A great start to the season, get to training this week … and yes, Shane Warne is playing for East Sandy

October 12, 2015 No Comments


Good morning Elwood players & supporters,

It was a fairly successful Round 1 of cricket for the club, and with the seniors and juniors starting on the same weekend it was a lot of effort to get the teams out but we are up and going now!

From a senior point of view, with the Firsts, Seconds and Fifths winning, it was a great result. The Firsts win was especially excellent, and against a strong Chelsea Heights-Aspendale Heights outfit. It was a great team effort and we are very proud of the boys. Kudos also to Adam Green and Luke Stanley, two great club men, who captained their first official wins in the Seconds and Fifths respectively.

The juniors got off to a mixed start, but the boys will be better for the run. The 16As lost against a strong Ormond side and will look to bounce back. As always, the club implores all seniors to get involved with the juniors as much as you can – after all these lads are your team mates and future team mates!

And congratulations to Anesti Cosmas who played his 400th game on Saturday – and it was fitting it was a win. Cosi is a bonafide Elwood great and future Hall-of-Famer and it was great that the boys in the Twos could salute for him.

And congratulations to Luke “The Bull” Baillie, who won his second $1000 Draw in a row on Saturday night. Go buy a lotto ticket, champ. It was a great way to kick off the season and a big thank you to all who supported the club.

Oh, and the rumours are true. The greatest spinner of all time, Shane Warne, will be playing for East Sandringham against Bentleigh ANA this round in the Longmuir Shield. Not a bad competition we play in, is it?

Get down to training this week. Let’s improve and get six wins this week boys.

Go Elwood.

Longmuir Shield: 1st XI (5/133) def. Chelsea Heights/Aspendale Gardens 1 (132) at Beazley Reserve:

The Firsts had put in a big preseason and it showed in Round One. Winning the toss and batting, Dom Bulcock tore through CHAGs top order taking 3/25 off 7. All of Elwood’s bowlers bowled well, with the great Rob De Haan, in his first Longmuir game in two seasons, taking 3/41 and Chanaka Ruwansiri – in his debut match – also taking a wicket as Elwood’s “spin twins” made inroads into CHAG’s middle and lower order. Keeper Stuey Clark had a belter of a game behind the stumps – three stumpings and a catch. In reply, the Firsts got off to a rocky start, losing Clark early, before Ryan Harris (29) and coach Adam Howard (49) consolidated, putting on a 74 run partnership. Small but valuable contributions by the rest of the boys meant we passed the total just five wickets down. A great way to start the season boys! Keep it up!

Next game: Omega at home


Woolnough Shield: 2nd XI (7/68) def Chelsea Heights/Aspendale Gardens 2 (66) at Elwood:

It was a dream start to the Seconds season and former skipper Anesti Cosmas’ 400th game with the Twos rolling CHAGs for just 66. Saddam Hussein (4 wickets) was the pick of the bowlers, although he was well supported by all bowlers, particularly the miserly Marcus Bayer and Kevin Wetdewich (who was on a hat trick). The Twos made it a little hard for themselves chasing a small total, but were never going to throw it away. Small contributions by all the boys meant that they secured the points and start the season undefeated. Well done lads!

Next game: Cluden at William Street Reserve


D Grade: 3rd XI (111) def by. Bentleigh Uniting 3 (3/117) at Elwood:

There was not much to write about for the Thirds as they were comprehensively beaten by Bentleigh Uniting at Elwood in new skipper Ray Earls first game in charge. And the great “Duke” deserved a better showing by his chargers. Young gun opening batsman Matty McNaughton (13) showed a lot, as did fellow young gun Dae Szydlik (15) – both of whom were run out by older, apparently wiser, heads. In the end, the Threes did not have enough runs on the board and Uniting made light work of the run chase. A game to put in the drawer and forget about and look to next round to make amends.

Next game: Bentleigh ANA at King George VI Reserve 1


F Grade: 4th XI (5/183) def by Hampton Central 3 (3/187) at Elsternwick 3:

It was a game of two halves for the Fourths under new captain Adrian Fisher. The Fourths batted very well, with opener Tony Rourke (41), keeper Sammy Dagher (54) and young gun Hugo Twigg (25 no) all contributing heavily. Pretty much the rest of the boys all made valuable contributions as well and the total would have seemed defendable. However the Fourths, barring Dean Clothier on debut (2/12 off 7) and the captain “Fish” (0/23 off 8) didn’t bowl well and Hampton Central capitalised. A lot to learn there for the Fourths who have a strong side and will no doubt bounce back next week.

Next game: Brighton District at Elwood


G Grade: 5th XI (159) def St Andrews Gardiner 2 (146) at Peanut Farm:

New captain Luke Stanley claimed his maiden win as the Fifths had a great victory at the Peanut Farm. Put into bat, Elwood made 159 off their 38 overs, with strong contributions by the great Peter “Bush” Tsiampas (26), debutant Gary Elliot (40) and Paul Marcolin (22). A lot of other even contributions as well, including a 27 run opening stand between Sam Marcolin (13) and Jason Norris (14). In reply, St Andrews Gardiner got off to a great start, but Carey Lyon (5/7 off 6) and young gun Elliot Jones (3/36) pegged the match back in Elwood’s favour before the skipper took the last wicket to get the win. Great stuff boys and let’s hope the Fifths have a great season this year.

Next game: West Bentleigh at Victory Park 2


H Grade: 6th XI (5/169) def by Brighton Districts 2 (6/270) at Balcombe Park Reserve (Balcombe Road, Beaumaris):

Brighton Districts won the toss and batted, putting on an imposing 6/270 in their 35 overs. Most of the bowlers were put to the sword as the 6ths struggled to contain the big hitting Brighton Districts. In reply, Elwood made a stoic effort and were not bowled out as John Phillips (50no), Matt Wallace (22), John Schibli (20), Julian Twigg (27) and youngster Joe Weinbach (13 not out) all made solid contributions. The boys will improve after the run (they were playing a club’s second XI after all) and will improve as the season goes on.

Next game: East Bentleigh Central at Lagoon Reserve, Port Melbourne.



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