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SHIRES LEGENDS

1) Warrick Folkard

At the end of the 2007/08 season, Warrick Folkard was inducted into the Shires Legend Club. The honour Legend is now generally regarded as the supreme lifetime achievement award in Shires Cricket.  It is given for outstanding contributions to Shires Cricket both on and off the field of play.


Wick first played for the club in 1976, and in his
385 games has scored 4331 runs (@18.27) and taken 468 wickets (@20.50)- 3rd most MUCC Wickets (1 behind David Webb) with his off-spin bowling. He has also taken 131 catches.

 
Premierships:  1st Grade (1995/96)     2nd Grade (1978/79)
                       
4th Grade (2005/06)     Masters (2007/08)
                        Club Championship (1990/91)

Also:

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  • ·2nd most games in 1st Grade Shires (172)
  • ·6th most wickets in 2nd Grade Shires (89 @18.15)
  • ·9th most runs for MUCC
  • ·3rd most wickets for MUCC
  • ·7th most fielding dismissals for MUCC

Wick has also made a huge contribution as an administrator for MUCC, holding the position of Club President from 1983-89 along with various years on the Committee. He has also captained numerous teams during his career with MUCC.

 

 2) Allan Mahoney

In 2009 Allan Mahoney became the Twenty-Fifth Legend of Shires and our second player to be inducted into the Shires Hall of Fame. His Macquarie career has only come to a recent conclusion, maybe not totally, due to his work commitments in Melbourne. Despite this huge distance, Allan has still had the occasional game in Masters, a reflection of his outstanding commitment to this club.
Allan’s Macquarie career began in Third Grade in 1977 in what most would consider memorable circumstances. Selected as an opening batsman, he did not arrive for his first game against Pennant Hills until after tea, the delay being due an inferno at his place of employment. Allan has been an opening/high-order batsman for most of his career, recording the second-highest run aggregate for the club. He has also been a fine fieldsman,often filling in behind the stumps, becoming number three in terms of fielding dismissals, behind ClyneFernandes and Glen McFadden, both of whom have been wicket-keepers for the overwhelming majority of their careers. He has made four centuries for the Club, with a high of 146 not out against Lane Cove in 1996-97. He still holds the Third Grade batting aggregate with 567, the grade that we have competed in for the longest period in our history, beginning in 1967-68. He and Bruce Hort set a record second-wicket partnership in Fourth Grade of 206 against Burwood in 1989-90. Allan has enjoyed the Masters competition, being there at the beginning, often captaining, and seeing successive premierships in thelate 2000s.                                                 
 
As a captain he has felt the agony and ecstasy of cricket leadership. Following the tumultuous Grade/Shires dilemma of the early to mid-eighties, Macquarie urgently needed some success to get the club moving forward. Allan saw his Fourth Grade side of 1989-90 lose their grip on their Premiership, which evaporated in literally the last three hours of the season on a late Sunday afternoon when practicallyno other cricket was played in Sydney due to a huge amount of rain. A lost toss gave Burwood a small envelope of opportunity and to their credit they took it. The result for the club was galling and for the captain, heart-breaking. Instead of understandably walking away, he decided to take a number of the players with him up the grades determined to win some silverware for the club. His Third Grade side was to make the semi-finals in the next season, with Allan setting the example with a record 567 runs but cricketing justice was to come the following season in Second Grade. Our second premiership success at Second Grade level came in emphatic fashion. Allan’s edict that the batsmen defend their high semi-final ceding was strictly followed and for the two weeks of the semi-finals no Macquarie bowler was required to bowl a ball while the side accumulated 844 runs for 15 wickets, batting their opposition into submission.
To date Allan has played over 360 games for the club but Allan’s contribution to the club has not been limited to the playing arena. He has been our longest serving Secretary serving from 1981 to 1990. This covered the challenging period when Macquarie started the decade as a Grade/Shires club and ended it as a Shires club only. This required his attendance at SCA meetings. He was the University Sports Administrator of the Year in 1985. He was the winner of the Brian Spencer Award for outstanding service to a sporting university club and was duly awarded in 2001. He also received a Club Colour Award in 1987. The club won the Club of the Year Award in 1990 when Allan was club Secretary. He is a Life Member of the cricket club. He was duly acknowledged by the Shires’ committee and rightfully is a legend of Shires’ cricket.

The Stats
·      363 games.
·      7752 runs.
·      4 centuries, 35 half centuries.
·      Highest Score 146 not out against Lane Cove 1996-97  - 4th Grade.
·      500 runs in a season twice: 
567 runs
Third Grade
1990-91
(grade aggregate record)
516 runs
Fourth Grade
1996-97
 
·      191 fielding dismissals - 186 catches plus 5 stumpings.
·      Captain of 1992-93 Second Grade premiership-winning team.
·      1990-91 Club Championship.
·      Longest serving Club Secretary, 1981-90.
3rd most wickets in 1st Grade Shires (234 @22.07)