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Net result is a bonus for Valleys


NewNets08Sept21No3 - 380pixNet Result is great return
for the Valleys

Our new Ormond Park nets are finally up and running, and we're already noticing an improvement in training and enthusiasm.
We're no longer fighting to get a good bat or bowl, as the four nets now in operation give us the chance for a good hit-out.
Pictured at right at Sunday training: Steven Ball
with batsman Tom Aitken in the left net, while
Paul Comino bowls to Mick Bannister.
It's been a long drawn-out project, but now we can reap the benefits.
The concrete strips were laid mid-year, the carpet went down three weeks later and the cages were completed in August, so we're right into using the nets now.
These projects don't happen by themselves, so there are a lot of people to thank for their wonderful support and efforts.

Firstly, the fundraising.
Many of our members and parents either contributed directly or supported functions to raise the money, starting with Vice President Jim Polonidis who kicked off the fund with a pledge of $500 if Charlie Walker's mustache was shaved off after some 23 continuous years gracing his top lip.
Sixths player Mark Madden contributed significantly with his cheque book over several stages of the fundraising, and we're grateful for such a magnificent and sustained effort.
Cricket Victoria gave us a $3400 grant through Regional Manager Stuart Clark, which was also much appreciated.
Junior parent Mark Seers twisted the arm of his contacts in the steel and mesh industry, and Shane O'Brien responded with an excellent price for the black powder-coated cage which graces our new nets. Mark also lined up Leon Zelvys to erect the cage.
Dom Chiera as always was in the thick of things with the construction, leading a works crew which prepared the site and laid the base for junior parent Tony Reitano to lay the concrete.
Bob Sciacchitano also played a key role in the preparation of the site, with supervision provided by Darren Nagle.
Our works crew and other key helpers included Kevin Gardiner - who was always available for site inspections and innumerable visits - Phill King, Shane Tankard, Paul Comino and John Brelis. A job well done!
Thanks also to Glenn Mulcahy and Amanda Allen from Moonee Valley Council for their help and support.  

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The new nets in action: Bob Sciacchitano in the far net, and Joe Ansaldo winding up in the near net.


November 28, 2008
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