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President's message: November 2018

OK I apologise, when I said we needed some rain to freshen up our grounds, I wasn’t expecting two weeks of non stop rain, virtually washing out the first half of October. Unfortunately, as always, the rain didn’t fall where they really needed it, in the country. We still keep hoping that will change.

It has been a frustrating start to the season for our club, we were well placed in most grades against Blacktown only to see all games washed out and had our Round 3 games against Uni of NSW all changed to one dayers. When we finally got back on the field, it was like the season was re-starting again. On a positive note we have just come off a great weekend against the strong Penrith club with wins in six out of seven games played over the weekend. With a great T20 win against Randwick-Petersham the week before, hopefully we have turned the corner and that winning feeling will grow as we lead into the important pre-Xmas period. Remember work hard, listen to your captains and coaches and play as teams and we will have some positive results over the coming six weeks.

There have been a number of outstanding performances over the past weeks, led by Axel Cahlin who has had a sublime start to the season with three centuries in the first five rounds. Axel has been rewarded with selection in the Futures League this week along with our NSW contracted player, Charlie Stobo. Good luck to both of you this week.

Also congratulations to Glenn Winsor on a great all-round performance on the weekend, Liam McElduff’s century on his return to the Stags and Ryan Tullia’s great century against North Sydney in Round 4. All teams won tight matches on the back of these centuries and it shows the value that they give the team in their quest for victory.

On the bowling front, interestingly five out of our top seven wicket takers are spinners. Congrats to Prahlad Iyer, Matt Wright, Ryan Meppum, Matt Junk and Rohan Watson on their start to the season. Our leading wicket taker is Ashwin Premkumar with 17 wickets so far.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Glenn Winsor and Josh Staines for their selection in the ACT/NSW Country Squad for the Under 19 championships to be held in Adelaide in December.

Off the field we have had some challenging times in the past month, with the need to dismiss one of our volunteers due to inappropriate comments placed on our Team App. We need volunteers to run our club, but we will not let our culture be eroded by the actions of the minority.

On a positive note, I was advised that at our 5th grade game last weekend, with the key help of Steve Bristow’s mum and dad, we put on a BBQ for not only our team but Penrith as well. Congratulations to 5ths, this is exactly what we want from our club.

Also in the past month Paul Stephenson has advised me that he will not be available to run our Communications area going forward. Paul will be sorely missed and if there is anyone out there who would like to assist we would love to hear from you. Paul has done a tremendous job for our club over a long period running our club website, writing the Weekly Wrap for fifteen years and writing the amazing stories about our World War 1 and 2 veterans. Paul will still be seen around supporting us on Saturday’s and I’m sure if we twist his arm we may get the occasional story from him.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael Falk for stepping in and taking over the Weekly Wrap which is an important part of our club where our players are highlighted for their performances after each week’s play.

As we move through November, we have our big double header T20 day at Chatswood in early December. The social committee are doing a great job doing the pre-organising and we look forward to a successful day.

Geoff Hickman



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