Match Reports - Season 2013/14

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Weekly match reports from each team, provided by nominated parents or supporters during the 2013/14 season can be found here. These reports will be a balanced view of the match, including special performances and where possible photos of the players.


U16/17 Blue - Semi Final vs North Sydney

U16/17 Blue - Semi Final vs North Sydney

Blues Finish in the Pink  

The last round of the regular season - Pink Stumps Day - saw the U16/17 Blues playing against North Sydney at Willoughby Park. A dress rehearsal for the semi final, both teams were keen to get a win on the board. Mitch O'Donnell and Cam Hinton were solid openers for Gordon. The bowling was tight and runs were a bit hard to get but the Blues still had all their wickets in tact at drinks.

With 14 players on the park all keen for a bat, the coach retired the openers. Having survived the top six bowlers, in stepped North Sydney's Gibson who took a wicket in each of his four overs, rattling the Blues' middle order. 

Charlie Wallace steadied the ship on his way to 19; Liam Sanby upped the anti with a quick fire 13; and Will Coyle chipped in in impressive style with an equally quick 15, including a lovely 6! 

With 104 on the board after their 32 overs, the Blues knew they needed to take early wickets with the ball.

Having collected money for Pink Stumps Day from team members, parents and passers by alike, the Blues took to the field, complete with pink zinc and a Pink Stumps cap for the keeper. In the spirit of Glenn McGrath, Will Coyle and Jason Manoharan kept it tight but unfortunately couldn't dislodge the openers. 

However, first change bowler, Charlie Wallace, was on fire at his favourite Willoughby Park pitch! Inspired by spectacular catches from Alex Carmichael and Tom McGowan, the Blues had their tails up! 

James Tai ensured Gibson would not make the same impact with the bat as he had with the ball, ably assisted by a lovely catch from keeper Brad Ford

At 4 for 23 after 10 overs, the North Sydney batsmen were rattled. It was great to see every member of the Gordon squad given an opportunity with the ball, however wickets dried up and the batsmen picked off the loose balls. North Sydney's Isherwood kept his head and his wicket, scoring an uneaten 58 as North Sydney reached the target in the 29th over.

Man of the Match, Charlie Wallace, was the shining star scoring 19 runs and taking 3 for 3 from his 3 overs.

As the semi-final was abandoned due to a very slippery pitch, this ended up being the last game for the Blues in the 2013/14 season. 
The season highlight was undoubtedly the magnificent, hard fought win over top ranked Mosman in the T20 before Christmas. In a year where wins have been hard to come by, it has been a tough season for the team. 
However, the boys displayed the spirit of cricket each and every week in their sportsmanship, encouragement for their team mates and good humour. Congratulations boys; hope to see you all back next season!
Naomi McGowan 

U14 Red - Grand Final vs Mosman

U14 Red - Grand Final vs Mosman

Reds Crown Remarkable Season as Champions 

And with a simple push through cover for a single, it was over. A joyous cricket season had just ended in triumph. Gordon U14 Red were champions, minor premiers and undefeated.

They are three remarkable achievements by any team in any sport. But this Gordon team was never focused solely on winning. This was a team built on teamwork, a fair go and playing the game in the right spirit – the only way it should be played. This was not a team relying on just two or three stars to get by. Rather this was a side where every player always gave their best. Anyone who saw Nick donate skin and blood for the cause on Saturday will know what that means. Do your best and the result will always take care of itself – and it did.

Saturday’s championship final saw the Reds hold a good Mosman team to a 8 for 104 from 32 overs at Pottery Green. It was an outstanding performance from every Gordon player. The fielding, the encouragement and support for each other were first rate.

The bowling from openers Sahil and Tom was fast, full and straight at the stumps. Swinging it when they needed. Angus with his left arm and Saskia with her off breaks kept the pressure on. Same with Callum, Raymond and Ben. The batsmen could barely score. With the run rate almost flat lining, the pressure told. Sahil picked up the first wicket – a tickle down leg neatly gloved by captain Jake.

Charlie’s leg spin took the second and third wickets thanks to the safe hands of Sahil at square leg and Tom at mid on. Then it was Nick’s turn to get one to turn and jump. Ben snaffled the catch in covers. Mosman was now 4 for 75 from 22 overs.

