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Will Smith returns to the Stags for 2015/16

Will Smith returns to the Stags for 2015/16

Will SmithIt's been a big off-season for the Stags. You might not feel it yet, but with a changing of the guard at the committee level and new club coach to be signed, it seems only natural that we secure a big overseas name. For 2015/16, that name is Will Smith.

Arguably in the form of his career over the past 18 months, Smith will return to the Stags to bolster the 1st Grade batting with 2014/15 skipper Harry Evans looking for opportunities on the Apple Isle.

Most of the older Stags would be familiar with Smith's career at Durham, with the highlight being the 2008 and 2009 seasons, where he averaged above 50 and then captained the side to the title. 

Last year, Smith moved to Hampshire and it would be an understatement to say that he revelled in the move. He notched up his best season to date, making 1187 runs at 51.60 in the County Championship as Hampshire won Division Two.


Now well into the 2nd year of his contract, having earned a two-year contract extension, tying him to the Ageas Bowl until the end of 2017, Smith will also bring his off-breaks to the Stags T20 line-up. Last season he took 20 wickets to help the Hampshire county to a fifth-consecutive Finals Day - and boasted the sixth-best return in the competition.

Smith was deservedly named the 2014 Players' Player of the Year at the end of the season.

Will's first season with Gordon was in 2001, as an 18 year old, when his century in the final was major factor in getting the 3rd grade home. Since then he has been back twice, opening the batting for our 1st Grade side. The club welcomes back 'Aussie Will' and we certainly look forward to a dynamic season from Wilbur and a safe pair of hands in the cordon.

As our astute readers may have worked out by now, it appears Harry Evans won't be around our club full-time during 2015/16, as he looks to force his way into the Tasmanian side - although we are still very much looking forward to his contributions when he can.

With Will being our 1st Grade Pommie import for this season, it does unfortunately mean than the much-loved Josh Poysden won't be gracing our shores this coming season. It's no secret this webmaster has enjoyed watching Josh over the years - from the 2009/10 season when he began in 5th Grade and took 35 poles on his way to 2nd Grade, before his successful return in the 2013/14 season, taking 31 poles @ 28. 

Last season was unfortunately less fruitful for Josh, taking 22 wickets @ 38, with a handful more in the T20 matches.

We certainly hope Josh will return in seasons to come to take many more wickets at Chatswood Oval - and for Warickshire, where he took his 1st red-ball wicket for the side overnight.

But for now, all eyes will be on Will Smith. And we wish him all the very best.

Player Application Form

Player Application Form

Harry EvansAre you thinking of joining our great Gordon club for the 2015/16 season? 

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 in the past few years, the club is looking forward to a strong and improved season in 2015/16.

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.

There are plenty of fantastic initiatives in place at the club. We have great playing facilities, top class grounds, a great club atmosphere both on and off the field. Take your time and have a look around the website to find out more information.

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You can’t keep an old Stag down

You can’t keep an old Stag down

While we follow with great interest the performances, both here and overseas, of our current and recent Gordon players, spare a thought for a few of the ‘more senior’ former Gordon players who are still playing with great enthusiasm and skill.

John Dedman, representing Australia against England - Test Cap #50 

Many of our older members will remember John Dedman, a young fast bowler in the early 70’s, who played in the First Grade final against Western Suburbs in 1971-72 at the age of 19 (the unfortunate match where the great Gary Gilmour almost single-handedly demolished the Stags). 

John then suffered a serious shoulder injury which put paid to a most promising bowling career. However, several years later he fought his way back into First Grade as an opening batsman where he performed admirably. He was also the captain of the last Gordon team to win the Poidevin-Gray Shield, in 1974-75.

John and his family have lived in Bega for many years now but he has continued to play and administer cricket in the area (he has been the President of the Bega Cricket Association for quite a while). 

Over the past two years, he has also been a member of the Australian Over 60’s cricket team and has toured England and New Zealand. At present, he is in England playing against many of the County Over 60’s teams as well as a series of ‘Tests’ against England. In the ‘Test’ series, the score is 1-1, with the decider to be played this weekend. 

John Dedman sits along side the Gordon president in the 1974/75 PG's photo shoot.
Check out some of the other famous names in this team, including the scorer! 

Australia’s win in the second game was their first ever win against the English side (there are a huge number of English players who continue playing well after most Australians have thrown away their bats and boots and have developed the ability to talk a good game, rather than play it). 

