How did Engadine Dragons Cricket Club start?
The first organised competitive cricket in the Shire dates back to 1921 where it continued until 1937 when, due to certain circumstances, it was disbanded. It re formed in 1947. In the season of 1956-57 a small number of juniors (6 teams) were playing in the Sutherland Shire Cricket Association (SSCA), the senior association. They played in a “C Grade” competition. It was this, which led to the creation of a specific boy’s association in 1957/58 to cater for all players under the age of sixteen. Engadine was not part of this body at the outset but joined in 1959.
Barry McManus(Snr) was a local roof tiler and bricklayer who loved his rugby league and cricket. Barry formed the Cricket Club in 1959 after he, with support from Alan Hemmett and Reg Lingard, coached two teams of youngsters in the local Aussie Rules Competition in 1958. The following winter season the boys decided to play Rugby League, which led to the birth of the Engadine Dragons Rugby League Club.
To keep the boys together in the summer of 1959/60, Barry decided to enter three teams U/10, U12 and U/14 into the Sutherland Shire Boys Cricket Association. The U/10 side coached by Danny Carroll was graded into the Division 2 competition and the U/12 coached by Barry McManus (Snr) and U/14 coached by Bob Bain teams were both graded into the Division 1 competition. All three sides finished the season as runners up.
In the first Engadine Dragons Annual Report Barry stated, “We now own 150 pounds of football gear and 80 pounds worth of cricket gear. Properly maintained this gear has many more years of use, and we can go into our second season as a well established club”. He also made reference to the contributions of his wife Ada in her roll as U/12 team manager, Mrs. Carroll as U/12 team scorer, Ken & Marie Binner who would go from ground to ground to distribute drinks and a band of fathers that would umpire each week, Dave Moss, Jack Shanahan, Fred Terone (Snr) and George Cranston. George went on to coach for the Club for the next decade.
The structure of the Engadine Dragons has changed over the years, from 1959 to 1968; cricket activity was part of the Engadine Dragons Rugby League Club. In 1967 due to the growth of teams in both rugby league and cricket it was decided to form two separate committees to run each individual sport. The first members of the separate cricket committee were, President – Ken Horsnell, Secretary – Barry Blanchard & Treasurer – Warren McPhee. In 1969 cricket became part of a larger “Engadine Dragons Sports Club” organization, which comprised many sporting bodies (Soccer, Netball, and Hockey to mention a few). Then subsequently, in 1974, following the dissolution of the former body it became what it is today, Engadine Dragons Cricket Club.
The original Annual Report from Engadine Dragons Rugby League club indicated the formation of the Cricket club with page 5 of the below pages stating the immortal words – “The boys are well looked after in cricket” – something we aspire to today as well.
The title “Dragons” originated from the famous St. George Rugby League Club and the original colours of the club were red and black. The Dragons first home ground “Engadine Oval” was located in the National Park about 800 metres east of the Railway station. The pitch is still there, but the playing area is overgrown with shrubs and long grass. Vic McGarigle, the Stationmaster, allowed the club to store the cricket kits and mats in the Lost Property Office. As there were no facilities such as dressing sheds, toilets and fresh water, it was decided to support the construction of a new oval (now known as Anzac Oval) alongside Forbes Creek; the oval was first used for a cricket match in 1960.
The decision to form senior teams came in 1967 and culminated from a series of events that created a lot of controversy and ill feeling amongst the members of the two local senior clubs, Engadine Hotel and Southern United. In the previous three seasons these two clubs consisted of the Shire’s top players, with both clubs finishing either first or second in the A1 competition.
Seven of these players that represented in Sutherland’s Martin Shield team decided to have both Engadine Hotel and Southern United hold separate meetings in an attempt to dissolve both clubs and form a combined club to be named “Engadine United”, enabling them all to play together. Their other aim was to develop and advance younger players through the grades giving them the opportunity to play in the A1 competition and if capable play for the Sutherland District Grade Club.
The majority of members in each club agreed to the merger, but because of the objections from a small minority it decided to continue as two separate clubs. With this decision Harry Robbins and Barry Blanchard, together with Col Keenan then decided to approach Engadine Dragons for permission to form senior teams within the existing (junior) club.
In 1967/68 season the Club fielded its first senior team in the Sutherland Shire Cricket Association (SSCA) competition. The club applied for the A1 competition, but were graded A2’s, they finished the season as undefeated premiers.
History in Review
The 1960’s was to be a decade of establishment, growth and the finding of identity.
1959/60 – Engadine Dragons entered three teams U/10, U12 and U/14 into the Sutherland Shire Boys Cricket Association. Our first home ground was ‘Engadine Oval’. The Engadine Dragons Foundation Committee was (President) – Barry McManus (Snr) (President), Danny Carroll (Secretary), Ron Chapman (Treasurer), Ken Binner, Bernie Howard, Laurie Crosby, Bill Coates, Kel Keene, Bill Hadfield, Harold Barker, Bill Melrose, Harry Emptage and Claude Pollard. The following players became the Club’s first representative players – Barry McManus (Jnr) (Cawsey), Trevor Hodkinson (Cawsey) and Robert Bain (Moore).
1960/61 – Saw the construction of a new oval (now known as Anzac Oval) alongside Forbes Creek; the oval was first used for a cricket match in 1960. Barry McManus (Snr) takes on his first role at Association level managing the Shire’s Cawsey Shield side in which son Barry (Jnr) is a member.
1961/62 – Saw long standing coach George Beames come to the Club. In the early days George would pack up the kit, mat and the team and travel to the match by rail. The Boy’s Association introduce the “Cricketer of the Year” award named after John Woodhouse. The first recipient is Ray Tozer from the Miranda club.
