The A.W. Green Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 16 years of age. The Green Shield matches are played either on Sunday€s or on week days during the school holidays.
The competition includes semi finals and a final.
For the match schedule go to: Green Shield Fixtures.
A. W. Green Shield match reports for 2006/7 season are provided below:
Greenies go down in a thriller
With a record of four wins and two losses, the Gordon boys were sitting in ninth position on the table, leading into the final round of the regular season. Any position outside the top six would mean the season would come to a halt at the end of the game at Chatswood Oval against Penrith, however the Stags had high aspirations that a convincing win could scrape them into the top 6, and from there, anything could be achieved in the finals.
Henry Carmichael in action against Penrith
The day began in a common mode, with skipper Colley losing his fifth out of seven tosses for the year, meaning the Gordon side headed out to field first on a soft, grassy wicket.
Edwards was the first to strike in his second over, comprehensively bowling the left-handed opener. Drake however, was not far behind with his first scalp, claiming an LBW decision in his fourth. Enter Henry Carmichael.
After coming off a terrific spell of 5 for 5 against the North Sydney Bears, Henry managed to replicate his performance in outstanding style. His 5 for 21 off 7 overs was as good, if not better than his previous spell, claiming 5 out of the top 8 batsmen from the Penrith side. Although he did not beat the batsmen for sheer pace, he masterfully used the arts of seam and swing bowling to draw the edge of 3 batsmen, whilst trapping one in front of his stumps, and demolishing those of another.
The Penrith boys were dismissed for a modest 124 off 40 overs, Carmichael the pick of the bowlers, whilst Edwards contributed with 2 for 19, and Colley 2 for 21.
For the Stags to have a legitimate chance of making the finals, they had to attempt to collect the runs in the shortest time possible, to contribute to their overall net run rate. The order was slightly altered to cater for this run chase, sending in the big hitter Jono Wigham to potentially send the ball to all corners of the ground.
The change did not end up being a successful one, Hugo Anderson collecting his first failure of the season, along with Wigham departing for 1. This brought Colley and Edwards to the crease in the second over, with the score at 2 for 4. They compiled a partnership of 56 runs, Colley collecting 46 of them, before Edwards was stumped down the leg side off the opening bowler, with a piece of glove work that would make even Adam Gilchrist salivate.
Wickets continued to fall in bunches from this point on. The only rock in the innings appeared to be captain Colley, who mounted 67 runs before a mix-up between him and Henry Carmichael ended what appeared a flawless half-century. In a nail-biter reminiscent of the Northern Districts game Gordon eventually fell 8 runs short of the winning total, bringing for the Stags a halt to a season which had held so much promise.
Colley tries hard to get his boys into the finals
The team can now look back on the season they have embarked upon together and start to pick out the strengths and weaknesses that got them to where they stand. As Coach Brendan McDonald said, plenty of work needs to be done by all players in their enthusiasm towards the game, and their attitude towards winning.
From the squad of fourteen, seven of the boys have the opportunity to continue their Green Shield aspirations next season. It is important they learn the winning formula they have developed this year, and carry over their experience to the younger boys coming through next year.
On behalf of the entire Green Shield squad, I would like to pass on my most sincere thanks to the Coach Brendan McDonald, who has been not only a charismatic coach, but also a great friend to all the boys. Personally, this has been my second and last Green Shield season, both shared with BMac. I'm sure he has taken as much pleasure in watching me and the other second-year boys develop over time, as much as we have enjoyed watching Brendan mature as a coach.
The mothers and fathers who provided the lunches and afternoon teas once again played a fantastic role in the overall experience of the year, and the small part they play means a big deal for the reputation of the club, as it is viewed by sides who venture to the hallowed Chatswood Oval.
The behind the scenes work of Manager John Edwards must not go unnoticed as well. He, along with 'Tiddles' Tony Wilson, ensured the smooth running of all the games and training sessions, which was much appreciated by everyone.
Another "thank you" must also go out to the Gordon club for the effort put into the development of the boys through the Academies, thus ensuring the most fitting 14 boys represent their club at the peak level come competition time.
