Tuohy confident in knee

Tuohy confident in knee

10/12/2018, Geelong, Australian Rules, Geelong Cats (AFL), Article # 28264436

Zach Tuohy is confident a minor knee procedure won't keep him out long.
Jack Hall's here to stay

Jack Hall's here to stay

10/12/2018, Geelong, Cricket, Geelong Cricket Association, Article # 28262854

The North Geelong Cricket Club is delighted to announce the reappointment of Jack Hall as club senior cricket coach for the 2019/2020 season.


Right from the initial appointment of Jack, both parties wanted discipline and stability to be at the forefront of everything we do. Which is why we are delighted to be putting a 12 month extension to bed this early.


The youth of our club are flourishing under Jacks guidance. And his demand for high standards have been clear for all to see.


We look forward to rolling our sleeves up and working hard together, to meet and exceed the goals we set for the challenges in front of us.


Jeff Czajkowski – President NGCC
The Winch Mullen Shield Heads to Joeys

The Winch Mullen Shield Heads to Joeys

10/12/2018, Geelong, Cricket, Geelong Cricket Association, Article # 28262810

For the first time in a few years we've had to hand over The Winch Mullen Shield as our guys have gone down in a nail biting run fest. All the while, Our 2nds have walked away winners along with our 5ths.

In perfect batting conditions last week Joeys won the toss and cashed in big time compiling 330 with the loss of just 5 wickets. All of our bowlers copped a hammering on the small space of Zampatti Oval. Opener Kingwell was the best of the lot picking up 3 wickets from his 25 overs.

Batting this week our guys were up against it early. At 2/5 and with 325 runs to get you could almost forgive our middle order for throwing it in and deeming the challenge too hard, however Fergy had other ideas. Last games Centurion Braden was up for the fight as well as at the tea break we had made our way to 3/140. Still 190 runs required, Braden departed for 52 and Cossie joined Ferg, the pair cruised a long at a decent rate as Ferg brought up his 3 figures. His 1st century for the club in quite some time. The guys had brought the margin down to almost a run a ball and the game was there for the taking. However a dubious run out and a questionable lbw decision which seen the ball actually make it to the ropes for 4 set us back and would eventually de-rail the run chase. Our guys falling 10 runs short as wickets tumbled late. Fergy finishing with 135 and Cossie 59.

The 2nds hopped back on the winners list in the best way possible with another team contributing effort. With the bat the top order struggled to do damage and for the 2nd game in a row, were staring down the barrel at a below par score. Taylor Gasper came to the rescue again as he went at his usual run a ball pace and got the guys past 150. Still with not enough runs on the board it was up to the bottom 3 bats who would all agree are tailenders at best. They each dug in for the side and managed to get the guys along to 184. A defendable score.

A defendable score indeed as our guys bowled tight lines from the outset. In his first game on turf Tim Birch took the new ball honours and lead the way. His tight opening spell set out the blue print for the day as heading into break wickets were hard to come by. Joeys were 2/50 after 41 overs before the Golden Arm himself Blake Troy bowled the final over before the tea interval. It only took 3 balls and a rank full toss for him to pick up a wicket and have ten guys ahead of the ledger heading into the break. After the break it was all Jack Hall and Mango as the pair put the clamps on and victory was assured. Jack finishing with 5/13 from his 12 overs. Special mention to Birchy who finished with 1/15 from 16 overs.

The 3s have suffered their first loss of the season however with their backs to the wall they didnt just roll over and give Joeys the win, they fought it out to the death as they have all season. Bowling first Joeys set North a reasonable total of 8/204 and without the usual suspects of Birch and Pearson to bowl the honours were left up to Luca La Cava who backed up his 6fa last week with another this game from his 24 overs.

With 205 runs to win the run chase started badly with first Jeff, then in form Nat Pearson failing to leave an imprint on the scoreboard. From 2/5 it was soon 6/56 with the young middle order finding it too difficult. It took a couple of old wise heads in Jarrod Brown and Colin Millard to steer the ship to break and then onwards and upwards after it. The pair had put on 70 before Jarrod was dismissed leaving Col to bat with the tail. At 9/155 the game looked well and truly lost. Although being known as the finisher, Will Savickas had a monster job ahead of him. Luckily he had Col at the other end who took the aggressive approach in trying to knock off the final 50 runs. 22 runs off the next over and all of a sudden things were getting close. Col got himself back on strike and tried again however hauled out in the deep for a well made 75 as the guys fell 18 runs short of victory. 