1962/63 – This season saw the formation of the Ladies Auxiliary that became the cricket and rugby league club’s main source of income. The first auxiliary members were – Lorna Gardner, Judy Membrey, Heather Robbins, Lora Morrison, Irene Carter, Norma Horsnell, May McStay, Nellie Warner, Pauline Johnson, Glad Keenan, Carrie Macken, Linda Snell, Betty Long, Elaine Hinton, Betty Dudman, Barbara Woodbridge and Noreen Blewitt. This season also saw the first club perpetual trophy introduced with the inception of the “Joe Weymouth Trophy” to be awarded to our “Junior Club Champion”. Barry McManus (Jnr) was the first recipient.
This season’s “Junior Club Champion” was – Barry McManus (Jnr).
1963/64 – After consistent growth over the first few seasons’ player numbers peaked with the Club fielding 8 teams and 98 players. With the Club facing such an influx of new players we were fortunate to gain the services of John McPhee who became the corner stone of coaches for our Club into the seventies. This season saw our original black and red cap replaced by a royal blue baggy with red piping.
This season’s “Junior Club Champion” was – Peter Doherty.
1964/65 – With record registrations of 114 teams and 1594 players the SSBCA were forced to increase the number of grades to cope with the influx. 1964 marked the introduction of the first weekly magazine called the “Dragons News”. This season also saw Barry McManus (Jnr), son of Club founder become the first player from our Club to be honoured as SSBCA “Cricketer of the Year” 578 runs @ 72.25 and 37 wickets @ 14.51. Our Junior Presentation was held at the Institute Hall in Engadine from 1964/65 until 1970/71.
This season’s “Junior Club Champion” was – Robert Carroll.
1965/66 – The Club was finally rewarded with its first premiership. Our 14B side coached by Reg Spiers and managed by Mick Williams had a great season thanks to outstanding performances by Wayne Headley (59 wickets) and Russell Skuse (417 runs). The players in the 14B team were – Mick Williams, Colin Warn, Les Ledwidge, Russell Skuse, John Carlson, Barry Rose, Norm McGee, Peter Doherty, Neville Spiers (v/capt), Wayne Headley (capt), Jeff Ahearn and Mark Johnson. On the 30th June 1965 the Sutherland District Cricket Club was formed and first participated in the NSW Cricket Association grade competition in the 1965-66 season. Robert Bain was the first Dragon’s junior to play first grade for Sutherland debuting September 25, 1965. This season heralded the introduction of the SSBCA “Club Championship”.
This season’s “Junior Club Champion” was – Wayne Headley.
1966/67 – Barry McManus (Snr) is awarded a Life Membership of the Club in 1966. Our newsletters and yearbooks took on a new look with the introduction of covers. The covers were designed by Gordon Alley and Neil Carter, with Harry Robbins canvassing local businesses and shops to advertise in the magazine. Also this season Heathcote entered their first junior sides, which had a direct impact on our own numbers.
This season’s “Junior Club Champion” was – Mike Fordyce
1967/68 – This season the Club fielded its first senior team in the Sutherland Shire Cricket Association (SSCA) competition. The club applied for the A1 competition, but were graded A2’s, they finished the season as undefeated premiers. The team was as follows – Barry Blanchard (capt), Harry Robbins (v/capt), Col Keenan, Mike Fordyce, Robert Rushbourne, Fred Terone, Warren McPhee, John Barnes, Phil Heffernan, Peter Doherty, Ted Russell, Warwick Sheely, Ron Lovett, Gordon McElroy and Cliff Hams. In 1967 due to the growth of teams in both rugby league and cricket it was decided to form two separate committees to run each individual sport. The first members of the separate cricket committee were – Ken Horsnell (President), Barry Blanchard (Secretary) and Warren McPhee (Treasurer).
This season’s “Junior Club Champion” was – Trevor Bailey.
1968/69 – This season Ray Noakesthe Shire’s leading all rounder decided to leave Engadine Hotel Club and join the Dragons. Other outstanding players followed – Trevor Jones, George Cranston, Ray Dunn, John Ferguson, Dennis Pullen, Ron Dudman, Graham Morrison, Ray Monaghan, Graham Chudleigh and Gordon Beames. This season Dragons won their first A1 premiership and 7 of the next 14. In the junior ranks U/10 leg spinner Peter Noakes recorded the Club’s best bowling match figures taking 9 for 37 and 8 for 27 against Gymea. Peter also formed a formidable partnership with wicket keeper Brett Johnson in Sutherland’s Cawsey Shield side. Noakes captured 22 wickets, nine with Johnson.
This season’s “Junior Club Champion” was – Lance Howes.
For the Dragon’s the 1970’s were to be the glory years and under the guidance of Club Secretary Harry Robbins the Club prospered winning 39 premierships (27 junior & 12 senior) and 7 SSJCA ‘Club Championships’.
1969/70 – Saw the formation of the “Engadine Dragons Sports Club”. Dragons also won its first junior “A Grade” competition thanks to our 12A side coached by Ray Noakes and Gordon Beams. In 1970, Anzac Oval complex expanded from one oval and a rubbish tip to three ovals to accommodate the needs of Rugby League and Soccer thus providing a second larger cricket ground at the Achilles Road end. For the first time our Club adopted the current royal blue, sky blue and red baggy cap with the Dragon emblem. The cap was designed by Graham Morrison and only presented to premiership teams. The royal blue caps with the red piping were still worn by all other players. This season also saw the inception of the “Les Johnson Trophy” for the “Senior Club Champion”. Robert Rushbourne is the first recipient.
This season’s “Junior Club Champion” were, Senior – Robert Rushbourne & Junior – Malcolm Haynes.
1970/71 – This season saw us win our first SSBCA “Club Championship”. The SSCA introduced Finals for the first time with Dragon’s A1’s victorious in their Final. Previously the Premiers were decided by first past the post. In 1970 Harry Robbins was honoured with a Life Membership of the SSCA. This season sees Terry Humphries awarded the Association “Best Performed 12A Cricketer” 233 runs @ 33.20 and 70 wickets @ 4.60.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Barry Blanchard & Junior – Jim Shooter.