A win against the Bears for Greenies
The classic Stags versus Bears encounter was the challenge faced by the Green Shield boys in round six of the prestigious competition. The boys were placed mid-table leading into the fixture, a win potentially placing them within finals contention. Coach Brendan McDonald was adamant the boys 'control the 'controllables,'' focusing on their own performance before considering the performances of the clubs around them.
Carmichael, the pick of the bowlers
The day got off to a dream start, with captain Colley winning his second toss of the season and electing to bat first. More often than not, this would bring a smile to the team, however there were sceptics more than happy to bring up the last time the skipper had won the toss against Campbelltown-Camden, claiming that losing the toss was the catalyst for the Stags previous successes.
The innings began in typical Gordon fashion. Ben Cannon bullied the openers with some impressive boundaries. Captain Colley headed to the crease with the score on a miserly 11 runs, however the situation did not overbear him. He proceeded with his naturally aggressive game, capitalising upon any loose bowling from the new ball bowlers.
Anderson became the second scalp for the Bears with the score on 45, and this brought Rob Edwards to the crease. He and Colley batted with terrific intent to take the game to the bowlers, their partnership of 72 coming at over 5 runs per over. Further down the order, there were valuable contributions from Jono Wigham (36) and Richard Pengelly (20). They provided quite a show with their confidence to hit over the infield, deciding to deal in boundaries rather than singles.
The Gordon innings came to a close in the 59th over with the total on 256. The inability of the side to bat out the 60 overs was becoming and issue, and BMac was not alone in his frustration that the middle and late order batsmen were not putting up their hand and being accounted for. Nevertheless, a score of over 250 would take some smart batting from the Bears to overcome.
Opening bowler Rob Edwards claimed a wicket with his first ball, along with his counterpart Tom Drake having success in his second over. For the last 4 games, the two openers had dismissed 13 batsmen in their opening spells, providing a terrific platform for the forthcoming bowlers. With the Bears struggling at 2 for 15, there was plenty of confidence that the local rivals could be dismissed for a total less than in their previous game, a miserly 64.
The cordon eagerly awaiting a catch
Some expert batting stabilised the innings for the Bears, however it appeared the boys were playing more to bat for the 60 overs than to win for their team, scoring at less than 3 runs per over. When skipper Colley took a sharp caught and bowled with the score on 80, the tail crumbled, with the rest of the side being dismissed, only contributing 45 more runs between the 7 of them.
Henry Carmichael was quite easily the pick of the bowlers, taking 5 for 5 in only 4.2 overs. He frustrated the batsmen by constantly hitting correct lines and lengths, and it was a testament to his persistence that he was rewarded with such outstanding figures.
Gordon were impressive winners by a margin of 131 runs. A win by the Stags in their final home match against Penrith may allow them to slide into the top 6, however there is still much improvement in the field and the development of partnerships by the boys before they can phase the top teams in the comp.
Greenies vs Easts
The 5th round game against Eastern Suburbs was a very important game for the Stags, as it was a must win. Once again the Greenies were off to a bad start when captain Colley lost his 4th toss for the season which is becoming a familiar way to start the day. However, Easts decided to bowl which proved to be an interesting decision.
(Steve Colley in action)
Gordon was off to a great start with Ben Cannon and Hugo Anderson reaching 42 without loss at nearly 4 an over. It all came undone when the Easts first change bowler claimed Cannon's wicket. Enter captain Steve Colley who had a good platform to work with. Colley (30) and Anderson (42) were cruising having had a 60 run partnership until both fell in consecutive overs, leaving the score at 3/102.
Enter Rob Edwards and Tom Drake. The two big hitters put on solid partnership of 92 in very hot conditions until 'wards' fell to a sharp catch for 41. Drake continued to dominate the bowlers sending them to all parts of the ground. Henry Carmichael provided valuable assistance to Drake adding a handy 27 in quick time before he was bowled. Drake ended up making 76 in a very good display of powerful batting. Gordon finished their innings at 7/253 which coach Brendan McDonald described as a 'par' score for Chatswood oval.
