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Colts vs Sydney University - Semi Final - 2013/14

Colts vs Sydney University - Semi Final - 2013/14

A home semi-final against Sydney University sadly proved the end of the season for the Gordon Colts. After finishing 11 points clear as minor premiers (and having beaten the Students twice during the round matches) the young Colts team was unable to secure the win in trying conditions at Beauchamp Oval.

Stu Bromley looks to get the side off to a strong start in the run chase 

After significant rain during the week day one started after lunch with Gordon winning the toss on a wicket that was still damp at one end.

After a delayed start, Matt Keane (1/29), Richard Armour (2/41) and Matt Page (2/31) bowled well on the tricky surface and had Sydney reeling at 4/45. The boys were on a high and looking like they were going to cruise to the win when two of the older Sydney batsman decided to tough things out. Scoring incredibly slowly the two passed the hundred mark after well over 60 overs – aided by some sloppy fielding.

PageFinals cricket is always a different game and the inability of the Colts to take their chances proved costly as the team was unable to take a wicket between the first drinks after lunch and the final hour.

Matt Page tries to get through the Sydney Uni defence 

Thankfully some silly running late in the day saw the Colts grab two run outs in the final overs and end the day with Sydney University at 6/134 after 74 tight overs.

The match was therefore very much in the balance on the morning of day two – with Sydney needing to pick up the run rate if they wanted any chance of setting the Gordon boys a target with enough overs to bowl them out: a draw seeing the top ranked Stags progress.

Some risky batting saw the total move along quickly before the Chamberlain brothers (Dan 2/28 and Matt 1/0) cleaned up the tail to have Uni all out for 178. This presented the Gordon team with a strong proposition – 85 overs to bat meaning the total was easily achievable with the protection of being able to shut up shop if required to limp through with a draw.

GaynorA quick break saw the plan set – don’t focus on runs until tea but ensure we don’t lose wickets and build a solid platform: the same strategy used in the Qualifying Final when we posted 347 on the same wicket.

Tim van Zuylen was unable to replicate the previous week's efforts during the run chase 

However this week it wasn’t to be as a combination of loose shots and pressure cricket saw the Colts lose 3/20 in the hour before lunch.

With the experienced Stan Gaynor and Stuart Bromley at the crease the boys were not unduly nervous – knowing that a decent partnership would see us through. Apparently Sydney University had heard the plan and set about with a wicket straight after lunch – Gordon now in serious trouble at 4/37.

With the captain joining Stan things looked dire, but cricket is a simple game and finals cricket often favours the team with greater composure as the two batted sensibly on the slow outfield – turning the strike over with a combination of quick singles and punished loose deliveries. 

With the score at 4/80 the Stags were right back in it – the Uni captain getting desperate and the level of chat seriously diminishing.

In games like this it is often the five minute periods that can decide the outcome – and it really wasn’t the Stags day.

With part-timer’s being tried and Andy and Stan in complete control the momentum had swung back in our favour. Or had at least until a misjudged square drive saw Stan set off, only to watch the point fieldsman take one step and rifle the ball in over the stumps.

Run Out 31 and Gordon 5/80. Back to even.

Bromley slips catch

Stu Bromley takes a good slips catch while the skipper looks on 

A very determined Andrew was joined by young Matt Chamberlain. The instructions were clear – let the skipper do the scoring but make sure we don’t lose another wicket. Matt obliged – blunting the attack while Andy punished anything short. 5/110 at Tea. Momentum back to the Stags.

It was a dejected Sydney Uni that shared a good spread that afternoon. With Andrew and Matt scoring freely and not even looking like giving a chance the Uni skipper knew something was needed – and quickly.

With play resuming both Andrew and Matt knew that surviving the first 20 minutes would be game, set and match to Gordon. The fielders’ heads were down and the frustration was rising.

All credit here has to go to the Uni skipper who threw everything at the pair, having three men crowd the bat (possibly out of desperation as neither had popped a ball all day). Matt saw off the first over securely and then it was the skippers turn. Five solid defensive shots and right back where we left off – Gordon on top.

And then disaster.

Coleman GDCCA regulation off spinner defended on the front foot by Andrew catching his pad on the way to ground and taken nicely by the man at short leg. 6/110 and back in the balance. All season the youngsters in our lower middle order have performed well and so while very disappointed I still had lots of confidence. However today wasn’t the day. 

Coleman looks aerial to overcome the long grass 

Rash shots combined with nerves saw 3 more wickets for 10 runs. 9/120 with 100 minutes left in the day. Uni were already celebrating.

Cricket can be a fickle mistress though as Dan and Richard clearly hadn’t gotten the memo. 30 exhausting minutes later and it was drinks. Still no breakthrough. As skipper it falls to me to somehow think of something to say to rally the troops so off I strode to have a quick chat to the batsman. I wasn’t needed. First thing I hear from the number 11 is “Tell the boys to make some noise.” “Sorry?” “Come on Andy, Dan and I have got this.” And they almost did.

With a proud feeling (tinged with puzzlement) I left the field. First two balls – defended nicely to cheers from the stands. Third ball Dan plays a textbook leg glance – imperiously taking a single. Maybe we did have it?

16 overs later and you could cut the tension with a knife. Tempers were fraying and the stands were on edge. 30 minutes of play left and the new ball taken. 

