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Summer Intercol Reports

Summer Intercols have been held across Lawn Bowls, Tennis and Cricket against PAOCA. Thank you to our convenors, as well as those who represented SPOC.
28 Mar 2023
SPOC Sport
Lawn Bowls 2023
Lawn Bowls 2023


The annual Old Scholars intercol bowls match held at the Adelaide Bowling Club on 9 February was played in magnificent conditions. The weather was mild after a warm day & the greens were fast, obviously suiting our seasoned players.

The Blues prevailed 89 shots to 66.

Image: Rob Natt (SCH 1968) and Greg Twelftree (ATH  1968) with the shield

Here’s how it all panned out! 

PAOC convenor, John Morris & Mary-Ann Standish from PAOC had planned well. An agreement between us to give all those players interested a chance to play resulted in a lopsided draw! The Reds had nine teams & we had seven!

It was decided two of the Red teams would play each other & the shield would be contested between seven teams from each side.

Rob Corpe’s team included Dudley Hill (FLL 1959), evergreen Henry Krichauff (DAC 1952), & Richard Vincent (HWK 1959). They had a great tussle & won by a single shot!

The Facys;  Nigel (WDK 1993), Tom (YNG 2018), Sam (YNG 1988) & Peter (WDK 1954), played gallantly against Dave Thomas’s crack team from Beaumont. The scorecard showed a one shot deficit when the bell rang!

A highlight was the maiden appearance of a young Blues team. Jono Ray (SHT 2001), Dirk Van Dissel (FRR 2001), Ben Dewhirst (YNG 2001) & Nash Phillips (SHT 2001) were merciless in the demolition of their red opponents!

Rob Natt’s (SCH 1968) & Andrew Proudman’s (WDK 1981) teams had convincing wins, & Richard Auricht’s (SHT 1976) finished with a draw. The late Brian Gum’s son, Justin (DAC 1983) was a welcome addition to Rob’s team.

A special mention to my old mate from Athelney, John Dunn (ATH 1967). His team of Richard Brown (DAC 1979), John Corbin (W&A 1960) & Bill Bradshaw (HWD 1974) battled hard & finally succumbed. John flies over from Port Lincoln each year for this event! Great effort John.

My thanks to Bianca Harms for her valued help in gathering our teams. Bianca is a delight to work with.

To all Old Scholars, please think about joining us on this special night. It’s a lot of fun & while having some bowling prowess is useful, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never played! We plan to have our teams for 2024 in place before Christmas this year.

Well done to all teams this year for your support & I look forward to our next gathering.
Greg Twelftree (ATH 1968)




On Wednesday 15 February, the 2023 Intercol Tennis Competition was held at the Kensington Gardens Lawn Tennis Club.

Former convenor Jon Silcock (YNG 1981) addressed both teams. The 2023 SPOC team included the names of Jamie Wells (FRR 2021), Henry Chipperfield (HWK 2021), Will Fitzgerald (FLL 2022), Chris Vokolos (YNG 2010), Matt Walsh (YNG 1995), James Malycha (WDK 1996), Tom McFarlane (2022), Louis Mangan (YNG 2022), Toby Langley (FLL 1989), Nick Masterman (S&A 1985), Brandon Seeto (FRR 2020) and Alex Lam (FRR 2004) .

The Reds outclassed the Blues, as displayed by the following result:

PAOC – 11 rubbers – 22 sets – 137 games

SPOC – 1 rubber – 3 sets – 55 games

Thanks to the SPOC players for giving their all, and to Nigel Gosse (ATH 1982) and Will Fitzgerald (FLL 2022) for convening. Notably, doubles partners Toby Langley and Nick Masterman lost a tight three setter and won their 2nd match.

It was a fun night regardless of the scores.



SPOC v PAOCA Cricket Intercol 2023

This years Chester Bennet Cup was hosted by PAC and the T20 format trialled for the first time. After 3 years as reigning champs, SPOC were keen to keep this streak going and we had some big names involved to help us get the job done.

SPOC batted first and we got off to a flyer, former Redback Captain Nathan Adcock (HWD 1996) and current SPOC A grade Captain Sam Mcleay (HWK 2013) hitting the bowling to all parts of the PAC Main Oval, Adcock eventually first man out for 29 off 17 balls and the score at 55 in the 6th over. After Chester Bennet legend Paul Allegretto (HWD 2004) and Captain Mike Cranmer (YNG 2006) were then out cheaply, Tom Rankine (S&A 2005) came to the crease to join Mcleay and helped put on another 30 with some solid hitting, Ranks out for 22 with the score 4/109. Mcleay was out then unluckily out on 49 off 37 balls, SPOC in a reasonable position at 5/113. The tail though wasn’t able to wag and SPOC were all out for 146, not quite what we’d hoped for after such a start but a respectable target to bowl at none the least.

With Charlie Potter (HWD 2017) taking the wicket of Macmahon in his first over for 1 and then Yash Patil (WDK 2021) picking up Brinsley for 5, SPOC had a brilliant start with the ball and our 146 looked miles away for the Reds. However when its your day its your day, and PAC captain Jack Latchford didn’t play a false stroke. SPOC wasn’t able to pick up another wicket with Latchford making 106 not out off 37 balls and guiding PAC to victory, their final score 2/150 off 14.3 overs.

Congratulations to PAC on a well deserved win and thanks to players from both sides for making themselves available. Special thanks to Bianca Harms from SPOC and Mary-Ann Standish from PAC for their help in organising.

Sam Wheaton (SCH 2002)

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