Moonee Valley's excellent Mercantile debut
Moonee Valley Thirds won first-up in our Mercantile Cricket Association debut. Our team was (L-R) - Back: Bill Barber, Ben Thomas, Pardeep Singh,
George Loh, Adam Patchell, captain Jesse Nankivell-Sandor and Mitchell Evans. Front: Jacob de Niese, Lou Raffaele,
Daniel Comade and Heath Webb-Johnson.
Moonee Valley made an excellent debut in the Mercantile Cricket Association in Round 1, with a convincing win over Bentleigh.
Playing in Mercantile's B Grade for the October 6 fixture, Moonee Valley set the stage with an innings of 9/207, on the back of 95 from Lou Raffaele and 41 from Valley debutant Bill Barber.
At Bentleigh's picturesque ground, we got the home team all out for 147, with teen leg spinner Daniel Comande at times unplayable for four wickets, and another former Valley junior Mitchell Evans in complete control behind the stumps.
The Moonee Valley committee made the decision to move our third and fourth turf teams to Mercantile this season because the VTCA couldn't give us what we want.
We want our Thirds to play two-day cricket, and the VTCA could only accommodate our Sunday team in a one-day grade.
Mercantile is however able to give us our preferred option - Sunday home games and mainly-Saturday away games.
Our we've earmarked our Fifths as a youth development team, with life member and past president Darren Nagle to lead and mentor younger players on turf. Many of these young men play juniors on Sunday mornings and finish at 11.45, and the VTCA did not accede to our request to vary its Sunday turf start team to enable us to get to the game.
Mercantile was able to help, and agreed to 12.45 start times for our games when juniors are playing, and 1pm starts when we have to travel longer distances.
The Fifths had a bye in Week 1.
Mitchell Evans (above) was in great form behind the stumps, and also showed excellent technique with the bat.
Valley players show their true colors
A big group of Moonee Valley players - past and present - came together at Windy Hill on August 10 to help Jim and Tien Polonidis celebrate their milestone birthdays.The night had a football theme, and guests showed their true colors.
Essendon supporter Jim showed he was a true Bomber with both the red and black and the sky pilot garb.
Richmond fanatic Tien showed that nothing was going to get in the way as far as the Tigers were concerned.
The event celebrated Jim's 40th and Tien's 30th.
Jim's a decorated life member of our club, while Tien got to within striking distance of her 50-game milestone, mainly in our past women's teams.
At right: Tien and Jim Polonidis in their true colors.
At left: The cake looked garish - but tasted great.
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OUR CAPTAINS FOR 2013/14 SEASON
The Moonee Valley Cricket Club has now appointed its captains for all our senior grades.
The captains are:
* First Eleven. VTCA turf team - Matthew Thomas.
* Second Eleven. VTCA turf team, playing opposite our Firsts in the draw - Jacob de Niese.
* Third Eleven. Now in Mercantile Cricket Association B Grade two-day grade - Jesse Nankivell-Sandor.
* Fourth Eleven. Our highest-graded hard wicket team, playing in the NWMCA two-day competition - Brett Curran.
* Fifth Eleven - Now in Mercantile Sunday one-day turf - Darren Nagle.
* Sixth Eleven - NWMCA two-day hard wicket comp - Dan Terzini.
* Seventh Eleven - NWMCA one-day comp - probably Saturday team - Sean O'Kane.
* Eighth Eleven - NWMCA one-day comp - probably Sunday team - Allan Cumming.
Main Club contact details:
Charlie Walker - President 0409 237 543; 9370 1802
Peter Golding - Club Secretary 0419 009 721
Simon Thornton - Vice President 0417 570 779
For more contacts, see " Office bearers & Officials " under "Club News & Info" at the top of the page
Last updated: October 6, 2013.
For more of our history, including our Premierships, click HERE
Murtaza Khaliq - making his First Eleven debut for Moonee Valley.
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Note: Black armbands to be worn in this weekend's matches to honor the contribution of our Life Member and Club legend Peter "PG" Gardiner.
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PG's career in Black and White
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