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TO PLAY CRICKET IS EASY. TO UNDERSTAND THE GAME TAKES TIME.

MARTIN CLIFTON-DAVID SCHOLZ CHALLENGE SHIELD





 
 
David representing Glenelg District Cricket Club
Photos courtesy of Maria Scholz


David Scholz
commenced his secondary education at Reynella East High School in 1987 and finished in 1992.
 
He made his A grade debut for Glenelg in 1991 and retired as a player in 2010 after 148 games in the senior team.
 David played as a wicket keeper/batsman for the first nine seasons of his career and then as a batsman until his retirement.
During David's playing career, Glenelg won three one day cup premierships-2004/05, 2008-09 and 2010-11. He was the coach of the club from 2005/06 to 2010/11, guiding the A grade team to two one day premierships in this time.
David had a number of personal achievements while playing at Glenelg. He top scored with 87 in the 2002/2003 two day grand final, although Glenelg were unfortunately defeated .  In 2003/04, he won the Sam Starling Medal for the best senior cricketer and the Chappell Trophy for the most club runs. The following year, David scored the highest number of runs for the A grade team.

After completing his Physical Education studies, David taught in a number of schools before returning to teach at Reynella East High from 2007 until 2011. One of his proudest coaching accomplishments at the school was to guide the Open team to a premiership in 2009. 

As well as club and school commitments, David found time to coach the SACA under 15 squads in 2008/9 and 2009/10. He was the specialist fielding coach for SACA youth squads and the Scorpions in 2011/12. In 2010/11 David did his first stint as the SACA
 under 17 coach and then returned in 2012/13.
 
He is currently the Director of Academies and the Senior School Cricket Coordinator at Scotch College in Adelaide.



 

Marty Clifton in action for SA Police.
Photo courtesy of SA Police Association

Martin Clifton
, more popularly known as Marty, began his schooling at Wirreanda High in 1982 and completed his final year in 1987. Apart from playing cricket, Marty became involved in many other sports.
At Wirreanda, Marty played in the open cricket team from his first year until year 12. In his senior years he led the school team to back to back Open Age State Championships. 

Marty commenced his cricket at Southern District Cricket Club(SDCC) in 1983 where he captained the under 14 side to a premiership in 1983/84 and the under 16 team to a premiership in 1985/86.  As SDCC had no senior teams in the 1980s, Marty transferred to the Adelaide District Cricket Club where he first played in the C grade team as a 16 year old. In 1988/89, he made his A grade debut and played in a losing grand final against Salisbury, now Northern District Cricket Club. Marty scored the fastest 50 for the season winning the Tim May Award and represented South Australia in the under 17 and under 19 teams. During this period, Marty played in friendly games  that were captained by David Hookes and Wayne Phillips with other promising young players.   
When SDCC entered the senior competition in 1993-94, Marty returned to Bice Oval where he became the highest scoring batsman at the club in the first few years and was chosen to represent South Australia in the Second XI competition.  Marty stills holds the highest B grade score of 236 not out. 

After completing his schooling, Marty joined the Police Force and returned to work and support his community. He was selected a number of times to play for the South Australian Police Team and captained the side to its first national carnival win. He was honoured by being named captain of the Australian Police Cricket Team.

To compliment SDCC with their beyond Blue Campaign, Marty organises the annual Police verses SDCC 20/20 game that raises awareness of youth suicide and depression.  
 
After his grade cricket finished, Marty went on to play A grade with Flagstaff Hill and Noarlunga Cricket Clubs for 6 years.  This was a successful era in which Marty played one premiership with Flagstaff Hill and three consecutive ones with Noarlunga.