Katamatite Cricket Club Gazette

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Volume 1, Issue 8: 27th March 2015

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Season 2014/15: That's a Wrap!

Champion Player, Steve Carr, needed help holding all the silverware he was awarded at the weekend's Presentation & Unveiling of the new Life Member's board evening. Steve's wife, Amy, and son, Mitchell were only too happy to help!

Officiated by Life Member (and all round loveable guy) Adam "Harry" Harwood, Friday evening's proceedings were a great celebration of the end of another summer of matches, mates and mayhem!

Played after all of the official proceedings was a slide show of all of the great photos taken this season. We relived some of the senior's on-field action, the under 12's highlights (with the sideline shenanigans always a personal favourite of mine!), and some classic snaps from this year's social and charity fundraising events.

Players, parents, coaches, support people and the committee were all acknowledged and rewarded for their dedication this season.

Full list of award recipients and more on the evening below.

Why stop at one? Carr smashes second consecutive ton.

Steve Carr's maiden Premier Division century steered Katty to victory in what the papers described as "the battle for the wooden spoon" against Cobram-Yarroweyah United last month. So to go one better and prove that he can handle himself against the best of them, Steve decided to smash another ton against top-four side, Barooga.

This time Carr teamed up with Daniel Gattuso to put on one of the biggest Premier Div. partnerships of the season (129 runs). Steve smashed 9 fours and 5 sixes as part of his 108 runs, to help Katty to a healthy total of 254. The game went right down to the last overs but Barooga were able to chase down the total with four wickets to spare.

Final Rounds Results

Premier Division faced Waaia (away) in the final round, after their narrow loss to Barooga. All we need to say about this one was that Waaia won. Convincingly. And the season ended for Katty's top team in much the same fashion as it started.

B Grade's Round 15 match against Katunga was a very similar story, though Josh MacFadyen managed 3/12. In a complete turn around, Round 16's match was also over early, but this time it was our boys who defeated Berrigan cheaply. Kevin Clarke top scored and Josh MacFadyen outdid himself with 5/6 off 8 overs.

Our B Grade boys had a good crack at Cobram in Round 17 but were unable to seal the victory. This week Josh MacFadyen only took 4/12 off 8! And in the final round Nathalia visited us at home and went home with a win.

Our Youngest Champs: Under 12s

The last few rounds saw the Under 12s travelling over the border two weeks in a row for two wins! But we never focus too much on winning and losing when it comes to our youngest junior grade - we are astounded by their performance week after week. And year after year, for that matter. Speaking with Coach, Tim Lukies, in wrapping up the junior's season, it is very clear how much he has enjoyed seeing the improvement of our KCC kids - kids who have been so much younger than opposition teams for the last four years. In fact he has said the pleasure is his to have been able to be a part of their improvement and enjoyment of the game. But young Daniel Palmer said it best at Presentation when thanking Coach Lukies, stating that most of that improvement is down to his coaching and what they have learnt from him over the last four years.

A real talking point has been how good our best (oldest) Under 12 players are. Pictured above (from the left), Ben Lukies, Daniel Palmer, Aaron MacFadyen and Alistair Bear have been real player leaders; opening the batting and all also very proficient with the ball and in the field. Ben, Daniel and Aaron have also played B Grade several times. Austin Lukies and Racheal Palmer (to the right of the picture) were also awarded most improved and encouragement awards, respectively, at presentation (see over). These players would form the core of an up and coming Under 14s side, and there will indeed be a big push to enlist more players around them, to really boost our junior ranks next year, and build the future of the club longer-term.

Season 2014/15 Presentation & Unveiling of the New Life Members Board

Last Friday evening we recognised the efforts and achievements of our boys and girls who wear the black and gold (or white!). Season 2014/15 accolades went like this:

Under 12 Awards

Batting: Aaron MacFadyen

Bowling: Daniel Palmer

Encouragement: Rachael Palmer

Coaches Award: Kepler Lukies

Most Improved: Austin Lukies

Division 2 Awards

Best and Fairest: J MacFayden

Batting: Josh MacFadyen

Bowling: Josh MacFadyen

Champion player: Josh MacFadyen

Premier Division Awards

Best and Fairest: Alex Ross

Batting: Steve Carr

Bowling: Alex Ross

Champion player: Steve Carr

Club Awards

Senior Coaches Award: Jack Pendlebury

Club Most improved: Daniel Parnell

President’s Award: Dossie Parnell

Senior Best Club Person: Catherine Pool, Laurie Lawless

Junior Club Person: Daniel Parnell

The second part of the evening was dedicated to the unveiling of the new Life Members board. As KCC has now awarded a small number of Life Memberships, it was well overdue that these names be put up on a board of their own.

It was therefore only fitting that Elaine Barnes' re-donation of her Christmas party 'dollar draw' winnings should fund a new Life Members board, to see three of the Barnes men's names displayed, along with other current and past pillars of the Katamatite Cricket Club.

Ron Barnes proudly unveiled the board on the night.

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How KCC Fared - MVCA Results

Though perhaps not the most successful season for KCC in terms of team results, several of our individual senior players are among the best in the league.

  • Josh MacFadyen (pictured) placed 2nd in the B Grade bowling average (8.26) and 3rd in the aggregate (taking 31 wickets). Josh was also the 10th highest run scorer in B Grade (246).
  • Steve Carr was 11th highest run scorer in Premier Division (372 total) and made the 7th and 9th top innings scores (123 and 108).
  • 3 KCC players made the top ten in B Grade batting scores: Angus MacFadyen, 6th with 85, Steff Nordbye 7th (84), Steven Morgan 9th (76).
  • Daniel Gattuso and Steve Carr had the 5th best Premier Div batting partnership (129).
  • The 3rd highest B Grade batting partnership went to Angus MacFadyen and Bradley Parnell (84).
  • Jim McCallum ranked 5th in B Grade bowling performances with 6/19 (off 8) and Josh MacFadyen was 8th with 5/6 (off 8).
  • Shannon Pool had Premier Division's 2nd best wicket keeping stats.

President's End of Season Address

Well the season for 2014/15 has drawn to a close and I think most of the committee are pleased for a winter rest! It was an up and down year on the field for all grades, but was very successful off the field.

A Grade started very slowly, but as the year went on and players became available, we really did come good, serving it right up to some top teams and beating a few teams at the lower end of the ladder. Main highlights in A Grade included Steve Carr belting back to back tons and Daniel Parnell scoring his maiden 50 at age 15 and having a great year in general with both bat and ball.

B grade seemed like it had 100 different players filter through and really couldn't get the same team on the park enough to get any consistency, however they did have a fairly good year ladder-wise, finishing 7th, and were still well in the hunt for finals until the last 2 rounds. Josh MacFadyen's achievements in particular are worthy of mention; he

took out club batting, bowling and B Grade Club Champion awards.

Under 12s were outstanding this year, with Tim Lukies and Andrea Palmer doing a great job making sure all the kids had a ball and all walked away grinning from ear to ear. Daniel Palmer and Aaron MacFadyen were both standout players, taking out the bowling and batting awards respectively.

Another big highlight of this year was the addition of The Gazette and I want to say a massive thank you to Catherine for the effort that has gone into it. Other big thank yous go to Dossie Parnell and Laurie Lawless for the relentless work they have put in again this season.

Overall all its been a great year and let's all get on board to make 2015/16 even better.

Thank you,

Andrew Erickson. .

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See you again next season and a big Thank You to everyone for getting into The Gazette!