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Century for Archie

Century for Archie

Games Milestone for Gordon Junior 

Another Gordon Junior cricketer has notched up an important milestone - Archie Bibb playing his 100th game for the club.

Archie - who played his first U9s game in 2011 - brought up his century for the club on February 4 this year. 

"It's quite an achievement to play 100 games in any sport," said Gordon Juniors President David Bezer.

"It shows commitment to your mates, the club and the local community. On behalf of the club I'd like to congratulate Archie on this 100 games and we look forward to seeing him play many more."

So far, Archie has scored 826 runs for the club and has taken 40 wickets. He's also been involved in 29 run outs and taken 17 catches.

Please see the club Honour Board on this website for other milestones by our players. Please email the club if you think the board needs updating.

 




















From Top: 
Archie receives a guard of honour from his mates as he takes to the field for his 100th game.
Club President David Bezer presents Archie with his trophy for 100 club games
The Gordon Juniors U14 Red team pose for the camera and on the boundary

















Nathan's Century for Gordon

Nathan's Century for Gordon

100 Game Milestone 

Another Gordon Junior has notched his century – Nathan James playing his 100th game for the club.

Nathan, who first played for Gordon Juniors in the U9s in 2007, made it an even 100 when he turned out for Gordon Red against Gordon Blue.

Over the years, Nathan has played for both the Red and Blue team and was part of the division one championship winning U13 Blue team in 2014.

As well as being a great club player, Nathan has contributed with bat and ball. His career stats are:

  • 705 runs at 12.37 with a high score of 64
  • 52 wickets at a average of 14.67 with his best bowling figures of 5 for 16


Nathan has currently played 103 games for the club.
















Nathan receives a guard of honour from team mates as he prepares to keep wickets in his 100th game for Gordon Juniors
Three Titles to Gordon Juniors

Three Titles to Gordon Juniors

Congratulations to Winners

Three Gordon teams won championship titles this season - a wonderful achievement for a club that prizes participation and a fair go for all.

The U11 Reds won the Division 1 title while U11 Gold won the Division 2 title. Our U14 Blues won their Sunday competition.

Elsewhere, U11 Green won the Division 2 Plate Final making it good result for the club's Under 11 age group. Well done to all the players, coaches, managers and parents.

Also competing in championship titles were U13 Red, U12 Red, U12 Blue and U10 Silver.

A special congratulations to Gordon Red (Under 13 Div 1) and also to Gordon Gold (Under 11 Div 2) who were Minor Premiers in their respective Divisions. Both team lost only one game during the regular season.

But it's not all about winning.

The club is going from strength to strength because we treat every player equally and play the game in the right spirit. We are extremely proud of each and every player and we value their contribution. We trust that all our members enjoyed their cricket immensely this season. We hope to see as many of you as possible next season.

 

 U11 Gold celebrate with their coach Hugh Moore after taking out the Div 2 title

 

 

 

 

11 Teams in Finals Action

11 Teams in Finals Action

Good Luck to Gordon Juniors This Weekend

This weekend sees the NSJCA Finals Series. Gordon Juniors will be represented by 11 teams this weekend - with seven teams playing for the Championship title. This is a wonderful achievement.

Playing for the Championship this weekend will be:

  • U14 Blue
  • U13 Red
  • U12 Red
  • U12 Blue
  • U11 Red
  • U11 Gold
  • U10 Silver

 

Playing for the Plate Final will be

  • U11 Green

 

Playing for the Cup Final will be:

  • U14 Red
  • U10 Blue
  • U10 Black

A special congratulations to  Gordon Red (Under 13 Div 1) and also to Gordon Gold (Under 11 Div 2) who were Minor Premiers in their respective Divisions. Both team lost only one game during the regular season.

We wish all of our teams the best of luck this weekend. The club is extremely proud of each and every team that plays under our banner. We trust that all our members enjoyed their cricket immensely this season. We hope to see as many of you as possible next Sunday at our Presentation Day.
Under 9s Register Now

Under 9s Register Now

All You Need to Know for Under 9 Cricket 

Here's everything you need to know before the season starts. Firstly, thank you for registering your child to play cricket with Gordon Juniors. We hope they play for Gordon from U9s right through to under 17s, into Grade and finally for Australia! 

If you still want to register, please email the club first as places are becoming tight at gordonjuniors@hotmail.com

Friends made in these early cricket years often last for life. Here are some useful notes on what to expect this season. Please remember Under 9s is the perfect starter for children of all abilities. You don't need experience to play Under 9s. It is a moderated form of the game designed for enjoyment and learning. The children use a softer match ball, all the protective gear and play on a shortened pitch. See RULES below.

Fun 

Please go out of your way to make sure the kids have fun. Don’t put pressure on them to perform. Encourage them and guide them and they will flourish. Enjoy the season and reward good sportsmanship. In fact, have a Good Sportsmanship Trophy.

Support 

The club is here to support. Please raise any issues with us through your manager. If you feel you need coaching support, then please let us know and we can organise a paid coach through the Gordon Cricket Academy. We want all our teams to enjoy the game and be successful.

Player Numbers

You need 12 each game. Some teams have 13 registered players which allows for illness, injury, weekends away or other reasons not to be at the game.

Clothing 

All players must wear an official Gordon hat or club cap, a Gordon shirt, white shorts, white socks and trainers. This season the shirt comes with the registration fee. Hat and cap can be bought from the club when registering or anytime through the ONLINE SHOP.

Shorts, socks and shoes are available from sports stores.

For boys, we also recommend you purchase the special underwear with a pouch that allows or a protector.

We recommend Kingsgrove Sport at Artarmon. 481 Pacific Highway, Artarmon, (Next to Barbecues Galore)

Phone: 9420 2842

Gear 

All Gordon teams receive a complete kit. There is no need to buy any gear or equipment for Under 9s. We recommend you let your potential superstar get the hang of cricket before buying bats and other equipment. However, it’s your money.

Parents  

Each game you must have 12 players plus:

• A Manager.

• A Coach plus as many assistants as possible,

• At least two umpires although three is better.

• Two scorers. Three is better.

• Someone to set the ground up each match.

• Someone to look after the kit.

• A social co-ordinator.

Don’t let one or two people do all the jobs. Get everyone involved.

Games 

Always Saturday morning. Games will start at either 8am or 10.15am.

U9  - 8am start for teams who played last year or teams with older players U9 - 10:15am start for new teams or those with younger players. See www.nsjca.asn.au.

Always ask your manager if in doubt.Your season starts 15 October. See www.nsjca.asn.au for school holiday breaks.

Key Dates 

Please see our website and NSJCA for key dates. See: www.gordonjuniorcricket.com and www.nsjca.asn.au

Match Reports 

This can be a lot of fun and the kids get a big thrill seeing themselves online. We ask all teams submit a match report to our webmaster by Sunday night. The report can be as short or long as you like. It doesn’t have to be serious.

We would like lots of photos for the site. Send to: gordonjuniors@hotmail.com by Sunday nights.

Song 

We have recorded a club song – We Play for Gordon. The song and lyrics are on our club

site. Click HERE.

We really want all our players singing the song before, during and after each match. If it’s

good enough for the football codes, it’s good enough for cricket!