At this point it’s worth saying that the Uni side had tried just about everything – from spin to meds, yorkers to full tosses – anything to buy a wicket.

Richard Armour GDCCAs all of us who have been around fast bowlers know, giving a quick a new ball after 16 overs of patient batting from the last wicket was always going to be fiery.

This day was no different. The first four balls with the new rock were short and aimed at Richard. No shot offered. Ball five around the wicket and right at the throat. 

Richard Armour fills the side with confidence as he defends the Uni attack 

As a fellow fast bowler it would have been interesting to see what went through Rich’s mind as he just stood there and dropped the arms. Looking straight back at the bowler he let it hit him right on the shoulder. Not a sound.

Silence from the crowd. Silence from the ground. And then the batsman pipes up “Do you want to stop bowling spin already? It’s a waste of the new ball”. Needless to say that fired the boys up.

Unfortunately though, the fairy tale wasn’t to be. With less than 15 minutes left in the day, a faint edge ended the season for the Colts, but not before Dan and Richard had reminded all of us why we love this club.

It has been my privilege to captain the boys this year and there is some real talent amongst the team. It won’t be long before we see many of them in higher grades.

I have been very proud of how the team has banded together this year and it shows in the results – while we may not have lifted the Metropolitan Cup, a minor premiership and Semi Final result from such a young team (with the exception of Stuart Bromley, I have been playing cricket longer than every other player has been alive… and I only just turned 26!) is a great result. 

Hopefully we have all learnt from this season to be a bit more like Dan and Richard – never giving up, never flinching and standing tall no matter the situation as part of the Gordon CC.

Andrew Coleman

Fantasy League 2013/14 - Quarter Final results

Fantasy League 2013/14 - Quarter Final results

LivermoreWith the Knockout Competition out of the way, its all about the aggregate competition. Whilst the focus has been elsewhere, Peter Colley has been climbing the leaderboard and is a huge threat to Tony Wilson going into these final two rounds. Behind by 30 points last round, he's fallen back another 30 points during the quarter finals. But that's just a handful of wickets. And plenty fell during the semis. 

Livermore looks across the square for runs in his quarter final match 

After this publication, there is just one final update remaining for the League in 2013/14 and we are busily going back through the scores to make sure we crown the right winner... and loser. Expect that out about the time that Paul Stephenson publishes his cracking ANZAC Day stories. What a fantastic club, full of amazing people. What a fantastic history.

Below you will find the usual team and player rankings.

Good luck!

Gordon Fantasy League Management

 

Rank    Team Name                                           Team Owner                                     Points
1 Tiddles Ultimates Tony Wilson 9768
2 PC2 Pete Colley 9707
3 Location Location Ed Howitt Snr 9579
4 Blown the Budget Michael Perry 9374
5 Praying Mantis James Kennedy 9343
6 Hoppa Waardys II Ed Howitt (Jnr) 9315
7 Donuts XI Dave Millar 9221
8 PC3 Pete Colley 9068
9 Scared Shotless Adam Cubbage 9053
10 Beat the Bears Michael Donnelly 9048
11 Mish Mash Stuart Bromley 9031
12 JS 3rd XI Jack Skilbeck & Stan Gaynor 8996
13 JS 1st XI Jack Skilbeck & Stan Gaynor 8906
14 Hickos - You never know Geoff Hickman 8895
15 Leading Edge Jack Clinton 8858
16 McElduffs Marauders Sean McElduff 8838
17 AJs 11 Adrian Craig 8811
18 The Dodgy Vindaloos Anand Verma 8788
19 Hoppa Waardys III Ed Howitt (Jnr) 8788
20 BromRob CC Stu Bromley & James Robertson 8776
21 Why do they have to grow up Iqbal Ahmed 8757
22 Sid Carroll XI Michael Donnelly 8755
23 Corndogs XI (3) Connor Jackson 8658
24 Gordon Goannas Stuart Bromley 8643
25 Big Waz XI (2) Warren Jackson 8603
26 Ryans XI Ryan McElduff 8563
27 Hoppa Waardys I Ed Howitt (Jnr) 8546
28 Keevers XI Matthew Keevers 8526
29 Heavey Hitters Michael Perry 8435
30 Tiddles Loose Ones Tony Wilson 8375
31 Brian Thompson XI Michael Donnelly 8344
32 We don't like cricket - We love it Chris Spratt 8338
33 A team captained by Harrold!! Liam McElduff 8284
34 PC1 Pete Colley 8224
35 Hoppa Waardys IV Ed Howitt (Jnr) 8178
36 Summertime Madness Adam Cubbage 8123
37 Pickets Mal Coleman 7917
38 The Boys for Poys Josh Poysden 7875
39 Corndogs XI (1) Connor Jackson 7753
40 Tiddles Stuyvos Tony Wilson 7742
41 Big Waz XI (1) Warren Jackson 7653
42 BJB John Barker 7601
43 Dream Run Again Glen Spratt 7589
44 Hickos No Horses Thanks Geoff Hickman 7569
45 Big Time Wonders Ed Howitt Snr 7565
46 JS 2nd XI Jack Skilbeck & Stan Gaynor 7505
47 Hickos Fast Start Geoff Hickman 7351
48 TC 3 Tim Cubbage 7247
49 Ninjas XI Michael Roberts 7206
50 Big Waz XI (3) Warren Jackson 7201
51 #420BLAIZEITFGT Blaize Irving-Holliday 7193
52 Frogans Heroes 2 Michael Falk 7127
53 All Fired Up Ed Howitt Snr 7104
54 Frogans Heroes 3 Michael Falk 7075
55 The Rubylouis Ed Howitt Snr 7036
56 Frogans Heroes 1 Michael Falk 7027
57 Dream Run Glen Spratt 6894
58 Tinder XI Tjaard Tait 6874
59 Corndogs XI (2) Connor Jackson 6844
60 JOF 2 John ONeill-Fuller 6825
61 99 Problems but the Pitch Aint One Tym Crawford 6795
62 Wesley Black Raiders Matt Page 6745
63 The General is Back 1 Paul Stephenson 6678
64 Hermits Mal Coleman 6636
65 TC 1 Tim Cubbage 6629
66 Ninja Chicken Rob Barker 6600
67 Debbies Demons Matt Page 6540
68 Roseburn Warriors Matt Page 6529
69 Tarbucks Mal Coleman 6509
70 JOF 1 John ONeill-Fuller 6479
71 The Untouchables George Read 6446
72 The General is Back 2 Paul Stephenson 6425
73 REKRAB John & Rob Barker 6352
74 I can't believe Higgins captains 3s Iqbal Ahmed 6329
75 Captains XI Michael Perry 6313
76 TC 2 Tim Cubbage 6311
77 Sons Of Pitches Adam Cubbage 6082
78 Iqbals Fantasy Iqbal Ahmed 5591
79 JOF 3 John ONeill-Fuller 5227

