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Stags have their heads in front...but only just

Stags have their heads in front...but only just

Reece Bombas rescues firsts to reach 3000 runs in first grade after Harry Evans set the platform while the bowlers, in particular Dave Monaghan and Blaize Irving-Holliday, played their part in the lower grades to share the spoils with Sydney on day 1 of our Round 5 fixture.

 
Reece Bombas in probably his best first grade batting performance

After 113 App messages I am still none the wiser. The Gordon Live scores app was going off on full speed with the normal suspects, Carruthers, Wilson and Falk (M) in good form as the banter was mixed with the scores across the five grades. There was even a cameo on the app air waves from our illustrious non-playing, player leader Ian Higgins who wanted us to know that the wicket was flat at Killara.

Its better with the app when we are bowling, that way most of the messages are wickets, but with firsts batting it was still safer to be on silent in case wickets were falling at Drummoyne. These are the trials and tribulations of the modern social media user as we manage to keep the world up to date with our scores.

 
Welcome back Dave

In First Grade, Reece Bombas (93) and Harry Evans (78) batted beautifully and in Seconds, Blaize Irving-Holliday (5 for 38 from 21) led a great recovery by the bowlers.  Third Grade saw a terrific bowling performance by Matt Keevers (4 for 9) and Dan Stickland (4 for 21), brilliantly supported by six catches from keeper Max Papworth and a very important 53 from Tom Carruthers, while inspired bowling performances in Fourths by Matt Todd (4 for 62) and in Fifths by Dan Monaghan (6 for 73 off 22)  have well and truly put us in those games.

Reece Bombas has moved into 17th spot overall in first grade runs with 3026 just behind the legendary Ginty Lush (3119 runs) who played for Gordon from 1940 to 1949. Ginty was a captain during the war and played for NSW while being considered very unlucky not to play for Australia before the war. 

Ginty Lush in his NSW blazer (Reece maybe you can try the hairdo?)

Ginty was a fast bowler who batted in the middle order and had one score of 201 in first grade. Ginty went on after playing cricket to be well respected sports journalist. Reece then would approach none other than Michael Falk with 3242 runs and the famous Test player Charlie Kelleway on 3441 runs. 

Reece has been a great servant to Gordon cricket, now in his 11th season, always trying his best for the team and not hesitating to make the long trip from the central coast for training. I remember the fresh faced 15 year old arriving at an Academy session at the SCG and being put straight into the Under 21 Academy squad. Congratulations Reece and we look forward to watching you race up the runs chart. A top 10 is not far away with Brian Taber 10th on 4137 runs. Before then however I would like to be at Chatswood when you pass Michael Falk's 3242 runs. Now that would be fun!

Shayne Lin also reaches 3000 runs while Bevo and JK reach milestones

While on records it would be remiss of the club not to congratulate three other Gordon players for reaching milestones in the last couple of games. In first grade Iain Beverley has now collected 2089 runs, while James Kennedy collected his 150th first grade wicket against Manly last round. Not to forget our important lower grade players, Shayne Lin also passed the 3000 runs mark for the club with 3032 runs. Well done to each of these players. 

     
Some memories for Iain, Shayne and James

1st Grade

Gordon were sent in to bat at Drummoyne, maybe an indication the Tigers knew something we didn’t?  An early wicket fell but Iain Beverley, who continues to show excellent grit and determination in his opening batting role, and Harry Evans shared a good partnership of 74.  Iain was dismissed at this point for a very solid 33 and Harry and Steve Colley added another 44. 

     
Iain Beverley and Harry Evans hit out at Drummoyne

Three wickets then fell quickly to see the Stags sitting precariously at 5-147.  Harry was the last of the three, having contributed a sublime 78.  It was up to Reece Bombas and Tym Crawford to get things going again and they put together a 52 run partnership before Tym left.  Another quick wicket and then Chad Soper and Reece ensured a competitive total with a 79 run stand.  This was a terrific, thoughtful partnership with both players displaying great common sense. 

The innings closed at 303 with Reece out for 93 - arguably one of his best digs in first grade – against a tight attack on quite a slow outfield.

Something to bowl to next week on probably a quick outfield – should be fun!

