Anecdotes – 21 March 2021

1,000 miles from anywhere

With no cricket this weekend the news is all about – no cricket. Here is a good one from our B1 Skipper, Rob Knapman.

Rob was working up near Lismore during the week while Sydney was being drenched. As Rob was enjoying the sun he was getting reports of the likelihood of games being washed out. The photo was taken on his way home, just outside Lismore.

The B1 Blue boys finished 3rd and were well placed to give 2nd placed Berowra’s their last rites for the season – being in a powerful position (1/50 chasing 121). The rest is history now but if only the situation was reversed with the bush getting the rain and Sydney the sunshine.

If there is a positive it is that the boys won’t have to play against an Opposition player going for his 3rd consecutive double century!

Junior Premiership record looms

While there are always hard luck stories about Teams missing out due to wet weather there are always beneficiaries. If play is washed out in the Junior Grand Finals today (Sunday) our 4 x Minor Premiers will be Premiers:

  • U17 Orange – Minor Premiers (playing at Warrina Street)
  • U15 Purple – Minor Premiers (Normanhurst Park)
  • U13 Green – Minor Premiers (Greenway Park)
  • U12 Blue – Minor Premiers (Cheltenham)

If the Finals are washed out this will break the previous Club record of 3 Junior Premierships set in 2007/08.

What makes this even more impressive is that Grand Finals used to be played between U10s and U16s (7 x Grades). In 2020/21 Grand Finals are only played between U12 to U17’s. So effectively we are Premiers in 4 out of 5 Grades!

All this is achieved in a Club that has a ‘Participation over Results’ policy – we don’t stack teams which means that our Teams all finished in a cluster around the top & middle of the Comp – an amazing performance.

Senior Premiership – record opportunity

With a week to go before the Seniors Grand Finals you would think that it will dry-up enough to get games underway – but who knows.

Going into next weekend we have the chance to set a new Seniors record with Premiership wins.

In 2014/15, 9 Teams played in the Semi Finals (the same as this season) and an amazing 8 made it through to the Grand Final. We won 4 – also achieved in 2012/13 & 2013/14.

This season we have the chance to go one better with all 5 Minor Premiers playing in the Grand Final and all Teams being dominant throughout the season.

Chance for Club history

Congratulations to our 5 x Minor Premiers playing in next week’s Grand Final. A bit of history for those competing:

B2 Grade (Phill)

  • Last won in 2014/15 with Justin Paterson our Captain
  • We have won 5 Premiership (first in 1952/53) and been Runners-up in 13 with the latest in 2017/18 under Rob Knapman

C2 Blue (Buzz)

  • Last won in 2018/19 under Andrew Fiedler
  • We have won 13 Premiership (first in 1949/50) and been Runners-up in 5 with the latest in 2007/08 under Peter Heidegger

C4 (Rob)

  • Last won in 2015/16 with Rob Knapman Skipper
  • We have been in just the one Grand Final with the Competition being  relatively new (2014/15)

D1 Blue (Ross S)

  • Last won in 2012/13 with Trevor Ward Skipper
  • We have won 5 Premierships (first in 1979/80) and Runners-up in 4, the latest in 2015/16 under Brendan Harkin.

D2 Grade (Nirav)

  • Last won in 2017/18 with Mike Kinchington Skipper
  • We have won 4 Premierships (first in 1979/80) and Runners-up in 5, the latest in 2015/16 under Peter Westerberg.

The photo is of the classic A1 Grand Final (81) Vs ARL (67) @ Parklands Oval 29th and 30th March 2014.

Reelin in the years

First up, our theme music for this section – here

Every Grand Final is special. In our 90 years as a Club we have played in 138 Seniors Grand Finals – winning 71 and being Runners-up in 67 – a 51.4% success rate.

Since 2000 we have played in 68 Grand Finals – winning 43 and being Runners-up in 25 – an amazing 63.2% success rate!

Some Grand Finals standout.

  • The 1951/52 A1 Final lasted for 10 days starting at Bannockburn Oval and finished at Hassell Park after football had the ground booked – 6 days into the GF. In these days there was no time limit on GF’s.
  • The 1967/68 B1 Grand Final at Campbell Park saw us dismissed for 4 runs.
  • The 1995/96 B2 Grand Final at Pennant Hills Oval saw us run down 295 after being 2/2 and pass the score 9 wickets down with a batsman on strike who was on his 4th consecutive golden duck and a batsman on 80* who had been ‘out’ twice to no balls.
  • The 2013/14 A1 Grand Final we defended 81 by dismissing ARL for 67 to bring up our 3rd consecutive Premiership.

The standout though, always subjective, is winning A1 in 2011/12. Our boys were Minor Premiers and ARL were after their 7th consecutive Premiership. After being 7/51 we finished with 153 and rolled ARL for 124. This set the scene for a dynasty of 4 consecutive Premierships. The photo shows Scott Henderson taking the winning catch and the reactions says it all. The game was at Mark Taylor Oval and played on 24th & 25th March 2012.

The players in this side were:

Sol Tomlinson, Simon Smyth, Peter Stott, James Makin (C), Matt Jobson, Scott Henderson, Ranga Ediriwickrama, Tim Rae, Sam Baidya, Daniel Anderson & Matt Spalding.


Sydney Sixers training

How about the U9 Reds who entered a Sydney Sixers Competition and won a competition with over 1,000 entries. The prize – a training session with the Sydney Sixers.

It all happened on Thursday 11 March with the Team attending the CNSW Training facilities at Homebush. How about this for a thrill when the boys trained with Nathan Lyon, Moises Henriques and Ben Dwarshuis. Check out the Photo gallery to see how the experience the parents and players will never forget – here


A double to remember

Relatively few people, compared to the number of participants, get to play in a Grand Final, let alone win one. Daniel Vink (U17 Orange & C4) plays with the U17 Minor Premiers and C4 Minor Premiers.

This Sunday (21 March) his U17 side are likely Premiers if games are washed out as expected. Next weekend he backs up in the strong C4 side with a chance to achieve a rare double.

As background, Daniel is also a more than handy player – averaging 47 with the bat (U17 & C4) and 15 with the ball.

The photo shows Daniel preparing for Sunday’s U17 Grand Final.