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One title, three bow out, one remains in the hunt for a premiership

One title, three bow out, one remains in the hunt for a premiership

Well, all good things must come to an end eventually. Sadly for three Gordon sides, they'll probably feel as though that end came a week too early. First, second and fifth grades, who were fantastic all year and earned their semi final spots, will think that they left the competition a week early. 

They are all hard games at this stage of the season though, and there has to be losers as well as winners. All three teams who left the finals race this year performed with great spirit and camaraderie. And from the whole club, I'd like to pass on a big congratulations to our women's first grade side, who managed a premiership. Well done to all involved!

Matt Keever's helps take 4th Grade into the Grand Final.

Let's spill the details of what went on over the weekend.

First Grade

At 3/23, and with James Kennedy with his tail up and Bankstown in trouble having been sent in, it was looking terrific for the Stags.

From there, not a lot went right in the field.

The bowlers toiled away, bowling aggressively, and then tightly, but just couldn't take a trick. Catches went down, half chances were spilled. First grade will feel as though they didn't back up in the field as well as they could have, and it didn't help that Cam Eccles, Ash Doolan and Elliott Richtor all copped blows.

JK led the way with the ball with 3 early wickets.
Matt Junk and Josh Doyle both bowled with great control, while James Kennedy was the standout all day, continuing to create chances with the old ball.
But the day just kept getting away from the Stags, with Mitch Brown playing a very classy knock for 161, being supported by Kerrod White and Nathan McAndrew.

At 5-290 odd and day 1 called for light and rain, it was a matter of batting out the next day on a good Chatswood deck.

After piling on a few more in the morning, Bankstown sent the Stags in. 













Josh Doyle picks up his first 1st Grade wicket and Ash Doolan shows some resistance with the bat.
No one was ever quite able to patch together an innings of substance. There were a lot of starts, with all of the top 6 finishing in double figures. But no one went on to be the glue for the innings, with Ash Doolan the top scorer with 35.

Bankstown fought well, and battled through a tough early period. They took their chances better than the Stags, and that was the difference between a grand final for our men and an early bath.

Well done to Steve Colley and the team for a great year. The best thing is this team has great spirit, and plenty of the blokes should be around next year to repeat the dose, and hopefully go a couple better. We know you have it in you.

Commiserations on a tough loss, but great effort all year.

Gordon 155 (Ash Doolan 35) def by Bankstown 9/317dec (James Kennedy 6/93)

Second Grade

Sent in at Mark Taylor, the 2s were always going to be up against it to put on a good score. 

With play not starting on time due to rain over the previous weeks, there would inevitably be a bit in the deck for the seamers.

But at 3/109, and with Max Papworth on 49 after valuable runs from Cam New, it was looking alright for Gordon.

Max played exceptional for his 49.
There wasn't much alright after that, however, as the innings crumbled, with some resistance shown by Corbin Edgar and Reagan Klemt. 

All out for 139 wasn't what the captain had in mind after a promising start. But with a good bowling attack at his disposal, there was still belief.

NDs went about their work methodically after losing a wicket to Nick Miller with the score on zilch, and slowly edged their way to the target.

It would be Reagan Klemt who'd bring the game back within reach for the Stags, going bang bang to give everyone hope.

3/46. Game in the balance.

From there, a couple of partnerships ensued, but with the score at 6/96, then 7/114, and 8/128, it was still possible.

Reagan dominated with the ball with great support from Scott and Skilly.
That would be the end of Gordon's wicket taking, though, NDs tracking the score down 8 down. 

A great, fighting effort from the Stags, but not enough to earn them a grand final. Well done to Max and the team.

Gordon 139 (Max Papworth 49) def by Northern District (Reagan Klemt 4/25, Scott O'Brien 2/39)

Fourth Grade

Yes, we get to talk about fourth grade now. What a game!

To say that some of the wickets in the lower grade fixtures this week were difficult might be the ultimate understatement. Not many scores in excess of 100 were registered.

Charlie Booth traps a batsman on the crease.
So it was in this game, with 100 probably a good score at Asquith.

All the batsmen battled hard, with Liam McElduff very impressive in difficult conditions. 

