Friday, May 10, 2013

What was happening during December "12 at City.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

And the winners are.

At our Christmas party at No1 Oval, three players names were drawn from a hat and had half their season fees refunded back to them. The three players were Ben Semmier, Ben Ballantine and Terry Skewes. Congratulation to these winners and everyone who attended our Christmas thyme BBQ.
GOOOOOOOOO I won something CIT
Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry, Merry Christmas to everyone.

six white boomers
snow white boomers
racing santa claus through the blazing sun
six white boomers
snow white boomers
on his australian run

The first match after the Christmas break is on the 5th January. Training will resume on Wednesday the 2nd January 2013.

We at City would like to wish every player, supporter and their families, ALL a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.


GOOOOOOOOOO well, that's the bestest christmas treat that joey ever had CITY

City will be holding a Christmas thyme BBQ at No 1 Oval this Saturday. All players, supporters, families, and friends are warmly welcome to attend with lots of food and drinks to be had for all. So when your matches finishes on Saturday make your way down to No 1 Oval for some Christmas Cheer.
GOOOOOOO Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas to one and all CITY
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wicket was breaking up at TREC

On Saturday Simon Bellamy played a match winning innings to be
34 runs N/O; Simon show some real grit to get the boys home, back at the Bowling Club he told me how the wicket out at TREC was very dry and was breaking up.I hope it was not as bad as this cartoon.
GOOOOOOOOO well played Simon CITY

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Three out of four, you have to be happy with that!

City had victories in 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade against North's yesterday. Full match reports to follow. The most pleasing part of the results was that it was against strong opposition. The captain with the biggest smile was 2nd Grade Paul Fisher as his team did play well and a true team effort was needed to gain the victory.
3rd Grade under the direction of Peter {I just keep getting better) Mead continued on their winning way. 4th Grade under the captaincy of Timothy Skewes played the match of their season to get home against an experience and confident opponent.
The "big boys" need to regroup for their gigantic match of the season next week against Old Boys. It doesn't get any bigger than this match,-playing at No1 Oval, -playing under lights, -playing in City's Day/night uniform, -playing in front of a big supportive crowd and playing to stay in touch with the fourth place team of the competition.
GOOOOOOOO I am excited about the "big boys" match next weekend CITY
Is the glass half empty or half full?
In the mighty Fourth Grade side on Saturday young Tom Fitzgerald and Graham Schwenke were batting superbly and were building a very nice partnership. Our President jumped to his feet and said,"I will take a cool refreshing drink out to Tom and Graham."
He filled two cups with icy cold water and waited for the end of the over before he started running out to the middle. Our President took off as he didn't want to hold the match up for this unscheduled drink break Arms and legs going everywhere, he reached the thirsty batsman he handed over the cups only to realized that all the water had splashed out of both cups on his rush to get out the middle. Both batsmen looked at their empty cups with total despair.
GOOOOOOOO he didnt really think it through, did he? CITY
Friday, December 14, 2012

Truth From the mouths of Babes.

Just before my daughter went to bed I told her how the Cricket Test Match was starting tomorrow from Hobart. I told her "for the next five days I am going to sit in front of the television and watch every ball bowled"
A hour later, while passing her room I overheard her say. "Oh God if cricket is played in heaven please let there also be rain".
GOOOOOOOO don't you love them CITY

GOOOOOOO This one just made me Laugh CITY

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hat-trick hero dismantles heart of South batting order

Jack McVey seen here jumps into this delivery for City United. They say good things come in threes and for Jack McVey that rang true on Saturday. McVey had a memorable outing against South picking up his first hat-trick and the three best and fairest points. He was then rewarded with his hat trick bowling display with selection in the Tamworth War Veterans Cup team for Sunday’s fourth round game against Gunnedah at No 1 Oval. This weeks stand in 1st Grade Captain Ben Semmler will be there on Sunday with Jack as both City players have been selected to represent Tamworth this Sunday.
GOOOOOO full story of Jack performance is in today Leader CITY

Monday, December 10, 2012

Read and enjoy boys and ladies read and enjoy.