The 4ths suffered their biggest loss of the year on the back of a poor batting performance. Things didnt start well with Horse out first ball of the day. Things never really got any better from there apart from a little rear guard action from Jarod Ellmer and Brad Brown.

The total of 148 would prove to be nowhere near enough as Joeys passed the total early on day 2 before batting on and frustrating the North bowlers. Brad Brown the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets from his 16 overs as Joey's finally pulled up stumps compiling 7/280.

The 5ths had a reasonable fortnight after a comprehensive win on Saturday against Bell Park. Greg Pont put in an all round performance picking up 43 runs to go with his 4 wickets earlier in the day. Last week the guys couldn't get the job done as St Peter's proved just a little too strong, but with 1 game to go before the Xmas break, finals are still on the horizon for our guys.

Next week we head into the last fortnight before the break with a home game against Grovedale. Grovedale have been the benchmark in most grades for the past few years and our guys will be hunting to get back onto the winners list.

Whilst having 1 eye on the weekend we do have another T20 game this Tuesday Night. It's a do or die game for us as we need to win both our next 2 games to have a chance of qualifying. Our side looks very reasonable this week with the inclusion of Geelong Cricketer Tyler Larkin. The home game kicks off at 5pm and the side is as follows.... A.Costello, A.Fergusson, L.McCann, T.Larkin, B.Szponar, L.Szponar, T.Mathieson, C.Meehan, N.Berry, L.Hayes and S.Kingwell.

Off the field we're about to get really busy with Zander's Day Out taking place this Sunday. Hopefully we'll be raising a bulk amount of cash for the Fergusson's and we ask you all to attend. The following weekend we have our traditional Christmas Parties on which are always a huge success also. Plenty happening!
Make Her Story possible

Make Her Story possible

07/12/2018, Geelong, Australian Rules, Geelong Cats (AFL), Article # 28246511
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Phoebe's Story: Week 3

Phoebe's Story: Week 3

07/12/2018, Geelong, Australian Rules, Geelong Cats (AFL), Article # 28246272
Phoebe's Story: Week Three

Phoebe's Story: Week Three

07/12/2018, Geelong, Australian Rules, Geelong Cats (AFL), Article # 28246512
Just Think initiative wins VicHealth award

Just Think initiative wins VicHealth award

07/12/2018, Geelong, Australian Rules, Geelong Cats (AFL), Article # 28245418

Geelong's Just Think initiative has won the Preventing Harm from Alcohol Award
Win your place in our first AFLW team photo

Win your place in our first AFLW team photo

06/12/2018, Geelong, Australian Rules, Geelong Cats (AFL), Article # 28240715

Two lucky fans will get a spot in our historic first AFLW team photo.

O"Dowd Declares No. 11 - 2018

06/12/2018, Geelong, Cricket, Geelong Cricket Association, Article # 28239774



7th DECEMBER 2018

Batsmen generally dominated day one of round six, no more so than the blazing blade of South Barwon’s Joel Davies. His mammoth knock of 207 was his career best overcoming his 140no against St. Josephs 1st X1 in 2011-12. He also made 200 even at Geelong 4th.X1 However, the records did not stop there – his score beat the previous South Barwon 1st.X1 record of 174no by Clinton Peake against Geelong West in 2011-12. Further, their score of 3/401 was the first time ever that the team had surpassed 400 plus runs, its previous highest being 379 against East-Belmont in 1972-73. The opening stand of 260 was the highest ever at South for all wickets/all grades with Phil Lang (88).

The highest individual score by all current teams follows…






Bell Post Hill

R. Aylmer

160 no




M. Dunn

220 no

South Barwon


Geelong City

R. Oliver

203 no




G. Kelson





A. Hughes


Bell Post Hill



B. McHenry

189 no



N & C

S. Wells




North Geelong

G. McKay




South Barwon

J. Davies





J. Foss

201 no




Talented youngster Cullan Spence was selected for his debut match but was not required given his team-mates run spree. At Leopold promising junior Tom Neate also made his debut.


Lara have set East-Belmont a modest by their standards a target of 228, Lara’s innings dominated by champion all-rounder Danny Hughes with an unlucky 99 no, last man in Sam Purdy hanging on gallantly for a last wicket stand of 103 runs with Hughes but dismissed for 14 leaving Hughes stranded on 99no, a ton would have been his 11th and his first for 10 years. Englishman Alex Willerton registered his first 5 wicket haul for the season with 5/53 whilst Chris Williams continued his fine wicket-taking season with 3/75.

