Meet Our Over 50s Nationals
Date of Event Veterans Cricket NSW: Mon Oct 22, 2018








 Our NSW Over 50s National Players




Greg 'Briggsy' Briggs started his cricketing journey way back as a junior with the Gosford Cricket Club. Sydney Grade then called with Briggsy being graded as a 14-year old with Northern Districts. Briggsy went on to play first grade for Northern Districts, Bankstown and also Gordon.


Representative honours soon followed after being selected in the Under 19 Australian team to tour Pakistan, and later the privilege of being a NSW Sheffield Shield Squad member.


More recently he is a proud skipper of the Central Coast Cyclones, and was fortunate enough to be a member of the Australian Over 50s side touring the UK in 2017, and the Australian Over 50s side touring New Zealand in February this year.




Tony Clarke has played first grade since making his debut for Sutherland in 1984/85 and has continued to perform at the highest level for the past 33 years and in that time has achieved many awards and broke a few records along the way. Starting out as a spinner soon turned to fast medium but along the way developed his game to become a truly inspirational captain over the last 30 years and trusted mentor to many hundreds of players during the four clubs he has played for.


Tony has taken over 40 wkts and scored 500 plus runs in a season of first grade for Sutherland and last year took 10 wickets in a match playing for Blacktown in second grade.


Tony is the only player that holds the most wickets in first grade for two clubs that being Sutherland and Blacktown.


Tony has one numerous awards from players player .club person the year ,in both Sutherland and Blacktown and Campbelltown and won the SCA second grade captain of the year award for Blacktown in 2017/18.


Tony would not really want this mentioned but he is the only Sutherland player to have one the James A Daly award 5 times.





In Stuart Crisp's own words; I learnt my cricket in the Lancashire League, playing for Rawtenstall, when Michael Bevan was our pro. There was only sporadic cricket during my medical training as a Paediatrician, when I met my wife Sarah and we had Peter, Becca and Catie.


After emigrating from Oxford to Wangaratta, I played regularly for Wang Magpies, winning an A grade flag. Moving to Orange, I played for Cavaliers and had a fun time in second grade. My claim to fame being that I scored 138, then took 6 for 4 including a double hat-trick, and 4 for 2, all in one afternoon. That got me back in to first grade and a further flag followed. I then had the privilege of playing with my son Peter, first for Cavaliers, before I moved to be player/coach at Kinross Wolaroi School, who play in the same first grade comp.


Despite the fact that Peter is now at Uni, so I can't use that excuse, I continue to coach the kids and play with them on Saturdays. So, I am the oldest by decades on a Saturday, but the youngest playing over 50s for Western Wildfires on a Sunday. That I can still do both, is thanks to my long-suffering wife and very talented Pilates/TRX Trainers. 




Rowan Harry is a top-order batsman and slow right-arm bowler who has played most of his club cricket for Roseville District Cricket Club in Sydney. Growing up in Melbourne he played representative cricket as a junior, club cricket for Mount Waverley Uniting and in 87-88 achieved his highest score of 200 not out!


In 1989 Rowan played for Bishops Waltham and Winchester in England winning the batting award during that time

He moved to Sydney in 1990 and joined Roseville District Cricket club in the shires competition. Rowan played 8 seasons in A grade captaining the team during part of that time scoring over 3000 runs and is equal second in centuries scored for the club.


Rowen is currently playing for Roseville in the Sydney Masters competition having won Roseville’s Player of the year twice and was the leading wicket taker in the competition last year.







Warwick 'Wazza' Hayes commenced his cricket career in 1970 as a 6 year old, playing for Kogarah in the first Under 8 competition organised by the St George Junior Cricket Association.  He made his Grade debut for the St George District Cricket Club in 1979 and has been a playing and committee member since. His illustrious playing career includes:

  • NSW 2nd XI  v  Western Australia (1988)
  • NSW 2nd XI  v  Victoria (1989)
  • Member of St George DCC 1st Grade Premiership Team 2008/2009
  • Member of NSW O50s 2016/2017/2018 National Championship Squad
  • Member of Australian O50s 2017 UK Touring Squad
  • Member of Australian O50s 2018 NZ Touring Squad

Warwick is currently the all-time leading run scorer for St George DCC  with 16,854 runs.




Todd O'Keefe - a superb 30 years of Sydney Grade Cricket under his belt from grades 1 to 5 as a wicket keeper/batsman. Throughout Todd's career he has amasses over 7000 Grade runs and snaffled over 460 dismissals. Todd is currently still playing Grade Cricket for Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club.

Like many of his teammates, Todd has had an extensive career in the indoor cricket scene, representing NSW at three National Tournaments bringing home three titles. Todd then went on to represent Australia at the Over 50s Indoor Cricket World Cup, again bringing home the trophy.


On the Veterans Cricket scene Todd has already had a taste of international cricket representing Australia for the recent Over 50s tour of New Zealand.





John Short (aka Shorty), married to his lovely wife Lee for almost 25 years, and have been lucky enough to bring two fine sons in to the world; Jonah 8 and Blake 23 years old. Together they've been a big part of Shorty's wonderful cricketing story, and as far as Shorty is concerned they are his greatest achievement.


His cricketing story kicked off a while back with 20 seasons playing Sydney Grade and Shires cricket (including 10 years in a row playing 1st grade for the mighty Bexley DCC - now Georges River DCC). from there his cricketing journey took a different path where he focused on indoor cricket with some truly superb achievements:

  • 20 years representing NSW
  • Represented Australia 7 times in internationals across 18 years
  • Twice voted Player of the Series and twice voted Australian Players Player
  • Only person to represent Australia in all Masters Men's divisions (30s, 35s, 40s, 45s and 50s)

Outside of cricket he was also had the honour of:

  • Being a finalist in the 2010 NSW Sports Federation Masters Sports Person of the year
  • Also a finalist in the 2005 Pride of Australia Medal in the 'Overcoming Adversity', with a feature article in The Sunday Telegraph






Darren Smith was born in Gilgandra Country NSW, which was the pathway to enable him to show his abilities eventually playing for NSW country. Darren also established himself in the Sydney Grade scene, playing 1st grade for Randwick and later Sutherland. In the later years he then showed his hand at indoor cricket, playing for NSW and Australia.


Darren has been married for 27 years with three sons, now young men. Adding to our family, we have also had the privilege of fostering ten little babies and toddlers over the last five years. Now being over 50 I have played for NSW cricket and soon to have the honour of playing in the World Cup in Sydney for Australia.


I am presently Head Coach of Universities Women's Grade Cricket and work for Qantas as a flight attendant for the last 32 years.




For the full Australian Over 50s squad for the Over 50s World Cup, check out our news article here.



Last updated: Wednesday August 14, 2019
Author: Jeremy Berenger