This weekend, the 19th and 20th of February, is Pink Stumps Day and all the grades will be participating. Basically, clubs can sign themselves up, and essentially, we are aiming to raise awareness for something that is obviously very near and dear to many in the cricketing world.
The Jane McGrath Foundation does amazing work all over Australia, in particular their funding of breast care nurses for those suffering from breast cancer.
To raise awareness, we will be wearing pink sweatbands, mcgrath foundation patches, Heidi will be wearing pink wicketkeeping pads and we will be aiming at pink stumps instead of boring, old brown stumps.
It is a very worthy cause for everyone to get behind, and on Saturday and Sunday we will be collecting donations. Let's dig deep Gordon!
Indeed, no one gets the schnitz when they visit the Chatty RSL- everyone's a winner! Heading down to the clubs head sponsor, the Chatswood RSL, after training should have been a fairly mundane event. This was not so on Wednesday the 9th of Febuary; a date that will long live in the memory of those who were lucky to be there.
You see, Chatswood RSL is undergoing major renovations at the moment (not that the fine facility needs too much of a touch-up), and you have to dodge the raffle swiping machine in order to enter. We sat down to reserve our seat in a packed bistro, until one unselfish, loving teammate, decided to take one Annelie Chapple's (Club Deputy President) membership card as well as her own, to go and redeem the raffle tickets. The tickets were then put in the barrel, never to be thought of again.
UNTIL, some 15 minutes later, when the tickets were drawn and a name was read out. The person in question wasn't listening, and 5 excited people at the table shrieked to let her know she was, in fact, the person who had won the raffle.
So, up Annelie wandered up to collect her prizemoney- low and behold you have to actually spin a wheel to see how much money you win. Of course, Anns ended up spinning the top prize, netting herself a cool $1000.
The next name to be called up was none other than club secretary Nicky Paterson. Conveniently, she was already up at the raffle draw celebrating with Anns- so one quick spin of the wheel and she ended up with the slightly smaller, albeit still useful, sum of $200 (any tips on how they rorted the system would be greatly appreciated).
Come on down to the Chatty RSL after your game on Sunday to claim your free drink, courtesy of Anns.
In all seriousness, it is great for the girls from the club to get on down to Chatswood RSL- because they have been very good to us over the years. They increased their sponsorship money to us to year- and have even been kind enough to offer Annelie and Nicky personal sponsorships!
So get on down to the RSL and support the club that supports you!
Mother Nature turned on a blistering hot and sweaty day for
the annual Australia Day Fathers v Daughters match at Lindfield Oval.
Thankfully, play started at 8.30 but in the end it was still going to be a
battle of wills.
With Captain Lawson (leading the fathers/brothers/boyfriends
team) winning the toss and going out to bat, the girls were still confident of
restricted the boys to a gettable total. This belief was quashed as soon as
Trollip and Charmichael snr. both demonstrated the impressive bloodlines, and
in the process managed to upstage their talented daughters. Johnathan and Mark
set up the lads for an imposing total (both being forced to retire) before Josh
Rich came in with a few sixes at the end before retiring.
The girls were never in the hunt, with 'Lurker' Lawson
leading the bowling attack to a comfortable victory- one I'm sure we will hear
about for a long time to come. While one might like to blame the disappointing
loss on poor umpiring, a poor pitch or unlucky bounces- I'm at pains to admit
the Men were just better on the day.
Wednesday 5th January, Adelaide, South Australia. An unforgettable day for three of our Reds....
Hannah Trollip, our 1st grade captain, made her WNCL debut for the NSW Breakers as they avenged Tuesday's defeat at the hands of the mercurial Karen Rolton. Trolli scored 18 runs off 28 balls in the Breakers total of 5-196 before being run out (pictured left on the iconic Adelaide Oval scoreboard.) In the final t20 on Thursday morning she scored 15 off 17 before again being runout; and played a hand in the first wicket, catching out the prize scalp of Rolton. It is a just reward for an incredibly hardworking and humble player, who no doubt will have a long and successful career in the sky blue colours.
Across town at Grange Oval, two other Reds were turning out for NSW- this time in the National u/18's championships. Jo Lawson, filling in for Hannah as she was playing for the Breakers, made her National Championship debut for NSW- and was handed her playing cap (pictured left) by Kerry Marshall- a former NSW player and life member of cricketnsw. Jo's classy medium pace bowling played an important role in starting off the tournament well for NSW. In the first game of the tournament, NSW bowled QLD out for a very low 77- with Jo starring; taking 3-16 off her 4 overs.
