We're on Facebook and Twitter
Moonee Valley Cricket Club has signed on to Facebook and Twitter to better keep our members up to date with what's happening via social media.
We will be posting score updates on Twitter as regularly as our Captains can get them in during the course of the season, while Ryan Fairclough and his team will supplement our long-standing communication on this website via Facebook updates.
There are also direct links at the foot of this page.
To access Facebook and if you don't have access to click on our links, go to http://www.facebook.com/MVCC.Cricket
To access our Twitter accounts, go to www.twitter.com. You can either search for #mvcricket to get the latest posts, or type in mv_cricket to see all the communications. On match days each weekend it's hard to keep track on what's going down onfield across the grounds where we're playing, home and away and on Saturdays and Sundays. That's where Twitter comes in. With scores regularly updated, we will do away with the endless phone calls trying to track down a score. It will apply to the juniors as well.
Announcing Tanya McDonald as our new Junior Co-ordinator
Moonee Valley Cricket Club is pleased to announce that Tanya McDonald has accepted the vital role of Junior Co-ordinator for the 2011/12 season.
Tanya, who has played with our women's teams for the past two seasons and has also played a number of games in the men's grades - including one memorable match when she cleaned up West Coburg with three wickets - is keen to ensure our juniors hit the ground running this season.
She has already been given the full support of the Club's two previous Junior Co-ordinators - Kevin Gardiner and Charlie Walker, who between them had the role covered for 10 years - and Past President Darren Nagle, who was Prez when we established juniors in 1996 and is now a junior coach.
We're calling on players, parents and supporters to give Tanya their full support and ensure she has plenty of back-up to do the important job.
Tanya is now calling for expressions of interest and nominations for the junior coaching roles for this season.
We have nominated one Under 16 team, three Under 14 teams, two Under 12 teams and two Under 10 teams for 2011/12, plus a Milo program for the youngsters.
At this stage we have had a nomination to coach Under 16s from Rahul "Sunny" Sharma. Darren Nagle has nominated to coach one of the Under 14 teams in association with Ross Aitken. Kevin Gardiner has nominated to coach a junior team as required, and John Talone has expressed a willingness to either coach an Under 10 team or run the Milo program.
Any other nominations or expressions of interest should be directed to Tanya McDonald on 0432 165 672 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
** It's back
Kris ** Popular UK import Kris Garland has headed home to England, and a group of his Moonee Valley teammates gathered at the Union Hotel in Ascot Vale on June 29 to give him a fitting send-off.
Kris, who had been in Australia studying and found Moonee Valley through our website, quickly fitted in - firstly with our two Yorkshiremen, Simon Thornton and Joel Wilford - and then with everyone.
A regular in our Firsts for the 2010/11 season, Kris is planning to come back for the 2012/13 season, after completing his studies back home.
Celebrating with a good old Aussie beer are (above, L-R: Bede Gannon, Kris Garland, Dean Jukic, Clare Ardern,
Ben Thomas, Simon Thornton, Matt Thomas, Jim McKenzie, Daniel McKenzie and Sean O'Kane.
Our Annual General Meeting detailsThe Moonee Valley Cricket Club held its 39th Annual General Meeting at the Ormond Park bowls club rooms on Thursday, June 23, and it was very much steady-as-she goes.
Our Executive members were returned unopposed, and we have a few fresh faces on the Committee to ensure we have some new ideas, new views and new voices to help guide our Club over the next year.
It was our first AGM as our new entity of the Moonee Valley Cricket Club Inc., although we remain committed as a section of the Moonee Valley Sporting Club.
About 20 members attended, and heard from Treasurer Stephen Tassos how we fared financially in a season characterised by washouts and adverse weather, which impacted on our ability to generate revenue.
Kevin Gardiner stepped down as Junior Co-ordinator. While we do not have a formal nomination at this stage for this role, Life Member and junior coach Darren Nagle has volunteered to oversee a group of parents who will perform the functions required to keep a vibrant junior section going.
