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Poidevin Gray team to kick off T20 double header on Sunday

Poidevin Gray team to kick off T20 double header on Sunday

On Sunday at Manly Oval, the always most competitive Poidevin Gray Competition commences, as part of an exciting T20 double header, with first Grade to also play the Waratahs in the afternoon match.
Jamie Bekis in action last season
The Stags have chosen a most attacking side for this game, as befits the nature of T20 cricket. The inform Jamie Bekis is joined at the top of the order by explosive Jay Naganayagam, having just returned from the U17 Nationals. Free flowing Lachlan Barnsley will bat at three, followed by Glenn Winsor, whose allround skills will be invaluable in PGs. Young English player, Josh Porter has been chosen for his attacking batting approach, with Josh Claridge, fresh from his undefeated century in second grade, to also take up the gloves behind the wicket.

Based on experience, spinners are invaluable in this competition, with selectors naming a very strong quartet in this area. Newly appointed Captain, Nathan Doyle will be joined by fellow leg spinner Daniel Chillingworth, as he continues his pathway back towards full fitness. The two leggies will be complemented by the second grade spin attack of Ryan Meppem and Matt Wright. Importantly all four players are most competent with the bat in hand, and should also add valuable runs to the final team score.
Ryan Meppem in action
Rounding off the playing team is fast bowler Austyn Nugent, pleasingly returned from a long term back injury, and with a five wicket haul last Saturday in third grade. Ryan Tullia will assume twelfth man duties for this game, with several other squad members being closely watched for future matches. 

These players include fast bowlers, Vikrant Nehru, Luke Powell, Will Rogers and Nathan Sequeira, wicketkeeper batsman, Nick Andreou and exciting young batsman Nikhil Ahluwalia. Team coach Charlie Stobo is excited by the team's prospects and he will be joined by manager, Rob Carruthers for what no doubt will be a high quality competition. 

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Tym Crawford sets Howell Oval alight on day 1 of Penrith matches

Tym Crawford sets Howell Oval alight on day 1 of Penrith matches

The rain made a mess of several matches but some outstanding performances put the Stags in good positions in other games.  Tym Crawford’s brilliant 169 in 1st Grade helped them recover from a sticky situation, while Austyn Nugent ripped through the Penrith 3rd Grade side to finish with the fine figures of 5-22.  Mitch Kleem continued to pile on the runs with a strong 87 in 4ths and there were a number of fighting knocks in several grades which helped build acceptable scores.

Tym Crawford at Howell Oval on Saturday

2nds didn’t get on in their game and will be playing 120 overs next week, while the Colts’ one day game against Sydney University was also washed out.

1st Grade

Gordon won the toss at Howell Oval and decided to bat.  After a steady start, wickets began to fall and the side was in trouble.  At 5-90, something special was needed.  And it arrived!  Tym Crawford and Charlie Stobo came together and the game changed complexion.  With Charlie playing the sheet anchor role, Tym played an absolute blinder.  He sent the ball to all parts as he raced to a brilliant century.  But he wasn’t finished there.  After adding 129 with Charlie, he and Glen Winsor added a further 73.  Tym was eventually out for a magnificent 169 at better than a run a ball with 21 fours and a six.  Max Newman then made a very handy contribution as he and Nathan Doyle shared an invaluable partnership.  

At the end, Gordon reached 9-361 after 88 overs.  A great recovery and a wonderful dig from Tym.  A good day but a good batting deck, so a big effort needed next week.

Gordon 9-361 (Tym Crawford 169, Max Newman 41*, Glenn Winsor 39, Charlie Stobo 32, Axel Cahlin 32) vs Penrith.  

For the record, Tym’s innings is the 15th highest in first grade. Here are the others above him and one who is below him by one run. Sorry Marshall 


Charlie Macartney




Charlie Macartney




Johnnie Moyes




Claude Tozer




Norbet Philips




Ginty Lush




Mark O’Neill




Charlie Macartney




Beau Casson




Charlie Macartney




Walter Vaughn




Johnnie Moyes




Harry Evans




Ian Davis




Tym Crawford




Marshall Rosen



2nd Grade

Chatswood was too wet and no play was possible.  An early start next week.

3rd Grade

Gordon bowled first at Bill Ball.  All the bowlers were good and wickets fell while the scoring rate wasn’t excessive.  Luke Powell struck twice and Austyn Nugent and Vikrant took one each as Penrith struggled to 4-76 at tea.  Straight after the break, Austyn went on a tear and all of a sudden, Penrith were 9-89 and he had five!  Prahlad Iyer also took two and Penrith were all out for 101.  A top effort by the bowlers.

Austyn Nugent

Michael Fletcher and Liam McElduff started confidently and shared an excellent opening partnership.  They added 77 in good time before Liam was out for a really good 44.  Another wicket fell but the runs continued before bad light took them off the field at 2-97.  Michael remained on 43* - well done – and an interesting day in store next week.

