Moonee Valley Cricket Club




ValleyLogoOur Annual General Meeting: Thursday, August 5: See Agenda and nominations
The Moonee Valley Cricket Club Annual General Meeting will be held at the Ormond Park bowls club rooms on Thursday, August 5.
The AGM commences at 7pm sharp.
As well as the general business required at such a meeting, we will also have copies of the 2009/10 Wisden for distribution.
It includes the MVCC Wisden Team of the Year, the five Wisden Players of the Year and a host of other stats and information from the 2009/10 season and from across the whole history of our Club.
Nominations for the Committee have now closed, but any member interested in an unfilled position can nominate at the meeting.
An agenda, and details of nominations for the Committee, have now been posted on this website and emailed to members who have provided their email addresses as per our bylaws. To see the agenda, go to the item in the News Pages listed above.
We hope to see as many of our members as possible in attendance.

PRE-SEASON TRAINING: Change of time and venue for THIS SUNDAY, August 8 only. This Sunday's training is at ASG, Unit 12/640-680 Geelong Rd, Brooklyn from 9 to 10am. After this week training reverts to Footscray. For more details see the item in our News Pages above.

Lou Raffaele reappointed as our senior RaffaeleReappointed 336pixcoach 
Moonee Valley Cricket Club has reappointed Lou Raffaele as our senior coach for the fourth season.
Lou's reappointment was ratified by the Club Committee following interviews at the North Suburban Club on July 13.
In announcing the reappointment, president Charlie Walker said the Club had shown marked improvement under Lou's leadership - with the top four teams making grand finals in 2009/10 and the Firsts and Seconds winning their flags.
"Stability and communication have been vital in our onfield improvement in recent seasons, and Lou's reappointment will ensure that this continues," Charlie said.
Lou (left) is congratulated by Charlie
at the NSC after the decision.
Lou said he was excited with the next phase in Moonee Valley's development, with our Firsts to play in the North Division in 2010/11 - just one rung below the top, metropolitan-wide division in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association.
Lou said he was just as excited by the young talent coming through the Club, with seven players aged 18 or under having played off in our Thirds Grand Final team on turf.
Lou is now finalising the pre-season training roster, and it will be posted on the website shortly.
We have not been able to have our return matches against the Lucknow Cricket Club at Bairnsdale this season, as we were unable to find a date that suited both clubs.
***Lou says new players are needed NOW for season 2010/11. Anyone wanting to play for our progressive and successful club, at any level, should ring Lou on 0433 383 387 or Charlie Walker on 0409 237 543. 

Captain Mark GauciMark Gauci's back as Firsts captain
Moonee Valley has reappointed Mark Gauci as our First Eleven captain for 2010/11. Mark captained our Firsts to a Grand Final last season in what was his fifth season in charge, and he now leads us where we've never been before - one division below the top grade in VTCA North Division.
Club Secretary Richard Cooney said Mark (left) has impressed with his plans for the future and his excellent ongoing working relationship with coach Lou Raffaele.
A hard-hitting middle-order batsman, Mark curtailed his natural instincts in the second half of last season, anchoring the innings and accumulating runs.
A typical gritty performance in the Grand Final ensured that we were able to build a score that proved too hard for Werribee Centrals to overcome.
"Mark had excellent credentials as captain and his efforts last year to see us to a premiership make him an excellent reappointment as First Eleven captain at our Club," Richard said.
"With quality leadership already in the team, as was demonstrated by players we interviewed for this position, we are expecting another sound performance this coming season."

Season 2010/11 - New Players Welcome at Moonee Valley
Kevin GardinerNew players for all our senior and junior teams will be welcome at Moonee Valley Cricket Club for the forthcoming season.
We have again entered 10 senior men's teams - four teams on turf, two two-day matting teams and four one-day teams. Two turf teams and several of our matting teams play Sunday home games, so we have a range of options to suit our players in terms of availability.
We also cater across the spectrum with our senior players, from top-grade cricketers in our highest teams through to occasional and social cricketers wanting to have a hit or roll the arm over in our one-day teams.
Seven of our 10 men's teams played finals last season - four through to Grand Finals - with flags in our Firsts and Seconds.
MVCC Committee member/Junior Co-ordinator Kevin Gardiner (right) said Moonee Valley also fields women's teams in the Victorian Women's Cricket Association one-day grades, and new players of all levels of experience, starting from beginners, are welcome.
Kevin pointed out that Moonee Valley also has a well-developed junior program, which won two premierships last season.
We field Under 10s (Friday evening games), Under 12s (we have grades that play home games on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and Sunday mornings), Under 14s (both Saturday morning and Sunday morning grades) and Under 16s (also Saturday and Sunday grades).
Moonee Valley's innovative program also provides opportunities for girls to integrate in junior cricket.
Anyone interested should phone Kevin Gardiner on 0417 536 896 regarding juniors, or MVCC president Charlie Walker (0409 237 543) or Senior Coach Lou Raffaele (0433 383 387  or  0450 181 948) for all other teams.
See you at the Valley in 2010/11!

Moonee Valley Cricket Club – Women’s Coach wanted 

The Moonee Valley Cricket Club requires a coach for its women’s cricket team/s for Season 2010/11.
Moonee Valley – the biggest cricket club in Victoria – has now had three seasons in the VWCA, and fielded two teams in the one-day grades in 2009/10.
The Club is seeking either a playing or non-playing coach, and would be happy to consider either a female or a male for the non-playing role.
Our Club is based at Ormond Park, Pattison St, Moonee Ponds, with secondary facilities at Debney Park in Flemington.
The Club is also seeking extra players – both experienced players and newcomers wishing to take up the sport.
The successful applicant for the Coach position should:
· Have the ability to develop and implement pre-season training schedules.
· Have a proven ability to train, develop, inspire and lead a club and its players to success.
· Be able to take training 2 nights per week.
· Be able to provide individual coaching during training, particularly to the younger senior players.
· Assist players at all levels with the development of individual skills.
· Be able to assist with the coaching of our girls playing in the local junior competition.
· Ensure that players at all levels enjoy their cricket.
· Be prepared to embrace our club philosophy, particularly its emphasis on junior development.
The women’s teams are part of the wider Moonee Valley Cricket Club, which also fields men’s teams and a strong junior program.
Written applications stating experience and qualifications should be addressed to:
Charlie Walker, 13 Vine St, Moonee Ponds, Vic. 3039. Phone 0409 237 543 or emailed to
Applications close August 12.

Valleys break the drought with Senior Flags - Firsts and Seconds get up!
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Our Firsts Premiership players: L-R: Back - Geoff Smith, Matt Thomas, Amit Chaudhary, captain
Mark Gauci, Craig Pridham, Pat Felmingham, Kane Harding. Front - Dushan Raveendrakumar, Rajan
Aiyappan, Geoff McKeown, Sean O'Kane, Arosha Perera.

Moonee Valley's Firsts and Seconds won their premierships in emphatic fashion, finishing off Werribee Centrals in both games on Sunday, March 21.

Out at East Keilor we were in control in both matches over the four days for much-deserved victories.

Our Seconds Premiership players: L-R: Back - Darren Nagle, Evan Blythe, Bede Gannon, Simon
Thornton, Dean Jukic, Peter Golding. Front - Bryce Peter-Budge, Ben Thomas, Josh Maginness, captain
Lou Raffaele, Chris Stafford and Jim Polonidis.

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The Ashes

Junior Wisden - it's here now!
Our Junior Wisden for season 2009/10 - it's here NOW.

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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Last updated: July 31, 2010
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