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GEOFF MCRAE  (Macca, Silver, Gunsynd, Expert, Workhorse)

 

Geoff arrived at the club in the mid 1960's after making many runs in country Victoria [Gippsland and the Wimmera] and also in Melbourne with the Richmond and University C.C.'s.

 

Geoff was the B.C.A. Ed Cleary medallist in 1967/68 and became Wendouree's [Central's] First XI captain in 1969/70. He captained First XI premierships in 1972/73, 1973/74, 1975/76 and was also a member of the 1979/80, 1980/81, 1981/82 and 1983/84 First XI premierships.[THE FIRST XI WINNING 7 PREMIERSHIPS IN THIS 12 YEAR PERIOD] After retiring from the First XI he was then a member of the 1984/85 Second XI premier team.  A brilliant batsman and very effective slow medium bowler, Geoff amassed 5002 First XI runs at an average of 28.7. This included 3 centuries  when wickets were uncovered. Geoff also captured 197 First XI wickets at 16.2.

 

 Macca has coached numerous Under 14 and Under 16 premierships and has been the continuous mainstay of our junior development  and success since the 1970's.He has mentored, guided and overseen no less than 29 junior premierships spanning 41 years since 1972.. His winter coaching programs have helped to develop very successful individual cricketers, as well as very successful teams over the years.

 

One of Geoff's most memorable and joyous experiences during his involvement with Wendouree was seeing his son Tim return to play with the First XI in 2003/04. Tim made a significant contribution to the team's success throughout the season which culminated in a long awaited premiership victory at the Eastern Oval.

 

Geoff continued to serve as our club chairman of selectors for many years [retiring at the end of 2012/13] and maintains a strong interest in all senior players and teams. His weekly organisation and sorting of players/teams is a great support to our senior captains.

 

Geoff has also given outstanding service to country cricket throughout Victoria. He served as V.C.C.L. selector and then chairman of selectors for a number of years and also held the position as President of the V.C.C.L. from 1991-2001.

 

Geoff was awarded the Graeme Cruikshank trophy as WCC best clubman on five occasions.....an indication of the respect and appreciation afforded him by our club members and committee.

 

Macca is not a 'has been'......he continues to serve our great game magnificently!

 


 

Peter 'Brewer' Brady 1972/73 - 2016/17


 

Overall                    1sts

Games: 381             303

Runs: 12910            10636

Inns: 381                315

N.O: 51                   33

Av: 39.2                  37.7

50’s: 74                   57

100’s: 17                 14

High Score: 179no   173no

Wkt/Runs: 28/658   10/244

Av: 23.5                  24.4

Best Bowling: 3/25   3/25

Cts: 136                  113

 

When we talk about the great batsmen who have played for Wendouree there is one man who stands out as a true giant of the club. Peter Brady came to Wendouree in the 1972/73 season as a 19 year old country boy from Minyip. An elegant left-hander with a majestic cover-drive and a penchant for the cut and pull shot, his wonderful use of the crease, both forward and back, allowed him to work the ball to all parts of the field. He could make fast bowlers look medium pace and good bowlers look ordinary.

 

In his first season he was selected in the Victorian Country Colts and played in the 1st XI premiership side. (Our first in 10 years). 1973/74 saw him picked in the Country Week team for the first time. He would go on to represent Ballarat for the next 10 consecutive years. In 1974/75 he scored his first of many centuries for the club (100no) which was also the first century scored in the 1sts for 5 years. 1981/82 was a stellar season for him: He won the E.J. Cleary medal; The Courier Winfield award; Vice-Captain of the Country Week side; selected in the Victorian Country XI against Pakistan; made a club record 917 runs at an average of 70.5; Captained the club to its 3rd premiership in a row (with one more to come); and for the 8th season in a row won the 1sts batting average. The 1984/85 season wasn't bad either: 832 runs; 1st XI record score of 173; Captained the Country Week side; played for Victorian Country and made 79 against the touring Sri Lankans; runner-up in the E.J. Cleary; and won the club batting average for the 10th time.

 

In total he won the batting average 12 times; represented Ballarat in Country Week 17 times; twice played for Victorian Country at the Australian Championships; represented Victorian Country XI seven times against touring international sides and was awarded by the Australian Cricket Board for his services to cricket. He also found time to be club secretary for several years and club President. After he retired from the 1st XI he was happy to play down the grades and give the benefit of his experience to up and coming players. Never short of a comment, he could teach today's players a thing or two about playing 'mind games' especially from short leg where he was a brilliant fieldsman. 

 

As coach for the last few seasons, he has continued to help develop our players with words of encouragement when they do well and helpful hints on how to improve their game. (For helpful hints read brutal assessments of a players shortcomings!) He is quite modest about his achievements: On receiving his statistics he was most excited by the fact that he'd taken 28 wickets! But his record speaks for itself and his contribution to the club goes far beyond raw statistics anyway. Wendouree is fortunate to have a man such as Peter Brady for he is that rare combination of club champion and champion club-man.