Pace man Daniel then cleaned up one batsman and ran another out. It was now 6 for 90 in the 28th.

Charlie took a catch from Callum and Tom knocked over the furniture for the 8th and final wicket in 32nd over.

So what happened when the Reds batted? Raymond decided to unleash launching five 6s as he rushed to 40 not out in no time at all. After that the game was over as a contest. Jake, Saskia, Charlie, Daniel and Callum all got runs as the Reds eased to 106 in the 18th over.

It was then time for handshakes, three cheers, photos, pizzas and medallions. The parental cheer squad gathered. Smiles all round.

The Reds would like to thank the great players and parents from Mosman for the game. We will no doubt see you next season.

The Reds would really like to thank the dynamic duo, super coaches Josh and Nathan for a season of guidance, patience, dedication and inspiration. Our thanks also go to scorers Helen, Nitin, David and Marg and to the umpires Andrew, Darren, Craig and Bryan.

Off the field, the Reds could not have done it without the undying support of their parents. From cheering to consoling, from taxiing to washing and baking, the parents helped make this a great season of fun.

So it all started with the first game back on the 14th of September when a group of young cricketers got together for the first time. Some didn’t quite know each other but after just one delivery they became a team. Six months later ended a team of champions.

The Gordon 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

With help from Kieran Dean, James Dow, Reeve Cocks, Ben Rae, Oliver Cameron, Daniel Alleyn, Dougie Oxenham and Angus Chitty.

U14 Reds and management celebrate the end of a season that saw them crowned champions
U10 Gold - Semi Final vs Lindfield

U10 Gold - Semi Final vs Lindfield

Goldies Finals Charge Stopped by Rain 

It was raining all night.  Gordon was very nervous. The other team wanted to cancel but we wouldn’t.

We were mopping the pitch with towels and brooms and Paul did a great job with Steve getting the pitch in playable condition.

We only played one innings but scored 130 runs. Congrats to Archie’s 20 run not out, Gussy’s 21 runs not out and Josh’s 22 not out.

Harry and Zac were outstanding at running between the wickets.

When they saw Will come out the other team put a ‘slip’ in on the field. And straight away he was caught. Very unlucky. Seb also unlucky for his one run but he played the best we had seen him.
Mitch and Olly were not scoring so fast but were staying in which is exactly what we needed.

Coop got one of his best batting performances of the summer. Nelson unlucky for the run out he was in the crease but he didn’t ground his bat. Dan batted well for his 2.

But all in the end we played just the one innings. All thanks to umpire Steve, scorer Scott and all parents for the support on the sidelines and bringing their kids to the games and a big thanks to coaches Pete, Mal and Paul.

See you next year Gordon.

By captain Josh Brayshaw

       The Goldies celebrate a fantastic season of fun after rain washed away the semi final 
U10 Red - Semi Final vs Lane Cove Lee

U10 Red - Semi Final vs Lane Cove Lee

Reds Tough It Out in Rain  

The Reds toughed out a tight semi final win in challenging conditions. 

The Reds lost the toss and were sent in by Lane Cove. There was plenty of skid in the wicket and the outfield was heavy. The Reds withstood the onslaught of the opening bowlers ably before runs started to free up.

The defence was solid and the patience excellent as the batsmen waited for the bad balls to play.

Everyone played well and combined to get to a very respectable 127.

Conditions were deteriorating but that didn’t put off the Reds. The hitting was good by Lane Cove but the Reds stuck at it. Again the team effort was what stood out. The Reds were backing each other up, keeping the ball as dry as they could and kept walking in with the bowler.

A couple of notable efforts were Ethan Laszok who broke the opening stand and Nick Conoplia who bowled two of the Lane Cove top order. There were three team runouts and a late wicket by Oscar Macdonald. Lane Cove finishing on 115.

A great performance by all. A big thanks to Lane Cove for a great semi. An awesome job by the Reds to reach the final.