Results from matches played against Souths on Saturday.
1stGrade: City won the toss and elected to bat first. City were dismissed for a total of 158 runs in the 38th over. Best batting: Jade Thompson 57 runs; Scott de Weymarn 23 runs.
In reply Souths were dismissed for a total of 115 runs in the 30th over.
Best bowling: Jack McVey 3/14 off 5 overs; Ben Semmler 2/33 off 7 overs; Simon Toyer 2/11 off 2 overs; Richie O’Halloran 2/12 off 3.3 overs.
Congratulations to Jack on bagging his first ever hat trick. A great milestone.
City won on first innings.

2ndGrade: City won the toss and elected to bowl. Souths were dismissed for a total of 104 runs in the 27th over. Best bowling: Simon Bellamy 4/30 off 7.3 overs; Sam Brown 3/30 off 5 overs; Jake Philp 2/16 off 5 overs.
In reply City made 3/106 in the 27th over.
Best batting: Michael Bellamy 35 runs N/O; Jake Philp 25 runs; Sean Hancock 23 runs.
City won on first innings and also gained a bonus point.

3rdGrade: City lost the toss and were sent out to bowl.Souths hit 6/158 off their 40 overs. Best bowling: Terry Kampe 3/23 off 8 overs; Andy Jarrett 1/5 off 6 overs; Peter Mead 1/25 off 7 overs; Brett Walsh 1/39 off 8 overs.
In reply City hit 7/160 in the 32nd over. Best batting: Cory Callcott 30 runs; John Miskle 26 runs; Terry Kampe 23 runs; Peter Mead 22 runs N/O.
City won on first innings.

4thGrade: City lost the toss and were sent out to bat first. City made 3/202 runs off their 40 overs.
Best batting: Tom Fitzgerald 78 runs N/O; Scott Hurn 37 runs N/O; Mark Chew 36 runs.
In reply Souths were dismissed for a total of 146 runs in the 39th over. Best bowling: Graeme Schwenke 3/5 off 4 overs; Tom Fitzgerald 3/20 off 5 overs; Paul Hagley 2/34 off 8 overs.
City won on first innings and also gained a bonus point.

GOOOOOOOOOO how good does it feel CITY
Sunday, December 9, 2012

What a afternoon to remember

The City of Tamworth echoed of the chant of CITY CITY CITY as we were successful in all all four grades against Souths on Saturday. The full match reports will follow.
All players wrote their own chapter of the story told from their match and after reading the results from each Grade all stories are best sellers filled with passion, skill, enjoyment and satisfaction.
On Wednesday afternoon at training we will need prepare and regroup for the next big test against Norths but until then

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tezza one of City's best.

There are so many true gentlemen, just nice guys amongst this year’s playing group. One of them is Terry Kampe. Tezza is one of those players that you want on your team and to just be around. He was introduced to City by Paul Hagley where he started playing for City in fourth grade. Tezza was one of the major reasons why fourths made it's way through to the Grand Final. He is currently playing 3rd Grade with Peter Mead but he recently filled in as a late replacement for First Grade.
He has taken so many bowling attacks apart with his wide variety of strokes. He can also bowl that killer inswinger that has claimed so many wickets.

GOOOOOOOOO City’s gentleman of the week Tezza Kampe CITY

Don't worry boys she is back.

The little boys) in Fourth Grade was unbeaten till last Saturdays match. After the match the team held a discussion on where we went wrong. There was someone missing, a member of the team that was there through all our victories, but was missing on the day, this team member doesn’t bat or take wickets but she is very much part of the team. Marissa our dedicated scorer was our missing link. So watch out Souths Marissa is back for this weekend's match, the team is back to being full strength.

GOOOOOOO to all our City scorers, a big Thank You as you are very much part of the team CITY
On my way home I passed No 1 oval and thought I saw some City shirts. I pulled up and saw eight players hard at it with some fielding drills. It was the 1st Grade captain Dan Whale with other players from the 1st Grade squad. They have been doing extra training each Tuesday afternoons for some time now.
1st Grade is always well represented at our main training night on Wednesdays, if any grade deserves success on the paddock it is our 1st Grade side.
GOOOOOOOO they made me tired just watching them