 


 

DARREN WOODYATT  [Woody]

 

Darren served our club as secretary continuously for 22 seasons ... [except for 2 weeks] ... until 2016...and continues to be a member of our club committee. He has 'legendary status' in the Ballarat cricket community and has given phenomenal service to the Wendouree Cricket Club.

 

Darren came to the club as a player in our junior teams and proved to be a very capable slow medium left arm bowler [off a very short run up] ... and a cavalier lower order batsman.

 

Woody, as he is affectionately known, played in 2 senior premierships in 1989/90 [E Grade] and also in 2000/01 [4th XI]. Many would describe Woody as the 'life blood' of the club being a brilliant organiser, tireless worker, humorous after match coordinator and sensational after dinner speaker.

 

Darren has been awarded the Graeme Cruikshank trophy as our best clubman on eight occasions.....an indication of the respect and appreciation afforded him by our club members and committee.

 

In 2009/10 the club saw fit to re-name our best clubman trophy - 'The Darren Woodyatt Award' in recognition of 'Woody's' continued outstanding contribution to our club.

 


 

 

BARRY JENNINGS [Bunga]

 

What a magnificent player Barry was for our club. Sadly Barry passed away in 2004 however he has left an indelible mark on our club and is fondly remembered and admired. The following profile of Barry's on field contribution, highlights his amazing career.

 

Games played  -  495

 

Innings  -   557  [including 96 times not out]

 

Runs   -   16,657 [reasonable!]

 

Centuries   -   33 [not a bad effort!] including 18 in the 2nd XI.

 

Half Centuries   -   82 [ PHENOMENAL! ]

 

Average   -   36.

 

Highest Score   -   177 [not out - of course]

 

Catches / stumpings   -   309

 

Wickets taken   -   106 at an average of 16.

 

WELL  DONE  BUNGA!

 


 

RON SARAH.

 

In 1976/77 Ron chose to relinquish the club presidency after a marathon nineteen consecutive years in the role. Since the  club's inception in 1942/43, Ron had held every official position and was our first club captain, a position which he held for five years. Ron worked tirelessly over many years to set a magnificent foundation for our club and the continued success and stability of the club both on and off the field, is very much attributed to Ron' diligent and thoughtful leadership over an extended period of time.

 


 

 

JEFF HUSSEY. [THE ROCKSTAR] .

 

Club stalwart Jeff Hussey continues to represent the club magnificently. At the conclusion of the 2016/17 season Jeff has now played 330 senior games and taken 665 wickets. Jeff is the leading wicket taker of all time at our club. And he continues to play!

 

Jeff commenced playing in 1984/85 just after Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt!

 

Jeff has served as both 2nd Eleven and 4th Eleven captain and in round 1, 2009/2010 when playing against East Ballarat, took his 500th wicket when he claimed his first wicket of the season. He ended the day taking 6 for 41. 

 

Jeff's 665 wickets have been taken at an incredible average of 18.85 and has claimed 5 wickets in an innings on 25 occasions. In addition to his wicket-taking achievements Jeff has also amassed in excess of 2700 runs at an average of 15.2 with a highest score of 105. The 'rockstar' has scored 2 centuries and 7 fifties  during his career having regularly batted in the lower order giving younger team-mates the opportunity to bat before himself. 

 

Jeff continues to be a wonderful contributor around our club, always assisting at Senior practice ... and in recent times he has taken on the onerous task of gathering and sorting historical statistics of the club.

If there has been a more dedicated player at training then I am a big red kangaroo! Over the years Jeff has toiled for hour after hour while bowling at training providing excellent practice for our batsmen. He has been a wonderful example to our younger bowlers .... demonstrating that hardwork is rewarded with both personal and team success.

 

Well done Jeff ... and the club looks forward to you taking your 700th wicket sometime before the next eclipse of the sun!

 


 

ASHLEY [CHICKEN] CREELMAN

 

Ash, one of the 'younger veterans' at the club, accepted the role as captain of our 4th XI for season 2011/12 and did a wonderful job. Ash is a product of our junior program and at 29 years of age, continues to serve the club in an exemplary manner. His leadership of very young teams in recent seasons saw the 4th XI complete the minor rounds undefeated, only to lose their semi-final in 2011/12.

In 2012/13 Ash led the 3rd XI to an amazing Grand Final victory against Mt.Clear after being behind on the first innings.

Onfield, Ash continues to perform very well and at the conclusion of 2012/13, he had amassed 4837 runs [highest score of 166 in the 3rd XI in 2008/09] and taken 231 wickets. Included in these statistics have been 6 centuries, 23 half centuries and on six occasions he has captured 5 wickets in an innings with best figures of 7 for 16. In addition to this Ash has been a member of 7 senior premiership teams across the 2nd,3rd and 4th XI's  - a stellar career to date!

 

Keep up the good work Ash - there are plenty more runs, wickets and premierships in those 'legs'.