Sheffield Shield Final Round Up

The result

New South Wales hosted Western Australia at Manuka Oval, Canberra due to baseball commitments at the SCG. New South Wales batted first and looked in control on Day 1 reaching 1/164 with Steve Smith and Ryan Carters both scoring 70s. However Jason Behrendorf inspired a collapse of 5/25 to reduce the Blues to 6/189. Enter Moises Henriques who rescued the Blues with 140 and handy contributions from the tail in O’Keefe (41), Copeland (35) and Lyon (36) allowed NSW to reach 447. In reply Western Australia were blown away by Josh Hazlewood with the fast bowler taking 3 early wickets and capturing a run out to leave WA shellshocked at 4/15 at stumps on Day 2. Western Australia’s innings on Day 3 was held together by 92 not out to Mitch Marsh but they could only muster 180 due to 6/50 to Josh Hazlewood. Most of Day 4 was lost to rain and a Steve Smith century on Day 5 ensured there was no chance of a result, so the match was called off at 2 pm as a draw. New South Wales had won the Sheffield Shield by finishing on top of the points table and Moises Henriques was named man of the match for his first innings 140.

 

Moises Henriques celebrates his century in the Shield final at Manuka Oval.
Moises Henriques celebrates his century in the Shield final at Manuka Oval.

The final was hailed as a success with 7000 spectators attending the first three days at Manuka Oval. Interestingly three former ACT cricketers played in the final: Nathan Lyon and Ryan Carters for NSW and Jason Behrendorf for WA.

 

The reviews

New South Wales

New South Wales unearthed a real find in Ryan Carters, turning him form a back up keeper into a fine top order batsmen. Steve Smith performed well as skipper and managed 5 games in and around his international schedule. Steve O’Keefe was the competitions leading wicket taker while Doug Bollinger was the states best paceman ably supported by rising allrounder Shaun Abbott, Trent Copeland and Josh Hazlewood. All 5 bowlers were in the top 15 bowlers in Shield cricket.

Gone missing: young batsmen. Scott Henry (average 27 ) Nic Maddison (33) and Kyle Patterson (31) had disappointing seasons.

 

Ryan Carters had a break out season for New South Wales
Ryan Carters had a break out season for New South Wales

Western Australia

Combined the old and the new perfectly with veterans North and Voges guiding a very young team including the talented 21 year old wicket keeper Sam Whiteman. Shaun Marsh also managed two first class centuries in one season which is a rarity for him. Left arm fast bowler Jason Behrendorf was the best bowler ably supported by veteran paceman Michael Hogan. Back up wicket keeper Tom Triffit was axed from the sate squad after a night out during a Futures League game saw him arrested and charged with two counts of theft at 3am.

Forgotten man: Michael Beer, only played one Shield match this season when Ashton Agar was suspended for dissent during a Futures League game.

 

Veteran Marcus North had a vintage season leading the competition run scoring.
Veteran Marcus North had a vintage season leading the competition run scoring.

South Australia

Unearthed a real players in 19 year old Travis Head who batted at No 3 prior to the BBL. He made a string of scores in the 90s before his form tailed off and he finished the season out of the team, however Head is a name to look out for in the future. Tom Cooper was the mainstay of the batting, whilst Chadd Sayyers and Johan Botha were both in the top 6 Shield wicket takers. The Redbacks will rue that they couldn’t manage outright victories against Queensland or NSW post BBL, when they had the upper hand in both matches, which would have secured them a home final. In one of the more bizzare disciplinary actions this summer, fast bowler Dan Worall was suspended after scratching a dick and balls on an adjacent pitch during a Futures League game.

Forgotten man: Peter George, the 2m tall one Test paceman didn’t play a single game for SA this season. Former Victorian allrounder Andrew McDonald, a new recruit to SA this season, was looming as the forgotten man until he was able to overcome his injury concerns and play the last two Shield matches of the season.

South Australia's leading run scorer, Tom Cooper, leads off South Australia's leading wicket taker, skipper Johan Botha.
South Australia’s leading run scorer, Tom Cooper, leads off South Australia’s leading wicket taker, skipper Johan Botha.

 

Queensland

The strong looking batting line up of Burns, Pomersbach, Khawaja, Lynn and Forrest struggled to get on the park together due to injury and form. Forrest was the best performed batsmen, whilst James Hopes and Luke Feldman shone with the ball, ably supported by Alistair McDermott. By the end of the season, Cameron Boyce had taken over the number one spinners position.

Forgotten man: Nathan Hauritz, played 3 games prior to BBL but was not seen since. Ben Cutting had a indifferent season managing just 6 matches for 15 wickets at an average of 38 and a strike rate of 70.

