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Charlie Stobo makes debut for NSW

Charlie Stobo makes debut for NSW

Charlie Stobo has started in his first match for NSW vs Adelaide in Adelaide on Monday 5th December. Charlie can now boast his father Richard’s achievement of playing for the NSW Sheffield Shield team.

Charlie in action against Blacktown this season

At the time of publishing the day/night match has started with NSW batting so Charlie has a target of getting 7 runs to better his dad’s highest score for NSW. More importantly Richard collected 8 wickets during his 6 first class and 2 List A matches for NSW with a best of 2 for 73. Richard played his first class cricket from 1989 to 1993.

Back in 2006 when Richard had made a comeback and was playing second grade, the webmaster took a photo of Richard bowling at Killara and within a half an hour a photo of Charlie bowling for his junior team in Chatswood. 

This was the result  

While Charlie had a stellar year last season being the highest wicket taker in the NSW Premier League, he will take a while to reach Richard’s 577 wickets for Gordon including 396 in First Grade.

Mathilda Carmichael in her Scorchers uniform

In another interesting piece of trivia, Charlie Stobo played in the Gordon Juniors in the same team as Mathilda Carmichael who has this season made her debut for the Western Australian Women’s team - the Western Fury as well as playing in the WBBL for the Perth Scorchers. In addition to the same team producing two first class cricketers, both Charlie and Mathilda received the Gordon Cricket Clyde Coltman Award in different years for their junior cricket achievements. It just goes to show how important the Gordon Junior awards are each season.

Good luck to Charlie for the start of your representative year and Mathilda in your debut season.

Paul Stephenson

GDCC Academy
Presidents Report - November 2016

Presidents Report - November 2016

November has been a lot tougher month for the club with games against strong clubs in St George and Sydney Uni. It is however a good barometer of where we sit in regard to our full season aspirations.  In November, 16 games were played, resulting in 9 wins and 7 losses. We are in the top six in 1sts, 2nds, 4ths, 5ths and Colts and coming 3rd in the club championship.

Elliot Richtor against St. George

Interestingly there was only one century scored in November, after nine being scored in the first 4 rounds, that being Elliot Richtor’s outstanding 122 against St George in Round 5.There’s a message here for players, playing against stronger teams means better quality bowling and more concentration required to convert starts into centuries. This is clearly an area of focus for the rest of the season.

On the bowling side we have had plenty of good performances in November, with Rahul Krishna  6 for 65, Matt Keane 5 for 26, Scott O’Brien 5 for 36, Matt Wright 5 for 37 and Lachie Stewart 5 for 43 being the leading performers.

I would like to make special mention of Elliot Richtor and Steve Colley who both reached a great milestone of 5000 runs for the club during the month. They both came to our club as very young up and coming cricketers and have worked their way through the grades to become dominant 1st grade bats. It shows to all the young players at the club playing lower grades that you can achieve what they have, if you work hard. It shows to me the value of grade cricket allowing players to develop into top line cricketers. It takes a while and you need patience (just ask Ells and Steve) but it is definitely achievable.

Charlie Stobo at Chatswood

One of the goals of our club is to assist our players to go on and achieve elite level representation. So as President, I am extremely proud that Charlie Stobo has been selected to play in his initial 1st class match for New South Wales in Adelaide. It is richly deserved and he now follows in the foot-steps of another Gordon legend, in his dad Richard who also represented New South Wales. Congratulations Charlie, well done.

Also this week two of our players in Axel Cahlin and Josh Doyle represent New South Wales Metropolitan and Northern Territory in the Australian Under 19 championships. Congratulations to both of you and we also wish you well over the next week and a half. We will be closely following your achievements.

