Brisbane Boys College GPS First XI cricket 2023 John Buchanan recalls everything from winning a GPS premiership with TSS to being Test coach

Report breaking former Australian cricket coach John Buchanan has delivered an exquisite praise to the late Andrew Symonds throughout a wide-ranging interview on the eve of the beginning of the GPS First XI cricket season.

Buchanan, the Queensland Corridor of Fame inductee and coach of Queensland’s first ever Sheffield Defend successful facet, will return to GPS cricket as coach of Brisbane Boys School – 53 years after serving to The Southport College to a drought breaking First XI premiership in 1970.

Buchanan, who has been a grasp of cricket milestones each as a participant cricketer and a coach throughout his life, presents a uncommon perception throughout a large ranging Q and A interview with Information Corp, a narrative which kick-starts the’s protection of GPS sport this 12 months.

First reminiscence of cricket: Once I was about 5 I keep in mind mendacity in my mother and father mattress listening to Ashes from England.

Childhood hero rising up: Tom Veivers (former Australian and Queensland all-rounder) who I met on the Gabba when he was enjoying Sheffield Defend cricket. I wrote to him when he was on tour of South Africa and West Indies in 1965 and he introduced me again autographs of the groups. He was then in my first A-Grade staff at College once I performed in 1971.

Fondest recollections of your time enjoying GPS cricket at The Southport College: We had a terrific staff of boys, none of whom have been excellent, other than all-rounder Ross Wallace.

But, captained by Doug ‘Norm’ O’Neill, we received the First Premiership enjoying at BBC in 1970 for the primary time in some 40 plus years. That season, each time we took a wicket, we’d come collectively and sing the XXXX jingle – “Right here’s to the glowing amber beer, XXXX beer; Refreshing cool and clear XXXX beer; That’s the reason it will get extra widespread yearly XXXX beer; So right here’s to the glowing amber beer, XXXX beer …. XXXX BEER.”

We had about three or 4 of us who have been dayboys, the remainder have been boarders. So the dayboy mother and father took it upon themselves to assist transport the staff, maintain staff BBQs and so it was a really harmonious and profitable group.

That have shaped a part of the fore runnings of my teaching technique and magnificence.

Greatest teammate (or teammates) you performed with and why:

1. At College: Whereas at TSS – the entire First XI have been nice teammates, as we actually loved one another’s firm, at coaching, in video games and at college.

2. Whereas enjoying membership cricket: All the blokes I performed with at Uni from the time have been nice teammates, from the time I began till I retired from Tom Veivers, Bob Crane, Invoice Buckle, Lou Cooper, Tim Crommelin, Barry Maranta, Dave Ellis, Dave Ogilvie, Scotty Ledger, Brent Masters, Brian Rubb, Charlie Mengel and Norbury Rogers.

We received a few premierships alongside the best way and I used to be lucky to be named Brisbane Cricketer of the 12 months twice.

Once I heard the information for the primary time that I had received a kind of two awards, Brian Rubb and I have been driving by Europe having landed in Paris.

We had hiried a automotive to do some sightseeing earlier than the season began in England as I had gone to England to play League cricket for Oldham within the Central Lancashire League.

One way or the other Radio 4IP, which sponsored the Brisbane Cricketer of the 12 months, discovered us, and by way of phone directed us to Frankfurt airport the place I flew again to Brisbane. I stayed at dwelling on the Gold Coast, after which was miraculously introduced out on stage to obtain the award through the presentation night.

The subsequent day I used to be again on aircraft to Frankfurt the place Rubby (Brian Rubb) was ready on the airport, and so we continued our European journey after which onto Oldham the place we performed Joel Garner’s facet Littleborough after the snow had been cleared from the bottom.

3. Whereas teaching membership cricket at Uni: I coached (Uni) from 1991-93 together with Andrew Courtice (BBC previous boy), Roger Traves, Martin Love (TGS previous boy), Geoff Foley, Wade Seccombe (TGS previous boy), Michael Kaprowicz (BSHS previous boy), Paul Jackson, and so forth the place we received the premiership. It was the primary time I had had premiership success since I used to be part of the 1970 TSS premiership facet.

4. Nice teammates whereas enjoying for Queensland: They have been all a fairly good bunch of men however Max Walters, whom I changed within the staff after he was hit between the eyes by Bob Willis on the Gabba, grew to become a superb good friend particularly, as he took over as Chairman of Selectors once I was teaching the Bulls from 1994-95.

Greatest opposing participant you performed towards:

1. In school – David Ogilvie, Andrew Jones, a batsman from Toowoomba Grammar College, and John Tealby, a left arm fast from BGS.

2. Enjoying membership cricket Jeff Thomson, Phil Carlson, Alan Jones, Bob Joyce, Greg Chappell, Trevor Hohns, Don Allen, Invoice Albury, Carl Rackemann, Peter Donaldson, Tim Caban, Malcolm Francke and Dennis Lillie, amongst many others.

3. Whereas enjoying for Queensland John Maclean, Geoff Dymock (each Qld teammates), Geoff Lawson, David Hourn, Alan Hurst, Dav Whatmore, Jack Simmons, David Boon, Rodney Hogg, Craig Sargeant, Terry Alderman and Wayne Clark, amongst others.

