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Reg Black - we salute you

Reg Black - we salute you

The news of a Military Cross was usually received with great pride by the Anzac Mounted Division, however on August 19, 1917, the despatch was received one hour after the news that Lieutenant Reg Black had died from wounds received the day before while on patrol near Um Urgan in Palestine.

Reg was buried at the Rafa Military Cemetery and was the 4th Gordon cricketer to die in the war. One hundred years later we commemorate one of our decorated fallen cricketers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Reg Jr. was born in Sydney on 4 July 1885, the son of the Hon Reginald James Black, a Director of the Bank of NSW and the first President of the Gordon District Cricket Club. He would remain in that role until his death in 1928 and is still to this day the longest serving president of the club.

Reg Jr. Was educated in his senior school years at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School, North Sydney. However, he had spent a lot of his childhood in Mudgee where his father represented the district as a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly. It was here he gained his expertise as a horseman. Reg played several games for Gordon in its City and Suburban team in 1905 and 1906 before he left Sydney to live near Boggabri, having bought Jeralong Station in the Liverpool Plains district of Northern NSW.

He enlisted on 14 December 1914 in the 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment.

The following announcement was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 17 December 1914:

Mr. Reginald Black, owner of Jeralong estate, Boggabri, a son of Mr. R.J. Black MLA, has set a splendid example to the young men of means in this State by volunteering for the front as a trooper in the 6th Light Horse Regiment. Advices received yesterday from Boggabri stated that the residents were disappointed that they were unable to give him a send-off on account of his sudden departure from the district to go into camp. Mr. Black is a fine rider and a good bushman and has taken from Boggabri a fine well-bred horse, the gift of a neighbour.He is a native of Sydney, 26 years of age, and was educated at the Church of England Grammar School, North Sydney. Mr. Black is an enthusiastic cricketer and is unmarried.

Having prepared for the war in Sydney with the 6th Light Horse Regiment, Reg certainly would not have envisaged arriving at Gallipoli to play the role of an infantry private only a few months later. With the numbers of trained soldiers severely reduced by the losses at Gallipoli, the Anzac Mounted Division, who had been sent to fight on the Eastern Front in Palestine, found themselves in the thick of the action at Gallipoli without their horses.

Reg actually arrived in Gallipoli on the night of the death of Fred Easton, a tragic example in this case of how the paths of the Gordon cricketers crossed during the war. Reg’s 6th Light Horse Regiment were involved in many of the famous battles at Gallipoli, however, ironically Reg was put in charge of a machine gun section of thirty-five men from the 6th Light Horse, whose job it was to cover the evacuation of the final infantry and artillery battalions and then make a dash themselves.

As history shows, Alan Bruce was in the first wave which arrived on that fateful day in April, while Reg Black was in the final boats to leave the shores of Anzac Cove. One wonders what Reg were thinking as his boat pushed off and he looked back at the pock-marked countryside where 8,000 Australian had died with effectively nothing to show for it.

After the Gallipoli Campaign, Reg and his fellow light horse troops would have expected at least a brief rest in Egypt. However, mounted men were urgently needed to fight within The Sinai and Palestine Campaigns, in the Middle Eastern theatre of the war, which were fought between the British and the Ottoman Empires supported by the German Empire.

A letter from Reg Black Senior enquiring about his son's dislocated shoulder

Reg and his 6th Light Horse saw action throughout this campaign including the Battle of Romani which was fought between the 3 to 5 August 1916 against a joint Ottoman and German force. They had marched across the Sinai in a final attempt to defend their hold on the Suez Canal which they had held since January 1915. Reg Black and the 6th Light Horse were immediately into the action, taking up a position at 4am on 4 August on Wellington Ridge in the firing line of the Turkish forces. They held their position against the full force of the Turkish offensive before slowly retreating. This ultimately proved to be a decisive factor in the battle. The war diary notes of the Anzac Mounted Division identified the role Reg and his troops played in this battle:

The advance with the 6th Light Horse Regiment on the right, the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment on the left, and the 7th Light Horse Regiment in reserve was carried out with spirit and energy pressing forward to within 500 yards of the enemy’s position. Constant pressure was maintained upon the enemy until dusk and considerable casualties were inflicted by machine gun and rifle fire at close range. At dusk the Brigade was ordered to return to Et Maler for supplies and water for horses, some of the horses having been without water for forty hours.