John has established himself as one of the outstanding members of the Australian team, being the regular no.3 batsman. Let’s hope the Aussies are successful in the final match (NB. The English team is captained by the father of former England spinner, Graham Swann).

Well done, Dedders.

STOP PRESS - Australia defeat England to clinch the Test Series 2-1 - The following with apologies to the English website

After winning to toss and sending England out into the field, Australia’s openers Ian Pethcrick and Pat Logue survived the England seam attack. After 10 overs, the score was 30/0 and it wasn't until the 16th over that the first wicket fell. Petherick smashed one hard to square leg and England held a difficult chance. Soon after, Logue on 47 was run out after misjudging his partner’s call. 

By this time, England’s spinners were exerting a stronghold and at lunch England had bowled a remarkable 45 overs in 2 hours 15 minutes, with Australia 126/3. The very dangerous Phil Drescher was England’s main worry and he had already hit 2 ‘sighter’ fours when he attempted to one over the mid wicket boundary. He got about 85 yards there but was dismissed to a fine tumbling catch. Greg Quinn departed and left the score at 163/5 in 52. 

John Dedman stood his ground on a caught behind and received a free Test Match sledging from an infuriated Swann, but the very next ball, Dedman smashed it back at the Northants player who warmly showed him the way to the pavilion. 

At the crease now were Rex Bennett and Jimmy Quinn and with hindsight now batted very sensibly, although the England team were very content there were so many dot balls. These two put on 44 in 16 overs to take the score to 220 in over 72 when Martin skied one and Bennett, 44 off 72, was finally stumped. Australia were dismissed for 263, leaving England 80 overs to chase it down. 

The Australian and English sides before the second test 

First ball, Rex Bennett bounced Nigel Bloch who nearly hit it straight down fine leg throat. But it was 4-0. Bennett’s pace and variation was causing both batsmen immeasurable problems, but they pluckily kept hooking and cutting. Anything slightly off line was being despatched to the ropes. In over 10, a massive straight six off skipper Cooke caused a lost ball and the replacement provided, unknown to the England skipper, was a brand new Kookaburra.

Caunce continued attacking; however, having blasted 78 in 52 balls, he top edged spinner Jimmy Martin to fly slip, and from that moment onwards the game changed. Gordon spies have relayed that Caunce was dismissed for 0, but the keeper, Quinn, called him back, unsure of whether the ball bounced. What a great sport!

Phil Drescher removed Bloch and Swann in three balls, the latter to a superb slip catch by Dedman off an expansive drive. We Gordon folk can only imagine that Dedman would have restrained from a similar sendoff he received from Swann.

When Martin removed Steve Lynch trying to hit him over long on, caught Drescher at short third man, the game had changed beyond all recognition. England were 117-4 in 25 overs, but worse was to come for the hosts. Bennett then completely wrecked England’s hopes with Elder caught and bowled off a leading edge off the splice, Pearse lbw and Andrew lbw. 3 wickets in 8 balls. 

Ivill departed to another stunning slip overhead catch by Dedman. Plowman was bowled by a wicket keeper/seamer/spinner/fitness coach Greg Quinn, and it was all over bar the shouting.

England finally perished in the 51st over, with Kenyon lbw to Scott and Australia celebrated wildly as they had every right to do.

So England’s dominance of 10 wins and 1 tie, before last week’s defeat at Middleton and the decider at Sunbury, was finally over and a new era begins, as always happens in sport! 

In October 2016, England 60 have been invited back to Australia. Australia played effectively 20 matches in 26 days, incredible when you think about it for 60+ years old. Much, much fitter and conditioned than before, they have set a benchmark the England Selectors will be carefully looking at for the future. Quinn had them out warming up thoroughly and warming down---in every game---and this is something that has all but disappeared in 60’s cricket.

Congratulations to Colin Cooke and his very likeable team, too good in the decider, but beware a wounded Pom!!

GDCC Head Coach role

GDCC Head Coach role

Founded in 1905, the Gordon District Cricket Club (GDCC) has a proud history of producing competitive teams and players in the Sydney Grade Cricket competition. The clubs has four club championships, six 1st Grade and numerous lower grade premiership to its credit - including three in the last 3 seasons under our recently retired head coach. 

As well as its premiership successes, Gordon has produced a long list of representative players - including 19 Australian representatives and 37 NSW players.

Amongst these are some of the greatest names in Australian cricket including Charlie McCartney, Victor Trumper, Bert Oldfield, Neil Harvey, Brian Taber, Adam Gilchrist, Phil Emery, Matthew Nicholson and Beau Casson developing their cricket careers at Gordon.