Grounds 

Most of your games will be at Bales Park, Chatswood; Thompson Oval, Artarmon;

Naremburn Upper; Mowbray Public School, Primrose, Bryce Oval, St Ives – and others.

Again, see NSJCA site for a list of ovals.

Training 

Speak to your manager about weekly training grounds and times.

Home Ground

Gordon Juniors does not have a home ground. However, we regard Artarmon Reserve as our home base. We try to use Beauchamp Park, Chatswood, for club functions. 

Rules 

Games are a maximum of two hours.

It’s Average Cricket. That means players bat in pairs for three overs. Runs are divided by the number of times they get out. For example, batting pair scores 10 runs but gets out twice. Average for that pair: 5 runs. There are bonuses for not getting out.

No LBWs. Pitch is reduced to 16 metres. We suggest you get a 16m rope and some chalk to mark the pitch.

You use metal stumps as supplied in your kit.

All players must bowl at least one over. No player may bowl more than two overs. All overs are six balls regardless of how many wides or no balls are bowled (there’ll be plenty of those!).

Two players must share wicket-keeping duties each week. There are batting and fielding restrictions.

Full rules on NSJCA website. See BLUE BOOK in Library. This is very important!!

There is no table or official comp. No results in MyCricket website. Points are not kept. It’s about having fun.

Score Sheets

The Under 9s have a special score sheet which can be found under the LIBRARY tab on the NSJCA site or by clicking HERE. Print it out and use each game.

Skills

The club provides bonus skills sessions once a month for all Under 9s on a Monday at Artarmon Reserve. Please see SKILLS SESSION tab.

Blue Book 

It’s the bible. Download for all rules. BLUE BOOK.

Player Safety 

This is a very serious issue. All games must be immediately cancelled if the temperature hits 38 degrees Celsius in the shade. This is an NSJCA rule. Please stop a game when this happens.

Umpires can call a game off if the temperature hits 34 degrees Celsius by mutual agreement. We suggest you buy a thermometer and take it to each game. Make sure all players wear a hat and sunscreen. Provide lots of water and extra drinks

breaks in hot weather. Weather Policy is in Blue Book and must be read.

Communication 

All communication is vial email and through your team manager and the website.

Have a great season with Gordon.

Three of the Best

Three of the Best

Top Awards for Gordon Juniors  

Three promising Gordon Juniors have been honoured in the club's annual awards for the 2014/15 season.

Daimon Pin is the player of the season picking up the coveted Mal Hall Award. Daimon - from U11 Red - was the leading run scorer and wicket taker for the NSJCA U11 Division 1. He scored 353 runs at 70.6 and took 22 wickets at an averaged of 5.91.

The Clyde Coltman Award for outstanding achievement went to Tatsumi Mochizuki from our U12 Blues. Tats, as he is known to his teammates, only started playing two season ago having never touched a cricket bat or ball. His coach said of Tats: "He is the most vocal on the field, constantly encouraging bowlers and shouting from the sideline at batsman. He arrives at training first and leaves last. He has not missed a single game. At times he bats last and bowls last and has never complained, says he his just happy to part of junior cricket and friends. He is first to console during those emotional moments, throws a joke in to make a crying mate laugh again, to say its ok we're here for fun."    

Archie McGurk (that's him in the middle in the photo below with team mates) picked up the Kingsgrove Sports Most Promising Cricketer of the Year award. Archie - who plays for the U10 Red side - bats, bowls leg spin and is a mean fielder and wicket keeper.

Gordon Juniors Finals Charge

Gordon Juniors Finals Charge

Good Luck to Our Teams 

Good luck to all our Gordon Juniors this weekend as they take to the field for the finals. We hope you enjoy the experience.

Three Gordon teams are in the Championship finals. U10 Red, U11 Gold and U14/15 Blue will battle it out for the major title.

U12 Gold are in a Cup Final while U10 Blue are in a Plate Final. Good luck to all our teams.

Congratulations also to U10 Red, U11 Red and U14/15 Blue teams for finishing the season as Minor Premiers.



Gordon Juniors Honour Phil Hughes

Gordon Juniors Honour Phil Hughes

Tributes to Memory of Australian Cricketer

It's been an emotional time for everyone involved with cricket. The death of Phillip Hughes has hit hard right across the country.

The players and parents of the Gordon Junior Cricket Club paused to remember the Australian cricketer before the weekend's round of games. Below are some of the photographs from our teams. RIP Phil Hughes.

 

U11 White listen to the coaches before the start of their game on Saturday

 

U10 Gold bow their heads for a minute's silence for Phil Hughes

 

U11 Gold listen as the captains read a tribute to Phil Hughes. Below, the Gold team featured on Channel Ten news on Saturday night.

 

 

 

 

 

U12 Blue gather to pay their respects before the game

 

U10 White pause and reflect on Saturday

U11 Blue line up to reflect on the passing of Phil Hughes. Below, the Blues wore black armbands and listened to a speech.


U9 Black, above and below, line up with the opposition to remember Phil Hughes



Our U14/15 Blues, above, line up with the Pirates to honour Phil Hughes before Sunday's game. Below, 408 remembers Hughes' player number before the Gordon Blue and Pirates game.
U10 Red take a moment before the game to rememebr Phil Hughes

PHILLIP HUGHES - RIP

PHILLIP HUGHES - RIP

Message from NSJCA for all Players and Families 

Below is a message from the NSJCA for his weekend's round of junior cricket.

As part of the cricket family, the North Shore Junior Cricket Association (NSJCA) extends its sincere condolences to the Hughes family upon the tragic loss of their son and brother. Phillips brother Jason is a current first grade player with Mosman Cricket Club, a member club of the NSJCA.  Our thoughts are also with his friends, past and present team mates, and everyone at the SCG on Tuesday who witnessed the events that lead to his passing. We also keep Sean Abbott in our thoughts and prayers, who as all cricket lovers know is completely blameless, and was just doing a job for his team in the same way that Phillip was for the Redbacks.

Much has been written and said in recent days about Phillip, in particular his quiet and unassuming boy from the country nature, and his perseverance and determination in the face of selection disappointments. In an era where the term role model has come to mean anyone in the public eye, Phillip Hughes is a perfect role model for all young cricketers. Apart from those qualities mentioned, Phillip did not let success go to his head. He always accepted the umpires decision. He did not throw his bat upon returning to the dressing room. He was not involved in any off-field incidents.

As a mark of respect for Phillip, a minutes silence will be observed immediately before the commencement of play in all NSJCA matches this weekend. All North Shore representative teams will wear black armbands.

As parents, we should not underestimate the effect this tragedy could have on young children. Look out for any signs, talk with them about it, and keep them safe.

Rest in peace Phillip.

On behalf of the Committee of the NSJCA,

TONY GREENWOOD

President

North Shore Junior Cricket Association

Nirvan's Happy Being Green

Nirvan's Happy Being Green

Hat-Trick for Gordon Junior 

Howzat for a hat-trick! Gordon Junior Nirvan Pulakhandam got a special treat recently - meeting former Australia fast bowler Matt Nicholson at Chatswood Oval.

