With a view to giving all grade players the opportunity to receive first class coaching assistance, the following group of coaches have been assembled for the 2021-22 season.
After joining our coaching staff last season, Elliot has been appointed head coach, a role which includes the responsibility of first grade match-day coach. Elliot coached our Poidevin-Gray side last year. The team had a very successful season, winning our first PG’s premiership in 45 years.
Elliot had a long and successful career in first grade for Gordon, scoring 3,570 runs at an average of 30.51 between 2009 and 2019 and taking 57 wickets with his medium-pace bowling. He scored 787 runs in the 2016-17 season and took 22 wickets at an average of 17.82, resulting in him winning the O’Reilly Medal as NSW Premier Cricket Player of the Year in 2017, sharing the award with team-mate Mason Crane.
A club favourite, Nick is a talented allrounder who claimed 147 wickets and scored 1,991 runs for the stags between 2013 and 2021, mostly in second grade. A dangerous fast bowler, he is perhaps best known for his punishing batting.
Nick has coached our Green Shield team for the last two seasons, helping the team to reach the semi-finals last season. In addition to his duties as assistant coach, Millsy will continue as Green Shield Coach this season, again sharing the role with Matt Wright.
Brett has been appointed as assistant coach for the upcoming season. Brett played 72 first grade games for the Randwick-Petersham club. A hard-hitting batsman in any position, he was also a handy off-spinner while simply dynamic in the field. In 2006-07 Brett was named as the Randy-Petes Player of the Season. Brett scored 1,941 runs, claimed 101 wickets and took 53 catches in his six seasons playing for Randwick Petersham.
Fast Bowling Coach
Club legend Matt Nicholson continues in his role as fast bowling coach this season.
Matt achieved early success playing for Gordon, but moved to Western Australia to break into first-class cricket. He returned to NSW towards the end of his career. Matt claimed 406 first class wickets at an average of 29.91, with best figures of 7/62. He scored 3,258 first class runs at an average of 23.78, with a highest score of 133. He also played one test match against England in Melbourne, taking 4 wickets at an average of 28.75.
Our First Grade team exceeded the expectations of many pundits last season, and the effectiveness of our trio of fast bowlers – Jackson Saggers, Quincy Titterton and Ashwin Premkumar – was pivotal to the team success. Nicho’s knowledge and experience were invaluable to our quicks and we look forward to seeing their continued development.
Mark O’Neill will continue to provide one-on-one specialist batting coaching for all grade players at the Shore Indoor centre at Northbridge.
Mark is a Gordon legend, representing both Western Australia and New South Wales in a successful first class career. A right-hand batsman and medium-fast bowler, Mark scored 3,729 first class runs at an average of 35.17 and took 36 wickets. His highest First Class score was 178* against South Australia in the 1985-86 season.
Mark’s has a wealth of experience in coaching at the highest level and his list of coaching achievements is extensive. We look forward to seeing him take some of our batsman to that next level.
Wicket Keeping & Fielding Coach
The club is pleased to again have the services of Mark Atkinson, who will act as a specialist coach on batting, wicket keeping and fielding during the Tuesday sessions.
Mark is well know for his excellent first class career with Tasmania during the 90’s as wicketkeeper-batsman. Mark scored 2,735 runs at an average of 31.80. His 290 dismissals, from 261 catches and 29 stumpings, is the record for most dismissals by a Tasmanian wicketkeeper.
Mark represented Gordon as a player from 2012 till 2014 in our Third Grade side, scoring 1400 runs at an average of 70.
James is another former Gordon player coming into a coaching role this season. JK was our strike bowler in first grade from 2008-18. He took 221 first grade wickets at an average of 26.17, placing him in a select group of bowlers to claim more than 200 wickets in first grade for the stags. JK represented the NSW Second XI in the 2012-13 season, claiming 5 wickets at 22.80 in 4 games.
James has previously coached our Green Shield Team. Following a season of great success, in which our PG’s team were joint premiers, JK will be looking to keep the machine well oiled.
Green Shield Coach
Club captain Matt Wright will team up again with our new assistant coach Nick Miller to coach our Green Shield team. Together, they were able to help the team reach the semi-finals last season.
Matt captained our Green Shield team in 2016. A spin bowling all-rounder, Matt is a regular in our first grade team and he played a leading role in our premiership-winning Poidevin-Gray team last season. .