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Outstanding individual performances not enough to stem the tide against the Saints

Outstanding individual performances not enough to stem the tide against the Saints

Three fantastic individual performances from Axel Cahlin, Blaize Irving-Holiday and Will Calov wasn’t enough to stop most of the spoils being taken by St. George to complete Round 2 of the 2014-15 season.

In the three seasons prior to this one, the 15 matches in all grades between Gordon and St. George has produced 11 Gordon wins, three to the Saints and one memorable tie in fourths at Beauchamp. 

Axel acknowledges his century at Chatswood

No doubt a win last Sunday for Gordon in the frist round of the T20 competition against Saints on their home ground was enough for them as they decided the balance had to be restored and while we collected good wins in thirds and fifths, firsts, seconds and fourths were well beaten by a very determined Saints Club.

However this won’t stop us celebrating three wonderful performances by Gordon players which were:

  • Axel Cahlin, first year out of Green Shield, in only his second game in Second Grade, scored a masterful 137* for his maiden grade century to help his side avoid outright defeat.  This follows on from his 64 and 94 in Round One!
  • Blaize Irving- Holliday bowled with great determination and pace to take 7-55 and steer Third Grade to a strong win.
  • Will Calov followed his 67 with the bat last week, where he helped rescue the Fifth Grade team from 7-96 to 204, with 5-8 at the bowling crease as St George fell for 100 (and another wicket in the second innings just to ice the cake).

Youngster Aaron Crofts also scored a fighting 70 in Fourth Grade, trying very hard to hold the innings together. 

Blaize during his fabulous 7 for 55 off 19 overs

First Grade

Cam Eccles and Iain Beverley took the overnight score of 0-28 to 0-54 in their quest for St George’s total of 335.  Both were then dismissed and for a little while Harry Evans and Steve Colley looked to have righted the ship.  However, they also fell and the middle order collapsed to have the Stags 8-141.  The final three batsmen, Chad Soper, James Kennedy (top scoring with 35*) and Josh Poysden showed good determination but the damage had been done and Gordon were dismissed for a disappointing 204. 

Steve Colley and Iain Beverley were in the runs at Hurstville while Harry Evans didn't enjoy this particular delivery

First Grade scores

St George 8 dec 355 and 1-40 (Chad Soper 1-14) defeated Gordon 203 (James Kennedy 35*, Steve Colley 34, Iain Beverley 30) on first innings.

Second Grade

After St George declared just past the Gordon score from Day 1, a gutsy batting display was needed to avert an outright defeat.  At 3-24, things did not look great as Jack Colley and Axel Cahlin set about remedying the situation.  Both hit the ball crisply but unfortunately Jack was dismissed for 30 to a loose shot.  Axel was joined by Nick McMurray and they batted very sensibly.  

Axel shows his class at Chatswood

Once again Nick showed great fighting qualities as Axel hit the loose ball to the fence regularly.  Axel moved to 54* at lunch and they continued after the break, finally adding 97.  Another 49 run partnership with Max Newman took Gordon out of the range of an outright with Axel reaching his maiden grade century – a wonderful effort for a 16 year old!  He moved to 137* (22 fours and one six) before the innings was declared, leaving St George an unlikely chase of 235 off 32 overs.  They went at it hard for quite a while but the Gordon bowlers stuck to their task and the day finished with St George 5-155.  Another loss but the young team is continuing to learn.  A great day for Axel! 

Charlie Stobo and Nick McMurray in action against Saints

Second Grade scores

St George 3 dec 159 and 5-155 (Anand Verma 2-26) defeated Gordon 156 and 6 dec 237 (Axel Cahlin 137*, Jack Colley 30, Nick McMurray 30) on first innings.

Third Grade

267 runs on the board was a good start but Gordon needed to bowl well.  They started brilliantly, with Blaize Irving-Holliday taking two wickets immediately.  Dan Stickland took another to have St George 3-41 and in trouble.  