Saxon Fenwicke about to unleash 

Lachie Thorpe watching the ball

Connor backing up

The Reds soak up the tension of a semi final

The brains trust discussing tactics

U14 Red – Round 15 vs RHH Pirates

U14 Red – Round 15 vs RHH Pirates

Reds End the Season Tickled Pink          

So we come to the final round of the regular season – the semis are next. It's been a season of so much joy for a great bunch of young cricketers.
It was also Pink Stumps Day so the Gordon players and their off field support staff got into the spirit with large dollops of pink on display. Kami baked chocolate muffins topped with pink icing. Delicious. Marg knocked up an amazing pink cake. The manager did the pink bandana thing. Even Hussey the wonder dog got a pink spray job. Pink stumps at either end stood proudly as a vibrant reminder of what’s important in life.
So to the game against Ryde Hunters Hill on a warm Saturday afternoon. The Reds took to the field led by captain Nick van Beek.  The new ball was in the hands of Sahil Kharwadkar who was to soon put it to very good use. Kharwadkar claimed the first wicket in the first over with a catch by Charlie Bibb prowling in the covers.
But then the Pirates struck back. A retired batsman exited. But with the score resting on 82, that man Kharwadkar was at it again. This time Angus Levy taking a catch at mid on.  It was to mark the start of a batting collapse.
Van Beek struck twice to rip the heart out of the middle order. He also was involved in a run out when he rifled one back to keeper, Jake O’Donnell.
Daniel Williams – the pace version - then tidied up the tail by clean bowling two batsmen.
The Pirates all done and dusted for 128. Special mention to Kharwadkar for dismissing the first four batsmen and taking 4 for 12 from 5.2 overs. Well done. Williams – the pace version – picked up 2 for 5 while van Beek also claimed two scalps.
A quick break and it was time for openers Ben Greaves and Tom Hampson to get stuck in for the Reds. But early wickets had Gordon at 4 for 25. Precarious is the word to use here. But out in the middle now were Charlie Bibb and Kieran Dean who produced a match winning partnership. They steadied the good ship Reds and then set about punishing the bowling.
Both Dean and Bibb batted beautifully, retired not out and left Callum O’Brien and Raymond Su to fight over who hit the winning runs. That honour fell to Su who clonked one to mid wicket for 4.
Gordon Reds ended on 4 for 132 winning with eight overs to spare. Well done to all for a great effort.
The Reds players would like to thank coaches Josh and Nathan, umpires Craig and Andrew and scorers Nitin and David.
Most importantly, the Reds, family and friends raised almost $100 for the McGrath Foundation to remind everyone of life’s priorities.
Until next game. Below is a selection of photos as snapped by our paparazzi guy.


U10 Gold - Round 15 vs Gordon White

U10 Gold - Round 15 vs Gordon White

Gold and White In the Pink 

Under a cloud of pink, the two Gordon teams met for the second time this season.

The opposition batted first. From the first ball, the pressure was on and Gordon White failed to keep the scoreboard ticking over. The loss of steady wickets through some tight bowling and excellent fielding saw a fairly low target set. 

Plenty of pink perishables were provided by parents at half time and pumped the boys up for their batting innings. 

In reply, Gold got off to a mixed start losing opener Seb for a duck. His partner Archie, after being given some sage advice, slogged the next two balls for 6, retired on a high score of 22 not out and added a rather substantial amount to the Jane McGrath fundraising box.

After losing 3rd batsman Will early, the team settled down with Harry and Daniel forming a solid partnership. Gus did his bit for the fundraing effort and managed a couple of big hits. Nelson provided some memorable moments in his bright pink tights, tutu and wig. For future reference (and if anyone else decides to try it) ... the box doesn't seem to sit comfortably under tight pants!

He and Josh were their usual formidable selves, batting and running well. A bit of a mishap saw Mitch run out and it was time for our tail ender Coop to close out the innings with many overs to spare, securing a comfortable victory. 

Archie was a worthy Man of the Match for his excellent bowling and fielding while Coop received the Sportsman Award. 

Nelson Mathews (right) in the mood for Pink Stumps Day

Man of the Match Archie Bibb, left, and Cooper Judd with Sportsmanship Award

            U10 Gold celebrate after a successful and enjoyable Pink Stumps Day
U11 Red - Round 15 vs Lindfield Lillee

U11 Red - Round 15 vs Lindfield Lillee

Reds Pure Poetry in Motion 

The Super Coach screamed at me

As Super Coaches do

“Get you bloody finger out,

I want a match report from you”

I was too afraid to argue

In case the screaming just got worse

So I committed to a match report

Through the medium of verse


The Pin kiddy was captain

And their bloke he called heads

The coin landed as predicted

Into the field would go the Reds.

