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History of the Pumas

STC PUMAS - CCSCA Foundation Club

        

 (Also known as Canberra Teachers, Teachers I, Teachers II, TVP Teachers, Southside Teachers)


  • 5 Club Championships
  • 11 1st Grade Premierships (most of any club)
  • 22 Premierships over 6 grades
  • 23 Minor Premierships over 6 grades

 

 

On the 17th September 1975 the inaugural meeting of the "Canberra Teachers Cricket Club" was held. Dick Cornish was our first elected president.

In the 1975/76 season, 20 players represented Teachers in the A.C.T Sub District B-grade North Competition. On Saturday 4th October 1975, the concept of Canberra Teachers Cricket Club became reality when we met City at Majura Oval in our first competition match. Dave Day scored 110 not out on debut in Teachers total of 5 for 253. In chasing, City were in trouble having lost two quick wickets to have them at 4 for 134 when rain stopped play. 2 weeks later, Teachers celebrated their first win defeating Daramalan by 8 wickets. Dave Day again starring with 68 not out.

 

The following season, Teachers played in their first grand final against Diggers at the Mint Oval, winning on first innings in the Sub district South grand final.

 

When the Canberra City and Suburban cricket association was established for the 1978/79 season, the Teachers club was one of the pioneer clubs for the new association. The A grade side had won the premiership, which was its third since the clubs inception, having won two in the sub district competition. Ever since the successful first season in the CCSCA competition, the club has fielded teams in every season and has achieved an enviable record.

 

Some of the clubs early stalwarts include Dick Cornish (first president), Kevin Berresford, John Browne, Mal Ecob, Ron Farrawell, Steve Hayes, Brian Kille, David Nelson, Wayne Pottinger, John Bennett, Peter Brown, Dave Day, Graeme Etherington, Peter Finlay, Ian Johnson, Geoff Hutchinson, Steve Provin, Mike Sainsbury, Pervez Sheikh and Paul Bullas.

 

In 1988, Teachers Cricket Club started a successful era with two teams playing in first grade by winning the grand final in 1988/89 and 1989/90. In 1991/92, the two teams were known as Teachers 1 and Teachers 2, which had seen the teams separate, not only on the field, but financially, with sponsors coming on board. However, Teachers 1 took out the next 5 grand finals, with Teachers 2 (then known as TVP Teachers) then taking out the 1996/97 title.

 

Shortly after, the Teachers 1 team were ageing and eventually folded, leaving just TVP Teachers playing in first grade. TVP Teachers played in first grade only until the 1998/99 season, when a meeting was held at the Lanyon Sports Club to revitalise the Teachers Cricket Club. During this AGM Teachers decided to expand the club and also change the name to Southside Teachers Cricket Club.

 

In 1999/2000, we fielded two teams (1st grade, 2nd grade); the year after we had three teams (1st, 2nd and 3rd); and the year after we had five teams (one in each grade). It was in 2001/02 that we had won the club championship back for the first time in 9 seasons.

 

The 1990's had seen the clubs strength continuing and produced players like Graeme Irvin, Simon Smith, Evan Carroll, Paul Fowler, Doug Finlay (son of Peter), Daniel Joyner, Colin Gniel, Troy LeGrand who have all since retired.

 

In 2003/04, the club re-united to celebrate 25 years of cricket in the City and Suburban Cricket Association. A night at the Irish Club was celebrated with players past and present coming together to celebrate this clubs great history.

 

2000-2009 had been a hard slog with some ageing players, although a young 4th grade team in 2006/07 took out the premiership. In our 35th consecutive season we launched a new logo and name and we took hold of the name STC Pumas.


2010/11 – Having built up both player stocks and on field results, 1st Grade made back to back Grand Finals, with the other grades being in finals contention for most of the year.

 

2014/15 was a rather successful season for the Pumas. In the 1st/2nd grade competition, our boys finished 3rd in Second grade. 3rd, 4th and 6th grades all finished 2nd, with 6th grade also taking out the minor premiership. 5th grade finished fifth this season. The club was in a position to purchase a bowling machine for training through active recruitment of additional sponsors.

 

Some highlights of the season included Toby hitting hundred after hundred in the 1st grade side, assisted by Marty who was as consistent as ever at the top of the order to build an innings around. Ivan’s boys enjoyed success with some solid performances with the bat by Preet and power hitting by Ivan complemented by another great year with the ball for Harmeet. The team struggled at times for players, but Ivan did a great job of finding players off the street to field a full side, as well as, dragging school kids out of the nets on a Wednesday afternoon to have a game. The fifth grade boys were led by Niv, Geeves and JT all scoring a large portion of the runs and some standout performance with the ball by Will. 6th grade enjoyed another minor premiership and it was fantastic to see some new young faces around the club, delivering some exciting performances like the Huxley brothers, Brad and Shane, who were getting wickets and runs. Jesse Swan joined the team and scored plenty of runs throughout the season. Another key performer was Shane Mundie who had a great year with the ball.

 

2015/16 was another on field success. The club took out 2 minor premiership in both 2nd grade and 5th grade. Second grade went on to win the clubs first premiership since 2006/7 and 5th grade made another grand final, in what was another very tough 5th Grade competition. The best moment of the season came with the club winning for the first time the FOUNDATION CUP against Workers towards the back end of the season, thanks mainly to the three teams that won their games on the day.

