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2014/15 Pre-Season Training details

2014/15 Pre-Season Training details

Damon LivermoreWe know it is still winter, but that hasn't stopped the cricket committee from finalising the details of this years pre-season training and trials. We've listened to you all and have changed up how the pre-season will be run. So check out the information below and count down the days until you (have to) see your 'cricket mates' again!

One of Gordon's most prolific run-scorers, Damon Livermore 

To gain more quality time for all players, we've split our initial pre-season sessions into two groups. Session 1 is for all players that finished playing 4th Grade and lower. They will participate in the earlier session times below. Session 2 is for all players that finished playing 3rd Grade or higher and they will participate in the later session. All new players please come to the earlier session, unless otherwise advised.

  • Sunday 10th August: Session 1 @ 1pm - 3pm. Session 2 @ 2.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Sunday 17th August: Session 1 @ 1pm - 3pm. Session 2 @ 2.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Sunday 24th August: Session 1 @ 1pm - 3pm. Session 2 @ 2.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Sunday 31th August: Session 1 @ 1pm - 3pm. Session 2 @ 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Riverview Junior School grounds is the location for these initial sessions and their website is here: Turn right before you enter the main school gate on Riverview Rd and then the grounds are located approximately 800m up on the right, with parking in College St South or off Riverview Rd. All nets are synthetic, thus no sprigs.

After these sessions, we move to Chatswood Oval, with turf decks and combine both sessions into one. The times for these sessions are as follows:

  • Saturday 6th September @ 8:45am - 12 noon
  • Saturday 13th September @ 8:45am - 12 noon
  • Saturday 20th September @ 8:45am - 12 noon

At the same time, we begin our regular mid-week practices at Chatswood. The times for these sessions are as follows:

  • Tuesday 2nd September and Thursday 4th September from 4pm
  • Every Tuesday/Thursday until end of March 2015, with 4.30pm start in daylight savings

Along with these sessions, there will also be some trial games as detailed below. But before we get that far, we've two important announcements.
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So, our trial matches are listed below:

  • Saturday 13th September @ Killara Oval. Green Shield trial @ 12 noon - TBC
  • Sunday 14th September @ Killara Oval. Grade trial @ 10am - TBC
  • Saturday 20th September@ Killara Oval. Higher Grade centre wicket @ 8.30am.
  • Saturday 20th September @ Killara Oval. Trial game @ 12 noon.
  • Sunday 21st September @ Killara Oval. 1st Grade trial game @ 9:30am.
  • Sunday 21st September @ Beauchamp or Turramurra. Lower Grade trial @ 9:30am - TBC.

And the date you've all been waiting to add to your calendars, Round 1 commences Saturday 27th September. As usual, the day of the AFL Grand Final.

Let's get 2014/15 off to a flying start

Tony Wilson

Hamish Angus becomes a dual Catchpole medalist

Hamish Angus becomes a dual Catchpole medalist

For most, once would be a dream. But for Hamish Angus, once wasn’t enough. The ex-Stag and current Warringah Rugby Club flyhalf has been voted Shute Shield Player of the Year for 2014 – for the second time in three years.

Hamish is all smiles after receiving the Catchpole Medal and Fay trohpy 

This was all the more impressive considering that he was sidelined for the 2013 season with a broken collarbone during the opening rounds.

As Eastwood took out the grand final against Southern Districts, Hamish Angus etched his name alongside Scott Fava, Mark Catchpole and David Lucas to become the fourth player to win the Ken Catchpole Medal more than once.

On 24 points, Hamish was six points clear of Manly’s Harry Bergelin, picking up the Roscoe Fay trophy for the season’s highest point scorer - thanks to his side’s try-scoring performances and his accuracy with the boot.


Under 21 Academy & PGs squad - 2014/15

Under 21 Academy & PGs squad - 2014/15

Nick MillerThe 2014/15 season is about to begin in earnest, with training already in full swing. The GDCC selectors wish to announce that the following players have been chosen as part of the Under 21 Academy and PG's squad for 2014/15 season:

1) Liam McElduff
2) Chris Spratt
3) Jack Colley
4) Axel Cahlin
5) Reagan Klemt
6) Darren Jayasekera
7) Nick Miller
8) Max Papworth
9) Charlie Stobo
10) Jack Skilbeck
11) Scott Burkinshaw
12) Dan Stickland
13) Tom Carruthers
14) Corbin Edgar (when fit)
15) Matt Keevers
Chris Spratt16) Lachie Mactier
17) Ben Leighton

Lachlan Borg and Dom Thomson are both unavailable due to injury.

Josh Poysden will reprise his role as coach, with the manager to be confirmed. The selectors reserve the right to add any other player to the squad as the season progresses


The highlight this year will undoubtedly be the greater involvement of Mark O'Neill in the Under 21 and PGs program, with one-on-one specialist batting coaching at Mt Kuringai. Matt Nicholson will also be involved in specialised bowling coaching sessions and Trevor Chappell is a new addition to the coaching panel for fielding and conditioning sessions.

SticklandWe have lost only two of last years PGs side and on paper we have a really strong squad. They will have the added advantage of having that experience of playing and performing exceptionally well together last season. 

Nick Miller, Chris Spatt and Dan Stickland during the 2013/14 season 

Now it is purely up to this squad to now perform to their undoubted ability. There is a close bond within this squad and they have added at their request a team building/bonding event that they will run.

