The Footy Almanac XI selected

The selectors are pleased to announce The Footy Almanac XI for the match against Overland on Feb 20. The team is:

C.W.J. Little

J.R. Butler

A.T. Gigacz

David Bridie

T.C. Riordan

T. Ivins

D.A.C. Dawson

P.J. Flynn

C.D. Down

Dave Goodwin

G.C.J.D. Haigh

Neil Belford (??)

J.T. Harms (subject to a fitness test – and therefore, unlikely)

If anyone has been left out, please yell out. We can play 13 or 14 if we like.

Please note that Viscount H.W. “Boy” Mulcaster was unable to obtain permission from the authorities in Far North Queensland to travel, on account of the fact he was travelling to Melbourne.

Tony Roberts and Vin Maskell are welcome to join in.

The selectors were unable to decide on the captaincy. It was offered to C.D. Down who was honoured but overwhelmed and suggested he would be willing to accept the portfolio of deputy vice-captain.

Suggestions have been made (privately) that P.J. Flynn, Tangles Gigacz, and Buzz Goodwin would be suitable for the job. Well, folks, this is where we should thrash it out.

State the case for your preferred skipper.

Player notes follow…

C.W.J Little – LHB, RMF. Temperamental, erratic and enigmatic quick complemented by an innate ability to hole out on the fence as an unreliable tailender. Cricketing humour has matured since he was instrumental in branding the CBC-South Warrnambool cricket club as the ‘Beavers’ as a 19-year-old (including the placement of beaver signs at strategic points on the Allan Oval, inducing batsman to ‘bang a beaver’ and win a slab). The WDCA never cottoned on to the double entendre. Bit rusty and may require a few sessions in the nets.

J. R. Butler- RHB, RM (tending to slow). Have never mixed beavers with creams, but do have long established pedigree of mediocrity. Keen

A.T “Tangles” Gigacz – RHB, RM – A right arm medium in-swing bowler, very much in the Max Walker mould, only a foot shorter and a yard slower. Middle to lower order batsman who is not a big hitter but can turn the strike over so the sloggers can have their moment in the sun. Returned to competitive cricket in 2009/10 after a 13 year break. Will be playing to win.

Can nominate the 3kg claimer T.C. RIORDAN (RHB, RLS). Ripping, looping leggies and wristy (risky) runmaking. He’ll be the lackey and a counter for the Overlanders’ junior gun (as distinct from “son of a gun”) D. SYSON. I can slot in as club stalwart, something a new side sorely lacks. As such I shall reserve the right to criticise selection rather than taking any active role whatsoever. Square leg umping a poss, though never when Tommy’s in! Punter’s Club to be established immediately.

Viscount H.W. “Boy” Mulcaster, 18th Viscount of Mulcaster (RHB) bloated and gouty, given to excess, good for a shout early…. definitely 12 man

T. Ivins – RHB, RM. Over a decade of Indoor Cricket experience. Reasonable outswing, can keep well to spin, pace is questionable. Punishing lower order bat, will make a first ball duck or 35 off 18. According to Andrew Hilditch he has an excellent record in Melbourne (despite not having played a competitve outdoor game here).Willing to train and will provide a slab if picked.

D.A.C.Dawson – LHB WK. Creaky knees have not yet stopped him from putting the keepers’ pads on. Also known as a curator of some repute, can assist in the rolling and marking of wicket if required. Available if his regular team is not participating in a final on that day.

P.J. Flynn:

RH attractive batsman
RH leg spinner
gully fieldsman
Can skipper if need be.
Great concept.
PF

C D Down – RHB, RODALNS (right arm darts and loop no spin) Developed from C Tavare like opener in junior cricket into more dashing middle order bat at university (largely due to S Watson like running between wickets capacity). Captained Yambuk Colts to winless 1990/91 season but won Coach’s award for keeping side together. Astute field placer – in final match of 1990/91 season, with N Creece (Woodford gun bat) on 270 odd, placed nine slips and mid on for final ball of match. Creece caught at mid on. Possible selector as, in mould of A Hilditch, is solicitor who also speaks and writes unintelligibly.

Neil Belford

Look I should open the batting. I can get through to stumps without troubling the scorer much ( which makes me twice as good as an Australian Player ), but my LF bowling days are behind me.

Dave Goodwin

Very keen for a game. 20 February will be the one year anniversary of my last trundle in Singapore before returning to live in Melbourne, and haven’t quite got around to finding a team here.
RHB bat. Former opener. May be best suited at 7 or 8 these days.
Through the 1990s, I turned out for ten seasons with Yarra Park C.C. in Melbourne’s Mercantile Cricket Association, gathering 1428 runs at an average of 23, and playing in four losing grand finals. Just coming off four seasons with the ANZA Club in Singapore Cricket Association where I accumulated 496 runs at 17.1. Three career centuries, the most recent in 2008 at age 44.
RH leg spinner. Singapore stats – 57 wickets at 16.05 (mostly, it must be said, against batsmen who had never experienced leggies before). Two career hat tricks.
Absolutely no interest in being a selector as I have seen the kind of vile abuse this species is subjected to on the Almanac website, and self-abuse will become a temptation.

