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Top - Hannah Trethewy
Bottom - Damien Mortimer
Nov 2, 2013
Congratulations to Maeghan, Chloe and Yardley who have all been successful in being named in the NSW City team. This is a great effort for the Ghosts Girls who make up a quarter of the team. They will now trial for selection in the NSW Team to contest the National Championships at Raby.
Meanwhile last years Chairman of Selectors Steven Green and his wife have welcomed Layla Green into the world. Mum and daughter are both in good health. Congratulations from the Ghosts.
Oct 1, 2013
The Ghosts Committee have been extremely busy improving the Raby Complex for the upcoming season.
These have included:
The designing and publishing of the new Club Website.
The construction of a “Covers Trailer” that now makes the wicket covering process extremely user friendly.
The construction of black sight screens in order for the introduction of the white ball into the SCA shorter game format.
Securing the acquisition of 200 chairs to improve the clubroom.
Painting and maintenance of the current white sight screens.
Providing more prominent (and extra promotion) of the club and its sponsors.
Acknowledgement of all Raby 1 achievements on honour boards in the Raby 1 dressing rooms.
General maintenance and cleaning of the rooms that we all share.
Expanding networks with the Australian Sports Commission and the NSW Special Olympics.
Acquiring more fitness, training and warm up equipment.
This has all been achieved on top of normal club administration in order to see the CCDCC continue to be one of the most innovative and modern clubs in Australia.
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Sept 14, 2013
Neil D'Costa believes Australia's Test stars need to overcome some basic flaws in the search for consistency. Check out the links below to Neil's observations on Foxtel and the Herald.
Special thanks to Barry Clapson and Celeste Raack who recently volunteered to represent the Ghosts coaching cricket skills and hosting games at the recently held Special Olympics Gala Day at Sarah Redfern Sporting Fields. Over 120 children with intellectual disabilities enjoyed several hours of cricket related fun.
The Ghosts intend to form a partnership with "Special Olympics NSW" and provide regular enjoyment for the children and adults with intellectual disablities.
Well done Barry & Celeste.
August 31, 2013
August 27, 2013
Sarah Coyte and her Aussie team mates have arrived in England to contest the inaugural multi-format Women's Ashes. We wish Sarah and her team mates all the best in their efforts to retain the Ashes.
Test Match: August 11-14, Wormsley (Six points for a win, two for a draw)
ODI's: August 20 - Lords; August 23 - Hove; August 25 - Hove; Two for a win, one for a draw)
T/20's: August 27 - Chelmsford; August 29 - Ageas Bowl; August 31 - Durham (Two, one)
Check out all the scorecards by clicking on Sarah's picture.
Simon Keen is off to chance his game in New Zealand 1st class cricket. The Ghosts wish him the best of luck for Season 2013-14 with the Canterbury Wizards based out of Christchurch. Simon will be sadly missed by the Ghosts this season following his success last year and the wonderful role model he has been for all cricketers in the Macarthur Region.
Those willing to have a farewell drink with Simon are invited to attend the Crown Hotel, Camden this Saturday Night from 7.30pm.
August 10, 2013
August 7, 2013
Ghosts 1st grade squad player Damien Mortimer has been selected in the Australian Under 19 team to compete in the U/19 Quad Series in India starting on September 23.
The Australians will take on India, South Africa and Zimbabwe in preparation for next February's ICC U/19 World Cup in Dubai. Damien hopes to fine tune his skills against quality oposition.
The Ghosts would like to wish Damien all the best in his quest against world class opponents.
July 20, 2013
The Ghosts are very pleased to announce that Lauren Cheatle, Hannah Trethewy, and Belinda Vakawera are off to the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence. From the 6th-9th September the young ladies will experience intensive coaching after being nominated by Cricket NSW. These young ladies have been working hard in the off season with the Cricket NSW Under 18's squad despite playing Under 15's last year. The Ghosts are enormously proud of their acheivements at such a young age.
August 7, 2013
Matt Appleton has accepted the position of Men's Chairman Selectors for this season. Matt comes highly credentialled as a former 1st Grade Cricketer as well as a Ghosts Captain in his younger days!
Matt's first task will be to chair the Grading Committee. He will be joined by Head Coach Neil D'Costa, Assistant Coach Barry Clapson, former 1st Grader Jeff Mumford and former committeeman & Green Shield Manager Brett "Slim" Browne.
August 1, 2013
The CCDCC is pleased to announce that Damien Mortimer was recently named the "Wests Leagues Sports Council Elite Player of the Year".
In front of a capaciity crowd Damien graciously accepted his award giving credit to his parents, club coach Neil D'Costa and the CCDCC. Damien's award was hotly contested by athletes from a variety of sports. The Ghosts Yardley Polsen was also nominated by the CDCA after she had rewritten the NSW District Cricket Association Representative record books
The award caps off a great year for Mortimer who played some beautiful innings for NSW. He was rewarded for his efforts at the National 19's carnival with Australian selection a side which he ended up captaining.
Damien now looks forward to a winter of cricket representing Australia in both Darwin and India. Congratulations Damien.
The Ghosts Brewer Shield Under 17 Team was also nominated for the Elite Team category which is also a great acheivement.
