STC PUMAS - CCSCA Foundation Club
(Also known as Canberra Teachers, Teachers I, Teachers II, TVP Teachers, Southside Teachers)
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
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
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.
88/89, 89/90, 91/92, 92/93, 01/02
1st Grade Premiers
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
97/98, 00/01, 01/02, 09/10, 10/11,12/13
1st Grade Minor Premiers 1st Grade T20 Minor Premiers
78/79, 88/89, 91/92, 92/93, 94/95 10/11
2nd Grade Premiers
79/80, 86/87, 02/03, 15/16, 16/17
2nd Grade Runners Up
83/84, 84/85, 85/86, 87/88, 88/89, 00/01, 01/02
2nd Grade Minor Premiers
79/80, 81/82, 84/85, 85/86, 87/88, 88/89, 02/03, 15/16
3rd Grade Premiers
80/81, 82/83, 83/84
3rd Grade Runners Up
3rd Grade Minor Premiers
79/80, 80/81, 82/83, 83/84, 16/17
4th Grade Premiers
4th Grade Runners Up
4th Grade Minor Premiers
5th Grade Premiers
5th Grade Runners Up
5th Grade Minor Premiers
6th Grade Premiers
6th Grade Runners Up
6th Grade Minor Premiers
# Sub District Competition (before CCSCA)
* Teachers I, GT Teachers