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Let's revisit November '12

A day of weaken teams but also of personal achievements.
All grades were affected by some very late pull-outs resulting in all teams being unsettled but the Mighty Thirds showed the way.
Third grade had an afternoon to remember, scoring 302 off their 40 overs, with Peter (I just keep getting better) Mead scoring 144 before retiring. Cory, Johnny and Andy chipped in with some nice runs as well. To finish the day Lachie Cooke took another three wickets to add to seven wickets taken the week before.
In 1st Grade Chris Langston showed some good form with the bat to score a half century. In 2nd Grade (which was the Grade most affected by late pull-outs) Garry Whale showed that he puts a very high value on his wicket with a nice complied 22 runs. In 4th Grade, their captain Timothy Skewes scored his second half century on the trot. Timothy opened the Innes but was left stranded by his fellow batsmen.
GOOOOOOOO to all the players that had late changes to their matches Thank you. CITY

Our little 4th Grades sure do bowl them down fast. Last Saturday City bowlers broke two separate bails in the afternoon in the process of bowling batsmen out. Lucky our President came to the rescue with some chewy gun that he was chewing at the time. "Here" he said “use this” the broken bails went back together nicely.

GOOOOOOOO don’t worry about wood glue the gum did the job CITY
The weather forecast is for a HOT 40 degrees on Saturday. All players are reminded of using sun screen, drinking plenty of water prior to the match & during the match and wearing a broad brim hat. City’s captains will request from the umpires that extra drink breaks are taken.
The late and great Noel Coward had it right with his song, that goes something like-
Only mad dogs and cricketers,
Go out in the midday,
Go out in the midday,
Go out in the midday sun.
GOOOOOOOOO Dan look after our pom we don't want him going Troppo on us CITY

Just ran out of time.

City’s 4thGrade side “The Little Boys” and the brave Australian team have one thing in common, both teams just ran out of time. Ultimately, the Aussies fell two wickets short of victory. While City's 4th Grade side after piling on over 300 runs the week before needed twenty wickets on Saturday to obtain an outright result.
City fell two wickets short of that total. City's 4th Grade captain said "As a team we put in all day. In the last hour we had to obtain the last couple of wickets needed for the out-right win, I felt like we tried everything in our power -- round the wicket, over the wicket, short balls, pitched-up, spin, fielders all around the bat, even had a leg slip in place -- I thought we had a red-hot crack," Timothy said.
John Nolan on behalf the Tamworth City Bowling Club is seen here presenting our President a sponsorship cheque. City United is fortunate to have such a generous sponsor as the City Bowling Club, it is a relationship that is growing stronger each season. Thank you again to the board and members of the best little club in town the City Bowling Club.
GOOOOOOOOO they love playing their under arm deliveries CITY
Before I go I must give credit to a young player who came to City this season to further his cricket. Daniel Rogers has worked so hard on his keeping and his game this season. He had an accident at work resulting in him breaking his collar bone through that time his still came down to support 2ndGrade and it was wonderful to see him back on the field last weekend.
GOOOOOOOOO Daniel Rogers City clubman of the month CITY
A moment in time from last season.

The Third Grade winning 2011- 12 One-Day finalist L-R Doug TrumanW/K (I don't drop them ), Trent Balderstone, Tait Jordan, David (look at my sexy legs)Carrol, Dan (The man) Mitchell, Andrew McDonald, Ben Ballantine, Peter (I just keep getting better) Mead, Cory (C) (Leading from the front ) Callcott , Shel Ravi, Glen (Mr Reliable) Ryan, David Holzigal and being cradled in his team mates arms is Johnny (Sugar) Miskle.
GOOOOOOOOO you play for the love of the sport, the club, your mates CITY
Jack McVey followed up his pleasing bowling performance from his last match to secure another three wicket haul on Saturday. His impressing figures read 3 for 23 off 12 overs. Dan the "Big Boys" captain was quoted in today's paper "We bowled in partnerships and built up pressure from both ends." and that's how you dismiss a strong batting line up for 170.
GOOOOOOO the flying Jack CITY