The last few years have seen a number of experienced players retire and although we have a talented pool of young talent, performances in the past two years have been below the club’s expectation, a situation GDCC is keen to rectify.

Through a dedicated focus on developing local juniors, the GDCC has, and continues to attract, a talented playing group in excess of 90 cricketers, who are keen for future club and individual success.

GDCC is now seeking applications for the position of Head Coach for 3 years from the 2015/16 – 2017/18 seasons inclusive.
Please direct all inquires to in the first instance or Michael Cant on 0419 422 873.


Job Description 

The Head Coach is responsible for the following:
• Prepare the annual Cricket Program.
• Together with the Club Cricket committee, setting the overall coaching structure and resources, including appointment of assistant / specialist coaching roles. 
• Planning and implementing the training and coaching program for the six grade, Poidevin Gray, and High Performance Development Squads.
• Developing and implementing both pre season and in-season training programs.
• Identify the specific requirements of teams and individuals, and providing the coaching to enable those individuals to specifically target the areas identified
• Co-ordinating and managing the specialist and assistant coaches 
• Support first grade team preparation on match days. 
• Reporting to the Cricket Committee as to the progress of the playing group including significant issues; ongoing program planning; skill deficiencies; resource issues; facility issues.
• Liaising with the Selection Committee and team captains regarding selection and player performance.
• Regular direct liaison with players regarding their progress, areas of improvement, development of plans with specific skill coaches, utilising a 360 degree feedback format. 
• Liaising with CNSW with respect to GDCC players in their programs and ensuring, where possible, that GDCC players are given opportunity to obtain higher representative honours.
• Representing GDCC, where required, at various functions, media opportunities.
• Liaising with the GDCC Junior Development area to ensure strong linkages in coaching programs and player progression from junior squads to grade cricket.

Minimum Requirements:
• It is desirable that the candidate hold Level 3 Coaching Certificate with Cricket NSW/Australia
• Relevant coaching experience at grade and/ or junior elite squads
• Ability to build high performance team culture
• Strong people management skills
• Ability to lead a sporting club through change
• Demonstrated abilities to obtain results

This is a part time, fixed term role for 3 years (subject to satisfactory performance). Remuneration for the role will be discussed with the successful candidate.

This is an exciting opportunity to put your mark on the future success of our club and its talented players.

Please direct all inquires to in the first instance or Michael Cant on 0419 422 873.

Green Shield Trials Application Form 2015/16

Green Shield Trials Application Form 2015/16

Applications to be part of the Gordon Green Shield squad for 2015/16 are now OPEN. To apply for the trials, please fill in the electronic application form below and you will receive a response shortly. 

Trials and coaching sessions for the Gordon AW Green Shield team will take place in the coming months. Gordon has been very successful in this competition, reaching the finals over the past few seasons. The club is expecting another excellent performance and hoping for strong individual and team contributions in 2015/16.

The Green Shield competition is an under 16 competition and we will be considering squad members from the under 15s and 16s only. All under 13s and 14s are selected through our Junior Development Squad.  

In the past, the trials were split into two groups and conducted over four sessions. Further details of these sessions will be made available. These sessions are not just a selection trial but an opportunity for you (your son) to receive pre-season coaching. Applicants will be notified of the session times that they will be required to attend.

Please note that to be eligible, you must be able to attend trainings in Sydney and be under the age of 16 at 01 September 2015 (i.e. born on or after 01 September 1999).

We ARE NOT considering applications from overseas, unless you are moving to Sydney for the beginning of the program. If you are not, then please do not apply. 

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Chad Soper to play for PNG in World Cup qualifiers

Chad Soper to play for PNG in World Cup qualifiers

Chad Soper1st Grade fast bowler Chad Soper has been selected in the PNG squad to travel to the Netherlands, Ireland and the U.K to participate in the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament to be held in June / July.

That's pretty wicked news. Congratulations Chad!!

As the East Asia Pacific champions, the PNG Barramundis will have a 4 day game and 2 x ODI’s against the Netherlands and 4 x T20 games against two English County clubs in the U.K in June, before travelling to Ireland in July to play against Africa, Europe, Hong Kong, Ireland, Nepal and America in the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament.

51 matches will be played by the 14 nations in the qualifiers. The top 6 nations progress to the first qualifying round of the 2016 T20 World Cup where they will meet the 9th & 10th ranked Full Members (Bangladesh and Zimbabwe).

The 2016 T20 World Cup is due to be played in India in March next year.

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