Gordon 2-97 (Liam McElduff 44, Michael Fletcher 43*) vs Penrith 101 (Austyn Nugent 5-22, Luke Powell 2-10, Prahlad Iyer 2-23).

4th Grade

Gordon won the toss at Killara and decided to bat.  Mitch Kleem and Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo batted through some good bowling on a deck that was doing a little.  After a while, it got a bit easier and their partnership flourished.  They added 121 before Nomaan was out in the last over before tea for a well made 39. 

After the break, the innings took a severe turn for the worst with three wickets falling immediately.  Mitch was out for an excellent 87 and the side was looking like it hadn’t capitalized on such a good start.  However, some really good rearguard action saw the Stags regain the ascendancy.   Jayden Gray and Sam Schembri-Green both played excellent innings while Lachie Burrows also fought hard.  When stumps were drawn, Gordon had reached 9-261.  Certainly something for the bowlers to bowl at next week.

Gordon 9-261 (Mitch Kleem 87, Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo 39, Sam Schembri-Green 36, Jayden Gray 31) vs Penrith .

5th Grade

Gordon batted first at Rance Oval.  After losing an early wicket, Riley Behlevanas and Adam Greenwood shared an important partnership before the latter was out for 16.  A clatter of wickets then fell before Riley and Dave Monaghan (cometh the hour, cometh the Monners) came together, taking the score to 99 before Riley was out for a terrific half century.  Dave also reached his 50 but Gordon lost more wickets and, at 9-153, things looked bleak.  An invaluable unbroken last wicket partnership between Will Rogers and Rohan Watson was however, not what Penrith had ordered.  They put on 32 with promise of more to come next week, as Gordon finished on 9-185.  A good fight by the middle/lower order will make it a good game on day 2.

Gordon 9-185 (Dave Monaghan 58, Riley Behlevanas 51, Will Rogers 31*) vs Penrith.


The Colts were playing Sydney University in a one day game.  Unfortunately, the rain was too much and no play was possible.  Another one day game, this time against Penrith, next Saturday, again at Beauchamp in a replay of last year’s final. 

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And so it begins...2019-20 off to a good start

And so it begins...2019-20 off to a good start

A pretty good start for the Stags with 4 wins from 6 games.  A number of strong batting performances, led by a great undefeated century in 2nds by Josh Claridge – his first innings for the club – and First Grade skipper Harry Evans’ sparkling 88. Jamie Bekis and Nikhil Ahluwalia shared an excellent partnership in Thirds, as did Felix Barbeler and Nick Astridge in Colts.  

Josh Claridge

With the ball, Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo took a handful, while Glenn Winsor (Firsts), Matt Keevers (Thirds) and Rahul Krishna (Fourths) all went particularly well. 

First Grade

Gordon won the toss and batted at Caringbah. Cam Eccles and Axel Cahlin got the side off to a great start, adding 77 in good time before Axel was out for 43.  Steve Colley came in and, with Cam, another 68 were added.  At Steve’s fall, Harry Evans entered and played a fantastic innings.  Cam was out for a fine 76 – a most important dig in the scheme of things – and Harry was able to profit from the fine start, striking a delightful 88 from only 68 balls.  He and Tym Crawford added 109 in good time and the Gordon total of 7-303 was formidable, although, with Shane Watson in the opposition, nothing could be taken for granted. 

Harry Evans in action

It was all set up for a great afternoon’s tussle.  However, Ashwin Premkumar knocked things around a little by bowling Watson in the second over of the innings!  A fair partnership followed but when Charlie Stobo took the second wicket and Glenn Winsor bowled a fantastic spell, taking 3 wickets for 14 in his 7 overs, Gordon were in complete control.  5-109 meant Sutherland had too much to do and, with Tym Crawford chipping in with two and Nathan Doyle, playing his first First Grade game, bowling a top spell and also taking two, the Sharks were all out for140.  Mention should be made of the fielding, which was of the highest class with Harry and Charlie both taking screamers. 

So, an excellent bonus point win to start the season.  Well done!

Gordon 7-303 (Harry Evans 88, Cam Eccles 76, Axel Cahlin43, Tym Crawford 39, Steve Colley 27) defeated Sutherland 140 (Glenn Winsor 3-14, Nathan Doyle 2-23, Tym Crawford 2-29, Ashwin Premkumar 2-36) with a bonus point.

Second Grade

Gordon won the toss and batted on a good deck at Chatswood.  Ryan Tullia and Dom Thomson got the side off to a solid start but both fell together and it was up to Michael Roberts and Josh Claridge to resurrect the situation.  This they did, adding 112 before Michael was out for an aggressive 56 from 51 balls.  A couple of wickets then fell and Josh, who was batting superbly, had to shoulder the responsibility.  He moved to a really classy century, finishing on 117* - a great effort in his first game with the club. 

Josh Claridge during his century against Sutherland 

241 was perhaps a little below par on a lightning Chatswood outfield.  Early wickets weren’t forthcoming and although the bowlers toiled hard, they couldn’t put enough pressure on the Sharks.  Eventually, only two wickets fell as Sutherland passed the Gordon total in the 48th over.

