W.J. Turner retired on 20 December 2017 (during season 33) aged 29.
Wilson John Turner also known as 'Stick' will go down in Mitcham Magic history as a happy go lucky guy who was also quite handy with the bat and in the field. Stick was a founding member of the Magic and he immediately impressed. He scored a century in his first ever (and the clubs first ever) first-class match batting at number 3. The first drop position was to be his home for 10 matches. He started off like a house on fire scoring a fine 147 against an old rival Reidy CC and then following that up the very next first-class match scoring another amazing 116. Turner at this time was a very valuable player to the team and it looked like nothing could stop him. Unfortunately, the run of magical innings came to an end and consistent low scores became a norm in the first class arena. Turners form slumped so much that after only playing 10 first-class matches he was dropped for a newly recruited all-rounder Vlad Mathebula who began to impress with the bat and ball. It seemed as if Stick's first-class career was all but over, but then out of the blue, the Mitcham Magic team went through a massive change of plan period. No longer was the club picking the best team but instead focusing on building up young players into becoming guns later on in their careers. In doing this a door opened for Turner to come back into the side and he took the chance with both hands. In his first match back he made a very useful 68 against Mitcham Magic's grandest rivals the Glen Iris Greats (known as the Cricketeers back then) in a match that we ended up winning by only 62 runs. With solid contributions, Turner cemented his spot as the number 7 batsman. He went on to play 30 first-class matches before being told he would no longer be of service to the first class team. He finished his first class after playing 30 matches scoring 5 hundred, 11 fifties at an average of 42.04 with a high score of 147. (he also took 16 catches).
In his One Day, careerStick played 59 One Day matches and was always a very useful contributor. He averaged 48.36 before eventually being dropped due to new players being better than him. In those 59 matches, he scored 13 fifties and 5 hundred.
Overall Stick was a faithful servant of the Mitcham Magic Cricket Club and after deciding to throw in the towel he will be remembered as a very hardworking useful player that was much loved. Thanks, Stick.