1971/72 – We made it two SSBCA “Club Championship” in a row. We won the 14A competition for the first time. Ray Noakes and George Cranston were the coaches. Six of these players were also members of the champion undefeated Sutherland Moore Shield team. The players were – Brett Johnson, Stephen Wishart, Graham Beames, Peter Noakes, Ian Cranston and Terry Humphries. Our Junior Presentation was held at the Senior Citizens Community Centre in Engadine from 1971/72 until 1978/79. Our Senior Presentation was held at the Engadine Bowling and Recreation Club from 1971/72 until 1972/73.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Col Keenan & Junior – Steven Wishart.
1972/73 – This season saw the introduction of joining and match fees. The men’s joining fee $2.50 and $0.80 match fee. The boy’s joining fee $0.60 and $0.40 match fee. Steve Gorry set an Association record in the 10C’c by taking 70 wickets @ 2.14. This team also held 72 catches.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Ray Noakes & Junior – Ian Cranston.
1973/74 – Won the SSBCA “Club Championship”. This season saw the first of 5 consecutive “Club Championships between 1973/74 and 1977/78. From this season until 1995/96 the Senior Presentation was held jointly with the Junior Presentation.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Warren Atkins & Junior – Steven Wishart.
1974/75 – Won the SSBCA “Club Championship”. In 1974, following the dissolution of the “Engadine Dragons Sports Club” Engadine Dragons Cricket Club stood as a separate entity for the first time. Harry Robbins became the first club member to serve on the SSCA Management Committee. This season saw the passing of Club stalwart Alan Wishart. The father of Steve and Wayne passed away on 21st July 1974.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Clem Heffernan & Junior – Dean Ferguson.
1975/76 – Won the SSBCA “Club Championship” Due to the ongoing expense involved in providing mats and the cost of repairs the Boy’s Association introduced plastic balls and the concrete pitches were painted green. At a meeting at the end of this season delegates from our Club spoke in support of retaining mats and leather balls for the 16A and 14A competitions but this proposal was rejected. Sees the inception of the “Outstanding Junior in Men’s Cricket” trophy, Brett Johnson is the first recipient.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Ernie Price & Junior – Brett Ferguson.
1976/77 – Won the SSBCA ‘Club Championship’ The royal blue cap with the red piping was phased out this season and replaced by the current royal blue, sky blue and red cap. The SSJCA introduced the use of plactic cricket balls accross all age groups and grades. Matches were played on green painted concrete pitches.
This season’s ‘Club Champions’ were, Senior – Peter Royle & Junior – Brett Martin.
1977/78 – Engadine came of age winning its first 16A premiership. This team was coached by Ian Cranston and Harry Robbins. This season also produced record junior association registrations with 2028 players and 152 teams. Engadine provided 184 players and 16 teams. Both records still stand today. Our A1 side won the “Knockout Endeavour Cup” thanks to the efforts of “Player of the Series” Graham Chudleigh.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Brett Johnson & Junior – Wayne Wishart.
1978/79 – Harry Robbins is awarded a Life Membership of the Club in 1978. The Club wins its seventh SSBCA “Club Championship”. For the first time match fees were abolished and were replaced by a one off registration fee of $16.00 for junior players and $24.00 for senior players. Ray Noakes was honoured with a Life Membership of the SSCA. his season also saw the reformation of the Ladies Auxiliary. This band of mothers continued on the hard work of their predecessors in providing a valuable source of income and social activity for the Club. Most popular venues for these social events were Miranda RSL and the Engadine Palace. The auxiliary members were – Vi Noakes, Di Lovett, Val Tever and Deidre Forshaw.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Jeffrey Huyben & Junior – Glen Anderson.
The 1980’s was to be a decade of change in the way we played the game, and what we played it on.
1979/80 – Was the first season that the junior competition was played under the banner of the Sutherland Shire Junior Cricket Association (SSJCA). Tabloid cricket was developed by Barry Davison and introduced to provide an alternative for the players in the lower age group. This form of the game consisted of a three-phase competition. 1. Competitive skills. 2. Series of average cricket. 3. Series of traditional cricket. This season saw the introduction of the six ball over. Our Junior Presentation was held at the Bosco Hall in Engadine from 1979/80 until 1980/81.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Steven Gorry & Junior – Glen Anderson.
1980/81 – Ray Noakes is awarded a Life Membership of the Club in 1980. The 1980’s started off as the last decade finished with good player numbers and plenty of premierships. A review of Tabloid cricket resulted in the concept of “Average Cricket”. This form of cricket was to be played over two days with 12 players able to bat for six overs as a pair. The match was determined by dividing the runs by the total of times dismissed, thus the name “Average Cricket”.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Craig Alewood & Junior – Dean Russell.
1981/82 – This season further reforms were brought in by the SSJCA to increase player involvement. “Rotating batting” was introduced for E & D in the U/12 and U/14 competitions. Our Junior Presentation returned to the Senior Citizens Community Centre in Engadine from 1981/82 until 1985/86. The Club grieved the tragic loss of Life Member Ray Noakes, who passed away on 14th May 1982.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Steven Wearne & Junior – Peter Bland.
1982/83 – Col Keenan is awarded a Life Membership of the Club in 1982. This season brought the introduction of the synthetic covered wickets and more importantly the reintroduction of the leather ball. The 16As are the first grade to use the new wickets at Lincoln, Gwawley Nth, Woolooware and Port Hacking rugby.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Greg Heffernan & Junior – John Westlake.
1983/84 – This season saw Nathan Morando awarded the SSJCA “Best Performed 10A Cricketer” 479 runs @ 59.88 and 32 wickets @ 7.22. The 12As joined the 16As in playing on synthetic covered wickets.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – John Richardson & Junior – Trent Woodhill.
