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Gordon Women's District Cricket Club now on Twitter

Gordon Women's District Cricket Club now on Twitter

Gordon Women's District Cricket Club now on Twitter

Follow us at @GordonWomen

Sthalekar makes a comeback

Sthalekar makes a comeback

Lisa will be playing in the first ever Women's Big Bash League this season, but will first be donning the Gordon Red cap  before the Sixer's Pink in December.  

See this story on the Sixers page for more details (or click

Come'n'Try Day 2015

Come'n'Try Day 2015

Gordon's annual Come 'n' Try and registration day is here again. This is a great opportunity for girls of all ages to have a friendly and non-competitive introduction to the great game of cricket. Come and get tips from our coaches to improve your batting, bowling and fielding. No equipment necessary and all skill levels are catered for so bring your friends along for a great time.



Come’n’Try Day

When - Sunday 23rd August

Where -Artarmon Reserve, End of Burra Rd, Artarmon

Who - Women aged 8-80

Cost - Free

When 10:00am – 11:30am

Shaker #1

Shaker #1

Congratulations to Gordon and Southern Stars player Lisa Sthalekar who has become the number one wicket taker in International T20 matches. She has also been ranked by the ICC as the number one bowler in One Day Internationals. For all the details click here
Publicity 2009/10

Publicity 2009/10

Gordon v Northern District 25 November - One, Two (North Shore Times)

NSW U19s (CA Cup ) 27 November 2009  (North Shore Times)

Another week, another century for Hannah 4 December (North Shore Times)

Young Hockey Stars

Young Hockey Stars

Congratulations to both Paige Smyth Oliver and Mathilda Carmichael who have both recently starred at Hockey Tournaments.

Paige competed in the U15 State Indoor Hockey Championships on the Central Coast early in November and was subsequently selected in the NSW U16 Development State Team and as a shadow player for the U16 State A Team. She will now participate in the National Championships to be held on the Central Coast 5-9 Jan 2010.

Mathilda recently represented NSW at the U15 Nationals in Brisbane. NSW were undefeated in the tournament. Mathilda was the highest goal scorer and also named Player of the Tournament. She also played in the U16 tournament in Townsville and was subsequently selected in the U16 Australian All Schools Team which will travel to Singapore, Malaysia and China next year!

Well done Paige and Mathilda!!

Paige in action
Paige in action
CA Cup - volunteers required

CA Cup - volunteers required

Cricket NSW are hosting the CA Cup (Women's National 2nd XI Competition) in Sydney late in November. Gordon is hosting two matches at Chatswood Oval as follows:

'       Weds 25 November        Tasmania v Queensland

'       Thurs 26 November       NSW v Tasmania

We are calling for volunteers to assist on these two days ' whether it be for half a day, whole day or both days. Assistance will include moving sightscreens, managing the dressing rooms, drinks, lunch and general assistance.

It's important that we support the event as hosts. Personally I have to work but I'm sure there are some Uni or school students out there who will already be on holidays?!

If you are able to assist in any shape or form please let President Jess know via email.

Time to fly the RED flag!!!

NSW U17 Team selected

NSW U17 Team selected

Congratulations to Mathilda Carmichael and Hannah Trollip who have both gained selection in the NSW U17 team that will travel to the National Championships in Brisbane 5-12 January 2010. They will be joined by Club President Jess Henry who will be managing the team for her 8th consecutive season. Good luck girls!

T20 Title Coming Gordon's Way

T20 Title Coming Gordon's Way

The 3rd Grade T20 title is coming to Gordon with the Present team playing the Gordon Golden Oldies in the final round this weekend. The 'GO's' are first and the present 2nd coming into the last round. The winner takes all! Come down to Forsyth Park at North Sydney this Saturday from 2pm to watch the big game. Will it be Youth or Experience to take home the title?!


Early season rep honours

Early season rep honours

Even though the 09/10 Season is young we already have a long list of representatives to congratulate in addition to Cha, Emma and Kris:

'       Liz Howell & Kristy Williams' ACT Supplementary Player Squad

'       Mathilda Carmichael, Hannah Trollip & Joanna Lawson ' City Under 17

'       Maddie Bing ' Country Under 17

'       Lauren Cambitzi ' City Under 15 (Debut)

City versus Country takes place on the Central Coast 31/10 & 1/11 when Maddie will take on Til, Trolli and Jo! Good luck girls. Be nice to each other!

Past v Old

Past v Old

Past Champions to take on Current Champions!

We are fielding TWO teams in the 3rd Grade T20 Super 8's this season ' 'Gordon' and the 'Gordon Golden Oldies'. Our club has won two 3rd Grade Premierships in its history. The Golden Oldies won the first in 1997/98. Our second of course was last season ' the current champions! We can guarantee an afternoon of excellent entertainment and lots of laughs.

Come and watch Gordon v the Gordon Golden Oldies!

Forsyth Park
Saturday 7 November
2pm ' 5pm
Teams to be selected from:

Defending Champions

Nicky 'Noodle' Paterson, Emma 'Norma' Sherwood, Annelie 'Anns' Chapple, Jess 'El Prez' Henry, Jess 'Davo' Davidson, Lisa 'Jackie' Chan, Sarah 'Sez' Thompson, Erin 'Coggsy' Coggins, Tracy 'Hankers' Hancock, Michelle 'Pants' Slack-Smith, Aranee 'Bob' Ramachandran and Charu 'Delhi Daredevil' Thakur

Golden Oldies

Geri 'Grandma' Rieper, Jo Nienhuis, Therese 'Pretzel' Pares, Amy 'Buttsy' Buttsworth, Hsiang Yin, Jane 'Bobbsie' Warrilow, Michelle 'Foz' Giltrap, Michelle 'Knighty' Knights, Helen 'Chestnut' Hinley, Rachel Byrne, Tash Roberts and the not-so-old Savi!

Let's make a Club afternoon of it. Come along and have some fun.


Jess Henry

Women's First Grade Squad 2009/10

Women's First Grade Squad 2009/10

Congratulations to our players selected in Gordon's First Grade Squad for the 2009/10 Season.


Charlotte Anneveld has stepped back to concentrate on her Representative Cricket and we congratulate her on her selection in the ACT Meteors WNCL squad. Thank you to Char for her leadership of the team for the past two seasons and we wish her every success in the WNCL as a senior player of the Meteors.

I am pleased to announce the Leadership Group for the season. Hannah Perry has been appointed Captain. HP has played for Gordon since the 2002-03 season and I am personally very proud to have watched her progress since her early days in Brewer Shield.

HP will be supported by Vice Captain's Emma Thompson and Emma Doutreband. Douty E has been with Gordon since 07/08 and Thomo joined us last season from ND's.

Full Squad

'       Hannah Perry (Captain)
'       Emma Thompson (Vice-Captain)
'       Emma Doutreband (Vice-Captain)
'       Charlotte Anneveld ' ACT Meteors
'       Mathilda Carmichael ' NSW U19 Squad and First Grade Debut
'       Hannah Trollip ' NSW U19 Squad and First Grade Debut
'       Kristy Williams ' ACT Meteors Supplementary Squad
'       Rachel Doutreband
'       Rebecca Hudson
'       Allana Benson (Welcome to Gordon!)
'       Elizabeth Howell ' ACT Meteors Supplementary Squad (Welcome to Gordon!)

We wish our very talented First Grade Squad every success in the coming season.


Jess Henry

Cricket NSW ward - Jessica Henry

Cricket NSW ward - Jessica Henry

Jessica Henry began her involvement with the Cricket NSW High Performance Department as the NSW U/17 Manager. Seven years later she is still involved and has been part of six National titles.