1st Grade scores

Gordon 303 (Reece Bombas 93, Harry Evans 78, Iain Beverley 33, Tym Crawford 31, Chad Soper 25) vs Sydney.

2nd Grade

Gordon bowled first on a good deck at Chatswood.  A couple of chances were missed as Charlie Stobo and Jack Skilbeck both bowled well.  Blaize Irving-Holliday took the first wicket at 63 but despite the efforts of the Stags bowlers, a strong partnership developed. 

A run out to Adam Cubbage just before tea saw the score sitting at 2-193 with a big last session to come.  Blaize took another but the fourth didn’t fall until the score had reached 254.  From there, it was one way traffic as Blaize and Charlie ripped through the lower order.  The last seven wickets fell for only 35 runs as both quicks showed really impressive form.

 
Blaize showing all his skills at Chatswood

Blaize’s figures of 5-38 from 21 overs was outstanding, while Charlie finished with 3-66 from 22 overs.

Gordon had to see off the final 6 overs which Liam McElduff and Chris Spratt did, so looking forward to Day 2.

     
The first wicket at Chatswood. Some excellent photgraphy by Paul McMurray

2nd Grade scores

Gordon 0-16 vs Sydney 289 (Blaize Irving-Holliday 5-38, Charlei Stobo 3-66, Jack Skilbeck 1-45).

3rd Grade

Sydney batted first and moved reasonably well to 0-23 before the Matt Keevers/Max Papworth show began.  About an over later the score read 3-23 with all three wickets “caught Papworth bowled Keevers”!  Nick Miller and Dan Stickland then chipped in to have Sydney in all sorts at 6-59, with Max having caught all six.

     
Max takes a brilliant catch of Matt Keevers. Great Photography...this time from Tony Wilson

He then missed a difficult one which could have made it seven out of seven.  In fact, when the seventh wicket did fall the message circulating said “NOT caught Papworth”!   Dan took his third and fourth and Pat Effeney also chipped in to have Sydney all out for 112 – a great performance by the bowlers (and keeper).

Dan Stickland asks the question at Ryde Oval

Obviously an easy target for the Stags?  After a couple of overs and with the score at 3 for a couple, not so!  A few overs later, 4-23 and 112 a long way off.  Tom Carruthers, who had batted through the carnage, and Reagan Klemt then set about resurrecting the dire situation.  With very sensible batting, they took the score to 79 before Reagan was out. 

Nick Miller then joined Tom and they moved past the target before Tom was dismissed for an invaluable 53.  Ten overs were left in the day and the score moved slowly ahead.  Nick was out for a determined 20 and the remaining batsmen managed to get the total to 131 before the tenth wicket fell right on stumps.

First innings points, a lead of 19 and anyone’s guess as to what will happen next week.  Well done!

3rd Grade scores

Gordon 131 (Tom Carruthers 53, Nick Miller 20, Reagan Klemt 18) vs Sydney 111 (Matt Keevers 4-9, Dan Stickland 4-21, Nick Miller 1-33, Pat Effeney 1-47).

4th Grade

Shayne Lin continued the type of form not welcomed by his mates at an Anzac Day two-up game and, as a result, Fourths were bowling again on a very good deck at Killara.

 
Toody enjoyed the experience back up in fourths

Sam Watts took the first wicket at 47 and the score continued to rise until Matt Todd struck with the score at 70.  Will Calov chimed in with a couple and then Sam took two more to have Sydney at 6-115. 

The score moved to 158 before Matt took another couple and it looked like an early end to the innings.  However, the last two batsmen showed good commitment and the day finished at 9-248.  Matt Todd was the pick of the bowlers while Sam Watts and Will Calov toiled hard.

Sam Watts worked hard at KIllara

It should be a very interesting chase next week.

4th Grade scores

Sydney 9-248 (Matt Todd 4-62, Sam Watts 3-53, Will Calov 2-35) vs Gordon.