 

2016/17 saw our 1st grade side take out the premiership of the 2nd grade competition (Combined 1st/2nd grade competition with sides split for finals).

 

For 1st grade, the team was high on confidence for the first half of the season, thanks to a solid batting line-up led by several contributions from Daniel Eade. The  ever-reliable bowling attack continued where they left off last season with Sam Lang and David Hutchinson leading the way again, with the addition and support of Simon Satchell who gave us another tidy line and length bowler. The game before Christmas, the side suffered a bad defeat at the hands of Pumas 2.

 

When the guys in the Pumas 2 team suited up for the season it was always going to be challenge, given the mix of youth and experience that had come together for the first time to form a team. This task was made even made more difficult when the association decided to merge 1st and 2nd grade meaning that our new team would have to compete against first grade teams. Kyle Allen started the season as captain of the team, however, his season was sadly hampered by injury. As one of the team’s most senior players, Buzz stepped up and had his best season for the club with the bat. Brad Huxley continued his reputation as our young fiery all-rounder who had a mixed season with both bat and ball. Brad didn’t get the rewards with the wickets that he would have liked, but was a great pleasure have in the field providing some useless banter. Shane Huxley, Shane Mundie, Tim Webster and Darryn Shannon formed a very successful bowling combination, regularly taking down opposition batting orders and restricting the team to reasonable totals.

 

4th grade had a rather huge roster of players available and all keen to play. The team had some good results throughout the year with some close games played against the top sides. The team had several hundreds scored by Niven and Geeves throughout the season. Bowling performances each week were great and it was pleasing to see Kev Cullen and Steven Taylor tied at the end of the season with 24 wickets each. Round 9 was Thom Teffer’s 100th game for the club. Thom was very proud to play his 100th game for the club, especially under Niv’s captaincy and the club presented Thom with his 100 game baggy green to commemorate this achievement. Round 11 was Niven Turner’s 200th game for Pumas and we surprised the skipper by presenting him with a signed playing shirt to commemorate the day. Round 13 was a special day with Andrew ‘Rookie’ Knight playing his 250th game for the club. Rookie took it upon himself to make it extra special by hitting his first 50 for the club (54 runs including 8 boundaries) in a 92 run stance with Glenn Nicolson (43 runs) who was encouraging him all the way.

 

Before Round 18 there was a fire out where Glenn Nicolson and his family live and Glenn spent the Friday to Sunday assisting the community and fighting the fire. I know many were concerned for the Nicolson’s and as such, we decided to raise funds to assist with replacing anything they needed to after the fire.

 

2018/19 was a difficult season for the club. The club started the season with three teams in first, second and third grades, however, unfortunately due to dwindling player numbers, the club had to withdraw it first grade side. In other grades, Nathan Beasley continued his fine form from last year, taking out the clubs top batsman of the year with 527 runs (including a hundred) as well as being considered the clubs player of the year. Will Andrews was the clubs bowler of the year with 24 wickets and Niven Turner was keeper of the year with 25 catches and 6 stumpings. Kyle Allen also brought up his 100th game for the club this season.

 

2019/20 – this season sees a new committee stand up to take charge. Currently, the club has run a rather successful Bunnings BBQ with the funds being used for new player shirts for the season. We have had some great support from new and returning club sponsors and are looking to field 4 teams following a rather successful rebuild during the off season. We look forward to seeing what results the season brings.

 


Club championships

 

5

 

88/89, 89/90, 91/92, 92/93, 01/02

1st Grade Premiers

 

11

76/77# 77/78# 78/79, 88/89, 89/90, 91/92*,92/93*, 93/94*, 94/95*, 95/96* 96/97

1st Grade Runners Up

 

6

 

97/98, 00/01, 01/02, 09/10, 10/11,12/13

1st Grade Minor Premiers

1st Grade T20 Minor Premiers

 

5

1

 

78/79, 88/89, 91/92, 92/93, 94/95

10/11

2nd Grade Premiers

 

5

 

79/80, 86/87, 02/03, 15/16, 16/17

2nd Grade Runners Up

 

7

 

83/84, 84/85, 85/86, 87/88, 88/89, 00/01, 01/02

2nd Grade Minor Premiers

 

8

 

79/80, 81/82, 84/85, 85/86, 87/88, 88/89, 02/03, 15/16

3rd Grade Premiers

 

3

 

80/81, 82/83, 83/84

3rd Grade Runners Up

 

1

 

78/79, 16/17

3rd Grade Minor Premiers

 

4

 

79/80, 80/81, 82/83, 83/84, 16/17

4th Grade Premiers

 

2

 

80/81, 06/07

4th Grade Runners Up

 

2

05/06

4th Grade Minor Premiers

 

2

 

80/81, 82/83

5th Grade Premiers

 

1

 

01/02

5th Grade Runners Up

 

1

15/16

5th Grade Minor Premiers

1

15/16

6th Grade Premiers

0

 

6th Grade Runners Up

2

13/14, 14/15

6th Grade Minor Premiers

1

14/15


# Sub District Competition (before CCSCA)

* Teachers I, GT Teachers