AN UNDER 14 PREMIERSHIP FOR THE
Moonee Valley's Under 14 White team took the honors in a tough Friday night final, and brought home our 13th junior flag.
Playing Essendon over the two evenings, we always seemed to have the match in hand, even though the final result was close.
Moonee Valley ran down Essendon's total of 180 runs only four wickets down, but with just one over to spare.
It was a great team effort, highlighted by consecutive unbeaten 50s in the Semi and Grand Final by Nam Nguyen, who also played much of the season in the senior Sevenths.
A 48 by Thomas Kruspe and 29 by Jakob Haskell also helped anchor the run chase.
At left: Coach Peter Pickering stands proudly with our Premiership players: L-R: Back - Luca McMonagle, Thomas Kruspe, Thomas King, Nam Nguyen, Pranav Matha, Riley Walsh. Middle - Thomas Nightingale, Dejan Gilevski, Thomas Barnett, Harry Pickering. Front - Jesse Maljanek-Smith, Jakob Haskell.
The well-deserved Premiership was our first junior flag since our Under 12s won in 2011/12, and our first in Under 14s since 2008/09.
Our Valley boys finished fourth on a tight-packed ladder, and our position in the finals came down to the wire - we won our last game comfortably, but five runs was all that stopped the fifth-placed team from securing a win and leapfrogging us.
We beat the top-placed Doutta Stars seven wickets down in the February 23/March 2 Semi Final, then overcame Essendon in the March 9 and 16 Grand Final.
Congratulations to our Premiership winners!
Our Most Valuable Players - all our winners
The Moonee Valley Cricket Club held our Most Valuable Player awards at the Laurel Hotel on March 11, and the worthy winners of our prestigious awards were crowned.
Votes are cast on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis for each game of the season, so the awards sort out the week-by-week contributors from the flash-in-the-pan players.
At right: Our MVP winners: L-R Matt Esmore (3rds), Jim Polonidis (2nds), Liam Farrell (6ths), Simon Thornton (4ths), Chanaka Silva (1sts), Mark Gauci (7ths) and Danny Terzini (5ths).
The votes were cast round-by-round on an electronic screen - thanks to Peter Golding's computer expertise - and while some of the voting was close, we had a couple of runaway winners in the grades.
Winners in all seven grades were in attendance on the night to receive their MVP medallions.
The night also counted the Fieldlow votes in each grade, and the Fielding Award trophies will be presented at our Presentation Night at the Moonee Ponds Club on Aprl 14.
Our thanks to the Laurel Hotel in Ascot Vale - one of our major sponsors - for hosting the night, and to Peter Golding and Simon Thornton for tallying ad compiling the votes.
Thanks also to Michael Ozbun, Matt Thomas, Channa DeSilva and other members for organising the venue and the night.
The MVP was a good bookmark on the long weekend to a hard-fought two days of finals, and enabled our Firsts to let their hair down - briefly - after their hard-fought semi final win.
It was also a chance to acknowledge the Thirds, who came agonisingly close in their semi final after recovering from a tough start with the bat.
It's also important to acknowledge that two of our other teams - the Sixths and the Sevenths - pressed a couple of weeks into the finals before bowing out. And our Under 12s and second Under 14 team are still in the thick of finals, with crucial games this coming Friday.
For more pictures and detail from the MVP, click HERE.
HOWZAT?? WE'RE OUT (OF THE PAVILION)
We’ve now vacated the Ormond Park rooms to allow construction to start on the long-awaited new $2 million pavilion.
It’s been an eager build-up since our local ward councillors Jim Cusack and Nicole Marshall pushed through the rebuild in the 2016 Moonee Valley Council budget, but it’s now set to take shape on the ground.
We moved our last gear out of the old rooms on February 28, into storage in our shipping container, and have now taken up residence in the portables on the north west corner of the playing field.
Fittingly, the move straddled the 300th game of club legend Mark Gauci – we played the first day of the two-day game against Jacana out of the old pavilion, and completed the outright win on Day 2 operating out of the portables.
Above: The "Starlight Lounge" clubrooms - 300-gamer Mark Gauci (left) gets used to our temporary social area while our new clubrooms are built, while the Sixths take up a table in the background.
Our temporary complex comprises a bar/canteen portable, three changerooms – one for the umpires – and two toilet/shower blocks.
