Slip, 2 gully’s and a silly mid off…

Andrew Harvey and Brady Morrison who have not participated in the slips cordon all year had stains running down their whites they were that scared of a potential “catch it” coming their way.

Anyway, here comes the delivery… Let me remind you that we have no one on the on side. Hoody runs into bowl, an in ducker at the chest. 

The batsman who tries to evade the deliver ducks into it and gets hit in the ribs. Just like the infamous 1932/1933 bodyline series (a tactic that the Colts side has utilised this season) the batsman crouches to the side of the wicket….the non-striker batsman cries “YES!!!” and as both batsman meet half way down the wicket… keeper Oliver Williams in true keeping style flicks his left glove off and throws the ball from bat pad down towards Dylan Hood at the stumps to eventually flick the bails off for a team hat trick.

Just when you thought attacking fields were not appropriate for this day and age, the Colts boys always prove it wrong.

Quote Ken Wilcox (coach of the Colts side) on the team app; “Absolute Classic – setting 8 slips with no fielder on the leg side – forcing the batsman to hit the ball on the leg side where there wasn’t a single fielder and then running him out” – K.Wilcox 4/2/17.

Manus Chauhan (1/8 off 4) and Aaron Crofts (2/8 off 3) finished proceedings with a couple of clean bowled deliveries to cash in on the fun that was being had at Beauchamp Park. River… all out for an abysmal 80.

Certainly good viewing from mid-off! 

FUN FACT #1 Gordon Colts have taken 135 wickets this season in 12 games of cricket. 

With lunch called, it was time for the Colts weekly debrief during the interval. Usually this consists of what controversial things Brady Morrison or Matt Keane did during the week away from the cricket fields. 

But as captain I think it is only fair that our readers are not exposed to some of the teenage activities that go in this side. However, I will say one thing…. It certainly lifts the teams morale. 

Looking for a bit of swing... and well out of the danger zone here! 

FUN FACT #2 Manus Chauhan is the leading fielder in the Metropolitan Cup with 7 slips catches.

The chase began at 1:00pm with Brady Morrison and Andrew Harvey given the opportunity to score two 40 not outs each. Despite some early blows by Brady and typical leg side wide bowling by river, Brady was caught at short cover for just 6. 

Runs were being scored thanks to the wides column and Oliver Williams and Andrew Harvey went about getting the score close to 40. Oliver eventually fell to a short pitch delivery for 5.

At 2/38, Captain Crofts came to the crease with Harvey to see the side to victory. 

Gliding it through point for the winning runs 

After a cautious start, Crofts eventually punished 6 boundaries and a six to win the game to end on 39 not out. Andrew Harvey who played a tight innings of 18 fell short just prior to the winning runs.

A 7 wicket win to the Stags over the River sees Gordon outright first still on 58 points.

A game that Gordon was expected to win and a game that once again showed that attacking is the only way to win games of cricket. Thanks again to our excellent manager Jenny Williams for taking photos, scoring and delivering the subway.

Lovely shot that! And great work by Jenny with such fantastic photos! 

Also, special thanks to Ken for his pre-match chat and for watching us again this week.

Skip out!! 

Aaron Crofts

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