Anecdotes – 29 September

Face of Girls cricket

Our Girls cricket section is going from strength to strength. This year we will have at least 5 Teams and potentially more through the Girls Only Master Blaster comp. Checkout the following link here and see the prominent role that our Girls are being given in Cricket Australia promotions being used around Australia.

Family playing members

On the weekend Phill (Captain), Sam, Jack, and Tom Hando took the field playing for our C1 Red side. To have 4 family members playing in the one Team is a rare occurrence for our Club and a wonderful achievement. The boys are though one step away from a record with a 5th member of the Hando clan waiting in the wings to play.

The shared record is with – the Creais family (David, Marcus, Chris, James) who played C2 in 2009/10.

The 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.

Father & son achievements

While on Father & Son combinations, we have a long history and this season is no different. How about these latest achievements:

Andrew & Zac Morris (A1 Grade)

Both Andrew & Zac Morris took the field in A1 Grade to be the first father & son partnership to play A1 since Barry and Peter McDonald in 1991/92. How did they finish up! Zac opened the batting and scored 50 and dad, Andrew, 26 not out. This is a wonderful achievement from this talented pair.

An interesting insight into Barry and Peter – they shared the wicket-keeping role in A1 taking a combined 32 dismissals which was then an Association record. Well done fellas on this great achievement.

Rick, Alex & Zac Turner (B1)

We also have the 3 x Turner family members playing B1. With Rick the Captain, Alex (Vice Captain) and Zach this is also a rare achievement at this level. Interestingly the last time they played together was in 2015/16 in B2 Grade. To make it tougher on the Opposition scorers, in this Team we also had 3 x Turner’s plus 2 x Meikle’s plus 2 x de Silva’s.

The last time we had 3 family members playing B1 was back in 1967/68 when we had 4 x Donaldson family members including twin brother (Ken & John) playing together.

While on records

It has been a great start to the season. How about this for early season achievements:

  • 734 registered players – this is a Club record with still more Rego’s to come from Junior Blasters and Girls players plus late registering Senior players
  • 39 Junior Teams – the record is 40 Teams in 2015/16 but is +4 on last season
  • 5 Girls teams – +2 on last season which is the highest number of Teams since 1999/2000
  • 12 Senior Teams – equal to our Team entrances in 2009/10 & 2011/12. It is also +1 on last season and is an Association record
  • 83 Junior Blasters – heading to 90 plus players by season start.
  • Blowfly Cricket – this ofcourse kicks off in October.

We guess this means we are doing something right so thank you to everyone – Players, Volunteers, Leaders – this is due to the collective effort of so many great people who we are proud to be part of our great Club.

 

Roll up, Roll up, Roll up

A2 Red’s put on their own show in their comfortable win. In the words of Sumpty Smyth:

“What a circus.

 First, Fernie missed a run out from a boner away, then the Robertson’s, Mobbo ‘First Receiver’ Robertson and Figgie ‘Second Receiver’ Robertson decided to throw the ball to each other whilst a Hornsby batsman fell on the ground, with the stumps in the middle (insert Benny Hill music here). Any chance of hitting the pegs boys? Go to lane 5 at Hornsby AMF and hit 10 of them.”

 

And you thought things were tough

Last week we did a bit on the incredible role that our Volunteers play. Spare a thought now for our Seniors Captains. This weekend is the perfect storm – NRL Semi Final, AFL Grand Final, Rugby World Cup, Year 12 Graduations plus the odd case of flu – the result a lot of players unavailable.

Think about this one. Across all Grades 41 players were are unavailable. There are some Clubs who don’t have this number of players in total so when you look at your Team this weekend and see the odd gap then this is why. Things will get better, a lot better and a massive thanks to our Captains who got Teams on the field.

How did we finish – 5 wins and 7 losses – a pretty good effort.

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