 

James Hopes celebrated a 6 wicket haul in the day night round of Shield matches.
James Hopes celebrated a 6 wicket haul in the day night round of Shield matches.

Tasmania

Sam Rainbird and Xavier Doherty were the leading wicket takers for the Tigers and impressively managing to tie for the record of 5 ducks this season whilst veteran Ben Hilfenhaus produced a hatrick during the second half of the season. Ed Cowan, Ben Dunk and Mark Cosgrove were the highest run scorers for Tasmania but managed only 2 centuries between them. Allrounder Evan Gulbis was the surprise packet managing a double century from number 8 – the best individual batting performance of the season for the Tigers.

Forgotten man: Jordan Silk was in good form prior to injury in the BBL managing 2 centuries from 6 matches, however he didn’t play in 2014.

 

Ben Hilfenhaus - a Shield hatrick
Ben Hilfenhaus – a Shield hatrick

Victoria

Rob Quiney and Cameron White were the best performed batsmen, while Dave Hussey made 573 at an average of 52 from 7 matches.After a rough initiation, including 3 ducks, Marcus Stoinis may have come of age with his 170 against Tasmania.  John Hastings battled manfully with the ball all season. Glenn Maxwell had a two game cameo scoring his 2 centuries and 1 of his 2 half centuries in the two matches, he took 5 wickets in 5 games at an average of 48 – how Maxwell was selected in the Shield team of the season ahead of Peter Forrest is beyond comprehension. Clearer thinking about captaincy – it was moved from Cameron White to Matthew Wade – the batting order – Wade batting at number 5, Dave Hussey omitted on occasions, Aaron Finch opening despite terrible first class form –  and the selection of spinners was required from Victoria. Three spinners – Fawad Ahmed, Jon Holland and James Muirhead – into one spot won’t go if Greg Shippherd continues his stubborn and outdated attitude of not playing two spinners. Shippherd even went so far as wanting  the 12th man to be able to bowl so he could pick two spinners – a clear sign of muddled thinking and a portent of the thinking that ruined Victoria’s season.Dave Hussey may depart after being selected sporadically this season. Assistant coach Simon Helmot has already departed to coach Trinidad and Tobago.

Gone cold:

Clint McKay, dropped after collecting just 9 wickets at an average of 49 in 5 matches.

Dan Christian, dropped for taking just 9 wickets at an average of 50 in 5 mathces.

Aaron Finch, his poor first class form continued. He made 3 ducks including a king pair in his first game for a season total of 148 runs in 10 innings at an average of 14.8. Take away his one score of 97 against SA and the figures are very bleak.

 

Rob Quiney was Victoria best performed batsmen.
Rob Quiney was Victoria best performed batsmen.

 

The XI

1. Marcus North (Western Australia) (Captain)

The former Test number 6 was promoted to opening by coach Justin Langer and the move immediately payed dividends as a North reargaurd unbeaten century guided the inexperienced team to a draw against Victoria in the first match of the season. North continued the season in similar fashion to become the competition leading run scorer with 886 runs including 5 centuries and 3 half centuries. North also picked up 12 wickets with his handy off spin.

2. Ryan Carters (New South Wales)

The back up wicket keeper was no longer required at Victoria and left to try his luck at NSW where he reinvented himself as an opening batsmen and managed a 90 agains the touring England team before debuting for NSW in the Shield and scoring 3 centuries for the season.

3. Phil Hughes (South Australia)

Hughes made nearly 600 runs in just 6 Shield appearances including 3 centuries and a highest score of 204. He was only denied more Shield runs by being sent over to South Africa to watch the less credentialed Shaun Marsh and Alex Doolan play Test cricket ahead of him.

4. Tom Cooper (South Australia)

When Tom Cooper makes centuries he makes them count – particularly against Queensland. Cooper scored 175 and 131 against the Bulls this season on his way to 881 runs at an average of 51.

5. Peter Forrest (Queensland)

Forrest provided the stability in a Queensland batting line up that too often changed due to injury and poor form. Forrest started the season substitute wicket keeping for a gastro struck Chris Hartley before the bug struck him and he battled manfully for a final day century after being up all night vomiting. Forrest finished the season with an unbeaten 155 at the MCG on his way to 823 runs for the season.

6. Adam Voges (Western Australia)

Voges season highlight was 235 not out against Queensland that secured WA a draw. The veteran was the middle order rock for WA and managed 769 runs for the season.

7. Sam Whiteman (Western Australia)

21- year old English born Whiteman was the keeper of the season for his work behind the stumps and also for his batting. Whiteman finished 6th on the run scorers list with 687 runs including 6 half centuries.