Another Red has been impressing at the National Championships- Emily Leys, who captained the NSW side in Hannah's absence. She took an outstanding catch at cover and fielded brilliantly, saving several runs. She has scored a 30 and a 29 in t20s on the 7th, under the watchful eye of club president and NSW manager, Jess Henry!
All in all, a fantastic week for a couple of our up and coming Reds, and hopefully some long and eye catching careers to follow.
It's that time of year again- yes folks, it's time for the annual fathers v daughters match! For the past two years running, the daughters have pounded the fathers in submission- leaving them to rue all the training hours they spent in the nets teaching their daughters.
It is on again in 2011, and what a way to start off your Australia day celebrations! Our match starts on Australia Day morning- 8.30am start at the glorious Lindfield Oval, before the boys usually play arch rival Roseville while the snags cook on the barby. It's a great atmosphere with players being given microphones (Nicky being the fortunate recipient last year), plenty of friendly banter, music playing over the speakers and quite a crowd milling around and cheering on the cricketers.
If you are interested in playing, contact Shannon Heath at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fathers are desperately in need of an injection of talent and/or guile, so no matter what your age or skill level- come on down for a fun game of cricket at Lindfield on Australia Day! Girls- if you are free for a hit out on Australia Day, please contact Shanno.
Players, make your way down to Lindfield at 8am to prepare for the grudge match, and spectators, mark down 8.30-10.30am in your diaries to come and watch a cracker of a match!
An exciting Christmas present has come the way for first grade captain Hannah Trollip- a call up to the NSW Breakers team!
Read the full story from cricketnsw here
It will be a sensational start for 2011- the Breakers are taking on the SA Scorpions from January 4-6, with the first t20 being played as a curtain raiser to the Big Bash match between the Blues and the Redbacks.
Following on from an outstanding debut season in first grade last year, Hannah has been elevated to captain in 2010/2011, and has not taken her foot off the pedal, sitting second on the runscoring table with 286 runs from 8 matches at an average of 48 and a best score of 97.
In another piece of very pleasing news, Jo Lawson has been called up to the NSW u18's team to cover Hannah's absence (given her WNCL call-up) from the u/18 National Championships in Adelaide. She will join the team for the first three days. Another Gordon player, Emily Leys, will be featuring in the championships as well- as vice captain. Congratulations girls! Gordon cricket looks to be in good hands.
Training for the 19th of January has been cancelled, so all can attend the club night at the t20 Big Bash! NSW play Tasmania at 7pm. We have 30 free tickets available- contact Nicky Paterson at email@example.com if you are interested with your name and number of people attending. Potentially even more exciting viewing could be 2nd grade captain, Shannon Heath, representing the Reds in a bowl-off at 6.25. Good luck Shanno!
In what has become a typical Sydney day, the rain was always there and thereabouts in the clash between Gordon and Sydney on Grahame Thomas Oval in Bankstown.
With our captain, Hannah Trollip (pictured right), in good form, it was great to be able to bat first- and the openers took good advantage of being sent in! Both Hannah and Liz Howell tore apart the Sydney bowling attack, with balls being dispatched to all parts of the ground. Liz was outscoring Hannah (undoubtedly a first for anyone in two seasons), displaying picture perfect back foot drives and cut strokes that rocketed to the boundary more often than not. Unfortunately she ended up just short of a half century, caught out after getting 42 off 42 deliveries. Hannah was joined by Gordon newcomer Emily Leys, and the two kept the score going at quite a rate! Hannah was back to her brilliant best, cover driving and pulling her way to 77 runs off only 63 deliveries; with Emily chipping in with a quick 19 off 15 balls. All up the girls managed 163 runs off the allotted 20 overs for the loss of only one wicket, a score that would prove to be very tough to topple.
The Tigers never looked in the game with Emma Doutreband producing a very good opening spell that yielded 3/12 off her 4 overs, tying the batters down. Zoe Landry (1/22 off 4) was a handful as always, clean bowling Kent with a beautiful ball. All the other bowlers contributed tidy spells, with Emma claiming a great catch at gully to remove the dangerous Michelle Goszko off Jo Lawson's bowling, and in the end the Tigers were kept to 6/82 off their 20 overs. After the much improved fielding and batting effort, Coach Lawson was happy to stick around to watch the next (albeit cancelled) match despite a pressing social engagement- a sign that greater things are to come from the young Gordon side!