Jessica's dedication to women's cricket has seen her heavily involved in the administration of the game as an active member of the NSW Women's Cricket Committee since 2004.

She has been a member of the SCA Women's Competition Sub-Committee since 2002/03 and has been Chair since 2005/06.

Jessica's association with cricket started at the Gordon Women's Cricket Club in the season of 1985/86. Apart from Secretary, she has held every position on the executive, and has had an impressive 14 years as President. She is the driving force behind Gordon being one of the oldest female clubs and is a current player.

Something happened on Saturday...

Something happened on Saturday...

Something Happened on Saturday

(by captain of the undefeated 3rd grade Premiers, Nicky "Noodle" Paterson)  

Before Saturday becomes a distant memory I thought I'd recap exactly what happened ' as if any of you could really forget (except, of course, Erin, Steph and Ema who weren't actually there!). I'll try not to get too sentimental and blub all over the keyboard but I am still on Cloud Nine. I bored everyone at work today with 'high fives' and stories of our amazing 3rd Grade Premiership win. I've lost count of how many times I told people that we are champions. That, of course, was in between limping and stretching inappropriately whilst looking after my patients. I really don't know why I am so sore (Ed: might have something to do with scoring 70 runs?!) but I don't really care ' I am a CHAMPION!!

Warning ' this is a long 'summary'!!

So, to set the scene''leading into the Final we were Minor Premiers and unbeaten this season. We had successfully conquered our nemesis 1 and a ' times (it would have been twice had the rain not spared SGS 'A' an embarrassment in Round 15). We needed to win the final round to remain at the top and that we did. There was a little interruption for three weeks (affectionately known to some as the Women's World Cup) but we returned in the Semi-Final to successfully and confidently beat Sydney. Of course there were nerves ' who wouldn't have butterflies ' but they were different nerves. They were champion butterflies that seemed to know their destiny already and with every flap of their little wings brought strength, focus and a promise of success.

During our warm up the team and I discussed whether or not we should bat/bowl first. I decided that we should bowl and hit SGS 'A' hard. Emma Sherwood never enters the discussion as it is always 'bat' first in her opinion. As I tossed the coin Donna (SGS captain) yelled 'tails'. Heads lost and we were sent in to bat. Needless to say Em was delighted.

As a team we weren't overly excited when Jess 'El Prez/Fingers' Henry received a beauty of a delivery in the first over and the ball removed the off-stump bail.

Gordon: 1 for 2. We were less than thrilled when Anns received a ball that seemed to climb on her and the catch at gully was held.

Gordon: 2 for 2 after 2 overs. It was my turn to take the field and with the thought to consolidate whirling around my head I hit the second ball for 6!! I must look up the meaning of that word actually.  For some reason my bat was in sync with our fate and the runs came easily. Em and I put on 68 before she was caught for 23. Unfortunately Hankers fell soon afterwards when the ball came off her bat onto the stumps.

Gordon: 4 for 72. Charu and Davo got the momentum going again putting on 31 runs before Davo was run out for 10. With no change to the score Charu was out shortly afterwards, caught for 15.

Gordon: 6 for 103. Despite their best efforts Ramya 'Swing' Rajkumar, Sarah 'Sez' Thompson and Lisa 'Jackie' Chan fell for 14 runs.

Gordon: 9 for 117. Enter Katey 'Griffo/WK of the Year' Griffith. I think our bats had been talking somewhere along the way because Kate was a woman possessed. As I was able to bat again after retiring I felt it would be a more sensible option for me to hog the strike. Kate had other ideas and confidently showed that she was more than capable of driving the wedge deeper into SGS's side ' how frustrating when a tail ender smashes your opening bowler!! Kate and I put on another 30 runs with Kate reaching her PB of 17 runs and I am happy to say my PB of 70 not out.

Gordon: a very respectable 147 to defend.

We took the field knowing that in order to win we needed to do exactly what we had done all season ' something that had almost become second nature to us now. Bowl well, field well and above all enjoy the game and HAVE FUN. What better way to start than claiming a wicket with the opposition on zero thanks to a brilliant delivery from Davo and a safely held catch by Hankers.

SGS'A': 1 for 0. Swing continued with her brilliant and accurate pace removing the stumps for the wicket.

SGS'A': 2 for 3. Davo continued her accurate line and length by dislodging the stumps for the 3rd wicket.

SGS'A': 3 for 10. The 4th wicket pair were a bit more resilient and put on a well played 52 runs before Hankers ruined their party by also upsetting the stumps.

SGS'A': 4 for 62. Hankers ended with wonderful figures of 1/27 off her 8 overs. Jackie Chan came into the attack and I wasn't sure how far I could really push her shoulder. Quite far apparently as she snared the 5th wicket with a ball lofted to Davo at point. Jackie actually bowled 8 in a row with brilliant figures of 1/25. Davo claimed her 3rd wicket thanks to a catch by Charu and simply amazing match figures of 3/8 off 8 with 5 maidens. SGS 'A': 6 for 65. A great chase to long-off and an accurate throw from Charu resulted in a run out and the 7th wicket fell at 79. With Davo at square leg a quick single was never really an option and with one stump to aim at Davo demolished the stumps.

SGS'A': 8 for 87. With Swing back into the attack I knew her pace would certainly trouble the tail. An attempted flick off the pads gave Em a catch at short mid-wicket and Swing brilliant figures of 2/10 off 6 with 2 maidens.

SGS'A': 9 for 90. With about 5 overs to go and an in form batter at the crease it really still was anyone's game. We needed that last wicket to claim the Premiership we felt we deserved. Enter the 3rd Grade Bowler of the Year ' Emma 'Norma' Sherwood. A superbly unplayable delivery, an appeal from all corners of the ground, a nod from the umpire''.we did it!!

SGS'A': All out for 104.

Gordon 3rd grade, unbeaten in season 08/09, were Premiers. We had reached our destination, having begun our journey after being comprehensibly beaten in last year's final.

Congratulations Team on a simply unbelievable effort all season. Thank you for the most amazing and memorable season. Thank you for your commitment, dedication and spirit. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of our team throughout the season. Thank you to everyone who supported us, especially on Saturday, when your cheers of support and encouragement helped us realise our dream. I am the proudest captain alive and I am honoured to have a team like you.

How 'bout we do it again next season hey''.?

Cheers for now,

Noodle J

Men's Club in Finals

Men's Club in Finals

Third grade won the toss, batted first and were progressing well until the score reached 7/175 late in the day on Saturday.  Clearly the boys had a good sleep on Saturday night ' they went on to score 299 in total, leaving 70 overs left in which to bowl.  It was a great afternoon for Gordon, with them succeeding in their efforts, dismissing their opposition for just 136.  Third Grade will go on to a home preliminary final this weekend at Chatswood Oval.

Fourth grade unfortunately didn't save their best for the finals, scoring only 98 on their home field of Beauchamp, before Penrith batted on to score 7 for 239. They have still progressed through to the preliminary final in fourth place however, due to their top of the table position at the end of the round games.  They will play away.

Fifth Grade, after being sent in by their opposition away from home had a shaky start and fell to 6/77 just after lunch.  But with some brilliant work by the tail-enders, a score of 273 was amassed by the end of the day.  Their opposition was 1/111 at lunch on Sunday, and what was looking like a close game turned out to be anything but - some brilliant bowling by Gordon ended St George's innings for only 172.

Congratulations to the GDCC Men's Division and best of luck this weekend.