5th Grade

Another lost toss saw the 5ths bowling on an excellent Beauchamp wicket.  A couple of early wickets were promising for the Stags but the third wicket partnership took the score to 123 with some really good batting.  Just when things were looking bleak for Gordon, Dave Monaghan, having his first game since his Player of the Match Award in the Fifth Grade Grand Final back in the 2012-13 season, struck.  And again.  And again.  2-123 became 5-137 as he began to remember what to do.  A small partnership followed before Pat Rice took his second.

 
Dave Monoghan remembered how it was done

Then Dave took another couple and Anthony Sherman chipped in with another to have Sydney in a bit of trouble at 9-219.  A handy last wicket partnership took the total to 249 before Dave took his sixth in the final over of the day.  His final tally of 6-73 from 23 overs was a fantastic performance although, well after the day finished, there was some conjecture as to whether he was going to have enough energy to reach his car for the rigorous 5 minute drive home!

     
Anthony Sherman in action. Bowl, caught behind, see you later

So, an intriguing day in store next week as the Stags chase 250 for victory.  A pretty solid performance although some of the ground fielding can certainly improve, considering our guest player Brett Papworth (yes of rugby fame) was probably our best fielder. He has certainly challenged the youngsters to make this part of their game important, it certainly is to the bowlers.

 
A big day in the field for new recruit Brett Papworth. I hope the Eastwood Rugby boys are not looking at this?

5th Grade scores

Sydney 249 (Dave Monaghan 6-73, Pat Rice 2-17, Tim Fulton 1-24, Anthony Sherman 1-47) vs Gordon.

Michael Falk and Paul Stephenson

1st Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - Day 2 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - Day 2 - 2014/15

Iain BeverleyThe 1st Graders came back to Chatswood knowing if we batted the 96 overs we could chase the 387 runs required to win. With the Lions declaring before the start of play, openers Cam Eccles and Iain (Bevo) Beverley went out to face the Fairfield attack.

Bevo sets a solid platform along with Cam Eccles 

Bevo and Cam started well, dispatching many deliveries to the boundary. Unfortunately, with 20 minutes until the lunch break Bevo was given out LBW for a well-made 40 in a partnership of 92.

Cam was out shortly after the resumption, caught at fine leg for 65. He was disappointed to get out knowing a big hundred was on the cards. Steve (Buck) Colley followed Cam, chopping on for 10 with the score on 175. Elliot Richtor and Harry (H) Evans were looking to bat until the tea break but unfortunately Elliot was caught and bowled, and Reece (Toucan) Bombas came and went before the tea break. With the score at 5-240, the game was in the balance.

Chad SoperTym (the Pest) Crawford and Harry continued after the break with “H” batting ‘bootifully’, continuing his fine form from the Manly game. It was looking like he would score another first grade hundred, but on 99 he chipped one to short mid-wicket. 

Chad Soper tries to get the side across the line with the rest of the lower order 

He was unfortunate to not to reach ‘three figures’ but it was another good captain’s knock. 

Tym fell the next over with the score on 280 and suddenly Fairfield were on top. Cricket is a funny game, and there can be multiple twists in the tail.

Dan (Greyhound) Smith and Chad (Sop) Soper formed a partnership and were looking like they would get the side home. But with the required run rate at 7 per over, Dan was forced into a false shot and was bowled for 45. James (JK) Kennedy fell the next ball and suddenly the side was 9-347. 

Tym CrawfordBeing 9 wickets down, most would think we would bat for the draw but Chad and Josh (Mulcher) Poysden had other ideas. They were playing aggressive cricket and going for the win.

"The Pest" Crawford punches one down the ground  

They backed themselves to get there but Josh was caught playing one big shot too many, and we were bowled out for 369 with Chad being 37*.

It would have been good sneak home. But the result came down to our poor fielding performance in the third session last week and the fact we lost many wickets in clumps this week. 

If someone got a big hundred it probably would have got us home, but positives can be taken from our batting this season. We have posted over 330 in three of the four games this season. We will be looking to bounce back and bag the points against the Tigers next weekend. 

Elliot Richtor

2nd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

Charlie StoboThe young Gordon 2nd Grade team arrived at a sunny Rosedale Oval for Round 4 against Fairfield Liverpool, with high spirits off the back of a great win against Manly the week before. With many of the boys not having played at Rosedale, we were impressed by both the quality of the outfield and its sheer size; any total set on this ground would involve a lot of running between wickets.

