The highlight of the CTPL Team of the Decade for the 1986/87 to 1995/96 period is the outstanding records of many of the batsmen during the period.
Clarence’s Roger Woolley, named in the team for the second successive decade and as captain, is one of three players to have averaged over fifty for the period. Woolley’s CTPL career began with New Town in 1971/72 (91 games) before moving to South Hobart in 1980/81 (37 games), and later to Clarence in 1986/87 (147 games).
Regardless of his extensive representative career, Woolley appeared in 275 CTPL matches, amassing 9,117 runs at an average of 43.00 with 15 centuries, plus 117 dismissals as wicket-keeper primarily in the early years of his career.
In April 1983 Woolley was selected for the first of two Test Matches for Australia, becoming the first Tasmanian to gain selection since entry into the Sheffield Shield competition. This followed becoming the first Tasmanian born player to captain the State when appointed to the role in 1982/83. Woolley also played four One-Day Internationals for Australia.
University’s formidable opening partnership of Jamie Cox and Dene Hills both also averaged over fifty with the bat during the period. Hills’ 143 game CTPL career with University and SHSB consisted of 6,392 runs at 46.66, whilst Cox’s record with University and Lindisfarne is remarkably similar with 145 games, 6,017 runs at 47.01. Cox ultimately went on to win the Emerson Rodwell Medal in his final season, 2005/06. At State level Cox is Tasmania’s highest run scorer in Sheffield Shield cricket.
Glenorchy’s Brendan Wilson and Kingborough’s Alister De Winter both scored over 5000 runs for the decade, whilst pacemen Roger Hughes (Glenorchy & Lindisfarne), Tim Bower (Glenorchy) and spinner Chris Broadby (Glenorchy) all claimed over 200 wickets. Hughes was the recipient of the Rodwell Medal in 1992/93 after an outstanding season. Broadby was also selected for the previous decade, being the period’s dominant spinner in the competition across 246 games and 530 wickets at 18.59.
Also selected is Mick Taylor who was a key figure in North Hobart’s three successive Premierships in the early 1990’s, and Clarence’s Andrew Dykes and Matthew Lee.
A coach has been selected for the first time in recognition of the evolution of that role in the competition, with Enrico Di Venuto named. Umpires Bernard Knight and Rod Donaldson are also recognised for their success, having umpired six and five grand finals respectively in the decade.
Clarence with five premierships and North Hobart with four dominated the team success in the decade, whilst University claimed one title.
The period also saw South Hobart and Sandy Bay merge in 1987/88, with Brighton entering the competition. However, Brighton’s participation was short withdrawing on the eve of the 1991/92 season, with Lindisfarne joining the Premier League in 1992/93.