Moonee Valley Cricket Club



The Moonee Valley Cricket Club annual general meeting was held electronically on Monday, August 10.
The club recorded a small profit for the 2019/20 year, which was our first season in our new Ormond Park pavilion.
Charlie Walker - returned for his 13th year as president.All committee members up for re-election were returned unopposed - President Charlie Walker (right), Vice President Mark Gauci, Secretary Michael Ozbun, Treasurer Peter Golding, Junior Co-ordinator Peter Pickering and general committee members Daniel Phillips, Channa DeSilva, Brendan Rhodes, Liam Shaw and Allan Cumming.
Dominic Rettino nominated for a position and was elected unopposed.
With vacancies still available at the meeting, nominations were received for Bede Gannon and Mitchell Britton, and they were also elected.
We are looking forward to season 2020/21 under new coach Glen Courts, particularly with our Firsts and Fifths as reigning premiers, but our planning can only be preliminary until there is a clearer picture of recovery from the current wave of coronavirus.
The 2020/21 season marks the 50th anniversary of the Moonee Valley Cricket Club, but celebrations are also up in the air as a result of the pandemic.
**Attached is a copy of our annual report with abridged financials. Members wanting a full copy of our annual report should email Charlie Walker at 

Ian Denny points to some of the illustrious names on the new Moonee Valley Cricket Club honor board.OUR NEW HONOR BOARDS

New cricket and football honor boards have been installed at our new Ormond Park clubrooms, following months of meticulous work led by Ian Denny.
Ian, a Life Member of both our cricket and football clubs, took on the project, and our pavilion now looks a lot more "lived in".
Next step for both clubs is to get more memorabilia and history on display.
At left: Ian Denny points to some of the illustrious names on the new Moonee Valley Cricket Club honor board.
Ian, or Egbert as he is affectionately known, led the project from the start and the outcome is a credit to him.
He got the cricket and football life member groups together to raise money for some of the extra items we needed for the fitout of the pavilion, including the sound system and extra gear for the kitchen.
The big ticket item was the honor boards, and they help tell the story of our clubs.
The Moonee Valley Football Club boards were installed on the wall on the west side of the social area in the pavilion on June 4, while cricket opted for the nook opposite the bar. Under Ian's leadership the life members will play an important and ongoing role with the pavilion on behalf of our clubs, and regular updates of the honor boards is a key component.
We still need to fill in some detail of the Vice Presidents and Treasurers in the early years of the MVCC, so anyone who can fill those gaps should contact Charlie Walker on 0411 705 381 or

Our new coach - he's Courts in the act

Moonee Valley Cricket Club has appointed Glen Courts as our senior coach for 2020/21.
"Buddha" is no stranger to Moonee Valley, having played 50 games with us over the years - in our First Eleven from 1999, and then occasional Over 35 games at the Barooga tournament.
New coach Glen Courts (far right)with MVCC Vice President Mark Gauci - they played together in the Moonee Valley Firsts.After his first stint at Moonee Valley Glen went to Essendon for three seasons, where he played Premier Firsts.
He then had eight seasons at Greenvale as it worked its way up to the top division in the Victorian Turf Cricket Association.
Glen then set his sights on coaching, and for the past six seasons has coached or captain-coached teams in the North Metro Cricket Association.Even during his time at other clubs Glen was a regular visitor to Moonee Valley, and ran occasional coaching and training sessions to provide a different voice and perspective.
We shortlisted five applicants for the role of senior coach after 2019/20 Premiership coach Tony Gleeson advised he was not in a position to continue due to work commitments.
Glen impressed the coach selection panel with his insights into the job, his success working with younger cricketers in his previous coaching roles and his continuing connections to our Club even when he was playing or coaching elsewhere.
And here's the first message to the players from our new coach Glen Courts:

Given the year we’ve all had, I’m hopeful all of you will be bringing your A-game and best attitudes. 
I have always found that focussing on finals, throughout the season, ensures we make it there.  When the team is focussed on a common goal, it makes it a hell of a lot easier to attain.
New coach Glen Courts (far right) with MVCC Vice President Mark Gauci - they played together in the Moonee Valley Firsts.
We set a pre-season calendar, but that's been held over due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
When our allowable activities become clear, we will again publicise a schedule.
*People can call Glen on 0403 329 652 with any ideas or queries - "I’m always interested to hear different ideas or points of view!"

Our 2019/20 Wisden is now out, and is published on our website. It’s packed full of current and career stats and records across the club, and this year runs to 129 pages.
There are photographs from across our season, as well as a commentary of the season that was.
We’ve also got the Junior Wisden online.
Here are some testing questions from the Wisden. No prizes, but test your knowledge - and let us know how many of the 10 you answered correctly. Here we go!
Our Wisden
*Who’s the only current-day player with a career batting average over 50?
*Who’s the captain of our 2019/20 Wisden Team of the Year?
*Who has bowled the most consecutive maidens in club history?
*Who (a current-day player) has the best bowling average of all time for players with 30 or more wickets?
*Who has scored the most runs in our seven years at the Barooga Over 35s tournament? And who has taken the most wickets?
*The Fifths set a new all-time high score for their grade in 2019/20. Who was it against, what was the match and what was the score?
*Who scored the most runs for Moonee Valley in the summer season? And who was second?
*How many Premiership players made the Wisden Team of the Year?
*Which two players brought up 400 wickets during the season?
*Who has played the most official Twenty20 games for Moonee Valley (37)? And who has scored the most runs?

Read through the Wisden and find the answers. And for a bonus point - who has played the most combined senior and junior games for Moonee Valley? And who has scored the most runs? A hint: They're both life members.
To see the Wisdens, go to these links:  Senior    Junior

     Main Club contact details:

* Charlie Walker - President/Secretary 0411 705 381; 9370 1802
* Peter Golding - Treasurer 0419 009 721
* Mark Gauci - Vice President 0457 778 335
* Peter Pickering - Junior Co-ordinator -   

* Channa DeSilva - Membership Co-ordinator 0402 833 592


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

Last updated : August 11, 2020.
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