Vale Dean Southwood
16/05/1936 – 09/04/2020

It is with great sadness that I write to the East Torrens family to advise the passing of our former President and Life Member, Dr Dean Southwood.

Dean is possibly the most influential person in East Torrens’ history. His passion and hard work for our club has shaped it in to the success it is today.

Dean’s hard working “get-your-hands-dirty” attitude is something that has influenced me while undertaking the Presidents role.

His visionary role in the Anti-Smoking movement is something that is now accepted world-wide, and has provided ongoing financial support to our club  through “Foundation East Torrens” until this day.

I have spoken to Dean’s wife, Margaret by telephone on Saturday to pass on our condoloences and express our gratutitute for Deans’s leadership and contrbution to our club.

I have asked Peter Herbert to write some further word on Dean’s amazing service to East Torrens and these are below.

Vale, Dean Southwood you will be sorely missed.

Regards
Craig Bradbrook
President

SOUTHWOOD, Dean Milton

The players and supporters, both past and present, of the East Torrens District Cricket Club will be saddened to learn of Dean’s passing, on Maundy Thursday (09/04/2020).

We salute a man whose passion and energy over many years, as President, Chairman, amazing fundraiser (and the list could go on) made a contribution to the club which has been unsurpassed in South Australian cricket.

Dean was an eastern-suburbs man throughout; he kept an eye on East Torrens’ progress every week. He was also a legendary supporter of the Redlegs.

His vision for the club never wavered from the moment in 1974 when he was invited to help the cause. From then on he was always ready and willing to do the hard yards, including even pitch preparation, which were sorely needed at the time.

As a busy Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon, it seems incredible that Deano could fit in the massive contribution in time and energy to our club that he did. He was originally invited to the club by Dr Clive Matthews, a GP, who was one of our A/B – Grade players. At the time we possessed many very good players, but the playing and practice conditions would be laughed at today. For half of the 1974/5 season, Campbelltown Oval was unfit for any cricket; then it was out of action the entire 1975/6 season, a premiership year for the A-Grade.

You wouldn’t have put sheep onto the practice area! Good place to lose any form you might have had.

It was at this time that the two doctors swung into action, setting the club up on a more professional basis. Naturally that meant money, and sponsorship was needed.

Dean was in the perfect position to judge the harmful effects of smoking; quite simply he basically took on the tobacco companies and the SACA (whose main sponsor was Benson and Hedges). Dean was subsequently able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the club. One of the fruits of his herculean efforts was a new pavilion to take over from the besser-brick ‘changeroom’ (recently demolished).

His courage in the face of strong opposition from the tobacco lobby was outstanding.

At times Dean could present a brusque, almost grumpy exterior, brooking no nonsense; he was never loveable, just pragmatic and driven. But underneath beat a mighty heart, passionate for the red and blue. For those who have seen the club from the start of the 1970’s, it is hard to imagine how East Torrens could be in the healthy state it is today without Dean.

For those who haven’t done so already, get hold of a copy of Parade to Paradise, our history, and read more about this remarkable man.

Our thoughts are with his lovely wife Marg, who was ever by his side at our club, and his family, at this time.

Vale, Deano!

Peter Herbert

 

From the President:
Season 2019/2020

To all ETDCC Players, Life Members, Members and Supporters,

As per my previous message, the 2019/2020 Premier Cricket Season has come to a premature end due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Whilst we are extremely disappointed that we did not get the opportunity to have our 1st, 3rd and 4th Grades compete in the finals series, I am extremely proud of the way our club has performed on the field this year with highlights including:

  • 3 senior teams in the finals
  • 2nd Grade only narrowly missing the finals
  • 1st Grade winning the One Day Premiership and also playing in the T20 Grand Final for the second year in a row
  • Development of our junior players with a number playing senior cricket during the year

Whilst we are extremely disappointed and put forward a major case requesting the finals series to proceed in some format, the health and well-being of our players, volunteers and the wider Eastern Reds family, is our number one priority.

Due to the unprecedented completion of the season, the following will take place:

Premierships
Late yesterday, it was formally resolved by the SACA Premier Cricket Committee that premiership titles will be awarded to the minor premiers in all junior and senior grades. The premiership titles will be denoted that finals matches were not played. On behalf of East Torrens, we congratulate those recipients.

Junior and Senior Presentation Nights
Junior and Senior Presentation nights programmed for Friday 27th March and Friday 3rd April respectively have been cancelled, however we are considering options on how we will be able to recognise our trophy winners and thank our volunteers, sponsors etc. Further information will be provided when available.

Junior Trials
Junior trials for next season will also be postponed until it is safe to hold these and we will advise the new dates ASAP.

 

I would like to personally thank Stephen Stubbings, the coaching staff, players, volunteers and committee members who have given their absolute all in improving our on-field performances this year.