Tony Roberts

RHB, RFM (in 1980). Founder member of Reds CC. Instinctive ribbon-cutter, willing to open anything… long-term innings maintenance, less so. Unfortunately, like Hornby and Barlow, all of the above long ago. Any practice sessions planned to test our assertions, muscles and joints? Also, has a venue been arranged for the ‘Overland’ match ?

Vin Maskell

In a social game a few years back I was bowled off a ball that bounced twice. Methinks I’ll be carrying the drinks on 20 Feb.

Comments

  1. Firstly, our chances of success will surely be enhanced by having a player called Good-win in the team.

    Secondly, Neil – I’m really hoping your middle initial is E because Neil E Belford is an anagram of “noble fielder”.

    And thirdly, my nomination for the captain of this assembly of stars would be P.J. Flynn. Sound leadership skills, astute thinker and could calculate the required run rate in his head at any given moment.

    Failing that, G.C.J.D. Haigh might be a good choice, if for no other reason than it means the rest of us will avoid a scathing critique of our leadership qualities in his next Cricinfo piece.

  2. The selectors have done a good job.

    Now me and Frankie and going for a walk on the beach.

  3. Good luck boys – may the force be with you.

  4. Don’t have a captain, just have a leadership group. It could consist of:

    C.W.J. Little

    J.R. Butler

    A.T. Gigacz

    David Bridie

    T.C. Riordan

    T. Ivins

    D.A.C. Dawson

    P.J. Flynn

    C.D. Down

    Dave Goodwin

    G.C.J.D. Haigh

    Neil Belford (??)

    J.T. Harms (subject to a fitness test – and therefore, unlikely)

    Who will act as coach? Who is the specialist batting mentor? Bowling mentor?

  5. Andrew Fithall says:

    I nominate David Bridie.

    In December ’09, I saw David at The Corner Hotel as he provided musicianship for Tony Wilson who sang a farewell song to Sam Pang on the occasion of Sam’s departure from the Triple R Breakfasters. The video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFylr8uM1oA . Tony Wilson is a wonderful writer, but his singing is not of a similar standard. David’s performance demonstrates his ability to support colleagues with little talent for their chosen endeavour and thereby enable them to achieve something which would otherwise be beyond their limited capabilities.

  6. Peter Flynn says:

    Looking at this form guide, I reckon D Goodwin would be a good choice as skipper.

    Analytical and erudite. Can lead from the front and open.

    His experiences in Singapore will stand us in good stead in our wet summer.

  7. Looks like another Melbourne franchise for T20.

    No interstate selections.

  8. Alovesupreme says:

    Dips,
    I’d favour Tim Neilsen as coach; he’s not much chop, but he does seem underemployed in his current role. He’s also accustomed to dealing with modest performers, which seems to fit (most of) the players’ self-identification.
    Phantom,
    It’s the revenge of Victorians for the NSW-centric selection policy of the CA team.

  9. #8,

    Bill Lawry would still be the best Victorian player if he was playing now.

  10. Gigs — Good-win maybe but we have one more Hollier than thou!

    Also stay tuned for notice of a massive defection to the overland ranks!

  11. I am intrigued to observe your capatincy style, P. Flynn. Two and a half overs in and you’ll be under the MC Cowdrey hat armchairing it at first slip, when the circumstances of the match will remind you of something. You’ll turn to the other three slips and say, “This breeze is precisely the same breeze as was blowing before the fourth race on day one at Warrnambool in ’87. Same strength. Same direction. They had just jumped at Quirindi at the time. Or, this batsman reminds me of that wingman from North who took Spiro Malakelis apart in 1985.” And then later…’Round 6. I was there with Nugget, Rocket and Macca. Chicos had just gone from 2 for a cent to one for a cent that week. It was a watershed moment.”

  12. What an honour. This is my baggygreen. I will bowl with the heart of Siddle but the accuracy of Glen Trimble
    and bat with the intent of Sobers but the effectiveness of Glenn McGrath.

  13. None of that, Tim, is relevant to your selection…you promised a slab. It is time to deliver!

  14. and I shall. Relax. One slab of concrete coming up.

  15. I’m going to try and get to the game. Could act as 19th man if need be. FYI I bowl right arm offies (a mixture of Dereck Underwood and Jubba The Hutt), and RHB in the style of Viv Richards.

  16. Alovesupreme says:

    #10 Ian,
    I’m sure you are aware that the transfer window closed on 1 February at 10 or 11 a.m. Melbourne time. You surely won’t be guilty of the heinous crime of “tapping up” players from a rival team.

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