After the outright win over Jacana propelled us to third on the ladder and guaranteed the Firsts a spot in the finals, we were able to celebrate in the “Starlight Lounge” – the parkland around the portables.
Our temporary liquor licence incorporates the same days and hours of trading that we had in the old pavilion, and allocates us an ample outdoor licensed area to incorporate plenty of viewing of our games.
We will be handing over to football in the coming weeks for the winter season, and then expect to operate out of the temporary digs for all or most of the 2018/19 cricket season.
While there will be disruption for our players, supporters and members while the project rolls out, the inconvenience will be worth it when we move back into our new pavilion.
We’re continuing to liaise with the Council over the temporary facilities, including measures to best protect players and supporters from the weather, and will continue to update our members as the work progresses.
***For more pictures from our first night socialising at the portables, click HERE
MARK GAUCI - 300 MAGNIFICENT GAMES
Mark Gauci gets a guard of honor as he makes his way onto Ormond Park for his 300th game, including
fellow 300-gamers John Talone (front left) and Joe Ansaldo (front right).
Dual Premiership captain and past coach Mark Gauci has joined an elite club at Moonee Valley – one of just five players to have brought up 300 games.
The Gauch reached the milestone against Jacana on the February 24/25 weekend, and ran through a guard of honor at our Ormond Park home ground as the First Eleven took to the field.
At left: Brothers in arms - four of Moonee Valley's 300-gamers: L-R Mark Gauci, Darren Nagle, Joe Ansaldo and John Talone.
Three of the other 300-gamers – Darren Nagle, John Talone and Joe Ansaldo – were part of the honor guard, while Ian Denny sent his congratulations.
Mark’s glittering career has reaped more than 6500 runs and 250 wickets since he joined our club in 1998/99, and includes captaining the 2009/10 First Eleven Premiership and the 2014/15 Sixths flag.
He was our First Eleven captain for eight season from 2005/06, coached in the 2015/6 season and had a term as vice president of Moonee Valley.
Below: Our history and our future: Mark Gauci gets ready for his 300th game, sharing the changerooms with Moonee Valley's future - L-R 22yo Daniel Comande and teens Nigel Cowan and Anthony Cafari.
The honor call of this great clubman’s achievements include:
- 6744 runs – third on the all-time list behind Ian Denny and Michael Harvey
- 258 wickets – 14th on the all-time list
- 10 centuries – the fourth-highest total at our club
- High score of 155 – including 27 boundaries
- 35 games for Moonee Valley in Twenty20 competitions – equal with BenThomas
- 610 T20 runs – the most of any Valley player
- Four times in Moonee Valley Team of the Year, including captain in 2010/11
- Four times in our five Wisden Players of the Year, the first in 1999/00
- Club Champion 2005/06 season
- Three-time winner of the Moonee Valley Award – best player all other grades
- Winner of Second Eleven batting award 2001/02 and 2002/03
- Two-time winner of Fourth Eleven batting award
- 706 runs in 2015/16 season – the fifth-highest season tally in club history
- Won both the Second Eleven Most Valuable Player award and the Thirds MVP in the same season – 2015/16
The accolades flowed long and fast for the Gauch and his contribution to our club - and it was probably fitting that the celebrations of his milestone were also the last official function in the Ormond Park clubrooms before they're pulled down and rebuilt in our $2 million redevelopment and expansion.
The new clubrooms are part of our future - and we're sure Mark Gauci will also be there as part of our bright new era.
*Thanks to Dean Jukic for the photographs.
How to join the Valley - here's all the details
Moonee Valley Cricket Club trains at Ormond Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings until the end of the 2017/18 season. 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 coach Lou Raffaele on 0450 181 948, or 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 email@example.com
Main Club contact details:
* Charlie Walker - President 0411 705 381; 0409 237 543; 9370 1802
* Peter Golding - Treasurer 0419 009 721
* Simon Thornton - Vice President 0417 570 779
* Peter Pickering - Junior Co-ordinator 0414 800 145 firstname.lastname@example.org
* Channa DeSilva - Director of Junior Cricket 0402 833 592
For more contacts, see " Office bearers & Officials " under "Club News & Info" at the top of the page
Last updated: March 19, 2018.
For more of our history, including our Premierships, click HERE
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