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Simon Taufel was a fast bowler coming through the Sydney Grade Cricket ranks when a back injury curtailed his playing ambitions and he went on to become cricket umpire.

74 Tests, 174 One Day Internationals, 34 T20 Internationals and was voted the number one umpire in International Cricket for 5 consecutive years.

It’s been quite a journey filled with wonderful experiences and a few lows.

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Mitch Bromley played the majority of his junior and senior cricket with Langwarrin Cricket Club. He started out in the Under 11s and progressing through to the clubs Peninsula Firsts team.

What was your highest score in senior cricket?

When I was younger I was lucky enough to get 203 not out in the 4s against Tootgarook

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Matt Prosser is a loyal and passionate servant of the Langwarrin Cricket Club.

He’s played all his junior and senior cricket at the club apart from a couple of games with Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club in Victoria Premier Cricket. He played two first grade games in 2020/21.

Matt was named in the Victorian Country Cricket league team of the year for 2020/21.

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Mark Maddock is a decorated cricketer within the Mornington Peninsula Cricket Association.

Mark has won numerous individuals awards and is a multiple premiership winning player and captain. He is also a Life member of Flinders Cricket Club

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The 1996-97 Victorian Premier Cricket first grade final was played between Northcote Cricket Club and Melbourne University Cricket Club at the Albert Ground.

Northcote defeated Melbourne University by 275 runs on the first innings to win the first-grade premiership

Pictured – Northcote Cricket Club wicket keeper Darren Berry who scored 109 in Northcote’s first innings of 404.

First Grade Premiers – Northcote
Second Grade Premiers – Frankston Peninsula
Third Grade Premiers – Geelong
Fourth Grade Premiers – Melbourne University

Club Championship – Melbourne

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Sydney Grade Cricket Club gradings for the 1997-98 season

Pictured – Former NSW and Fairfield Liverpool allrounder Grant Lambert who won the Bill O’Reilly medal for the best and fairest first grade player in 1997-98.

First Grade Captain of the year – Gavan Twining (Parramatta)

Ground of the Year
First Grade – Bankstown Oval
Lower Grades – Jensen Park

Sydney Morning Herald Club of the Year – North Sydney

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Jason Young played all his junior cricket in Wagga Wagga in the Riverina region of NSW.

A prodigious young batter with enormous talent and a thirst for runs and it wasn’t long before Jason sparked the interest of NSW underage selectors and Sydney talent scouts.

Jason played 3 seasons of Green Shield for Balmain and after leaving school he joined the St George District Cricket Club. He made his Sydney Grade Cricket first grade debut at St George and is the proud owner of first grade cap number 317.

A successful Under 19 National Championships saw Jason moved to Adelaide with the Australian Cricket Academy and he played Adelaide Grade Cricket for Prospect Cricket Club.

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The 1997-98 first grade final was played between North Sydney Cricket Club and Sutherland District Cricket Club at Bankstown Oval.
Sutherland defeated North Sydney by 43 runs on the first innings to win the Belvidere Cup and the 1997-98 first grade premiership
Pictured – Sutherland District Cricket Club first grade premiership winning captain Jason Young with long term Sutherland DCC sponsor Harry Peters.
Benaud Medal for the player of the final was awarded to Jason Holley

First Grade Premiers – Sutherland
Second Grade Premiers – Bankstown
Third Grade Premiers – Sydney University
Fourth Grade Premiers – Randwick
Fifth Grade Premiers – Randwick
Club Championship – Sutherland

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Vale Stan Beal

It is my very sad duty to advise that Stan Beal, one of the club’s most popular and respected members, passed away in Prince of Wales Hospital, last night 12 June after a short illness. He was 73.

Stan joined the old Randwick club as 2nd Grade scorer in 1986-87 at the suggestion of workmate and former 1st Grade skipper, Gary Bensley. The following season he progressed to score for the 1st Grade side while undertaking the role of Publicity Officer. Within a year, he had added Practice Captain to his busy schedule. That was the beginning of a multitude of roles he would go on to perform for the club over a period of 37 years.

Despite battling health issues throughout his life, Stan was a tireless worker who may best be described as the ultimate volunteer. He was also CEO and Assistant CEO for Randwick, Operations Manager, committee member, Chairman of Selectors, delegate to the local junior council, manager and scorer of the Poidevin-Gray team. For Randwick Petersham he was Practice Captain and 2nd Grade scorer for many years, 1st Grade scorer on occasions while providing voluntary assistance whenever help was needed.

Apart from his documented activities, Stan’s assistance in providing accommodation for players, finding them jobs and generally acting as mentor and friend to many, cannot be measured in any material way. The huge number of “thank-you’s” directed to Stan in the end-of-season reports of captains in the club annual reports over the years, is testimony to the assistance he provided and the esteem in which he was held.