 

 

Name                                     Before Transfer   After Transfer   Total Points
Harry Evans 1267 252 1519
Chad Soper 745 269 1014
Brett Rosen 501 498 999
Greg Lewis 462 417 879
Josh Poysden 618 253 871
Anand Verma 438 412 850
Dan Smith 310 524 834
Tym Crawford 560 266 826
Rob Barker 373 427 800
Ben Leighton 243 544 787
Max Papworth 428 345 773
Matt Keane 158 613 771
Matthew Keevers 404 358 762
Iain Beverley 500 237 737
Els Richtor 453 272 725
Anthony Sherman 203 514 717
Tom Beverley 399 306 705
James Packman 225 459 684
Richard Armour 338 339 677
Blaize Irving-Holliday 303 371 674
Adrian Craig 283 381 664
Steve Colley 364 284 648
Cameron Eccles 434 212 646
Jack Skilbeck 350 296 646
James Kennedy 287 353 640
Michael Perry 333 303 636
Andrew Coleman 298 332 630
Dan Stickland 316 313 629
Tim Fulton 339 287 626
Nick Miller 323 302 625
Tjaard Tait 295 314 609
Reece Bombas 352 254 606
Ian Higgins 294 299 593
Kris Colley 410 173 583
Tom Carruthers 264 311 575
Darren Jayasekara 331 244 575
Damon Livermore 394 178 572
Andrew Crosland 262 297 559
James Campbell 230 322 552
Liam McElduff 361 190 551
Stuart Bromley 378 170 548
Adam Fleming 283 263 546
Scott Heaney 209 320 529
Axel Cahlin 351 165 516
Mark Atkinson 444 65 509
Shayne Lin 232 274 506
Tristan Cooper 316 187 503
Adam Cubbage 252 238 490
Connor Jackson 302 187 489
Stan Gaynor 293 195 488
Chris Spratt 255 227 482
Deva Nirthanakumaran 228 249 477
Jack Colley 199 278 477
Daniel Chamberlain 134 339 473
James Robertson 199 270 469
George Read 316 134 450
Matt Page 309 139 448
Pat Effeney 200 244 444
James Kidd 200 232 432
Tim Van Zuylen 272 158 430
Reagan Klemt 218 205 423
Nick Coleman 186 180 366
Mitchell Kleem 125 223 348
John O'Neill Fuller 224 109 333
Lachlan Stewart 311 0 311
Iqbal Ahmed 226 81 307
Dom Thomson 106 201 307
Alex Wright 138 163 301
Charlie Stobo 75 214 289
Harry Middlebrook 119 152 271
Chris Retallick 132 74 206
Aaron Crofts 25 117 142
Matt Selby 120 0 120
Saahil Turki 113 0 113
Michael Roberts 113 0 113
Corbin Edgar 0 83 83
Edward Howitt 78 0 78
Ryan McElduff 11 67 78
Julian Stephenson 63 0 63
Matt Chamberlin 4 50 54
Jordan Farrell 51 0 51
Tom Cockburn 32 0 32
Aaron Chamberlain 21 0 21
Will Calov 21 0 21
Liam Windel 20 0 20

 

 

3rd Grade vs Northern District - Semi Final - 2013/14

3rd Grade vs Northern District - Semi Final - 2013/14

Semi finals cricket!!! This is what we play for!!! (Insert Sparta meme here)… At least that’s what I was telling myself while stuck in traffic on the Pacific Highway, yelling at other drivers for not doing what I wanted them to do (namely get out of my way!!!). 