8. James Hopes (Queensland)

The Queensland veteran was on fire after the BBL with the ball taking two six wicket hauls and 24 wickets in four matches after promoting himself to open the bowling. His form was solid all season with 38 wickets at an average of  24.

9. Steve O’Keefe (New South Wales)

Lead the wicket takers in the Shield with 41 wickets at an average of just 20.83. Left arm orthodox spinner O’Keefe has been the leading spinner in Shield cricket for a number of seasons so it will be intersting to see if he gets a look in for Australia’s next Test tour – Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and Dubai  in October.

10. Jason Behrendorf  (Western Australia)

The 23 year old left arm pacemen managed 40 wickets at an average of 22 with two 5 wicket hauls.

11. Chadd Sayers (South Australia)

The fast medium bowler took 36 wickets at an average of 28 and was the mainstay of the South Australian attack playing all 10 games.

 

 

Team performance of the season

Queensland’swere bowled out for 135 against South Australia at the Gabba and were set a fourth innings target of 471 for victory. Amazingly Queensland managed to haul inthe massive target, setting a Shield record in the process, with just five wickets down and with 8 overs to spare. They were superbly guided by Usman Khawaja who batted throughout the last day to finish on 182 not out.

 

Individual performance of the season

Special mention has to Usman Khawaja’s efforts in Queensland record run chase and to to Glenn Maxwell’s performance against New South Wales. In the first innings Maxwell scored 94 off 95 balls out of Victoria’s total of 214 and in the second innings he managed 127 off 102 balls including 14 fours and 7 sixes out of Victoria’s 184 after the Bushrangers had been 6 for 9.

However the  winner is Evan Gulbis with his incredible all round performance against South Australia. Gulbis started his Shield career woith four ducks but that was all forgotten as he made his maiden century one to remember with 229. It was the highest score ever by a number 8 in Shield history. Gulbis then returned with his medium pacers and collected the barely believable figures of  8.1- 5 – 7 – 4  to wrap up an innings victory for Tasmania.

 

Evan Gulbis on his way to a double century.
Evan Gulbis on his way to a double century.
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The results

South Australia traveled to Tasmania needing an outright win to secure their place in the Shield final – their first since 1996. However the Redbacks did not even get close. Batting first, South Australia were bowled out for 212 with only Andrew McDonald providing resistance with 83. Jackson Bird returned to the Tasmanian line up for the first time this season and delivered with 6/50. Tasmanians reply was delicately poised at 6/238 with Chadd Sayers having taken 4 wickets.  Enter Evan Gulbis at number 8. He shared an 150 run stand with Tim Paine (87) before making his maiden first class century a big one recording 229 off 283 balls with 28 fours. It was the highest score by a number 8 in Sheffield Shield history and Tasmanias innings finished on 651 all out.
To exemplify SA bowlers difficulties Cal Ferguson took two wickets never having previously taken a wicket in 81 first class games. Despite being 333 runs behind South Australia’s second innings started in a positive fashion with a half century opening partnership. From there SA lost 10 for 64 including their last 6 wickets for just 8 runs. Luke Butterworth took 3 for 18 and man of the match Evan Gulbis returned the bowling figures of 8.1 – 5 – 7 -4. Tasmania won by an innings and 316 runs – their biggest ever Shield victory and the 9th biggest in Shield history.
Evan Gulbis on his way to a double century.
Evan Gulbis on his way to a double century.
Queensland travelled to the MCG to face Victoria knowing outright victory could get them a place in the final if other results went their way. Batting first Victiria could only muster 21o with James Hopes continuing his golden run with the ball taking 6/40.
In reply Queenslands innings was held together by 155 to Peter Forrest and complimented by half centuries to Burns, Lynn and Boyce before the Bulls declared at 8/483. John Hastings, as he has been all season, was the pick of the Victorian bowlers with 4 wickets. Facing a 270 run deficit on the first innings Victoria batted for the draw and faced out 124 overs thanks to 143 not out to Rob Quiney. The Vics finished on 2/314 and such was Queensland desperation for wickets Usman Khawaja even bowled 4 overs. The two first innings points to Queensland were not enough to secure them a place in the Shield final.
 