The author, Charlie Stobo, continues to make inroads  

Skipper Max Newman won the toss and elected to bat on a flat, glossy wicket that looked to offer consistent pace and bounce. 

King McElduff and newly appointed opener Jack “Fielding Yips” Colley strode out to bat, and I was confident that Colley had worked hard enough on his defence throughout the week not to miss another straight one (touch wood). 

MaxThe pair got off to a solid start, turning the strike over and managing to hit a bit of shine off the new ball. With the score on 40, Jack was caught (I was silently pleased that at least he got bat on ball this time) and the King followed soon after having compiled a steady 25. 

Max Newman keeps his eye on the ball 

Axel Cahlin, who is simply amazing, also managed a start before being trapped in front for 24 – I know Spratty shed a few tears for his fallen idol. 

Darren “Oi don’t you reckon that Anil Kumble flew under the radar as an international cricketer?” Jayesakera did indeed fly well under the radar in his innings of 11 , and two more wickets fell soon after as the Stags collapsed to be 6-89. 

However, some smart and controlled batting from Max Newman (47), aided by Charlie Stobo (18) and ‘4:20’ Blaize Irving-Holiday (11) allowed the Stags to present a reasonable total of 199 in the first innings. 

Credit to the skipper again for exemplifying the patience and control that is needed on a pitch like that one. With the same application from our middle and top order a mountain of runs will follow for the 2nd Grade batting line up in the near future. 

CubbySo, with a total of 199 on the board, the Stags looked to snag a few early poles in the remaining 20 or so overs of play on day 1. After a bit of confusion as to who was taking the first over, I respectfully allowed Blaize to open up down wind, in the hope that the Blaize Irving-Holiday we all love and cherish would rip through the opening pair with a torrent of bitter curse words muttered under his breath, or in some cases, said directly to the batsman’s face. 

Cubbage is making the most of his opportunities 

Charlie Stobo and his moustache managed to grab two cheeky wickets caught by the skipper and Spratty’s favourite player (Cahlin), while 2nd grade debutant Daniel “Skilbeck” Stickland took the 3rd for the afternoon. Thus, at the end of Day 1, Gordon were in a reasonable position with Fairfield standing at 3-79.

I was glad to arrive at Rosedale for the second day with a nice cool breeze and overcast conditions that favoured the bowling side that day. With two fresh batsmen at the crease, we were confident we could take 7 wickets and tie up the victory.

Fun fact: No bowler in history has won India more test matches than Anil Kumble. Darren?

BlaizeThe opposition batsmen started steadily, and formed a handy partnership that could have been dangerous for the Stags. However, the first wicket of the day fell with the score on 129, and then a steady stream of wickets continued into the second session. Blaize, Stobo and Stickland bowled good channels and lengths, and the opposition were finding it hard to score runs freely. 

Big bad Blaize ensures Charlie works up into the wind 

It became apparent that the game would be a close one, as the opposition slumped to 9-190, a tantalising 10 runs short of victory. Adam Cubbage was bowling extremely well (much like Anil Kumble in his 619-wicket test career), and had taken the last 3 wickets and was in search of his 5th for the day, and Blaize was still steaming in from the other end in an attempt to smash through the tail enders and ensure another Gordon win. 

However, the opposition number 11 came in with confidence and obvious experience, and managed to crash a few balls to the boundary and win the game for the Lions.

With the total chased, both captains decided the end the game then and there, with Fairfield taking the 6 points.

Another 20 or so runs in the Gordon innings might have been enough to ensure victory, but on the whole it was a performance that we should be proud of. Defending a total of 199 on a wicket like Rosedale’s was never going to be easy. Our bowlers were consistent throughout the day, and our fielding allowed us to stay in the game right down to the last wicket. Special mention to Max’s 47 and Adam Cubbage’s 4-32 off 16, and Axel Cahlin for, well, just being Axel. God bless him.

Charlie Stobo

3rd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

Kris ColleyThe morning of November 8th, clear blue skies and a wonderful batting wicket was revealing of a positive and fruitful mindset for the boys. However, this quite quickly changed as Reg lost the toss and we were sent into bowl on an absolute belter.

