A GRADE CENTURY MAKERS
(Gee Bees' Big Hitters)
Games record holder Todd Altus also fittingly as at the
completion of 2021 produced the most A Grade individual
centuries scored for the club with 5 with Barry Pascoe, Brian
Thomas, Mel Gallagher and Bevan Bennell joining the list of
century-makers for Great Boulder who have scored the coveted
ton on four occasions.
Barry's first century came against North Kalgoorlie in our
maiden premiership summer, 1963-64, with an unbeaten 103
against North Kalgoorlie. He followed up with scores of 108
not out (against Hannans) and 106 (North Kalgoorlie) in
1964-65 and 102 (North Kalgoorlie) in 1968-69.
Brian has a top score of 135 to his credit, his other
centuries being 118, 110 not out and 101.
Phil Kelly, Dave Sheehan and Greg Bond have each made three
centuries and Lee Sorfleet two.
The first of Phil Kelly's three tons came against Lake View in
1974-75 (116) and he followed up with two more.
Other century-makers include lain Philip (140), Brett Negus
(102) and Dan Sudlow (106 not out.
The highest individual score by a Great Boulder player is 166
recorded by Tony Patrizi against Hannans in March, 1986.
The only century made in a grand final is 114 against North
Kalgoorlie by Calvin Wilson in the 1981-82 season.
In the 1954-55 season both Colin (Ping) Dunlop and Clarrie
McCreed made a century Colin with 100 not out against Hannans
and Clarrie an unbeaten 103 against the same club.
In 1956-57 Jim Mitchell hit an unbeaten 111 against Hannans,
when he scored a record 640 runs for the season, while Alan
Dowson chalked up 102 against Lake View in 1967-68.
In the 2003-04 season two centuries were posted - 104 by new
captain-coach Leigh Burns in the opening game against Hannans
and the second - 124 not out - by Mel Gallagher in the
following match against North Kalgoorlie.
Season 2004/05 seen Leigh Burns produce another outstanding
innings during the preliminary final against Hannans. The
talented All Australian Country XI top order bat sman made his
second century for the club posting a superb 121.
Season 2005/06 has seen the dynamic Burns go within 5 runs of
Tony Patrizi's club record when he made a majestic unbeaten
161 v Lake View on December 4th this was his third ton for the
club in as many years. Brett Kearney also joins this elite
group when he compiled a stylish 103 v North Kalgoorlie
on November 27th followed by 112 v Lake View on January 29th.
Premiership Captain Coach Scott Tie became the 21st individual
player to score an A grade century when he made 137 against
Lake View on February 4th, 2007. Former St George First Grade
player and current club captain coach Chris Johnston scored
his first GBCC century on December 6, 2008 with a superb
unbeaten 104 against North Kalgoorlie and followed that up
with a punishing 114 against Hannans on February 15, 2009.
Arron Lilley joined the list of centurions on November 15th,
2009 when he scored and unbeaten 105 v Hannans at Sir Richard
Moore. The 18 year old from Manchester in the UK was recruited
to the club for the Australian summer and was delighted to
score his first ever century in all forms of cricket for the
GB's. Chris Johnston made it three centuries in as many
seasons when he blasted a superb 105 against Lake View at
Wallace Park on December 19, 2009, cementing his reputation as
one of the state's most accomplished batsmen outside of the
metropolitan area and justifying his selection as Vice Captain
of the WA Country X1.
Exciting young batsmen and former Softley Medal winner Damien
Sweet who is a product of the club's junior system scored an
outstanding 105 not out against North Kalgoorlie at
Cruickshanks on October 15th 2011.
Todd Altus created further history by becoming the first
batsmen to achieve 5 A Grade centuries for the club when he
scored a hard hitting 103no against North Kalgoorlie on March
All rounder Daniel Campo posted his maiden A Grade century
with a hard hitting 119 v Lake View at Wallace Park on
December 14, 2013 the innings was just reward for
the 2007-08 O'Shaughnessy Medallist who had threatened to
reach the magical figure on numerous occasions throughout his
Brilliant all rounder Josh Rushmore produced a well deserved
century against Hannans on December 12th, 2015 when he
compiled 103. The multiple Jerrard and O'Shaughnessy medalist
played a masterful innings dispatching the bowling to all
parts of Cruickshank's Sports Arena and it would be fair to
say this could be the first of many centuries for this classy
player. It didn't take that man Rushmore long to record
another ton when he made it back to back centuries with 106
against Lake View on January 31st 2016 this coincided with
Jebb Swallow's maiden century for the club in the same match
when he scored a swashbuckling 148 no with the pair adding 153
runs for the fourth wicket.
Rushmore once again entered the record books when he became
the first player in club history to record three centuries in
a season all within four innings when he scored a chance less
123 against Hannans on the 13th February 2016, the champion
all rounder put on a masterclass and showed why he has been
the premier batsman in the EGCA competition.
2018-19 Jerrard and O'Shaughnessy Medallist Jebb Swallow
recorded his second century for the club with a sublime 108no
on 13th October 2018 v NKCC.
Outstanding WA Country X1 and GBCC batsman Bevan Bennell
scored consecutive centuries in the 2019-20 including 138no v
NKCC on the 8th February followed by an unbeaten 120 v Hannans
15th February. Bennell has the distinction of proudly becoming
the first indigenous player to score a century for the club.
As if season the season to follow was scripted Bennell again
scored back to back centuries with 122 against Hannans on
February 6th 2021 and then 119 versus North Kalgoorlie on
February 13th. Bennells contribution in compiling an
phenomenal 1467 runs in just two seasons (28 games) and
accordingly instrumental in the Premiership A Grade winning
team he captained in 2020/21.Bennell joined Todd Altus with a
record of five centuries for the club when he scored 102
against North Kalgoorlie on October 22nd 2022 an amazing
achievement in just his 30th appearance for the club.
|Todd Altus (5)
|Greg Bond (3)
|Bevan Bennell (5)
|Leigh Burns (3)
|Barry Pascoe (4)
|Chris Johnston (3)
|Brian Thomas (4)
|Josh Rushmore (3)
|Mel Gallagher (4)
|Brett Kearney (2)
|Phil Kelly (3)
|Lee Sorfleet (2)
|Dave Sheehan (3)