At the Annual General Meeting in 2019, President Mike Whitney made a special award to Stan, acknowledging a contribution to the club and cricket, well beyond what may be expected by the most devoted of volunteers.

Stan Beal was one of a kind and will be sorely missed. Funeral details will be advised when available.

RIP Stan Beal.

Lyall Gardner

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Jeff Thorpe made his first grade debut for the Balmain Tigers at the age of 16 during the 1986/87.

A tall wicket keeper batsman Jeff had the good fortune to keep to many first class bowlers and played in some very talented Tigers team in the late 80s and was part of their premiership winning team in 1998/99.

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Queensland Fire and WBBL Brisbane Heat coach Ashley Noffke will move onto a new challenge after accepting an overseas head coaching role with the Otago Volts in New Zealand.

Noffke will finish up with Queensland Cricket this week, with former Australian women’s coach Mark Sorell appointed as his replacement for the Fire and Heat coaching roles for the coming season.

Noffke took on the Heat and Fire coaching roles in 2019-20, winning a WBBL title in his first season and guiding Queensland to its inaugural Women’s National Cricket League title in 2020-21.

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The 1998-99 first grade final was played between Balmain (Sydney Cricket Club) and Randwick Cricket Club at Bankstown Oval.

The final was significantly impacted by rain with only 149 overs bowled.

Balmain were the higher placed team going into the final so in a drawn game Balmain were the 1998-99 Belvidere Cup premiers

Pictured – Jeff Thorpe and Neil Maxwell with the Belvidere Cup

Benaud Medal for the player of the final was awarded to Andrew Sargent

First Grade Premiers – Balmain
Second Grade Premiers – Penrith
Third Grade Premiers – Sutherland
Fourth Grade Premiers – Eastern Suburbs
Fifth Grade Premiers – Sydney University
Club Championship – Northern District

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Job Opportunity – Cricket NSW Head of Direct Engagement

• Be part of leading and growing the game of Cricket
• Be part of the Community Cricket Leadership team
• Join an organsitaion that has a strong focus on teamwork and collaboration.


ABOUT THE ROLE
Reporting to the Chief Community Cricket Officer, in this role you will:
• Lead a team that will deliver meaningful cricket experiences directly to participants through Cricket Blast, School Programs and other initiatives across NSW
• Lead and develop the strategy of growing direct delivery Cricket Blast and engaging third party providers to scale the delivery of Cricket Blast
• Lead the CNSW school engagement space and collaborate internally to acquire new participants to the game and transition to the next steps of the participant journey.
• Provide strong leadership to your team in developing and implementing strategies designed to engage key stakeholders and assist in effectively leveraging stakeholder relationships.


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Perry Stahmer is Sandgate Redcliffe first grade player number 177 after making his first grade debut during the 1990/91 season.

His debut followed a premiership winning season in 1989/90 when Perry was the skipper of Sandgate Redcliffe under 18 team that defeated easts in the grand final.

Perry played for Sandgate Redcliffe, Sunshine Coast Scorchers in Queensland Premier Cricket as well as Campbelltown Camden and manly Warringah in NSW Premier Cricket in Sydney.

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The 1998-99 Victorian Premier Cricket first grade final was played between Melbourne University Cricket Club and Hawthorn Waverley Cricket Club at the Albert Ground.

Hawthorn Waverley won outright by 5 wickets to win the 1998-99 premiership.

Pictured – Former Victoria wicket keeper Peter Roach who was Hawthorn Waverley first grade premiership winning captain.

First Grade Premiers – Hawthorn Waverley
Second Grade Premiers – Essendon
Third Grade Premiers – Richmond
Fourth Grade Premiers – Melbourne University

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Ken Thorpe had dreams of his son Ian treading in his first grade cricket footsteps. Ken, who played for Bankstown in the Sydney competition with fiery Test speedsters Jeff Thomson and Lenny Pascoe, was a middle order batsman who took a ton of shifting, his defence was so tight.

I played against him for years.

He was known as a “nurdler”, hardly knocking the ball off the square. When the scoreboard showed he had 40 runs against his name, you wondered how he got there.

He was a prize scalp.

Ian was six when Ken took him to renowned cricket coach David Hourne, better known as “Cracker”.

It took just seconds to “Cracker’s” discerning eye that Ian had precious little ball sense, and wasn’t well co-ordinated: two vital necessities to make it in cricket.

Wondering how he was going to break the bad news to his cricket-mad Dad, “Cracker” asked if Ian played any other sports.

“Oh, he’s showing some interest in swimming,” was Ken’s reply.

Quick as a flash “Cracker” suggested to Ken it would be a good idea to foster that interest.

Fostering a swimming interest in Ian Thorpe had to be the understatement of a lifetime.

The rest, as we all know, is history.

Originally published on The Roar by David Lord former Mosman Cricket Club first grade cricketer - /

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