Western Australia traveled to Manuka Oval in Canberra to play NSW with the winner to host the Shield final after South Australia’s capitulation. Batting first the Warriors were rolled for just 82 with Doug Bollinger & Josh Hazlewood taking 4 wickets apiece. New South fared little better in their first innings managing just 186 with WA spinner Ashton Agar making a welcome return to form with 5 for 74.  New South Wales had Western Australia on the back foot again in there second innings reducing them to 5 for 109 before a determined century to Shaun Marsh, ably assisted by the tail wagging, lead the Warrioirs to 316 all out setting the Blues a target of 212 for outright victory. New South Wales looked to be in control at 2 for 119 but then lost 4 for 39 before Steve O’Keefe saw them over the line. Steve Smith had been the main stay of the innings with 89. Outright points to New South Wales which means they host the Shield final against WA and once again it will be at Manuka Oval due to baseball at the SCG.
In a side note both Shaun Marsh and Nathan Lyon were fined 20% of their match fee for dissent and abuse of cricket equipment respectively. Marsh was given out lbw to Lyon on 100 but remonstrated with umpire Paul Wilson showing him the inside edge of his bat. Wilson reversed his decision and in frustration Lyon kicked the stumps. NSW skipper Steve Smith downplayed the incident saying “I don’t think he kicked the stumps too hard”
Shaun Marsh - a century and controversy
Shaun Marsh – a century and controversy

The Selections

Some of the Australian Test squad players returned to play Sheffield Shield in this round. Phil Hughes returned for South Australia, Jackson Bird and Alex Doolan turned out for Tasmania, Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon rejoined with New South Wales and Shaun Marsh was back for Western Australia. However some of players not involved in the Australian T20 team did not play Shield cricket: Chris Rogers, Michael Clarke and Peter Siddle. Ryan Harris also didn’t play due to a knee operation. Micahel Clarke has said he will be available for New South Wales in the Shield final.

Victoria played two spinners in its final game for only the second time this season. South Australia were without their skipper Johan Botha afer he was suspended for one match due to an incident in the previous round. Botha was warned for stopping the ball with his spikes and then pretended to rub the old ball on his spikes as it was discarded for a new ball. The match referee didn’t see the funny side and Botha was suspended.

 

The final solution

The Shield final is causing some fixturing and venue headaches due to 6 venues being on standby for an event only one will host. New South Wales will host the final at Manuka Oval in Canberra because the SCG is hosting the opening of the Major League Baseball season. If the South Australia had won the right to host the Shield final it would have been played at Glenelg Oval due to a Rolling Stones concert at Adelaide Oval. The MCC would probably prefer to host AFL matches at the MCG next weekend than have it sit vacant. The solution to these problems is to have the Shield final fixtured at the same neutral venue each year. And where better to host it than the underused venue of Manuka Oval in Canberra.

New South Wales’ contract to play one Shield game a season their expires this season so from next season, Manuka could become the neutral venue for the Shield final for the years to come. The team finishing on top would still win the Shield if the match is drawn and it would give players and venue managers of the cricket grounds around the country certainty as to where the Shield final would be each season. Manuka Oval is an international cricket ground that sees only a handful of cricket matches per season – a Chariman’s XI game and a PM’s XI game against touring teams and ACT Futures League games – hosting the Shield final could become a feature event in ACT cricket.

 

The XI

1. Mark Cosgrove (Tasmania)

Made a welcome return to form with a century against his old team, SA.

2. Rob Quiney (Victoria)

Quineys determined batting in the second innings secured Victoria a draw against Queensland he finished on 143 not out from 383 balls.

3. Steve Smith (New South Wales)

In a low scoring game in Canberra Smith top scored in both innings for New South Wales with 48 and 89. He was instrumental in guiding the Blues victorious fourth innings run chase that secured them a home final.

4. Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)

Marsh batted at number 5 for Western Australia and followed up a 2nd ball duck in the first innings with a masterful 113 in the second innings that guided WA to a respectable total

5. Peter Forrest (Queensland)

Continued his recent run of good form and expertly held together the Queensland first innings with 155 not out – an innings which contained just 5 boundaries.

6. Tim Paine (Tasmania)

Paine looked set to score just his second first class century in a big partnership with Evan Gulbis but was dismissed for 87.

7. James Hopes (Queensland)

Hopes has starred with the ball since the Shield restarted, this time he took 6/45 to derail Victoria’s first innings.

8. Evan Gulbis (Tasmania)

Put in the performance of the round with the bat scoring 229 off 293 balls against South Australia and followed up with 4 for 7 with the ball. It is the highest ever score by a number 8 in Shield history.

9. Aston Agar (Western Australia)

Agar showed a return to the form of 12 moths ago with a five wicket haul against NSW.

10. Josh Hazlewood (New South Wales)

Hazlewood dismanteld the WA first innings with 4 for 14 and followed up with 3 for 59 in the second.

11. Jackson Bird (Tasmania)

In his first Shield match this season Bird ripped through South Australia with 6 for 50 in the first innings and return

 

Coming Up…

The 2013/14 Sheffield Shield final over 5 days, starting Friday March 21

New South Wales v Western Australia at Manuka Oval, Canberra

Entry is free.