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2008/09 Hardball Champions

2008/09 Hardball Champions

Gordon was sent into field after the toss and in truth did not bowl well today. Nervous limbs pitched too many bowls wide of the wicket. Rachel did an admirable job behind the stumps, throwing herself at numerous leg side deliveries as we handed a disappointing 45 sundries to the opposition. There were exceptions however: Jessie (2/11) took some crucial wickets in the middle phase; held a fine catch and executed a direct hit run out. Ariella (1 for 8); Nicola (1/7) and Ellen (1/12) also bowled tightly. 

Fortunately, our fielding was very good under the pressure. Thea (1/15) was a little wayward when bowling, but held two sharp catches, secured a run out and stopped everything that bounced her way. Lauren and Ariella were also very impressive. The fielding intensity kept Hornsby from reaching the century - and we secured their last wicket in the 20th over with the total 97.

Although we'd scored 90+ runs a few times during the season, we knew it would be a tough ask in a final and Hornsby must have felt reasonably confident and the half-way mark.

Jessie's opening batting was a little scratchy today (5 runs) and it was Ellen that dominated the first 8 overs, retiring not out on 23. Her running between wickets was outstanding. Thea also took a while to settle, but gradually started to strike the ball sweetly, being eventually run out on 14. We were falling behind the run rate, when Georgie got her eye in, striking 3 fours in her retired score of 20. The sight of her dancing all the way to the boundary in delight of her own performance gave everyone a lift.

With five overs and twenty-five runs to victory, I thought we might finally be in with a chance after struggling all day to keep in touch.

It all came down to the last over of the day with 6 runs required. However the tension became unbearable as we lost the wickets of Ariella (6) and Sarah (4) with the total on 95. Two runs off two balls was the equation, when the ever-reliable Ellen returned to the wicket. She struck the ball straight to a nearby fielder, but ran anyway. In a confusing finale, the fielder missed a close shot at the stumps and we took two over-throws.

Although in shock, it was clear we'd won the match and the title.

After plenty of screaming, dancing and hugging, Jessie received the shield from John Porter at the ensuing NSGCA presentation ceremony. Champagne was spilt and the parent paparazzi took plenty of celebratory photos.

Well done girls and thanks to Millie, Georgia and Nicola, whom didn't get to bat today, but contributed with the ball and with generous support from the boundary. Also thanks to Jess Henry and all the ladies from the Grade Club whom turned up in strong support for our team.


South African World Cup squad

South African World Cup squad

Sunette Loubser (c)
14 matches, 8 innings (1 not out), 87 runs @ 12.42, HS 22
116.1 overs (22 maidens), 18 wickets @ 18.33, BB 2/10
9 catches

Alicia Smith (vc)
29 matches, 24 innings (2 not out), 412 runs @ 18.72, HS 68 (1 x50)
237 overs (39 maidens), 39 wickets @ 22.10, BB 5/7 (1 x 5WI)
3 catches

Susan Benade
16 matches, 16 innings (2 not out), 275 @ 19.64, HS 58 (1 x 50)
69.4 overs (10 maidens), 10 wickets @ 24.90, BB 2/11
5 catches

Cri-Zelda Brits
38 matches, 33 innings (4 not out), 848 runs @ 29.24, HS 107* (1 x 100, 6 x 50)
135.1 overs (14 maidens), 22 wickets @ 26.18, BB 4/37
9 catches

Trisha Chetty
16 matches, 11 innings (6 not out), 194 runs @ 38.80, HS 45*
19 catches/7 stumpings 

Mignon du Preez
6 matches, 6 innings (3 not out), 203 runs @ 67.66, HS 81* (2 x 50)

Shandre Fritz
25 matches, 20 innings (2 not out), 278 runs @ 15.44, HS 48
112.3 overs (9 maidens) 17 wickets @ 28.00, BB 4/36
8 catches

Shibnam Ismail
8 matches, 1 innings, 2 runs @ 2.00, HS 2
64 overs (12 maidens), 8 wickets @ 23.50, BB 2/7
1 catch

Marizanne Kapp
Ashlyn Kilowan

27 matches, 13 innings (3 not out), 115 runs @ 11.50, HS 21
183.3 overs (30 maidens), 31 wickets @ 20.16, BB 4/23
5 catches

Marcia Letsoalo
10 matches, 3 innings (1 not out), 11 runs @ 5.50, HS 4*
71 overs (13 maidens), 7 wickets @ 27.71, BB 3/27
1 catch 

Claire Terblanche 
20 matches, 17 innings (5 not out), 287 runs @ 23.91, HS 61 (1 x 50) 
30 overs (1 maiden), 3 wickets @ 39.66, BB 1/4
8 catches

Charlize van der Westhuizen
25 matches, 20 innings (6 not out), 155 runs @ 11.07, HS 25*
175.1 overs (26 maidens), 17 wickets @ 36.23, BB 4/30
4 catches

Yolandi van der Westhuizen

Dane van Niekerk

Australia Day

Australia Day

Highlights included English import Suzie Rowe top scoring, as well as Mathilda Carmichael dismissing her father Mark! No guesses for what the dinner conversation would have been in the Carmichael household on Monday night!

Thanks you to Lindfield President Stirling Hamman for inviting the Gordon Girls to participate in the day, and to David Lawson and Stirling for hatching the plan for the "Girls versus Boys" format in stands at the SCG a few weeks before while watching the Test Match!

All proceeds from the day where donated to the Trish MS Research Foundation. I'm proud to say that our Club donated $200 to this very worthy cause. For more information about the Foundation go to

Well done Gordon Girls!

Nicole Shaw bowling to David Lawson.... 

What a fine looking team!

Oldies prevail

Oldies prevail

J Henry takes a wicket as the "Oldies" Prevail!
Stop laughing - it's true!! J Henry took a wicket on Saturday after miraculously landing a few balls on the pitch!

Players not involved in the Twenty 20 competition took part in a practice match at Forsyth Park on Saturday 27 September. The broad split of "Oldies" (Third Grade) and "Youngies" (Brewer) played a highly competitive T20 of their own. It was a glorious afternoon for cricket and there were some super performances given it was the first match play of the season. The Oldies won by about 30 runs with some great performances across both teams.

Oldies Innings
Jess H 30*, Emma S 28*, Hankers 25*, Keely (a "youngies" import) 21

Jessie M 2 overs 0-1 (great effort from one of the youngest on the park!)

Youngies Innings
Britt 15
Steph S 18
Paige 19
Liz 18

Emma S 2-11, Erin 1-20,''and '. Drum roll'' J Henry 1-0-1-2 !!!! Put that in the record books!

Other highlights included TWO direct hit run outs effected by "Pants".

A good time had by all. Now bring on the real stuff!

GDWCC Practice Match

GDWCC Practice Match

As previously mentioned, we will be taking this opportunity to run a practice match as follows:

  • Saturday 27 September
  • 1.15pm ' 5pm
  • Upper Ground ' Forsyth Park, Montpelier St, Neutral Bay (make sure you take notice of the parking signs!)
  • This is a synthetic wicket so spikes are not suitable footwear
  • Unless it's bucketing, we will play

Who will play?

All Brewer and Third Grade players, as well as any 2nds players not involved in T20 in Sunday.

What to wear:

Match gear ' it's important for insurance and ground hiring reasons that we are in Club gear, so navy pants, match shirt and Club cap are to be worn. If you don't have this gear, and haven't already ordered it, please let me know along with your sizing so I can bring the gear on Saturday. For those who have ordered but not collected I will be bringing that as well.

What to bring:

  • Plenty to drink
  • Something to eat ' no shops close by

The day will be used for selection purposes and to help those who may not have played much to experience match conditions.