Gordon skipper Adam Cubbage kept the pressure on against Saints

Two excellent partnerships followed which got Saints right back in the match.  However, the bowling was good, with skipper Adam Cubbage completing a couple of terrific tight spells of high class leg spin.  While he didn’t cash in on the wickets, the pressure he exerted lifted the required run rate.  From 4-186 at the final drinks break, Blaize took control and the St George innings collapsed as they chased the win.  The final six wickets fell for 47 as he finished with the fine figures of 7-55.  Pat Effeney, Dan Stickland and Adam Cubbage gave great support as the 3rds completed their second win from two games.  Well done!

Third Grade scores

Gordon 267 defeated St George 233 (Blaize Irving- Holliday 7-55, Dan Stickland 1-54, Pat Effeney 1-57).

Fourth Grade

Gordon began their chase of the massive 6 dec 366 badly, losing two wickets straight away.  Stan Gaynor and Aaron Crofts then set about rebuilding the innings before a disastrous over where three wickets fell had the innings in tatters.  

Aaron Crofts fought hard at Killara

Batsmen found unlikely ways to be dismissed and only a partnership of 64 between Aaron and Iqbal Ahmed saved the innings from complete collapse.  Aaron’s innings of 70 was a very determined knock and this young player showed excellent resolve.

Gordon were given a second chance by St George and the three batsmen involved fared much better as they saw the day through.

Fourth Grade scores

St George 6 dec 366 defeated Gordon 157 (Aaron Crofts 70, Iqbal Ahmed 38, Stan Gaynor 27) and 1-79 (Tom Carruthers 36*, Stan Gaynor 23, Shayne Lin 17*) on first innings.

Fifth Grade

Although the 5ths had fought back brilliantly to post 205 last week after being 7-96, they would still need to bowl well to secure a win.  Will Calov, following his heroics with the bat, provided that spark, taking three wickets after the St George openers had added 21.  Wickets to Anthony Sherman and Matt Keane also assisted in ripping the top order apart and Saints slumped to 5-39.   

Will Calov during his 5 for 8

A bit of a partnership followed but the Gordon bowling was very tight and good pressure was maintained.  Ben Leighton bowled well and removed the dangerous skipper.  Another wicket to Ben and one to Adrian Craig saw St George go into tea at 8-100.  Straight after the break, Will Calov came back on and took the remaining two wickets immediately, finishing with the excellent figures of 5-8 from 8.2 overs.

Gordon had a second go, taking a couple of early wickets but the game finished as a convincing, determined win to the young Stags with Will’s contribution outstanding. 

A great catch to Andrew Coleman off Will Calov

Fifth Grade scores

Gordon 205 defeated St George 100 (Will Calov 5-8, Ben Leighton 2-25, Matt Keane 1-4, Adrian Craig 1-13, Anthony Sherman 1-36) and 3-31 on the first innings.

Michael Falk

Well bowled Will

Mortgageport sponsor Gordon T20 team in new competition

Mortgageport sponsor Gordon T20 team in new competition

In an exciting development this season the SCA will run a stand-alone Twenty 20 competition called the Kingsgrove Sports Twenty20 Cup.While the overall event is sponsored by Kingsgrove Sports, one of Gordon’s major sponsors Mortgageport have agreed to sponsor our team’s participation in the event and their logo will be proudly displayed on our special Twenty 20 shirts.

Mortgageport are a major supporter of our club, in particular through our Charity Golf day where they help us to contribute to the Dream Cricket program for disabled children. We highly recommend their services in providing a unique range of loan options in a very personalised environment.

For all the information you need on Mortgageport go to: or contact Lindsay Horlor on 02 9466 8200.

While Gordon plays the first two matches against St. George and Newcastle this Sunday at Hurstville, the club will be hosting both the Sydney and Illawarra Clubs at Chatswood Oval on Sunday 19th October. So keep your diaries open for three Twenty 20 matches at 9.00am, 12.15pm and 3.30pm. There will be more to come in regard to this day next week.