Kris Colley sets a good platform for the chase 

The early bowling was very tight and the Lions progress was slow. At tea the score was 3-90 and, when Matt “is that a plastic bag or snake” Keevers took his second wicket straight after the break, the Stags were on top. 

Although not indicative in his figures, Scott O’Brien’s spell was nothing short of a masterpiece and he most certainly deserved better figures. A ripper of a delivery to produce a stumping and shortly after a plum LBW meant Fairfield were struggling at 7-142. 

CarruthersA rearguard action slowly built the score and it looked like the Lions would possibly bat out the day. However, Pat “The Paddle-Pop Lion” Effeney took a good wicket and Will Calov took wickets off successive balls to see the innings end at 190. 

Tom Carruthers joins Kris in ensuring a good start in the Stags innings 

An extremely good effort from the boys considering the rock hard and flat condition of the pitch.

Kris Colley and Tom Carruthers saw off the final 4 overs with no loss and that ended Day 1.

November 15th, just as last week had, revealed a great batting wicket and a positive mindset by the boys - until Matt Keevers opened his mouth. The day, however successful, was constantly bust by an attempt at humour or a story in which Matt would describe how “loose” he got or how many “birds” he would smash. Does he run the Grade Cricketer twitter account?

CalovDespite this, the cricket was kicked off by a brilliant opening partnership of 63 from Kris and Tom before Tom was dismissed. Kris and Reg then added another 41 to take the score past 100. The Fairfield bowling was tight and the Stags batsmen were certainly made to work.

Photobomb? Will Calov knuckles down and does his role for the team 

I feel it is necessary to take a paragraph to describe what I would say, the pull shot of the century. Kris Colley looked extremely solid throughout his innings and had played elegantly, looking effortless in his strokes. Mid-way through the day, Kris received a short ball in which he dispatched to the long boundary in what seemed no longer then a second and no more than 5 metres high off the ground, also clearing the fence by a mile. The browsing crowd were astounded and let out gasps, “Oh my”, they said. Kris was then, not long after, dismissed for 59 by an excellent catch by the keeper. 

Matt Chamberlain fought hard and was dismissed just short of the total. However, it was the innings of Reagan Klemt that carried them home. He played several commanding cover drives on his way to 31no and the chase was completed 6 down. Another strong win by the boys.

Keep it up lads. I love winning.

Max Papworth

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Poidevin Gray vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2014/15

Poidevin Gray vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2014/15

Chris SprattAn exceptional start last week transitioned momentum gained last season into our current campaign. However, continuing our positive start was of paramount importance if we were to fulfil our goal of bettering last season and taking it a step further. 

Chris Spratt looks aerial. What's new?!? 

Although our new-found statistician Ben “watch out Poysden I’m gunning for your spot” Leighton pointed out a weak start from our opposition the previous week, we were careful not to let this information ensue overconfidence. 

Arguably the best part of PGs is the unique and engaging warm up, ensuring both mental and physical readiness for the day ahead. With the return of the Ger creating excitement amongst the group, we got stuck into the warm up featuring team specialities including the house, starfish and some collar bone massaging thing with a proper name that always escapes me.

Charlie StoboSo after some utilisation of Google’s predictive text, I found this: “Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.”

Charlie Stobo applies the pressure early 

So with a combination I'm going to call “myofascial visualisationary preparation”, or in other words our warm up, we were ready for action. Although we had the intent of batting first, we were always going to end up bowling. To this day, not one PGs game in the last two seasons has resulted in Gordon chucking on the pads first. So it was safe to say we were in our element, or where we felt most comfortable at least.

An exceptional start from Charlie and Jack saw early wickets for the Stags, alongside some poor bloke getting hit in the head. Although it was a good delivery, I especially can empathise with the guy. However he was soon sent on his way, and an early domination of Gordon was occurring.

Tight fielding, immaculate bowling and catching saw the score reduced to 5/20. However it was vitally important we were ruthless and continued the onslaught if we were to assert our dominance over the opposition. For some stage, we did this. With Charlie and Jack finishing with figures for 3-27 and 3-39 respectively relatively early in the game, it was important that the change bowlers continued the momentum. 