July 16, 2013
Since the early 1980s, Campbelltown resident Allan Connolly has been passionately committed to the development of cricket in the Macarthur region. As a player and administrator at Campbelltown City Cricket Club, he devoted most weekends to coaching junior players, umpiring junior matches, and preparing grounds for play. Allan has served the CCDCC with complete dedication since 1998/99 when he joined the club as member. In this time he has fulfilled the roles of:
CCDCC President 2000 – 08 Seasons 16-24 (9 Seasons) CCDCC’s longest serving President
CCDCC Committeeman 1999/2000 to present - 16 Years
CCDCC SCA Delegate 1999/2000 – current (16 Years)
SCA Management Committee 2001/02 – current (12 Years thus far)
CCDCC Raby Match Day Operations - All years of membership
Wests Sports Council Delegate - 12 years
Macarthur Cricket Council Delegate MCC Chairman - 6 years
Chairman Raby Project Committee - 8 years
CCDCC Sponsorship Committee - All years of membership
CCDCC Member 1997/98 - 18 Years
Allan’s mark on the CCDCC club history will show him as a progressive leader and dedicated member. During Allan’s tenure as President from 2000 to 2009, Allan initiated a major project to dramatically improve the facilities offered by the Raby Sports Complex, CCDCC's home ground. The plan was to raise funds to construct new buildings that would make the complex a first class sporting facility, the first of its kind in the Macarthur Region. The facility would also set a new benchmark for junior and senior cricket in New South Wales.
As chairman of the Raby Project Committee, Allan lobbied the State Government, Cricket NSW and Campbelltown City Council to fund the project. The new complex would serve the sporting needs of a rapidly expanding area when the 1st presentation was made to Campbelltown Council in 2004.
In conjunction with representatives from WESTS Leagues Club and Campbelltown Council, Allan's committee made numerous presentations to Campbelltown City Council, the State Government, and Cricket NSW. Allan gained support from WESTS Leagues Club (Campbelltown) who played a major role in the project, enabling the project to proceed by funding architects, surveyors, engineers and graphic designers to develop the correct specifications that were used during numerous presentations.
These plans included:
Stage 1: Extend the amenities provided at Raby Grounds 3 and 4 to provide change rooms for players and umpires.
Stage 2: Indoor Training Building containing 3 Indoor nets
Stage 3: Construct a new main building overlooking Raby 1, the main ground which hosts 1st Grade competition matches. The new building would include new change rooms, office, Scorers room, equipment storage, function area and kitchen.
Allan worked tirelessly to convince Bruce Collins, the Chairman of Cricket NSW's Board Facilities Sub Committee to invest in a project that would guarantee the future of cricket in the Macarthur Region. After 5 years of lobbying he secured a $500,000 grant from CricketNSW, which is still the largest grant awarded to an SCA Grade Club. By this stage Campbelltown Council had also came on board with a grant of $250,000.
Allan continued to lobby the government for the next 18 months before Campbelltown City local member Graham West, in his role as NSW Minister of Sport, offered $500,000 from the Sport and Recreation funds. The CCDCC had now raised $1.25 million, which would be used to construct the buildings. This new facility would serve as a central point of growth and development of the CCDCC and its culture.
The Raby Building Project would not have been possible without Allan Connolly at the helm. Allan has shown outstanding leadership and played an instrumental role in securing the future of cricket and sport for the youth of Macarthur whilst representing the CCDCC.
Allan has devoted a large part of his life to promoting the game he loves and has taken a personal interest in the lives of many young people. He is a highly respected and well known member of the Macarthur community. Allan's work should be recognised at the highest level as it will benefit future generations of Ghosts and CDCA Juniors.
Allan’s record has now placed him in a position to be recognised with the ultimate honour of being a Life Member of Ghosts Cricket. Congratulations "Big Al" !
Since the end of summer the Ghosts’ success has continued with many players selected in NSW development squads or regaining contracts with Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia.
Sarah Coyte – Cricket Australia contract
Claire Koski – Cricket NSW contract
Cricket NSW Academy – Stefanie Daffara; Naomi Stalenberg; Celeste Raack.
Damien Mortimer – Australian Under 19’s Tour (New Zealand) & Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence & Alan McGilvray Scholarship.
Lain Beckett - U19s Cricket NSW Academy
Nicky Craze - AW Green Shield Representative Team
Mitch McGrath - U17s Cricket NSW Academy
Jordan Browne - U17s Cricket NSW Academy
Jarred Lysaugh - U16s Cricket NSW Academy
Braedyn Evans - U16s Cricket NSW Academy
Lawson Clark - U15s Cricket NSW Academy
Rayeed Iqbal - U15s Cricket NSW Academy
Wallace Marshall - U15s Cricket NSW Academy
Patrick O’Neill - U15s Cricket NSW Academy
Stefanie Daffara - Alan McGilvray Memorial Scholarship Award
Lauren Cheatle - U18s Cricket NSW Academy
Hannah Trethewy - U18s Cricket NSW Academy
Reannan Stanton - U16s Cricket NSW Academy
Hayley Hoffmeister - U16s Cricket NSW Academy
Meaghan Robinson - U15s Cricket NSW Academy
Chloe Gray - U15s Cricket NSW Academy
Rebecca Ellsmore - U15s Cricket NSW Academy
Yardley Polsen - U14s Cricket NSW Academy
Stephanie Ellsmore - U13s Cricket NSW Academy
Jessica Langford - U13s Cricket NSW Academy