Flag in the bag for our girls
Moonee Valley's women's team has capped off their fairytale season with a nailbiting Grand Final win.
From an inexperienced group of women and young girls - two of our young stars had to get special dispensation at the start of the season because they were below the minimum age - the group improved steadily across the season, and brought it all together on the day that counted.
We beat Grand United by two runs in the March 14 decider.
At right: Premiers - and proud to show their medals: L-R Tara Newman, Yasmin King, Sandra Verschoor, Tanya Intagliata, Sarah Ronayne, Katherine Baker, Jane Raman, Sarah Gooden, Audrey Brown and Kelsie Armstrong, with Katherine's sister.
Skipper Tanya Intagliata was the only player who had been in our last women's team a decade ago, and has been instrumental in putting the side together. Tanya played a real captain's knock in the big game with 25 invaluable runs, even though she was severely hampered by a leg injury she sustained early in her innings.
Her loud advice and instructions from the sidelines, allied with the disciplined game plan set by coach Channa DeSilva, ensured we were always thereabouts as we defended our total of 96 off the 20 overs.
The Valley girls held their nerve, and allied with the brilliant ground fielding prevented Grand United from fully utilising their strengths.
Moonee Valley previously had women's teams from 2007 to 2011 - our two youngest premiership winners weren't even born when we had our first team - but this is the first premiership for our women.
Our strength throughout the season has been our steady progress and team-oriented performances, with a spread of players capable of posting a good score and a disciplined bowling attack.
Girls, we're proud of you!
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OUR TEAM IN SEVENTH HEAVEN
The Moonee Valley Sevenths were a team to be proud of in the 2020/21 season, and almost pulled off the upset of the year when they pushed the top side into the last over in the Semi Final.
Above: Some of our Sevenths squad get together at the end of the season. L-R: Gavin Fischer, Nick Pigitsakis and partner Amber, Noah Nimorakiotakis, Luca Nimorakiotakis, George Manousos, Charlie Walker, Tom Janetzki, Simon Kapitelli, Joshua Boult, Shaun Rayment, Felix Fischer, Bill Nimorakiotakis, Anthony Cafari, Luke Brock and Rupert Fischer.
But all good things have to come to an end - although only for the season - and the players got together for a celebration to mark a wonderful year on March 13.
Thanks to skipper Bill Nimorakiotakis and wife Cherie for hosting the gathering.
Our committee recognised Bill's leadership talents in helping to set some direction for a rag-tag team in 2019/20, and he had no hesitation in accepting when invited to take on the captaincy this season.
Bill recruited some fine young men into our club, and allied with some wiser heads, players through our juniors and some of our top grade players, steadily built a cohesive team.
The group gelled towards the end of the season, and hit its peak for the finals.
Bill's already got plans for next season, so watch this space!
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GET READY FOR PRESENTATION NIGHT - APRIL 17
The Moonee Valley Cricket Club 2020/21 presentation night is being held at the Ormond Park pavilion on Saturday, April 17.
We urge all our players and members to bring their partners and/or parents, as Presentation Night is one of our key social functions which enable us all to interact as a club and family.
We've engaged a professional catering company to take over the kitchen at the pavilion for the night and turn out an excellent plated meal, with table service.
Tickets are $55 per head, and $45 for juniors and Life Members.
We will have the announcement of the Club Champion for 2020/21, the winner of the Sean O’Kane Award (best player all other grades), batting, bowling and fielding award presentations and plenty of milestone awards.
We’re also welcoming a Women’s team to our presentation night for the first time in a decade, and the competition for their batting, bowling, fielding and MVP awards is strong right through to the last game.
There will be plenty of other highlights on the night.
Captains of each grade will be contacting players who were regulars in their team to lock in numbers.
Players can also confirm by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning or texting on 0411 705 381. If you're confirming, please also advise on the number of tickets - yourself, partner, others - and any special dietary requirements.
The night starts at 6.30.
Please let us know your availability asap, as it's handy to have this information to hand in planning the night. Details of the night will also be posted on our Facebook page.
Our MVP and Fieldlow votes count
You know it's getting towards the end of the season when we hold our Most Valuable Player and Fieldlow votes counts, and the Sunday night of the long weekend saw some spirited barracking for the favorites and the smokies.
The Labor Day weekend marked the last game for our Firsts and Seconds, while our Thirds, Fourths and Women's team are still in the race. Our other grades finished earlier.
Around three dozen of the club faithful gathered at the pavilion for the March 7 count, and the slide show provided by Peter Golding. Thanks also to Dom Rettino for organising the catering - pizzas all around!
The MVP winners were: Firsts Nadeera Thuppahi; Seconds Matt Esmore; Thirds Sunil Bhandari, Fourths Jay Patel; Fifths Liam Shaw; Sixths James Smith; Sevenths Simon Kapitelli; Eighths Hafiz Ahmad.
The Fielding award winners were: Firsts Daniel Comande and Anthony Cafari; Seconds Michael Ozbun and Geoff McKeown; Thirds Peter Golding; Fourths Jay Patel; Fifths Paddy Shelton; Sixths Eamon O'Toole; Sevenths Nick Pigitsakis; Eighths Rohit Sharma.
Above: MVP and Fieldlow winners celebrate the event. L-R: Back - Peter Golding, Nadeera Thuppahi, Michael Ozbun, Matt Esmore; Eamon O'Toole, Simon Kapitelli. Front - Sunil Bhandari, Daniel Comande, Anthony Cafari.
The Women's team is still finalising votes.
***For more photos and full voting from the night, click here .
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Main Club contact details:
* Charlie Walker - President 0411 705 381; 9370 1802
* Peter Golding - Treasurer 0419 009 721
* Michael Ozbun - Secretary 0448 548 860
* Mark Gauci - Vice President 0457 778 335
* Peter Pickering - Junior Co-ordinator - email@example.com
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Last updated : March 16, 2021.
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