A disappointing result but a great dig from Josh and hopefully success soon for the 2nds.

Gordon 6-241 (Josh Claridge 117*, Michael Roberts 56) lost to Sutherland 2-245.

Third Grade

Gordon inserted Sutherland who immediately lost two wickets.  The next two batsmen then added 132 to put them in a good position.  Three quick wickets ensued before a couple of handy knocks took the score to 8-205 from their allotted overs.  Best of the Gordon bowlers was Matt Keevers, while Darren Jayasekera took a couple.

The Stags needed a good start and Jamie Bekis and Liam McElduff obliged, putting on 75 for the first wicket.  Liam was dismissed for 41 and another wicket fell immediately, but Jamie, who hit the ball very solidly and Nikhil Ahluwalia, from last year’s Green Shield team, made sure that the chase would always be successful, adding 113 in good time.

Mitch Kleem against Sutherland

Jamie was unfortunately dismissed shortly before the win was attained for an outstanding 86 while Nikhil remained 63* - a great effort and a top start.

Gordon 3-208 (Jamie Bekis 86, Nikhil Ahluwalia 63*, Liam McElduff 41) defeated Sutherland 8-205 (Matt Keevers 4-27, Darren Jayasekera 2-24).

Fourth Grade

Sutherland were given first use of the Killara deck and use it they did.  The early batting was good and Gordon had difficulty making significant breakthroughs.  The second wicket fell at 128 and several more handy partnerships built the score up briskly.  Sutherland finished on 8-265 – a very solid effort.  Best bowler for Gordon was Rahul Krishna who finished with 4-49.  Simon Read also took two but it was a big total to chase.

Stuart Bromley against Sutherland

Mitch Kleem was his normal aggressive self, putting on 59 with Nick Russo for the opening partnership.  They finished with 36 and 46 respectively, both strong knocks.  Unfortunately, the middle order struggled and, at 6-157, there was a problem.  Skipper Stuart Bromley was his normal belligerent self with a punchy 55* but it was not to be and the Stags were eventually all out for 219.  

Only round one and some good performances.

Gordon 219 (Stuart Bromley 55*, Nick Russo 46, Mitch Kleem 36) lost to Sutherland 8-265 (Rahul Krishna 4-49, Simon Read 2-28).  

Fifth Grade

Gordon batted first at Tonkin Oval.  After losing an early wicket, a number of batsmen made useful contributions without really taking control of the game.  Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo, Jayden Gray, Dillon Amjad, Dave Monaghan and Prashan Seneviratne all scored between 20 and 40 and helped get the total up to an almost respectable 195.  A fair result but tough to defend.

Sutherland did not appear threatened as they cruised to 1-102.  All over bar the shouting?  I think not!

Shiv Rana broke the partnership and then Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo took a couple and, with Shiv striking again, Sutherland had lost 4-2.  Wickets kept falling and with Dave Monaghan taking a couple, the Sharks collapsed to be all out for 158.  A top spell by Nomaan.

Rahul Krishna

A great recovery from the Stags and a top way to start the season.

Gordon 195 (Dave Monaghan 35, Dillon Amjad 32, Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo 27, Prashan Seneviratne 22, Jayden Gray 21) defeated Sutherland 158 (Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo 5-29, Dave Monaghan 2-29, Shiv Rana 2-34).


The Colts started their 2019-20 defence of the Metrop Cup title at Beauchamp Park against Blacktown.  They lost the toss and were asked to bat on an absolutely terrific looking pitch.  And so it proved.  After losing an early wicket, skipper Nick Astridge and Felix Barbeler were circumspect at first but gradually got comfortable, putting the loose balls away and sharing an excellent partnership of 145.  Nick scored a fine 69 while Felix went on to 84 – a top knock! 

Felix Barbeler and Nick Astridge at Beauchamp

Riley Behlevanas kept the momentum going with some good running and English import Josh Porter finished the innings with a very punishing 48*, including 27 from the final over!  Three for 253 from their 45 overs was a great start for Gordon.

Blacktown also lost an early wicket but their young batsmen were on a mission and hit a number of early boundaries.  Wickets were falling however, and Gordon were on top at 4-49 before a very good partnership of 59 in good time saw the Warriors in with a show.  Finally, young Dylan Ranjan broke through and from that point, the Stags were on top.  Dylan bowled an excellent spell, as did Connor Clift.  Wickets fell although the middle order showed commendable determination.  The innings finished at 188, with Josh Porter and Ollie Patterson also making strong contributions, chipping in with a brace each.

So, a really good first up win for the Colts with two one-dayers in the next fortnight at Beauchamp to come.

Gordon 3-253 (Felix Barbeler 84, Nick Astridge 69, Josh Porter 48*, Riley Behlevanas 17*) defeated Blacktown 188 (Connor Clift 2-16, Josh Porter 2-28, Dylan Ranjan 2-33, Ollie Patterson 2-42).  