The details of the Kingsgrove Sports Twenty 20 Cup are as follows:

Prize Money

$7,000 Winner

$3,000 Runner-up

  • The competition will consist of two 12-team conferences, Sydney Sixers Conference and Sydney Thunder Conference;
  • Four regional teams have accepted invitations to participate- ACT, Central Coast, Illawarra and Newcastle;
  • Four preliminary rounds (double-headers on 12th and 19th October);
  • 17 clubs will host match days, presenting a great opportunity to engage sponsors, past players, and fund-raising opportunities;
  • Sixers and Thunder management have planned BBL Fan Engagement days at Glenn McGrath Oval, Allan Border Oval and Sydney University;
  • Conference Semi-Finals under lights at BISP for Thunder Conference and Drummoyne Oval for Sixers Conference.
  • Conference Finals and Cup Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Cup Final to be played under lights;
  • Thunder Academy Squad and Sixers Academy Squad will be selected after final.
  • The Academy squads will play in three (3) Super League matches which will present an opportunity to players to be added to the supplementary lists of the eight (8) BBL franchises, based on performances;
  • The two winning-team coaches will be invited to coach the Thunder and Sixers Academy Squad teams in the above matches.

As mentioned in the teams announcements for this weekend, Axel Cahlin and Charlie Stobo will join the existing first grade team in an expanded squad of 13 to play the matches over the next two Sundays.

The squad is:

Harry Evans ©

Iain Beverley

Reece Bombas

Axel Cahlin

Tym Crawford

Steve Colley

Cameron Eccles

James Kennedy

Josh Poysden

Elliot Richtor

Dan Smith

Chad Soper

Charlie Stobo

 Paul Stephenson

Gordon's Emily Leys selected for NSW Breakers

Gordon's Emily Leys selected for NSW Breakers

Gordon all rounder Emily Leys has been selected in the NSW “Lend Lease” Breakers for the first time. Emily was in the Breaker’s Squad last season as well, however this is the first time she has earned a cap.

Emily in action for Gordon Women's First Grade team.

Emily joined The Mighty Reds in the season of 2010-11 and was immediately selected in First Grade. Originally from Gunnedah, Emily is a very talented all-rounder who has been rewarded for her on-field performances throughout 2013/14, and the pre-season representative fixtures thus far in 2014/15 with selection in the first Breaker’s Team of the season to take on ACT at Blacktown. 

Emily originates from the NSW country town of Gunnedah and represented NSW at Under 15, Under 17 and Under 18 National Youth Championships with distinction. Emily is an all-rounder combining her batting talents with left-arm medium pace bowling and excellent fielding skills.

She has also been involved in the leadership of NSW teams being appointed to both Vice-Captain and Captain roles of NSW youth teams.

Having completed her HSC, Emily moved to Sydney to embark on Tertiary studies and is now studying at Sydney University. Emily was the equal-leading wicket taker in the SCAWC First Grade Competition last season and is now Vice-Captain of Gordon First Grade.

The Breakers squad is :

Alex Blackwell (captain – Universities/Riverina)
Rachael Haynes (vice-captain – Universities)
Sarah Aley (Bankstown Sports)
Nicola Carey (St George-Sutherland)
Sarah Coyte (Campbelltown-Camden)
Alyssa Healy (Sydney)
Emily Leys (Gordon/Central Northern)
Ellyse Perry (Sydney)
Leah Poulton (Universities/Newcastle)
Erin Osborne (Sydney/Central Northern)
Angela Reakes (Sydney/North Coastal)
Kara Sutherland (Universities/North Coastal)
Lauren Smith (Northern District/Central Coast)

The GDCC congratulates Emily on her achievement and look forward to seeing her follow in the footsteps of many other Gordon representative players.

1st Grade vs St George - Round 2 - Day 1 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs St George - Round 2 - Day 1 - 2014/15

The Stag Party left early in the morning to take on a strong Dragons outfit at the picturesque Hurstville oval. For the reporter this meant a 6:30am rise and shine and a 1.5 hr (Bombas Mocha stop included) trip with the one and only Reece Bombas. Many would envy the time I get to spend travelling to and from cricket with the great man but I must say today was a little different.

James Kennedy bowled an excellent opening spell

There was something a little unusual about Reece today and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until I saw the black socks during the warm up. Ahh yes of course! “Trench-foot,” luckily for us Reece was able to push through the pain and take the field for the annual City vs Country warm up game of ‘9 touches’ which saw some unfair ruling and rough play against the Country side and the City boys take out an unconvincing win.