 

The Encyclopedia of the Strangest AFL Jumpers

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The Encyclopedia of the Strangest AFL Jumpers

Buckley: Get out of here in you crap jumper Carey
Buckley: Get out of here in you crap jumper Carey

The 20 Strangest AFL Preseason Jumpers

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Did someone say white skivvy?
Did someone say white skivvy?

The 35 Strangest AFL Jumpers

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30 – 26

25 – 21

20 – 16

15 – 11

10 – 6

5 – 1

5 I can’t believe I missed

Hamish McIntosh: I feel washed out, I'm not sure why.
Hamish McIntosh: I feel washed out, I’m not sure why.

The 20 Strangest AFL Pre-Season Jumpers: 5-1

Brace yourself, here are the 5 strangest AFL Pre-season jumpers. You have been warned.

5. Hawthorn hawk and scratch

Daniel Harford points out the obvious after the 1998 Ansett Cup
Daniel Harford points out the obvious after the 1998 Ansett Cup

Ah another Hawthorn jumper and with a bird in profile and another old favourite, the stylised claw marks presumably from the hawks talons. It looks like something that should have been in the colouring book of a Hawthorn kids membership pack.Was this the first lot of scratch marks on an AFL jumper? Perhaps, certainly there have been plenty since. The Hawks really were the best part of a decade before their time when they ran out in this in the late 1990s for pre-season. After winning the Ansett Cup in the new jumper they liked it so much they gave it a run in the season proper as an away jumper.

4. Richmond yellow

Yellow!
Yellow! Who is this?

My eyes, my eyes! in 2007 Richmond inverted their colours but forgot to include very much black, let the floating tiger head wander over to the side of the jumper and some stylised tiger claw marks  and yellow every where. I can feel my retinas complaining. Enough.

Kind of like a Coldplay lyrics, "It was all yellow"
Kind of like Coldplay lyrics, “It was all yellow” but who is the Richmond player?

3. Richmond Silver Top taxi

Richmond recruit Mark Graham in silver. Well played Terry Wallace
Richmond recruit Mark Graham in silver. Well played Terry Wallace.

Richmond sold out their pre-season jumper as a giant add for silver top taxis in 2005. What colour did they choose – silver of course in fact all silver with the obligatory floating tigers head which by this stage was hovering around the middle of the jumper. That must have taken months to design.

2. Hawthorn t-shirts

Joel Smith and Daniel Chick. T-shirts everywhere!
Joel Smith and Daniel Chick. T-shirts everywhere!

How could you make an AFL jumper not like an AFL jumper? Add t-shirt length sleeves, well played Hawthorn in pre-season 2000. In the final game the t-shirt jumper was used the players complained of being too hot and returned to the field after halftime in traditional sleeveless jumpers.  Brilliant.

Flying high in a t-shirt
Nathan Thompson flying high in a t-shirt as Anthony Rock looks on.

1. Hawthorn diamonds

Johnny Platten models the  worst footy jumper ever.
Johnny Platten models the worst footy jumper ever as Steve Lawrence jogs away.

Everyone knows it, so here it is. Clearly the worst AFL jumper ever constructed –  the Hawthorn diamond jumper worn for one game in the 1995 pre-season. Where did the blue come from? Where did the diamonds come from? Why does it look like bad jockey silks? Who thought this was a good idea? Some many questions still remain, so few answers all these years later. The jumper looks particularly good teamed with the brown shorts and all yellow socks the Hawks were wearing at the time.

Paul Hudson reminds himself that diamonds are not a footballers best friend
Paul Hudson reminds himself that diamonds are not a footballers best friend

And just when you thought you’d seen it all in all, here is Dennis Pagan and associated assistants in coaches pre-season attire from the North Melbourne days. Note the three quarter pants.

Righto boys I want you to play for longer than my pants
Righto boys I want you to play for longer than my pants

The 20 Strangest AFL Pre-season Jumpers: 10-6

10. Stripes, hoops, yolks and history

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St Kilda wear stripes right? Well vertical thirds of red white and black if you will until they decided to rotate their jumper 90 degrees and have red white and black horizontal thirds. Not a bad jumper but why bother? What’s next – Geelong in stripes? Sydney in stripes? Well funny you should say that as here is Sydney’s jumper from the 1997 and 1998 pre-season, it’s a mish mash of a red yoke with the opera house cut out, the swans jumper since 1986, with the bottom half red and white stripes, perhaps a nod to the heritage jumper the Swans wore in 1996 representing the 1905-06 era . As a jumper seemingly trying to combine the old and the new, it’s an unusually poor effort by the Swans who rarely mess around with their jumper.

Old or new or a bit of both?
Old or new or a bit of both?

