At the Cricket Victoria Gala Awards for the season past, our Captain/Coach Brendan Drew was named the Ryder Medallist for the 2016/17 season.
Drew played 18 matches during the season, 15 of which were matches in which Ryder Medal votes could be polled. He missed two matches this year due to his job with the Australian Cricketers Association – Round 6 vs Casey South Melbourne and Round 14 vs Frankston Peninsula. The three other games he played were finals (the Quarter & Semi Finals, as well as the White Ball Final).
His best batting performance for the year was against Geelong Cricket Club, which helped us secure an outright win. He hit 119 from 96 balls, his second century for the club, as we passed Geelong’s first innings score of 130 by 193 before declaring. We had enough time to bowl them out again to help secure the ten points, Drew taking two wickets in that innings.
His highlight with the ball was the five wicket haul against St Kilda to help bowl them out for 126, having been 4/117. He followed up that effort with 77* as well.
His overall stats for the year were as follows:
Batting: 548 runs @ 42.2, 50 x 2, 100 x 1, HS 119*
Bowling: 35 wickets @ 17.1, 5WI x 1, BB 5/27.
Brendan’s been in charge of the playing group since 2013/14, and has put the development of other players ahead of his own throughout. This can be seen by him batting at 6 or 7 throughout the year, and rarely taking the new ball as Will Walker and Matthew Whittaker established themselves as an opening partnership.
The whole club is proud of Brendan’s efforts, and with all that he’s done for the club such an individual honour could not have gone to a more deserving person.