Anecdotes – 8 December


We have a long history of being a Club of Tossers. None better than Simon ‘can’t call a cab’ Smyth and Rick ‘can’t toss a salad’ Turner. Our best of all time was Greg Fiedler who lost 16 consecutive tosses in A1 Grade.

Stu Fiedler (C1 and pictured left, with Phill Hando) has set new standards – 6 games in to his first season of Captaincy and 6 wins. This game though was his 2nd loss of the season and the TeamApp exchange says it all:

“Stu loses only his 2nd career toss and we are sent in to bat” (Alex Chidgey)

 “Yeah, I wish I won that toss…we are 7/39 off 20” (Stu)


Leadership Plus

Our A2 Blue (Gunny) and C3 (Buzz Burrows – pictured, centre) sides are our quiet achievers. In Gunny’s case they were promoted from B1 to A2 and are leading the Comp after 7 Rounds. They have also won 4 from 6 with 1 draw.

In C3, the boys are leading the Comp after 6 Rounds with 5 wins and 1 loss including 2 outright wins. What stands out in this case is that after winning the Comp last season the boys expected to be a middle ranked Team after losing a number of top players to higher Grades. They have now seeing every player performing above expectations with batters and bowlers playing out of their skins – from 1 to 11. In the last 3 games for example the boys have scored 9/336; 7/291; 9/300.

The common theme in these Teams is great leadership – Captains getting great results out of Teams that keep improving and enjoy playing.

Sign of things to come

This week, Ku-ring-gai Council votes on whether or not to convert Mimosa Oval (pictured) to a fully astro-turf ground to following a proposal from the Soccer Association – similar to the set-up at Pennant Hills Oval No 2. If this is voted in this will be the loss of another Oval that summer sport can be played on. It is all about getting more winter sports on fields that are hacked up during the football season.

Tamworth carnival

We all know about the drought in the bush and how tough many in the bush are going. At a minor level we have also been affected. Each year we are privileged to be invited to attend the Country Carnivals hosted at:

  • U14s – Tamworth
  • U15s – Armidale (Walter Taylor Shield)
  • U16s – Taree (Stan Austin Cup)

This season the Tamworth Carnival has been called off for the 1st time due to lack of water to maintain the turf wickets.

On  a separate note, this photo was taken in January, 2011 in front of the ‘Big Guitar’. See if you can recognise some of the players now playing Seniors:  Nick Duck (C1), Alex and Rick Turner (B1), Adam van Saarloos (C1), Nathaniel Chidgey (C1), Justin Edwards (A2 fill-in), Michael Gunn (A2), Ryan Gunn (B2).

Best bowling performance

Got to hand it to Ray ‘Master Blaster’ Khamis. Ray holds Club records for smashing cricket balls out of the park. In the U16s he hit a Juniors record 11 x 6s in his innings total of 98 back in December 2011. In 2016 (C4 Grade) Ray hit a Club record 5 x 6s in an over.

As a bowler though, Ray has been less spectacular. The big fella has taken 14 wickets since 2010/11. Anyway, his A2 Skipper let him bowl 2 overs this season where he took 1/5. The big fella has been at pains to let your friendly Editor know about this magnificent bowling effort and that it is the best average in our Club.

While it is pretty good the best effort goes to James McBrien, also in A2 who took 2/6 in the Round 1, T20 game. So the big fella still has a bit of work to do to get to #1.

TeamApp continues to fly

If you are not yet on TeamApp then you should be. We now have 302 active members and are one of the most active Club users in Australia. Last month (November) we broke the Club record for the most active month – we had 33,064 access hits beating the previous record of 27,516 in March 2019 during the Semi’s and Grand Finals.

If you are not yet a member then it is easy to sign-up through the App Store.