Cricket has been the prominent summer sport at Assumption for over a century. A proud history includes many fine teams, a total of 37 premierships and a galaxy of over 800 players.
Chairman of Selectors Ray Carroll spent over a year studying every player. The task was that challenging, a touring party of 16 has been selected.
In naming these Cricketers of the Century, tribute is paid to all who have represented the First XI with pride and honour. Ray has asked that special recognition is paid to six Reserves who represent so many from across the years who could so easily have been chose. The are:
Keith Savage - Class of 1945
Terry Kelly - Class of 1971
Matt O'Sullivan - Class of 1983
Marcus Hill - Class of 1996
Mauro Rebuffo - Class of 1987
Cameron Armstrong - Class of 2003
The Assumption College Cricketers of the Century are:
Simon O’Donnell - attended Assumption College from 1978-80. Captain.
Simon played a key role in hat-trick of cricket premierships and his captaincy and fine batting and bowling was a highlight of the 1980 title win. A hard hitting bat, lively pace bowler and fine fieldsman meant he was never out of the game. It was no surprise that Simon got to captain Victoria and play for Australia at Test and One Day International level. In the latter he took over 100 wickets.
Simon is named captain of the Cricket Squad of the Century.
Peter Ryan - attended Assumption College from 1961-69. Vice-captain
Peter Ryan represented the First XI from late Year 7 to Year 12. He captained the side for three seasons, leading teams to premierships in 1968 and 1969. A truly brilliant player he twice hit over 500 runs and took 50 wickets in an AGS season. In one game versus PEGS, Peter hit a century and took all 10 wickets. His highest score was 188 no in 1968.
After College, Peter player Premier cricket for Fitzroy, County cricket for Hampshire in the UK and briefly for Queensland. He also toured India and New Zealand with the Australian Under 19 XI’s. Some of his feats stand as records in AGS cricket history.
Peter is named the vice-captain of tonight’s squad.
David Joss – attended Assumption College from 1929-32.
David Joss was a colossus of his time – for three years he captained cricket, football and athletics, starring in each sport. A fine all-rounder at cricket he led by example. Dave followed Assumption teams for decades until his passing. Dave was one of the very many illustrious Collegians who have come to Assumption from the Riverina.
VALE DAVE JOSS
Desmond Purdon – attended Assumption College from 1940-42.
A gifted all-rounder, Des was a powerhouse in College cricket, football and athletics in the early forties and later in country cricket and footy. An inspiring First XI captain, Des was a powerful hitter who could destroy any attack.
A very fine and admired person, Des Purdon is a significant name in Assumption sporting history.
Nildo Munari – attended Assumption College from 1949-57.
Nildo (Nick) Munari was outstanding at cricket and football at Assumption in the fifties and excelled in country football beyond his College days. Captain of both the First XI and XVIII in 1957, Nildo was a champion of his time. His brilliant double century in the Grand Final of the district competition against Kilmore Cricket Club in 1957 is rated one of the finest innings by an Assumption player.
John Bahen – attended Assumption College from 1960-62.
John (Jock) Bahen was Assumption’s first ever premiership captain of cricket in the AGS competition in 1961. Another of the brilliant all round sports stars f Assumption’s history John excelled for both First XI and XVIII. A prolific bat and century maker, he was also a splendid wicket keeper and , if the need arose, a fiery pace bowler as the Ivanhoe Grammar of 1961 could testify.
John went on to play premier cricket for Fitzroy. He was a true champion and admired by a legion of friends.
VALE JOHN BAHEN
Peter Crimmins - attended Assumption College from 1963-65.
Peter Crimmins was another gifted star in the annals of Assumption sport.
A brilliant batsman/wicket keeper, who scored centuries and was all class and much admired by all who saw him play. Beyond College he became a Hawks footy legend. His battle with cancer ended after the 1976 Grand Final. The 1976 First XI and XVIII formed a guard of honour outside St John’s in Hawthorn after his Requiem Mass.
VALE PETER CRIMMINS
Neale Daniher - attended Assumption College from 1977-78.