Josh Poysden

The Dragons won the toss and batted first on a surface that looked to be in good shape. An excellent opening spell by James Kennedy who bowled with purpose and intent saw him rewarded with an LBW to remove the classy Cazzulino without offering a shot.

Two days after arriving in Australia Josh Poysden played a fine supporting role

The Gordon bowlers then saw the Dragons build a steady partnership after a dropped chance to see the score mount to 1/113 on an excellent wicket. The Gordon bowlers dug in deep after the drinks break and were able to pick up the prized wicket of McCabe before lunch which gave the Stag bowling pack something positive to take away from a tough first two sessions.

After lunch and an examination of the foot of ‘Trenchy’ Bombas, the Stags began what was to be an important two sessions which could have favoured either of the teams. Enter Dan Smith and Josh Poysden. The pair began to build pressure from both ends with our overseas expat Poysden in particular settling into what was to be an admirable supportive role to our chief destroyer Smith, who was able to remove the next 5 batsmen including the prized wickets of Copeland and Chu with some consistent pace and swing bowling.Dan Smith

It was extremely pleasing to see Dan rewarded for the consistent efforts he puts in week in and week out. I am honoured to say that I have grown up playing with and watching Dan bowl for nearly 13 years now and can honestly say he continues to improve in leaps and bounds. Whether it’s with the bat or the ball he has the ability to take the game away from the opposition with his strong determination and today was no different as he took a well-deserved 5 for 98 off 19 overs.

Dan Smith took 5-98 with consistent pace and swing bowling
Dan Smith

Despite St George finally declaring their innings at 8-335 after some late hitting from the lower order, the 11 Gordon’s left the field with their heads held high and seven overs to bat. Cam Eccles and Iain Beverley successfully ‘squirreled’ and ‘possumed’ their way through the remaining seven overs which left the Stag Party to chase next week with all ten wickets intact. Bring on next week

First Grade scores: Gordon 0-28 vs St George 8 dec. 355 (Dan Smith 5-98, Chad Soper 2-39, James Kennedy 1 for 66)

SOPES (Chad Soper)

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4th Grade vs Mosman - Round 1 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Mosman - Round 1 - 2014/15

Matt Keevers

Beautiful Beauchamp Oval. This was the scene of the first round matchup between the 4th best team that both teams had/have to offer. Some would say that we were a little underdone or rusty, if you will, because of the amount of rain that we have had to endure during the pre-season.

6 points were on offer and a great way to start the season as the Stags emerged victorious.

Matt Keevers and the whole attack bowled well

Our new skipper proceeded to lose the toss and we ended up in the field on the first day.

Not really sure of the score at tea but I believe we had Mosman 6-102 at one stage. We ended up bowling them out for 205 in about 63 or 64 overs. So the task at the end of the day was to not lose too many wickets and to knock off some of the total, and this we did with the score at 2-52 at the end of the day. 

Unfortunately we lost Mitch Kleem with about 4 balls left in the day. It is always exciting watching Mitch go about his cricket he can be electric in the field? And he has the capacity to bludgeon the ball to all parts of the ground with bat in hand. Unfortunately this was not his day/ match.

I probably should mention that it was a good team performance with all bowlers bowling well in particular Matt Keevers who seems to have grown in the off season and has added a yard or two of pace. His first spell was rewarded with the first wicket of the season in 4’s... maybe all the 4th grade games around Sydney but definitely at Beauchamp.

Saahil Turki scored a well made 96

The other notable was John O’Neill Fuller… just because!

Second day was almost a perfect day.

It was dominated by the Turk… yes the Turk, no not the Turks just the Turk. He is also referred to as Saahil or Saahil Turkey or even the gobbler! In any event this young lad batted beautifully. He was 18 or so not out and was eventually dismissed for a well made 96. He is quiet and unassuming but deadly… with bat in hand… no I should not need to explain myself!

There was another notable on the day… our skipper Shayne Lin. 

Shayne showing his leave alone or play and miss strategy...until...well!

He batted well, when he left the ball and when he played and missed, which was ultimately his downfall. But you cannot substitute what Shayne brings to the team. I am still trying to find out what that is and when I find out then I will let you know.