The Gordon boys were very fired up going out to field and when Edwards got a great reflex caught and bowled in his first over the boys were right on top. Drake and Edwards were bowling tight lines until Drake had to go off with an injury. Alex Campbell came on in the 7th over and had immediate success in finding the batsman's edge. Edwards struck again giving him match figures of 2/10 off 10 overs. Great slips catching by Anderson and Edwards saw 5 catches between the two of them (4 in the slips) and the visitors were struggling at 6/21. However some sensible batting got them to 75 without another wicket being taken.
Alex Campbell bowled an outstanding spell finishing with the great figures of 5/30 off 11, proving to be a great birthday present for him. Mark Anderson, Henry Carmichael and Richard Pengelly starved Easts of runs by bowling extremely tight lines which the Easts batsman had trouble dealing with. Colley and Fessey then bowled valuable spells grabbing 1/13 and 1/16 respectively. Easts ended up being bowled out for 109 off 42 overs.
Henry Carmichael playing a good supporting role
A great improvement from the top order after the effort in the previous game. Many players stepped up to the occasion well. Special mention to Tom Drake who finished with 76, Alex Campbell with figures of 5/30, good catching in slips and improved fielding with a runout.
Greenies vs Campbelltown-Camden
This was the highly anticipated Grand Final rematch of the 2005/2006 Green Shield season. Gordon ventured out to the Raby ground in hope of seeking revenge for last year's humiliating defeat, only posting a miserly 55 on the board.
Captain Steve Colley won his first toss of the season on his fourth attempt, and with little hesitation, decided to bat on what seemed to be a solid batting track.
Henry Carmichael bends his back as he hurls one down
Without too much reminiscing on last years epic final, the pitch had grown a strong reputation as being conducive to sharp sideways movement for the seamers and right-angled turn for the spinners, and an inexperienced Gordon side met the wrath of the green top last year, being dismissed before lunch in the final.
Normal opener Ben Cannon was missing in action for ball one of this year's match. Sitting upon his kit awaiting his lift from Hawk's Nest, this never eventuated and meant Sam Monk replaced him at the top of the order.
They began quietly, with extremely tight lines and smart field placing meant runs were kept to a minimum. Wickets fell in clumps however, and partnerships never developed. The standouts with the bat were Colley with 28, Hugo Anderson with 17 and Henry Carmichael with 14. Gordon was eventually bowled out for 87. The total sounded small, however there was plenty of belief within the squad that if the opening bowlers were able to claim a few early scalps, they were well within reach of stealing the points.
Cannon... M.I.A. ... last seen here with large webbed hands
Drake and Edwards once again led the side with the ball for the fourth match this season. They continue to show the form that has brought the team such great success over the past two seasons. Drake completed his first spell with 1 for 17, and was more than unlucky not to have at least two more in the wickets column.
Edwards bowled well, supporting his performance in the previous game against Uni of NSW with 4 for 25 off his opening 6 overs. With Campbelltown 5 for 41 the Gordon team had a terrific chance of claiming what was an unexpected victory after what was an unimpressive performance from the batsmen. However some aggressive batting got Campbelltown over the line.
The team still has much to play for, regardless of their current position on the table. With three impressive performances at Chatswood Oval, there is absolutely no reason why the team cannot move into the top 6, and from there, it is anyone's game!
Greenies Vs Northern Districts
The 2nd round fixture against Northern Districts at Asquith Oval proved to be an epic battle worthy of its status as one of the closest Green Shield results of the year. The team realised the importance of the match, as a second straight loss could hurt the finals aspirations of a talented side.
Captain Colley having more luck with the bat than the coin
Captain Steve Colley lost his second the toss this season and Gordon were sent into bat on what appeared to be a hard, fast track, providing little sympathy for the fast bowlers. Cries of Ricky Ponting at Edgbaston could be heard around the ground, as winning the toss and bowling could almost be considered heresy in the cricketing community since that fatal Test Match.