Nirvan - who plays for our U9 White - also got to try on Matt's prized baggy green for size. Perhaps you'll have your own one day, Nirvan? 

Matt is the Gordon fast bowling coach and played 124 first class matches and one Test for Australia. Thanks for making a young cricketer's day, Matt.

Gordon Juniors U9 White Nirvan Pulakhandam poses with Matt Nicholson


Your Questions Answered Here

Your Questions Answered Here

Gordon Juniors represents Chatswood, Willoughby, Artarmon, the Coves and More 

Here are the answers to some of your questions for the upcoming junior cricket season.

Why is the Club Called Gordon Juniors?

A common question. We are the junior half of the Gordon District Cricket Club which plays in the Sydney grade competition and is based at Chatswood Oval. At the Junior Club, most of our players live in and around Willoughby, Chatswood, Artarmon, Castle Cove, Castlecrag, Middle Cove and Roseville. However, all players are welcome no matter where they live. We're a very friendly club!

Can Girls Play?

Yes, girls are very welcome. Please note there is a league for girls. Please see Breakers Junior League at www.bjcl.nsw.cricket.com.au or click HERE

Is it All About Winning

No! Our Club is growing in numbers in part because we put involvement, enjoyment and fair play before winning. Our teams try to rotate batting orders each week to give everyone a go. Everyone is treated equally and that means lots of happy kids.

When Does the 2014/15 Season Start?

First games are the weekend of September 20 and 21. This is a pre-season round for all Gordon teams. The first competitive games against other clubs are on weekend on October 10 and 11.

What Is My Age Group?

The age is determined at August 31, 2014. So if you are 8 or younger on the August 31 then you play in U9s. If you are 9 or younger on the August 31 then you play in U10s – and so forth.

What If I Want to Play Down an Age Group?

It is possible but the final decision rests with the NSJCA. Please alert the club via an email to gordonjuniors@hotmail.com and we can help with an application for dispensation.

Where Do You Train?

Our grounds are Willoughby Oval, Bales Park (for Under 9s) and Artarmon Reserve. Please note that Willoughby Council will close Chatswood HS and Thomson Oval at Artarmon for the entire summer for upgrade to artificial turf. This reduces the number of ovals at which we can train.

When Do You Train?

It’s up to the teams to decide but it is once a week after school.

Do You Grade Teams?

No but managers and coaches place their teams in the divisions they see as appropriate. NB: Some age groups only have one division.

When Do You Play?

The following is the competition structure.

Sat AM

U9 (8am start)  - teams who played last year/teams with older players

U9 (10:15am start) - new teams/those with younger players

U10

U11 (Division 1 and 2 likely)

U12/13

Sat PM

U12 (Division 1 and 2 likely)

U13 (Division 1 and 2 likely)

U14

Sun AM

U13/14

U14/15

U16/17 (played on turf)

Can I Order Clothing?

Yes. Go to the Online Shop link. NB: You must tell your manager what you have ordered so they con organise collection.

What Is Under 9s Cricket?

This is the entry level after Milo in2Cricket. It is a modified version of the game called Average Cricket. Please see the NSJCA site for the Blue Book, which has all the rules or click HERE

What Are the Rules?

All is found in the NSJCA Blue Book. Click HERE for the Blue Book.


More questions? Email: gordonjuniors@hotmail.com





Mayor's Pledge to Help Gordon Juniors

Mayor's Pledge to Help Gordon Juniors

Boost to Club's Desire for a Place to Call Home 

Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney has thrown her support behind Gordon Juniors and the club's ambition for a home base.

When asked before the recent election about her view on a range of issues involving Gordon Junioors, Councillor Giles-Gidney said: "I look forward to talking to you more specifically about your needs and how we can work together to provide an appropriate home for Gordon Junior Cricket."
She added: "I am very keen on promoting sport and recreation within our city and I see cricket as a key part of that. 

"I'm also very aware of both the limited availability of grounds in Willoughby City, and the increasing cost of those grounds upon clubs. Artarmon Reserve is actually a great case in point, the condition of the oval is not to a standard that I would be happy with and yet I am aware of the increase in costs current users have incurred.

Gordon Juniors - which mirrors the Willougby council area with about 400 families involved in junior cricket - raised several key points with all mayoral candidates. They were:

  • Fair and logical access to cricket training facilities during season.
  • Improvement of these facilities.
  • The need for a home base for Gordon Juniors.
  • Open and continuing consultation by Council with Gordon Juniors and other like minded amateur sporting bodies.

Councillor Giles-Gidney addded: "During my past 5 years as a Sailors Bay Councillor, I've worked closely with the users of Northbridge Oval (now with much improved nets) and with the users of Bicentennial Park to better align their growing needs with resources available."
Junior cricket faces many pressing challenges when it comes to equitable access to council grounds and facilities for midweek training and matches. The quality of the grounds and facilities - and the inherent safety issues - also needs urgent solutions. 

We see the establishment of a home base for our growing cricket club as a priority. In securing a home base, the Club recognises the need to ensure that other sports are accommodated fairly. The Club does not seek dominant access or a monopoly over the facilities. We are committed to working with Council on multi access, especially across summer and winter seasons. 


What Candidates Say About Future of Junior Cricket

What Candidates Say About Future of Junior Cricket

Can Mayoral Hopefuls Help Gordon Juniors? 

In the lead up to the Willoughby mayoral election, the club is asking all candidates for their vision for junior cricket in our district.

Below are the responses.

Gordon Juniors - which mirrors the Willougby council area with about 400 families involved in the sport - raised several key points with the candidates. They are:

  • Fair and logical access to cricket training facilities during season.
  • Improvement of these facilities.
  • The need for a home base for Gordon Juniors.
  • Open and continuing consultation by Council with Gordon Juniors and other like minded amateur sporting bodies.

Junior cricket faces many pressing challenges when it comes to equitable access to council grounds and facilities for midweek training and matches. The quality of the grounds and facilities - and the inherent safety issues - also needs urgent solutions. 

Gordon Juniors understands the demand is great and therefore applauds council for working towards artificial turf solutions for the very heavily used ovals.

We see the establishment of a home base for our growing cricket club as a priority. In securing a home base, the Club recognises the need to ensure that other sports are accommodated fairly. The Club does not seek dominant access or a monopoly over the facilities. We are committed to working with Council on multi access, especially across summer and winter seasons. 

We ask you read the below to help you to make your choice for the April 12 election. It will be updated as responses come in.

Stuart Coppock

"It’s clear you need support and respect for what you are doing for the children and youth in our community. We have a stated policy to have the highest participation of sports and dance for ages 5 to 25 in the country. To that end we need more facilities and we believe in multi sharing of these new facilities to ensure a fair deal for all and to ensure you get the facilitates that you require to ensure all your good work as volunteers is fully supported and allowed to grow. I will do all within my power to get children and youth away from their computers on to the cricket field to exercise, make new friends and have fun.
We have identified some council savings in its budgets and also with the use of technology enhancing our operations, will be able to find savings and new revenue streams. To that end, We will look to redirect these saving into local sporting community groups in the main. We are also looking to trial rebates to sporting groups on fees. We are here to support the growth in cricket and all sports if elected Mayor.
I can’t do this without your and the community's direct support on the 12/04/2014.
As Mayor I propose to do the following:
  • Establish Willoughby City Council (WCC) sports consultative group .Other Councils have such a group, it is time our Council did too.
  • Have an officer at WCC appointed to run the Consultative group - a different role to the ground allocation function which will remain unaltered.
  • Liaison with State sporting bodies to ensure WCC future planning is in line with such Bodies and delivers quicker on your needs for these growth in your numbers
  • Work with individual groups on different locations to make those fields and sites work better and look to place your needs of a home as a central focus.
  • Establish a realistic financial plan for upgrading sites some with synthetic surfaces-all to operate over a ten year period with annual targets.
  • Review planning laws to create built green field sites for new facilities.