LiamAnd they certainly did. A welcome return for Nick Miller with 1-8 off 7 over, alongside Dan Stickland with 1-5 off 6, a stranglehold was definitely in place. However good batting from their lower order and a quick Chatswood outfield saw their total increase to all out for 141. 

Liam McElduff cuts a strong figure out in the middle of Chatswood 

Congratulations also goes to Ben Leighton with outstanding figures of 1-31 off his 10, backing up a superb performance the day before and in previous matches. Good things to come for you bud!

With 142 required, a calm run rate of under 3 was required for victory. 

However instructions from coach for everyone to play their natural game saw a steady start followed by an acceleration of boundaries. Credit goes to Liam (39) and Spratty (62) for an excellent start to see us lose our first wicket with most of the damage already done. A true display of potential and talent from these two, and plenty of good things to come in this space for the rest of the season.

Two cameos from Jack Colley and Darren saw us home with each of them finishing on 19 and 20 not out respectively. Gordon had chased the total in 24 overs, securing a bonus point and a continuation of an extremely good start for the boys. Hopefully we can kick on and continue these winning ways into Christmas. 

Cheers

Reagan Klemt

4th Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

Shayne LinThe fellas rocked up to Fairfield Park at 11:15, as per Shayne’s request. Nice. There was talk of a green pitch in the change rooms, it looked like we wanted to bowl. After having lost the toss (for a change, Shayne 0 & 4 for the season) we were bowling. 

Shayne 'Rin' Lin whips off the bails t0 give 'Lez' another pole 

The opening spell set the scene for the rest of the innings, Rob Barker appeared to be bowling grenades, the Lions opening bats couldn’t get him away leading to the first wicket, a quality, Knox boy, run out from Ben ‘Lez’ Leighton. Shortly there after with poles to Rob and yours truly the Lions were 3 for not many. The Stags were looking the goods. 

LeightonAs we continued to mount the pressure the wickets continued to tumble. After the opening onslaught followed up with strong support from Sam Watts, Lez bagged a magnificent 6 wickets haul. He bowled every ball in his repertoire, bamboozling the batsmen at will. The Lions were all out shortly after tea for 133. 

The boys congratulate 'Lez' on his wickets 

Mitch and Stan set about taming their attack, a solid partnership was brewing. With the score on 53, the mood in the change rooms was confident. But a mix up lead to a run out and an LBW shortly after had both openers enjoying our company for the rest of the afternoon. 

However, the strong opening partnership had wore the bowling down and set us a strong platform for the remainder of the chase. Nick Fagan and Aaron “Hair clip” or “Chesty” Crofts took us to stumps.

LeightonIn the car on the way to the ground for Day 2, ‘Ronny’ Crofts informed me that “today I will be wearing a hairclip” when he bats. After my complete, understandably, shock, horror and banter, he explained that his hair “was too long”, with embarrassed panic in his voice. 

And here is 'Lez' Leighton in action against the Lions 

Good thing his hair wasn’t in his eyes, because he copped a good nut first ball of the day and was out, caught, with nothing to blame. 

JOF was with us almost as quickly as his off peg cartwheeled half way to the boundary. Was there an all too familiar 4th Grade collapse pending? Sort of. 

We had stumbled to 5/80 as Nick was dismissed after lasting out several early overs. Shayne went out, and well, he smashed them around a bit for 26 before his stumps were rattled. As Adrian, Rob and Sam all accelerated us past the total we soon declared with a lead of 97 (first team red ink for the season). 

Sam WattsAs the Lions stumbled to 5/38 thanks to some great bowling from Rob and Sam, we figured we were in with a shot of an outright. 

Sam Watts accelerates the score towards the end and gives the boys a chance at outright points 

But after a rare Lez full toss, leading to a replacement ball being required, some of the sting went out of our ascendency, the new ball must have been a leftover ball from 1st Grade as it didn’t move the same as the initial ball. 

The Lions batted on reaching 6/117, with the close of play approaching stumps were pulled. 

A well earned win to the Stags, rutting beauty!

Harry Middlebrook

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