What other club would seem unlikely in stripes? Um I don’t know, any club that would throw out 100 plus years of tradition for a few dollars [think light blue M&Ms]. Enter Carlton and their magnificent single white stripe jumper from the 1998 pre-season. Why did they bother? It really is just a Carlton jumper with a strip of white down the front. It must have taken ages to design and sold like hot cakes down a the Princes Park shop – a real point of difference from the standard Carlton jumper.

 

SOS looks mighty impressed with his new jumper
SOS looks mighty impressed with his new jumper

 

9. Richmond Evolution of a Tiger

Richmond, the Mighty Tigers, of Tigerland decided to get Tigerish with their jumpers in the 2000’s  and chuck on a Tigers head. Their first forays into this caper were so impressively bad they are lower in this countdown, but even their later efforts raised some eyebrows.

So here we go with what was actually the fourth tiger head jumper produced by Richmond in 2009. It featured a jagged half sash type yellow thing that sort of looked like it could be very triangular stylised cat claw marks or a black and yellow tribute to a very early edition Port Adeliade lightning bolt jumper. And of course their was the tigers head in the middle of the jumper. Overall passable when you consider what came next.

 Ben Cousins flexing
Ben Cousins flexing

Rule 1 of pre-season jumpers must be when in doubt add silver. In 2011 Richmond added silver to the ‘yellow and black’ and the traditional sash became a yellow and silver swirl. The floating tigers head had drifted, migrating toward the side of the jumper.

Brad Miller: Why did I come to Richmond to wear this jumper?
Brad Miller: Why did I come to Richmond to wear this jumper?
The swirl from behind - a revolutionary way to do a sash
The swirl from behind – a revolutionary way to do a sash

Fortunately this abomination only lasted one season and the following year the disembodied Tigers head evolved into having a torso and into looking like Tony the Tiger from Frosties cereal. The swirly sash remained with some gradient work thrown in. An improvement? The jury is out.

Three bowls of Frosties thanks!
Three boxes of Frosties thanks!

8. Adelaide Crow

The first 5 years of their existance the crows wore the same jumper. Most people would probably wish it had stayed that way given some of the atrocious and stupid decisions they have made about alternative jumpers since. The Crows first foray into a pre-season jumper in 1996 was probably their best, which is not saying a lot given where it is positioned on this list. On the front in featured a Crow with blue red and yellow surrounding it (which was resurected in 2007) and on the back it had a now familiar footy jumpire features some stylised jagged lines.

The front of the 1996 jumper as modeled by Andrew Mcleod in 2008
The front of the 1996 jumper as modeled by Andrew Mcleod in 2008
The Crows 1996 pre-season jumper
The Crows 1996 pre-season jumper

 

7. Collingwood barcode

I believe in there may have been a few occasions when the Collingwod president Eddie McGuire has been pushed on the matter of Collingwood developing a clash jumper and he has indignantly and emphatically declared, ‘Collingwood have always worn black and white stripes.’ What he fails to mention is ‘except for that pre-season in 1996 when we wore barcode like jumpers with a giant cartoon magpie emblazoned across the front.’ Take it away Bucks, Rowdy and Monkey. The irony is the cartoon magpie is wearing a normal black and white stripes Collingwood jumper.

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A couple of years later Collingwood decided they still needed to have a cartoon magpie on their jumper but this time it would have to be squeezed into an isoceles triangle. Why? No one knows.

Shane O'Bree, Rupert Betheras, The Other Rocca and Buckley celebrate geometric shapes
Shane O’Bree, Rupert Betheras, The Other Rocca and Buckley celebrate geometric shapes

And now back to the barcode for one more look. If only Collingwood wore the same jumper as the magpie!

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6. Hawthorn yellow

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Johnny Platten models another Lightning Premiership invention from 1996. Plenty of yellow from the Hawks but amazingly this is no where near the worst jumper they have taken the field in. Admire its simplicity and its yellowness and get ready for plenty more where that came from.

The 20 Strangest AFL Pre-season Jumpers: 15-11

The AFL pre-season is a time to experiment with new jumper designs. Some are good, some are bad and some are downright ugly – here are the 20 strangest.

15. Melbourne – timeline of design

In 1996 the lightning premiership was played over a weekend in February at Waverly Park with games of two 20 minute halves. A number of clubs unveiled fresh jumpers for the event. Melbourne went with this number.

Stephen Tingay and Melbournes first foray into alternative jumpers
Stephen Tingay and Melbournes first foray into alternative jumpers

As you can see it was a navy blue jumper with a wavy capital M with a demon face underneath. It was intersting, it was different and that was 1996. Somehwere along the line Melbourne must have decided they were never going to pay another red cent to a graphic designer, as over the best part of the next 20 years they have rolled out the following….