24 mightn't sound like a lot, but it was worth plenty in these conditions. 















Liam McElduff and Matt Wright batted with class and patience.
Wickets fell consistently, but with the outfield slow and the going difficult, the Stags managed to last 73 overs, getting to 104. A good score, so it would prove. As they say, never judge a wicket until both sides have batted. 

Judge away. All out for 41 from 32.5 overs. 

Matt Keevers was outstanding, as was Charlie Booth. Matt captured 4/7 off 11 overs, while Boothy had 3/7 off nearly 8 overs.

Boothy in action!
Sam Watts was 2/11 off 6 overs. Almost 2 an over Sam! Pick it up!

Gordon were made to bat again, but with the score on 86 after 68 overs the game was called, and the Stags were in the grand final. Well done boys - keep it up next week.


Matt Keever's hitting the perfect line and length.
Gordon 104 (Liam McElduff 24) and 8/86 (Mitch Kleem 21) def Northern District 41 (Matt Keevers 4/7, Charlie Booth 3/7, Sam Watts 2/11)

Fifth Grade

Well well well... Sadly for our all-conquering fifth grade side, not a lot went right. The conditions were against them, sent in on a damp Tunks Park wicket.

25 all out testifies to a tough pitch but also some poor decision making.

Really though, there's not much to be said other than the Randwick Petersham bowlers put the ball in the right areas, and the Stags couldn't match it.

The game gone, Randy Petes managed to get to 115 before sending the Stags back in. Once again the batsmen struggled, managing 103.

That was chased down, and the fifth graders' dream was crushed.

Tough luck lads. It was a great season, and you'll be in a very good spot next year.

Gordon 25 and 104 (Nick Andrea 23, Lachie Stewart 21) def by Randwick Petersham 114 (Dave Monaghan 3/23, Pat Rice, Nick Prell, Dave Burk 2 wickets each) and 0/15

Colts

Let's finish with... a premiership if you don't mind! 

Aaron Crofts and his team have been in special form all season, producing fantastic performance after fantastic performance.

Skipper Aaron Crofts leads the way with the ball.
Never a side to disappoint, they produced more of the same in the final game of the year. 
Possibly the strongest Colts side I've seen since being involved with the club, it was a terrific effort from everyone who played in this side this year.

At 0/36 on a Killara wicket that does a bit early on, Penrith must have been feeling pretty good. 

But Colts has terrific bowling depth, and they banded together to snag wicket after wicket. Everyone chipped in, with Aaron Crofts once again the middle order destroyer picking up 3.

Manus bowled superb, improving out of sight this year.
Set 87 to win, Colts set about the chase with plenty of confidence. Brady Morrison and Andrew Harvey played their shots, and Oli Williams and Rahul Krishna kept up the momentum when they were called to the crease. 














Brady and Andrew set up the run chase beautifully.
Rahul and Manus saw us over the line for the title. The game ebbed along, Matt Kean clubbing a few, before the fate was accepted.
Gordon are champions, and deservedly so, of the Metropolitan Cup.

Well done Aaron and team. A win to savour from a team deserving of a championship.

A hearty congratulations from everyone at the club for what you've achieved this season.

Gordon 5/107 (Andrew Harvey 30, Brady Morrison 20) def Penrith 87 (Aaron Crofts 3/7, Nick Dellis 2/25)

Pat Effeney

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End of Season Awards Night - 2017

End of Season Awards Night - 2017

All Gordon supporters - This is a reminder that we're less than two months away from our End of Season Awards night. Do whatever you have to do to save this date! This year's Awards Night will build on last year's and is going to be massive.

On Saturday 29 April 2017, we've booked out the Kirribilli Club in Milson's Point. Bring your partners along for some very special red carpet treatment and some fabulous entertainment”.

This will be a ticketed event, where you will be treated to great food and drinks throughout the night.

Singles @ $95, Couples @ $190 and Tables of 10 @ $900 (savings!).

Check out our order form here: www.gordoncricket.com/awards-night 

Green Shield Trials Application Form 2017/18

Green Shield Trials Application Form 2017/18

Applications to be part of the Gordon Green Shield squad for 2017/18 are now OPEN. To apply for the trials, please fill in the electronic application form below and you will receive a response shortly. 