Our future stars. The Colts at Beauchamp

Teams announced for Round 1

Teams announced for Round 1

The club has announced its teams for the first round of the season to face Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval. The club congratulates Nathan Doyle who has joined us this season and will make his Gordon First Grade Debut. Nathan is the younger brother of Josh Doyle who played for Gordon a couple of seasons ago and joins us from the Mosman Club having played First Grade for the whales and is a promising leg spinner. 

Nathan Doyle in action during a pre-season practice match

Nathan is joined by Lachlan Barnsley and Ashwin Premkumar who played a limited number of first grade games last season and have been rewarded for strong pre-season preparation.

Unfortunately front line spinners Scott O’Brien and Dan Chillingworth and both unavailable due to injury with Dan playing thirds as a batsman at this stage.

Firsts have their top five bats returning with Charlie Stobo leading the attack and allrounder Glenn Winsor starting after his excellent first season last year.

The team will need to be at their best with the strong Sutherland team having Shane Watson and sixers Ben Dwarshuis in their ranks. 

Lachlan Barnsley and Ashwin Premkumar

Second grade welcome Josh Claridge a right handed bat from Newcastle and Jackson Saggers, a right arm fast medium bowler who has joined us from Tasmania. After his good season last year in fourths Manus Chauhan has been promoted to seconds to start the season.

In third grade, new captain Liam McElduff takes over in what is potentially a very strong team with an excellent pace attack with Austyn Nugent back after missing almost all of last season, Nikal Aluwahlia an exciting prospect and Prahlad Iyer gets his first opportunity in higher grade after working very well in the pre-season.

In fourth grade, the club welcomes Patrick Manning and Nick Russo to the club and look forward to watching them perform. Youngsters Sam Schembri Green and Callum Bladen who are part of our successful Green Shield program also get a chance in a higher grade.

In fifth grade we welcome Nomaan Sidiq, along with tyro leg spinner Rohan Watson and new quick Karin Tiwari who will make their grade debuts under the direction of the experienced Dave Monaghan. 

Jackson Saggers and Josh Claridge 

In Colts, congratulations to Nick Astridge taking over as skipper of the defending Colts Premiers. The club welcomes Josh Porter from the UK who will start in Colts but is likely to move up the grades.

The teams are as follows:

1st Grade

2nd Grade 

3rd Grade

Glenn McGrath Oval

Chatswood Oval

Sutherland Oval




A Cahlin

D Thomson

L McElduff ©

C Eccles

R Tulia

J Bekis

H Evans ©

M Roberts (w/k)

D Jayasekera

S Colley

J Claridge

N Ahluwalia

T Crawford

N Miller ©

D Chillingworth

L Barnsley

M Wright

N Andreou (w/k)

G Winsor

R Meppem

V Nehru

C Stobo

M Chauhan

A Nugent

M Newman (w/k)

A Patterson

P Iyer

N Doyle

D  Stickland

L Powell

A Premkumar

J Saggers

M Keevers




4th Grade

5th Grade

Colts v Blacktown

Killara Oval

Tonkin Park

Beauchamp Park




M Kleem

N Sadiq-Budroo

N Astridge ©

N Russo

S Rana

F Barbeler

F Wilson (w/k)

J Gray

R Behlevanas

P Manning

C Hewitt

T Chapman (w/k)

M Fletcher

S Bristow (w/k)

J Porter

S Bromley ©

D Amjad

F Booth

R Krishna

D Monaghan ©

N Woodward

S Schembri-Green

K Kheterpaul

H Robertson

L Burrows

P Seneviratne

T Armstrong

S Read

K Tiwari

O Patterson

C Bladen

R Watson

D Ranjan



C Clift

Train on

A Greenwood, T Gohl, M Loong, L Sheehan, D Vyas, V Sahni, L  Bell

Captains announced for Grade teams

Captains announced for Grade teams

The club has announced the captains for first to fifth grade with the Colts skipper to be announced soon. It is pleasing to have a group of both fine cricketers and great club men who will continue to install the values of our club. 

Club Captain Alex Patterson

First Grade

Harry Evans will captain first grade, however is only available for the first half of the season. Harry will be taking up a position with his work in London after Christmas, however to ensure a smooth take over Tym Crawford has been appointed vice captain to learn the ropes.

Second Grade

Nick Miller is returning soon from his second visit to the UK and will be taking the reins again in seconds. Hopefully Nick’s back will be OK to allow him to provide back up to the second grade attack.

Thirds Grade

The club is pleased to announce a new captain for our third grade side after Pat Effeney’s work load to too much to play this season. Liam McElduff has jumped at the opportunity and we look forward to his calm demeanour taking the thirds to the semis and beyond. Well done Liam.

Fourth Grade

The 4’s will again be led by Stuart Bromley who is busting to take the talented fourth grade side to a premiership. Stuart has shown a great skill to bring along the young players in his side and be the rock in the middle of the order.  

Fifth Grade

The world’s best fifth grader will again act as the world’s best fifth grade captain, and bring home the always well performing fifth grade team. 

