Pre Season Players Meeting
Sunday 23rd July 2017
Catch up on the happenings around the club during the off-season and the plans for the new season.
All new and current players are encouraged to come along. The BBQ will be on and bar open
When: Sunday 20th July
Where: Glover Recreation Reserve
Dodd deepens Panther attack
Monday 18 July 2016
Devon Meadows has further strengthened its playing squad with former Glasscock Medalist Jason Dodd joining the Panthers for 2016/17.
Dodd, 34, at Glover Reserve after two seasons coaching Aura Vale in the Ferntree Gully Cricket Association second Division where he scored 464 runs at 24.42 and took 48 wickets at 19.94 in all competitions. Prior to his stint at the Lakers, Dodd enjoyed a stellar career at Beaconsfield in which he played in five premierships and represented the West Gippsland Cricket Association in multiple Country Week campaigns.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Dodd of the move to Glover Reserve.
“I’ve played a lot against Devon Meadows in the past and played Country Week with Camel (Darren O’Brien) and Hutchy (Matt Hutchinson). The club has made some big moves in the last couple of seasons, so hopefully I can help play a role and have a bit of success on the field. It should be fun.”
Devon Meadows president Mick Floyd was delighted to add another player with extensive premiership experience to the first XI.
“We’re very happy to welcome Jason to the club,” he said.
“His record speaks for itself, he’ll further lengthen our batting line up and give us a different element with the ball. But just as importantly, he brings extensive coaching and premiership experience which are two traits we set out to add to the group this season.”
Dodd joins his good mate Brad Miles and all round Scott Clark as new additions at Pantherland for 2016/17.
Devon Meadows will commence preseason training on Wednesday 10 August.
Panthers add Miles
Friday 1 July 2016
Gun top order batsman Brad Miles will join Devon Meadows this summer.
A five time premiership player at Beaconsfield, Miles comes to Glover Reserve after two seasons at Aura Vale in the Ferntree Gull second division where he amassed over 1000 runs in all formats of the game including three centuries and six half centuries.
“I’ve played a bit against Devon Meadows in the past and have always got along well with the guys. It’s a strong club and Glover Reserve a great ground to bat on. I’m looking forward to it,” said Miles, a regular member of the WGCA Country Week team in his days at Beaconsfield.
Miles is the second major signing by Devon Meadows this off season following the addition of reigning District Player of the Year, Scott Clark.
“To lose a semi final after finishing on top of the ladder last season was pretty disappointing,” said Mick Floyd, Devon Meadows president.
“It really highlighted a few areas we had to improve, and batting depth was clearly one of those areas. By adding Miles and Clark we’ve not only added two extremely talented batsmen, but added proven leaders that know what needs to be done to win premierships. They are quality individuals who will be great additions to the club both on and off the field.
Devon Meadows will begin its preseason training on Wednesday 10 August. Anyone looking to join the club should contact coach Ash Adams on 0402 190 947.
Clark becomes a Panther
Monday 23 May 2016
Reigning District Player of the Year Scott Clark is heading to Glover Reserve in 2016/17.
Clark, who led Pakenham Upper/Toomuc to the 2015/16 District Premiership, scored 559 runs at 37.27 and took 46 wickets at 10.59 on the way to winning the Division’s highest individual honour. He also represented the WGCA in February’s Country Week carnival.
“Getting a player of Scott’s talent and experience is obviously a major coup for the club,” said Devon Meadows president Mick Floyd.
“His performances on the field speaks for itself, he’ll be a great addition on the field and will be good fit off it. We’re very excited to welcome him to Pantherland.”
Clark, who also played in Koo Wee Rup’s Premier Division premiership in 2014, said family commitments made continuing in a coaching difficult, but was looking forward to a new challenge at Glover Reserve.
“Devon Meadows has been thereabouts for a long time and I’m looking forward to helping in any way I can on and off the field to get them that long awaited premiership,” he said.
“From playing against Devon and getting to know the players after games I can tell that they are a really tight knit family group. I also have a lot of mates there that I’m really looking forward to playing with”
Clark was also full of praise for the his former club, Pakenham/Upper Toomuc.
“I could not be more proud of the development of each and every one of the players I coached at PUT, and I can’t thank Vicky and the committee enough for giving me the opportunity to captain coach a great club. I’ve made a lot of friends for life up there, and I look forward to following their progress in the premier division.”
Preseason training dates will be announced in coming weeks.
Adams to lead Panthers in 2016/17
Friday 20 May 2016
Devon Meadows today appointed Ash Adams as its coach for season 2016/17.
An explosive all rounder, Adams arrived at Glover Reserve at the start of season 2015/16 and had an immediate impact, claiming 26 wickets at 20.5 and making 309 runs at 25.75 in 14 matches.
“Ash had an enormous impact on the playing group in his first season at the club,” said Devon Meadows president Mick Floyd.
“His performances on the field were a key factor in us finishing on top of the ladder at the end of the home and away season, but I reckon his contribution off the field was probably bigger. He has an excellent understanding of the game, and coupled with the great rapport he developed with both senior and junior members of the playing group, was a valuable part of the coaching structure.
“Last season didn’t end as planned, but Ash has very clear plan of what needs to be done for the club to achieve premiership success this season, and we’re looking forward to working with him to make it happen.”
For Adams, it’s the disappointment of a missed opportunity and the challenge of coaching a playing group hungry for success that led to him putting his hand up for the job.
“To not win the whole thing last season was pretty disappointing,” he said.
“There’s a lot of talent available at the club and with a lot of promising juniors coming through the long term future is very bright, but there are a lot of things we need to do better on the field if we’re going to win now.
“It’s going to be a challenge but I’m looking forward to it.”
Matt Hutchinson, who coached the club in 2015/16, will remain at the club for the upcoming season.