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.