Axel Cahlin, one of the young'uns that Blaize reckons will flourish in 2014/15

Gordon came ready to play Saturday morning but it seemed we were the only ones. ND’s looked about as busy as council workers on night duty. Getting paid by the hour.

At what seemed like almost nap time, the toss was conducted and Missy kept his run of form by losing the toss and we were sent in to bat with 13 overs to see out. ‘Big Mac’ McElduff and Bigger Spratty went out in the middle and went about their usual thing. ND’s stuck to their usual routine of low brow sledging and managed to grab Spratty’s wicket courtesy of an LBW decision. Fortunately we only lost Spratty that night and were to start next morning 1/36.

atko cubs

Atkinson and Cubbage, two of the shortest men in grade cricket 

We actually managed to start 30 minutes after regular scheduled play on Sunday morning which was a welcome gift as we would need all 104 overs to win the match. After a fairly decent warm up and good speeches from Atko and the lyrical wordsmith Missy we were ready to go. The plan was to bat to around 45 overs so we had 70 overs to bowl at a frail ND’s batting line up. 

As stated above at 1/36 we were in a fairly solid position to build a good platform at the start and try and blast our way at the back end to a good score. If Lemony Snicket was to write a cricketing version of A Series of Unfortunate Events, it would have gone something like this match. Wickets at fairly regular intervals from guys bowling dibbly dobblys, and a run out that didn’t help our cause, meant we scraped our way to 135ish, the only saving grace being Atko scoring an unbeaten 43.

papworthWe went out to field knowing that to win we would have to be perfect with the ball and in the field and to be fair, I don’t think we could have done much better than we did. We had 12 overs to bowl at them before lunch and ended up 2-not much walking back into the sheds.

Max Papworth looks to clear the front foot... and the fence 

Play resumed and the carnage followed close behind with the home team having no answer to our bowling falling to 4-20, we knew it wouldn’t be easy to win this match but at 4-20 I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think we were very much in the driver’s seat. The next 15-20 overs resulted in about as many runs with ND’s looking like they had decided to shut up shop, a foolish move with still 55 overs left to bowl at them. 

With tight bowling and even tighter fielding we finally managed to get a breakthrough care of Taity bowling his patented nudes, the batsmen making the mistake of playing for turn the ball almost in slow motion hit the pad and Gordon went up in unison. For a ball that pitched in line and was hitting middle/leg not even half way up, the umpire took enough time for me to need a second lung full of air to appeal. Thankfully we were rewarded and ND’s were 5-35; one more wicket and we were into the tail.

fleming miller bih

And now to the bowlers, Fleming, Miller and Irving-Holliday, trying to defend a sub-par total 

That one more wicket proved to be a tricky endeavour as the two elder statesmen of the side decided that they didn’t want to get out; the bowling and fielding I believe didn’t slump at all throughout the day. More a testament to the batsmen’s grit, determination, patience and a pinch of luck to help their cause. I’m not one to dwell (I am) but, in my humble opinion, this pair hard the rub of the green… with Cubbage being due some luck next season.

That pair added 91 before Fleming got the breakthrough at 6-125 but the damage had been done and ND’s only needed 8 runs to win. 

At this point, most teams would have given up, 4 wickets in hand and 8 runs to get with a loss surely to come. Not Gordon! 

Tjaard Tait. Now with actual permission to be in the country! 

In a big middle finger to ND’s and every ND’s supporter watching, Missy decided to throw one last ‘hail mary’ roll of the dice and put Blaize and Flem on both ends to finish the game one way or another and Holy Batman Jesus did it almost worked. We took 3 wickets for 2 runs to put a cork screw in what was already a rollercoaster of a game.

We managed to hold the excitement for another 5 overs but it was not to be, as we could not get the 2 wickets needed to secure an unlikely finals birth. 9 and 10 scrambled through for the winning runs, followed by a loud cheer from the supporters bringing to an end what was ultimately a close and competitive game; the downside being we weren’t singing the team song.

On a more positive note. For what is a young team with half of our players being under the age of 20 with next to no Grade Cricket experience, what we managed to accomplish this season and to get as far as we did I think is an amazing effort. 

As Missy said, it’s hard to get into finals cricket, it’s even harder to win it.

Keep an eye out for Nick Miller. Plenty of big things to come for Missy's new mate 

I hope that we can take this experience and use it as fuel for next season, there isn’t a grade in Gordon that doesn’t have the talent and capabilities to make it to Finals cricket and I for one cannot wait for next season. As disappointed as I am we lost on the weekend, I couldn’t be prouder of our efforts, especially the young’uns. 

See y’all next season and UP THE STAGGIES!

The Angriest Man In Grade Cricket – Blaize Irving-Holliday

A Gordon Legend calls it quits

A Gordon Legend calls it quits

James Packman to put his bat away after 18 seasons with the club

I am sure that James would concede that he may not have completely fulfilled his potential over 18 years of playing for Gordon, but I am sure everyone would agree that to finish your career with a total of 8578 runs and be fourth overall in runs scored in a Sydney grade club that started in 1905 is a magnificent effort by any standards.

James also scored 6622 runs in first grade to be the third highest overall behind Charlie Macartney and Sid Carroll.

James during the 2008 final

By scoring 555 runs this season James moved above Basil Sheidow (8387 runs) into fourth position just behind his team mate Damon Livermore, as well as Sid Carroll and Rob Lowing.

