Reaching a century is a very big achievement for any cricketer, and for a club, the attainment of a hundred years is a great distinction.
When our Club was founded, Melbourne was little more than fifty years old, and the game of cricket barely established in the colony. We can suppose that those men of 1887 held many of the hopes that we have as each October comes around - that the sun will shine, the ball find the middle of our bat and the opposition worthy of our skills.
We should be proud of the effect that those men, together with all those who have followed them, including ourselves, have had on the development of our game. Cricket could not have flourished without the dreams of those who founded and developed the hundreds of junior cricket clubs which exist throughout the country. That applies as much today as it ever did.
To mark the Centenary of the Club, the Committee decided to establish "The Canterbury Cricket Club Centenary Shield", for perpetual competition between the First Eleven teams of Canterbury and Mont Albert Cricket Clubs.
The first game for the Shield was set down for February 21-28, 1987, but alas, the intervention of the weather ensured that not a ball was bowled in the match, and the trophy remains at Canterbury. Mont Albert will, of course, challenge for it during the 1987~88 season. and as they are one of our oldest and most formidable opponents, the match will, no doubt, be as hard fought as any in the past century.
In compiling the story of our first hundred years, our historian has been at pains to record not only results of matches won and lost, and statistics of runs and wickets, but also to tell us something about the men who played and the times in which they lived.
Our historian is Simon, called Sam, Gardiner, from whose pen came every word of the text. His literary talents and anecdotal skills are self-evident, inherited no doubt from his parents, both of whom are practising historians. Sam is a qualified nurse and social worker, presently employed by the Victorian Department of Community services. In 1985 he spent 6 months in Africa, with a small Australian medical team. helping to alleviate the sufferings of Ethiopian famine victims in the Sudan.
At Canterbury, he is best known as one of our best-ever wicket keepers, having come through junior ranks and the Second Eleven to take over as our first's keeper in 1970. On several occasions, Sam has been selected in ESCA representative sides, a fitting recognition of our claim that Sam is the Association's best wicket-keeper.
For the hard work and shining talent he has used to create this history, we are greatly indebted to Sam Gardiner.