Gail Giles-Gidney

"I am very keen on promoting sport and recreation within our city and I see cricket as a key part of that. I'm also very aware of both the limited availability of grounds in Willoughby City, and the increasing cost of those grounds upon clubs.  Artarmon Reserve is actually a great case in point, the condition of the oval is not to a standard that I would be happy with and yet I am aware of the increase in costs current users have incurred.

During my past 5 years as a Sailors Bay Councillor, I've worked closely with the users of Northbridge Oval (now with much improved nets) and with the users of Bicentennial Park to better align their growing needs with resources available. In most cases, we have been able to deliver positive outcomes, with recognition of local traffic impact and in some cases lighting.  I am also aware of a similar community desire to discuss the future of Chatswood Oval. If I am elected Mayor next Saturday, I look forward to talking to you more specifically about your needs and how we can work together to provide an appropriate home for Gordon Junior Cricket."

Tony Mustaca

"Cricket is a lifeblood of our local community and the Council should be working to support clubs, not charging and detracting from them.

If elected I am committed to improving the dialogue with local sports clubs and achieving the following:

Working with you to review your needs: I will get Council to undertake an audit of the current sporting arrangements so we can better understand the needs of all sporting communities.

This means that clubs like Gordon Juniors will be able to have a clear and visible say in what resources and facilities they require from council.

We need to bring together all sporting clubs in a community meeting and determine how the Council’s facilities could be better allocated.

Introducing a sports manager to oversee all sporting facilities: I will make sure there is one person to oversee all sports club and their arrangements with Council.

This person will make sure that the needs of all clubs are met fairly and equally and that more optimal facility allocations can occur. 

It will also mean that council can have greater oversight over sports clubs and improve how they are treated.

Getting Gordon Juniors a home ground: We need to make sure that Council makes its facilities available to clubs like Gordon Juniors and work with the club to find a feasible home ground.

Maintain and invest in sporting facilities: Council is increasing its facility fees but is not reinvesting that money into the appropriate facilities. I will improve Council’s financial sustainability without increasing rates and reduce the pressure it is placing on local sports communities.

I will get Council to review its fees and determine how best it can charge for these facilities without increasing fees.

Wendy Norton 

I am a strong supporter of the provision of sporting facilities for our community, as my record as a councillor for the past ten years attests. I enjoy watching cricket and encourage its promotion as a sport which encourage a healthy outdoor  lifestyle for young people.  It's wonderful to hear that your club is flourishing. It's also wonderful to hear of the assistance that you are getting from the parent supporters, that sort of joint purpose is what builds community ties. I note that you would like council's assistance to create a home base.  You nominate Artarmon Reserve as your preference. I had not heard of this proposal previously, perhaps you have discussed it with the Ward councillors for that area?  It is in Naremburn Ward.  I would be very interested to hear more about it.   Your advice that you are aware of the need to share the use of facilities with other sports is very reassuring as we really need to ensure that the diverse interests of our whole community are catered for when allocating council resources.
The General Manager, Nick Tobin, is currently on leave but I will raise your proposal with him and the Naremburn ward councillors at the earliest opportunity.


John C Owen 
"Yours is one of a number of enquiries I have had from different organisations regarding use of Playing fields. As you are no doubt aware the need for playing fields far outstrips the availability - I would institute a series of sports forums consisting of all codes (if Council has not already done so) to determine the total needs in our areas and then we would need to determine a fair and equitable distribution. Sorry for a no "yes or no" but I was in charge of playing fields at many Councils and there will be no easy fix. 

The situation will only become more critical as the increase in population of children in our area starts to impact on organized sport as they reach the age to be involved."


David Stickland

"I am an ex-cricketer who started my playing career as a junior at the age of 6 in the UK. I retired from competitive cricket after making it to Middlesex grade cricket in my late teens. 
So I am deeply sensitive and supportive of the need to start young. I'm also thinking that we need to address the real issue - there doesn't appear to be a master plan or strategy to take into account the needs of ALL sports in our council. Whether you play rugby, soccer or cricket - juniors and seniors are all facing the same issue...lack of grounds/facilities, inconsistent quality of playing surfaces and a lack of visibility to you, the players and organisers, of what is going on.
If elected mayor I pledge to undertake a complete review of ALL sports amenities and, in consultation with all interested parties, develop and execute a master strategy that not only addresses today's needs but also looks to the future. Included in this would be cross referencing what other councils charge for similar facilities.
I would look to work with you to effectively lobby for funding from Cricket Australia to help us address this issue because how all this is funded will need to resolve it. But you can't talk funding until you have a plan. And a plan needs facts and consultation. And this is where I would start."

Please note the following candidates have so far not responded:

  • Steven Willoughby
  • Nic Wright


Contact email cannot be found for John Owens.





Top Club Awards for Gordon Juniors

Top Club Awards for Gordon Juniors

Three of the Best Honoured 

Three fantastic young cricketers have been rewarded for outstanding 2013/14 seasons with Gordon Juniors.

U11 Red player Tom Wright capped an incredible season being named Gordon Juniors Cricketer of the Year.

All-rounder Tom – pictured right with the Mall Hall Award - ended the season as both the leading run scorer and wicket taker in U11 Division 1.

His statistics make for impressive reading. Tom scored 252 runs at an average of 50.4 His top score was 56.

Tom snared 20 wickets with the ball at an average of 6.75. His strike rate was 12.60. He also claimed a hat-trick.

Putting the team first earned Daniel Latham the Clyde Coltman Award for outstanding performance.

Daniel – who plays in our U16/17 Blue team – put aside his aspiration to be a bowler this season because his team did not have a wicket keeper. Daniel did a great job with the gloves and is rewarded for being a true team player.

Another outstanding young all-rounder won the Kingsgrove Sports Promising Cricketer Award. Akash Biradar – who played for the U11 Blues in Division 2 – scored 351 runs at an average of 58.5. Akash almost doubled the number of runs he scored in the previous season. He also took 17 wickets at an average of 6.5 and a strike rate of 13.3.

Akash receives a $200 gift voucher from Kingsgrove Sports North Shore at Artarmon.

The club would like to congratulate Tom, Daniel and Akash.

Akash Biradar, above, is the Kingsgrove Sports Promising Cricketer while Daniel Latham, right, is the Clyde Coltman Award winner for 2013/14

Gordon Team Champions

Gordon Team Champions

Undefeated 14 Reds Win Title 

Congratulations to our high-flying U14 Reds for winning the championship title.

