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Team of the Century 1907 - 2007


Player

1st XI career span

1st XI captain

Total 1st XI premierships

1st XI matches

1st XI aggregate runs & average

1st XI aggregate wickets & average

1. Danny Frew

1986/87 to 2004/05

4 yrs

4

183

5294 (28.9)

41 (19.3)

2. George Polson (captain)

1949/50 to 1964/65

5 or 6 yrs

9

estimated 170

not known

not known, estimated 650 wickets

3. Con Gorozidis

1976/77 to 2007/08

4 yrs

5

323

10,486 (33.8)

630 (17.2)

4. John Polson

1954/55 to 1962/63

3 yrs

7

estimated 120

not known

not known

5. George Gorozidis (wicket-keeper)

1988/89 to 2005/06

no

4

137

4877 (39.8)

205 catches, 11 stumpings

6. Brian Jones

1953/54 to 1963/64

no

5 or 6

estimated 120

not known

not known

7. Tony Grant

1979/80to 1998/99

1 yrs

5

192

3281 (22.0)

190 (18.7)

8. Kevin McNally (vice-captain)

1966/67 to 1989/90

15 yrs

4

257

3575 (21.3)

94 (13.6)
219 catches, 47 stumpings

9. Les Polson

1949/50 to 1962/63

1 yr

9

estimated 175

not known

not known
estimated 650 wickets

10. Jeff Hayes

1967/68 to 1988/89

no

4

161

1102 (10.1)

548 (13.8)

11. David Blair

1970/71 to 1991/92

no

2

144

716 (10.7)

344 (16.2)

12. Alex Gerdan

1987/88 to 2007/08

4 yrs

3

114

2843 (29.6)

99 (23.0)

  

Selection Committee

Noel Pullen - club secretary 32 years, 200 senior games, selector for many years; Kevin McNally - club president 10 years, 1st XI captain 15 years, 330 senior games, selector for many years; David Wingfield - club president 4 years, 477 senior games (club games record holder), selector for many years; Phillip Arnold - club secretary 8 years, 120 senior games, club statistician. Consulted for advice were George Polson and Graham Hamilton, both 1st XI captains

Selection criteria

Only 1st XI performances were considered. Only players with a minimum of 50 First XI matches were considered. The final team selected was a balanced team

Pre - 1964 : no statistics available (no scorebooks survive)

Criteria

  • estimate of 1st XI games played based on years played
  • 1st XI premierships
  • known 1st XI performances - centuries, bowling and batting awards, etc.where minuted
  • recommendation by George Polson and / or Graham Hamilton

Post - 1964 : virtually complete statistics available

Criteria

  • estimate of 1st XI games played based on years played
  • 1st XI premierships
  • batting and bowling averages

An initial list of 32 players were chosen, from which the final team of 12 was selected (dates shown indicate the period in which individuals mainly played, some careers spanned two of the periods shown)

1907-08 to 1946-47

J.Whitby, Charlie Ralph, Cyril Hindson, Anton "Bill" Bach (all deceased)

1947-48 to 1966-67

George Polson, Les Polson, John Polson, Brian Jones (deceased), Peter Smith, Len McAliece

1967-68 to 1986-87

Bill Ould, Graham Hamilton, Gary O'Mahony, Kevin McNally, David Blair, Jeff Hayes, Peter Cook, Peter Head, Con Gorozidis, Greg Gorozidis (deceased), George Gorozidis, Nester Nezeritis, Russell Purvis, Tony Grant, Brad Kreymborg,

1987-88 to 2007-08

Danny Frew, Alex Gerdan, Paul Edwards, Owen Morros, Matthew Britten, Con Pothitos, Darian Kuzma