Senior pre-season training - starting NOW
Senior Pre-Season training startS next Sunday, August 5! The season is fast approaching!
We will have training every Sunday for the weeks leading up to the season with other dates mixed in too. As the days get longer and weather nicer, we will start training outside and during the week.
All Sunday Sessions will be held at Spartan Indoor Cricket Centre 25 Graham Ct, Hoppers Crossing (one of our sponsors). We have the whole facility from 12-1pm. Please show up early (11:30ish) for a little warm up and so we can take full advantage of the hour. There are two short nets with bowling machines and a net with a 15 metre run up. Cost: $10.
Please add the following dates to your calendar:
15/9 possible preseason match
22/9 possible preseason match
For more information, phone Michael Ozbun on 0448548860
Moonee Valley is gearing up for another good year in the junior cricket program.
The subscriptions this year will be $275, or $425 for two players. Discounts are also available for concession card holders.
As for last year, any subscriptions paid on or before registration day are entitled to a discount of $25, ie. $250 or $400.
The registration form to be completed is attached HERE. You can email it back to Junior Co-ordinator Peter Pickering and then pay the subs to the club’s bank account - BSB: 633-108 Account no: 13844 9160
Please include the size shirt for your child so we can get the orders in for delivery in time for the new season.
We are looking forward to season 2018/19 with our new senior club coach, Mark Grenville.
The reaction from last year’s players and parents shows that with his international experience and background, he has already generated a lot of interest and enthusiasm.
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW COACH - MARK
The Moonee Valley Cricket Club is pleased to announce Mark Grenville as our coach for the 2018/19 season.
Mark has played at high levels in the West Indies, England and Australia, and has also played in the United States and Canada along his cricket journey, which has netted him more than 12,000 runs and 1300 wickets.
Growing up in the West Indies, he played in the Guyana Under 19s and also played 14 first class matches for Guyana in the Red Stripe Cup/Shell Shield - the equivalent of Australia's Sheffield Shield.
In announcing the appointment, Moonee Valley President Charlie Walker said that Mark will bring enthusiasm, skill and great coaching know-how to our club teams across all ages.
"Mark has Level 1 and Level 2 Australian coaching certificates, which will help him share his skill and experience across all our grades."
He is excited about being able to further improve the players in their late teens and early 20s in our higher grades, and also assist in developing our junior grade skills.
Mark is now an Australian citizen. He has been in Guyana for the past year doing voluntary youth coaching - a promise he made to return and help out when he was at the height of his own career - and returns to Australia in time for our pre-season training.
He believes players need to enjoy training, and promises a varied and interesting program to ensure we get the best out of our sessions.
He was Guyana Cricketer of the Year in 1986.
Playing for Guyana, he counted Test stars Roger Harper, Colin Croft, Carl Hooper and Roy Fredericks among his teammates.
His opponents were no less daunting, lining up against a plethora of stars including Sir Viv Richards, Phil Simmonds, Richie Richardson, Ian Bishop, Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Winston Benjamin and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
The standard didn;t get much easier when Mark played Minor Counties cricket in England in the 1980s and 1990s, with teammates and opponents including Australian captain Mark Taylor, Chris Matthews, Darren Berry, Chris Old and Madan Lal.
Mark moved to Australia in the mid 90s and coached and captain-coached teams in the southern suburbs of Melbourne, including Chelsea in the old VTCA.
His best bowling performance is 9/28 against Honley Cricket Club in England and his best batting is 175 against Guyana Police Force in Guyana.
Mark takes over the Moonee Valley role from our coach of the previous two seasons, Lou Raffaele, who led us to a Grand Final in 2017/18 and has now signed on to coach East Coburg.
Lou, as a past premiership coach and 100-game player at Moonee Valley, is part of the fabric of our club and is always welcome to visit. We thank him for his support and contribution.
THE BREWHOUSE LEGENDS GET TOGETHER
The Moonee Valley 2014/15 Sixths Premiership team got together to reminisce over a great season with a weekend away at Queenscliff from May 11 to 13.
Thanks to skipper Brett Curran for his hospitality, and for guiding the crew to the Queenscliff Brewhouse, where they set up base for much of the weekend.
Only Peter O'Kane and Paul Edwards were missing from the premiership team, so the bond between the premiership players is evident.
At left: The Premiership team get-together: L-R Sam Carbone, Dean Jukic, Mark Gauci, Kevin Gardiner, Brett Curran, John Talone, Norm Wright, Paul Hobbs, President Charlie Walker, Dean Lawson and Sean O'Kane.
About half of the players have hung up the boots since the premiership, but a stirring presentation by Mark Gauci on the Friday night has got most of the boys raring to pull on the whites again for 2018/19 - although their wives don't know it yet!
How to join the Valley - here's all the details
Moonee Valley Cricket Club is based at Ormond Park in Moonee Ponds.. We have seven senior sides - four on turf and three on hard wicket, and a range of Saturday and Sunday games to suit all options.
Anyone interested in joining our successful and progressive club for next season can phone Club President Charlie Walker on 0411 705 381.
Interested juniors can phone Junior Co-ordinator Peter Pickering on 0414 800 145 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Club contact details:
* Charlie Walker - President 0411 705 381; 0409 237 543; 9370 1802