It caps a remarkable season for the Reds who were undefeated and Minor Premiers. They claimed the U14 Division 1 title with a convincing victory over Mosman.

For some players in this Gordon team, it is their second championship victory in a row after last season's U13 Division 1 success.

The U14 Reds are:

Charlie Bibb

Ben Greaves

Tom Hampson

Saskia Horley

Sahil Kharwadkar

Angus Levy

Callum O'Brien

Jake O'Donnell

Raymond Su

Nick van Beek

Daniel Williams

The team would like to thank the following players for helping during the season: Kieran Dean, James Dow, Reeve Cocks, Ben Rae, Dougie Oxenham, Angus Chitty, Oliver Cameron, Daniel Alleyn and Ben Pollack.

The team will be presented with the U14 Division 1 championship shield and medallions at the NSJCA Presentation Evening on March 23.

Back Row: Raymond Su, Callum O'Brien, Nick van Beek, Angus Levy, Charlie Bibb, Daniel Williams, Jake O'Donnell
Front Row: Saskia Horley, Sahil Kharwadkar, Kieran Dean, Tom Hampson, Ben Greaves
Gordon Juniors Stump Up for McGrath Foundation

Gordon Juniors Stump Up for McGrath Foundation

Caring Cricket Families Raise Almost $1,700  

The fantastic Gordon Juniors Cricket Club club raised a whopping $1,676.50 on national Pink Stumps Day 2014.
Our players and families went turned pink for the weekend games to raise money for the McGrath Foundation and its work with breast cancer support. 

The amount raised easily beat last year's effort of $948.15. Well done to all our families and friends. The money raised by Gordon Juniors - and all cricket clubs nationally - helps to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and increase breast awareness in young Australian women.

Every dollar you donate will make a difference to the lives of Australian families experiencing breast cancer.

The McGrath Foundation wants every family experiencing breast cancer has access to a breast care nurse, no matter where they live or their financial situation. It's estimated that 150 McGrath Breast Care Nurses are needed to achieve this, only then will every family experiencing breast cancer have access to this optimal care and support.


Some of the Pink Stumps Day action at Gordon Juniors


Jake Knocks Up Ton

Jake Knocks Up Ton

100 Games as Gordon Junior a Great Achievement 

Gordon Junior cricketer Jake O'Donnell has achieved a remarkable milestone - playing 100 games for the club.

Jake - who is a member of our table-topping U14 Red side - first played for Gordon Juniors in the Under 9s in October of 2007.

Since then, Jake has scored more than 1,200 runs for the club at an average of 33. He's also take 62 wickets with his off spin and is developing into a very good wicketkeeper.

Jake has also been a good club player by filling in when needed for older age groups including the U16/17s.

"Jake is a fine young cricketer and a leader on the field," said Gordon Juniors Convener, Steve Bibb. "Most importantly, he is a terrific young man. The club is thrilled to recognise such important achievements."

Jake receives his trophy for 100 games from Gordon Convener, Steve Bibb

Jake is a former student at Willoughby Public School and now attends Shore where he also plays cricket.

The entire club and his mates in the U14 Reds would like to congratulate Jake on playing 100 games. We look forward to Jake many more games.      

Please click on the Honour Board on the Home Page - or click here - to see a list of other achievements by Gordon Juniors.

Jake O'Donnell (centre) with his U14 Red team mates
Gordon Batsmen Chart Toppers

Gordon Batsmen Chart Toppers

U11s Trio Snare Top 3 Spots   

Gordon Juniors batsmen have filled the top three spots in the U11 Division 1 run scoring charts.

In an extraordinary feat, Tom Wright - from our U11 Reds - finished first with 252 runs at an average of 52.4. Second was Liam Ridley with 233 runs at 77.67. 

Rounding out the top three was Ben O’Sullivan (below). He scored 225 runs at 32.14. Liam and Ben play in U11 Gold.

In the U11 Division 2 North, Liam Dow ended the season in second place. Liam – who plays for our Green team – has 209 runs at an average of 69.67. 

Also in the Greens is Lachlan Voukelatos who has 168 runs.

And in the U11 Div 2 South competition, Akash Biradar is the leading run scorer with an outstanding 306 runs.
Congratulations to all the boys and all their teammates on an outstanding season so far with Gordon Juniors.











Liam Ridley goes on the front foot














U11 Blue Akash Biradar about to pounce
Hat-Trick Hero Tom’s Big Day Out

Hat-Trick Hero Tom’s Big Day Out

Half Century and Three Catches cap All-Round Display 

What a game to remember for Gordon Junior cricketer Tom Wright with a stunning hat-trick and 56 runs with the bat.

Tom – who plays with our U11 Red team – also took three catches for good measure in the Round 12 match. One was a caught and bowled.

The U11 Reds went on to record a solid victory with all Red players doing their bit for the team. Rory Chitty also did well with the bat knocking up 38 runs.

Young Tom is now the leading run scorer and wicket taker in the NSJCA U11 Division 1. He’s scored 230 runs at an average of 46. His 18 wickets have come at an average of 7. Tom’s also taken nine catches so far this season.

Congratulations to Tom and his team mates in the U11 Reds.




Tom Wright with the hat-trick match ball and his mighty willow
Reds in T20 Knockout Win

Reds in T20 Knockout Win

Congratulations to Gordon U14s  

Our Gordon U14 Red side is through to the next round of Weet-bix Twenty20 competition after an impressive win.

The Reds knocked out St Ives under dark and threatening rain clouds to become the official NSJCA representatives in the 4th round of the Sydney metropolitan competition.  

The Gordon Reds batted first and hit 3 for 203 from 20 overs. Top scorers were Raymond Su with 51 retired not out, Callum O'Brien with 47 and Charlie Bibb ended on 42 not out. 

In the run chase, St Ives were 8 for 111 at the end of their 20 overs. Tom Hampson had the impressive figures of 3 for 28 from his four overs while Daniel Williams picked up 2 for 8 from his three overs.

The U14 Reds now wait for the draw to see who they meet in the next round. The next game must be played before December 20.


Saskia a True Blue

Saskia a True Blue

Gordon Junior Named in NSW Squad 

Promising Gordon Junior cricketer Saskia Horley has been selected to represent the New South Wales women's team.
Saskia - who plays in our boy's Under 14 Red team - is one of 13 players selected to defend NSW’s title at the Under 15 Female National Championships.

This is the second year in a row that Saskia will represent NSW at the tournament. Last season she was the leading bowler, finishing with a record 15 wickets at an average of 5.8.

The team is:

Saskia Horley (Gordon)
Lauren Cheatle (Campbelltown-Camden/Illawarra-Southern)
Ashley Day (Penrith)
Chloe Gray (Campbelltown-Camden)
Clara Iemma (Universities)
Carly Leeson (North Coastal)
Sarah Lennon (Central Northern)
Yardley Polsen (Campbelltown-Camden)
Amy Riddell (North Coast)
Hannah Southwell (Newcastle-Central Coast)
Dharshia Srinivas (Universities)
Rachael Trenaman (Riverina)
Hannah Trethewy (Campbelltown-Camden)

The tournament will be played across western Sydney from November 27 – December 2.





