Moonee Valley Cricket Club




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2011/12 MVCC coach Vic Hodge [more]
Footscray Indoor in August [more]

It was a real Moonee Valley wedding when Jim Polonidis and Tien Ha were married on July 30.

The guest list comprised 37 current and former players of the Club, with a combined 4357 games between them.

The experience ranged from Life Member and Past President Darren Nagle, with 298 games to his credit, through to one-gamer Robert Goss - a past junior dad.

The 4357 game tally of course included the stars of the show, Jim with 200 games even, and Tien with 46.

There were plenty of wild and woolly cricket tales told at the reception at Ascot House in Ascot Vale, after the wedding at St Dimitrios Church in Moonee Ponds. And unlike a fair whack of the 2010/11 cricket season, the rain held off! Watch this website for more info and photos. 

FacebookWe'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 Twitterin 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

To access our Twitter accounts, go to 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. 

Tanya McDonald - Junior Co-ordinatorAnnouncing 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 
Call for new players for season 2011/12 - New coach Vic Hodge (left) with Vice President Simon Thornton.seniors, women and juniors

Moonee Valley Cricket Club is calling for new players for our teams for the 2011/12 season.

We have entered four two-day teams in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association, five two-day and one-day teams in the North West Cricket Association, a women's one-day Sunday team in the Victorian Women's Cricket Association and teams at the Under 16, Under 14, Under 12 and Under 10 age groups in the North West Cricket Association.

Moonee Valley is again running a Milo In2Cricket program for the youngsters.

Club President Charlie Walker said we have spots available for players of all ages and abilities, and interested players have the option of where they want to aim - serious cricket at the top end, or more social cricket in the one-day grades.

"We are looking forward to an exciting season, with Vic Hodge as our new senior coach with a range of new ideas and practices," Charlie said.

Vic Hodge is shown above left with Club Vice President Simon Thornton.

"We will have a new direction and focus with our juniors, with player Tanya McDonald taking over as Junior Co-ordinator."

The senior section has pre-season training from 6 to 7pm every Thursday until September 1 at Action Indoor Sports at 90 Gordon St, Footscray. Existing and interested new players should attend. We will be outdoor at Ormond Park after then.

We also have two practice games - turf and hard-wicket - at Lucknow Cricket Club in Bairnsdale on Saturday, September 24, and are negotiating games on other September weekends. The season starts on October 8.

Junior training will start after the Junior Registration Day at Ormond Park from 11am to 1pm on Sunday, August 28.

Anyone interested in joining Moonee Valley this season should phone Charlie Walker on 0409 237 543, Secretary Peter Golding on 0419 009 721 or Tanya McDonald on 0432 165 672.

** It's back to Britain for our Kris **
             *Kris Garland's farewell: L-R: Bede Gannon, Kris Garland, Dean Jukic, Clare Ardern, Ben Thomas, Simon Thornton, Matt Thomas, Jim McKenzie, Daniel McKenzie and Sean O'Kane.
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.

*Pat TaylorOur Annual General Meeting details*Peter Fenaughty
The 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.

*Victoria ThorneycroftOur 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 *Tien Haa section of the Moonee Valley Sporting Club.

About 20 members attended, and heard from Treasurer Stephen Tassos how we fared financially in *Simon Thorntona 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 *Kevin Gardinervibrant junior section going.

*Charlie WalkerAnyone 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.*George Pearson
*Vice President - Simon Thornton returned unopposed.
*Secretary - Peter Golding returned unopposed.
*Treasurer - Stephen Tassos returned unopposed.
*Peter Golding*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.*Stephen Tassos
*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 Wisden
GauciMark11JanWho'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.

Main Club contact details:
Charlie Walker - President 0409 237 543; 9370 1802
Peter Golding - Club Secretary 0419 009 721
Simon Thornton - Vice President 0417 570 779
Tanya McDonald - Junior Co-ordinator 0432 165 672

For more contacts, see "Office bearers & Officials" under "Club News & Info" at the top of the page.

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