1984/85 – Mike Fordyce is awarded a Life Membership of the Club in 1984. Our A1 side captained by Clem Heffernan defeated Minor Premiers Sylvania by the narrowest of margins to win the Final. Engadine 9 for 192 defeated Sylvania all out 191. This increased our A1 record to 8 premierships and 4 times runners up in 17 seasons.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Ian Cranston & Junior – Craig Parsons.
1985/86 – Alf Lemmon is awarded a Life Membership of the Club in 1985. Craig Parsons named SSJCA “Cricketer of the Year” 343 runs @ 57.16 and 19 wickets @ 14.63.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Mick Price & Junior – Craig Parsons.
1986/87 – The Club introduced the first set of criteria as used to determine award winners. Since then the criteria has been constantly reviewed. Greg Rowe (C1) set the record for the best senior bowling figures in an innings by taking 9 for 15. That same year saw a young lady by the name of Fiona Kark draw the Club’s batting dragon which has been featured on the Club’s Newsletters, Year Books and other publications ever since. Our Junior Presentation was held at Engadine High School from 1986/87 until 1994/95. Alf Lemmon as Secretary for the senior club led a small team of hard workers who every week could be found at the Engadine Hotel raffling meat trays. These used to be purchased from the butcher located at the end of Kingswood Road. That year alone saw Alf and his band raise $3,000.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Anthony Lovett & Junior – Trent Woodhill.
1987/88 – Saw disappointment for the Ladies Auxiliary members – Cheryl Morando, Val Tever, Denise Pearson, Judy Lofthouse, Jill Vaughan and Adrienne Tindall as the meat raffle at the Engadine Hotel and the dinner dance were poorly supported and only raised $500 for the season. A special thanks went to Vi Noakes for co-ordinating the junior results and phoning them through to the Association. In July 1987 Russ Waddell‘s revised constitution replaced the Club’s original 1969 version written by Harry Robbins and Fred Gardner. Russ Waddell also took on the roll of MC at the Club’s Presentation Night, a roll that would span the next twenty seasons.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – David Perritt & Junior – Nathan Morando.
1988/89 – The club only fielded nine junior teams as against fifteen the previous year. The junior double wicket competition introduced in 86/87 was dropped for lack of support and the Club did not award a Sportsman of the Year award for failure to find someone who fit the criteria. In addition the year saw the demise of the Ladies Auxiliary after many years of fund-raising for the Club. A victim of the “recession we had to have” and a downturn in cricket interest generally, meant that this long standing and hardworking band of mums and wives, faded away from our cricket scene. Nathan Morando was named the SSJCA “Cricketer of the Year” 354 runs @ 39.33 and 30 wickets @ 12.76
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Craig Tever & Junior – Nathan Morando.
The 1990’s was to be a decade of reform and new direction that would pave the way to future success.
1989/90 – Was a watershed year. Alf Lemmon stood up and as reliable as ever took over the role of President to ensure the club survived. He guided the club through a rocky twelve-month period where it was down on numbers and though not facing extinction was not progressing either. This season saw Chris Lake awarded the SSJCA “Best Performed 12A Cricketer” 442 runs @ 44.20.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Not Awarded & Junior – Greg Goodman.
1990/91 – Saw the introduction of Finals for juniors as distinct from “first past the post” competitions. This season the Club embarked on its first major attempt to raise funds through an M & M Sales drive and were successful in raising $1100. The season also saw the acquisition of our storage room at the Anzac Complex, the first time we had had a central storage location close to the nets. This season saw Chris Lake again awarded the SSJCA “Best Performed 12A Cricketer” 576 runs @ 51.50.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Not Awarded & Junior – Greg Goodman.
1991/92 – Saw player numbers hover at the lowest level since the Club’s inception and accordingly results reflected the times with only two premierships in four seasons (since 1988/89). Under Ken Tever‘s guidance as President the club continued to hold firm and as Ken pointed out himself in his annual report, “we need new blood, new ideas”. This season the SSJCA changed the junior competition rules as follows: – from time limit to an over limit game, with restrictions on individual bowlers, the number of competition rounds were set at ten. Consequently, it meant a new approach to setting records and the “old” records were, ruled off, and from thence a new set of records introduced.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Greg Heffernan & Junior – Dean Heslehurst.
1992/93 – On the 25th April 1993 the Club grieved the passing of Club founder Barry McManus (Snr). Clem Heffernan is awarded with a Life Membership of the Club in 1992. Under Eight cricket is introduced by the SSJCA. Ken Tever continued as President in the absence of “New Blood”. Under his leadership money was raised to upgrade the practice nets at Anzac Oval with concrete poured to provide bowling run-ups and synthetic grass laid for the first time. Adrian Vannan as Assistant Secretary took on the responsibility for guiding the Club through the processes of Incorporation to provide a better legal base for the club and to offer the Management Committee members a measure of protection against the likelihood of legal claims should a misadventure occur. He also rewrote the Club’s Constitution to bring it in line with the terms of the Incorporation. This season saw Chris Lake awarded the SSJCA “Best Performed 14A Cricketer” 643 runs @ 71.44 and 19 wickets @ 9.21. Daniel McLauchlan of the 16A team was selected in a NSW U16 team to tour the Northern Territory in June-July 1993.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Jason Crimlisk & Junior – Chris Lake.
1993/94 – This season the SSJCA introduced semi finals for the first time and our 16A team was successful in winning the premiership after finishing the season in fourth position. This format was scrapped after only one season. Chris Lake was named “SSJCA Cricketer of the Year” 510 runs @ 63.75 and 19 wickets @ 11.47. Chris was also selected to tour the Northern Territory with the NSW U/15 team. This season also saw our first Under 8 team take the field. Shaun Mealing coached the team of twelve, which included our first female player, Christina Cuddy. The other players were – Brett Bullock, Nathan Bullock, Justin Champion, Timothy Greenway, Mitchell Hatch, Craig Lowe, Peter Mealing, Chris Moreland, Matthew Newman, Sunil Patel and Kurt Ridley.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Anthony Stanley & Junior – Chris Lake.