Saskia, above, in her NSW uniform and, left, in action with her 

off spin for Gordon U14 Red 

Good Sport Tom Sets Example

Good Sport Tom Sets Example

Fast Bowler Rewarded for Kind Offer   

Gordon Junior cricketer Tom Hampson and his entire team have been praised for their outstanding good sportsmanship on the field. 

Fast bowler Tom - who was playing in the U12/13 competition for our Red team - received high praise when he offered to bowl spin to a small tail end batsman. The spirit of generosity prompted the opposition umpire to send the following note:    

As the umpire of the Lindfield Oldfield U12/13 team that played Gordon Red on Saturday 21st, I would like to congratulate the team on the tremendous spirit and sportsmanship they showed against us. They play the way cricket should be played, certainly the best that I have come across in the six years of umpiring junior cricket. In particular I would like to congratulate Tom Hampson who offered to bowl spin instead of pace to a member of our team who was smaller in stature. I thanked him and told him to bowl as he would normally bowl.  
Well done Tom. Your example of fair play is how all Gordon Junior teams play the game. 
For his efforts, Tom was awarded the Nilgiri Spirit of Cricket Award for Round 2 by the NSJCA. 
The club would like to thank the Lindfield umpire for taking the time to write the note.

Three of the Best

Three of the Best

Rep Honours for Young Gordon Juniors 

Three Gordon Juniors have been selected in the U10 NSJCA representative teams.

Tom Wright from U11 Red, Dominic Allen from U10 White and Daimon Pin from U10 Red made it through with Tom selected for the DCA team.

The club would like to congratulate all three players and wish them all the best for a successful and enjoyable rep season.



Tom Wright on the drive for U11 Red


Match Reports Online Now

Match Reports Online Now

Catch Up On All The Fun Each Week 

Match reports and photos are a big hit with players and parents. To check out the action from each weekend go to the Match Report tab on the left of Home Page and select the 2016/17 season. Or just click HERE. For those who want a stroll down memory lane, you can also find match reports from previous seasons.

Keep those match reports and photos coming in. Please send all match reports and photos to gordonjuniors@hotmail.com.

Match reports from the new season will follow soon.

U16/17 Gold – Grand Final vs Lindfield Langer

U16/17 Gold – Grand Final vs Lindfield Langer

Gold Win Tight Grand Final

Gordon Gold were into their first ever grand final after winning a very tight semi-final against the minor premiers the previous week by five runs on the same ground.They were therefore fairly confident they could hold their own in the U16/17 grand final. Lindfield won the toss and put Gordon into bat on a moist pitch and a damp outfield at the Gillespie field.

Tight bowling from Lindfield and a slow outfield meant that Tom Mooney and Alex Gan got off to a slow but fair start. Gan was run out on 9 but had put on a partnership of 33 for the first wicket, and it turned out to be the biggest partnership of the innings. By the halfway mark Gordon was 2 for 47 and in a good position to compile a decent score. Mooney was eventually dismissed for 60 off 70 balls, an excellent score in the conditions and what turned out to be the innings of the match. After Geordie Bremner fell for a quick fire 14 with Gordon on 90, the other wickets fell quickly as Gordon sought quick runs and were out in the 31st over for 104.
Gordon’s opening bowlers Tom Slack and Sean Conlon, then Jack Gohl and Mooney, started accurately and tightly giving no easy runs, which contributed to the fall of wickets to Mooney, Alex Watson and Aidan Casey to have Lindfield 3 for 31 halfway through their innings.
Excellent bowling by Bremner and Zhiran Zhou after the break, and great fielding including a well executed run out by Justin Green and Bremner put the pressure right on the Lindfield side.
A late cameo by Cameron Scanlon from Lindfield threatened to push the match their way but he was out to an excellent catch to Tom Richards (his third for the match) off Slack.

Lindfield fought to the end but Conlon picked up the final two wickets and Gordon had won by 19 runs.

Champions: Premiers Gordon Gold and runners up Lindfield Langer after the U16/17 grand final 

Champions: Premiers Gordon Gold and runners up Lindfield Langer after the U16/17 grand final 
It was a great contest between two highly competitive sides. But the difference between the sides was the match-winning innings of Mooney, and more critically, the ability of the Gordon side in the field to defend a modest total by never letting the opposition get easy runs or develop partnerships.
Juniors Dig Deep for Pink Stumps Day

Juniors Dig Deep for Pink Stumps Day

Club Raises Almost $1,000 for McGrath Foundation 

Gordon Junior players, family and friends have raised an amazing $948.15 for national Pink Stumps Day. 

Despite all the wet weather disrupting games, our teams gave generously to the McGrath Foundation for its work with breast cancer. A special mention must go to our in2Cricket families who contributed $232.15 to that total.

Our club supported this year’s national Pink Stumps Day – one of 1,000 cricket groups going into bat for the important event.

Thank you to all our players, parents, families and friends for donating.


 

The money raised by our Gordon Junior families will help to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and increase breast awareness in young Australian women.

Every dollar you donate will make a difference to the lives of Australian families experiencing breast cancer.
To learn more please go to: http://pinkstumpsday2013.gofundraise.com.au/

The U14/15 Blues in pink mode for the McGrath Foundation
Bonus Friday Skill Sessions

Bonus Friday Skill Sessions

Boost for Gordon Players  

Gordon Juniors players will get the benefit of bonus skills sessions every Friday.
The sessions are one of the many advantages of playing cricket with Gordon Juniors. We believe in building player self-confidence and enjoyment through improving skills.

The exciting and innovative sessions - run by the highly respected Geoff Spotswood and a team of coaches - will be held every Friday for the younger age groups at Artarmon Reserve. 

Start time 4.15pm sharp. End time 5.45pm.

The sessions bring age groups together once a month. That is: U9s, U10s, U11s and U12s/U13s combined. 

To start, the roster will be:

  • U10s - September 13
  • U11s - September 20

Break for school holidays

  • U12/U13s - October 11
  • U9s - October 18
  • U10s - October 25
  • U11 - November 1
  • U12/U13s - November 8
  • U9s - November 15
  • U10s - November 22
  • U11 - November 29
  • U12/U13s - December 6

Break for Christmas 

We expect all players to make the most of this fantastic opportunity. We're sure all players will find our monthly sessions a wonderful experience and an excellent way to improve skills and enjoyment.

Junior Registration Payment and Online Shop

Junior Registration Payment and Online Shop

From the 2013/14 season, all junior registrations will be completed online. The link below will take you to a 'online shop'. Here you can pay for registration and buy shirts, caps and hats. Select all the necessary 'items' and the click "View Cart" to proceed with the secure online payment process. Once you've made your clothing purchase, please inform your team manager who will organise collection.

Enter the Junior Registration Online Shop

Recent News

Recent News

This is where to come for all of the recent junior club news. Whenever there are updates to events, changes to programs and interesting news articles, you will be able to find them here.

Have a look though our stories below.
Century for Archie

Century for Archie

Games Milestone for Gordon Junior 

Another Gordon Junior cricketer has notched up an important milestone - Archie Bibb playing his 100th game for the club.

Archie - who played his first U9s game in 2011 - brought up his century for the club on February 4 this year. 