Please be there by 1.15pm sharp so we can get underway on time. Please let me know if you cannot make it.

I believe the following are not available:

  • Alice (work)
  • Steph H (school excursion to France!)
  • Kaitlin (work ' may arrive later)
  • Davo
  • Kate G (Greece!)
  • Suzy

Equipment will be provided for those of you that don't have any.

Parents/ spectators very welcome! We may also run some umpiring/ scoring lessons at the same time! We plan to have plenty of fun as well as making it a practice/ learning day. Looking forward to seeing you all there.


Final Pre-season Training

Final Pre-season Training




Michael Clarke T20 - volunteers

Michael Clarke T20 - volunteers

As previously highlighted, Gordon is supporting a Schoolgirls T20 Carnival on Thursday 9 October at Tunks Park.

This is a fantastic opportunity for us to recruit a few more players for Juniors and Brewer Shield.

To make this day a success we would appreciate assistance with:

  • Morning set-up (sun shade/ BBQ/ eskies/ club banner etc)
  • BBQ-ing
  • Scoring
  • Umpiring
  • General assistance with drinks and anything else the teams need to make a great day of it
  • Purchase of ice, and BBQ supplies

I know it is school and possibly Uni holidays so hopefully some of you out there would enjoy a day in the sun watching some cricket. It should actually be a very enjoyable day. The assistance of a couple of adults would also be appreciated.

Please let me know your availability via return email. I realise everyone has work to do etc so don't feel obliged. I'm looking for around 10 helpers.



Michael Clarke T20 School Girls Gala Day

Michael Clarke T20 School Girls Gala Day

Introducing the first Michael Clarke Twenty20 School Girls Gala Day.

This exciting event will be held in the October School Holidays and will help your school join in the excitement of Twenty20 cricket!

Open to any Secondary Schools Girls team, the gala day will be held on Thursday 9th October, 2008 at Tunks Park, Cammeray.  A fabulous opportunity to fine tune your teams for the season or introduce new girls to cricket.

The day will be proudly supported by Gordon Women's Cricket Club.

All school teams from CHS, CCC, IGGSA (AHIGS), CIS etc are invited to nominate for inclusion in this Gala Day.

Check out the website, flyer & additional info!

My Excellent Japanese Adventure #3 (final)

My Excellent Japanese Adventure #3 (final)

Ahhhh, the Land of the Long White Cloud ... I mean, the Land of the Rising

Sun .... I mean, "Where's the Sunshine?", "Summer Rain", "Singing in the

Rain" all good tunes to hum these last few hours away as it buckets down

here at the Kansai International Airport, Osaka.

As we draw to a close the final chapter in this thrilling tale of temples, shrines, subways and shopping, I thank you for your encouragement and feedback on my little tales.   They have been fun to share.

They reflect only 1/10th of the scenery and quirkiness that is Japan that I've experienced over the last 18 days.

Sit back and enjoy my final travel tales before a welcome return to AUS, my family and friends.


It was another pleasurable trip on the Shinkansen - only 1 1/2 hrs this time from Kyoto to Osaka.  The tranquility was tarnished only slightly by the larger businessman and his strongly fishy smelling bento box lunch that lasted about ... 20 mins before he fell asleep.  Hiroshima was easy to navigate, the Hana Hotel (Hiroshima Hostel) (v.v.v.v.v highly recommended) was walking distance from the station, recently converted from a business hotel to a hostel.

Their information board in the foyer had 3 local baseball fixtures on it, so off I trotted to see the Hiroshima Carp in action.  The locals love them!!

It was rainy, 7 of the 9 innings I watched.  Yes, I stuck it out to the (almost) end when it was inevitable they were not going to come back from a 1-5 deficit.


Off to a slow start this morning. Big day planned with the A-bomb dome and Peace Park first on the agenda.  I was really keen to see these areas and learn about the bomb and its affect on this region.  But my feet were heavy all the same - the size of the catastrophe and the subsequent deaths involved made it a very odd feeling to go and walk the streets.

There were many memorials and structures representing peace, life, the future and respectfully remembering the victims (immediate and those that died subsequently) throughout the Peace Park and Memorial buildings and museums.

The target of the bomb was the Aioi Bridge near the Peace Park and it's explosion was 600m over the city - it didn't actual detonate on the ground.

As I walked away from the area and went to find some sustenance, I found a small plaque on a building in a laneway that read that this spot was the actual hypocentre of the bomb's explosion 600m over the city.  A very random but sobering find as I was enjoying the final bits of my choc-banana pancake.

The hostel had an opening night tempura party - yey - so I helped cook - we all had a bit of a go, it was a staff member's birthday so there was cake too! A great night.  A handful of us then ventured out for drinks and karoake.  He He He.  Photos on facebook. We started karaoke at 1.30am and sang some of the worst renditions in history :)

One of the absolute joys about coming home will be smoke-free pubs/clubs/cafes.  OMG.. the smoke headache on Friday morning was just too much.


Off to Miyajima after lunch (yep, big sleep in).  35min train then 10 min ferry across to the island.  Another hot, muggy day - and a bit of rain - and saw some beautiful temples, hills, landscapes, the "floating" tori gate (one of the best known icons promoting Japan, the big orange/red gate standing on its own weight below the water line).

Plenty of deer roaming the streets, following people, looking for food. Apparently they are quite liberal in their rummaging of bags in pursuit of snacks.

Thankfully all the forest monkeys were off feeding when I ventured up Mt Misen this afternoon.  The signs and pictures everywhere about how bold the monkeys are were quite disturbing really. Spectacular views and great breeze.  Part of the mountain was closed for repairs due to a recent deluge and severe damage to paths due to landslides.

Hung around until dusk and grabbed some dinner (well dusk came before I was ready actually) and had the BEST meal of my time in Japan.  Thin slices of highly marbled beef, cooked on your own little burning plate, wedges of potato and a salad.  OMG.  So I ordered a second helping (5 thin slices of meet barely a meal maketh for a seedy traveller weary from trekking all afternoon).

Back out to the waterfront and the tori gate was in full light and I managed the settings on my camera for some good shots. (on a mac and no hard drive to plug in my card adapter to attach - sorry) (slide night anyone?? I've got the pics, you bring the popcorn).

Straggled home about 9pm and retired my weary bones.


Off to Osaka - crazy subway system, private lines, trams and the like.  Wow. Splurged on a hotel with my own room, shower, towels, carpeted floors and air conditioning.  Ahhhh, the spoils of war :)

Wandered down the main road from the hotel to see what I could find.  The national theatre appeared and I went in to see if there were tickets for that night.  Shorts and sandals weren't matinee attire so I planned for an evenings culture if I could get a ticket.

I was accosted by a little old lady as I stood at the interactive screen in the lobby - pulling my arm, showing me her watch, pointing upstairs and showing me 2 tickets.

So, off we went upstairs and I saw 4 sessions of that afternoon's traditional Japanese dancing performed by one of her friends in the cast. The theatre was spectacular, performance great, costumes unreal, and all in Japanese - no English headsets this day I'm afraid.

Through my travel book and her limited English we exchanged pleasantries and exchanged the time after each session confirming "one more, start soon".

Then off she went when it was finished and I was left a little dazed, inspired and felt a little loved in a strange city.

Found a great restaurant for dinner - you guessed it - sliced beef on hot rocks and a plate of "Vegies on Fire" to cook myself.  mmmmm food.

The hotel was above a department store which - by the grace of the shopping god - was having sales all over the place, so I obliged in the best way I know how. Shopping sales at 8pm on a Saturday - priceless (well not really, the spoiling aunty went to town if you know what I mean).