1994/95 – Val Tever, Ken Tever and Bob Vannan were awarded Life Memberships of the Club in 1994. This season showed early signs of resurgence with Russ Waddell once again taking over the reins of President. Although player numbers stayed low the Club produced a further three titles with the A1 side finishing runners up, a feat that they would reproduce the following season. Matthew Barnes (12A) set the record for the best junior bowling figures in an innings by taking 9 for 22. This season was the start of a long standing commitment from one of the Club’s greatest supporters, Jim Emerian, owner of Cosmo Lighting. Jim’s longstanding sponsorship has provided the financial backing to undertake major developments. Jim was introduced to the Club by long time hard working member, Bob Price.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Anthony Stanley & Junior – Craig Brownscombe.
1995/96 – Saw a new positive direction taken by an enthusiastic Management Committee led by Russ Waddell and ably supported by new Club Secretary Ian Latham. A number of creative initiatives were taken including a social event being held for the first time in a number of years, the inaugural Club Trivia Night organised by Steve Bourke and Laurie Daly. Steve and Laurie went on to run this successful evening from 1995/96 until 2000/01. Sponsorships were sought to help finance the improvement in facilities and equipment. This was a defining season for the Dragons and set the high standard that has been carried through to the present day. This season also saw the introduction of the Dragon’s royal blue baseball cap. The Junior Presentation night was held at Heathcote High School for the first time. This season saw the SSJCA introduce bowling restrictions in compliance with standards laid down by Cricket NSW. Bowlers were restricted by age in the numbers of overs they could bowl in a spell and in an innings.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Drew Lake & Junior – Not Awarded.
1996/97 – Russ Waddell was awarded a Life Membership of the Club in 1996. This season player numbers soared with fourteen junior teams and 158 players taking the field and although senior numbers were still low signs of improvement were evident. The season saw the reintroduction of the Senior Presentation Night, held at the Engadine Bowling and Recreation Club. Thanks to the efforts of the State Member for Heathcote Ian McManus funding was granted for the upgrading of our practice nets at Anzac Oval ($8000). Service awards were introduced and following a review of older trophies new perpetual trophies were purchased and awards introduced to perpetuate the efforts of Life Members over the years. 1996 saw Daniel McLauchlan, a Dragons’ junior selected in the NSW U/19 team to compete in U/19 National Carnival in Adelaide. In the match against South Australian Daniel recorded the figures of 9 for 11, a record that still stands. As a result Daniel was selected in the Australian U/19 Team to tour India and Pakistan.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Paul Waddell & Junior – Not Awarded.
1997/98 – At the start of this season President Russ Waddell, following a request from the Junior Association, took up the position of SSJCA Secretary/Public Officer. He became the fourth Club Member in 40 years to occupy a position on the SSJCA Management Committee following in the footsteps of Col Keenan, Mike Fordyce and Ian Latham. The Senior Presentation moved to the Engadine RSL and Citizens’ Club.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Marcus Loxley & Junior – Not Awarded.
1998/99 – Bill Knowles was awarded a Life Membership of the Club in 1998. Harry Robbins received a Hughes Community Award for his service to sport. This season saw a number of new developments take place including the establishment of a cricket pitch ($5500) and an upgrade of practice nets ($2500) at Engadine West Public School. Our 10C and 10E teams were the first to use the facilities. The SSJCA introduced compulsary Level o certificates for all junior team coaches.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Beau Knowles & Junior – Michael Lavallee.
The Noughties, the new millennium was to be a return to the glory days of the seventies. During this decade the Club would win 10 senior premierships including back-to-back A1 titles. The Club would also win 25 junior premierships including the 10A’s three times, the 12A’s twice, the 14A’s five times and the 16A four times. During this time, the Club won 4 SSJCA “Club Championships” and produced 4 SSJCA “Cricketers of the Year”. Also set was the record of contending 7 of the 9 16A Finals played, the pinnacle of junior cricket.
1999/2000 – Bob Price and Greg Heffernan were both awarded Life Memberships of the Club in 1999. In the Chinese calendar the year 2000 is the year of the dragon. How apt! It certainly was our year with five Premierships including our first A1 competition for 17 seasons. “Mr. Engadine Dragons” Harry Robbins wrote the Club History Book, (Engadine Dragons Cricket Club – A Proud History in Sutherland Shire Sport), a comprehensive history of the first forty seasons of our Club. At the AGM in June the Club Constitution was replaced with the updated version by Russ Waddell and Ian Latham. The Senior Presentation was once again held at the Engadine Bowling and Recreation Club. In 1999 the SSJCA (Peter Risby) launched their first website through the ‘Isport Internet System’. This season saw Ryan Shepherd awarded the SSJCA ‘Best Performed 14A Cricketer’ 665 runs @ 95.00 and 22 wickets @ 10.00.
This season’s ‘Club Champions’ were, Senior – Andrew Hine & Junior – Ryan Shepherd.
2000/01 – The Sydney Olympic year saw the restructure of the junior competition to cope with the late start to the season. Juniors played six two day and four one day fixtures. Due to the increase in junior numbers Sunday cricket was introduced to a great deal of opposition. The Club won its first SSJCA ‘Club Championship’ in 21 years. And our A1 team win back-to-back premierships. All players in that side were former Dragon juniors and were again captained by Brett Johnson. On Sunday 22nd October 2000 Harry Robbins and Russ Waddell were awarded Australian Sports Medals by the Governor General for services to cricket. In the same year Russ received a Hughes Community Award and a Mayoral Volunteer Recognition award, again for cricket activities. The Senior Presentation returned to the Engadine RSL and Citizens’ Club. Ryan Shepherd was named SSJCA ‘Cricketer of the Year’ 481 runs @ 96.20 and 7 wickets @ 18.14.
