OUR TRIBUTE TO TIEN POLONIDIS
Moonee Valley players and supporters have honored the memory of one of our women's cricket pioneers, Tien Polonidis.
After only one match got on in the wet weekend season commencement, players from our teams wore black armbands at the start of the season proper on November 20/21.
Tien, wife of MVCC Life Member Jim Polonidis, lost her long battle with illness overnight on October 27.
All players from our First Eleven wore the bright pink Tien/Moonee Valley caps for their game against Maribyrnong Park. The caps had been specially made a year ago as part of fundraising efforts for Tien's treatment.
Above Left: Our First Eleven honor Tien with their caps. L-R: Back - Muhammad Ashraf, Luke Brock, Jack Newman, Michael Ozbun, Jordon McDonald, Anthony Cafari. Front - Dejan Gilevski, Charles Bibby, Alec McIntyre, Sam Younghusband, Glen Courts.
Tien was a member of our inaugural women’s team in 2007/08 and played 46 games for the Valley, hitting 307 runs and taking 30 wickets.She’s the only player in our 50-year history to make a clean sweep of a season’s awards – winning the Women’s Firsts batting, bowling, fielding and Most Valuable Player in 2009/10.
Tien was our Women’s Firsts captain in 2008/09 and 2009/10.
At right: Tien Polonidis with husband Jim on one of her most recent club outings - the wedding of Matt and Vanessa Thomas in May.