Anecdotes – 12 January 2020

Volunteer contribution

Our Club has one of the best volunteer contributions of any Club in NSW, if not beyond. We look only at Team Managers, Team Coaches and Committee Members we have 152 active volunteers. Add to this Team Scorers, Umpires, Assistant Coaches ….the number is amazing.

One volunteer has stood out from a very impressive group – our own Bill Peterkin. BP is a Life Member and long term player (now a fill-in), and runs our Junior Blaster Program plus is a hands-on leader with our Blowfly program.

In recognition of Bill’s contribution, over many years, CNSW invited Bill to be among the special volunteers to do a lap of honour at the SCG on Day 4 of the Australia Vs New Zealand Test Match. BP is pictured at the SCG with son, Harry and our own DA from CNSW.

Well done and thanks heaps BP.

What West Penno Players do outside cricket

While on the SCG, during the lunch break on Day 1 of the Test Vs New Zealand Ray Khamis and Ryan Gunn competed to win a prize by hitting a ball through a bulls-eye target. They came close but just missed out. They did though get their 15 mins of fame by being on the centre field plus being interviewed and shown on the big screen. Great to see the boys wearing their Club playing shirts and Premiership caps.

Apart from being on the ground during a Test Match, the best part though was after the competition as the boys were leaving the field. Obviously scarred from a life of heavy defeats, a player from a nearby local Club to the west of us came charging down to the fence and loudly proclaimed in a well thought out and eloquent commentary – “F— WPH”. Got to love it – the boys certainly did.

Wicket taking chase

On the Home page of our website, we track our top performing players for the season. Our Leading run scorer is Andrew Morris (A2) who is a long way ahead of his nearest competitors. The chase to be our leading bowler though is a neck and neck battle between 2 guns – Rowan Dickinson (C3) with 23 wickets @ 8.3 and Amit Sen (C2 & pictured) also with 23 wickets @ 11.4. The boys have been within 1 or 2 wickets of each other all season and at the half-way mark of the season the story is the same.

As further background, Rowan has the best match figures of 8/27 (4/16 & 4/11) and Amit has the most economical return of 4/7.

Family record achieved

It has been building for a while but on the weekend we had, for the first time, 8 family members from 2 families play in the same team at the same. The game was in C1 for our Red side playing Stu Fiedler’s Blue’s at Greenway Park. The photo says it all – from left to right:

The Schwartzel’s (Dan 17, Matt 17, Warren) and the Hando’s (Phill, Sam 20, Tom 19, Jack 17 & Harry 14). The family members are in age order. Adding to the History is that the Schwartzel’s (Dan & Matt) are twins.

To think that this has taken 90 years to achieve makes this a special achievement.

As mentioned in an earlier Anecdote, the previous record number of family members playing for our Club was by the 5 x members of the famous Donaldson family in the 1960s & 70s – Don (Snr), Don (Jnr), Jim and twin brothers John & Ken. While they all played A1, they never played together as a combination of 5.

This still has a long way to go from the early teams of the Association though. The South Colah Cricket Club had 18 sons of Patrick and John Duffy (Duffy Ave) of Thornleigh, Dural CC was sustained by the seven sons of Thomas Best, Pennant Hills CC by the 10 sons of Arthur Thompson (Thompson’s Corner) and Castle Hill CC by the eleven sons of John James.

Now that’s how you do it

First match back from the break and the D1 Red Side was down a wicket-keeper. The solution was to improvise – enter Skipper, Ian Digby (pictured left with Rob Hanich). Ian did keep wickets over 30 years ago in the U14s so at least had an idea of what to do. The best part though was that during the week he looked at a lot of You Tube ‘How to do it’ instruction video’s. Diggers kept for the 35 overs and let through just 5 Bye’s. It looks like a career behind the stumps is now just a matter of time away.


Country Carnivals

Last week our U15s played in the Walter Taylor Shield Country Carnival at Armidale. This is the only Carnival that got underway due to the drought – Tamworth & Taree were both cancelled. As an indication of how tough things are, Craig Hutchinson, our Coach, said that only 1 of the 7 turf grounds they use are open. Also, for the final, the only reason the Final was played was due to a donation of water to allow the pitch to be prepared.

While we won 1 and lost 3 games against Rep standard Teams it is what our U15s did off the field that was even more important:

  • Our folks, volunteered to run the Pink Stumps Day fund-raising for the whole Carnival and raised $3,000
  • We played in such a great spirit that we have been invited to have an ongoing relationship with the Armidale Cricket Association where we can have Senior and Junior Teams play against each other a rotation basis
  • Feedback from all sources was that not only did we have a competitive Team but the way we played and conducted ourselves was outstanding.

Add to this, Danielle Chivers (our Girls U17’s) was the Captain and in one game took a 5 fa.

All up a great effort by our U15’s, their parents and our Coach (Hutchy) and Manager (Julie). Keep a lookout for photos from Armidale to be on the website during the week.