New coach for Trinity Old Scholars

Ardene Ruhode joins the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club as player/coach in 2020/21.
Ardene Ruhode will be player/coach of the Trinity Old Scholars in 2020/21, joining us from Magpies Cricket Club in Mackay, Queensland. Ruhode is a former Zimbabwe under 19 representative. PHOTO: Supplied

In season 2020/21, the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club begins a new era with the announcement of Ardene Ruhode as our senior coach.

Ruhode joins us from the Magpies Cricket Club in Mackay, Queensland, where he was player/coach in 2019/20.

A Zimbabwe under 19 representative, as a right-hand bat and right-arm off-spinner, Ruhode has been in Australia since 2017 pursuing his passion for coaching.

“I am thrilled to be joining the club and very humbled that TOSCC has put their faith in me to take up this role and play an important part in the club’s success,” Ardene said.

“I am very much excited to meet everyone and get started on what I think is going to be a very exciting season.

“There is a lot of ability and talent in this current playing group and to be able to work with them to achieve our aim of playing finals cricket is an exciting prospect I look forward to.”

Ruhode was part of the University of Pretoria Cricket Academy, the alma mater of players such as AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Niel Wagner, and is now studying a Bachelor of Business in Sports Management. He also enjoys soccer and rugby union.

Apart from his involvement with the TOSCC, Ruhode will also be a part of the school community, supporting teaching staff and working in its sports programs.

“Sport has given me an education and an opportunity to make something out of my life, something I never dreamed of considering my background and where I come from,” he said.

Club president Brad Schaper welcomed Ruhode to the TOSers, excited to provide the next step for a cricketer keen to build a coaching portfolio.

“We’ve spoken to a variety of people about Ardene and he comes to us with strong recommendations. We really look forward to having him become part of our culture and create a new story for our club,” Schaper said.

Further details about a welcome event and pre-season dates will be announced later.

Schaper also acknowledged the significant contribution of outgoing coach Ali Forwood, who is stepping aside this season due to family and work commitments.

“Ali has been such a big contributor to our club over the years and he has left big shoes to fill, that much cannot be understated,” Schaper said.

“As a fellow player, I’m thankful for the professionalism and, ultimately, the successes that came during his coaching tenure.

“We look forward to Ali continuing to be a significant contributor to our club.”

Forwood has coached the club for a combined five seasons, which have produced four A-grade premierships and a B-grade flag, the current stint from 2017/18.

The Tator keeps cool on the poker table

The Agitator, Scott Lee, kept cool and played poker on Saturday night as he took home the top prize in the Trinity Old Scholars’ Cricket Club poker night.

Scott Lee proved the main man on the poker table on Saturday night.

It was a battle to the end, but wily fox played the winning cards, finishing ahead of TOSFC representatives Ryan Clarke and Steve Couzner.

Check out some pics from the night here:

Ali joins the Baggy Yellow Club

 Family man

The Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club welcomes another legend to the Baggy Yellow Club this weekend when Ali Forwood plays his 100th game.

Starting in 2008, opening bat Ali has scored 3256 runs at a credible average of 32.24 for the club.

Premiership coach.

Amongst all of those runs are three hundreds and 20 fifties, including the club’s highest score of 186.

Better known as a wicketkeeper and electric fielder, Ali also has three wickets for 108, with a best of 2/22.

Club president Adrian Zorich, himself a member of the BYC, described Ali, our current club coach, as one of the most passionate cricketers he’d played with at the club.

“He works so hard on getting the little things right, he’s a great example to our other players.
Ali has played in four out of our five A-grade flags and coached the club to last season’s success.
We’re very fortunate to have had a clubman like Ali involved with us.”

Adrian Zorich, TOSCC President
Premiership player and legend.

A member of the club’s Team of the First Decade, Forwood’s record sees him second in the club’s all-time runs list in what is a competitive field.

He is 53 runs behind top-scorer Eythan Barraclough and 346 runs ahead of Tim Viner-Smith in fourth place.

