The Gloves Are Off

TJ Zoehrer had the distinction of representing Australia in 10 Test Matches and 22 One Day Internationals. He was an accomplished gloveman and respectable batsman who scored over 5000 First Class runs. Zoehrer’s left arm spinners were also more than handy providing another string to his bow.

Readers of cricketing literature rejoiced in 1995, when Zoehrer put pen to paper and told all in a compelling account of his career in the hard hitting autobiography, The Gloves Are Off. To quote the front cover of the text, it was at that point in time “Cricket’s most explosive expose”.

Cricket librarians around the world stocked their shelves with this one, knowing that astute readers would want to know just what went on behind closed doors during Zoehrer’s tenure in the Baggy Green. There was also an appetite for insights of his final years playing for WA and the political climate at the WACA at the time.

Was their a feud with RB Simpson and if there was, what was at the source of the tension?

What really happened at the end of the tied Test Match in India?

How did he feel about the appointment of WA’s captain in 1994?

These questions and many more were finally put to bed in this compelling tell all autobiography. As well as this we get a deeper understanding of Zoehrer the man and his convictions.

For young book monitors and those making their way as librarians, it is strongly recommended that you acquaint yourself with the man affectionately known as ‘Ziggy’. Having an appreciation for his story will put you in good stead for your career and give a general boost to your social capital.

When it comes to reading this one, our librarians unanimously agree that making a trip to the WACA Ground in Perth is the best way to fully immerse yourself fully in the text.

Immerse yourself in the text by reading it at the WACA.

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How to Improve Your Social Capital

Cricket Graph

Prior to the explosion of the digital age, hand drawn graphs such as this were the focus of many water cooler conversations in the workplace.

If you are reading this article, I am certain you are someone who is an astute individual with a desire to elevate your cricket knowledge to higher planes of excellence.

As students of the game, we are prone to having a sometimes obsessive interest in cricket statistics. With the explosion of the digital age and the connectivity we now have with social media, it is inevitable that access to cricket statistics has become more readily available.

It is no surprise that we have all spent countless hours perusing scorecards of obscure fixtures to try and glean an insight into the statistical trends of players past and present.

Before you know it, it is often four a.m. and you realise that although you need to leave for work in a couple of hours, the adrenaline rush of being engrossed in the stats has you far too alert to get some shut eye.

With this in mind, as a service to our valued community of readers, we are going to share some insight as to what some of our librarians have found a positive way of channeling their excessive energy at these times.

The humble “Manhattan Graph” or “Column Graph” as it is more widely known in classrooms around the world is our suggestion for putting your positive energy to work. It may not sound glamorous but neither is swimming laps of a pool at 4a.m. for a budding Olympian.

The rewards however, are obvious to all. When you produce a document that you can pull out of your briefcase at a moment’s notice to startle your colleagues, your social capital will sky rocket.

This often leads to work promotions, invitations to dinner parties and countless friend requests on Facebook as well as numerous additional followers on Instagram and Twitter.

Better still would be the pinnacle of all compliments, when someone takes a snap of your work and pins it on Pinterest. It is ok to have big dreams!

In the rare event that your work is not appreciated, you still have the obvious satisfaction of possessing a document that you can be personally proud of and have as a ready reference if you run out of data or there are issues with internet connectivity.

It is time to stop reading now, grab your grid paper and make the next step towards personal excellence.

We look forward to seeing the fruits of your work!

TEST MATCH & WNCL FINAL

This week on Rhema FM in Newcastle, Shayne Holstein caught up with Matt Ellis to wrap up the historic Day Night test Match as well as the WNCL Final played between the Breezair SA Scorpions and the Lendlease Breakers from NSW. As well as this we look at the leading performers in both the Test Series and WNCL competition.

WNCL Final Round Part 2

Grace Harris was outstanding for QLD in their victory over WA on Sunday but it wasn’t enough to propel the Fire into the WNCL Final. South Australia were too good for Tasmania with Tahlia McGrath impressing with the willow for the Scorpions. NSW were at their dominant best ensuring they finished top of the ladder after an impressive ten wicket victory over the Vic Spirit.