The other notable was John O’Neill Fuller… just because!

JOF displaying his tropical resort approach to his batting....just because

Here is the reason why I said that Beauchamp Oval is Beautiful. “On approach, Beauchamp Park exudes a tropical resort ambience due to the rows of palm trees that ring the land. This is replicated best in the picnic area where a remnant blue gum high forest forms a cool canopy over the activity below”. Ref:

“Exudes a tropical resort ambience”, wow… that’ll do me.

Congrats to 1st grade and 3rd grade on a good start to the season. Keep rolling on Stags.

Get far ya bah.

The People’s Champion

Iqbal Ahmed

3rd Grade vs Mosman - Round 1 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Mosman - Round 1 - 2014/15

Mosman ground struggles saw the 3rds make their much anticipated season debut at the spiritual home of cricket, Killara. Sporting a road of a deck, a good first up toss by new skip Cubbage saw us have first dibs with the bat.

Despite losing an early wicket, English import Tom Colverd, fresh off the plane, and Darren Jayasekera combined for a most important partnership. Tom was very solid while Darren played most fluently. Both were dismissed after playing very well and another wicket fell before Tjaard Tait and Andrew Crosland turned the game well and truly into Gordon’s favour. They put on 99 for the 5th wicket, taking the score to 199.Taity century

Andrew was dismissed for an excellent 56, whereupon new skipper, Adam Cubbage joined Tjaard and the two of them plundered 119.

Tjard Tait scored his maiden century for Gordon.

Adam scored a punishing 75 from only 58 balls, while Tjaard, who had timed the ball right from the beginning (even the pull shot, where he finished holding the handle of the bat while the blade ended up at midwicket, went for 4!), moved to his maiden century for the club. 

The final score was 7-341 with Taity 105no. A good solid score to kick off the season, but we knew it was going to be tough to take 10 wickets on such a flat deck on day 2.

Day 2 saw the mercury rise and an ethereal haze drift across the ground from local back burning, or perhaps Joff was just lighting up at Beauchamp. Despite this, some early cloud provided some hope for swing on what was once again a flat and hard deck.

Blaize (4-35 off 17) was the pick of the bowlers striking early, beating the Mosman opener for pace and removing his bails. However, Mosman’s other opener had a lunch reservation and started going to town on anything wide of the stumps. Stickland (1-45 off 14) copped some stick before claiming his man, caught at mid-off. A much needed wicket to remove the danger man.

Pat Effeny (3-37 off 18) then chimed in with a wicket showing no signs of cobwebs as he started bowling superbly hitting the deck hard and not giving any width to the batsmen. Combining with Cubbage (1-47 off 17), the two bowlers applied the strangle to the Mosman batsmen, forcing wickets at regular intervals. Cubbage’s wicket coming from a sharp stumping from Max Papworth.

Excellent bowling from the seamers saw Mosman crumble to 9-171, well in arrears of our 341. With still 25 overs to take the last wicket, the W and 6 points were already ours. However, it wasn’t to be as simple as we’d hoped.

Blaize 4 wickets

The last batting pair really dug in deep. Not for a lack of poor bowling or missed opportunities we just couldn’t get either of them out! Their number 9 bat (15 n.o off 93 balls) started to really test our patience as the overs ticked down to what was looking like a zero point draw. 

Blaize struck early and late

Step up Blaize with 5 overs to go. He unleashed a juicy half volley on leg stump that was smashed straight at Darren Jayasekara. A first touch parry saw him take a diving one-handed catch over his shoulder to seal the win and the 6 points for the Stags. Mosman all out for 199.

An excellent performance, particularly from the quicks, on what was not a bowler friendly wicket. If it wasn’t for the early breakthroughs I’m sure this game would’ve been a drawn result. 

Day 1: Gordon 7-341 (Tjaard Tait 105*, Adam Cubbage 75, Andrew Crosland 56, Darren Jayasekera 47, Tom Colverd 20) vs Mosman.

Day 2: Gordon 7dec 341 defeated Mosman 199 (Blaize Irving-Holliday 4-35, Pat Effeney 3-37, Dan Stickland 1-45, Adam Cubbage 1-47) on first innings.

Andrew Crosland

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