Club Captain

As was announced at the AGM, the club has appointed Alex Patterson as the new Club Captain to replace Tym Crawford who has stepped aside after 4 excellent years. We are sure Alex’s enthusiasm for the club will rub off on the players and keep us moving ahead as a well-oiled unit. Dan Stickland and Ryan Tullia will continue in their roles on the Players Committee working with Alex to focus on being a voice for the players to the club’s executive committee.

Clockwise from top left: Harry Evans, Tym Crawford, Nick Miller, Liam McElduff, Stuart Bromley, and Dave Monaghan

Gordon coach and former player join the Chappell Foundation Sleepout

Gordon coach and former player join the Chappell Foundation Sleepout

On Monday, August 5, The Chappell Foundation ( are hosting the annual Sports Star Sleepout at the Sydney Cricket Ground from 6pm to 7am to raise funds to assist NGOs and charities which are at the coalface in combating youth homelessness in Australia. This event has been scheduled at the start of ‘Homelessness Week 2019’

The Gordon District Cricket Club are proud to promote this night and the overall role of this great charity. We also pleased to announce that Gordon Coach Trevor Chappell and former player Jon Moss will be staying out for the evening and joining the rest of the participants. Any other former players are welcome to join in. 

As Kerry O’Keefe has regularly attended our practice sessions to help our spinners we will claim skull as well as part of the Gordon group.


Of the 126,000 homeless people each night, 44,000 of them are under the age of 25. We want to help them turn their lives around. 

TCF is probably the ‘purest’ charity going. They have no employees, no office, no overheads and no marketing/promotion expenses. They do it all ourselves and so everything we raise goes without seepage to the intended beneficiaries. 

Jonathan Moss

Already, in 2 years they have donated about a million dollars to NGO’s such as BackTrack (Armidale), Stepping Stone (Sydney), Ecumenical Coffee Brigade (Brisbane) and WAYS (Sydney).

The Chappell Foundation has some prominent Patrons: Sir Peter Cosgrove, Dame Quentin Bryce, Hon John Howard, Hon. Kim Beazley, Pat Rafter, Lisa Wilkinson, Sir Ron Brierley, Basil Sellers, John Singleton, Dennis Lillee & Greg Chappell.

The Board led by Chairman Darshak Mehta OAM includes redoubtable Journalists Malcolm Knox, Tracey Holmes & Peter Lalor, as well as former Australian women’s cricket captain, Lisa Sthalekar - whose fund-raising idea this event is! Australian cricketer Moises Henriques also serves as a Director.

It would be fantastic if you can participate in the Sports Star Sleepout which will certainly focus attention on a national tragedy happening in front of our eyes and, hopefully, we can elicit solutions and action. 

It would be great to have you participate – either by joining us and having your friends and others sponsor you, or by making a generous donation.

For more information Click here.

To go to Trevor's donation page

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Updated additional pre-season trial games

Updated additional pre-season trial games

The club has announced additional pre-season trial games for the new season.  All players should have the opportunity to play at least 1 trail game before the season starts. The matches in September are as follows:

Sat 7th September

Internal Trial game at Mandalong lunch supplied 9.30am start

Sun 8th September

Trial game at Mandalong – lunch supplied 9am start

Sat 14th September

Trial game v Charlestown in Newcastle – 9.30am start – (1-3’s)

Sun 15th September

Trial game U21 v Charlestown in Newcastle (U21)

Sat 21st September

Trial game v Waratah-Mayfield in Newcastle 9.30am start (2-3’s)

Sat 21st September

Trial game v Lindfield at Lindfield Oval 9.30am start (3-4s)

Sat 21st September

First Grade trial game v NDs at Killara 8.30am to 5pm (1-2’s)

Sun 22nd September

First Grade trial game v Easts at Killara 8.30am – 4-30pm (1-2’s)

Tuesday 24th September – GDCC R1 Grade teams announced at Chatswood Oval from 6pm after practice. Round 1 starts Saturday 28th September. 

Remaining Practice sessions




Practice Type

Saturday Aug.  31st

September 7th, 14thand 21st

9.00am - 12.30pm

9.00am – 1pm

Lindfield Oval

Chatswood Oval

Nets and Fielding

Nets and Fielding

Tuesdays and Thursdays

September 3rd, 5th, 10th 12th, 17th,19th, 24th and 26th

4.00 – 6.00pm

Chatswood Oval

Nets and Fielding

Advance view of Auction items for Golf Day dinner – You can make a bid at any time

Advance view of Auction items for Golf Day dinner – You can make a bid at any time

The auction at the GDCC Charity Golf Day and Dinner is an important part of our fundraising efforts. This year we have a range of items that we are going to sell as a silent auction only. This way you can make a bid in advance. Simply download the file from here. GDCC Auction items.

If you would like to make a bid send an email to identifying yourself and placing a bid. The amount will be put on the bid sheet when displayed on the evening. If you can’t make it on the night and want to be part of the bidding provide your phone number or a maximum you will go to. 