James’s final statistics will show in all grades:  

 Seasons   Innings    Runs    Average
 18   292   8578   29.38

In First Grade: 

 Seasons   Innings   Runs   Average
 18   230   6622   28.78

 

The stats will also show 14 centuries with a highest score of 204 in second grade in the 2000-2001 season when he shared a club record partnership for the 5th wicket of 256 with Ed Howitt who scored 107.

James played his first game for Gordon in fifth grade near the end of the 1996/97 season at the age of 17 and then intermittently in the 1997-98 season in fifths, fourths and thirds. Over the next three seasons he mixed study and cricket but was still able to score 4 centuries including the double century mentioned earlier.

There is no disguising this shot

Two seasons then followed in first grade with 562 and 730 runs respectively, however a slump in 2003-04 saw him dropped to second grade.

In a newspaper article released in January 2005 after his selection for NSW, he reflected back to that time and how Matt Nicholson had said to him: “You are not a kid anymore, make the most of the talent you have and reward the club for the time and effort it has invested in you and show them the respect they gave to me”. Harsh words possibly by his mate Nicho but ones that hit the spot and saw him score a century in seconds and then start the next season in blistering form to be selected in the NSW 2nd XI and score 165 against Victoria in Melbourne.

The words of another mentor NSW Chairman of Selectors Brian Taber at the time were also to the point: “James didn’t put a foot wrong at the Albert Ground. He has always had the talent without always applying himself. We were pleasantly surprized by him”.

As Nicho had been such a mentor for James I asked him to contribute to this story and the following was his reply:Quote:

Enigma - a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation.

I could never really figure James out. One minute hitting a turning off spinner over cover with dashing feet and an inside out swish and the next carelessly ruining his innings (or his partners) with a moment of hazy madness normally reserved for the back yard on Christmas Day. James could delight and frustrate in the same breath, there was always something happening when He was at the crease. There is no doubt he has a mercurial talent, capable of pulling off the unbelievably good and the erratically poor. How to make sense of it and his career at Gordon is tough work!

Craig Simmons, Matt Nicholson and James in NSW colours

We did get to see something close to what everyone knew James could do way back in the summer of 2004/5. With a fine tuned work ethic and a genuine hard-nosed desire James broke through with a string of centuries for Gordon and the NSW 2nd XI and found himself in the NSW Shield team. They always say you are only 3 hits away from the next level.

James finished that season as a Sheffield Shield champion, with a fine century under his belt in Perth and the stunned silence of plenty of his critics. He was on his way, or was he? Unfortunately injury struck and his next season was curtailed somewhat, limiting his appearances and ability to play pain free. The spectre of being the hunted not the hunter was also a new experience for James and while he learnt plenty through this period, it just wasn't to be. "Too many 20's James", wouldn't mind a dollar for every time he's heard that.

His fielding was pretty good when he was willing and awake, his bowling was inconsequential. Even though he never had the ticker to be a bowler he flitted between slow, straight seam up and moon ball offies. Actually his offies were pretty good, just don't tell him. While we are at it, let's just pretend he was a great runner between wickets too!

None of that really matters of course. At the end of the day James is a great clubman and a top bloke to play with. I know he always did his absolute best every time he played for Gordon and that is what really matters.

I'd like to thank James for his service to the club, look forward to seeing him in years to come and wish him all the best for the future with his young family.

No doubt James was an enigma but his longevity, skill and personality have endeared him to us all as a champion of the club. - Nicho (unquote)

As mentioned by Nicho selection for NSW soon followed and with a century at the WACA and a fighting innings in the Pura Cup final, but possibly his first class career was cut shorter than he deserved with only five games with injury playing a part the following year.

Another player at that time who played with James both for Gordon and NSW was Beau Casson. Beau was quick to respond to my email and added the following insight about his mate. Quote:

“Surely one of the best struts in world cricket as he stroked a cover drive to the boundary at Chatswood Oval as his dad Ian would shout “Shot Jammer”!

I’m sure not only I but all of the Gordon faithfuls are truly going to miss ‘Jammer’.

The memories that standout about ‘Packers’ is the way he made the game look so effortless at times. I was lucky to watch James make his first-class hundred at WACA despatching some of the best fast bowlers on the Australian cricket scene at the time.

Shot Jammer!

Due to James’s likeable and relaxed approach I believe his fight for a contest is sometimes overlooked, but it mustn’t be understated. An example of this was during the Sheffield Shield final for NSW against QLD. James scored important runs for NSW in a tricky situation and I’ve heard from his team mates at the time that he was a huge contributing factor in getting his side over the line to claim the title. Another time was in the first grade final when James batted for majority of the day to score a gutsy hundred and help his much loved stags almost get over the line against St George.

Congratulations James on your cricketing career, I’m looking forward to sharing a beer to relive the memories. Enjoy!” - Beau (unquote) 

The next five seasons up to the 2008-09 season followed with 710, 586, 772, 565 and 671 runs in the season with 7 centuries on the fringe of higher selection but just not enough to gain sufficient attention.