Flicked through the TV stations and found a concert telecast of a band called Acidman.  Brilliant!!


The day of rest - slow start = sleep in, papers slipped under door.  Ah, small luxuries.  Saw a documentary on an artist Hokusai and his famous print "Great Wave" which is reproduced everywhere on promotional and souvenir materials.  Fascinating story about the artist and the piece, its translations, ripoffs, etc etc.

Went to the Shitennoji Temple and its gardens, meandering for about 2 1/2 hrs.  Hot, steamy - no rain!! Just my first sunburn since being away. Found the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art - nice, small, closing for the afternoon.

Wandered through Osaka's IT district, bought the Acidman concert on DVD - yes, enough broken japanese and english was exchanged to facilitate this purchase. Packed my bulging bags, watched my DVD, read my book and fell, exhausted about midnight. 


Off to the National Museum and Ceramics Museum.  D'oh. Closed.

Found mecca though - the Mizuno store, 6 levels of all things sport. I worshipped the shopping god today. Volleyball, basketball and soccer shared the 1st floor (very disrespectful I thought, 1/3 of a floor!).

Outdoor/adventure clothing took up the 2nd floor. Swimming the 3rd floor. Closed exhibition space on 4th floor. Golf on 5th floor. Baseball on 6th floor. Driving range and "excellence centre" on 7th floor.

Very impressive.

Walked a few blocks to see what was going on, I must be getting old, my hips were starting to ache and .... you guessed it, it started to rain again.  So off to the hotel I ventured for an early dinner, robe and fluffy slippers.

Yes, I am getting old when a cold bath feels exceptional.  But if I had a pedometer for the last 4 weeks I bet it would be registering very highly.

My little (not so) feet, knees and hips were pretty stuffed by now.  And had the night off.

Finished my book (Great Expectations, which I'd never read before now), packed and prepared for the last day in Nippon.


Slept in again. D'oh.  Checked out and headed off to the Osaka Castle (the National Museum happened to be closed today also).  Huge place, learnt some of the history in its museum about the famous Summer War and the region's rulers.  Hot and stinky, I mean, really hot. No rain.

Found a little alley of market shops and wandered down - the best things aren't on maps.  Made friends with a lovely lady - Miyoko - as I plundered her washi (rice paper) store of its worldly goods.  Oh so beautiful stuff. I worshipped the shopping god for the final time today.

Quick lunch on the way to hotel for airport shuttle when - yep - afternoon showers. :)  And that my friends brings me to Osaka's Kansai International airport.  First in queue to check in, seat at the pointy end waiting for me, snacks in the lounge being devoured and my last entertaining tidbits coming to a close.


You never know which side of the street, stairs or tunnel to walk on. Walkers and riders switched sides every town, station or street.  Quite precarious.

Lots of stairs, lots of walking and very well structured for tourists.  The maps, city landmarks and transport are very cohesive and readily available - every 10m you'll find more signs, maps etc to reaffirm your course.

Everything in the country has a fascinating story associated with it.  So much to tell to anyone that will explore and listen.  People going out of their way to make you welcome.

Enough shrines and temples for everyone!!

Vending machines (drinks, beer and cigarettes) on every corner, and all corners of an intersection - brilliant!  Plastic food that looks sooooo real on display everywhere, making ordering easy if you're lazy and don't try to speak the language.

Very, very few foreigners.  I felt noticeably that I was a visitor and saw so few other foreigners in all my travels.

A very hospitable host who's hospitality I have treasured and can't wait to return to explore more and more - particularly the great white Mt Fuji.  So much still to see of this beautiful country - any season of the year.


First installment
Second installment

My Excellent Japanese Adventure #2

My Excellent Japanese Adventure #2

Wow, time flies!  Lots of rain, lots of hot, steamy humid days and lots of temples and shrines!!!  I`m glad I`ve been able to entertain with my travel stories!  Japan is quite an experience!
On my last day in Tokyo I managed to see a kabuki performance.  It was the 3rd session of 4 that day and lasted 2 1/2 hrs.  Not bad, especially with the english headset interpreting the performance!!
I made it to Akihabara - the electronics district - and my word, Geek Girl would have been in paradise.  Floors and floors of gadgets, bits and bobs.  Soooooo much stuff!
The shinkansen trains are something special.  So smooth and quiet.  I didn`t want the ride from Tokyo to Kyoto to end
Friday 22nd
Arrived in Kyoto station - holy cow - bigger then imaginable.  There's a giant staircase - and it sure does meet all expectations.  The head and chest cold that i`d been developing over the past few days was starting to take hold and felt pretty rubbish on arrival.  A quick pit stop at a cafe for a toasted sandwich and 2 large juices certainly helped.  No time for sickies when on vacation!!
The hostel was easy to find, very strict rules on arrival, departure, shower, meals and all things.  Very strict.  A little too restrictive.
Breakfast of shredded cabbage, sultanas and pineapple, a boiled egg, 2 slices of toast and tea/coffee - healthy enough.
My first temple experience was the best.  The Sanjusangendon Temple houses 1001 statues and a large buddha.  Instantly on entering the main hall it was very .... moving ... I felt affected.  All the incense helped.
Unfortunately, the Temple`s written oracle that I purchased left me a little flat. In summary:
Health: lack of sleep may be the cause of a car accident. Be careful!
Love: arrange things before someone interrupt
Journey: not good
Finding your soul mate: He/she will not come
Lost item: unlikely to be found
mmmmmmmm, book me into the convent then, my work here is done
Thank goodness then my next destination was more uplifting, walking through the mountain and through the 10,000 torii gates, the big red/orange gates that wind their way around Mt Inari.  Took about 2hrs and was misty, lightly raining most of the way.  The view from the top was magic.
The Tofukuji temple was a surprise - very little written on local maps or travel books, but sensational.
Went north west to the Golden Pavillion, the much publicised temple covered in gold leaf.  The Ryoanjin gardens - a white stone garden with 15 rocks (no trees) was next and also pretty interesting. 
The garden is meant to inspire contemplation about your interpretation of the garden, what the 15 stones represent etc.  All the tourists were clammering over each other to get the perfect photo of the garden and stones.  There was so much urgency to experience and take a record of historic marvels such as this garden (as with most other temples and shrines all over this country).
It`s funny how we travel thousands of miles to see beauty created by someone else, to experience a country so rich in culture and personal contribution from every day individuals (that somehow have stood the test of time), but we could all be at home making personal contributions every day to make our lives better and richer.
I found McDonalds for brekkie today!!! Hot cakes mmmmmmm.
I took a train far west to Saga Arishayama and wandered the little streets and shops on the way up to the Tenryuji Temple, bamboo forest and walk along the river.  My trekking caused great thirst and a can of fanta from the vending machine was going to fix it right up.
To my horror, this great globule of something was in my mouth from the first swig - almost causing an international scene by spitting it onto the pavement - i collected myself and realised they were jelly blobs in the fanta.  Yup. Uh-huh.  That:s what those `bubbles` are on the can - not fizz bubbles!!!!   Tasty and refreshing once you got your head around the 3D experience of a drink.
OK, maccas for brekkie was a given, went to the shrine closest to the HOstel - the Heian shrine - and it`s famed 4 gardens.  I traversed the stepping stones in the pond without falling in - a good omen. 
I succeeded in my quest to find the Kyoto Traditional Handicrafts centre.  Whilst initially looking forward to trying to paint my own fan, make my own wood block print, etc etc, I resorted to handing over the cash and buying all original pieces and saving myself the embarassment of something under-done.
I spoilt myself to an 80 min foot and body massage at the local department store today.  Heaven. Enough said.  Then packing up all the gifts, havign some local dinner and a few quiet beers.  Japanese tv is special - their game shows are weird - but cool!
Off to Hiroshima today for 3 nights, then to Osaka before coming home.
Hope you`re well and look forward to seeing you soon.