Reagan Klemt in action at T20 day

Yesterday we hosted a T20 double header at Chatswood Oval in conjunction with a Sydney Sixers fan day. Even though our two last over losses were disappointing, it was definitely a great day for the club. At around lunch there were probably close to 500 people at the ground and it was great to see so many volunteers assisting on the day including a number of the playing group that helped at the canteen and were involved in the coaching of the young children during the break. I would like to thank Sydney Sixers for their support and especially to Peter Klemt, Tim Cubbage, Peter Smith and Tony Middlebrook and all our other volunteers for their great work during the day.

It was also great to see some of our club legends in Dick Guy, Phil Emery, Rowan McGregor all the way from England and Graham Mackie from Yamba all enjoying the day. We of course had all our regular supporters there as well. A number of people mentioned to me what a great atmosphere it was at Chatswood so thank you to all who contributed to the day.

Geoff Hickman


Who said batting first was best?

Who said batting first was best?

It’s not often that a club bats first in all six grades as happened this round.  Unfortunately, in most grades, Gordon were confronted with very disciplined Penrith attacks and found difficulty putting together big scores.  Quite a few starts but Corbin Edgar’s 80 was the top score.  Dave Monaghan (74 in 5ths), Mitch Kleem (66 in 4ths), Jory Cureton (66 in Colts) and Steve Colley (65 in 1sts) also got amongst the runs.

Axel in action at Howell

1st Grade

After the loss of an early wicket, Axel Cahlin and Steve Colley both batted very well before Axel fell for a very well compiled 54. After losing another wicket Tym Crawford joined his captain and together they got the score to 179, both making important contributions. Unfortunately we then lost 3 wicket for 3 runs and soon the Stags found themselves 8-199 before Dan Smith, Matt Junk and Chad Soper fought a good rearguard action to take the score to 265.  A little below par but runs on the board.

Gordon 265 (Steve Colley 65, Axel Cahlin 54, Tym Crawford 40, Dan Smith 40) vs Penrith.

2nd Grade

2nds struggled at Chatswood against a very accurate Penrith attack, losing wickets consistently. They slumped to 7-75 before Corbin Edgar and Anand Verma came together and showed good resolve. They put on 98 and turned the game around somewhat. Unfortunately, the last 3 wickets fell fairly quickly but it was a lot better than it might have been.  Corbin’s 80 was a standout while Anand and Will Phillips played handy knocks.

Will Phillips at Chatswood

Penrith lost two early wickets and hopes were high but the next two batsmen played well and have taken Penrith close to the Stags’ score.

Gordon 182 (Corbin Edgar 80, Will Phillips 30, Anand Verma 28) vs Penrith 2-150.

3rd Grade

Gordon lost two wickets immediately before Jamie Bekis and Tom Hamblin added 41.  Unfortunately, from there it was all downhill.   Of the remaining batsmen, only Michael Roberts could make any sort of contribution as the Stags collapsed to be all out for 127.  Jamie batted well for his 39, but was sadly unsupported.

Jack Skilbeck took 2 quick wickets to at least give Gordon a glimmer of hope and Pat Rice took a late one as Penrith finished on 3-49.  Still game on with the slow outfield but it will be tough.

Gordon 127 (Jamie Bekis 39, Michael Roberts 24) vs Penrith 3-49 (Jack Skilbeck 2-11).

4th Grade

4ths won the toss at Killara and batted. A wicket fell immediately but Mitch Kleem was all aggression, blasting the attack all around the field. He shared a brilliant century stand with Liam McElduff before being dismissed for a sparkling 66. Liam also batted very well for his 45. 

Mitch Kleem during his 66

Hugh Sherwood and Nick Andreou both made handy contributions but wickets were falling and there was a chance that the Gordon innings would fall short of what should have been an excellent score.  Nick Prell and Charlie Booth came together and both hit the ball very hard, ensuring a solid total.  All out 294 was a solid tally but a number of the batsmen left a lot of runs out there.  At least one of them really needed to go on and get a big score.

Penrith were 0-12 in the five overs remaining, setting up an interesting second day.

Gordon 294 (Mitch Kleem 66, Nick Prell 48, Liam McElduff 45, Hugh Sherwood 41, Charlie Booth 40, Nick Andreou 27) vs Penrith 0-12.

