As Sydney University’s eighteenth AW Green Shield team begins its campaign this week, we’d like to introduce you to the Club’s next generation of players. 

Michael Glassock, an all-rounder from the Central Coast, will lead the team.  If the name sounds familiar, it should – Michael’s father played for Manly and his uncle, Craig, was an outstanding wicket-keeper/batsman for Manly, who played for the Australian Under-19s and appeared in four first-class matches for NSW.  Michael, a student at St Peter’s Catholic College, Tuggerah, plays for The Entrance Cricket Club in the senior Central Coast competition, where he recently scored 55 and took 3-16 in the same match against Terrigal.  He has already represented Combined Catholic Colleges, and has been selected in the NSW Emerging Blues squad.  His favourite cricketer is Michael Hussey. as “he was a left handed batsman, like me, who could mix attack and defence cleverly, was composed under pressure, passionate about the game and always tried to keep the game moving forwards.”

Tom Brooks is a leg spinner from St Ignatius Riverview, who has played junior representative cricket in the Hunter Valley.  Last season he represented the Northern Razorbacks in the State Under-14 Challenge tournament and Central Northern in the Country Cricket Kookaburra Cup, and was named in the NSW Country Merit Team.  His favourite cricketer is “Steve Smith, because he is a weapon.”

Ethan Clout is an all-rounder who attends St Dominic’s College, Kingswood.  This season, he has been playing Metropolitan Cup cricket for Sydney University; previously, he had a successful career in the Penrith and Hawkesbury District competitions.  Last season he represented the Hawkesbury District Cricket Association in the Under-15 EG Weblin Shield competition and helped Emu Plains to a grand final victory over Springwood in the Hawkesbury premiership.  he enjoys watching Mitchell Johnson, “due to his extremely competitive nature and aggressive style of play.”

Brayden Dilley is a batsman from Epping Boys High School.  Last season, he scored 385 runs at 48.13 for the Epping Bulls Junior Cricket Club in the Northern District Junior competition, leading his team to a premiership in the Under 16 division.  He also represented the Association in the EG Weblin Shield and the Walter Taylor Shield competitions.  His favourite player is Glenn Maxwell, “because something is always going to happen when he is involved.”

Cullen Hathurusinge is an all-rounder who played last season for Dundas in the Northern District Junior competition.  He has played successfully for Northern District in the CS Watson Shield competition this season, as well as playing Fifth Grade for Sydney University, where he took 4-32 against Western Suburbs in the last round.

Ryan McElduff is an all-rounder from St Ignatius Riverview.  This is his third season in the Green Shield competition; he played four games for Gordon in 2013-14 and seven for Gordon in 2014-15.  He has already played for a wide array of teams, including Lane Cove (Second Grade Shires and the Frank Gray Shield) and for the North Shore Junior Cricket Association at every level from the Under 10s (the WG Foster Shield) to Under 16s (Watson Shield).  He was an NSW Academy player at both Under 14 and Under 15 level.  His brother, Liam, played Second Grade for Gordon last season.  Ryan rates “scoring my first hundred” as his most memorable achievement in the game, and admires Chris Rogers “because he grinds through the hard situations even if he doesn’t look the best.”

Murray Miles is a bowling all-rounder from Kingswood High School.  He plays for Emu Plains in the Nepean District Cricket Association competition, turning out in both the Under-16s and in First Grade.  He scored 55 on his first appearance for the Emu Plains First Grade side last season, and has also played for the Penrith Junior Association at every level from the Under 10s (the WG Foster Shield) to Under 15s (EG Weblin Shield).

Jarrod Morley, a wicket-keeper from Penrith Christian School, has already appeared in Fifth Grade for Sydney University.  He has played for the Emu Plains Club since the Under-9s.  In the Under-12 competition, he came in to bat facing a hat-trick delivery in the Grand Final against Springwood, and calmly put together an unbroken, match-winning partnership of 75 with his future Sydney University club-mate Nick Arnold.  He has represented the Penrith Junior Association in every representative competition from the Under 10s (WG Foster Shield) to the Under-15 EG Weblin Shield.  His favourite cricketer is Steve Smith, Because of “his hard work, his resiliency and work ethic, which allowed him to be reselected in the Test side, and then put up numbers.”

Michael (Jono) Phoebus bats in the middle order, and bowls medium pace, for St Leo’s College, Wahroonga.  He has represented the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai and Hills District Cricket Association in junior competitions since the Under-10 WG Foster Shield, hitting 58 not out against Central Coast in the Graeme Malcolm Shield team last season (in which he was named player of the tournament). He has played his club cricket for Kissing Point and the Pennant Hills Pumas. 

Hamish Rogers is a batsman who attends Penrith Anglican College.  He plays for Springwood in the Penrith Junior Cricket Association and this season represented the Association in the Under-16 Andrew Blamey Cup, scoring 75 against Sutherland.  His favourite cricketer is Mike Hussey “because he’s an awesome batsman”.

Ben Sanders is a wicket-keeper/batsman who plays for the Balmain Black Tigers in the South-Eastern Junior Cricket Association.  He has also represented the South-Eastern Association in the Under-16 Watson Shield competition this season.

Connor Slater is a leg-spinner from Barker College.  He has played with great success for the Normanhurst-Warrawee club in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai and Hills District Cricket Association, and has turned out for the Association in representative matches since the Under-11 Creak Shield competition.  He was named player of the Ballina Under-13 carnival in 2013-14 after scoring 41 against Armidale and taking 4-15 against Tamworth and 5-20 against Hunter Valley.  His favourite player is Steve Smith – “top class leg spin bowler who evolved into a great batsman”.

Charlie Wallace, an opening bowler and useful lower-order batsman for Lane Cove, has shown excellent form this season for North Shore in the Under-16 CS Watson Shield, taking 3-12 against Blacktown and 3-19 against Fairfield-Liverpool. 

Harley Wijeyaratne is a top order batsman and occasional leg-spinner from Sydney Grammar School.  He currently plays for Randwick Black in the South-Eastern Junior Association, and last season he represented the Association in the EG Weblin Shield.  He rates his 11 from 120 balls for Grammar against Riverview as his most memorable achievement to date, and enjoyed watching Ricky Ponting, for “his positive approach to batting, his technique and the wide range of strokes.”

Natesh Yoganand, a student at St John Paul II Catholic College, Schofields, is an all-rounder who plays for the Greystanes junior club.  He played WS Gee Shield and Harold Moore Shield cricket for the Blacktown Association.  He can recall taking a wicket with his first ball in the first match he ever played, at the age of eight, and his favourite cricketer is “Adam Gilchrist, because he played the game with natural striking ability and a clear mind.”  His sister is a Cricket NSW Under-15 Academy player.

The Green Shield team plays its first match at University No1 against Campbelltown-Camden on Thursday.  The team’s draw is here: all Club members should make an effort to get to at least one of the games to support our newest players (and to keep an eye out for the players who will be after your spot in a year or two).