Anecdotes – 10th September
It is always great to welcome back players who have been gone for a while and returned back to fold.
DA (1st Grade T20 – pictured during the A1 ‘Rofie’ Grand Final in 2011/12) last played in the 2011/12 A1 Grand Final as a 16 year-old which was one of the most famous Finals ever played in our Association. Apart from winning the first of our record 4 consecutive Premierships (Rofie’s) this Team came back against the 6 times Premiers ARL after being 7/51 with DA top scoring with 57 in a pressure cooker game.
Phil (C / D Grades) last played C2 in 2006/07 as a star all-rounder. Phil went to work for British Tobacco in South Africa. Not only is Phil back but he brought along his 2 sons – Sam and Tom, so 3 Hando’s for the price of 1.
Daniel (A1) last played B1 in 2014/15 to give Grade Cricket a run. Trying to balance the demands of his medical studies he is back. Daniel is one of the best Juniors to have ever played for West Penno. Daniel scored 5 tons in Juniors to have the highest number of Junior tons in our history and is just 2 behind the Club record of 7 scored by the great Laurie Tuckerman (A1) in 1951/52.
Tony (C1 Grade) last played A2 way back in 2002/03 before going to Melbourne to follow the love of his life. One of Tony’s great achievement was coming into the B2 Final in 2000/01 as a replacement player. Tony ended up scoring 101* and won the match. The following extract from our History is a great story on this ton:
“The B2 Final 2000/01 at Berowra Oval will be remembered as Tony Mandile’s. Tony was brought into the side as a bowling all-rounder to replace an injured player (Ross Anderson) against the Minor Premiers at Berowra Oval. Coming in as night watchman he scored a whirlwind 101* (2 hours) that took the side to victory. On scoring the ton, he not only acknowledged the cheers but also threw his bat about 10 metres in to the air – narrowly missing himself and the close in fieldsmen.”
A1 Grade debuts
Congratulations to our latest A1 Grade players who are making their debut this season:
- Daniel Heidegger – Player Number 315
- Andy Meikle – 316
- Cameron McBrien – 317
This is a great achievement and the boys will be presented with their numbered playing shirts and baggy caps before the first game of the standard season.
A1 Grade first competed in 1951/52. Since 1966/67 we have entered A1 Grade in every season so this will be our 52nd consecutive season in A1.
It is bad enough to get a broken arm or leg but to have a double break is about as bad as it can get. We have 2 known cases of our players who have broken either both arms or both legs at the same time. The following examples come to mind:
Calvin Breytenbach (A2)
Calvin (pictured 4th from left) was going to be the star all-rounder in A2 this season pushing for an A1 spot – until a couple of weeks ago when he broke both ankles. We would ‘like’ to say that this was caused by a football injury during some heroic action but not to be – he did it jumping into a bush. The result, apart from a lot of pain – out for the season.
David, father of B1 tearaway Peter, was coaching his Junior Team about 10 years ago when there were a number of cricket balls on the wire roof of the nets. David did the right thing and tried to get them down. Unfortunately, when he climbed onto the nets the roof gave away and down came David – breaking both arms. The sight of seeing David with both arms in casts was something to behold.
“Don’t tell Mel”
Simon Smyth (A2 Skipper pictured here with ‘Sophie’ – the SPL Premiership Shield) is one of our most passionate players – ever. After bowling 1,912 overs in a career that started in 1997/98, Simon’s idea of a Drinks break is to take a couple of Voltarin pain relief tablets to make it through the rest of the game. Understandably, Simon was keen to give the T20s a break to save the old body for the big games coming up.
Being a true Club Man, the call went out do play this weekend due to player shortages. Not only that but Simon had tickets for the Swans Finals at the SCG with free grog included.
So…Simon being Simon gave all this away to support the boys and play His only comment “Don’t tell Mel I knocked back free grog for the both of us.”
Did you know….
Some of those ‘non obvious’ milestones to look out for:
- This season we will:
- Come close to clocking over our 57,000th innings – currently sitting on 56,546
- Across all Grades we will:
- Score our 875,000th run this season – currently 873,400 runs
- Bowl our 230,000th over – currently 227,393 overs
- A1 Grade will take its 6,000th opposition wicket – currently 5,909 wickets
- Clock over 80,000 runs:
- A2 Grade – currently 79,880 runs
- D1 Grade – currently 78,832 runs
- Simon Smyth (A2) – has bowled 1,912 overs in his West Penno career. Once he bowls his 88th over this season (most likely in a wheel chair) he will clock up an amazing 2,000 overs. The record number of overs bowled is 3,250 by the great David Carey
- Eric Junkkari will score his 3,000th career run in C1 Grade – currently 2,983 to consolidate his position as our highest run scorer in C1 Grade.
Highest run scorers by Grade
Our Highest run scorers in each Grade are:
- A1 Grade – 4,876 runs (Greg Fiedler 1981/82 to 2007/08)
- Gavin Taylor (2,385 runs) is the highest placed of our current players
- A2 – 2,009 runs (Amir Marzouk 1991/92 to 2010/11)
- Michael Banner (1,825 runs) is the highest ranked current player
- B1 – 2,972 (Ross Anderson – record & current player)
- B2 – 1,742 (Gavin Hassett 1996/97 to 2008/09).
- Tim Leyshon (1,631 runs) – highest current player
- C1 – 2,983 (Eric Junkkari – record & current player)
- C2 – 1,981 (Peter Lees – record & current player)
- C3 – 970 (Peter Heidegger 2006/07 to 2015/16)
- Tarun Lath (834) – highest current player
- D1 – 1,600 (Pratah Sinnetamby – record and current player)
- D2 – 1,106 (Sam Thariani – 2008/09 to 2013/14)
- Luke Christensen (895) highest current player.