Forwood is the eighth member of the BYC, joining good mate and fellow Trinity Mad Dog Ben Johnston, as well as current team-mates Alex Cotter, Barraclough, Viner-Smith, Brad Cameron and Stef Lainas.

Unless Tom Krieg makes a surprise dash at the honour, the next in line to join the BYC will be Mitch Dearing, Dan Elvin or Brad Schaper.

The Baggy Yellow tradition was commenced this season.

Aussie goes boom boom – again! Bailee and our women’s cricketers make history

A smash and grab on Golden Grove has seen Trinity Old Scholars emerge on top after day one of the much-anticipated rematch of last year’s grand finalists.

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A 108-run opening stand between Ali Forwood and Dan Elvin (39) meant the TOSers were looking good from the start.

Skipper Eythan Barraclough (31) helped take the score to 169 before the Grove got a double breakthrough.

Forwood looked set to score his fourth century for the club, but found himself LBW for 93 after a power-packed innings that included 10 fours and three sixes.

That brace of dismissals might have brought a reprieve for the Grove, but it was not to be as Austin Smith again gave the opposition nightmares.

‘Boom Boom’  teamed up with Mitch Dearing (25), Jace O’Hara (50) and Jarryd Furnell (28) to pile on the runs and take the score to 6/374 from 80 overs.

He finished unbeaten on 84, as well as sharing a 97-run dig with O’Hara, who’d have been glad to avoid a third-straight golden duck.

It was Smith’s third 50 in consecutive matches and his highest score for the TOSers, while O’Hara’s half-century was his first for the club.

Trinity will, of course, need to back up its effort this Saturday, but the weekend’s effort takes it total runs scored against Golden Grove in its past three games to 912.

B grade struggle

Things are a little bleak for our B grade, which was dismissed for about 151 against Goodwood at Cabra.

Dylan Milhench hit 48, while Nick Goodman (28) and skipper Grady Hudd (21) also made contributions.

In reply, Goodwood settled comfortably to be 50 runs short of first innings points with all of their wickets still in hand.


C grade lose

The C grade’s biggest highlight was Bailee Major becoming the first female to play in a TOS men’s side, acquitting herself well with a catch, some very conversational banter with the opposition and not backing down to the opposition’s fastest bowler.

However, it was not enough for us to get a win as our concession of runs to Multicultural came back to hurt us.

They made 184 with Keith Hooker (2/8), in a long-awaited return, Dylan Winning and skipper Nick Paget all taking a pair of scalps.

Sadly, Hooks’ day soured quickly, popping a hamstring soon after completing his first spell.

In reply, we lost a wicket early before Keegan French (58) and Mark Williams (42), visiting from Melbourne, putting on a 100-run partnership.

The quick fall of their wickets saw hopes of victory plunge as we lost 9/34, including 4/0, to be dismissed for 134, 50-runs short.

Bailee Major
Bailee Major departs the field after an impressive C grade debut


Historic match

Meanwhile, our women’s side played their historic first night match at Waldeck, but it was Northern District shining brightest at the end of the match.

The Jets, featuring a sprinkling of young Trinity talent, made 4/142 with Tamra Cross taking 2/11.

In reply, we stumbled early and found it hard to push through the slower outfield to score 4/84 from our 20 overs.

Major backed up from her earlier efforts to score 31, her highest score, while Brooke Moreland also made 24.

Wash outs and a bloke going whack

The A grade and C grade had the week off on Saturday, with the As not getting under way due to a wet pitch and the Cs receiving a forfeit.

Luckily for them, there was still plenty of ‘live action’ down at Kingswood Oval where the B grade took on Unley.

It was great to see Jamie Forwood pull on the whites again, while Jase Morgan took the reins as skipper for the first time.

Also, congrats to Jason Collyer on his first B-grade appearance. After losing the toss and being sent into the bat, the boys looked in a bit of trouble early after losing a few quick wickets.

Enter Rob McLean – aka ‘Robbie Mac’, ‘The Great Man’, ‘Mac Attack’…we could go on forever.