Having watched a fair percentage of James’s centuries throughout the years with the camera at hand, there is no doubt in my mind that his 122 against St. George in the 2007-08 losing final at Bankstown was his best. James had come off a run of some low scores and we were facing the mammoth total of 6 for 478 and about 150 overs to either force a draw or win. With only Craig Simmons contributing amongst the other batsman with 102, James faced 365 balls in 414 minutes, or 6.9 hours of batting against an attack that included Trent Copeland, Moises Henriques and Liam Zammit. 

 
Moises Henriques decides to take the short ball approach during the final

There was one particular period of play when obviously Moises felt they needed a wicket and conventional approaches were not working. The section of my wrap after the game read as follows:

Throughout this time however the spectators were experiencing one of the finest ever Gordon innings by James Packman. James held the batting together with a display of compete concentration against an attack that decided to bowl a 'leg side' theory that had not been seen before since bodyline.

Moises Henriques bowled 5 overs of short pitched deliveries and bouncers to James from around the wicket with 3 fieldsman positioned near the bat on the leg side.

I guess one could say that 'there was only one side playing cricket out there', however the deliveries were all just below head high and therefore legal.

James comes off the field with Craig Simmons after day 2 against St.George

To James's credit, St. George had decided this was the only way to get him out; however he was able to weather the storm. (Unquote)

James was eventually last man out and I can’t ever recall seeing a player so disappointed with the result of a game. He was totally drained.

While the following four seasons up to the 2012-13 season didn’t reflect his true talents, he continued to work on his game and always provided excellent advice to the younger players that joined him in first grade.  

     

These seasons included taking over the captaincy from Matt Nicholson and trying to build a new team to reach the heights of the 2007-08 side.

James announced at the start of the current season that this would likely be his last and handed over the captaincy to Harry Evans. A lack of early runs meant he spent the main part of the season in seconds but true to the fine gentleman James is and the respect he has for his beloved club he didn’t complain, fought hard for the season and was able to pick up two centuries for a total of 555 runs.  

 
James during his recent century against Wests

Unfortunately seconds were unable to give him a premiership to finish, having to bat in the semi-final on a rain affected wicket, but the appreciation of both his team mates and opposition was shown when he was afforded a guard of honour by both the Gordon and Northern Districts players at the end of the match.

They signalled the end of a fine career, one devoted to doing the best he could for Gordon and always providing advice to the many younger players that entered the field with him urging them to respect the Gordon cap and the vast history that preceded them. 

 
One of the many catches James took at first slip

I will close the story with a comment from the one player who has been with him at Gordon from the start, Ed Howitt Jnr. Quote:

The curtain has been drawn on a great career. James was a batsmen you enjoyed watching. He was elegant, oozed class and had all the shots. He played many wonderful innings over the years, however like the others have said his innings in the 1st grade final against Saints will always be remembered. I do recall he also made a double hundred in 2nd grade and understand his batting partner that day guided him to this very unique milestone. Packers. ...it has been a pleasure. (Unquote)

James doesn’t know this story is being written so I am sure he would thank his Mum and Dad, brother Tim and Tony Wilson for the great support they have given him over all the years he has played for the club. They have been an inspiration for him and are the fabric this club is made of.

Well done James on a great career. I just hope it is not the last time I hear “Great shot Jammer”. Maybe a past vs present game at some time in the future, when we can again see that amazing cover drive.

Paul Stephenson

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2nd Grade vs Northern District - Semi Final - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Semi Final - 2013/14

There was some talk about playing on a wicket which ‘might be a bit juicy’ to say the least after torrential rain hit the harbour city during the week. Storms had been frequent although most of the activity had happened early in the week. 

The weather forced us indoors for training, which now takes place half way to the central coast. That said both sides were faced with the same events and it would be a battle of who would turn up most prepared to play.

Dan Smith provides good counter attack, but it was all a bit late 

The side had been a little interrupted to say the least, players had been shifted around to fill vacancies created by work commitments, mystery illness, injuries and player form. The continuity somewhat suffered; however it can’t be said that the side on paper wasn’t one of strength across the paddock.

Back to the game. When arriving on Saturday and players are entering the change room with just bag for clothes and Tupperware containers, it is a bit of a giveaway that they believe the game may start late (if at all).

Jack Colley looks to the straight boundries at Mark Taylor Oval 

This certainly was the case at Waitara, which is historically prone to wet weather washouts due to the ground dynamics. There were inspections after inspection, ‘run throughs’ and finally a decision that play should get underway at 2pm in fairness to both teams. 

After losing the toss we were asked to make first use of the wicket with the bat. This proved difficult as there was moisture and a stickiness about the way the ball was carrying through. It was going to take a good amount of patience and hard work to get through to the more fruitful hours of the day for batting, after tea. We did not start well, we didn’t continue well and we didn’t finish well. 

All out for 96 on a wicket which was more like 200-220+. One highlight was Daniel Smith’s counter attack which yielded numerous boundaries (20 runs off one over) and some respectability to the team’s total in what was a rather disappointing effort for a team who was fighting to make a grand final.

Jack Skilbeck gives the side some hope at the end of the 1st day 

Whilst runs on the board are always important and it can put pressure on the opposition, when you don’t register 3 figures it is hard to continue to apply pressure. We finished the day with 2 wickets under the belt, we needed something like 8 for 50 on the second morning to have any real chance of progressing. 

Without early wickets the writing was on the wall and ND’s nullified any threats we had and passed us without losing a wicket. 