Bring on 2020/21!
Go Reds

Craig Bradbrook
President

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 17-03-2020

To all ETDCC players, club members and supporters,

As most of you would be aware, due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Cricket Australia has advised SACA to cancel Premier Cricket for the remainder of the season, effective immediately.

With 3 of our 4 senior teams due to participate in the final series, we are extremely disappointed that the season has come to an early end, however the health and well-being of our players, volunteers and the wider Eastern Reds family, is our number one priority.

Our committee are currently assessing the ever-changing information being received and hope to provide a further update within the next 24 hours in relation to the outcome of the season, junior and senior presentation nights, junior trials and how we move forward in this unprecedented situation.

Thanks and stay tuned for further updates.

Craig Bradbrook
President

ETDCC 2018/19 U12 Development Squad Named

To go with our U16 and U14 playing squads, U12 development squad players receives specialist coaching to ensure they make the most of their endless potential. The also squad features a number of young Reds playing in the U14 side as well, a great way for the older guys to fast track their cricket. Full squad below.
Jamie Selvanayagam
James Gray
Alex Clark
Thomas Glen
Jay Saunders
Liam Murphy
Suhas Challa
Josh Stevens
Stephen Vasilunas
Izaac Birkedale
Charlie Atkinson
Riley Macdonald
Krishen Nair
Finley O’Brien
Mitchell Stevenson
Noah Higginson
Alecs Zorzi
Cooper Heffernan
Will Holland
Blake Roberts
Sam Smith
Jake Polkinghorne

ETDCC 2018/19 U14’s Named

Coached by senior player and former ET junior Lewis Evans, next season’s U14 squad features a number of very talented young players. Full squad below.
Riley Harten
Massimo Obbiettivo
James Gray
Luke Stevens
Jay Saunders
Alex Cavenett
Ben De Conno
Aditya Ghai
Charlie Mulvany
Josh Martin
Josh Koster
Felix Scrimgeour
Josh Incoll
Dev Desai
James Wilson
Will Beauchamp
Cooper Beauchamp
Zac Adams
Aadi Mittal
Hetul Shah
Billy Germain
Alistair Nickless
Zack Mitchell
Cooper Thomas
Blake Roberts
Jamie Selvanayagam
Alex Clark
Bradley Herrmann
Hamish Headland

ETDCC 2018/19 U16’s Named

The East Torrens District Cricket Club would like to congratulate the following players on their selection in next seasons’ U16 squad.

Damien Hilliard
Sahil Phogat
Charlie Griffin
Noah Black
Charlie Warner
Brayden MacDonald
Sam Martin
Jack Davidson
Campbell Thompson
Jack Ianniello
Angus Kean
Lewis De Ruvo
Dev Patel
Jaiden Dawson
Anton Slivak
Ryan Murphy
Jacob Bettison
Sachin Ravindran
Harry Henbest
Abhijeet Dhillon
Isaac Lawrence
Jaiden Howard
Harry Reid
Vedant Sehgal
Sid Kumra
Lachlan Bates
Hard Patel
Brad Jefferies
Jake Slivak
Zyton Santillo

2018/19 ETDCC Junior Trials Start Soon!

The Eastern Reds, home to Redbacks Jake Lehmann and Adam Zampa, invites young cricketers to trial for our U12, U14, and U16 squads.

Trial dates and times as follows:

U12 Development Academy (Must be under 12 years of age at 1/9/18)
Trial Date – Tuesday 27/3, 4pm to 6pm
Venue – Mega Courts, 10 Albert Street, Windsor Gardens

U14 Squad (Must be under 14 years of age as at 1/9/18)
Trial Date – Wednesday 28/3, 4.30pm to 6pm
Venue – Gillespie Sports, 375 Cross Road, Edwardstown

U16 Squad (Must be under 16 years of age as at 1/9/18)
Trial Date – Wednesday 28/3, 6pm to 7.30pm
Venue – Gillespie Sports, 375 Cross Road, Edwardstown

What to wear: Local club playing or training shirt, shorts, runners
What to bring: Cricket equipment and water bottle
Please arrive 10 mins prior to start time if possible.

All players planning to trial need to be registered prior. Please do this
by emailing the name and date of birth of the person trialing to ETDCC
Junior Cricket Director, Greg Size, at greg@deliversports.com.au
Likewise, if you have any queries, please send Greg an email.

2017-18 Season Launch Coming Up!

Round 1 kicks off this weekend and that means it’s time for our season launch. This year we will be heading to the Glynde Hotel to open the season due to the exciting renovation of Campbelltown Oval. The event will kick off at 7:45pm this Thursday (OCT 12th), with meals available from the fantastic Glynde menu prior to this.

Senior teams for round one will be announced, as well as the presentation of new sponsors and the naming of our superstar Ray Sutton team for the upcoming season. See you there Red Family!