Twenty-one Moonee Valley players ventured down to Bairnsdale on the September 12/13 weekend for two practice matches against the Lucknow Cricket Club.
The Moonee Valley players gather outside the main Lucknow Cricket Club pavilion after the games.
Valleys out of Luck
Lucknow prevailed in both games, but they were good hit-outs for Moonee Valley.
We're planning to build on our relationship with Lucknow and hold pre-season practice matches each year, and Lucknow has already offered to host the 2010 games.
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Tony Sherer announced as our women's coach
Moonee Valley is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Sherer as coach of our women's teams for season 2009/10.
Tony, who has been a frontline bowler with our Sixth Eleven for the past two seasons, takes over the coaching role from Tony Gleeson, who has been appointed Chairman of Selectors of Premier cricket club Carlton.
Tony Sherer (right) said he was excited at the opportunity to play a major role in the development of our women's teams, which have shown solid improvement in our two seasons in the VTCA.
He is already working out a program to build on the progress from past seasons, and training has now started.
The Club is seeking new players for our women's teams in 2009/10 to ensure we have a balanced roster.
Our teams play one-day games, and there are spots for beginners who have never previously played, right through to experienced cricketers. We also encourage women who aren't able to commit to the full 16-week season, but who are keen to play at least half of the games.
Anyone wanting more information should ring MVCC Committee member and women's player Kim Johnston on 0428 575 837 or Club President Charlie Walker on 0409 237 543.
Juniors can still sign up to play
Our junior registration day was held at the Ormond Park pavilion on Sunday, August 30, but juniors in all grades and age groups can still sign up.
Junior Co-ordinator Kevin Gardiner (left) - one of the committed parents at our Club - said the Club expects to field four Under 16 teams this season, as well as three Under 14s, four Under 12s and at least three Under 10s. Moonee Valley will again run its Friday evening Milo In To Cricket program for the youngsters.
New players are welcome.
Kevin said it was again intended to field one team in each age group in the highest possible grading, while the other teams in lower grades would enable up-and-coming cricketers and friends to play together and develop their skills.
While the local competition no longer has specific junior girls teams, Moonee Valley has successfully integrated girls into mixed competition and will provide opportunities for girls again this season. The North West Cricket Association this season plans to follow Moonee Valley's example and nominate grades in each age group where mixed teams can compete.
Kevin is also calling for applications from parents or other interested people for the positions of team coaches and other junior officials.
Anyone wanting more information can ring Kevin Gardiner on 0417 536 896 or email him at email@example.com
Fill in your forms
Here are some of the forms you can fill in and bring to training:
NWCA junior registration form (you don't need one if you're already registered for cricket at Moonee Valley)
NWCA clearance form (you need it if you're coming from another club)
Family information (to help us know our families and preferences)
Higher age group permission (you need it if you're playing in an age group higher than the one you're eligible for)
Valley's Seniors Pre-Season is now in full swing
We're now into pre-season for another big year of cricket at the Moonee Valley Cricket Club.
We've had our four Sunday indoor training sessions, and we're now back at Ormond Park for outdoor training.
Intending or potential new players can ring coach Lou Raffaele on 0433 854 549 or president Charlie Walker on 9370 1802 or 0409 237 543.
On Sunday, September 6 we're down at Ormond Park from 10am to midday.
Regular Tuesday sessions have started at Ormond Park, with a 4.30pm start until daylight savings starts.
Regular Thursday sessions will run from September 10 at 4.30.
For more details of the pre-season and other important information about our Club, click on the link here to our senior Newsletter.
We're the mighty Moonee Valley - 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 (left) 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.
Our key coaching leaders
Moonee Valley Cricket Club has reappointed Lou Raffaele (left) as our Senior Coach for the 2009/10 season, with Mark Gauci (right) reappointed as captain of our First Eleven for his fifth season and as one of our Assistant Coaches. Arosha Perera (below left) has been reappointed an Assistant Coach.
It is Lou's third season in charge of the biggest cricket club in Victoria.
Club President Charlie Walker said Lou has led significant improvement in our playing group in his time at Moonee Valley.
"His coaching and leadership played a major role in our top three teams making finals in 2008/09, and other improvements across the Club," Charlie said.
Anyone looking for a great club to play in the comingseason should ring Lou on 0433 854 549 or Charlie on 0409 237 543.
Our 2008/09 Valley Wisdens:
Look here now for all the detail!
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 Sean O'Kane (right), who was selected one of our five Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 2008/09 and also made the Moonee Valley Wisden Team of the Year.
And here's our Junior Wisden for 08/09.
Main Club contact details:
Kevin Gardiner - Junior Co-ordinator 0417 536 896
Richard Cooney - Club Secretary 0411 034 707
Charlie Walker - President 0409 237 543; 9370 1802
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: September 13, 2009
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