Bretty Rosen is pretty sure about this one 

There were a few notables during the match;
- As mentioned Dan Smith’s cameo (more please and for longer next year Smithy)

- Cam Eccles enthusiasm in the field (second to none other than Chris Spratt)

- Cam Eccles deliberate attempt to devise a run out…. by dropping one of the easiest catches ever witnessed on the cricket pitch, only then to claim that the ball (travelling less than 3km/h) split his webbing and required hospitalisation. Comedy of errors, good from Cam!

- Greg Lewis’s comments that the guy batting had a ‘Shrig’ and challenged him to a ‘chest-off’.

- NDs bowled 15 overs in an hour and a half, meaning we were still on the field near 7pm, as the sun disappeared behind the unit blocks owned by the Beverley’s.

- Gordon may struggle to field a 2nd Grade team next year after so many players are moving (tongue in cheek) and Damon Livermore is setting up a breakaway/rebel league.

Campbell continues to get the prodigious swing that troubles the batsmen 

Well that’s it for me. I certainly won’t be writing more reports, nor donning the whites, as it has come time to hang up the boots officially. Kit has already been dispersed and there were some happy recipients. Smithy, that bat will need to be used at Chatswood only!

I must say it has been a real honour playing for such a great club, the good times and the more challenging ones too. I have certainly played with some fantastic cricketers, great people and made lifelong friends. 

The support from the club has been superb and to have the President there scoring the last game for us will be remembered for a long time to come – Cheers Falky. 

"That" cover drive will be missed Packers 

From back in the old days of games at Killara and getting to the cricket (often late) because the Manager was running behind, thanks Dad, right up to the last game a week ago I have thoroughly enjoyed my career at the Stags and am proud to have played for the one club for so many years.

All the best for the future and I will be cheering from the pickets next season

Get Far you Bah.. 

James “Jammer” Packman

Fantasy League 2013/14 - Round 15 results

Fantasy League 2013/14 - Round 15 results

CubbageAnd with the population of the Round 15 results [finally] on the MyCricket website, it's now possible to bring you the final results of the Knockout Competition. In the scales of justice equalising, just like they did earlier in the season, Iqbal's victor has been banished into 2nd place by Jack Clinton's "Leading Edge". Jack... if you'd like to get in contact with us, we have a prize for you! Congratulations.  

Thanks Cubbage for all your help with the Fantasy League this season 

There are two final updates remaining for the League in 2013/14 and we hope to bring these to you all over the next week. These will reveal the final winners and the runners up. Unsurprisingly, a couple of people have been peppering the webmaster with queries as to when these have been coming out. Needless to say, they did not include JOF, Iqbal or the Barkers...

Below you will find the usual team and player rankings. In addition, you will find the results of the Grand Final of the knockout competition.

Good luck!

Gordon Fantasy League Management

 

Rank    Team Name                                           Team Owner                                     Points
1 Tiddles Ultimates Tony Wilson 9475
2 PC2 Pete Colley 9446
3 Location Location Ed Howitt Snr 9306
4 Blown the Budget Michael Perry 9220
5 Praying Mantis James Kennedy 9085
6 Beat the Bears Michael Donnelly 9022
7 Hoppa Waardys II Ed Howitt (Jnr) 8995
8 Donuts XI Dave Millar 8919
9 PC3 Pete Colley 8918
10 JS 3rd XI Jack Skilbeck & Stan Gaynor 8818
11 Scared Shotless Adam Cubbage 8762
12 Mish Mash Stuart Bromley 8706
13 JS 1st XI Jack Skilbeck & Stan Gaynor 8664
14 The Dodgy Vindaloos Anand Verma 8662
15 Sid Carroll XI Michael Donnelly 8650
16 Hickos - You never know Geoff Hickman 8646
17 AJs 11 Adrian Craig 8596
18 Why do they have to grow up Iqbal Ahmed 8590
19 BromRob CC Stu Bromley & James Robertson 8551
20 Leading Edge Jack Clinton 8536
21 McElduffs Marauders Sean McElduff 8465
22 Hoppa Waardys III Ed Howitt (Jnr) 8407
23 Keevers XI Matthew Keevers 8392
24 Big Waz XI (2) Warren Jackson 8361
25 Corndogs XI (3) Connor Jackson 8360
26 Gordon Goannas Stuart Bromley 8356
27 Hoppa Waardys I Ed Howitt (Jnr) 8276
28 Ryans XI Ryan McElduff 8258
29 Brian Thompson XI Michael Donnelly 8251
30 Heavey Hitters Michael Perry 8206
31 We don't like cricket - We love it Chris Spratt 8164
32 PC1 Pete Colley 8125
33 A team captained by Harrold!! Liam McElduff 8114
34 Tiddles Loose Ones Tony Wilson 8021
35 Hoppa Waardys IV Ed Howitt (Jnr) 7836
36 Pickets Mal Coleman 7817
37 Summertime Madness Adam Cubbage 7784
38 The Boys for Poys Josh Poysden 7660
39 Dream Run Again Glen Spratt 7464
40 Tiddles Stuyvos Tony Wilson 7422
41 Corndogs XI (1) Connor Jackson 7355
42 Big Waz XI (1) Warren Jackson 7329
43 BJB John Barker 7309
44 Hickos No Horses Thanks Geoff Hickman 7209
45 Hickos Fast Start Geoff Hickman 7152
46 JS 2nd XI Jack Skilbeck & Stan Gaynor 7145
47 Big Time Wonders Ed Howitt Snr 7098
48 TC 3 Tim Cubbage 7090
49 Frogans Heroes 2 Michael Falk 7082
50 Ninjas XI Michael Roberts 6909
51 Big Waz XI (3) Warren Jackson 6889
52 #420BLAIZEITFGT Blaize Irving-Holliday 6826
53 The Rubylouis Ed Howitt Snr 6816
54 Frogans Heroes 3 Michael Falk 6788
55 All Fired Up Ed Howitt Snr 6745
56 Frogans Heroes 1 Michael Falk 6646
57 99 Problems but the Pitch Aint One Tym Crawford 6553
58 Tinder XI Tjaard Tait 6537
59 Dream Run Glen Spratt 6517
60 Corndogs XI (2) Connor Jackson 6488
61 Ninja Chicken Rob Barker 6431
62 Roseburn Warriors Matt Page 6406
63 The General is Back 1 Paul Stephenson 6404
64 JOF 2 John ONeill-Fuller 6373
65 Tarbucks Mal Coleman 6368
66 Debbies Demons Matt Page 6365
67 Wesley Black Raiders Matt Page 6339
68 TC 1 Tim Cubbage 6336
69 The Untouchables George Read 6330
70 The General is Back 2 Paul Stephenson 6194
71 TC 2 Tim Cubbage 6119
72 I can't believe Higgins captains 3s Iqbal Ahmed 6094
73 JOF 1 John ONeill-Fuller 6088
74 Hermits Mal Coleman 6072
75 REKRAB John & Rob Barker 6066
76 Captains XI Michael Perry 6046
77 Sons Of Pitches Adam Cubbage 5878
78 Iqbals Fantasy Iqbal Ahmed 5349
79 JOF 3 John ONeill-Fuller 4962