Friday, November 16, 2012


Talking of selections

At City's selection meeting last night Paul Fisher was writing down his preferred team list when one of our selectors noticed this new players name. 'Who's Bill Robinson?' asked Leigh Dwyer
Paul jumped in with excitement 'He won us the match last week.'
'Really? Is he a batsman or a bowler?' asked Leigh
'Neither. He's the umpire.' Paul replied with a grin
GOOOOOOO where would we be without the umpires CITY
Aussie bowlers in Peter Siddle and James Pattinson went close to crossing the line with fiery confrontations with some of the South African batsmen in yesterday’s test match. Sledging is part of professional cricket.
At City United we believe there is no place for sledging in our local club cricket. We see it as a form of bullying. Sledging kills the fun of cricket!
Sledging most threatens the very players that we believe cricket should support. If juniors see or are ridiculed or threatened while they are playing, they will not enjoy themselves and will not want to keep playing. This is not in the interests of the game or the individual.
The Spirit of Cricket, in the MCC Laws of Cricket, stipulates that teams shall not “direct abusive language towards an opponent or umpire.”
Sledging is against the Spirit of Cricket. We want our players to learn to be good sports – an important life skill on and off the field. Part of good sportsmanship is learning to lose with grace and win with humility. Sledging has no part in good sportsmanship.
We can’t control the behaviour of other teams. We can only ensure a fair and respectful standard in our own game which we hope will returned in kind by our opponents.
If an opposition team engages in sledging, it may be appropriate for our team captain to raise his concerns with the umpire.
GOOOOOOOO we play for the love of it CITY

Not a bad afternoon, not a bad afternoon at all.

Final wrap-up from Rd 4 games against Souths. When the town echoed with the chant of CITY CITY CITY
The big boys dominating the second day of their match, Seconds & Thirds both winning by outright and the little fourth graders missing out on an outright win by one wicket (if only the President bowled a little bit better).

An amazing achievement

Anthony Fitzgerald has achieved what crickets could only dream of; he has scored his second century in as many matches. On Saturday against South’s he scored another century, this follows up his 138 runs against Wests the match before. What makes it even more special is that he retired on both occasions to end his innings. As one of his team mates said with a laugh “we are sick of clapping him”. What a wonderful achievement Anthony.

GOOOOOOO I got tired just watching him bat for so long CITY
Friday, November 9, 2012

Back to school for the younger ones.

On Saturday we had Souths nine down for not that many, out came their number 11 batsman with pads on the wrong legs without a hat looking as if he knew he wouldn't be here for long. I said to our young keeper " here comes a "Bunny", he started to looked all around the place. I asked him "What are you looking". He replied "Looking for that rabbit were talking about".

For all you juniors coming through City- While most lower order batsmen would be expected to occasionally score some useful runs, a bunny is someone dismissed cheaply everytime.
Now a ferret, refers to a batsman even worse than a bunny (as in the wild, "a ferret goes in after a bunny.")
GOOOOOOO hope never to be know as a ferret CITY
Jack McVey has been a major part of 2nd Grade bowling attack over a number of years now for City during that time he has been recognized and been awarded with major personal trophies along the way. He turns up each week with not much fuss but still puts in for his team.

On Saturday at Riverside 1 in First Grade he was rewarded for his dedication when he was able to show his skill with the ball in hand with the impressing figures of 3/22 off 13 overs; His captain Dan Whale talked up the bowling effort showed by this young man, who is new to First Grade. The jump of standard of cricket from Seconds to First Grade can catch allot of young players out. Jack has worked hard for these figures and deserves the praise from his captain and fellow club mates. Jack's biggest fan and supporter is his mum who sits quietly out the back encouraging her boy.
Sixteen questions in ninety seconds with Phillip Hood life long City supporter.
Time starts NOW !!
Who was your favourite cricket player to watch when growing up? Sir Garfield Sobers
Favourite cartoon as a child? Micky Mouse
Are you studying or working, If so doing what? Retired but still throwing newspapers on the front lawns in the early hours of the morning.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? A grader driver
What do you normally eat for breakfast? Five Weetbixs
Who is the team mate that brings a smile to your face and makes you laugh? Big Dan Mitchell
Your every last meal would be? Spaghetti bolognaise.
What highest level you have played cricket? 2nd Grade for City.
What primary school did you attend? Ironside State School
What is your most embarrassing moment on the cricket field to date?The only 2nd Grade match I played I dropped three catches all from the same bowler Blair Hill
Stranded on an Island, What are your 3 essential items? Beer, shoes & food.
What footy code do you support either Union, NRL or AFL? Union, the game they play in heaven.
What would you buy with your last $20? 4 schooners.
How did you become a City player? Introduced to the club by Richard Thornton.
Who is the smartest teammate? Peter Mead
What is your middle name? Barclay
GOOOOOOOO ninety seconds? like hell !!! it took over an hour for me to get Phil to answer the questions CITY
And that was November 2012 at City