Anecdotes – 21st October

Sreeni’s walk to Canberra

During the week, Damien Tudehope, our Local Member spoke in State Parliament about the amazing effort of Sreeni Pillamarri (C2) and his colleagues from the United Indian Association who walked from Parramatta to Canberra between 22nd September and 1st October to raise money for our drought affected Farmers. The Team raised over $25,000 for the Charity Group ‘Aussie Helpers’.

Have a read of the mention Sreeni got in the NSW Parliament Hansard record –

Sreeni and his colleagues raised more than $25,000 – here

Well done Sreeni and thank you for your great effort. We are all very proud of you.


Space cadet

This week we have a standout – Rob Hanich, D1 opening bat, WPHC  Juniors Director, Association Junior Convenor and next in line at CBA as CEO. The day started when Rob (pictured in happier times with son Aden)  arrived at The Dairy (Brooklyn) ready continue his not out innings. The problems started when he arrived wearing thongs and no cricket shoes.

Quick thinking saw Rob use his son’s (Aden) shoes. The next problem was that Aden was batting at 3 and had to then move down the batting order – not a good result in father / son relationships.

Rob’s wife (Debbie) also had a great solution to help the Team out. She would take the 90 minute round trip back to Cherrybrook and Brooklyn  to get the errant shoes. The Team, showing it’s confidence in what was going to happen, collectively thought this wasn’t a good option as Rob would probably be out by the time Debbie returned.

Anyway, Rob ended up getting out, we lost the game and Rob and Aden are having counselling to repair a damaged relationship.

Is this our greatest ever Team (on paper)?

Our A2 side is leading the Comp and already opening up a big lead after just 4 Rounds. The Boys have a bowling attack that is possibly the best we have ever out on the field: with 3 players in the top 5 A2 bowlers of all time:

  • Simon Smyth (pictured centre) with 146 wickets is the A2 GOAT as the highest wicket taker in our history. Add to this is his ranking as 7th best in all grades of all time with 392 wickets
  • Rowan Keating (135 A2 wickets) to be our 3rd highest A2 wicket taker
  • Luke Herzog (pictured right with the ball he took his 100th wicket with), after his 5 wickets on Saturday has 104 A2 wickets to be our 5th ranked A2 bowler of all time.

Add to this our batting with 2 players Michael Banner (pictured left) and Alex Connell who have each scored 6 centuries and are both just one ton behind the record of 7 centuries scored by the great Laurie Tuckerman way back in 1951/52 in A1 Grade.


A star is born

We have a proud history of being home to 2 of the greatest women players to have ever played the game, anywhere in the world – Denise Annetts and Lisa Sthalekar. On the weekend we had a glimpse of the next rising star.

Our U13 Girls played their first game of the season on the weekend. In the Team was 9 year-old Shiloh David. In her first ever game of cricket she took 4 wickets in 3 overs. Just amazing – she learnt to play by watching the WBBL and then watched Danielle Chivers training at Blacktown back in April and wanted to follow in her footsteps.

We don’t have records on this one but it would have to rank as up there as the best ever 1st game performance by any player in our history!

We have another gem on our hands for sure.

The drought has broken

Something unusual happened this weekend – everyone played. This means that:

  • A1 played their first game since 29th September (3 weeks)
  • The Fiedler’s (Andrew, Daniel, Stuart and Michael) made a massive impact on their rain affected season run scoring aggregate. Going into Round 4 the high achieving cricketing family had scored just 1 run between them – this has now skyrocketed to 13 runs with lots more to come
  • Luke Herzog (A2) also got on for his 1st game in 3 weeks and celebrated in style – taking his 100th wicket in A2 Grade.

And to think, the season is just 4 games young.

Bookend completed

Last week we did a story on Steve ‘Buzz’ Burrows (C3 Captain and pictured centre, holding trophy) who 26 years ago to almost the day scored a century for Hornsby against West Penno at Campbell Park and win the game.

On day 1 of this game Buzz spanked an impressive 53* for WPHC against Hornsby. The bookshelf was filled this weekend when WPHC beat Hornsby – mission accomplished and a happy ending.