The skipper took the new rock

He measured out his run

his line and length exquisite

Lindfield couldn’t get a run


From the other end came Jarrod

Trying with all his might

He certainly bowled quickly

Gave those Lindfield blokes a fright

Runs were at a premium

The Reds were bowling tight

Our boys could sense this was an arm wrestle

And they focused on the fight

Our fielding it was awesome

The pressure starts to rise

Lindfield they were worried

You could see it in their eyes

But the Reds they just kept coming

Relentless, without fuss

The best fielding came unquestionably

From the Wruck boy they call Gus


But Gus was no lone ranger

As far as fielding goes

Mac was just exceptional

and so was Harry Wroe.

The huge crowd in attendance

Estimated at 15

To a man had loudly stated

It was the best fielding ever seen


Whilst fielding is important

It is wickets that you need

And soon our hungry bowlers

On Lindfield batsman would start to feed.

Tom he ate a couple

Jarrod and the Harry’s chowed down to

A veritable feeding frenzy

Was unfolding in full view

The runs had all but dried up

The boundaries long since gone

The scorers hardly busy

But the frenzy just went on.

When the boys had finished eating

And the Lindfield men were done

114 was the target

To ensure the game was won


So the Reds they started batting

For glory and renown

But runs were hard to come by

And the overs were ticking down.

So with the run rate climbing

We started praying seeking luck

But we never should have worried

Cause we had Harry Wruck


Andrew sent in Harry

Who strode defiantly to the crease

He struck the ball so cleanly

We thought the boundaries wouldn’t cease.

Tom held down the other end

Like he’s done all year

And with those two together

Well the Reds went up a gear

They smoked the Lindfield bowling

Until victory was in sight

Then we rolled in Ned and Lachy

To administer last rites

Hamish he was out there

When we hit the winning run

Then we disappeared from Chatswood High

Our work here surely done


The Reds march now continues

Finals start next week

But without four special people

the Reds would be up the creek

The Wruck boys H and Gusman

Harry Wroe and Hamish too

Without you helping this week

Well our season would be through


I think it’s time to sign off

This verse now at an end

But the thing that were all thinking

Is could we lift the shield again?

Sure the odds are stacked against us

But as opponents have always said

You’re gunna get a contest

Every time you play the Reds

U10 Gold - Round 14 vs St Ives Ponting

U10 Gold - Round 14 vs St Ives Ponting

Rain Washes Away Goldies 

Captain Seb won the toss and elected to bat as the rain tumbled down on Bales Park on Saturday. 

We were travelling along nicely at 3 for 78 when even heavier rain stopped play in the 14th over. 

Archie had earlier retired on 21 not out including a sweet 6 off his legs. Seb was the next highest scoring nine including a nice shot to the boundary for 4.

Dan and Coop were both on five not out and looking good but the game was called off without any further play. The outfield was in good shape but it was just too slippery for the players.

Seb was Man of the Match while Daniel Newman was named Sportsman of the Match. 

By captain Seb Hegney


            The Goldies were looking good at 3 for 78 when rain stopped play
U14 Red – Round 14 vs Lane Cove Rogers

