History of Ashwood Cricket Club

Ashwood Cricket Club was formed in 1950-51 by seven men with businesses in the strip shopping centre on Warrigal Rd, Ashwood, north of High Street Rd. The club played its first season in the Burwood & District competition, reaching the B-Grade grand final that year.
Buoyed by that start, the following season the committee transferred the matting club to the ESCA with almost immediate success.
In 1953/54 the club won its first premiership when the Firsts beat Alamein.
In 1966/67 Ashwood joined the turf section after securing headquarters at Essex Heights Reserve, on Huntingdale Rd, Mt Waverley.
In 1973/74 the Firsts, led by Hawthorn-East Melbourne legend Duncan Gates, won promotion to Senior Turf, the ESCA's top grade.
The following season, a confident youngster named Dean Jones played one season in the Under-14s, rewriting several record books. ``Deano'' scored 412 runs at an average of 82.4, including two centuries.
In the grand final, he stroked 211 (26 fours) to help obliterate Surrey Hills. Such scoring is believed to have led to the introduction of batting restrictions for juniors.
In 1976/77 a shy, 10-year-old beanpole named Paul Reiffel joined the Under-14s, Ashwood's most junior team. In a short season, when he played three games for two innings (both ducks) and bowled one over for one run, he showed nothing of what was to follow. But next season the club introduced an Under-12 team and Reiffel came into his own, winning the batting and bowling trophies. Reiffel progressed through junior ranks, also playing several games in the club's matting teams before graduating to turf in 1980/81.
He showed enough in that time to be courted by several district clubs, eventually settling in at Richmond.
The Tigers also have provided a home for another Ashwood boy.
Matthew Galbraith played at Richmond for more than a decade, being a member of that club's premiership team in 2000/2001, before joining Ringwood. But in the early 1980s, Matt, the son of Ashwood's major sponsor, chartered accountant Graeme Galbraith, was a member of a junior combination that went on to form the backbone of Ashwood's turf successes through the late '80s
and well into the '90s. Those boys won four premierships from five grand finals in their six seasons
together in Ashwood's juniors. Galbraith's teammates included future life members Darren Sheean, who became club treasurer, and eventual club secretary Anthony Edmonds.
Ashwood has grown from one team in 1950/51 to as many as five senior and six
junior teams. Along the way, the club has been moulded by a series of outstanding on-field leaders. Since the club went on to turf, the captain-coaches have included former Carlton district player Lloyd Cook, who also became president, Hawthorn-East Melbourne pair Duncan Gates and Graham Christie, Northcote's Barry Morrison and current leader, former Prahran batting star Paul Morrey. Under Morrey in 1996-97, the club again won the A-Turf grand final to return to Senior Turf after dropping as low as B-Grade the previous few years.