 For East-Belmont, Hayden McMahon stepped up to captain for the first time. McMahon stands in place of regular skipper and star opening batsman Sean O’Neill who is unavailable. The Lions have made four changes for the clash with James McMahon and Cam Ayres out together with Tom Elliot, Elliot finally finding form last Saturday with 51 after just 14 runs for the year. Chad Grossman also made his debut joining Dylan McMahon, Liam Fiolet and James Diery. It was a positive step for Dylan McMahon who will play his first game of sport since doctors discovered blood clots and ordered him not to play football.


In an effort to resurrect Grovedale’s season currently in freefall with opening batsmen Anthony Quarrell and Jordon Moran

Totally out of form all season with 84 runs @ 7.6 between them has made two changes with Moran unavailable and Chris Young suffering a bicep injury. Grovedale recalled Nick Hyden and Michael Blain both for the first time this season with immediate impact with the pair featuring in a 216 opening partnership, Hyden’s 161 his maiden century in his 5th season and Blain’s 57 also his highest score after his 7 seasons. Grovedale’s 7/324 was a season’s best with Apollo Bay recruit Jacob McKenzie taking his best figures of 3/53, his previous 3 wickets averaging 41.7 a piece.


Bell Post Hill is on a roll whilst Newtown & Chilwell’s season is collapsing. The Hill looks set to win its 3rd. game for the season after having dismissing Newtown for 129, Lachlan Horan (3/12) & Math Sampson-Barnes (3/36) sweeping thru the visitors at Myers Reserve. Newtown, the most prolific run scoring team last season commenced in that vein in this year’s first 3 rounds with 2/240, 6/227 & 8/231 but in the last 3 rounds its totals are falling each round with 199, 160 & 129 last week against BPH. Reeling at 4/11, without John Simson (40) and Cooper Bingham (39), the total could have been woeful.

With Bell Post Hill 3/69 at stumps it should go on and win the game.


Another team best highest score was by St. Josephs with 5/330 against a worried North Geelong the innings dominated by stylish Leigh Kentish with an unbeaten 145 and supported by Mitchell McMullen (62) and in-form Andrew Hodgson (51). With just 12 games over the last two seasons and a best of 42, the Echuca recruit grabbed his opportunity with both hands with his 62 and showed he belongs at 1st X1 level with a 116 ball contribution, to dominate the 89 run stand with Hodgson. New ball bowler Shaun Kingswell was the best performed Magpie as he laboured for 25 overs for 3/79. Layton McCann continues to try and find form with the ball, his two wickets averaging 116.0.




On this round in 1966 Leopold removed its opposition for the lowest score of the season against it of 101 by St.Josephs with paceman Graeme Betteridge snaring a to-be career best 7/25. However despite Beveridge’s magnificent figures St. Josephs won in a thriller with Russell Zampatti (33) and Vin Niewiarowicz (27) being the backbone of the Saints 101, Leopold failing with 95 (Ian Peel 22). Betteridge progressed to take 242 career wickets at a lowly 15.9 apiece and play in two premiership teams in 1967-68 & 1969-70, his 5/57 in the 1969-70 final the best figures by a Leopold bowler in a final. He remains one of just 21 bowlers to take 200 wickets and average less than 16.0.



St.Joseph’s greatest fast bowler ever in Damian DeGrandi announced he would retire at the end of the season. A member of the GCA’s “Team of the Century” partnering other pacemen in Vic “Beau” Taylor and Greg Wells, DeGrandi from 1974 to 1990 collected 391 wickets at the outstanding average of just 13.8, six times taking 7 wickets in an innings with a best of 8/67 against Newtown & Chilwell in 1988-89 followed by 8/68 the following round against East-Belmont. Playing just 108 games he methodically accumulated his wickets at 3.6 victims a game. He topped the bowling aggregate four times in the competition, his finest season being in 1983-84 when he took 66 wickets @ 11.6. He lies 10th. On the ladder of bowlers to take 200 wickets plus with an average below 16 whilst his 66 wickets in 1983-84 is the third best behind Bill Eason with 68 in 1908-09 for Geelong “B”. He has two hat-tricks, both taken in the one season of 1983-84 with 6/30 against Geelong West and 4/30 against Geelong City. He played in St.Joseph’s first two premierships in 1974-75 & 1988-89.