Please be advised Gordon District Cricket Club will be conducting Green Shield trials on the following two Mondays, 20 March & 27 March 2016 from 7 - 9pm at SCG Indoor Centre.

There will be an INVITE ONLY session conducted at Barker College on a date to be confirmed in April from 2-5pm after the sessions at the SCG . Players invited to this session will be informed by email Friday 7 April 2017.

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President's Message - March 2017

President's Message - March 2017

What a great day last Saturday was for the club, six victories, five teams qualifying for the finals, two as minor premiers and fourth in the Club Championship. To top this off we had a great night of celebration at our end of season Players function with good attendance from our players.

Elliot Richtor has run into some late season form. Great for the finals! 

Whilst this was a great day, we have unfinished business and I would like to wish all our teams the best over the coming three weeks. If we keep working hard and play with confidence we can take out some premierships. Finals cricket is a fantastic opportunity for all players involved, so embrace it and don’t leave anything in the sheds. 

Go the Stags.

I am not going to focus on individual performances in this message, their time will come at our Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday 29th April. Can I encourage everyone to attend this evening, based on last year it promises to be a great night and hopefully a perfect way to celebrate some great performances during the season.

Whilst on congratulations, I would like to congratulate our Women’s club for winning their 1st club championship for over 20 seasons and also minor premiers in 1st grade. To top this off they won the T20 comp a few weeks back. A great season all round for Gordon.

Colts secure the minor premiership and looking to perform strongly in the finals 

I would especially like to congratulate Steve Colley and our 1st grade team for their effort to finish equal first in the 1st grade comp. It’s been a long time since this has happened and a testament to this tight knit side who have played quality cricket all season. Also a big congratulations to David Burk and 5th grade, and also Aaron Crofts and Colts for their minor premierships.

With 2nds and 4ths also making the finals we have plenty to be proud of this year. To our 3rd graders, you just missed out but the performances post-Christmas have been exceptional with 3 bonus point wins along the way, which definitely helped our final Club Championship position.

Last week we also had the pleasure of seeing our English import Mason Crane being selected for his first game for New South Wales. This is an exceptional effort and he has definitely deserved his opportunity. His contribution to the club this season both on and off the field has been exceptional and at 20 years old, the sky is the limit for this talented player. 

We're not quite sure whether this counts as a contribution on the field by Mason! 

As I said to Mason on Saturday night, keep your feet on the ground and enjoy the ride.

Since my last President’s Message we have of course held our Annual Golf Day at Killara Golf Club in February. What an amazing day it was and exceeded all expectations. It was also great that we could increase our donation to the Daff family, and we hope in a small way that this will assist their family.

A huge thank you to Adam Gilchrist and Tony Squires who not only showed how professional they are but their generosity in giving their time to grass roots cricket. To all our sponsors, donors and supporters for their support not only this year’s event but in a lot of cases over many years, thank you so much for your contribution. Also to all the players and ex-players who came along, thank you for your support.

Gilly and Tony Squires entertain the crowd at the Golf Day 

Lastly I would like to thank our organising committee Paul Stephenson, Tim Cubbage, Geoff Keevers, Peter Calov and Kim Kilkeary for their great help to make this night possible.

Over the next three weeks we need to band together, all be prepared to help out, as the responsibilities of hosting finals matches come upon us. If we work together you never know what may happen. GO THE STAGS.

Geoff Hickman
President

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Five Stags go into Finals, week 1. Five Stags come out

Five Stags go into Finals, week 1. Five Stags come out

There's something about those Stags. Five teams in the finals. All well-positioned, sitting at or near the top of the competition table. One team, however, was not. The weather threatened to give another week of life to four of our teams, without the price of sweat and hard work, but at the cost of one. The one who had scrapped so hard to earn it the week before, and all season long.

The first and second graders belt out the Gordon song at Chatswood. 

