Jimmy Woof's debut day out
English import James Wolfenden (right) made an immediate impact in his first game for Moonee Valley, becoming only the fourth player in the history of our Club to make a century on debut.
James, out for a "year in the colonies" with close mate Sean Duckworth after finishing university together, found himself in the hard-wicket Sevenths following a shuffle of teams for Round 1. The abandonment of three of our four turf grades due to pitch preparation issues meant that a spot opened up for both lads in the Sevenths.
James in particular took full advantage.
Playing at home on the Ormond Park East oval on October 8, he opened the batting with senior coach Lou Raffaele against the Singh Sahba team. James got off to a flier, with the ball bludgeoned to all parts of the ground.
James looked imperious in posting his 103 not out, retiring in accordance with th NWMCA one-day comp rules.
Moonee Valley continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over, with Anthony Cafari posting 67 and Daniel Comande going out off the last ball of the innings for 97, while seeking the club the boundary that would have also brought up his ton.
Along the way, Daniel passed the 1000 senior run milestone for the Valley. Dan clubbed eight sixes in his knock, which gets him into the Wisden hall of fame.
Moonee Valley's total of 4/339 compulsory close was our highest-ever score in the Sevenths, entered this season in the Sunday one-day comp.
Singh Sabha got off to a promising start as it bravely tried to reel in the total, but lost a lot of its wickets in the middle overs to be all out for 182.
James showed that fielding was just as easy as batting, with a spectacular one-handed catch on the boundary. His mate Sean wasn't to be outdone, picking up his first wicket for the Valleys.
And another former UK resident making his debut for Moonee Valley, Shiraz Badurdeen, also demonstrated sublime fielding skills to make a difficult catch look easy.
At right: James Wolfenden carried his UK form over to Moonee Valley. He's pictured here with the ECB South Yorkshire Premier League Trophy, which he won with his club Wakefield Thornes. He was playing championship cricket up to a couple of days before hopping on the plane to Australia.
TIGER TOWN AT
Moonee Valley celebrated the Richmond AFL Premiership in style, even though the Tiger supporters were an endangered species down at Ormond Park on September 30.
About four dozen Valley diehards - and not a Crows supporter in sight - watched the game on the big screen while we enjoyed the match. It was a foregone conclusion early, and so a lot of our younger senior players availed themselves of a practice session, with stump cricket in the nets holding more interest than the footy.
Above: Who are you barracking for? Cricket mums and past players Adele Walker (far left) and Vicki Ayers show some true colors.
We had a number of juniors pass through during the course of the afternoon to try their skills on the jumping castle obstacle course.
Many thanks to our organisers - chiefly Michael Ozbun, Matt Thomas, Vanessa Riggio, Sam Milazzi, Kevin Gardiner, Agatha Soccio and Jesse Nankivell-Sandor.
At right: Fast bowler Chris Pollock and partner Sam Milazzi enjoyed the day.
Moonee Valley intends to follow Richmond's example and get among the silverware this season as well.
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VALLEY OUTDOOR TRAINING - DETAILS
Moonee Valley Cricket Club trains at Ormond Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 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.
We still have spots available in our senior teams. Anyone interested in joining our successful and progressive club 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