It's official: Valley's the biggest cricket club in Victoria!
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 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.
Lou and Mark are back in our two key onfield roles
Moonee Valley Cricket Club is pleased to announce the reappointment of Lou Raffaele (left) as our Senior Coach for the 2009/10 season.
And Mark Gauci (right) has been reappointed as captain of our First Eleven for his fifth season.
It will be Lou's third season in charge of the biggest cricket club in Victoria.
Club President Charlie Walker said Lou's reappointment followed the advertising process required under our bylaws, and was made after other applicants were closely considered.
"Lou has led significant improvement in our playing group in his time at Moonee Valley," Charlie said.
"His coaching and leadership played a major role in our top three teams making finals in 2008/09, and other improvements across the Club.
"We welcome his reappointment, and we are sure that the improvement under Lou will continue."
Club Vice-President Sandro Capocchi said the combination of Mark and Lou provided stability to the Club last season and led to the First Eleven playing off in a Grand Final.
He said Mark was now an experienced captain, and the Gauci/Raffaele leadership meant the Club could be confident of a competitive season in 2009/10.
The Club is also able to announce that our champion overseas player, Arosha Perera, is back at Moonee Valley for 2009/10.
Anyone looking for a great club to play in the coming season should ring Lou on 0433 854 549 or Charlie on 0409 237 543.
Senior training starts in August: Indoor sessions at Footscray
Senior training for the 2009/10 season starts on Sunday, August 2, with indoor sessions at the Action Cricket Footscray Indoor Centre at 90 Gordon St, Footscray.
**Please note that this is a different venue to the Brooklyn centre where we've trained in the past, and where we initially intended starting pre-season training again.
Coach Lou Raffaele has booked initial sessions on August 2, 9 and 16, with two full courts running from 10 to 11am. The cost is $7 per person to cover the hire of the venue, and white shirts are compulsory.
With the change to Footscray and the flexibility of having full courts rather than just the narrow nets, we are urging all players to attend - our women's team members, and junior players who intend playing senior cricket in 2009/10.
All of last season's players are urged to attend and get some early training. Intending or potential new players can ring coach Lou on 0433 854 549 or president Charlie Walker on 9370 1802 or 0409 237 543.
Call for applications for Assistant Coach role
As the 2009/10 pre-season approaches, we are keen to finalise the positions of Assistant Coaches.
Arosha Perera (left) has been appointed as one of our two assistants to coach Lou Raffaele, and we now seek nominations for our second Assistant Coach.
The Assistants will play an important role working with Lou to run and set out training drills, and help players with individual tuition and advice.
Applicants should have a good technical knowledge of cricket and be able to explain and pass on important information and advice.
We are keen to have the appointment finalised before our first pre-season sessions at the start of August.
Those interested should send a short application to our Club email address, email@example.com or phone President Charlie Walker on 0409 237 543.
Applications close on July 17, and we would be keen to conduct interviews and finalise the position promptly after that.
Call for coach for our women's teams
Moonee Valley is now advertising for a coach for its women's teams in 2009/10.
For more details of the requirements, see the advertisement in our News Pages.
Our new committee for 09/10
Moonee Valley's new Committee for 2009/10 was elected at our Annual General Meeting, which was held at the Ormond Park bowls rooms on May 28. The Committee is already looking forward to an exciting season for 2009/10.
The members are:
President: Graeme "Charlie" Walker
Vice President: Sandro Capocchi
Secretary: Richard Cooney (top right)
Treasurer: Paul Comino
Functions & Events Manager: Kim Johnston (top left)
Sponsorship Manager: Ryan Fairclough
Junior Co-ordinator: Kevin Gardiner
Merchandising Manager: Steve Malone (bottom right)
Match Day Manager: Jim Polonidis
Funds Manager: Jenny O'Brien
Assistant Treasurer: Chris Micallef (bottom left)
Equipment Manager: Phill King
Our 2008/09 Wisdens: Here now!
Our 2008/09 Senior and Junior Wisdens are both here on our website now.
To read our Senior Wisden - 80 pages jam-packed with facts, figures and statistics, click here. You'll read all about the excellent season of Raj Aiyappan (right), who was our 2008/09 Club Champion.
And here's our Junior Wisden for 08/09.
Our Big John wins the Association bowling award
Moonee Valley teen John O'Brien trounced the field to win the Moreland Moonee Valley Cricket Association's C Turf bowling award.
John trounced the field all season in our Thirds, and with the benefit of Peter Golding behind the stumps his off-breaks returned him 24 wickets @ 12.13 during the home and away season to easily win the award.
John attended the MMVCA presentations on April 25 with a group of his team-mates to receive the award. ****For more details, turn to our News Pages.
Main Club contact details:
Charlie Walker - President 0409 237 543; 9370 1802
Kevin Gardiner - Junior Co-ordinator 0417 536 896
Richard Cooney - Club Secretary 0411 034 707
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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Last updated: July 20, 2009
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