Weeks of deluge led into the weekend. But thanks to the work of the fantastic groundskeepers at both Chatswood and Drummoyne Ovals, both the premier and reserve graders got on for results. And would you believe, after the weather threatened to kill of their hopes, our seconds responded in the best possible way. Call it fate. Call it a well-deserved break. Whatever it is, there were plenty of Gordon fans cheering after this weekend.

Let's get behind the five sides this weekend, including Colts who have their Grand Final against a strong Penrith side.

First Grade 

With a day lost due to the weather, Sydney won the toss and inserted Gordon on a good, if a wee bit green, Chatswood deck. With the amount of water on the outfield, the boundary was brought in by about 10 metres and the whole practice area roped off. It was like returning to the Under 10's.

There would be plenty of hard work for the batsman, but Cam Eccles responded to play a fantastic finals cricket knock for an opener on a tough wicket. After Axel helped to get to get the shine off the ball, Cam teamed up with Steve Colley to get the score to 1/87. Very respectable on a pitch doing a bit.

The seconds at Drummoyne before watching the finish at Chatswood

Three quick wickets fell, and then a couple more, and the Stags were looking a little dicey. But Dan Smith and James Kennedy would put on a terrific partnership to really take the game from Sydney. Once Gordon were all out the score was an imposing 198, with only 17 overs to get the runs. Sydney decided there was no point in faffing about, and though wickets fell consistently, they also were piling up runs at an alarming rate. At one point it almost seemed like the impossible could happen. But early wickets proved crucial, and the Stags bowlers again showed wile and guile.


 
   
Dan Smith takes a wicket, Matt Junk in action and Cam Eccles at Chatswood.

The result? An astonishing all out for 110 off just 13.1 overs. Crazy cricket, but at the end of the day it's a dominating win for Gordon, and another step in the march. Elliott Richtor and Matt Junk took the bowling spoils, with three and four wickets respectively.

Gordon 198 (Cam Eccles 42, James Kennedy 28, Steve Colley 27) def Sydney 110 (Matt Junk 4/29, Elliott Richtor 3/29)

Second Grade

Again, it would be Sydney the opponent in the final, but on this occasion Gordon won the toss at a fantastic Drummoyne Oval and sent the hosts in on a good pitch. Dan Stickland, who had made his first grade debut on this ground just a matter of weeks prior, had thankfully abided by the Higgins Law of light beers after 2am and was ready to rip and tear.

 
Dan Stickland has good memories of Drummoyne Oval

It's a good thing Missy was such a good teacher, because Sticky would go on to bowl what could be the most impressive spell of his life. There was enough life in the pitch to keep the seamers interested, but it was by no means a minefield. But Dan bowled with precision and pace on his way to a career-best haul of 6/46. He was ably supported by all the bowlers, who kept it tight and ensured there was no let-up from the other end.

Nick Miller chipped in with two wickets, with Anand Verma and Sam Baker each taking one. But it was the Dan Stickland show - reward for three seasons of concerted effort to become a better cricketer. Well done Dan. The runs, just 102 of them, would have seemed to be a formality. But what's the fun in that? The top order, including the captain himself, was dedicated in making everyone give a little gulp. losing four cheap wickets. But Reagan and Corbin Edgar, then Reagan and Anand, got together to make sure the game was won. It was a mature innings from Reagan, and another reward for a player who's worked very hard to achieve what he has. Well done seconds. Let's keep that roll going, hopefully with sunnier weather this week.

Gordon 5/103 (Reagan Klemt 31*) def Sydney 102 (Dan Stickland 6/46, Nick Miller 2/13)

Fourth Grade Match abandoned - they progress through to the semi finals

Fifth Grade Match abandoned - they progress through to the semi finals

Colts Match abandoned - they progress through to the grand final

Pat Effeney

Six from six gives the Stags five out of six

Six from six gives the Stags five out of six

Confusing title? Be confused no longer - five out of the six teams fielded by the Gordon Cricket Club for the 2016/17 season have reached the finals. I've only been at the club for nine seasons, but that's just about the best result I can remember in that time.

Firsts finished as joint minor premiers with Sydney Uni on 67 points.