U14 Red – Round 14 vs Lane Cove Rogers

Reds Show True Colours 

Not for the first time this season, the Gordon U14 Reds turned it on in the field with a whole-hearted team performance in a top of the table clash on Saturday.
The Reds faced up to second place Lane Cove – as well as the rain, humidity and a freshly top dressed oval courtesy of a thoughtful Lane Cove council.
Before the start of play, Jake O’Donnell received a trophy for notching up 100 games for Gordon Juniors. It’s a mighty milestone. Well done, Jake.
With the glittering ceremony out of the way, the Reds warmed up as captain Ben Greaves did his duties with the toss.
Lane Cove won and invited the Reds to have a bat. Across the damp top-soil walked the openers – 100 man Jake and Saskia Horley (right).
It was tough going from the start. Accurate bowling and a very deep and defensive field pinned down the openers. The thick top soil and wet outfield meant the ball wasn’t running to the boundary as you’d expect. The openers battled on but with the score on 23 in the 9th over, O’Donnell (below right) was out.
Sahil Kharwadkar joined Horley but the scoring was still slow going. Drives were hitting the wet dirt and stopping. The defensive field was working - up to a point.
Despite the conditions, Horley was looking in good touch stroking three powerful 4s on her way to 27. But a full toss was the undoing.
Angus Levy now joined Kharwadkar and at the drinks break the Reds were just 2 for 42. A run rate of 2.6 an over.
Levy and Kharwadkar tried to increase the run rate but it was a struggle. By the 23rd over, the Reds were 4 for 77 and in need of a boost. That boost came in the form of Raymond Su who hit the first ball he faced for 6. Suddenly the run rate was showing sign of life. Callum O’Brien, Ben Greaves and Tom Hampson all contribute five runs each and Charlie Bibb hit the last ball of the innings for 4 to make it 9 for 117 at the end of 32 overs.
While it was the lowest total for the Reds this season, the conditions needed to be factored in. Rain, humidity, top soil and damp grass. It was now up to the Reds to see if they could defend 117. Could Lane Cove score at 3.6 an over to win?
With Kharwadkar still not able to bowl, the new ball was shared by Hampson and Levy. The bowling was tight but the Lane Cove openers looked fairly comfortable.
In the eight over, Ben Pollack suddenly struck when a short ball convinced the batsmen to lob the ball to Hampson standing in a fly slip position. 1 for 33.
The other opener followed with the score on 51 when Nick van Beek held on to a catch at square leg from the bowling of Kieran Dean. Despite the wicket, Lane Cove were on track to win.
But the game turned dramatically just before and after drinks thanks to the outstanding bowling of Callum O’Brien (above, second from right) and some terrific catching by the Reds.
O’Brien claimed two wickets in his first over to have Lane Cove 4 for 67 at drinks. The first was from a superb low catch by Horley a short mid off. The other a knick beautifully gloved by keeper O’Donnell.
After the drinks, O’Brien crashed through the Lane Cove batting line up taking two more wickets in the 17th over to have Lane Cove reeling at 6 for 68. Both wickets were clean bowled. O’Brien had the outstanding figures of 4 for 3.
From that point, the Reds bowling and fielding was simply breathtaking. The energy, enthusiasm and support for each other was wonderful to see.
Raymond Su (right) chipped in with two wickets and keeper O’Donnell picked up a stumping from the bowling of Horley.
The final wicket was a run out. Lane Cove done and dusted for 83. Tellingly, Lane Cove lost their last 7 wickets for 24 runs.
Special mention should go to Nick van Beek who bowled his best spell of the season ending with the figures of 0 for 5 from four overs.
It was good victory over a very good team and one that sets the Reds up for the semis. More importantly, the spirit and teamwork the players showed on the field was magnificent. This is a team of young cricketers with great character.
The Reds would like to thank co-coaches Josh and Nathan, umpires Darren and Bryan and scorers Nitin and David.
But the biggest thanks must go to Marg and Kami for their superb baking efforts to keep the support staff very happy.

              Coach Josh inspires the Gordon Reds at the drinks break


The Gordon Reds happy after a great effort in the field. Callum O'Brien, left, finished with 4 for 3 from 3 overs

U16/17 Gordon Blue – Round 13 vs St Ives Border

U16/17 Gordon Blue – Round 13 vs St Ives Border

Top Dogs Tall Order for Blues 

Gordon Blue played against St Ives Border at Beauchamp Oval on Sunday.

Gordon lost the toss and was sent into bat first.

The Blues had their work cut out for them with St Ives being the top team on the log. Unfortunately this showed in our batting where wickets fell regularly from early on in the innings.

The tight St Ives bowling had our batters at odds and only two managed scores above 10. Well done to Mitchell O’Donnell who was stumped on 27 and Brad Ford, bowled on 30. 

Gordon ended up with a mildly defendable score of 101.

The enthusiasm of the Blues bowlers was quickly dampened by the St Ives opening batters who managed to reach the target without loss and 11 overs to spare. 

Special mention to bowlers Thomas McGowan, James Tai, Liam Sanby and Alexander Carmichael who’s efficient bowling kept their run rates to around two per over.

By Brad Ford