Anyone interested in taking on the position of Junior Co-ordinator should ring Charlie Walker on 0409 237 543.
Details of the elections for the Club committee were:
*President - Charlie Walker returned unopposed.
*Vice President - Simon Thornton returned unopposed.
*Secretary - Peter Golding returned unopposed.
*Treasurer - Stephen Tassos returned unopposed.
*Assistant Treasurer - Pat Taylor elected unopposed.
*Canteen Manager - Peter Fenaughty returned unopposed.
*General Committee Member - George Pearson returned unopposed.
*General Committee Member - Kevin Gardiner returned unopposed.
*General Committee Member, with a focus on functions and events - Tien Ha elected unopposed.
*General Committee Member - Victoria Thorneycroft elected unopposed.
We also have unfilled positions for Sponsorship Manager and Merchandising Manager. Anyone interested in these roles should also ring Charlie Walker.
For more details on the reports tabled at the AGM, click on the item in the drop-down "All Our MVCC News" tag under "Club News & Info" in the black menu bar at the top of the page.
Here's the score on our Senior WisdenWho's the Captain of our Wisden Team of the Year?
Who are the players who make up the team? What's our balanced attack? Are the quicks or the spinners going to be our front-line attack?
Who reached milestones during the course of the year? Who's leading the pack in terms of most-ever ducks for Moonee Valley?
All these questions and more are answered in our eagerly-awaited 2010/11 edition of Wisden, compiled and edited by Charlie Walker and Phill King.
Click on the link HERE to see all this and more - here's the 2010/11 Wisden.
Printed copies can be arranged by ringing Charlie Walker on 0409 237 543 or wait until pre-season training. Our pre-season starts with indoor sessions on Thursday nights from the start of August. Watch here for more details.
Our Wisden Team of the Year captain is First Eleven captain Mark Gauci (pictured right). To see all the rest of the team details, go to the link above.
Meet our new coach Vic Hodge...
Moonee Valley Cricket Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Vic Hodge as our senior coach for the 2011/12 season.
Vic, who last season coached the Melbourne Cricket Club Fifth Eleven and trained his squad part of the time with the Premier club’s top four sides, has played representative cricket in England.
He has also been a player-manager with semi-professional soccer teams in England.
Vic played Under 19s rep cricket for County club Warwickshire as an opening bowler, and had the distinction of being a net bowler at Edgbaston for the 1981 Ashes series.
Accepting our coaching role, Vic said he was excited to be coaching a club as big and diverse as Moonee Valley.
“My cricket philosophy is to make the most of what you have and look for continual areas of improvement, however small; in order to sustain performance and extend one’s playing career,” he said.
As a player/coach with Melbourne’s Fifth Eleven, which is one of 10 teams in the MCC Club Eleven competition, Vic coached a team of mainly MCC cricketers, many of whom have represented the Club at Premier level and sometimes even State or national level.
He plans to play with Moonee Valley this season in combination with his coaching role.
Vic (left) is shown above with Vice President Simon Thornton at the North Suburban Club,
where we did the coach interviews. Anyone wanting to talk to Vic, or intending or interested
new players, can ring him on 0438 803 084.
“I decided to apply for the job as coach in recognition and acceptance that my playing career will end at some point,” Vic said. “This is coupled with my commitment and desire to stay involved in the game, and to give something back to the sport.”
Vic said he was very interested in having some input into Moonee Valley’s junior program, with a view to helping advance the players to senior cricket.
He also has an interest in our women’s section, as his mother had played cricket in St Kitts, in the West Indies.
Moonee Valley Vice President Simon Thornton and President Charlie Walker, who interviewed Vic twice at our sponsor the North Suburban Club, said they were impressed at Vic’s commitment to the challenge and his eye for detail.
“He’s got us excited already – and pre-season hasn’t yet started,” Simon said.