This season’s ‘Club Champions’ were, Senior – Will Wooster & Junior – Ryan Shepherd.
2001/02 – Marked the inception of the Bradman Foundation Coaching Scholarships. These scholarships came about from an inspiration of Harry Robbins who having visited Bowral the home of the Foundation suggested the Club follow up on his visit. Accordingly, through the combined efforts of Harry, Russ Waddell and Ian Latham consultations and correspondence with the Foundation resulted in the establishment of what is known as “The Bradman Foundation Scholarships”. Each year two promising U/12 players are sent to Bowral for coaching under the guidance of the Bradman Foundation. Andrew Jones and Bryce Daenell were the first recipients. The season saw the Club receive a Commonwealth Government Grant to purchase a bowling machine ($3900) a piece of equipment that has benefited players greatly.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Greg Goodman & Junior – Ryan Shepherd.
2002/03 – John Carlisle was awarded a Life Membership of the Club in 2002. This year also saw Club stalwart Russ Waddell honoured with a Life Membership of the SSJCA for his work as Association Secretary. A number of firsts evolved during this season. For the first time in SSJCA history Dragons registered an entire team of females and entered them into the 14D competition. Paul Marsh was their coach. We combined with St. John Bosco and together entered two joint teams into the SSJCA Competition; they were known as the (14C & 16B) Bosco Dragons. We also teamed up with Bosco to run the first Engadine District “Have ‘a’ Go” Cricket Centre. The centre coordinators were Ian Latham and Steve Mulally (St. John Bosco). After a break last season the Club Trivia Night was reintroduced with Ken Newman taking over the reins of MC. Russ Waddell completed his total of 11 years as President and this saw the finale of the Waddell/Latham team as players in pursuing high standards for the club in its endeavours. Jay Davis was named SSJCA “Cricketer of the Year” 525 runs @ 58.34 and 18 wickets @ 11.89.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Paul Cameron & Junior – Jay Davis.
2003/04 – Ian Latham was awarded a Life Membership of the Club in 2003. Cameron Turner set the record for the Club’s highest junior score with 162 not out in a 16A match against Illawong/Menai. This season saw the Club win its third successive 16A premiership with one of the Club’s best ever coaches Stuart Slack at the helm for all three. In July 2003 the SSJCA (Peter Risby) launched the www.ssjca.com.au website. New president Gordon Scott led the way as EDCC was given permission by the Anzac Oval 527 Committee to build within the upper level of the complex stage one of our clubrooms, the indoor practice nets. Thanks to the assistance of State Member for Heathcote Paul McLeay we received a Department of Sport and Recreation Grant ($7400) towards the cost of work. Dragons again in conjunction with St. John Bosco ran the Engadine District “Have ‘a’ Go” Cricket Centre. This season was the last due to poor returns in registrations from the program. After a great deal of opposition Sunday junior cricket is abandoned. Another big move this season was the introduction of the compulsory use of helmets in all grades from Under 10 to Under 16.
This season’s ‘Club Champions’ were, Senior – Jim Bonser & Junior – Cameron Turner.
2004/05 – Drew Lake was awarded a Life Membership of the Club in 2004. We win our ninth SSJCA ‘Club Championship’. September 2004 saw stage one of our clubhouse completed ($19,000), an indoor practice net, incorporating a bowling machine. Thanks to Tony Gleeson the fit out of the facility was completed in time for the start of the season. Ken Newman brought the Club into the world of the Internet by designing and administrating the Club’s first Website. Robbie Knight became the Club’s first ever Promotions Officer, a roll that would see him raise countless dollars for the Dragons over the following seasons. Robbie also went onto be one of the Club’s most successful and long standing coaches. Nicole Dowd became the Club’s first female coach (10C) in almost four decades as she followed in the footsteps of Nellie Warner and Pauline Johnson who a coached in the mid 1960’s. The conclusion of this season marked the end of two of our longest serving committee members. John Carlisle retired as Treasurer after thirteen consecutive years of guiding the Club’s financial interests. Ian Latham completed his tenth consecutive year as Club Secretary to take on the role of Equipment Officer. At the June AGM our Club Constitution was amended to bring it into line with present day issues. The SSJCA (Tom Croucher) further updated their website featuring a computer generated file for each team.
This season’s ‘Club Champions’ were, Senior – Greg Heffernan & Junior – Chris Reeves.
2005/06 – With new Club Secretary Tony Gleeson at the reins we win our tenth SSJCA ‘Club Championship’. Team photos are reintroduced but for this season only. This season sees a record four U/8 sides registered and eight Dragon’s senior teams entered into the SSCA Competition. Club Life Members Val Tever and Bob Price are presented Hughes Community Awards for their service to the Engadine District. The Senior Presentation this season moved to St Moritz Room at the Engadine Hotel.
Committee member Brad Loder joined the ranks of the SSJCA as the Associations Vice President. In September 2005 Paul Waddell captured 8 for 59 to be the first player in our Club to reach the 500 wickets. Permission was given by the Anzac Oval 527 Committee to build stage two of our clubrooms, the administration and meeting room. The first Annual U/16 Bradman Oval Match was played in Bowral in April 2006.
This season’s ‘Club Champions’ were, Senior – Drew Lake & Junior – Ben Marciante.
2006/07 – Under the enthusiastic leadership of our new look committee led by President Steve Jones and Club Secretary Craig Rice Stage two of our clubrooms, the administration and meeting room, was completed ($13,000). The completion of this project initiated and overseen by Ian Latham ensured that Club Members not only had a place to call “home” but the best training facilities of any cricket club in the Shire, if not Sydney. In tribute to the greatest Engadine Dragon the rooms were named “The Harry Robbins Rooms”. Glenn Caukill set the record for the Club’s highest senior score with 231 not out in a C1 match against Illawong/Menai. Dennis Pendergast completed a rare coaching feat this year. He started with a bunch of boys in the under 10A’s way back in 2000 and every second year won an “A Grade” premiership culminating in the ultimate prize of the 16A title this year.