For his gallantry, Reg Black was Mentioned in Despatches by General Sir AJ Murray, Commander-in-Chief of the Egypt Expeditionary Forces. Unfortunately, while on patrol on the outskirts of El Arish on 22 February, he fell from his horse and dislocated his shoulder. He was taken to the unit hospital at Kantara and then later to a hospital in Cairo for further treatment. He didn’t return to the frontline until 4 April 1917.

On the night of 30 July, Reg Black was faced with a situation that would clearly define what we already know about the character of this fine Australian. For his actions, Reg received the Military Cross. The citation read:

Regiment: 6th Light Horse Regiment Brigade:

2nd Light Horse Brigade Division: Anzac Mounted Division Date of Recommendation: 19/8/17

Rank and name: Lieutenant Reginald James Black,

MC Action for which commended:

 

As described earlier news of his Military Cross was received one hour after the news of his death on August 17.

The news back home was devastating for the Black family, after having heard of him surviving the horrors of Gallipoli and then the major Eastern front battles of Romani, Rafa, Magdhaba, Bir el Masar and Gaza.

The Sydney Morning Herald broke the news after the family was told on 22 August 1917. While Reg hadn’t played a lot of cricket with Gordon, his father would continue in his role as President of the club a further eleven years. Like all of our members who went to the First World War we continue to remember and recognise their sacrifices. Reg Black was a great Australian, a talented cricketer, a skilled horseman and a person who defended his men till the very end.

Reg Black we salute you.

Paul Stephenson

GDCC Academy
Milo in2cricket starts in October

Milo in2cricket starts in October

The Gordon Cricket Club is excited to announce that the Gordon Cricket Academy will continue to run the Club’s Milo in2Cricket program in season 2017/18 season. The dates will be from October 14, 2017 to March 3, 2018 with a break from 23rd December to 27th January. There will be 15 sessions in all. And registrations are now open.  

The Milo in2Cricket program is a fun and exciting way for younger children to get their first taste of cricket. The program is open to boys and girls aged 5 to 8 years and is an important first step to introduce new players and parents to cricket and set them on the right pathway for a lifelong love of cricket. The main aims of the program are:

  • to provide a safe, non-competitive environment where young and new players can develop their cricket skills and have fun
  • to link young cricketers to the Gordon Cricket Club and prepare them for their pathway from in2Cricket to Gordon Juniors and beyond
  • to encourage more parents to become actively involved in the administration, coaching and support of the game

With the program commencing in October, the time is right to register your child for the coming season. Registrations are now open. If you have any questions please contact Ash Doolan at ash@cricketappeal.com.au. The link to the registration is at the bottom of the article.

The key details regarding the program are as follows:

  • Location: Beauchamp Oval - Nicholson St, Chatswood  -->  MAP
  • Dates: the program runs on Saturday mornings from 14th October to 16th December and recommences after the holidays from 3rd February to 3rd March 2018
  • Registration: Program registration is $180 per child; this covers the 15 session program and Milo in2Cricket participant pack containing a bag, cricket bat, hat, shirt, ball and other giveaways. This season in2Cricket program registrations/ payments will only be accepted through the Play Cricket website, with the link found at the bottom of the page.
  • Session duration: each session runs from 8:00am- 9:30am
  • Session format: Players are divided into teams based on age where they’ll practice cricket skills for the first half of the session and then play a modified game during the second half of the session. The session concludes with the announcement of players of the week and a hearty rendition of the Junior Club song
  • What to bring: All cricket equipment is provided – please bring a drink bottle
  • Clothing/ footwear: All children must wear a hat, sunscreen, regular sports shoes and their Milo in2Cricket shirt (received in the participant pack as part of registration). Participants are also welcome to purchase Gordon Cricket Club clothing through our online store.
  • Wet Weather: sessions will proceed unless the oval is closed by the council – please ring the Willoughby Council Wet Weather Line on (02) 9777 7631 or check online at: http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Community/Recreation/Ground-Closures/

The Milo in2Cricket program is designed to identify and develop not just future players but also future administrators, coaches and support staff. To achieve this - and to keep registration costs down - parents are vital to the success of the program. We strongly encourage parents to stay and assist with their child during each session – no experience is necessary and we’re confident that you will enjoy yourself and learn a thing or two along the way. There is space on the registration form to nominate for coaching and other roles in the Gordon in2Cricket program.