If you are the successful bidder you will be advised and you can go to Pay for auction items after 9pm on Wednesday 22nd to pay for the item. We will arrange to get it to you. (the site will be closed until then).

Good luck and happy bidding

Anzac Day 1915- Three Gordon cricketers were on a mission

Anzac Day 1915- Three Gordon cricketers were on a mission

The first Gordon cricketer to enlist in the First World War was third grader Cliff Geddes who, on 19 August, 1914 enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces 3rd Battalion. Cliff would be foregoing his cricket creams for an Australian uniform which would become his mode of dress for nearly five years. He was born in Warialda to William and Sarah Geddes.

Interestingly two of his grandparents were convicts, one was from Ireland and one from England. Cliff and his family moved to Chatswood and lived in a cottage called Cyrene in Railway Street. He was a bank clerk when he enlisted on 19 August 1914 at the age of twenty-eight and sailed on the HMAT Euripides to England on 20 October 1914.

Within a week two more players, Frederick William Easton (4th Battalion) and Alan Downing Bruce (1st Brigade Australian Field Artillery), had enlisted and would begin preparations for embarking on their mission overseas.

Fred Easton was a twenty year old clerk who lived in Mowbray Road Chatswood. Like Cliff, he played a number of matches for Gordon in Third Grade before enlisting on 20 August 1914. Also like Cliff, Fred sailed from Sydney on the HMAT Euripides to England on 20 October 1914. Maybe they played a few knock up games of cricket aboard the ship during their two month transit to the war zone.

Alan Bruce was a civil servant who lived at Burleigh in Balfour Road, Lindfield, and enlisted on 24 August at the age of twenty-four. Alan played cricket for the Gordon Vets team prior to the war and embarked from Sydney on 18 October. This first group of three players was about to commence a journey that no man should have had to endure. They were destined to join those Australian regiments ordered to embark on an expedition to the Dardanelles. They would fight the soldiers of the Ottoman Empire who had sided with Germany after the outbreak of war with England. This of course would later be known to every Australian as the Gallipoli Campaign.

They would be part of the early waves of Australian diggers scrambling their way onto the beach at Gallipoli as their fellow soldiers fell around them. While Fred and Cliff had joined as artillery gunners in the 3rd and 4th Battalions, Alan had joined the AIF as a driver for the 1st Battalion. One can only imagine his surprise to find himself on a stretch of land no longer than one mile and only 500 yards in width at its widest point. Alan was not going to do a lot of driving.

On 25 April 1915 the Gallipoli campaign began, with Cliff being in the first wave of troops to land, while Fred and Alan were part of the second and third waves to reach the shore. Somehow all three survived the landing in the face of strong resistance by the Turkish forces and with massive casualties on both sides. By 5 May, only a small area had been held by the landing force which became known as Anzac Cove.

These three men were representing their country and their cricket club and like any three people you could pick in our cricket club today, they were very different, yet they had one thing in common. They were in the AIF. Their country, lifestyle and future was under threat and however naïve we might think of them today, they did not falter in the goal of protecting their families and being able to go to Chatswood Oval every Saturday for their game of cricket. How were they different?

Cliff Geddes was the adventurer and prolific diarist, who always said was on the trip of a lifetime and incredibly after returning home in 1917 after being wounded he went back to France a year later to fight out the remainder of the war.

Alan Bruce was the young civil servant from Balfour Street Lindfield who thought he could drive his mates around the beautiful French countryside. Instead he was on the hills of Gallipoli. He was on the front line on day 1 and didn’t leave there until his death in 1918.

Fred Easton was the classic Australian Anzac who was the first to be out on the town during his training in Egypt, but would always be the first to jump over the trenches and lead his mates into battle.

How many of the Gordon cricketers today can claim to be adventurers, night owls and always available to drive their mates to the game. Probably all of them!

On May 19 Cliff wrote in his diary:

Along with others I was ordered to lie on the ground above the trench. When we climbed out a startling sight met our eyes. The darkness of No Man's Land was lit by the fire of blazing rifles from the grass, and the Turks were within 25 yards of our trenches. The orders of my particular group from Captain Austin, company commander, were that if the Turks got very close to jump across the trench and charge them with the bayonet, but on no account to fire our rifles and let them know we were there. Thus I was a spectator of the most thrilling game I have ever seen. The Australians were magnificent. Every man who could was firing across the trench at the line of fire from the dark ground as fast as he could pull the trigger and pull back the bolt to reload. When the rifle got too hot to hold, or jammed, the man below on the floor of the trench handed up his with more cartridges. The machine-guns poured back their hail of lead.

