2022/23 Senior Captains Announcement
The Midland-Guildford Female Cricket program is excited to announce our 2022/23 A Grade Captain is Sheldyn Cooper.
Sheldyn has been a Midland Guildford player for a number of years now, coming through development programs as a Junior, through to now being a mainstay in the A Grade Team, and also a WA Contracted Player who will be part of the WNCL team throughout the season. Sheldyn brings many leadership qualities to our group both on and off the field, including a calm and measured approach, professional, holds high standards, tactically sound on the field, and leads from the front. It is these attributes that will set us up for a number of years to come and will be a great mentor to our young group.
The Club would also like to thank Alisha Kozma who led the club last season and put in a lot of work to provide leadership across the program. We look forward to Alisha still being a valuable member of the playing group and still being a leader and mentor with her valuable experience as a player.
Sarah Fragomeni will once again lead the B Grade team providing quality leadership amongst the group and using her playing experience to mentor and inspire the playing group moving forward.
We look forward to a successful season ahead for the Female Cricket Program.
The Midland Guildford Cricket Club is delighted to announce Keaton Critchell as our First Grade Mens Captain and Club Captain this season.
A Slater-Gartrell Medallist and Brent Hampson Medallist, Keaton is Midland Guildford through and through having come through our junior pathway to playing First Grade as a teenager, having amassed more than 5000 runs in the process.
The Club would like to acknowledge outgoing Captain James Godfrey who in his two seasons in the role steered the First Grade team to their first finals appearance since 2005 and a One-Day Competition Semi-Final in season 2020/21. James’ experience and leadership will continue to be a massive asset to the Club this season as we continue to look to build.
Our other Male team Captains for 2022/23 are:
2nd Grade: Jarrad Davies
3rd Grade: Ashley Mucciarone
4th Grade: Oli Voorn
Posted: 16 September 2022
Vale Stephen Milosz (26th December 1955 - 20th July 2022)
Stephen Milosz (“Milo”) was a Midland boy who had to overcome a dearth of opportunities to fulfil his cricketing potential at both club and state level. An enigmatic character with a strong inner self-belief, he was a leg-spinner who could really turn the ball and had a well disguised, bouncy top spinning delivery.
As a junior Milo represented Midland Guildford in Under 16s and Trinity College in the Darlot Cup. Graduating through Midland Guildford’s lower grades he made his 1st Grade debut in the 1973/74 season, returning figures of 8/67 v Bassendean Bayswater and 4/38 v West Perth. Despite his obvious ability and potential and his strong performances in 2nd Grade he had limited 1st Grade opportunities. His progress was blocked by Midland Guildford’s stellar regular spin attack of Tony Mann and Bruce Yardley. Consequently, he played only a handful of 1st Grade games in his first four senior seasons. In 1977/78, when Mann moved to Mount Lawley as captain coach, Milo finally got the opportunity to prove his worth. He took 31 1st Grade wickets in that season with Keith Slater describing him as “potentially the best leg spinner in the state”. In the ensuing four seasons he took 123 wickets with best figures of 7/106 v Nedlands.
With Mann returning to Midland Guildford in 1983/84, Milo saw that his cricket future lay elsewhere. He moved to Bayswater Morley and became an important member of their powerful sides of the mid-1980s, forming a formidable spin duo with off-spinner Brett Mulder. In that first season he took 55 wickets and forced his way into the Sheffield Shield winning WA side, playing in the final v Queensland at the WACA Ground. He took a further 89 1st Grade wickets over the next two seasons and played in Bayswater Morley’s 1985/86 premiership win over Midland Guildford. Still state level opportunities were hard to come by with the likes of Mann, Mulder, Tom Hogan, Wayne Andrews, Giles Bush and English import Vic Marks all competing with him for spin bowler selection. Like many other players of that era, when WA’s cricketing stocks were running so high, Milo chose to move interstate. He opted for Tasmania and played 11 1st Class games there taking 27 wickets including 5/140 v WA at the WACA Ground. He returned to WA and resumed with Bayswater Morley in 1987/88, taking a further 40 wickets and playing in WA’s Sheffield Shield winning side that season, finishing his WA career with 10 games and 17 wickets.
It is a shame that throughout his cricket journey Milo was starved for opportunities because, once given them, he showed that he could hold his own with the best. Whilst his achievements are outstanding, particularly in pennant cricket, one can’t help but wonder how much better they would have been in another era where his progress was not impeded by established players, thereby allowing him an earlier start to his pennant and state cricket careers. Notwithstanding, he was a Midland boy who did himself and our Club proud.
Stephen Milosz pictured with MGCC 1st Grade 1978/79 team (seated far left)
Stephen Milosz pictured with teammates Mark O’Neill, Greg Bond, Darryl Burton, Mark Weinman, Norm Vigar, Brian Rakich and Gavin Penfold at Midland Oval 1978 (centre right)
Posted: 23 August 2022