Ever the great club man, Rob selflessly put his hand up to play on Thursday night when the team was struggling for numbers – and the cricket gods repaid him in spades.

After getting his innings going with some elegant drives through cover, Rob proceeded to plunder the Unley attack to all parts of the ground.

Mixed with some dash between the wickets not seen by too many other 42-year-olds, Rob raced to 50 in no time – and those present at the grade, including the whole A-grade team who were watching – began to wonder: could he do it?

Already in unchartered territory – Rob’s previous higest score for TOS was 44 in 2013 – he continued to take it to the Unley attack.

After some close shaves in the nervous nineties, a quick single to mid-on brought Rob his hundred, with the celebration that followed putting Davey Warner to shame.

The great man freed his arms thereafter, putting a number of deliveries over the rope – and one into the car park – before being stumped on a colossal 151.

Rob’s knock provided the backbone to Trinity’s innings, with some lower-order fireworks from Nick Hooker (70 not out) helping the team to declare at 9/320.

The boys had eight overs at Unley before stumps, but were unable to take a wicket.

Play will resume this Saturday with the A-grade hopeful of playing a one-dayer against Rostrevor, while the C grade take on Modbury away.

New players

An A-grade debut, some returns and some new players. First day’s good start.

New players
Kieran Hammond (left), Tarryn Matthews and Brad Ratcliffe on debut for the TOSers.

Trinity Old Scholars started the ATCA 2018/19 season in good touch, with our two senior sides in good positions.

We found ourselves with two relatively makeshift sides providing opportunity for a number of players.

Matt Knox, after 43 games for the club, made his A-grade debut, while the ever-reliable Stef Lainas returned to the top side.

Jace O’Hara also made his long-awaited return to the club, but his return to action was short-lived – just one ball, with the bat.

There were plenty of runs among the lads, though with Alex Cotter (63 from 65) and Ali Forwood (25) forming a 75-run opening stand to get the day off to a good start against Fulham.

Acting skipper Tim Viner-Smith (67 from a patient 161), Mitch Dearing (26) and Boom Boom Smith (63 from 60) backed up their work.

The boys totalled 9/276 on a delightfully prepared deck that will give Fulham a fighting chance when play returns.

The B grade was also at home, taking on Modbury.

After having the opposition 5/75, they recovered slightly to dismiss the Hawks for about 160 with Jarryd Furnell (down the grades for one week) taking seven wickets.

We’re three wickets down in pursuit, with returning legend Mick Rutherford at the crease and plenty more batting to come.

Three players made their debuts on Saturday, being Kieran Hammond, Tarryn Matthews and Brad Ratcliffe – welcome to the club, lads.

Other news

Thanks to an anonymous donor, there’s plenty of reason to perform in the opening rounds of the season, with $100 on offer to the first A or B grade player to make 100 or take five wickets winning the cash (which jackpots $10 each game its unclaimed).

Sorry Jabba, your seven fa doesn’t count as it’s only on offer to regular B graders.

Make sure you get to the Pav on Thursday night to buy your songs for Saturday’s first social of the season: the iPod Shuffle.

Catch up with Jacob Snook to snare your favourite beats.

This week:

A grade v Fulham (Waldeck), B grade v Modbury (Main) and C grade v Gepps Cross (Gawler River).


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Capping off a new tradition

This season the Trinity Old Scholars Cricket Club has instituted a new tradition for players who attain life membership by playing 100 games – a Baggy Yellow cap.

The new playing cap will be awarded to players on the occasion of their 100th game.

At this stage in the club’s history, only a handful of men have achieved this honour, among them players integral to the formative years of the club and faithful Lions’ servants.

Club president and inaugural team member Adrian Zorich, along with 2017/18 A-grade premiership players Alex Cotter, Brad Cameron and Tim Viner-Smith have all received their caps in presentations at the Pavilion.

Club captain Eythan Barraclough and inaugural team member and club sponsor Ben Johnson will soon receive their caps.

We look forward to adding more players to this illustrious list as the years progress.