We have a nomination for best afternoon tea for 2016. Paula Booth has outdone herself.

5th Grade

5ths won the toss and batted but were in trouble early, losing their first 4 wickets for 33.  A couple of small contributions followed but the Stags found themselves at 7-115 and in real trouble.  Then, for the second game in a row, Dave Monaghan and Sam Watts came together and rescued Gordon. Their partnership took the score to something respectable and the innings finished at 204.

In reply, a direct hit run out and wicket to Vikrant Nehru saw Penrith finish at 2-53 and the game evenly poised. Gordon will need to play well next week, and particularly do the ‘little things’ well – too many free runs given to Penrith in the last hour.

Gordon 204 (Dave Monaghan 74, Sam Watts 39) vs Penrith 2-53.


Manus Chauchan in action

The Colts were sent in by Penrith on a lively Beauchamp wicket.  They started well with the openers adding 30 before Jory Cureton and Fraser Wilson demonstrated excellent skills as they began to take the game away from Penrith.  Fraser was out for a classy 41 while Jory was very effective, hitting the loose ball hard in his 66.  Skipper Aaron Crofts struck a brisk 38 and then Manus Chauhan and Oliver Iles-Mann, in his first game for the club, played great cameos.  Gordon were able to declare and give Penrith an uncomfortable 4 overs to play out.  Jory continued his good form by snaring a wicket to put Gordon in a great position.

Gordon 9dec 263 (Jory Cureton 66, Fraser Wilson 41, Aaron Crofts 38, Oliver Iles-Mann 35) vs Penrith 1-9.

2nd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

2nd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

On Day 1 the Gordon boys arrived at a flat Sydney University Oval for their round 6 fixture. The match was an important one as the boys unfortunately lost the previous round to a strong St George side. With the boys wanting to make amends for the previous round we knew we would have to execute all three disciplines well coming up against an always strong Sydney University opponent.

The weekly pre match football was very competitive as it always is with the top six taking on the bottom five. The top order bats have been winning most weeks, however, this week the bowlers managed to keep it to a well earned hard fought draw. Good stuff bottom five!

Scotty O'Brien in fine form!

Now to the cricket! 

Captain Max Newman won the toss and elected to bat on a typical flat Sydney Uni wicket with openers Cameron New and Scott O’brien putting on 40 for the first wicket. The boys played the opposition opening bowlers well, leaving many deliveries outside off stump and making the bowlers bowl to them. 

The boys had to work hard for their runs as the usual quick outfield wasn’t so quick with balls stopping just short of the fence numerous times, with many 2’s and 3’s being run. Unfortunately Newy was bowled after looking good for his 14. I’m quite sure a big score is right around the corner for Cameron as he has been looking better and better each week I have seen him bat. Josh Doyle came and went for 9 unfortunately getting ‘Burnsed’ caught down the leg side. 

Regan Klemt and Scott O’brien then steadied the ship to get the Stags’ to lunch at 2-70. During the first session Scott did a wonderful job negotiating the Uni bowlers and put the bad balls away. He brought up his fifth fifty of the season and gave his customary thumbs up to the boys. Well done Scott! 

Mr Dan Smithers playing fluently all over the ground.

Unfortunately early in the second session Scott got a peach of a delivery that bounced steeply on a length which he edged through to the keeper for a well compiled 56. Regan also unfortunately edged a ball to their 1st slip who took a good catch. If only he’d managed to nick it to their second slip who was having a nightmare of a day putting down several chances! 

This left the boys in a dangerous position with the score placed at 4-100. 

The Stags needed it’s all-rounders to stand up and dig us out of a hole and that’s exactly what Dan Smith and Will Phillips did putting on 75 for the fourth wicket. They both batted patiently for most of the second session as well as both being aggressive towards their young spinner.