Part 1 available here.
Final part available here.

My Excellent Japanese Adventure #1

My Excellent Japanese Adventure #1

Arriving in Tokyo Sunday night it was rainy - Am I taking this weather with me!?  The Cliff Young shuffle that the locals adopted from the plane through to the customs area was quite funny.  The talking toilet was just as funny (so too the water noises it made to cover up any embarassing noises - their words not mine!!!)
I wish I could find the Tokyo subway map that had the station and exit number marked on it, so that I could find my hostel first go.  Instead, I turned in circles 20 times, left the subway and went into the local shopping centre and found an upwardly mobile teenager who was on yahoo on their mobile and found my hostel that way. Thanks Jimmy, the map was spot on - when I finally found it!
So, that was the first night.  Arriving at the Ace Inn Hostel in Shinjuku to the dizzying smells of everyone's shoes on racks in the foyer was something special.

Tokyo Tower looks a little like the Eiffel Tower, but that's about all. The view from top was ok, smoggy day didn't help pick the landmarks (but got a lovely brochure with them all marked on it  just the same).
I went to the Imperial Palace next, circumnavigated it because it's closed.  Saw the Yasukuni Shrine (first of many), went to the Government Tourist Office (very helpful) and had dinner at a little alley restaurant in Shinjuku.  Watched the cooks get continually sprayed by sparking wood from their open grill - luckily i was on the other side of the perspex.
Planned to get up early with a full day mapped out - slept in till 10am.  Bit of a sore back - maybe all the walking on Monday or the futon bed we're on. 
The Gourmet Cafe 50m from the hostel served a variation of coffee (iced and hot) and so I had both.  Also, the ham & cheese on thick soft white bread was a hit.
I went to the Asakusa district to see another big shrine, many temples and some exceptional street markets.  I was almost jigging in the streets at all the cool stuff to buy - everything you can think of in all shapes and sizes.  Sooooooooo much stuff, trinkets, pictures, masks, kimonos, silk by the roll, etc etc etc.  And McDonalds.  No, I didn't break the mystical travel spell and eat this reliable Western delicacy (gulp).
For my next trick, I delved into the Oedo Onsen. I may have been the biggest, white-est (?) gaijin there, but hey, when in Japan.
You collect a lovely yukata (robe), leave all your clothes, camera, money behind and move through to the showers.  They give you a bath towel and a small towel - you're only allowed to take the small towel inside though.  When in Japan.
The heat and steam coming from this huge room was unbelievable.  Having your own little stall, little stool, big mirror and products waiting for you to wash was .... interesting and liberating but fascinating and weird all at the same time.
Then, when you're clean, you are pemitted into the hot springs.  I mean HOT!!!! Holy Cow, I probably managed less than 15 mins it was sooooo hot. 
If you sit half way in, or on the side, well you're like a shag on a rock really - you want to cool down but, well .... (reminds me of that tour picture of the VTAW girls basking on the rock wall and fountain in Abu Dhabi - at least they had bikinis on!!!!)

Apparently, people with tattoos can be refused entry into the hot springs (I didn't see anyone getting turned away though)
The half hour shiatsu massage that I booked next well, was great.  I did float off the bed and out into the dining area, this holy glow surrounding me and had some dinner in the "Relax Room" sitting on tatami mats at a little table.  Some lovely leek&chicken dumplings and chicken skewers.  Lots of green tea. MMMMMMMM
The brain splitting scream of one little kid did however shatter this heavenly experience.  I mean it - brain splitting.  It was definitely the exception to the rule on Japanese kids that i'd seen so far.
Woke at 5am, got up just after 6am - wide awake for some reason. Began the expedition to explore to Mt Fuji.   Caught an 846am train to Kawaguchiko, arriving at 1145.  The "helpful" lady at the Information Centre said, you have to start at the Sengen Shrine, that's the beginning of the walk.  The shrine commemorates everyone who's died on the mountain so i thought well that's appropriate.
There were shuttles and buses taking people to the "fifth station" that began at about 1500m.  I thought that was cheating, but hey, what did I know.
Well the Sengen Shrine was huge, very serene and all but deserted.  The next 7km was also very serene, but deserted.  So where were all these hikers and trekkers.  (Oh that's right, they caught the bus to the 5th station)
Following the map and the gradual, consistent incline, I walked the approach to the base of the mountain in 2hrs (which the map said took 3hrs) and got to Umagaeshi, (pony turn around point: as horses used to take people up the mountain, but can't anymore).
I was spent.  This was the most exercise this little black duck has done in - ooooooo, 12 months.
So this pony stopped at this point.  Umagaeshi is the beginning of the climbing trail.  The first station - fifth station takes approximately another 1 - 2 hrs.  Then the serious climbing begins and you can camp on the mountain etc etc.  Something that'd be worth doing another time.
I've got a new starting point for my next assault on Mt Fuji another time. 
The hot corn that a little old lady was selling at outside the Kawaguchiko station tasted like the best thing I'd eaten in days. The 3hr train ride back was .... long.
Dinner in the Shinjuku station food court never tasted so good and the beer back at the hostel was ... cold and good.
Oh yeah, apparently there was an earthquake in Tokyo city at 3pm, missed it!!! Of all the exciting things to miss on a holiday - I had to miss an earthquake!!!

Part two available here.
Part three available here.

Come 'n' Try Day a Huge Success!

Come 'n' Try Day a Huge Success!

On Sunday 17th August, the Gordon Women's Cricket Club held their annual Come 'n' Try Day at Artarmon Oval.  Some old (or should I say familiar) faces were in attendance and it was great to have several new players trying their hands at a bit of cricket.  Thankfully Mother Nature also played a part in the day, serving up a beautifully warm and sunny Sydney day for the first session of the season.

Third grade opening bowler, Lisa "Jackie" Chan, shows her style...

Players from first grade, second grade and third grade were in attendance and it was fabulous to have so many juniors showing us oldies how it's done.  Welcome to all of our new players who gave it a go ' we hope to see you back in the following weeks at Sunday morning training.

 Jess 'Davo' Davidson makes the most of coach Ed Howitt Jnr's batting tips

Thanks to our coaches David Lawson, Jodie Davis, Bronwyn Calver and Ed Howitt Jnr for running the batting, bowling and fielding drills on the day.  It proved invaluable to all in attendance, especially to the new players and those of us that need a little bit more help with our game.  Thanks also to Mr 'Jackie' Chan for cooking the BBQ and to Davo (Jess Davidson) for ensuring Nudie Juices were provided as refreshments on the day.

 Gordon is for everybody ' Juniors, Brewers, Seniors and State players!!
 (L to R: Nicola Smith, Nicole Shaw, Alice Dalgleish, Vicki Tester, Lisa 'Jackie' Chan, Char) 

The Reds Committee has worked hard during Winter to pull this day (and this season) together so thanks to Jess, Bron, Nicky and Kate for their efforts.

 The stayers who lasted the entire day!
Back row (L to R) ' Kate, Loz, Jackie, David, Donna, Jodie, Bron, Nicky, Jo
Front row (L to R) ' Ellen, Davo, Alice, Nicole, Jess 

Training has started

Training has started


Our first pre-season training for 2008/09 took place on Sunday 10 August. We had over 20 players train which is a fantastic start to the season. It was quite chilly but fine and clear. We hope the sunshine continues this coming Sunday 17 August for our annual Come'n'Try Day at Artarmon Reserve from 10am-1pm.