Ian Latham receives a Hughes Community Award for his services to cricket. On the 28th May 2007 the Club grieved the sad passing of Life Member Ken Tever. Dragon’s junior Daniel McLauchlan makes a sensational debut for the Western Warriors in the Pura Cup Competition and wins a contract for the 2007/08 season. Russ Waddell roll of MC at the Club’s Presentation Nights conclude this year after twenty continuous seasons. The SSJCA (Tom Croucher) launched the “Cricket Online” internet program to manage all player, club, team and match results. Not to be outdone the SSCA launched their own website www.ssca.asn.au. Ben Marciante was named SSJCA “Cricketer of the Year” 464 runs @ 58.00 and 19 wickets @ 13.74.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Stewart Vella & Junior – Ben Marciante.
2007/08 – Greg Knowles, Allan Lofthouse, Paul Waddell and Peter Ward were all awarded Life Memberships of the Club in 2008. Life Member Mike Fordyce received a Hughes Community Award for his selfless and sustained contribution to the youth of the area, through his work with the Engadine Church of Christ, Engadine Dragons and other camping ministries. We won our eleventh SSJCA “Club Championship” and three junior and three senior premierships. Allan Lofthouse became only the second member of our Club to take a position on the SSCA Management Committee. Harry Robbins was our first. “Club Member of the Year” Andrew Mazurkiewicz took over from Ken Newman the roll of Club Webmaster and rebuilt the Club website www.engadinedragonscc.org.au.
Thanks to the assistance of Jan Forshaw and the Sutherland Shire Council our practice nets at Anzac received a much need upgrade including new netting. Also with the assistance of the Engadine Sporting Complex 527 Committee we were able to extend the concrete run-ups in the practice nets at Anzac Oval. This season through the efforts of Club Secretary Craig Rice all teams were provided with sunshades and scorebook holders. President Steve Jones took over the roll of MC at our Presentation Nights from Russ Waddell. The SSCA introduced sixes for the first time into the senior competition. Ryan Marlow became the eighth Dragon to be named SSJCA “Cricketer of the Year” 358 runs @ 29.83 and 12 wickets @ 18.75.16A captain Mark Rice had an outstanding Green Shield season scoring 334 runs @ 55.67 and as a result was awarded by the Sutherland District Grade Club the “Ken Gardner Memorial Award” as the U/16 Player of the Year. Mark was selected into the Combined Green Shield Team and the Provisional 2008/09 U/17 NSW City Squad.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Stewart Vella & Junior – Mark Rice.
2008/09 – Col Berry, Glenn Hickey and Bill Ziegler were all awarded Life Memberships of the Club in 2009. In 2009, our club celebrated its 50th year which saw us return to our original colours of black & red for this year only. Culmination of the celebrations was a luncheon held at the St Moritz Room, whereby close to 200 people attended the function, which was hosted by Ex Australian cricketer Len Pascoe and we were entertained by another Ex Australian cricketer, Rodney Hogg and singer Dave Prior. It was great to see that all 18 of our life members were able to attend, and family representing our 3 “retired” life members made it such a special day to acknowledge the services of players, administrators and supporters over many eras. Russ Waddell & Ian Latham must be congratulated for their efforts in organising this event & they also found time to compile the book “50 Years of Cricket – A history of a community club and the people who make it 1959 – 2008.”
This year we introduced our U/10 development squad to assist our up and coming U8’s make the transition to traditional cricket that little bit easier. Renowned coach Peter Schofield put the boys through their paces with an army of helpers. Fab Floors provided sponsorship for the initiative.
The SSJCA introduced sixes into the junior competitions and our 10A, 12A, 12E & 16A teams were crowned premiers for 2008/09 season. Both the 12E’s and 10A’s went through undefeated. Our Men’s teams found it a little tougher this year and although three teams made the final series all were defeated but not before putting in sterling efforts.
Ryan Almond was named SSJCA Cricketer of the Year, 507 runs at 58.11, 15 wickets at 12.93. This is our ninth cricketer of the year, and the third in succession. Jonathan Haslam, broke the club’s highest innings record with an amazing 167* off 48 overs. In addition he won the SSJCA Best Performance 14’s, along with club mates, Nathan Marciante – Best Performance 12’s and Jarrod Mazurkiewicz – Best Performance 10’s. This is the first time one club has been awarded all 4 performance awards.
Former Dragon, Ben Marciante was awarded the Margaret Mann Memorial Award (U21 Player of the Year) at the Sutherland District Grade Club. Ben also made his 1st Grade debut, the first Dragon to do so since Chris Lake, 10 years prior.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Matthew Sambuco & Junior – Ryan Almond.
The tweenies saw new challenges to our game.
2009/10 – Dennis Pendergast was all awarded Life Membership of the Club in 2010. In 2010, our club was awarded the Club Championship by the SSJCA, after all 4 “A” grade teams made the final, with the 10A and 12A being undefeated, along with the 10C’s. On the day, only the 12A’s brought home the silverware with a convincing win in the final. In the Seniors, the A2’s won the competition, while the B5 & C1’s were runners up. In the juniors, we fielded an all girls team who played in our U8 division, had a fantastic year developing their skills and continuing friendships from their winter sport. We were runner ups in the Australia Wide Weetbix Competition, where individuals show their support for their club, collecting $3000 along the way.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Stewart Vella & Junior – Ben Dwarshuis.