Many of our grand chaps fell shot through the head, but immediately another man took the place of him who fell. The dawn now began to break and what a sight lay before our eyes. It seemed as if an army lay asleep in the grass. So confident were the Turks that they attacked with blankets strapped to their backs, presumably to sleep the next night in our trenches, but the majority were sleeping their last sleep in No Man's Land. The remainder could stand the fire no longer, and raced back towards their own trenches. I was struck by the magnificent running of an athletic Turk, who ran like a deer for his own trench. Bullets threw up the dirt all around his feet, but on he sped and I really hoped that he might get there as he was such a wonderful runner. Just as he reached his own line and was about to jump into the trench an Australian bullet ended his great effort, and he rolled back down the slope in front of the banked-up earth.

Tragically Fred Easton, was one of those gallant diggers who died that night as part of the 4th Battalion’s D Company, the lead group defending the Turkish assault. Fred was killed during hand-to-hand fighting when the Turkish forces infiltrated the 4th Battalion trenches.

As Cliff Geddes knew that his Gordon Third Grade mate was in the front line during this battle, he no doubt would have been concerned for his safety. Fred had only been at Gallipoli for twenty-five days, but his brave yet fatal defence of his fellow diggers meant that he would not return to his home in Mowbray Road or again take that stroll along Orchard Road to the oval.

As Fred and Cliff were both bowlers, sadly there would be no opportunity to return together to Chatswood to share the bowling attack for Gordon.

They gave up so much, we will always remember them.


Paul Stephenson

An exceptional presentation are the awards

An exceptional presentation are the awards

This was an exceptionally good fun night - magnificently organised by Virginia and Peter Klemt and their committee.  We had two brilliant MC’s in Paddy Effeney and Ed (Hoppa) Howitt, plus the video vision was done to perfection again by Tim Cubbage and the PowerPoint by Paul Stephenson. 

Player of the Year Harry Evans

Unfortunately the photographer had his SD stolen on the night and as such I had to dig deep for all these shots. We were a little scarce on winning titles this season, with only the Colts taking home the flag for us. This was after looking as though we would have perhaps 5 sides in to the semis, right up until the last round - with only the 4’s and Colts then qualifying. Now to the most important part of the night and that was naturally the awards:

Player of the Year (decided by team players on a 3:2:1 basis): This was a really close contest right up to the last round, where we saw Harry Evans triumph by 1 point. Ed kept us informed at intervals throughout the night with his updates on an intriguing contest. Harry won on 14 points with 4 others on 13. Harry scored 807 runs at 38 av, to take his Club aggregate number of runs to 10,481 at 39 av, which is a superlative effort. He has scored 12 centuries and 47 half centuries and has added a sneaky 119 wickets @ 23. 

I remember Marshall Rosen telling me when I returned to the fold many years ago – “Tiddles whatever you do, we must never play favourites”. Of course I strictly adhered to his advice throughout my official duties – BUT – how could I possibly ignore Harold after his efforts for Gordon over all these years. He came to our Club to play Greenies in the 2004-5 season with Hamish Angus (yes sorry Marsh perhaps another favourite) and averaged 40 in his 2nd season. 

Equal runner up Manus Chauhan

He played the last 4 games in Colts that season under the guidance of a returning David Gray (Tweetie) and yes they won the comp. They also had a very handy side with Hamish, James Kennedy and Adam Cubbage amongst a really talented team. Harry played his initial first grade game in 2008 and hasn’t looked back since - despite wishing to stay as a keeper for quite a few seasons. He was regularly scoring between 700 to 900 runs per season, yet for some obscure reason he was overlooked by the NSW selectors and was lured to Tassie for 2 seasons from 2015-16. Despite scoring over 1,000 runs in each of those two seasons he was still overlooked by the State selectors. He returned to Gordon for the 2017-18 season and this POY is a reward for another wonderful season - well done Harold. 

Player of the year runner-up’s: we had 4 on 13 points:
Tym Crawford: (467 runs @ 29 plus 22w 2 25); 
Manus Chauhan: (29w @ 16 plus 241 runs @ 30);
Fraser Wilson: ( 299 runs @ 21 plus 28 catches and 1 stumping)
Glenn Winsor: (321 runs@25 plus 25w@24)then came on 12 points 
Prahlad Iyer: (25w@16) and on 11 points
Jaiden Gray ( 445 runs@34) 