Elliot Richtor had a fine match

Seconds nabbed sixth spot with a bonus-point win over Wests this weekend to pip Sydney Uni into that crucial spot. Third grade managed to get to eighth, having sat close to last at Christmas. Fourth grade closed out in third spot, with a massive opportunity to go places in the finals. Fifth grade are minor premiers, because of course they are, as are Colts.

How good. Is that.

Somehow, after all that, we're fourth in the club championship, but I'll leave that one to the mathematicians to work out for me.

For now, I'll just move onto the wrap of a six from six round against Wests. Thanks for the Jagerbombs, Hicko.

First Grade

Batting first, and with the openers departing early, it would be the skipper Steve Colley and Elliott Richtor who would be the steadying hands for the Gordon innings. Once Steve left the crease, Tym Crawford picked up where he left off, hitting the ball to all parts on his way to a well-compiled 67.

Matt Junk bowled well again

Elliott made another great 50 before he was run out, and though the lower order knocked it around, no quick late runs came and the firsts finished up on 221. A competitive score all things considered on a good Pratten wicket.

With plenty of Stags fans in the stands, James Kennedy gave them something to cheer about, striking in the first over.

From there a partnership would ensue for Wests, but as he has been all season, Matt Junk proved a crucial player bowling a very economical and effective spell. His three wickets, along with a cheeky four to Elliott Richtor, slowed Wests down and put the Stags in charge.

By the time Kennedy came back to finish the innings off, providing a neat bookend, Wests had only managed 146. An emphatic win to finish the season for the Stags, who finished the season on equal first with Sydney Uni.

Good luck in the finals

Gordon 221 (Tym Crawford 67, Elliott Richtor 56, Steve Volley 39) def Western Suburbs 146 (Elliott Richtor 4/42, Matt Junk 3/29, James Kennedy 2/21)

Second Grade

A standout performance was required from Max Newman's men to get into the finals after what had been a terrific season, and that's exactly what they delivered.

Max Newman led his team well

Max elected to bowl first on a good wicket, and both Chad Soper and Dan Stickland started really well but bowled without luck. Nick Miller proved to be immediately effective, however, coming on and taking a wicket with his first ball.

Bowling with Sam Baker, these two changed the game for the Stags. All quicks were great throughout the entire innings, with Chad (1/28 off 10), Dan (1/12 off 7), Nick (3/26 off 8), Sam (2/23 off 9.1) bowling quickly and accurately.

Not to be forgotten about, Anand Verma also bowled brilliantly through the middle overs to take 3/28 off 10.

In a stifling, grinding performance, Wests were all out for 117.

Dom Thomson (35) started strongly for Gorgon taking 16 off the first over, and when he came together with Max Papworth (52) the chase really got going.

     
Sam Baker and Anand Verma snared wickets while Reagan Klemt took a great catch at second slip

It was never in doubt. A couple of wickets fell as the target neared but the seconds got the win as well as a crucial bonus point 4 wickets down inside 23 overs.

Having snuck into the six on quotient, the twos will believe they can do plenty of damage to the rest of the top six.

Gordon 4/118 (Max Papworth 52, Dom Thomson 35) def Wests 117 (Anand Verma 3/28, Nick Miller 3/26, Sam Baker 2/23)

Third Grade

Well... what do you say about a game like this. Welcoming a few new faces, including Jared Clulow driving down from Mudgee that morning, thirds faced a finals-bound Wests team.

Jack Skilbeck took another three wickets

When Darren Jayasekera went down to an allergic reaction early after the skipper elected to bowl, it wasn't looking great for the Stags.

But a wicket in the second over, and two in the third (including a genuine bat pad to Jack Skilbeck) had the Stags rolling.

Wickets kept tumbling. One more to Skilly, then two to Effeney. Liam Windell, one of the new faces, came on and snagged three with his brisk pace, then Jared finished it off.
In a blink of an eye, Wests all out for 44.

The runs were chased down within the hour (Shayne Lin belting a huge six over cover off his first ball), with Jared Clulow getting 19, and the 10-man Stags had beaten finals-bound Wests with a bonus point. Just shows what could have been.