Will Phillips scored his highest score of the season so far, unfortunately hitting a full toss straight to the fielder for 40. After tea, Thompson came and went, and the set batsman Smith nicked off to the first slip for a classy 44. Skipper Max Newman and our PNG all- rounder Chad Soper dug us out of another hole and helped us post the respectable total of 270 at the end of the day. They batted for most of the final session putting on 54 with Max producing a stubborn captain’s knock of 39 and Chad making 31 respectively. 

Day 2 brought with it newly formed pre match soccer teams changed; ‘the nerds’ vs ‘the julios’ it was always going to be a competitive match. Skipper Max Newman was the leader of ‘the nerds’ and Will Phillips was appointed captain of ‘the julios’ for his overall good looking appearance and his ability to ‘alpha’ the rest of us on the soccer field. However, ‘the nerds’ stuck it to their superiors and won quite comfortably 3-1! Well done nerds!

Chad Soper was well and truly unchained for the Stags.

We had a game plan to bowl good areas and to be patient. Dan Smith (0-23 off 12) and Chad Soper (1-36 off 14) opened up and bowled good channels with both bowlers unfortunately having chances go down in the slips. This has been a problem area for us so far this season and will no doubt be looking to improve it as the season progresses. 

Smith and Soper bowled without luck as the students’ batsmen batted very patiently defending and leaving lots of deliveries. They were starting to settle into a nice partnership and their shots were racing along the quicker outfield on day two. 

Dan ‘Mr Reliable’ Stickland (2-41 off 17) was brought into the attack and had success again quite quickly as their opener managed to nick one behind to Newman. The students’ experienced batsman Hay and Miller put on 63 for the second wicket before the students had a collapse to go from being 1-21 to 5-107. 

This collapse was hugely thanks to Regan ‘Faf’ Klemt, or ‘Faf du Reeg’ who had the important task of working on the ball all day to make sure our bowlers could utilise the important skill of reverse swing. The Stags then were able to apply lots of pressure by bowling in tight areas and minimise the student’s scoring opportunities. 

Scott O’Brien (2-38 off 14.1) was able to control an end with his much improved leg-spin, whilst we attacked at the other end with the quicks. This enabled us to get the remaining wickets comfortably and bowl a strong Sydney University side out for 196.

Dan Stickland struggles to put a foot wrong this season, keep it going!

Gordon taking a well earned 6 points from the game gets our season back in the right direction after our loss the previous round, winning 5 out of 6 matches thus far this season. 

The boys are really gelling together as a group and want to win games of cricket together but also enjoy each other’s success. 

Next round, we take on the always competitive Penrith at home at Chatswood. 

If we aim to produce solid performances like we have so far this season I have no doubt we can beat any team in the competition and give it a red hot crack of playing finals cricket.

Sam Baker

Riboni Constructions
5th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

The strength of the club this year has provided a level of confidence and belief that even at this point in the season we should see ourselves going deep into the finals. However, as warned by our wise skipper there is a fine line between confidence and cockiness; we should not look too far ahead and concentrate on the match at hand. 

We knew coming into this match that the students will provide a test and somewhat of a benchmark for where the season may lead us.

Dave providing a juicy innings (66) and match report
Having won the toss, the temptation to unleash the gravy train of Jack and Mitch was too mouth-watering to resist particularly on a Beauchamp wicket that always plays true. 

We were not disappointed. With plenty of gravy to go around and added elbow, Jack led the charge with his accustomed ‘take no prisoners’ attitude towards the opening bowlers, including a crisp, crackling-like, six over the bowler’s head so sweet there was almost no sound off the bat. The score running at a casual 6+ per over, Jack reached a well-deserved 50.

Unfortunately, Jack's meal ended there but a confident start for the team at 1/81.

7 runs later, Mitch (34) was unlucky having smoked a ball to cover whose hands probably felt like he pulled the roast out of the oven without any mits.

Harry, as always, turned up the heat and burnt a few students
From this point, starts were made but unfortunately the next few wickets were like picking meat of the bone but not really satisfying the appetite, and Nick turned JOF back mid-pitch as though he forgot the spoon for the gravy. 