The quickest bowler you confronted: Jeff Thomson (Qld, Toombul), Joel Garner, Franklyn Stephenson, Colin Croft (all West Indians). The latter three I got here throughout once I was professional for Oldham Cricket Membership.

The Greatest batsman or batsmen you performed towards throughout your profession: Greg Chappell (Souths).

I additionally coached towards was Brian Lara who was one of the best when it was his day; Sachin Tendulkar for consistency; Kumar Sangakarra in his situations and VVS Laxman when India toured Australia.

What could be the three most satisfying moments of your teaching profession involving:

1. a person – I at all times discover this a tough query as a result of as a coach, you play some function of their improvement, however so do many others

2. A staff – At all times being concerned with the Bulls within the first ever Sheffield Defend win; then the Australian staff to assist create the file we did from 1999-2007. In amongst that was the Ashes win in England 2002, successful in India for first time in 37 years; regaining the Ashes 2006-07 and successful a second ODI World Cup undefeated in each.

The participant or gamers you coached who have been most probably to place a smile in your face, regardless of the scenario: Andrew Symonds.

Who have been the gamers who you’ll describe as a coach’s dream: First let me describe a “coach’s dream’’. They carry out on the sphere; they prepare onerous and encourage everybody else to do likewise; they’re the glue of the staff, so nicely appreciated; they inform the coach what is occurring within the staff; they’re accountable for his or her actions; they maintain others to account, even when they don’t seem to be good themselves; they’re a pacesetter and not using a formal title (typically); they’ve a robust sense of household; they’re egocentric relating to their preparation which implies they’re their very own greatest coach, and completely selfless relating to pitching in and assist teammates put together; they’re typically humorous with out realizing it; they don’t take themselves too critically; they’re grounded and always remember the place they’ve come from and who has helped them alongside the best way; they settle for the accolades that come their method however accomplish that with humility; they present themselves to be susceptible at occasions when issues on or off-field aren’t going their method; they don’t seem to be completely consumed with cricket – they’ve a life and passions away from the sport………this describes Andrew Symonds.

And doubtless shut behind him, Adam Gilchrist, Kaspa (Michael Kasprowicz), Bich (Andrew Bichel).

Is there a participant you or gamers you most admire for extracting each little bit of skill out of themselves to realize: Paul Jackson (three-time Defend successful spinner) involves thoughts right here. A participant not blessed with a variety of pure athletic skill, somebody who at all times had self-doubts and who had little batting expertise – whereas not being one of the best fieldsman. Nonetheless, Jacko (Edward scissor-hands) was one of many all time nice rivals and staff males. He was one of many key males in successful the Sheffield Defend and the persevering with success of the Bulls.

One of the best participant for a disaster that you just encountered:

1. As a participant – John Maclean (BSHS previous boy, ex-Qld captain and Take a look at keeper), Derek Parry (West Indian all-rounder) whom I performed with at Cambridgeshire in Minor Counties, and Invoice Grienke (College).

2. As a coach – One of the best participant for a disaster that I coached have been Martin Love (TGS previous boy), Matt Hayden (Marist Ashgrove previous boy), Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh and Michael Bevan within the ODI area.

One of the best bowler for a disaster was Carl Rackemann (Qld champion, Take a look at bowler), Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne (Take a look at legends).

What you have been most wanting ahead to when teaching Brisbane Boys School: Now we have talked lots about play the sport as a person and as a staff. I’m trying to see these parts to batting, bowling, fielding steadily bettering by people and by the staff by the season. If we are able to see this enchancment, the boys proceed to have enjoyable at coaching and in video games, and we are able to win just a few video games alongside the best way – I consider we may have an excellent season.

Essentially the most underrated gamers you encountered as each a participant and a coach: I believe there have been a variety of gamers I performed with at Uni CC who ought to have been given alternatives or extra alternatives to play for Queensland. I’m pondering of Invoice Grienke, Brent Masters, Scott Ledger, David Ellis, Brian Rubb and Mark Shackel. At a nationwide stage, gamers like Brad Hodge, Simon Katich, Scott Muller (TSS previous boy), and others might have had prolonged careers however for the standard of the gamers forward of them.

Out of your latest three seasons teaching at Western Suburbs, what gave you most satisfaction:

Watching the likes of Blake Edwards, Brendan Doggett and Sam Truloff progress to play state cricket, and watching Patty Dooley (Hobart Hurricanes) break by to shine this 12 months within the BBL.

Additionally watching the likes of Steve McGiffin, Snelly, (Isiah Snell) and Aiden Watterson obtain, and simply being round a younger group of men to assist information them a bit of to what’s anticipated of them individually or collectively to win constantly

Footnote: The will once more cowl the season beginning on Saturday, then present common cowl each midweek and each Saturday late afternoon.



Brisbane Grammar College v Brisbane Boys School (at BGS)

The Southport College v Ipswich Grammar College (at TSS)

Churchie v BSHS (at Churchie)

Gregory Terrace v Toowoomba Grammar College (at Tennyson)

Bye: Nudgee School

Initially revealed as GPS First XI cricket: From TSS schoolboy to Take a look at coach – John Buchanan recollects