2003  Hey lets dig up that jumper form 96 and invert the colours but we’ll mix it up by putting white in the demons face and by putting the design down the side of the jumper where no one can see it. 

The flying demon head
The flying demon head

2005  Ok lets centre up the big capital M and take off the demon head

Big wavy M
Big wavy M

2009 Lets change tack here – scrap the big wavy M, now where’s that template of a demon’s head?

The demons head
The demons head

2010 Ok time for a shake up lets take a melbourne jumper and replace the red and blue with white and lets chuck that demon head on again.

That Demon logo - unchanged since 1996
That Demon logo – unchanged since 1996

 

What could possible by next? That same demon logo again? Only time will tell.

 

14. St Kilda stick figure

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As a kid I realy liked the St Kilda logo, it was unique – it had a stick figure with a halo playing footy and stick figures were about my level of drawing ability. Plenty of clubs have put stylised cartoon animals on their jumper but I believe St Kilda were the first to put a stick figure on thier jumper when they unveiled this jumper for the 2014 pre-season. Has any other sporting team in the world ever had a stick figure on their jumper? The all red back of the jumper did look a little different too.

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13. North Melbourne white

Adam Simpson raises his arm to show off the whispy wrap around roo
Adam Simpson raises his arm to show off the whispy, fading wrap around roo

I don’t think I have properly showed just how terrible the white kangaroo jumper is. It was the pre-season jumper for 2005 and ended up also being used as a clash jumper during the regular season. It’s bland, it’s boring and for me it started the rot of predominantly white footy jumpers.

12. Western Bulldog thirds

Adam Cooney in thirds
Adam Cooney in thirds

The Doggies fiddled with their jumper again in 2002 preferring to lose the hoops and instead go for thirds of red, white and blue. Of course the ‘Biting Dog in profile’ logo was a must.

11. Fitzroy lion

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Fitzroy’s final two pre-seasons in the AFL in 1995 and 96 were conducted in this jumper. It had a bit of a barbers pole/candy stripe going don the sides and featured the lion from the Fitzroy logo of the time. The Fitzroy lion of this size was never on the Fitzroy jumper but after the merger with Brisbane it became the symbol of the new Brisbane Lions and took pride of place in the centre of the jumper. I can’t help but think that the merger jumper was inspired by this pre-season jumper. This picture is the only one I could find of this jumper. It’s actually a couple of supporters at the Coburg City Oval  following the short lived merger between the Fitzroy Football Club and Coburg Football Club to become the Coburg -Fitzroy Lions for seasons 1999-2000. Coburg’s nickname was also the lions and they wore this jumper at away games.

 

 

Sheffield Shield Round Up 9

The penultimate round of the Sheffield Shield saw three day night matches using pink balls

The results

Western Australia traveled to the Gabba and were on the receiving end of a Peter Forrest century and 88 to Chris Lynn that lead the Bulls to 391. The best bowling for WA was young left arm paceman Jason Behrendorf with 5/105. In reply the Warriors could only manage 175 with Queensland skipper James Hopes masterful with the ball. Opening the bowling he reduced the Warriors to 2/3 and then returned to clean up the tail on his way to taking 6/45. In their second innings Queensland declared at 3/178 with Usman Khawaja 74 not out to leave WA a victory target of 394. The Warriors never got close, skittled for 144 in their second innings thanks to 4/26 to Bulls paceman Luke Feldman and Queensland had claimed outright points. Western Australia’s batsmen did not manage a half century in either innings with the highest scores being a pair of 41s to Ashton Turner in the first innings and to Adam Voges in the second.

James Hopes celebrates his 6 wickets with 6 pink cricket balls
James Hopes celebrates his 6 wickets with 6 pink cricket balls

Victoria hosted Tasmania at the MCG an the Tigers batting first could manage only 202 after a collapse that saw them drop from 1/113 to 202 all out. REcalled leg spinner Fawad Ahmed was Victorias best bowler claiming 4/49. In reply Victoria managed a rarity, a solid start, recording an opening partnership of 60 before debutant opener Dean Russ was dismissed for 18. Opener Rob Quiney returned to form with 70 but it was the partnership of 190 between No 3 Marcus Stoinis and veteran Dave Hussey, in his 101st Shield match for Victoria, that put the Bushrangers in control. Hussey managed 88, but it was Stoinis who stole the show making his maiden first class century a big one, 170 off 274 balls with 22 fours and 3 sixes. Victoria declared at 9 for 523 but not before Ben Dunk made a rare visit to the bowling crease to claim the wicket of Michael Hill. In reply the Tigers were stuggling at 5 for 116 at the end of play on Day 3, still 205 runs behind Victoria. In a stoic rearguard action Tasmanian all rounder Luke Butterworth rescued the Tigers and secured a draw by batting throughout the final day, he started the day on 6 not out and finished on 107 not out off 314 balls, his 3rd Shield century. Butterworth was ably support by Tim Paine (44 off 158) and Xavier Doherty (20 off 139) as Tasmania lost only two wickets on the final day.