2010/11 – Tony Gleeson, Robbie Knight and Graham Price were all awarded Life Membership of the Club in 2011. The Club continued its success under the watchful eye of our new Club Secretary Neil Croker with the winning of back to back SSJCA Club Championships, and Premierships in the 12A, 14A and B7 competitions. Our 12A’s were also crowned the 2010/11 Weetbix 20/20 Champions after clinching a well fought victory on the SCG. Andrew Mazurkiewicz was recognised for all his hard work in junior cricket as recipient of NSW Cricket “South East Cricket Volunteer of the Year”. This season saw the last “Club Newsletter” roll off the presses as the great club man Bob Price called it a day after twenty five years as Publicity Officer.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Paul Barnes & Junior – Dane Fisher.
2011/12 – The pre-season saw the upgrade of our practice nets at Engadine West. With the assistance of a $5000 grant from the SSJCA and money raised from our inaugural “Bunning BBQ” the Club was able to lay concrete run ups. This season saw the introduction of “split innings” matches in the U/10 and the lower U/12 competitions, an initiative by the SSJCA to provide a greater involvement for the players. The SSCA followed in the footsteps of their junior counterpart with the launching of online recording of match scores. This season we were successful in winning the B5, 14E and 16A Premierships and Dane Fisher was awarded the SSJCA “Cricketer of the Year”. Congratulations to Jack Dwarshuis for his selection in the PSSA NSW Team and ex-Dragon James Bills who made his first grade debut for Sutherland this season. This season saw the end of the printed Annual Report with future Reports being published online.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Drew Lake & Junior – Dane Fisher.
2012/13 – Brad Moreland was awarded Life Membership of the Club in 2013. The 2012/13 season saw declining playing numbers especially in the senior competition, but our Club remained strong fielding 24 teams, 14 junior and 10 senior, which was the same amount of teams as the previous season. Allan Lofthousetook on the role of SSCA Competition Manager and along with Tony Marciante completed their final season as our Club’s senior and junior registrars. Our Annual Bradman Oval Match was unfortunately washed out, but we are looking forward to next season’s match. This season we had 10 of our teams competing in the final series of their respective competitions with the B6, C1, 16A, 16C and 14A teams going on to win Premierships. Our 16A side was also successful in winning the Weet-Bix T20 Metropolitan Cup and then going on to be crowned the Weet-Bix T20 NSW
State Champions at the SCG. In a remarkable 12 months Ben Dwarshuis was selected in the NSW U/19 team, Sutherland 1st Grade followed by been given a rookie contract with the NSW SpeedBlitz Blues. Nathan Marciante became the Club’s 11th SSJCA “Cricketer of the Year” and was also selected in the Combined Green Shield team.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Adam Pascoe & Junior – Nathan Marciante.
2013/14– Harry Tattersall became the Club’s twelfth ‘SSJCA Cricketer of the Year’. Playing numbers remained strong with the Club fielding 23 teams, 16 junior and 7 senior consisting of 304 players. This season saw the grandson’s of Life Member’s Bob Price and John Carlisle represent the Club with Laythen & Balin Carlisle and Will Price playing their first season of cricket. Our Annual Bradman Oval Match was washed out for the second consecutive season.
We had 7 of our teams competing in the finals of their respective competitions with the 16A and C2 teams going on to win Premierships. Club junior Ben Dwarshuis received another rookie contract with the NSW Blues and was also contracted to the Sydney Sixers. Our 2007/08 Junior Club Champion Mark Rice made his first grade debut for Western Suburbs. Two 16A players were selected to represent in NSW U/15 school teams with Harry Tattersall named in the NSWCHS team and Dylan Koprivec in the NSWCCC and the NSW All School Team.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Adam Pascoe & Junior – Matthew Simpson.
2014/15 – Steve Jones was awarded Life Membership of the Club in 2015. Player numbers were steady with the Club fielding 8 senior and 14 junior teams with 307 players registering for the season. We had Premiership success with our B3, C1, 16B-1 and 16A and the Club finished in fourth place on the SSJCA Club Championship. Our Bradman Oval Match was washed out for the third season in a row. At the Sutherland Shire Junior Cricket Association’s 2015 A.G.M. Dennis Pendergast was awaded a Life Membership of the SSJCA for 11 years of coaching DCA Shell Shield teams.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Jaryd Duncan & Junior – Dylan Koprivec.
This season the Sutherland Shire Junior Cricket Association introduced the ‘Service to Shire Junior Cricket Awards’ to recognize outstanding service to cricket. Harry Robbins and Ian Latham were two of the four recipients along with Erroll Gilbert from St. John Bosco and Warren Daley from St. Patricks.Nick Amos had a tremendous season in the 16A competition and was awarded ‘SSJCA Cricketer of the Year’. As a result of his efforts in the Green Shield and Watson Shield representative competitions Nick was the recipient of the Sutherland Grade Cricket Club’s ‘Ken Gardner Memorial Award’ for the best U/16 player of the year and the ‘Cliff Paddy Trophy’ NSWDCA Representative Individual Achievement Award. Nick was selected in the AW Green Shield Merit team as well as the Metropolitan Team.
This season saw a record 191 junior players register for the Club with 17 teams entered into the SSJCA Competition. In the seniors there were 135 players registered with 8 teams entered into the SSCA Competition. The Club had seven teams contest the SSCA and SSJCA Finals with our 10A, 10C and C2 all victorious with Minor Premier B2 and 16A teams and B5 and B6 sides finishing runners up. The Club finished 5th in the SSJCA Club Championship.
Tim Berry smashed the Club Record for the highest innings with 339 not out and at the same time with brother Matthew set the record for the Club’s highest ever partnership of 329 Scorecard of Innings . Tim finished the season with two more Club records them being the First Dragon’s player to break 1000 runs in a season with 1083 runs @ 90 and the most ever centuries scored in a season with 5.
This season’s “Club Champions” were, Senior – Matthew Sambuco & Junior – Luke Ritchie