To enrol your child in the 2017/18 program please complete the registration form, otherwise please reach out to the team at ash@cricketappeal.com.au.

For all the latest news on the in2Cricket program, registration forms and much more, see the articles below.

in2Cricket Registration

in2Cricket Registration

The Milo in2Cricket program is a fun and exciting way for boys and girls to get their first taste of cricket. The Gordon Juniors Cricket Club runs an excellent in2Cricket centre at Beauchamp Park, Chatswood, every Saturday morning during the season.

Follow this link to register securely through the PlayCricket site. 

The program’s aim is to allow children to have fun while learning the basic skills of the game. We want children to start a lifelong love of cricket through our enjoyable program. Milo in2Cricket is the first step in a child's long term involvement in the game of cricket.

Follow this link to register securely through the PlayCricket site. 

in2Cricket Registration Payment Form

in2Cricket Registration Payment Form

The Milo in2Cricket program is a fun and exciting way for boys and girls to get their first taste of cricket. The Gordon Juniors Cricket Club runs an excellent in2Cricket centre at Beauchamp Park, Chatswood, every Saturday morning during the season.

Follow this link to register securely through the PlayCricket site. 

The program’s aim is to allow children to have fun while learning the basic skills of the game. We want children to start a lifelong love of cricket through our enjoyable program. Milo in2Cricket is the first step in a child's long term involvement in the game of cricket.

Follow this link to register securely through the PlayCricket site. 

Player Application Form

Player Application Form

Are you interested in playing cricket with one of Sydney’s leading clubs in the Sydney premier cricket competition?

If so, please submit your details via the form below. We will contact you shortly regarding your inquiry and advise of our pre-season practice schedule. We look forward to having you on board this season.

With most sides going deep into the finals last year and a top 5 finish in the club championship, the club is looking forward to another strong season in 2017/18.

We have outstanding coaches to assist you in developing your game, and the opportunity to play alongside some outstanding cricketers.

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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Further updates of practice and trial games schedule

Further updates of practice and trial games schedule

The practice and fitness sessions have been underway for a number of weeks and the players are responding well with excellent attendances. It is time now to really put in the effort with the season close to a month away. Please note changes to practice and trial matches as follows:
  • The Trial on Sunday 17th is now U21.
  • The teams announcement is on Tues 19th Sept at the Great Northern Hotel from 6pm.
  • Gear will be distributed officially on Thursday September 21
  • The fitness sessions will continue on Wednesday nights August 23 and 30 at Chatswood
  • The Tues 3rd October Under 18 game now confirmed at Riverview

 
Please also note we are trying to arrange a match vs a Bruce Edgar NZ side in the week Sun 17th September to Friday 22nd September. Looking for an available ground.


Also please note the following games have been organised by Bob Thomas in Bathurst for the first week of the School holidays at closely aligned grounds: Monday 25 September - U14 Academy, U16 Green Shield and U19 team to play Western Zone at Bathurst and Tuesday 3rd Oct – GDCC U18 game v Riverview 1st X1 at Riverview.

Round 1 starts Saturday 23rd September

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Presidents Annual Report Message

Presidents Annual Report Message

Season 2016/17 was a highly successful season for our club both on and off the field. We are laying the foundation for a very successful period for our club. There is much work to be done but we are heading in the right direction. 

Along with the tremendous season for the Gordon Women’s Club, it was great to be supporting the Stags this season. Last season, I commented that although we had showed improvement from the previous season, we still had a way to go to be competitive with the top clubs. 