Gordon 4/48 (Jared Clulow 19*) def Wests 44 (Liam Windell 3/3, Patrick Effeney 3/15, Jack Skillbeck 3/18)

Fourth Grade

Captain Bromley made a little bit of a risky call early in the day to have a bat at Killara, even though the deck was a bit sticky. But the great man must have had something in his Wheaties because it all turned out okay, with the Stags grinding and toughing it out to make a solid 200 against a good Wests bowing attack on a slow lush outfield.

Stu Bromley took on the Wests attack

All the batsman chipped in, but the standout performance was Matt Wright with 54. He really is developing into a terrific cricketer with both bat and ball. Other notable scores came from Mitch Kleem with 28, Liam McElduff with an 30, and Hugh Sherwood making an important 28.

With Wests sitting primed at 0/67 and the deck flattening out, the fours began to get a little worried. As has been the spirit of this team all year, the bowlers and fielders picked up the intensity and Wests were all out for 150 in the 40th over. An astonishing turnaround, with Matt Wright again the key protagonist with the ball, taking 3/35 off 10. Bustling Steve Bristow finally got a bowl this year and rewarded the captain with 3/34 off 5.3, and Pat Rice managed a very miserly  2/11 off 6 overs.

   
Matt Wright had a fine match with bat and ball

A fantastic way to finish the year, with yet another fighting showing.

It all points to great signs for the finals!

Fifth Grade

Fifths batted first at Punchbowl and got off to a great start thanks for a couple of great partnerships between Jack Doolan and Ryan Tullia, then Ryan and Damon Livermore.
Damon, Ryan and Tom Hamblin both batted well for 30s, but the middle order and tail failed to fully capitalise on the good start of the top  order to get Gordon to 196.

Tom Hamblin in action

But have you seen the bowling line-up fifth grade have at their disposal?

All the bowlers then just did as the fifth grade bowling line-up does and completely tear apart the opposition innings, with David Burk and Nick Prell the main destroyers with three wickets each.

Lachie Stewart bowled well for two wickets, with contributions from Vikrant and Tim Ferrero.

Wests all out for 84, meaning Gordon get the bonus point and the minor premiership.

What a season it's been so far for the mighty fifths - let's keep it going into the finals boys!

Gordon 196 (Damon Livermore 35, Tom Hamblin 32, Ryan Tullia 38) def Wests 83 (Nick Prell 3/12, David Burk 3/23, Lachie Stewart 2/19)

Colts

Gordon Colts have claimed the minor premiership (I've lost count of how many that is since I've joined the club) after a thumping win over UNSW by 153 runs at Beauchamp.

Winning the toss and batting on another slow outfield, Gordon started steadily without making any major progress. Andrew Harvey was steady and saw the new ball off, which saw Gorgon get to 40 with the loss of only two wickets.

 
Minor Premiers - Colts take another photo opportunity

The platform laid, it was the stand of 144 runs between Aaron Crofts and Rahul Krishna that won the game. Crofts (76) and Krishna (72) batted for 35 overs to ensure Gordon made a mammoth 253 in those conditions. Both batsmen were cheeky between the wickets and punished the bad ball. It was a fantastic partnership that flourished from the moment both came to the crease.

Matt Keane (20 not out) and Manus Chauhan (17 not out) played cameos to ensure the score surpassed 250.

Nick Dellis (2/16 off 6) had two wickets in his first over - an ideal start for the Stags. A short ball nabbed a caught behind and a clean bowled set the tone for the rest of the innings innings. In conjunction with Dylan Hood, who took 2/20 off 7, had University in all sorts of trouble.

 
 
Aaron Crofts and Rahul Krishna in fine form at Beauchamp
Some excellent catching and a run out by Oliver Williams saw them struggling at 6/30.

Kevin Huang then had his best bowling performance of the year, taking 2/8 off 5, assisted with some great catching by Manus.

Some great fielding from the lads topped off a great day to see UNSW all out for 100.

An emphatic win. A minor premiership. A great team.

Bring on the finals.

Gordon 5/253 (Aaron Crofts 76, Rahul Krishna 72) def UNSW 100 (Kevin Huang 2/8, Nick Dellis 2/16, Dylan Hood 2/20)

Pat Effeney

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