LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Moonee Valley young gun William Blair has taken out the North West Metropolitan Cricket Association's Under 12 C bowling award - but it's no surprise with the tuition he gets from his dad Bill.
William won the trophy with 14 wickets during the regular season at the miserly average of 8.0, with a best performance of 2/4.
He will need to keep bowling just as well to catch up to dad Bill, a Sunshine United legend in the VTCA who has incredibly twice taken all 10 wickets in an innings in the Firsts.
But young William was certainly happy with the bowling award he was presented with at the NWMCA junior presentation night on March 29, and the Under 12 C Premiership plaque he received on behalf of his teammates.
The Under 12s lifted the only Premiership won by Moonee Valley in 2011/12, and the players were on top of their game all season under the coaching of Paul Baks, ably backed up by assistants Bill Blair and Michael Cumbo.
The Under 12 flag continued an incredible run by Moonee Valley, as junior or senior teams have won at least one premiership every year since 2003/04, with the exception of 2010/11.
Most of the Under 12 players were in their first year in the age group, so they should be a formidable unit as top-age Under 12s next season.
Senior Presentation Night - Saturday, April 21: Book your spot now!!!
Moonee Valley's Senior Presentation Night is being held at the North Suburban Club on Saturday, April 21.
The North Suburban Club - one of our major sponsors - is at 622 Mount Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds, and the night starts at 6.30pm.
Price is $50 per head or $40 for juniors, with drinks at bar prices. The price includes an excellent buffet dinner - and anyone who attended our presentations over the past couple of years will attest to what a great meal it is.
The night is for ALL senior players, plus junior parents and supporters - and we need to remember that many of our juniors are already accomplished senior players and play regularly in the higher ranks.
Announcements and presentations include the Club Champion Award for the First Eleven, MVCC Award for best player in all other grades, the prestigious Lindsay Jones Best Clubman Award, and batting, bowling and fielding awards for each of our senior teams.
There will also be significant milestone awards, and presentations of trophies which were not done at our MVP night.
Captains have been contacting players. You can either confirm details with the captain, or contact Club President Charlie Walker direct on email@example.com or on 0409 237 543.
Please help us by booking early. We will have our Club eftpos machine at the presentation, so you can pay with your credit card.
Players, parents and supporters should confirm their booking asap. When booking, please advise whether you are bringing your partner. Also bring your cheque books, as we will be auctioning off some good memorabilia.
We need everyone to RSVP by April 16.
See you there!
Comp bowling trophy for our Pat T
Moonee Valley's Pat Taylor has won the North West Metro Cricket Association's bowling award for the Barron Shield grade.
Playing in our Sixths, Pat bamboozled the batsmen all season - even though he missed a month with a shoulder injury - to take 19 wickets at 8.63.
Pat also played three Sunday turf games and a one-day game during the season, and was rewarded with a semi final game in the Fifths on turf, where our boys narrowly missed out.
Pat's season across all grades netted him 25 wickets @ 10.16, with a best result of 5/57 in the Barron Shield. Pat received his trophy at the NWMCA presentation night on March 30, where he was joined by Sixths captain Danny Terzini and by his daughter Jessica - also a Moonee Valley player this season.
** Pat is pictured here flanked by skipper Danny Terzini and daughter Jessica.
Pat is assistant treasurer on the Moonee Valley CC committee, and is set to play his 50th game at the club next season.
Farewell to our two Internationals - but just for now!
Moonee Valley's two 2011/12 internationals, Pakistani first-class players Ihtisham Uddin and Nasir Ahmed, have headed back home - but we're already in negotiations to get them back next season.
Ihtsi and Nasir had a delayed start to this season due to visa hold-ups, but they turned around the fortune of our First Eleven when they started playing after the Christmas break, and played a major role in our making the finals.
Nasir is a gun 140kmh left-arm opening bowler and punishing middle order bat, while Ihtisham - who was also at Moonee Valley in 2010/11 - is a No. 3 or No. 4 batsman and wily offspinner.
Moonee Valley is also in discussions with another Pakistani first-class player recommended to us by Ihtisham. He's an opening batsman and a legspinner who has been compared as a bowler to leggie Fawad Ahmed, who played a couple of Twenty20 games with Moonee Valley and took the VTCA Senior Division by storm this season, taking an incredible 58 wickets @ 10.97 - 26 more than the next-best bowler.
Moonee Valley president Charlie Walker said Ihtisham and Nasir had fitted in well with the club and their teammates, and we are keen and hopeful to have them back. They flew out on March 18.
****Pictured above are Nasir Ahmed (middle) and Ihtisham Uddin (right) with First Eleven MVP Amit Chaudhary.
WE WON!!!!!!! Our Under 12s won the Grand Final!
Moonee Valley's Under 12s won the Grand Final over Coburg, after a close win over Airport West/St Christophers in the semi to follow on from the hard-fought and thrilling win over nemesis club Brunswick in the quarter finals.
Our Under 12s are the only Moonee Valley team to win through to a Grand Final, after six senior sides bowed out, along with our Under 14 Black team.
Above: The Under 12s: L-R: Back - Assistant coaches Bill Blair and Mick Cumbo and coach Paul Baks.
Centre - Reuben Hill, William Blair, Julia Spagna, Noah Gordon, William Agius, Riley Boxshall, Leon
Hill. Front - Jackson Baks, Sebastian Pozzebon, Benson Pisanelli, Isaac Coleman, William D'Amico
and Lawson Pegler.
***For more pictures of our Under 12 team, click HERE.
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Peter Golding - Club Secretary 0419 009 721
Simon Thornton - Vice President 0417 570 779
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Last updated: April 21, 2012
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