As many observers of domestic cricket would have noted, Victoria has once more had its club ranks purged by raiders this off-season, with Camberwell Magpies’ own Andrew Fekete joining names such as Gale, Agar, Gulbis and Worrall in gaining a state contract for the 2011/12 season. Here we pay tribute to his efforts as we congratulate him on a well deserved state contract.
Andrew crossed over to Camberwell from Richmond at the beginning of the 2010/11 season, having been a consistent club cricket performer over seven years. This time had seen him selected for the Victorian 2nd XI on a number of occasions, taking part in pre-seasons with the state squad and emerging player tours.
The return of Sean Pietersz, coincidentally from the same Apple Isle where “Horse” is soon to venture, with Andrew’s arrival meant that the Magpies once again had a quality opening bowling partnership, and the two fast bowlers were thick as thieves; sharing knowledge, bowling plans and coaching ideas, something Andrew continued to do with younger bowlers at the club.
As his first season at the club wore on, Andrew found a greater rhythm, emerging from the T20 part of the season with some fine performances as the end of the season neared. He bowled fantastically against Ringwood for a 5 wicket haul, but the magnum opus for 2010/11 was his 7/66 off 19 overs against Dandenong on a very flat Camberwell wicket, and as the Magpies pursued a finals spot, it seemed only fair that Andrew should be unconquered as we were bowled out 16 short. He won the 2010/11 Radcliffe Grace Trophy for being the highest wicket-taker at the club.
2011/12 saw Fekete become the undisputed leader of the attack, and he led it with aplomb. He took 29 wickets at 23, bowling many overs on an unforgiving Camberwell Sports Ground surface. His effort against Dandenong, where after making 48 he bowled 29 out of 64 overs for 6/104, was lionhearted, and he followed this up two weeks later with one of the best bowling efforts seen by a Magpie. Andrew took 7/28 from 10.1 overs, including a hat-trick which consisted of John Scholes Medallist Rob Cooper, Ryder Medallist Simon Dart and Victorian contracted Alex Keath, as Melbourne were dismissed for 95.
This led to a well deserved berth for Victoria, where he acquitted himself in fine fashion, before his foot was on the receiving end of a Theo Doropoulos straight drive. The subsequent broken bones ended his season, not before his efforts had helped the club secure its first finals berth since 2006/07 and the 1st XI bowling average.
All at the club are thrilled for Andrew, his efforts and professionalism have set a standard for the rest of the players achieve, and the rewards are deserved for all of his hard work, which he has had to fit in around a successful full time career.
Whilst the cricketing world of Big Bash League does provide for some mid-season interstate movement and Magpies supporters cross their fingers in hope that it provides the opportunity for a Fekete cameo, it is worth paying tribute to Andrew’s time at Camberwell in light of this great news.