I’m sure despite the fact that we’re making a name for our side in putting on a mean spread for tea, there was a feeling of frustration that people missed out on the platter that is the Beauchamp wicket.

Having batted only once before this season and entering at 6/150, there were nerves for there was plenty of work to do but also much to sink my teeth into. Starting out very sketchy like not knowing which fork to use at a formal dining, it was comforting to have three-tone Burk (36) and later Swat (34*) to build both solid partnerships of 52 and 91. 

With a few niggling muscle issues and cramps (clearly not enough salt being added to the meal), a call for water came with a message from the skipper if we get above 300 we’ll declare and have a few bites at the students before stumps. A couple overs later I was out for a tasty 66, a declaration at 9/308, and 3 overs to bowl.

Some succulent wickets for Prell got the Stags going 
With the two angry fast bowlers of Prell and Harry to fire up the oven, compound this with the fuel of the chirp lead by Jack and Lachy, it was almost inevitable for a student to get burnt and sure enough Prell scorched a pad for LBW. The day ended at 1 for 6 and we had a week to salivate.
We were looking for much the same heat in day 2 and Prell again led the charge with two consecutive wickets, one of which was an absolute jaffa; the batsmen shouldering his arms thinking the ball was well outside off only to watch the ball in dismay tacking middle stump.

At 3/10, the Stags were hungry for more. Unfortunately, we were asked to wait as a 124-run partnership stifled our appetites.

Another good spread for tea did the trick, with Harry taking a well-deserved wicket and breaking the 124-run feast. Hoping wickets would flow like gravy, the Beauchamp wicket played true and to Uni’s credit, they played a measured game proving they’ll be bringing their dessert spoons later in the season.
Lachy Stewart definitely brought the gravy with 5 poles 
There may have been some thoughts creep into minds thinking with little overs remaining in the day, we all may go home with empty stomachs. However, fuelled with nothing but top-shelf products, Lachy provided the missing spice and bagged a Michelle in a spell.
All out for 256 and winning by 52 runs, it was a tough and gritty win like a steak without gravy. 

Fortunately, we came prepared with our own and in the words of Burk we must bottle this … for the coming games, particularly against ladder leaders Penrith at Rance Oval next week.

Dave Monaghan 

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

Looking to make amends on the past week, the gentlemen from Gordon arrived at Killara Oval under the new captaincy of Pat Effeney, who impacted the team early with arguably the best warm up of the year. 

Losing his first toss however, we were sent in to bat and young Effeney retreated to the sheds for his first of many planned cups of tea.

Unfortunately, before he could finish his cup we were putting the creams on and heading out to have a bowl, Nick Miller smoking a few boundaries for a well made 30 in the final total of 108.

Anand getting thrown the ball earlier then expected on Day 1.

After seeing the tricks in the pitch coupled with the enthusiasm from an earlier warm up, confidence was still at a reasonable level.

And we might just leave Day 1 there…

Day 2 started in a similar way to day 1 with a sharp warm up following a declare from the Students. The innings that followed however was vastly different to the one in the previous week. 

Shayne Lin and Steve Bristow started off well and set the theme for the day. Jamie followed Bristow’s lead in developing a base for Shayne who finished with a very well made 61 to put the team at 3 for 122.

Paddy as always toiled hard for the Stags!

Corbin was the rock for the majority of the innings hitting a dominating 72 that well supported by Cubby for a strong 33 that really helped the innings through the middle overs where we have previously lacked in past games. 

At the end of innings, the final score was 7 for 274, with all batsmen playing a role in staying at the crease to ensure that there weren’t any collapses which have become all to common within the 3rd grade batting innings. The second innings left the Students heading to the change rooms with a sense of defeat in their second dig at us.

On a lighter side, the performance on the second day has provided a lot of confidence for the side going into the next round against a strong Penrith outfit.

Mick "Sideshow Bob" Roberts

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