Welcome to the ninth instalment of our Awards presentation. This is where we will announce the club awards for the players of the year in each grade.
Renaming of Awards:
In recent years the club has awarded trophies for the players of the year for each grade. In earlier times it was simply the Bert Oldfield Lower Grade Player Award. With the 4 extra awards it has been decided to nominate former Gordon clubmen to have their names put on these awards. The Bert Oldfield award is now for the Young Clubman of the Year which is sponsored by JP Gavan.
The four new names on our awards are
The Ed Howitt Award for Second Grade Player of the Year. Played 1989 to 2016
The Graham King Award for Third Grade Player of the Year. Played 1949 to 1982
The Phil Bovey Award for Fourth Grade Player of the Year. Played 1943 to 1973
The Bob Lowing Award for Fifth Grade Player of the Year. Played 1940 to 1982
These are in addition to the Charlie Macartney First Grade Player of the Year Award.
Bob Lowing Fifth Grade Player of the Year
The award this season goes to Hayden Robertson.
Hayden had an excellent season taking 30 wickets at an excellent average of 11.67 with his medium fast deliveries.
Hayden played 12 games in fifth grade and finished the season in real style.
Hayden took 4 for 39, 4 for 31 and 4 for 25 in the last three games before the final round was washed out.
He is a worthy recipient of the 5th Grade Player of the Year award.
Phil Bovey Fourth Grade Player of the Year
The award this season goes to Rahul Krishna
Rahul had an excellent season scoring 371 runs @30.92 and taking 15 wickets. Rahul was promoted to third grade for the last 3 matches of the season.
Who will forget his magnificent innings against Parramatta at Merrylands when he came in at 3 for 13, which soon became 4 for 15 chasing 238 in a one-day game. Rahul went on to have partnerships with Shiv Rana, Sam Schembri-Green and Nathan Squiera to score 127 not out. Gordon won the game scoring 6 for 241 off 49.4 overs.
He is a worthy recipient of the 4th Grade Player of the Year award.
Graham King Third Grade Player of the Year
The award this season goes to Dan Stickland
Dan Stickland is a club man and team man. Dan started playing for Gordon 9 seasons ago and has consistently performed for the club which has included 4 first grade games.
Dan started the season in second grade, however a lean run in his first three games saw him leading the third-grade attack for the match against Campbelltown. Dan’s 5 for 31 saw the ghosts dismissed for 135 and an eventual victory for Gordon. Dan had a couple more games in seconds but then settled into thirds to try and get them into the semi-finals. While this didn’t happen it wasn’t because of the 100% effort given by Dan every time he puts on the Gordon cap. He also passed 200 wickets for the club during the season.
He is a worthy recipient of the 3rd Grade Player of the Year award.
Ed Howitt 2nd Grade Player of the Year
The award this season goes to Joshua Claridge
Josh joined the club this season from Newcastle and started very well with a century in the opening match against Sutherland at Chatswood. His 117 not out would be the start of five not outs in second grade which is quite a feat for a top order batsman. His 339 runs at an average of 113 of course broke the second-grade average record.
In total Josh scored 553 runs in grade and Poidevin Gray during the season at an overall average of 46.08 and earned him 4 matches in first grade.
He is a worthy recipient of the 2nd Grade Player of the Year award.
Charlie Macartney First Grade Player of the Year
The award this season goes to Tym Crawford
Tym had an excellent season scoring 750 runs at an average of 35.71 and taking 14 wickets with his deceptively fast deliveries. Tym started and finished the season well with a score of 169 in Round 2 off 165 balls against Penrith and then another score of 113 off only 72 balls in the final round match.
While Tym scored consistently during the season, he would be the first to say he would have preferred more runs, but that is the pressure of first grade.
Tym took over the captaincy for Round 6 after Harry Evans left for England and did an excellent job leading the team. He showed his leadership from the front attitude when with only 7 runs to score and eight wickets down, he took the ball against Northern districts and removed the last 2 batsman in 2 deliveries.
He is a worthy recipient of the First Grade Player of the Year award.