This year we achieved this and finished 4th in the Club Championship and only 69 points from this year’s winners Northern Districts. Congratulations to our neighbors on their achievement, it was very well deserved. We are now able to have a realistic goal of winning the club championship over the next few years. During the season, five of our six grade sides made the qualifying finals and two of these teams, 4th Grade and Colts made the grand-final. Colts had a great victory by beating their arch rivals Penrith whom they had lost to twice during the season. Well done to Aaron Crofts, Jenny Williams and the team on winning the premiership. A season that you will remember for a long time. 

Fourths also had a great season and whilst disappointed with the final result they should be proud of their efforts. First grade had a fantastic season, ably led by Steve Colley and were equal minor premiers. The team has developed into a strong and resilient group that work hard and enjoy playing their cricket together. We are really excited with their prospects over the coming seasons. It was also great to see Second Grade perform strongly this season and highlights our improved strength through the grades. A number of this team will push for first grade in the coming season. Fifths were minor premiers, unfortunately missing out after a comprehensive loss to eventual premiers Randwick Petersham. Whilst thirds did not make the semis they contributed strongly to our club championship aspirations especially post-Christmas.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our coaching staff Trevor Chappell and Mark O’Neill for their hard work and contributions to our performances last season. Trevor was rewarded with being named Coach of the Year at the SCA Awards Dinner in April. There were many outstanding individual performances during the season, of which I would like to specially mention a few as follows: 

Elliot Richtor had a stellar season for Gordon scoring 787 runs at an average of 37.48 also taking 22 wickets at an average of 17.82. This resulted in Elliot being the joint O’Reilly Medalist for last season with our very own Mason Crane, as well as our joint Smartline Player of the Year along with Mason and Scott O’Brien. I am particularly thrilled for Ells as he epitomizes the pathway that Grade cricket provides. He came to Gordon as a 16-year- old to join our Academy and has worked through the grades to become the player he is today. It should give hope to all our young players and show that with hard work and dedication you can achieve your goal of playing top grade cricket.

Mason Crane was our English import from Hampshire and what an impact he had for our first-grade team. He took 51 wickets in 1st grade at an average of 21.06 also scored 300 runs at an average of 30. He also scored another 209 runs and 12 wickets in PG’s. He deservedly was joint winner of the O’Reilly Medal and Smartline Player of the Year with Elliot. His leg spin bowling was exceptional and for those that saw his 7 for 53 against Sydney were privileged to see an amazing bowling spell. He capped off the season being selected for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield to become the first overseas player since Imran Khan in the 1980’s to be selected for the Blues. 

Scott O’Brien was selected as an opening bat in seconds last season and showed all that he is ready made for that role. Scott scored 633 runs at an average of 42.20 in second grade as well as taking 25 wickets at an average of 21.64 bowling his leg spin. Scott deservedly finished as a joint winner of the Smartline Player of the Year award. Scott is a great clubman and we look forward to his continued growth as a player next season. 

Charlie Stobo although hampered by injury in the second half of the year, was selected to make his debut for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield. What a debut it was for Charlie taking 7 wickets against South Australia. We are looking forward to Charlie taking many more wickets for New South Wales over the coming seasons. 

Stuart Bromley and Aaron Crofts, in their first year as grade captains did an outstanding job in guiding their teams into the grand finals of their grades. 

Damon Livermore became only the third player of all time to reach the 10,000 run milestone for the club. Damon has been a tremendous servant to the club and although he has announced his retirement (we think!), who knows he may be back for the odd game to help us out.

As President of the club, I fully understand what is involved in running a grade cricket club. The amount of work involved and the commitment from our volunteers is immense. 

I would like to especially thank the club’s executive for all their dedicated hard work this season and the support they have provided to me. To Peter Klemt, Michael Cant, Tony Middlebrook, Tim Cubbage, Geoff Keevers, Andrew Falk, Marshall Rosen & Paul Stephenson thank you for your contribution, also thanks to Jim Cattlin who continued as Secretary of the club. 

To all our wonderful volunteers, your tireless work is so much appreciated and one of the key reasons this club functions as well as it does. Thank you so much for your support. The key areas of management, ground and match day management, secretarial responsibilities, selectors and cricket committee, financial and annual golf day organisers I would like to acknowledge all your contributions. Also thanks to our wonderful support base consisting of parents, past players and people just interested in supporting their local club. You are an important part of our club and we always appreciate your support. 