We have a number of qualified coaches joining us on the day including Bronwyn Calver, Jodie Davis, David Lawson, and Charlotte Anneveld.

Training will be followed by a free BBQ so bring your cricketing friends along to "Come'n'Try" Day. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Level 1 Coaching Course

Level 1 Coaching Course

Ten Gordonites attended a Level 1 Coaching Course on Sunday.  The funding for the course was made available through a Cricket Australia grant via Cricket NSW and the Sydney Cricket Association.  Here are some shots from the day: 










Back row ' Greg Smith, Coach John J, Jess Henry, Jo Lawson, Steph Hickman, Nicole Shaw, Coach John W, Annelie Chapple, Nicky Paterson, Creon Cambitzi. 

Front row ' Kate Griffith, Charu Thakur






Annelie about to demonstrate her fine bowling style...

















Looking good Charu!










Nic gets some tips while Steph & Jo look on...














Such intense concetration on the part of both the dropper AND the droppee!
















Don't all watch me!

Club Veteran Confirms Retirement

Club Veteran Confirms Retirement

 Thanks Bron - Club Veteran Confirms Retirement
After 16 summers of driving the road from Canberra to Sydney, Club veteran and Life Member Bronwyn Calver has announced her retirement from Gordon and Sydney Grade Cricket. Bron has had a long and distinguished career with Gordon. While she has been with us she has represented ACT, NSW and Australia, including being out in the middle when Australian won the World Cup in India in 1997.

Bron has been, and will continue to be, one of our most passionate 'Reds'. So many of our young players have benefited from her incredible technical and historical knowledge of the game. Bron has played alongside, and no doubt influenced some of the games current champions such as Lisa Sthalekar, Kate Blackwell, Alex Blackwell and Charlotte Anneveld to name but a few. She has also played with past legends Denise Annetts, Sally Griffiths, Jodie Davis, Martha Winch and Karen Price. Bron has had a huge impact on the Sydney competition and fittingly, in what was ultimately her last season, won the Sydney First Grade Player of the Year in 2007-08. Bron captained First Grade for eight seasons and won five premierships (three as Captain).

Bron will remain involved as Deputy President, Webmaster and Statistician (try stopping her!) and we look forward to her making the odd trip to Sydney to catch up with her Gordon friends.

Only one current player has been at the Club longer than Bron, and that's me. I remember Bron's first match with Gordon and will recall lots of special moments along the way ' runs and wickets when they were most needed and countless 'speckies' in the field. A few seasons ago I played several games in First Grade and it was a privilege to take the same field as Bron. Above all, I will remember Bron's commitment and dedication to the game, true passion for the Mighty Reds and the friendship we have built along the way.

Thanks Bron ' you are a Gordon legend.

Jessica Henry

Bron's Gordon Career

179 matches
3,435 runs @ 36.54 (16 x 50, 1 x 100)
HS 100* v St George Sutherland 2007/8
353 wickets @ 10.39 (15 x 5 wicket innings, 2 x 10 wicket matches)
BB 9/32 v Berala 1993/4
96 catches / 12 stumpings
First Grade Captain:  1998/9-1999/0, 2001/2-2005/6
Premierships: 1993/4, 1995/6, 2001/2-2003/4 (Runners-up: 1992/3, 1997/8-2000/1)

Off-season Escapades

Off-season Escapades

 'Off-Season Escapades'

Our very own Secretary, and former South African Under 21 representative hockey player, Nicky Paterson, made a comeback to the hockey field on Sunday 6 July, after a desperate call for help from Jess 'Davo' Davidson, Manager of one of the Gordon Hockey sides, the night before. Nicky suited up as Goalie, or more accurately was dressed by several others, as she struggled in to the gear and out on to the field. Once out there though she slotted right back in to the swing of things making a couple of diving and sliding saves (all for the camera!).

 Highlights of the match:

* Madam Secretary making a sliding save, and in the progress taking out an opposition player who then had to be carried from the field (Bully!!!)

* Davo being yellow carded (sin-binned) for 10 minutes for having an 'inappropriate conversation with the umpire'. There were less than 10 minutes on the clock at the time so young Davo took no further part in the game''.. bad Davo!

For the record, the 'Hockey Reds' defeated Ryde 2-0. Stand-by for updates on whether the Secretary was able to move the next day
GDWCC New Life Member

GDWCC New Life Member

 New Life Member

We congratulate Chris Corbett on her election as a Life Member of this wonderful Club at our Annual General Meeting on 24 June. This honour is in recognition of Chris' significant contribution to the Club throughout the 1990's. Chris has contributed in many ways including:

  • Honorary Secretary 1995/96-2000/01 (six consecutive seasons and our longest serving in this role)
  • Second Grade Captain 1997/97 ' 2000/01 including 2 Premierships
  • Player 1988/89 ' 2000/01
  • Club Woman of the Year ' 1995/96 and 1998/99

Chris joins a distinguished list of nine other players who have been afforded this honour including Denise Anderson (Annetts), Karen Hill (Price), Erica Sainsbury, Marilyn Brown, Jodie Davis, Geri Rieper, Angela O'Neil, as well as current players Bronwyn Calver and Jessica Henry.

McGrath Foundation

McGrath Foundation

On Saturdya 21 September Bronwyn ran her 4th Sydney Half Marathon while also raising money for the McGrath Foundation.

Sadly Jane McGrath, co-founder of the Foundation with her husband Glenn, died on Sunday 22 June after an 11-year battle with cancer.

The McGrath Foundation was established in 2002 after Jane's initial recovery from breast cancer.   Jane experienced first hand the shortage of breast care nurses in Australia during her treatment and became determined to help others in her situation.  The Foundation raises money to fund breast care nurses primarily in rural Australia and also aims to educate young women to be "breast aware".

Simply click on this link to Bronwyn's fundraising page and donate using your credit or debit card via secure transaction.

All donations to this site are electronically wired to the McGrath Foundation via Eway a secure online transaction agent. All donations over AUD$2 are fully tax deductible (you will receive an email receipt).  For those without credit cards, Bronwyn is happy to take cash and deposit it for you (she will need your address & email contact to do this if you require a receipt)

Any support you can offer in helping Bronwyn raise money for this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated! Donations can be made up until 6 October 2008.



Click here to register for the 2016/17 season

Payment guide - pay registration fees before September 30th to receive a $30 discount

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SCA dinner 2015

SCA dinner 2015

Save the date!   SCA Dinner Saturday 2nd May

Oatlands Golf Course

Discounted rate of $30 per person

6:00pm for 6:45pm start

NSW Victorious Again!

NSW Victorious Again!

Congratulation to the NSW Metro side (featuring Gordon's very own Saskia Horley and Jess Henry) who claimed another national title. See this link for the full story.
2013/14 Annual Report

2013/14 Annual Report

The 2013/14 Annual Report for Gordon District Cricket Club, Women's Division

The new 'Roo' Mathilda Carmichael

The new 'Roo' Mathilda Carmichael
3rd Grade Semi Final

3rd Grade Semi Final

Congratulations and good luck to our third graders who have made it into the semi finals of the t20 competition. The girls will be taking on Sydney at their home ground so it would be great to see as many friendly Gordon faces as possible. The match will be held at Russell Park at 3.15pm. Come along and cheer your mighty Reds to victory!
Super Sthalekar

Super Sthalekar

Congratulations to Mighty Reds Lisa Sthalekar who was named in the ICC T20 World Cup Team of the Tournament after playing a key role in the Southern Stars campaign. Read all about the Southern Stars success and Lisa's accomplishments

Marshall Rosen join CA Board

Marshall Rosen join CA Board

Notable appointment of an individual to the NSW Women’s Committee

ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Championships

ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Championships

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are the reigning Women’s World T20 champions.