Merit Team Award

I believe this is a very important team award that is selected on merit and stats by Ed Howitt.
The team is:
No 1 - Axel Cahlin, who scored 643 1st grade runs@30 (plus 93 in PG’s) including 3 tons up to early Nov. and 
No 2 - Cameron Eccles – 513 @ 34av with 6 half centuries and what a performer he has been for us with 6535 runs @ 30av. 
No 3 - Steve Colley, with 671 runs @ 32;  (career 7979@31) and of course 
No 4 - Harry Evans with 807@38. 
No 5 - Lachlan Barnsley, with 520 runs @ 47 (plus 165 in PG’s @ 24). Lachie is only 18 and another real talent from the bush – watch him next season. 
No 6 - Tym Crawford, with 467runs @ 29av plus 22w @ 25.
NB: It is not merely a coincidence that our top 6 here are regular visitors to the batting coaching of Mark O’Neill. 
No 7 - Fraser Wilson (Keeper), 299 runs @ 21 (opening) plus 28 catches and 1 stumping. Fraser improved dramatically as the season progressed and is off to the UK to again play 1st grade for Rowledge in the Hampshire League. This should be the defining moment in this 19yo’s career and it was interesting to hear Matt Wright compliment him by saying there was no harder trainer than Fraser at practice. 
No 8 - Manus Chauhan, 29w @16 plus 241 runs @ 30 – another to watch for next season.
No 9 - Dylan Hood, 28w @ 15 and when fit probably one of the most explosive quicks in the Club. 
No 10 - Callum Bladen, 25w @ the amazing av of 6, plus 4w@21 in Greenies. When fit this 16yo is an amazing talent as a genuine quick.
No 11 - Rohan Watson, 33w @ 9av in Grade , plus 8w @ 13av in Greenies, for an excellent season total of 41w @ 10av. Rohan is another exciting young leggie with another year of Greenies left.  


The Colts side - 2018-19 Premiers: 

Charles Mitchell

For a full match report on their exciting win please go to the second story on the website. There are many in this team that will soon be playing higher grades and it was a really mature innings from the youngster Jaiden Gray to ensure their win – he is player to watch. Well done Austyn Nugent for agreeing to skipper them whilst recovering from injury and we must also thank Josh Rigon for leading them in the early rounds.

The next award was the Phil Emery Green Shield award won by Charles Mitchell:
Charles had a magnificent Green Shield season for us, with 218 runs @ 55av plus 15w @ only 9av with his LA orthodox. He then went on to play last week in the U16 State Challenge for NSW Country to score 143 runs @ 71. Charles is another bushie courtesy of Bob Thomas and what a future this 15yo youngster has.

Now to the Ratesetter Player of the Year awards for the individual grades. 

Callum Bladen and Rohan Watson
The Colts Charles Harris Award was jointly won by Callum Bladen and Rohan Watson.
The 5th Grade Award was won by the skip David Monaghan, 220 runs@22 plus 22w @ 12.
The 4th Grade Award was won by Manus Chauhan, 29w @ 16 plus 241 runs 30. 
The 3rd Grade Award was won by Charlie Booth with 20w @ 20.
The 2nd Grade Award was won by Dan Stickland with 28w @ 23.
The 1st Grade Award was won by Harry Evans of course with a massive 807 runs @ 38.
The Brian Taber Award for the best All-Round performance was won by Tym Crawford, with 467r@ 25av plus 22w @ 25. Tym was also perhaps the best Club Captain that we have had for many years.

The Dick Guy Award for the U21 player of the year was won by Glenn Winsor with a combined total of 469 runs @ 23 plus 33w @ 25. Glenn is another country lad in his first full season and how well did he adapt. 

Tym Crawford and Glenn Winsor

A special Award was given to the retiring Elliot Richtor, who at the young age of 31 feels his body must have a rest. What a magnificent Clubman and cricketer Els has been. He really struggled with injuries this season for 266 runs@18 plus 16w@21. Throughout his stellar career he scored for Gordon 6,626 runs, at the excellent av of 31, with 3 centuries and 38 half tons, plus took 193w @27. He did a classic interview with Hoppa and the thing that really impressed me was the praise he saved for Mark O’Neill as being the sole reason why he was able to score heavily in 1st grade. Well done Els and we will all miss you, but don’t you dare desert us and perhaps you may play a future role with Gordon. 

Club Performance Awards went to the following: 
5th wicket 4th grade partnership of 219 runs to Stuart Bromley and Manus Chauhan.

Wicket keeping Award to Max Newman for 37 dismissals. 

Batting Awards of 500 plus runs in a season to:

  • Harry Evans (807 runs); 

  • Steve Colley (671); 

  • Axel Cahlin (643); 

  • Lachlan Barnsley (520); 

  • Cam Eccles (522). 

A special Award was then give to Tim Cubbage for being the Clubman of the year.There is no one that deserved an award tonight better than Tim. He has been the hardest worker on game day and in particular during the week with covers and grounds. I do not really believe that anyone fully understands the amount of work that he does. It is a thankless task and please Tim do not retire just yet. Thank you for your magnificent effort from all the volunteers and players – you are irreplaceable. 

Paddy then had some classic Fake Awards, which went across beautifully. He had the Shayne Lin award for the most absent player in 2019; the Jim Cattlin award for the ‘spray of the year’; the Tony Wilson award for comeback of the year and the Dave Monaghan award for the best 5th grader of all time. This one was naturally won by Dave and I will refrain from telling you the winners of the other awards..

In closing I simply would like to say that I believe that Gordon has the players to take this Club to the top six in the Club Championships in the coming seasons. We perhaps may naturally lose some senior players however we have many exciting youngsters coming through.  The awards night was a really magnificent effort by a few people and hopefully next season we will have all Grade players attend.


Tony Wilson (on behalf of attendees) and remember our motto is ‘Sharing and Caring’ – so see you all next season!!


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