 

 

Name                                     Before Transfer   After Transfer   Total Points
Harry Evans 1267 252 1519
Chad Soper 745 269 1014
Brett Rosen 501 457 958
Josh Poysden 618 253 871
Anand Verma 438 401 839
Tym Crawford 560 266 826
Greg Lewis 462 314 776
Matthew Keevers 404 336 740
Iain Beverley 500 237 737
Dan Smith 310 420 730
Els Richtor 453 272 725
Ben Leighton 243 478 721
Max Papworth 428 283 711
Tom Beverley 399 274 673
James Packman 225 445 670
Rob Barker 373 292 665
Anthony Sherman 203 452 655
Steve Colley 364 284 648
Matt Keane 158 484 642
James Kennedy 287 353 640
Michael Perry 333 303 636
Dan Stickland 316 313 629
Adrian Craig 283 345 628
Tim Fulton 339 285 624
Cameron Eccles 434 187 621
Richard Armour 338 281 619
Blaize Irving-Holliday 303 308 611
Reece Bombas 352 254 606
Nick Miller 323 265 588
Darren Jayasekara 331 244 575
Kris Colley 410 161 571
Jack Skilbeck 350 216 566
Andrew Crosland 262 297 559
Andrew Coleman 298 243 541
James Campbell 230 299 529
Ian Higgins 294 235 529
Scott Heaney 209 320 529
Damon Livermore 394 134 528
Liam McElduff 361 166 527
Tom Carruthers 264 260 524
Mark Atkinson 444 65 509
Tjaard Tait 295 214 509
Axel Cahlin 351 158 509
Shayne Lin 232 274 506
Tristan Cooper 316 187 503
Stuart Bromley 378 104 482
Adam Fleming 283 196 479
Deva Nirthanakumaran 228 249 477
Jack Colley 199 277 476
Adam Cubbage 252 222 474
Chris Spratt 255 215 470
James Robertson 199 264 463
George Read 316 134 450
Pat Effeney 200 244 444
Connor Jackson 302 142 444
Daniel Chamberlain 134 308 442
Stan Gaynor 293 146 439
James Kidd 200 232 432
Reagan Klemt 218 204 422
Matt Page 309 92 401
Nick Coleman 186 180 366
Tim Van Zuylen 272 92 364
Mitchell Kleem 125 223 348
Lachlan Stewart 311 0 311
John O'Neill Fuller 224 87 311
Iqbal Ahmed 226 81 307
Dom Thomson 106 201 307
Alex Wright 138 163 301
Harry Middlebrook 119 152 271
Charlie Stobo 75 175 250
Chris Retallick 132 74 206
Aaron Crofts 25 117 142
Matt Selby 120 0 120
Saahil Turki 113 0 113
Michael Roberts 113 0 113
Corbin Edgar 0 83 83
Edward Howitt 78 0 78
Ryan McElduff 11 67 78
Julian Stephenson 63 0 63
Jordan Farrell 51 0 51
Tom Cockburn 32 0 32
Matt Chamberlin 4 24 28
Aaron Chamberlain 21 0 21
Will Calov 21 0 21
Liam Windel 20 0 20

 

 

Results from Round 15 - The 'Grand Final' - Winner in Bold


Ranking     Team Name                                              Round 15 Points  
4 Blown the Budget 215
20 Leading Edge 256

 

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