Today CA has launched a new series of films following fast-bowler Ellyse Perry in the crucial weeks leading up to the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Championships.


To watch the films, check out:

“ ELLYSE PERRY | On the Future of Cricket”

“DEFENDING THE TITLE | Watch the Southern Stars at the ICC Women’s World Twenty 20”


FOLLOW THE COMMONWEALTH BANK SOUTHERN STARS, @_SouthernStars. Please ‘share’, ‘like’, ‘tweet’ and ‘retweet’!


ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Coverage
4.10.12 Semi Final 1 (Live on Fox Sports)
5.10.12 Semi Final 2 (Live on Fox Sports)
7.10.12 WT20 Final (Live on Fox Sports
Mighty Reds do their bit for Charity in the MS Walk

Mighty Reds do their bit for Charity in the MS Walk

Armed with $2 ponchos to stop our Mighty Red caps turning pink….. we completed the MS Walk in what can only be described as soggy conditions! The Mighty Reds raised $1775 for this fantastic cause. Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Hot Off the Presses!

Hot Off the Presses!

Lisa's book is out now!

Shaker: Run Maker, Wicket Taker



For more information head to Lisa's website

Recent News

Recent News

Annual Report 2016/17

Annual Report 2016/17

The Annual Report for Season 2016/17 is now available

Saturday 27th May AGM and Presentation night

Saturday 27th May AGM and Presentation night

Save the date! Saturday 27th May - AGM and Presentation night Chatswood RSL. AGM starts @ 5pm. Presentation commences @ 6pm

More information to follow

Hope to see you all there

Register for the Upcoming Season

Register for the Upcoming Season

Register for to play with the Mighty Gordon Reds for season 2016/17 here

2015/2016 Annual Report

2015/2016 Annual Report

The 2015/2016 Annual Report is now available for viewing. Please click here to download (PDF file).

2016 Annual General Meeting

2016 Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 2016 Annual General Meeting of Gordon District Cricket Club, Women’s Division will be held on Saturday 28 May commencing at 5:00pm in the Auditorium, Chatswood RSL Club, Thomas St, Chatswood.

Attached for your use:

We welcome new volunteers joining our Committee. Many hands make light work! Should you have any questions please contact Jessica Henry.

Nominations should be forwarded to the Secretary (Claire Jones) via email to and or PO Box 943, Hornsby 2077 by Wednesday 25 May.

Life Membership

Criteria would include a player who has made an extraordinary contribution to the Club over an extended period of time (multiple seasons). This would include, but is not limited to administration and playing.

Note, any nominations for Life Members must be submitted in writing (email or to PO Box 943, Hornsby 2077) by no later than Wednesday 25 May

Current Life Members:

Denise Anderson (nee Annetts), Marilyn Brown, Karen Hill (nee Price), Erica Sainsbury, Jessica Henry, Bronwyn Calver, Jodie Davis, Angela O’Neil, Geraldine Rieper, Christine Corbett, Donna Little. 

Sponsorship Announcement

Sponsorship Announcement

Thanks to the generosity of Harry Solomons and Kingsgrove Sports Centre, Gordon District Cricket Club, Women’s Division is thrilled to announce a “Player of the Month” will be available across 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade and Brewer Shield for the months of October/ November/ December/ February/ March during the 2015-16 season. The January award will apply to 1st and 2nd Grade only.


The Player of the Month will be judged via each member of the team placing a 3-2-1 points vote on paper for the three players they believe have made the biggest impact on the outcome of each match. Votes will be tallied monthly and the player with the most votes awarded “Player of the Month” in their grade. If a player plays in more than one grade during the month the grade they have played most games in will apply.  


Each “Player of the Month” will receive a $50 voucher to Kingsgrove Sports Centre where they can use the voucher to purchase items from Kingsgrove’s large range of cricket equipment, clothing and footwear.


During the season Kingsgrove Sports Centre will also contribute two fabulous items of cricket memorabilia for fundraising purposes.


Kingsgrove Sports Centre has been a generous contributor to The Mighty Reds for more than 20 years. On behalf of the Club, President Jess Henry has expressed immense thanks to Harry and Kingsgrove Sports for their ongoing and very generous support, without which we would face a greater financial challenge.


Don’t forget to purchase your cricket and soccer gear from the conveniently-located Artarmon Store of Kingsgrove Sports at 481 Pacific Highway, Artarmon (underneath Barbeques Galore and next to Bob Jane T-Mart).


Mention you are from Gordon Women’s Cricket and receive a 5% discount!

Free coaching and umpiring courses for females

Free coaching and umpiring courses for females

To demonstrate our commitment to female Cricket,  Cricket NSW will be offering  Community Cricket Coach accreditation and the Community Officiating accreditation for free to females across NSW. 

If you are interested in any of these courses please email Jessica Henry ( for more information.

Gordon Women's U17 Academy

Gordon Women's U17 Academy

The Gordon Women's Cricket Club U17 Academy will be launching in 2015. The Academy is modelled on the successful Gordon DCC Academy.

Under the direction of former NSW player and Club Coach Mechelle Hare, the U17 Academy will run in August and September 2015. The Academy will be open to current, past and future Red's players as well girls playing mixed cricket in North Sydney.

Specialist coaches from Gordon Women's, Gordon DCC and Cricket NSW will deliver the Academy.

All training will be indoors.

Invitations to join the Academy will be emailed in June 2015.

If you can't wait that long, contact Assistant Club Coach Bryce Thompson on 0417 663 508 or to discuss your invitation.

Back to Gordon Day

Back to Gordon Day

Calling all Former REDS!! Back to Gordon Day – Sunday 8 March

Come on down to Chatswood Oval to watch the 2014-15 First Grade Team in action. Lead by Hannah Trollip you will see a crop of young talent who are the future of the Reds!

Catch up with old friends and have a few laughs from the hill.

BBQ firing up around 1pm.

BYO liquid refreshments, chairs, old photos, and incriminating/ entertaining stories!

Parking is still dreadful at Chatswood Oval so we suggest Westfield Car Park if you can’t find anything else.

See you there!

Pink Stumps Day 2015

Pink Stumps Day 2015

Calling all Reds players and supporters,

On Sunday 22nd February during our Second Grade match at Killara we will be stumping up to be part of the Pink Stumps Challenge by hosting our own Pink Stumps Day – an initiative from the McGrath Foundation that brings the magic of the Sydney Pink Test to our community!

We can’t wait to host our Pink Stumps Day in support of the McGrath Foundation but we need your help to raise as much as we can for the McGrath Foundation and smash our fundraising target. All women’s clubs will be participating in the Pink Stumps round and the proceeds collated under the Sydney Women’s banner.

We’re asking our friends, family, and colleagues to help us support the McGrath Foundation. It’s so simple, you can just go on our online fundraising page, click on the “Donate Now” button and you can make a donation. You will also be emailed a tax deductible receipt straight away.

Please click this link: to support our cause!

All funds raised will be donated to the McGrath Foundation to ensure every family experiencing breast cancer in Australia has access to a breast care nurse, no matter where they live or their financial situation. 

100% of all donations will go to the McGrath Foundation and you will automatically receive a tax-deductible receipt via email.

To find out more about the McGrath Foundation, visit or check them out on Facebook (mcgrathfoundation), Twitter (mcgrathfdn) and Instagram (mcgrathfoundation). 

As they say at the McGrath Foundation, together we can make a difference!