PGs Draw - All matches are 50 overs:

Round 1: Sun 26th October
Round 2: Sun 9th November
Round 3: Sun 30th November
Round 4: Sun 7th December
Round 5: Sun 14th December
Round 6: Sun 11th January
Qual. Final: Sun 18th January
Semi Final: Mon 26th January
Grand Final: Sun 8th February

PGs Coaching & Social sessions:

Mark O'Neil specialist batting (2 players each night) - Mt Kuringai
8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 29th, 30th September, 20th, 21st October, 1st, 2nd December - 7 to 8pm

Matt Nicholson specialist quick bowling - Chatswood - inc. Under 19 invitees
25th September(inc. fielding with Trevor Chappell) - 4 to 6pm, 9th October - 4 to 6pm, 19 October - 10am to 1pm, 11 December (inc. Trevor Chappel) - 5 to 7 pm

Team building event - 5 October - TBA

T20 Game - Combined U19 & U21 academies - 12 October - 10am to 2pm - Ground TBA

50 over Game - Colley XI vs Crawford XI - 9 December - 9am to 1pm - Killara Oval

Tony Wilson

On behalf of the selectors.

Poysden debuts for the Bears

Poysden debuts for the Bears

PoysdenOur much-loved overseas player, Josh Poysden, has had a fantastic ‘off-season’ over in the UK. Having played a number of matches in the Warwickshire 2nd XI side, Josh got a call up for the senior side in his first Twenty20 match against Leicestershire.

Many Stags would be familiar with Josh’s history, born in Sussex and playing 2nd XI cricket there before heading getting his First Class debut with Cambridge MCCU. 

Any many Stags would be familiar with the obligatory tongue in every photograph! 

After last summer with us, Josh was invited to trial with Warwickshire and made a good start in his Twenty20 debut, helping the Bears (not the North Sydney variety!) across the line and into the quarter finals with 0/26 from his 4 overs. Fortunately he didn’t have to bat! Varun Chopra’s 72 from 57 balls was enough.

After the first-choice spinner, Paul Best, was sidelined with a back injury, Josh retained his place in the side to play his first List A (50 over) match for the Bears against Middlesex at Lords. He took 2/49 from 9 overs including the wickets of Eion Morgan and Neil Dexter with a ripping leg-break.

After retaining his place in the side, he followed this up with a tidy 8 over 1/31 in the following match against Sussex in a thumping victory after Chopra’s 111 again meant we didn’t get to witness Poysden’s prowess with the willow.

PoysdenWe’re not sure if Warwickshire had seen something that Sparky hadn’t, but Poysden’s next match, against Durham, saw him strap on the pads at No. 9 and then be dismissed shortly after by Australian international John Hastings.

Yep, there it is again as he supports his side in their run chase  

Unfortunately for Josh and his side, they copped a bit of a pasting and his 1/52 from 7 didn’t stem the tide, despite dismissing keeper/batsman Phil Mustrard.

Josh was on the receiving end in the two overs he bowled against Somerset, as were most of his teammates, as they slumped to a 100+ run defeat. Despite giving up a position in the batting order, Poysden remained not out as the team were dismissed for 181. They didn’t get a chance to rectify this against Kent, as the English summer showed its true grey colour and the match was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

In a rain shortened match against Surrey, the Bears set a target of 218 from 33, with Poysden picking up the final wicket to restrict Surrey to 153. In the last couple of days, Warwickshire played Glamorgan in yet another shortened match. Josh wasn’t playing in this game, but hopes to get back for the remaining games of the competition.

Poysden and his folksUnfortunately for Josh, he wasn’t selected for the Bears’ Twentty20 quarterfinal against Essex, but with a win in that game, he’s still in line for a semi-final appearance on 23 August at home against Surrey. We’ll all be following closely!

Josh and his folks reflect on a successful debut 

In an interview with the BBC, Josh said that he would love his surprise rise into Warwickshire’s first-team squad to be a step along the path to a full-time contract with the Bears – which he admits, and we all know, would be a “dream come true”.

“Since I was four or five all I ever wanted to do was be a professional cricketer, so I am really thankful for the opportunity I have had so far at Warwickshire. Hopefully, if I can keep on pressing, all the hard work will pay off and I will achieve my childhood dream.”

Warwickshire would be well served if Josh could continue to develop strongly to be good enough to ultimately take over from Jeetan Patel as number one in the role for the Bears. Wouldn’t we all love to be sitting back at the SCG watching this English cricketer plying his difficult art of leg-spin bowling in an Ashes test on the world stage.

“I think there are only five front-line contracted leggies in the country,” Poysden said. “It’s a rare art and a difficult one but hopefully I can make it six."

We all do too, Josh. We all do too.


Just recently Steve Hollis from The Argus reported on "Poysden's shock after rapid rise up the ranks". You can read the article here: The Argus Article

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Player Registration Form 2014/15

Player Registration Form 2014/15

At the GDCC, we try to do everything online, making it as easy as possible for our players. Therefore, registration is online version to make it quicker for you to complete all the details. Every player must complete this form to be registered to play for the Gordon District Cricket Club.

If you are a new player, and haven't completed the New Player Form, click here and then please wait to hear back from the club officials before filling in this form.

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(b) declare that you have obtained permission from the Sydney Cricket Association to represent Gordon District Cricket Club, if you have represented any other Grade or Shires club previously this season;

(c) undertake and agree that you will not hold Gordon District Cricket Club or the Sydney Cricket Association responsible for any injury or accident you may suffer as a result of taking part in a match, or attending practice activities conducted by the club and that you will not make any claim or take any action against the club or the Sydney Cricket Association to recover any loss or expense incurred by you as a result of any such injury or accident;

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Please feel free to fill in the details below and submit the form to the GDCC if you feel you are capable of playing grade cricket in one of our teams this coming season. We will contact you shortly regarding your inquiry and when the first practice sessions will be. We look forward to having you on board this season.

With a number of sides going deep into the finals, the club is looking forward to another strong season in 2014/15.

There will be announcements soon regarding the continuation of our excellent coaches for the coming season and you can rest assured they will be the best batting and bowling coaches in the competition.

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