***Moonee Valley CC 40th anniversary celebration: January 28
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Moonee Valley Cricket Club is holding a gala function to celebrate our 40th anniversary on Saturday, January 28. It's a dress-up affair for current and past players, partners and supporters, and is being held at Happy Receptions in Union Rd, Ascot Vale.
***For more information on the event, go to the "40th anniversary & past players" drop-down tag on the black line menu at the top of this page.
Some holiday reading....
To play in finals and to give ourselves the best possible chance to perform well, we need to want it, and to be on top of our game.
At the start of the season you were all asked individually what you wanted to achieve. Overall you all informed that you wanted to improve as players, develop as a club, and above all – play finals. For many of you that opportunity still exists, but it will not come without application and effort.To be on top of our game, we need to work hard and train hard. However, our numbers at training, particularly in the month leading up to the break, were well short of acceptable for players who want to play finals and make a meaningful contribution – and this has been reflected in performances and results.
You can only put it down to lack of commitment when players find excuses not to attend training, nor to support the Club with their attendance at functions. Numbers at the Christmas party were another example of this lack of commitment.
Cricket is a team game. Players need to work together and support each other to achieve results. Yet a check through MyCricket shows precious few partnerships in any grade above 25, let alone partnerships of substance.
We look at our teams on selection night and pass comment that they look strong on paper. Yet they are coming up short against teams we expect to beat. Is it because those other clubs are playing together as a team by doing the hard work off the pitch, training hard and getting in form? We are far better than that, but it is the performances, not words, that count.
It remains clear that we have the players, the talent and ability. What we need now is the application and effort. If not, the season and all that hard work thus far will fall by the wayside. In short the season starts here and must start now.
Let’s start now by making a sustained effort to get to training at least once, or preferably twice per week. By utilising our time at training to the maximum, working hard with the bat, ball or in the fielding drills we will lift our game and our results.
The Club is so much more than just turning up to play cricket. By supporting our Club by attending functions and helping out what often seems to be a painfully thin band of Club members who take on most of the off-field tasks.
To the players who are regularly at training and helping out, this message is not for you. We appreciate your efforts. For those who are not in this category, please take note.
A lot of people make New Year’s Resolutions at this time of year. As a Club and a group of players, now is the time to instead show a bit of resolve.
“Remember if you want the rainbow ………….. you gotta’ put up with the rain”.
The work starts now.
Pete gets his State cap
Moonee Valley's Peter Wright performed in front of a big crowd - he was out in the middle of the MCG on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test to receive his Victorian Under 15 cap.
Peter, a promising fast bowler and middle order bat, was honored to receive his cap from Test legend Merv Hughes.
Peter's shown here in this shot from the TV - expertly taken by dad Norm - receiving the cap. Let's hope he emulated Merv's exploits as a feared and valuable member of the Australian Test team.
SIMON TEES UP TRAINING TOPS
Vice President Simon Thornton has organised our new training tops, and our players can all look smarter as we go through our sessions as a result.
The smart grey tops have been subsidised at $20 each, thanks to contributions by our sponsors, Income Solutions and Complete Stainless Steel.
Thanks go to our Sponsorship Manager, Evan Blythe for his work in facilitating this. Thanks also to our contacts at the two companies - Firsts batsman Steve Nickelson with Income Solutions, and First Eleven captain Mark Gauci at Complete Stainless Steel.
Our Club policy of requiring players to wear a white or predominantly white top at training has now been broadened to include a grey Club training top as an alternative to the white.
*Shown here modelling the new shirts are (L-R) Simon Thornton, Craig Pridham and Mark Gauci.
Anyone wanting to buy a training shirt should see Simon Thornton or Charlie Walker at training.
Our Christmas Cheer at the Club
JIM SPINS HIS MAGIC AT MOONEE VALLEY
Former Australian leg spinner Jim Higgs took Under 14 training at Moonee Valley on December 1, and our young players took away a lot of excellent advice to put into practice.
Jim came to visit us courtesy of Matt Hogg, from our Under 14 coaching panel, and we appreciate the time and effort.
Jim Higgs is shown here with Matt Hogg and his two sons, who play at Moonee Valley - Archie (left) and Charlie.
For more pictures of Jim's visit and more detail, click on the link HERE.
Our training details at Ormond Park - we're back on deck
Our seniors resumed training on Tuesday, January 3 after the Christmas break, and the seniors are now back on the park with the second half of the season.
Here's our cricket training schedule at our home ground at Ormond Park, in Pattison St, Moonee Ponds - beside the freeway.
The dates and times are:
Seniors - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm.
Under 16s - Tuesdays 4.30-6pm
Under 14s - Thursdays 4.30-6pm
Under 12s - Wednesdays 4.30-6pm
Under 10s - Mondays 4.30-6pm
Milo In2Cricket - Fridays - 5.30pm
For more details, ring Charlie Walker on 0409 237 543
****** Membership fees and payment options for 2011/12 - Seniors and juniors. FINAL PAYMENTS NOW DUE. To find out amounts and how to pay, click here
Main Club contact details:
Peter Golding - Club Secretary 0419 009 721
Simon Thornton - Vice President 0417 570 779
Charlie Walker - President 0409 237 543; 9370 1802
Tanya McDonald - Junior Co-ordinator 0432 165 672
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