"It's quite an achievement to play 100 games in any sport," said Gordon Juniors President David Bezer.

"It shows commitment to your mates, the club and the local community. On behalf of the club I'd like to congratulate Archie on this 100 games and we look forward to seeing him play many more."

So far, Archie has scored 826 runs for the club and has taken 40 wickets. He's also been involved in 29 run outs and taken 17 catches.

Please see the club Honour Board on this website for other milestones by our players. Please email the club if you think the board needs updating.

 




















From Top: 
Archie receives a guard of honour from his mates as he takes to the field for his 100th game.
Club President David Bezer presents Archie with his trophy for 100 club games
The Gordon Juniors U14 Red team pose for the camera and on the boundary

















Nathan's Century for Gordon

Nathan's Century for Gordon

100 Game Milestone 

Another Gordon Junior has notched his century – Nathan James playing his 100th game for the club.

Nathan, who first played for Gordon Juniors in the U9s in 2007, made it an even 100 when he turned out for Gordon Red against Gordon Blue.

Over the years, Nathan has played for both the Red and Blue team and was part of the division one championship winning U13 Blue team in 2014.

As well as being a great club player, Nathan has contributed with bat and ball. His career stats are:

  • 705 runs at 12.37 with a high score of 64
  • 52 wickets at a average of 14.67 with his best bowling figures of 5 for 16


Nathan has currently played 103 games for the club.
















Nathan receives a guard of honour from team mates as he prepares to keep wickets in his 100th game for Gordon Juniors
Three Titles to Gordon Juniors

Three Titles to Gordon Juniors

Congratulations to Winners

Three Gordon teams won championship titles this season - a wonderful achievement for a club that prizes participation and a fair go for all.

The U11 Reds won the Division 1 title while U11 Gold won the Division 2 title. Our U14 Blues won their Sunday competition.

Elsewhere, U11 Green won the Division 2 Plate Final making it good result for the club's Under 11 age group. Well done to all the players, coaches, managers and parents.

Also competing in championship titles were U13 Red, U12 Red, U12 Blue and U10 Silver.

A special congratulations to Gordon Red (Under 13 Div 1) and also to Gordon Gold (Under 11 Div 2) who were Minor Premiers in their respective Divisions. Both team lost only one game during the regular season.

But it's not all about winning.

The club is going from strength to strength because we treat every player equally and play the game in the right spirit. We are extremely proud of each and every player and we value their contribution. We trust that all our members enjoyed their cricket immensely this season. We hope to see as many of you as possible next season.

 

 U11 Gold celebrate with their coach Hugh Moore after taking out the Div 2 title

 

 

 

 

11 Teams in Finals Action

11 Teams in Finals Action

Good Luck to Gordon Juniors This Weekend

This weekend sees the NSJCA Finals Series. Gordon Juniors will be represented by 11 teams this weekend - with seven teams playing for the Championship title. This is a wonderful achievement.

Playing for the Championship this weekend will be:

  • U14 Blue
  • U13 Red
  • U12 Red
  • U12 Blue
  • U11 Red
  • U11 Gold
  • U10 Silver

 

Playing for the Plate Final will be

  • U11 Green

 

Playing for the Cup Final will be:

  • U14 Red
  • U10 Blue
  • U10 Black

A special congratulations to  Gordon Red (Under 13 Div 1) and also to Gordon Gold (Under 11 Div 2) who were Minor Premiers in their respective Divisions. Both team lost only one game during the regular season.

We wish all of our teams the best of luck this weekend. The club is extremely proud of each and every team that plays under our banner. We trust that all our members enjoyed their cricket immensely this season. We hope to see as many of you as possible next Sunday at our Presentation Day.
Under 9s Register Now

Under 9s Register Now

All You Need to Know for Under 9 Cricket 

Here's everything you need to know before the season starts. Firstly, thank you for registering your child to play cricket with Gordon Juniors. We hope they play for Gordon from U9s right through to under 17s, into Grade and finally for Australia! 

If you still want to register, please email the club first as places are becoming tight at gordonjuniors@hotmail.com

Friends made in these early cricket years often last for life. Here are some useful notes on what to expect this season. Please remember Under 9s is the perfect starter for children of all abilities. You don't need experience to play Under 9s. It is a moderated form of the game designed for enjoyment and learning. The children use a softer match ball, all the protective gear and play on a shortened pitch. See RULES below.

Fun 

Please go out of your way to make sure the kids have fun. Don’t put pressure on them to perform. Encourage them and guide them and they will flourish. Enjoy the season and reward good sportsmanship. In fact, have a Good Sportsmanship Trophy.

Support 

The club is here to support. Please raise any issues with us through your manager. If you feel you need coaching support, then please let us know and we can organise a paid coach through the Gordon Cricket Academy. We want all our teams to enjoy the game and be successful.

Player Numbers

You need 12 each game. Some teams have 13 registered players which allows for illness, injury, weekends away or other reasons not to be at the game.

Clothing 

All players must wear an official Gordon hat or club cap, a Gordon shirt, white shorts, white socks and trainers. This season the shirt comes with the registration fee. Hat and cap can be bought from the club when registering or anytime through the ONLINE SHOP.

Shorts, socks and shoes are available from sports stores.

For boys, we also recommend you purchase the special underwear with a pouch that allows or a protector.

We recommend Kingsgrove Sport at Artarmon. 481 Pacific Highway, Artarmon, (Next to Barbecues Galore)

Phone: 9420 2842

Gear 

All Gordon teams receive a complete kit. There is no need to buy any gear or equipment for Under 9s. We recommend you let your potential superstar get the hang of cricket before buying bats and other equipment. However, it’s your money.

Parents  

Each game you must have 12 players plus:

• A Manager.

• A Coach plus as many assistants as possible,

• At least two umpires although three is better.

• Two scorers. Three is better.

• Someone to set the ground up each match.

• Someone to look after the kit.

• A social co-ordinator.

Don’t let one or two people do all the jobs. Get everyone involved.

Games 

Always Saturday morning. Games will start at either 8am or 10.15am.

U9  - 8am start for teams who played last year or teams with older players U9 - 10:15am start for new teams or those with younger players. See www.nsjca.asn.au.

Always ask your manager if in doubt.Your season starts 15 October. See www.nsjca.asn.au for school holiday breaks.

Key Dates 

Please see our website and NSJCA for key dates. See: www.gordonjuniorcricket.com and www.nsjca.asn.au

Match Reports 

This can be a lot of fun and the kids get a big thrill seeing themselves online. We ask all teams submit a match report to our webmaster by Sunday night. The report can be as short or long as you like. It doesn’t have to be serious.

We would like lots of photos for the site. Send to: gordonjuniors@hotmail.com by Sunday nights.

Song 

We have recorded a club song – We Play for Gordon. The song and lyrics are on our club

site. Click HERE.

We really want all our players singing the song before, during and after each match. If it’s

good enough for the football codes, it’s good enough for cricket!

Grounds 

Most of your games will be at Bales Park, Chatswood; Thompson Oval, Artarmon;

Naremburn Upper; Mowbray Public School, Primrose, Bryce Oval, St Ives – and others.

Again, see NSJCA site for a list of ovals.

Training 

Speak to your manager about weekly training grounds and times.

