O'Dowd Declares 2019 2020 Article No 3
Date of Event Geelong Cricket Association: Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:56PM

SEASON 2019-20




OCTOBER 18TH. 2019


The scorecard of South Barwon showed Andrew Ross opening the innings and being 41no at the completion of South Barwon’s innings so one would assume he “carried his bat”. Whilst technically he did, he was 17no when he retired hurt and resumed his innings with 3 wickets down and proceeded to his 41no at stumps. Indeed, an odd manner in which to carry your bat!

The Grovedale-Murgheboluc match resulted in a tie. Grovedale have featured in six tied matches since affiliation in 1985-86 and its their fourth within the last 14 seasons. For Murgheboluc, in its brief history, it was its first.

As Historian of the GCA, this column receives an abundance of material for storekeeping. One such piece of correspondence was the minutes of the foundation of the Geelong City cricket club. The minutes state “sponsored by some enthusiastic members of the Eastern CC (founded about 1900) and High School-East CC (the members of which were primarily past students of the school), a meeting was held in the East Geelong Library Hall on the 30th July 1951, the purpose of which was to form a new club, the players being all residents of East Geelong. It was also proposed that the new club would affiliate with the GCA turf section. In attendance at the inaugural meeting were Reg Reynolds, Bill Austin, Kevin O’Dowd (snr), George Austin, Harry Heard and Bernie Hemley. To assure the new club of permanency regarding wickets it was resolved to seek the permission of the City Council for the exclusive use of both the west and east wickets at Richmond Crescent. This was granted and converted to a single wicket in 1964. Cameron Ling’s father, Linton won the clubs championship three times without a right hand he lost in an industrial accident. All this correspondence has been donated back to Geelong City for its archives.




With Corio Oval unavailable due to “an Association football match between VFA clubs Yarraville and Preston followed by support of the candidature of Miss Geelong in the Miss Australia Quest”, CYMS made its first appearance in GCA 1st.X1 cricket replacing International Harvester which played just 5 seasons between 1939-47, not playing in a finals match, and winning only 7 of the 47 matches it played, the only statistic of note being 8/53 by Roy Brown. Bill Anderson’s modest 12 for Geelong West nevertheless saw him pass 5,000 career runs, Joining “Guv” Smith and Vin Hassett to accrue 5,000 runs.




After 7 seasons of GCA 1st X1 cricket and playing in the finals last season, Chanel College disbanded, and Thomson CC was admitted. Corio CC opted to revert to its original name of “North Geelong” after playing as “Corio Cricket Club from 1951-52. Gary Hamer showed a welcome return to Geelong cricket after his VCA stint with Richmond with 4/32 for East-Belmont but fellow opener Terry Ellis over-shadowed Hamer’s efforts with 4/16, Hamer’s season proving to be a most productive one with 46 wickets @ 14.0. Hamer went on to play 85 games at GWC&FC pre-Richmond days and East Belmont when he returned, collecting 202 wickets @ 16.1 with a best of 7/37 for GWC&FC against Corio in 1962-63. His 7/45 against Newtown & Chilwell included a hat-trick. His career was highlighted in December 1963 when playing for Geelong against South Africa at Kardinia Park. He sent Test opener Eddie Barlow’s middle stump cartwheeling first ball of the match, with Barlow fresh from a Test century.

Last updated: Friday October 18, 2019 2:02PM
Author: Peter Edwards