South Australia and New South Wales met at the Adelaide Oval in a game that went right down tot he wire. Batting first South Australia could only manage 280 thanks to 97 to Callum Ferguson and a quick fire 48 from tailender Adam Zampa. Steve O’Keefe marked his return from injury by claiming 5/89 for the Blues. In reply New South Wales looked in control at 4/226 thanks to 65 to Ryan Carter and 81 to Kurtis Patterson and needed just 72 runs for first innings points. However they collapsed to be 9/273 before keeper Peter Neville with 71  steered the Blues past the Redbacks total and secured first innings points and a lead of just 4 runs. In their second innings the Redback’s could only manage 280 despite half centuries to Sam Raphael, Tom Copper (89) and Callum Ferguson with Steve O’Keefe once again the main wicket taker with 6/70. Set 277 for victory New South Wales never looked liked chasing the total with wickets falling regularly; only opener Ryan Carters fighting 84 offered any form of resistance as no other batsmen in the top 8 managed 20. In a tense finish the last two batsmen, Josh Hazlewood and Doug Bollinger, had to face the final 5 overs. Despite some close calls New South Wales managed to escape with a draw and deny South Australia outright points – a result that could prove critical in the final placings on the points table. Johan Botha was the best performed bowler for SA with 4 wickets in each innings.

Steve O'Keefe celebrates one of his 11 wickets for the match
Steve O’Keefe celebrates one of his 11 wickets for the match

Points table

Team Points Quotient
Western Australia 26 1.052
South Australia 26 1.148
New South Wales 26 1.05
Queensland 22 1.124
Tasmania 16 0.878
Victoria 10 0.794

South Australia could well rue missed opportunities to secure outright points against New South Wales and Queensland in recent weeks. With four teams still in contention to make the final all will be decided in the final round beginning next Tuesday.

The selections

Queensland welcomed back batsmen Chris Lynn and Usman Khawaja and added allrounder Mick Nesser after impressive perfomances with both bat and ball in the Futures League.

The biggest selection story of this round of the Sheffield Shield however was the debut of former Test allrounder Andrew McDonald  for his new state, South Australia. Having not played since the early part of the Ryobi Cup in mid October due to complications to a hamstring injury. McDonald made his return to representative cricket with a game in the Futures League. Having got through that game unscathed, McDonald lined up for South Australia batting at number 3. McDonald managed only 15 and 23 and bowled just 4 overs  for no wickets, but it was good to see one of the best perfomers in Shield cricket over the previous four seasons return to the field after a detached hamstring injury  caused him to miss the best part of the this seasons and the last.

The XI

1. Ryan Carters (New South Wales)

Scrapped hard for half centuries in both innings while the rest of the top order fialed. His efforts were crucial in NSW gaining first innings points and managing a draw.

2.Rob Quiney (Victoria)

Made a welcome return to form with 70 to give Victoria some stability at the top of the order.

3. Marcus Stoinis (Victoria)

Made his maiden first class hundred one to remember with 170 batting at number 3 against Tasmania a the MCG.

4. Callum Ferguson

Managed 97 in the first innings against NSW.

5. Peter Forrest (Queensland)

Made 133 in a low scoring game against Western Australia at the Gabba. It proved to be a match winning hand.

6. Luke Butterworth (Tasmaina)

Guided Tasmanai to safety with a patient 107, batting the entire last day of the game against Victoria

7. Peter Neville (New South Wales)

Made a crucial 71 and personally secured first innings points for New South Wales

8. James Hopes (Queensland)

The veteran keeps getting it done with the ball this time decimating WA’s first innings with 6/45.

9. Johan Botha (South Australia)

The SA skipper proved problematic for the NSW batsmen claiming 4 wickets in each innings: 4/70 and 4/51

10. Steve O’Keefe (New South Wales)

A brilliant return to the NSW line up after an injury lay off, the left arm orthodox spinner claimed 5/89 and 6/70

11. Jason Beherendorf (Western Australia)

Managed 5/105 in Queensland’s first innings.

The round ahead

The final round of the 2013/14 Sheffield Shield starts on Tuesday March 11 with all three games having an impact on who could make the Shield final.

New South Wales v  Western Australia, Manuka Oval (3rd v 1st)

Tasmania v South Australia, Bellerive

Victoria v Queensland, MCG