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.

Wet weather wreaks havoc – all but one game cancelled

When rain holds up play! Some fine snack work here from the ladies.

Wet weather hampered pitch preparations across Adelaide last week, meaning only our women’s team was able to get underway on the weekend.

And, it was only the late transfer of the women’s team’s match against Northern District to a hard wicket that allowed that contest to get underway.

The ladies battled hard to field a team and then came up against a bunch of talented Jets who put their stamp on the match.

In a weather-shortened contest, our girls were dismissed for 49 with Shannon Chomik top-scoring with 14.

In reply, Northerns passed the score without losing a wicket.

This weekend, the A and B grade sides will play limited-overs contests at Flinders Park and home, respectively, while the C grade play Grange at Gawler River. The women commence their mid-season break.

Meanwhile, in the previous round of matches, it’s worth noting that one of our players pulled off an exceptional double in the C grade – recording his best batting and bowling effort for the club all in one game.

Scott Lee, putting much younger blokes to shame (as always) took 6/30 (19th best bowling performance in the club’s history) and then hit 64 runs to bring the TOSers to within three runs of what appeared an unlikely victory after coming in at 6/47 in pursuit of 135.

Cold November rain – but no umbrella fields. Hooker finishes with 10 wickets.

It was a strange old day for Trinity Old Scholars on the cricket field, with the A grade praying the rain held off and the B grade looking for it to bucket down.


In the end, the wet weather provided just good enough conditions for the A grade to secure a win, but fall just short of an outright, with another five scalps giving Nick Hooker his maiden 10-wicket haul – a solid achievement.

His bowling efforts followed some hitting heroics that helped put the TOSers in with a chance of running down an outright victory.

Hooker hit an unbeaten 42 off 29 balls to help the side to a 95-run lead.

Earlier Brad Cameron (63) and Mitch Dearing (28) had contributed to the team’s pursuit and passing of Pooraka’s 123.

Grey day
It was a wet day at Waldeck.

With the rain coming down, Pooraka put an outright firmly on the cards as they crumbled to 6/34 before Andrew Tomkins and Dave Hammond staved off the Trinity charge to take their team past the score deficit.

The seventh and final wicket fell on 101, with Hooker collecting Tomkins to get his fifth as the rain continued to fall.


Nick’s stats facts

  • Young Hooker took 10/61
  • He has three five-wicket hauls for the season so far.
  • Nick is only the third Trinity Old Scholar to complete a 10-wicket match – the first to do it was his father, Keith (13/48 v Reynella in B2 in 2011/12). The other is Mitch Dearing.
  • A2 is the highest grade in which this milestone has been achieved.

Rained on, but not rained out

In the B grade, the boys were bedevilled by an under-prepared wicket, spinners bowling balls that spat and bounced off the moist deck and rain that just didn’t do enough for them to get off the field.

Nathan Kennedy scored 60 in an impressive innings on a spitting deck.

The task was already difficult, with the Adelaide Lions setting a target of 335 the week before, but when the visitors tied us up we were soon 4/31 and the rain was a long way off helping the lads salvage a draw.

There were more maidens than you’ll see in an average ep of The Bachelor but the Lions weren’t handing out any roses.

Nathan Kennedy (60) and Grady Hudd (51) tamed the wicket sufficiently to forge a 112-run partnership but their dismissals, in quick time after tea, saw the end approaching rapidly.

We were soon dismissed for 150 with the Lions celebrating wildly in the drizzle.


Meanwhile, the week’s weather conditions meant the C grade and women’s teams were unable to get on the field.

This weekend:

T20 v Modbury (Modbury, Tuesday); A grade v Unley (Waldeck); B grade v Fulham (Colins Reserve); C grade v Hope Valley (St Paul’s); Women v Reynella (Reynella).

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:

The joy of six wickets and a tonne for Cammo

Cammo 100
Brad Cameron had a rare day out in the B grade on Saturday.

Brad Cameron was the star of the show in this weekend’s round of TOS cricket, completing the rare feat of collecting six wickets and a century in the one day.

Playing as a ‘slash’ Cammo came into the B grade with the opposition needing just 50 runs to collect first innings points.

The boys came in with much better bowling intent with Harrison Varley, using his left-armers rather than wearing the keeping gloves, and wily Matt Knox bowling a good first spell.

Cameron Fletcher took the opening wicket, before old mate Cammo came on and took 6fa on the way to Goodwood making 9/270.

On last week’s batting performance, Goodwood might have considered themselves a chance of securing an outright, but

Cammo had different ideas – pounding the opposition into submission, along with a BMW.

The last over he faced going 4644.6, hitting the likes of which hadn’t been seen since, well, three Saturdays ago. 😉 😉 😉

He made an unbeaten 133 as we finished 6/177 at stumps.

His century was his fifth for the club, the 11th highest score in club history and the third highest for our B grade.


Mustangs turned into light horses

The A grade mostly made light work of Golden Grove, recording a 207-run first innings victory over last year’s grand final foe.

At 2/11 the Grove’s day started badly and only continued to get worse as they collapsed to 7/70.

Former TOSCC coach Ron Dinan can clearly see into the future as he had earlier (on Facebook) predicted the wicket-taker and mode of dismissal of one of the Brumbies’ key batsmen as Jarryd Furnell strolled to 3/18 off 10 overs.

Only a late recovery that saw the final three wickets put on 97 runs saved the Grove some blushes.

We then had a hit, giving some lower order batsmen a chance at the top and finished off 6/88.

Brad Schaper made 33, adding to his two wickets, and Furnell 21. Jace O’Hara added a third golden duck for the season.


Blistering chase

The C grade destroyed Walkerville’s bowling attack to secure a win.

After knocking the home side over for 143 on a field the size of a bee’s wingspan, the boys collected the score in just 11.4 overs.

The target could’ve been difficult, particularly after losing one opener (who won’t be named out of respect for his previous feats with the club) for a duck with the score on 21.

However, unlike last week, our second-wicket pair was able to carry us to victory.

Kyle Presbury (91*) and Keegan French (61*) broke some bowlers’ hearts as they chased down the score in ultra-quick time (one bowler went for 50 off just three overs).

Earlier, of most note in the bowling figures was the wicket alongside the name of Ash Hutchings – good to have you back.

We hope you play as a fill-in more often!

Women winning again

Our women got back winning ways with an excellent seven-wicket win over Payneham on Sunday.

Payneham set a creditable 3/123, with Shannon Chomik collecting two wickets.

In reply, we also only lost three wickets with Brooke Moreland again leading the way, scoring 60 not out.

Bailee Major’s improved vision also saw her benefit, scoring 15 as she and Moreland took the team to victory in the 20th over.


This week: A2 v Pooraka (Waldeck), B1 v Adelaide Lions (Main Oval); LO4 v Payneham (Payneham Oval); Women v Adelaide Uni (Waldeck).

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).


Shuffle Night IMG

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.