Opening partners Ben Cannon and Hugo Anderson once again headed towards the centre to face what is considered to be one of the best bowling attacks in the competition. After bowling out Blacktown for 93 in their last game, the Northern Districts bowlers were quietly confident they could repeat the same feats against the Stags. Cannon fell in the sixth over for 5, attempting to chip over the infield. Sam Monk joined Anderson at the crease, and the pair compiled a sensible 40 run partnership at 3 runs an over, before Anderson was dismissed by a sharp catch at second slip off the bowling of the first change bowler. Steve Colley and Sam Monk both fell with the score on 63, which brought Rob Edwards and Max Carter to the crease.
The pair began to place pressure back onto the fieldsmen, taking sharp singles to the infield, with loud early calls ensuring they made their ground comfortably with time to spare. Top scoring Edwards was dismissed for 33, with Carter second highest with 29. The pair put on a valuable 62 runs for the fifth wicket. Some solid late overs batting from Tom Drake (23) and Jono Wigham (16) saw the team's total reach 180, a score which seemed competitive, however fell well short of the benchmark made at the beginning of the day's play. The bowlers would certainly need to do their job.
Cannon with the gloves on doing a tidy job
From the start it appeared tight lines rather than fiery pace was the method of attack by the Gordon fast bowlers. Openers Drake and Edwards again failed to take a wicket in the first spell, however the number of plays and misses serve as warning signs for the batsmen of teams to come in this competition. The first wicket came in the 13th over, when first change bowler Alex Campbell, managed to tempt the batsmen into a false shot outside off stump, only to see the ball cannon off the inside edge of his bat into middle and off.
Excellent tight line and length bowling by Henry Carmichael, Tom Ledgerwood and Mark Anderson put pressure on the batsmen and ensured the run rate by the Northern District side fell to just over 2 an over. The stress level began to rise for the District boys as they faced a 5 an over task with 20 overs remaining.
The tension rose greatly after some interesting shot selections from the Districts batsmen leaving them needing 20 runs to win with 6 overs left and 4 wickets in hand. However an outstanding final spell from Campbell who took 3 wickets in his final 2.1 overs saw the pendulum swing back to the Stags. The final 3 wickets fell on scores of 171, 174 and 175, leaving Districts short, Gordon the winners by a measly 5 runs.
Drake fires one down against NDs
Campbell's ability to adjust for the fact the batsmen were trying to lift the run-rate provided a clear example to the other bowlers of the art of death bowling. His final figures of 4 for 21 off 10.1 overs were much deserved, as his persistence of line and length bowling drew batsmen into making mistakes. Cricket is a team game, however it is the individual performances within this game that contribute to a team's success, and Alex provided the team with the fight that was missing in the first game.
Supporting spells from Henry Carmichael (1 for 4 off 5), Tom Ledgerwood (2 for 38 off 9), Rob Edwards (1 for 34 off 11) and Tom Drake (2 for 37 off 12) contributed to the success, but the most pleasing aspect of the team's performance was a marked improvement in the fielding, something which coach Brendan McDonald was especially pleased to see. A lower level of sundries also meant the side mounted more sustained pressure on individual batsmen, eventually leading to their dismissals.
It was also great to see some of the old faces, Alec Brown and Seth Tulloch, from last year's 2nd placed side. We look forward to the continued support of these veterans, and indeed the entire club, as it foretells the strength of the club in years to come.
Greenies vs UNSW
After two rounds of the Green Shield season, the Gordon side were sitting mid-table. They ventured to the Village Green full of confidence they could replicate the successes achieved against Northern Districts two days previously.
With what looked like a fast, bouncy pitch, and an outfield good enough to play billiards on, the University of NSW skipper had no hesitation to bat when the toss landed in his favour. Fair to say the Gordon side were less than impressed with their skipper's inability to buy a successful toss of the coin for a third time in succession.
The author, Edwards, sends one down
After last match report for the Northern Districts match, it was stated that it was only a matter of time before openers Tom Drake and Robert Edwards found their form and collected a handful of wickets each. Between them, they scalped the first four wickets of the innings in the space of ten overs, leaving the students crumbling at 4 for 25.
