50 years as Lions (2008/09-2017/18)

Beginning the decade in section 1 didn't bring good news for the lions. After finishing towards the bottom end of the table in 2008/09 and then losing a host of players, we were enabled to drop down to section 2. After 2 season Section 2, and more poor on field results, the club found their A Grade languishing in Section 3 during the 2011/12 season campaign. This brought much needed life back into the club and, after missing finals in 2011/12, we found ourselves competing in finals for the next 3 seasons, including 2 grand final appearances. Following the success of 2014/15, which created 4 grand final appearance and 2 premierships from our 4 teams (A and C Grade) we were promoted back up to Section 2. With the inclusion of some handy players, the added depth to the club benefited all grades and we were able to field a 5th side in season 2015/16 and beyond. The promotion to Section 2 was a successful one without the ultimate prize, the side competing in finals, falling short in the semi finals.

To accompany the success of 2014/15, there was also a premiership in 2008/09 in our D Grade, bringing our premiership tally for the decade to 3. Along with this, we competed regularly in finals across all grades. 

 

Decade Summary

Mitchell Park finished second to bottom of Section 1 in 2008/09 and were subsequently relegated to Section 2 the following season. Unfortunately we finished towards the lower end of Section 2, and, following 2010/11s wooden spoon, we were relegated to Section 3 for the first time in the clubs history. Thankfully, this was as low as the club would drop. After missing finals in 2011/12 despite beating the minor premiers twice, the club found themselves in finals once more in 2012/13 eventually finishing runners up in the one that got away. 2013/14 was successful but didn't bring the desired trophy home, however, in season 2014/15 we would bring 2 premierships back to the club and see our A Grade promoted back up to Section 2. 

 

Other bright moments for for the club throughout this time was the reintroduction of juniors to the club. From only fielding 1 junior side, or none at times, we were able to regularly field juniors in Under 10s, 12s, 14s and 16s with some also representing our senior sides. To accompany this, Terry Hollis won the Section 6 Bowling trophy in a premiership season as well as being awarded association life membership with Peter Berkshire. Andrew Bicanin won the Bert Crowhurst Memorial Fielding Trophy in 2009/10, John Leicester was awarded association life membership in 2011/12 and Brett Campbell was awarded the Jim Coulls Wicket Keeping Trophy in 2012/13. Following these individual successes was Nathan Checketts with the Section 3 bowling trophy, Todd May won the Section 7 batting trophy and Shawn Davis won the Section 5 wicket keeping trophy. 

 

Notable Players

Darren Adams- Member All time XI

Justin Smoker- Member All Time XI

Tim Harris- Handy and trusty opening batsmen. Tim scored his 3 club centuries this decade.

Jamie Somerfield- Sublimely skilled batsmen. Jamie amassed all of his club runs this decade, including numerous 50s and a century.

Chris Farrell- In minimal time at the club, Chris has scored over 1000 runs at an average nudging 50

 

Team of the Decade (official 50th Year Celebrations)

Tim Harris

Shaun Hollis

Darren Adams

Chris Farrell

Jamie Somerfield

Mahen Fernando

Chris Badman (wk)

Nathan Checketts

Jake Hollis

Justin Smoker

Jamie Bonnet

Robert Drenthen (12th Man)