Moonee Valley is officially Victoria's biggest cricket club. Our North West Region's Cricket Victoria Cricket Manager, Stuart Clark has advised that with the 26 teams we fielded in 2008/09, we're officially the State's biggest.
Stuart advised that the club census carried out by Cricket Victoria earlier in the season established us as the team on top.
MVCC president Charlie Walker (right) said it was a big feather in the cap for our Club, given our phenomenal growth over the past eight years.
"In 2007/08 Cricket Victoria advised that we were one of the four biggest clubs going around," Charlie said.
"Now, with an extra two teams added last season, we're the biggest club. Each week during the season we put some 300 men, women and juniors on the park.
"In 2008/09 we fielded 10 men's teams, two women's teams and 14 junior teams. It's a fantastic result for a fantastic Club. We retain our commitment to ensuring we have teams and spots available for anyone who wants to play for the Moonee Valley Cricket Club.
"We're already looking towards an exciting 2009/10 season, and having the honor of being Victoria's biggest club gives us extra impetus.
"We're officially the biggest Club. We want to make sure we do everything to enable us to also call ourselves the best Club," Charlie said.
Gary Schickerling honored with Moonee Valley
Carlton Cricket Club legend Gary Schickerling's connection with Moonee Valley has been honored with our Under 16 Gold Best Player Award being named after him.
Gary was at hand at our Under 16 presentations on April 24 to present the inaugural Gary Schickerling Trophy, which was won by Kam Kenny-Jones.
Gary has taken a keen interest in what's going on at the Valley, and has attended a number of our functions with Tony Gleeson, the 2008/09 MVCC women's coach, past Moonee Valley senior coach and now team manager of Carlton's Seconds.
Gary's incredible career with Carlton spans 57 years, and includes an unbroken 20-year stretch when he held the position of either president, secretary or treasurer of the Premier Club.
Pictured here are Under 16 Gold coach John Brelis, Kam Kenny-Jones and Carlton legend Gary Schickerling.
To read more of Gary and the award, click here.
The stars came out for Valley's Night of Nights
Moonee Valley's 2008/09 Senior Presentation Night packed the North Suburban Club to the rafters as we staged our biggest-ever awards.
We had more than 120 players, partners and supporters at the April 18 Moonee Valley Cricket Club night of nights, and it was action from go to whoa as we worked our way through the presentations for our 12 senior teams.
We were honored with the presence of Moonee Valley founder Ray Storey, down from Leitchville with wife Heather for our awards, and junior section founder Chris Ayers, with his wife Vicki.
The crowd was our biggest-ever presentation night, our trophy count - at 92 awards - was our biggest-ever, and there was a lot to celebrate.
And celebrating on the night were our First Eleven batting award winner Arosha Perera and his beautiful fiancee Ishani Kalatuwage, pictured here.
Arosha recently announced his engagement to his team-mates, and the official ceremony is being held on April 23.
For a report and more pictures of our presentation night, go to the "New" tag at the top of this page or click on this link.
Forthcoming key dates: Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting is being held in the bowls club rooms at Ormond Park on Thursday, May 28.
The AGM starts at 7pm. An agenda and details will be sent to all MVCC members who have supplied us with an email address. Any other members wanting more details should email the Club at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cool under pressure: Our 14s win the flag in a real thriller
Moonee Valley's Under 14 White team proved themselves the masters of pressure cricket when they won their Premiership nine wickets down and with just two balls to go.
The game had already been pushed into the reserve day on March 21, after we had received the worst of the conditions on both days the previous weekend. But under coach Glenn Perussich the boys knew what was needed, and even though we lost wickets they maintained the chase.
Some intelligent hitting and some great running between wickets put the pressure back on Taylors Lakes, and our Valley team prevailed.
The win has now elevated Glenn - a "returned dad" who took to the field this season in our Tenths - to the only junior coach who has won multiple premierships at Moonee Valley, following on from his Under 12 H flag two seasons ago.
It's also our ninth junior premiership at Moonee Valley. We have now won one or more flags in each of the past six seasons.
For another picture and the match report, click here.
Pictured above is the winning team: L-R: Back - Nick Brelis, Robert Janes, Colin Watson, Brendan Dowd, Nathan Koulouris,
Matthew Digiovine, Adrian Rotunno and coach Glenn Perussich. Front - Nick Seers, Lachlan Perussich, Alex Coote,
Andrew Muratore, James Saragias and Mitchell Evans.
Coaching positions now closed
The position of Moonee Valley Cricket Club coach for the 2009/10 season
has been advertised, as is our practice each season.
Assistant coaching positions are also open - and we are
also keen to talk to new players.
Interviews will now be conducted with the shortlisted applicants, and the Club hopes to be in a position to make a prompt decision and announcement on our coach for 2009/10.
Beaten but not bowed: Our senior finalists hold their heads high
Moonee Valley's Firsts and Thirds came up short in their respective Grand Finals, but our season still left us with plenty to be proud of.
We still won a flag - Glenn Perussich's Under 14 White team snatched a win with nine wickets down and just two balls to go.
While our season ended just short for our seniors, players still got together to let their hair down on the night of the final day of the Grand Finals.
On Sunday (March 22) we were across at the bowling club rooms. Shown here are Firsts players (L-R) Matt Thomas, skipper Mark Gauci, Arosha Perera, Raj Aiyappan and Geoff McKeown.
**More pictures and a report: Click HERE
International cricketers pull on the Valley whites
Moonee Valley was host to two young international cricketers in February.
Luis Di Giglio and Alessio Baldessarro were on a three-month cricketing scholarship to Australia from the Italian Cricket Academy, under the tutelage of Moonee Valley assistant coach Nick Puccio.
Nick has played for the Italian national team since 2005, and as recently as October represented his country in Tanzania.
Alex and Luis had been doing plenty of training at other clubs on their visit Downunder, but until Nick brought them over to Moonee Valley were not offered the chance for a game. Both young men pulled on the Moonee Valley whites for two games.
Pictured above in our Ormond Park rooms are (l-r) Luis Di Giglio, Nick Puccio and Alessio Baldessarro.
To read more about their careers and the international flavor at Moonee Valley, turn to the item in our news pages.
Main Club contact details:
Richard Cooney - Club secretary 0411 034 707
Charlie Walker - President 0409 237 543; 9370 1802
Kevin Gardiner - Junior Co-ordinator 0417 536 896
For more contacts, see "Office bearers & Officials" under "Club News & Info" at the top of the page.
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Our website: http://archive.mooneevalleycricket.com.au
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