At Assumption, Neale Daniher proved a colossus of his time in both First XI and XVIII. He captained both sports to premierships. Four centuries in the AGS bore testimony to his class as a left hand bat. Had football not claimed him straight from College, he could have progressed to high levels in cricket.
His battle with MND and extraordinary fundraising efforts with the support of family and countless people make an amazing story. Neale is a truly great Australian.
Peter Tossol – attended Assumption College from 1979-80.
Peter Tossol played a key role in the premier XI’s of 1979 and 80. A really talented all-rounder his batting and pace bowling were of high order. In 1980, Peter, with Simon O’Donnell, Steve Marks and Dale Dickson formed possibly the finest pace attack in Australian College cricket.
Peter went on to be a prolific country cricketer beyond College.
Ray Power – attended Assumption College from 1979-1982.
Ray was a very fine player for the First XI and XVIII for four years and he was part of dual cricket and football titles in 1980. Captain of the First XI in 1982, he was an outstanding bat, lively pace bowler and great field. A century against a strong visiting English College team in 1982 was a highlight. Ray was still playing cricket in Swan Hill with his son at age 52.
Stephen Gemmill – attended Assumption College from 1985-87.
Stephen Gemmill was an excellent player from a grand cricketing family. Stephen’s stand out season at College was in 1986-87 when he scored nearly 60 runs and took 42 wickets and was a genuine all-rounder. He represented Victoria in Under 17 sides, had a stint at North Melbourne and was a Murray Valley cricket star and later a highly regarded coach.
Inspired by his late father’s tales of playing overseas, with his brothers he formed the Wattlesprigs Touring side which has had some wonderful tours to the UK, Europe and the West Indies.
Jon Henry – attended Assumption College from 1983-88.
Jon Henry was a six year boarder from the Riverina. His impact at Assumption on the sporting scene was most notable. He led both First XI and XVIII sides to memorable titles. In Year 11 Jon hit 585 runs and as captain a summer later he totalled 964 runs and took 44 wickets. He was an inspirational captain on both cricket and football.
Jon Henry’s name looms large in Assumption College sporting folklore.
Jason Smith – attended Assumption College from 1987-1990.
Jason Smith excelled at cricket and football at Assumption. He captained both sports and was a key player in premiership teams. A powerful batsman, he peaked in his final summer totalling 861 runs in the AGS with all games at an average of over 50. He was the recipient of the Stockdale Cup for his efforts with bat, ball and as captain. His centuries at Carey and Essendon Grammar were memorable innings.
Jason was also part of the premier 1988 XI which competed in Canberra for the all Australian titles.
Jarrod Travaglia – attended Assumption College from 1996 -1998.
Jarrod was affine all-rounder – free scoring bat and a very lively pace bowler. Under the captaincy of Adam Pickering in 1998 he really prospered with 578 runs and a bag of wickets. He was also a brilliant field. A stunning century – 104 - at Peninsula, after Assumption had slumped to 5/24 was a game saver.
He was selected at Firsts level in Premier Cricket while still at College and this led to Jarrod forging a splendid career with Fitzroy-Doncaster where he played close to a hundred games.
Jamie Sheahan – attended Assumption College from 2007-08.
Jamie was as brilliant a cricketer as any to represent ACK in its history. A left hand bat of sound technique and superb range of strokes, he figured prominently in 2007 and 2008 hitting four AGSV centuries and starring for the combined Grammar’s XI. Also a useful slow bowler and fine field, Jamie was an excellent leader and this shone through in a superb title win in 2008.
Mr Carroll believes Jamie could certainly have gone to the highest level of cricket if he had chosen this path.
Tallan Wright – attended Assumption College from 2005-2010.
Like Peter Ryan from the sixties, Tallan Wright made the First XI from Year 7 and proved to be a prolific batsman and bowler across six seasons. A punishing left hand bat, he hit several fine centuries as well as took many wickets with his lively fast bowling. In the 2008 title year, Tallan hit 574 runs and took 32 wickets. Tallan led the First XI to an Australian Marist title in 2009.
Beyond College he has played Premier cricket for Essendon and Footscray; represented Victoria at Under 19 level; played in England and met the Queen and took a club record 55 wickets in the north of England.