Home Ground

Gordon Juniors does not have a home ground. However, we regard Artarmon Reserve as our home base. We try to use Beauchamp Park, Chatswood, for club functions. 

Rules 

Games are a maximum of two hours.

It’s Average Cricket. That means players bat in pairs for three overs. Runs are divided by the number of times they get out. For example, batting pair scores 10 runs but gets out twice. Average for that pair: 5 runs. There are bonuses for not getting out.

No LBWs. Pitch is reduced to 16 metres. We suggest you get a 16m rope and some chalk to mark the pitch.

You use metal stumps as supplied in your kit.

All players must bowl at least one over. No player may bowl more than two overs. All overs are six balls regardless of how many wides or no balls are bowled (there’ll be plenty of those!).

Two players must share wicket-keeping duties each week. There are batting and fielding restrictions.

Full rules on NSJCA website. See BLUE BOOK in Library. This is very important!!

There is no table or official comp. No results in MyCricket website. Points are not kept. It’s about having fun.

Score Sheets

The Under 9s have a special score sheet which can be found under the LIBRARY tab on the NSJCA site or by clicking HERE. Print it out and use each game.

Skills

The club provides bonus skills sessions once a month for all Under 9s on a Monday at Artarmon Reserve. Please see SKILLS SESSION tab.

Blue Book 

It’s the bible. Download for all rules. BLUE BOOK.

Player Safety 

This is a very serious issue. All games must be immediately cancelled if the temperature hits 38 degrees Celsius in the shade. This is an NSJCA rule. Please stop a game when this happens.

Umpires can call a game off if the temperature hits 34 degrees Celsius by mutual agreement. We suggest you buy a thermometer and take it to each game. Make sure all players wear a hat and sunscreen. Provide lots of water and extra drinks

breaks in hot weather. Weather Policy is in Blue Book and must be read.

Communication 

All communication is vial email and through your team manager and the website.

Have a great season with Gordon.

Three of the Best

Three of the Best

Top Awards for Gordon Juniors  

Three promising Gordon Juniors have been honoured in the club's annual awards for the 2014/15 season.

Daimon Pin is the player of the season picking up the coveted Mal Hall Award. Daimon - from U11 Red - was the leading run scorer and wicket taker for the NSJCA U11 Division 1. He scored 353 runs at 70.6 and took 22 wickets at an averaged of 5.91.

The Clyde Coltman Award for outstanding achievement went to Tatsumi Mochizuki from our U12 Blues. Tats, as he is known to his teammates, only started playing two season ago having never touched a cricket bat or ball. His coach said of Tats: "He is the most vocal on the field, constantly encouraging bowlers and shouting from the sideline at batsman. He arrives at training first and leaves last. He has not missed a single game. At times he bats last and bowls last and has never complained, says he his just happy to part of junior cricket and friends. He is first to console during those emotional moments, throws a joke in to make a crying mate laugh again, to say its ok we're here for fun."    

Archie McGurk (that's him in the middle in the photo below with team mates) picked up the Kingsgrove Sports Most Promising Cricketer of the Year award. Archie - who plays for the U10 Red side - bats, bowls leg spin and is a mean fielder and wicket keeper.

Gordon Juniors Finals Charge

Gordon Juniors Finals Charge

Good Luck to Our Teams 

Good luck to all our Gordon Juniors this weekend as they take to the field for the finals. We hope you enjoy the experience.

Three Gordon teams are in the Championship finals. U10 Red, U11 Gold and U14/15 Blue will battle it out for the major title.

U12 Gold are in a Cup Final while U10 Blue are in a Plate Final. Good luck to all our teams.

Congratulations also to U10 Red, U11 Red and U14/15 Blue teams for finishing the season as Minor Premiers.



Gordon Juniors Honour Phil Hughes

Gordon Juniors Honour Phil Hughes

Tributes to Memory of Australian Cricketer

It's been an emotional time for everyone involved with cricket. The death of Phillip Hughes has hit hard right across the country.

The players and parents of the Gordon Junior Cricket Club paused to remember the Australian cricketer before the weekend's round of games. Below are some of the photographs from our teams. RIP Phil Hughes.

 

U11 White listen to the coaches before the start of their game on Saturday

 

U10 Gold bow their heads for a minute's silence for Phil Hughes

 

U11 Gold listen as the captains read a tribute to Phil Hughes. Below, the Gold team featured on Channel Ten news on Saturday night.

 

 

 

 

 

U12 Blue gather to pay their respects before the game

 

U10 White pause and reflect on Saturday

U11 Blue line up to reflect on the passing of Phil Hughes. Below, the Blues wore black armbands and listened to a speech.


U9 Black, above and below, line up with the opposition to remember Phil Hughes



Our U14/15 Blues, above, line up with the Pirates to honour Phil Hughes before Sunday's game. Below, 408 remembers Hughes' player number before the Gordon Blue and Pirates game.
U10 Red take a moment before the game to rememebr Phil Hughes

PHILLIP HUGHES - RIP

PHILLIP HUGHES - RIP

Message from NSJCA for all Players and Families 

Below is a message from the NSJCA for his weekend's round of junior cricket.

As part of the cricket family, the North Shore Junior Cricket Association (NSJCA) extends its sincere condolences to the Hughes family upon the tragic loss of their son and brother. Phillips brother Jason is a current first grade player with Mosman Cricket Club, a member club of the NSJCA.  Our thoughts are also with his friends, past and present team mates, and everyone at the SCG on Tuesday who witnessed the events that lead to his passing. We also keep Sean Abbott in our thoughts and prayers, who as all cricket lovers know is completely blameless, and was just doing a job for his team in the same way that Phillip was for the Redbacks.

Much has been written and said in recent days about Phillip, in particular his quiet and unassuming boy from the country nature, and his perseverance and determination in the face of selection disappointments. In an era where the term role model has come to mean anyone in the public eye, Phillip Hughes is a perfect role model for all young cricketers. Apart from those qualities mentioned, Phillip did not let success go to his head. He always accepted the umpires decision. He did not throw his bat upon returning to the dressing room. He was not involved in any off-field incidents.

As a mark of respect for Phillip, a minutes silence will be observed immediately before the commencement of play in all NSJCA matches this weekend. All North Shore representative teams will wear black armbands.

As parents, we should not underestimate the effect this tragedy could have on young children. Look out for any signs, talk with them about it, and keep them safe.

Rest in peace Phillip.

On behalf of the Committee of the NSJCA,

TONY GREENWOOD

President

North Shore Junior Cricket Association

Nirvan's Happy Being Green

Nirvan's Happy Being Green

Hat-Trick for Gordon Junior 

Howzat for a hat-trick! Gordon Junior Nirvan Pulakhandam got a special treat recently - meeting former Australia fast bowler Matt Nicholson at Chatswood Oval.

Nirvan - who plays for our U9 White - also got to try on Matt's prized baggy green for size. Perhaps you'll have your own one day, Nirvan? 

Matt is the Gordon fast bowling coach and played 124 first class matches and one Test for Australia. Thanks for making a young cricketer's day, Matt.

Gordon Juniors U9 White Nirvan Pulakhandam poses with Matt Nicholson