Special mention should be made of the Selection Committee that has the hardest job in the club trying to select sides and keep everyone happy. Based on our results they have done a pretty good job. Thanks Mark Carmichael, Bob Thomas, Tony Wilson and Ed Howitt.

Also thanks to our Players Committee for their contribution, well done Tym Crawford, Dan Stickland & Aaron Crofts and also our Social Committee and particularly Anand Verma & Scott O’Brien. 

I would like to acknowledge two volunteers who have advised they will be not available to assist next year. Firstly, to Dave Millar who has done a tremendous job with our Communications and in particular running our website, team app and twitter account. He has done a tremendous job and will be a hard man to replace. Thanks Dave for your great support of our club. 

Secondly Tony Wilson has advised he will be stepping down from club committees after being involved with the club for the past twenty years as a volunteer. On behalf of everyone at the club, thanks mate for your immense contribution to the club. There is no doubt the work he does in the background will be sorely missed, he has a great passion for our club and it is this passion that makes everything he has done so special. By the way he will still be there supporting us next season. 

Over the past two seasons we have placed a real emphasis on building our sponsorship base and this has been extremely successful. Last season was our first year in a three-year Platinum sponsorship with Beastwear. Aden, has been a great person to work with and there is no doubt in my mind that the clothing we had last year played a role in our success. If you look professional, you play that way. I am looking forward to continue growing our partnership over the next two seasons.

I would also like to thank all our Gold sponsors: 

    • Savills Cordeau Marshall – Craig Marshall 

    • Trendsetter Travel – Adrienne Witteman

    • Hickman & Ritchard Financial Planning – Shaun Trimnell-Ritchard 

    • Riboni Constructions – Marshall Rosen 

    • The Orchard Tavern – Myles Docker 

    • Anthony Sherman Landscaping – Anthony & Natalie Sherman 

    • Smartline Mortgage Advisers – Stuart Craig (new sponsor) 

    • Insurance Advisernet – Peter Hankinson (new sponsor) 

    • Kelly & Partners – Paula Booth (new sponsor) 

A lot of these sponsors have helped us for a considerable time, and their support is one of the key reasons we can keep the club going as the performance expectations for grade cricket rise along with increasing financial challenges. We thank you and hope you will continue our association into the future. I encourage all of our members to utilize their services and ensure we support these businesses that are such great supporters of our club.

Thanks to Cricket Australia, Australian Cricketers Association, Cricket NSW, Sydney Cricket & our local councils, Willoughby & Ku-ring-gai for their support to our club.

I have been really pleased with the relationship we have enjoyed with the Women’s Club over the past two seasons. They have been an integral part of our club for over thirty years, and have really supported us this season by attending the Golf Day and Presentation Night. They have had a great season, winning the Club Championship, 1st Grade and T20 competitions. This was an exceptional performance. Thank you to Jessica Henry and all the members of the Women’s club.

I would also like to make special mention of our Junior club. The club continues to go from strength. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tony Wright and the committee for all your hard work and would like to stress that we are keen to continue to grow the relationship between the junior and senior sections of our club.

During the season we held two major events, our Annual Golf Day and Dinner and our club Presentation and Awards night. These were tremendously successful events for the club. The golf day is critical for us to raise funds to keep our club going financially as well as a great opportunity to join with our club sponsors, players and ex-players to share the stories and experiences of our great club. I would like to thank all who attended and contributed towards the financial success of the day. I would especially like to especially thank Adam Gilchrist and Tony Squires for donating their time to entertain us. I would also like to thank Paul Stephenson and the Golf Day committee for organising such a wonderful and successful day.

At the end of the season we held our Presentation and Awards Dinner at the Kirribilli Club. It again was a tremendously successful night and enjoyed by all who attended. Again, I would like to thank Peter and Virginia Klemt and the organising committee for their hard work in putting together such a successful evening.

Next season promises to be a great season for the club. If we can replicate and slightly improve our on-field performances, return to Chatswood Oval for training and continued off field focus we can definitely achieve what our Women’s Club has, the Club Championship.

GEOFF HICKMAN

PRESIDENT

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