A minor fight back was staged by the home team at this point, compiling a 5th wicket partnership of 42, before Henry Carmichael found the edge of the established batsmen, with a sharp catch effected by Edwards in the cordon. Interestingly, 7 out of the 10 dismissals by the Stags were catches by either keeper or slips (H. Anderson 2 catches, S. Colley 2 catches, R. Edwards 2 catches, B Cannon 1 catch as keeper) with another good one by Max Carter running backwards in the deep at mid on.
The Gordon method of attack was to keep the ball as full as possible, and ensure the students were attempting to play outlandish shots through and over the infield in a desperate attempt to increase their scoring rate. This in turn led to the inevitable final dismissals of the tail, with Steve Colley taking two and Alex Campbell backing up from his last game with another. Uni of NSW finished on a modest 120 from 44 overs, something which seemed could only be defended by the possibility of rain looming in the dark clouds above.
Opening pair Hugo Anderson and Ben Cannon took to the crease after the ten minute changeover, and battled smartly for the first 8 overs, exchanging the strike to ensure no bowler could sustain any pressure on particular batsmen. Cannon was the first to be dismissed in the ninth over, compiling 14 runs before doing so (12 of those runs coming in 3's). This brought captain Colley to the crease, who was in much need of some time in the middle after a couple of small scores.
Captain Colley frees up his arms to get Gordon over the line
Steve's personally projected total was 50 not out, however with quick singles and silky strokes, he managed to go 13 better than that. When Edwards came in at 2 for 58, he and Colley collected the remaining 63 runs with little difficulty in the 35th over, the last before tea and the arrival of the rain.
Greenies go down to Manly
Following last seasons' second placing, plenty of expectation had been placed upon the shoulders of the incoming players to replicate the successes of the squad and uphold the reputation of the club as being one of the more formidable sides in the competition. After trial matches against Barker and an Under 18 academy side, there was much reason for optimism as the team took on Manly in the first round of the Green Shield competition at Chatswood Oval on Sunday.
Drake sends one down in the opening overs
The team took to the field, as an unsuccessful coin toss ensured the bowlers would be in the thick of the action more prematurely than desired. The two opening bowlers, Drake and Edwards bowled tightly without reward, and it wasn't until the first change of Campbell and Mark Anderson that the Gordon side appeared to be mounting any sustained period of pressure. A catch at first slip by Hugo caused headaches for the scorers, as caught Anderson bowled Anderson became the first of hopefully many wickets for the side this season.
Although the run rate for the first 25 overs was less than 2, the side continually let themselves down, failing to get their body behind the ball, and mount any sustained pressure on particular batsmen. The second break-through came when skipper Steve Colley bowled the big left handed opener attempting to sweep.
From here on in however, there would be little joy for the bowlers, as the Manly numbers 3 and 4 mounted a 172 run partnership in only 26 overs. The two played extremely well, however, Gordon failed to capitalise on the opportunities provided, proving to be expensive to say the least. Edwards received a consolation wicket with his third last ball, meaning the final Manly total would be 3 for 264, something which seemed well within the capabilities of the Gordon batting to chase down.
A quiet day for Cannon with the gloves - much more fruitful with the willow
Openers Ben Cannon and Hugo Anderson began the Gordon reply in terrific style, leading the side to 76 without loss at the 17 over mark. Both batsmen were dismissed in similar style, attempting to hit the leg spinner over the top of the infield, and misjudging the spin on the ball, only to see the keeper whip off the bails behind them. They scored 77 and 40 respectively, and provided a platform from which the middle order could attempt to win the game from.
The middle order could not benefit from the solid start of the openers, losing wickets 3 through to 7 for only 24 runs, the only resistance coming from Henry Carmichael with a quick-fire 40 that sparked a temporary fight back, however, with third stumping victim Ledgerwood departing from the crease with the team's score on 199, the game ran away from us, and eventually fell 42 runs of the winning target.
Tough work with the ball for Carmichael
Much improvement in the team's enthusiasm and precision in the field will need to be experienced in the crunch re-match against Northern Districts in the first round after the holiday break. There are no easy games in the Green Shield competition; however there is extra spice in the Northern Suburbs derby on 4 January, after a superb performance last year from current player Tom Drake, allowed Gordon to sneak under the radar and into the final against Campbelltown-Camden.