Nunawading Cricket Club – Junior Weekly Update

Hi everyone – This weeks update is all about Junior Presentation Day and Finals!!

Junior Presentation Day

A reminder that the Nunawading Cricket Club Junior Presentation, will be held this Sunday 19 March, commencing at 5.00pm. Please find attached your invitation. A run-down of the night and estimated timeline is as follows:

5.00pm Arrive

5.10pm Milo Presentations

5.30pm U10 Presentations

5.45pm U12 Presentations

6.00pm Pizza and Sausages served

6.45pm Dave Cowell Award Presentation

7.00pm U14 Presentations

7.15pm U15 Girls Presentations

7.30pm U16 Presentations

7.45pm U18 Presentations

8.00pm Rooms stay open for post presentation festivities

At 6.00pm we will be having pizzas and sausages. It would be great for as many families as possible to stay during this time. At 6.45pm we have the important Dave Cowell Award – where a Junior Player is acknowledged for their efforts, commitment and endeavours – on and off the field.

There will be a raffle over the evening. Tickets will be 1 for $2, 3 for $5 or 7 for $10. Prizes include Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades signed Cricket bat, Batting helmet, meat trays and Piccolino’s vouchers.

Junior Finals

U18 Semi Final – Last Friday, our young men put up a great effort chasing Croydon Ranges score of 380. After our 50 overs, we were 215 – falling short of the target. Special mention to Captain Josh Richardson, who opened the batting and made 84. We look forward to hearing more from Buddy on Friday night regarding the season. Well done boys – everyone is very proud of your efforts this season.

U16 Semi Final – Also last Friday night at Mahoneys Reserve, our U16 boys were defending a solid score of 162. Our young men bowled Park Orchards out for 124 in a complete Team effort. The emphasis on team was truly on display, when Athos Petrou took an amazing catch when the ball was ‘smashed’ to him at mid on, and also Ryan Mackie was brilliant in the field, completing a run out with a very quick pick up and strong throw.

U16 Grand Final – The win against Park Orchards put the boys into the Grand Final against the undefeated Glen Waverley. The first nights play was last night and Glen Waverley batted first making 7/269 – a very good score. Day two will occur tomorrow night (Friday) at Capital Reserve in Glen Waverley. If you can attend it would be great to see heaps of Nuna support for our boys, as they try and chase down a Grand Final win.

Senior Finals

As mentioned last week, our 5ths team was playing in the Semi Final. After setting a score of 170 (special mention to Glen Mackie 43, and Zach Scully 40 – coming in at number three and batting very determinedly most of the innings), Nuna bowled Kerrimuir out for 82.Pat West was brilliant with the ball taking 6/17, and Flynn Maguire bowling fast picking up 2/14. Special mention to Jean-Paul who not only captained the team, but took 6 catches wicket keeping.

This puts the team into the Grand Final this weekend, playing Saturday and Sunday (starting 1.30pm both days) at Bob Saker Oval, Mahoneys Reserve. Please again come down and support (the support last week was fantastic). On Sunday, the game should be close to wrapping up just as the Junior Presentation starts, so to all our Junior families, please feel free to come down a bit earlier, grab a sausage and see some of our U16 and U18 Juniors, play with some older Junior Dads!!



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Nunawading Cricket Club – Junior Finals Update

Hi everyone

Whist finals and on field performance is not solely what Nunawading Cricket Club‘s Junior Program is about, we do enjoy and celebrate such success when it comes by – as it is often achieved through hard work, dedication and development. This season, we have two teams which have qualified for finals.

U16s finished second on the ladder, and will be hosting third placed Park Orchards on Wednesday (tomorrow) and this Friday at Bob Saker oval (Mahoneys Reserve)

U18s finished fourth and will be travelling o Croydon to play top team Croydon Ranges on Wednesday (tomorrow) and this Friday.

Whilst it may be difficult for families to travel to Croydon, please try and come down to Mahoneys Reserve on Wednesday and Friday. Matches start at the normal time of 5.00pm. It would be great to have as many families as possible there, to support our young men play. The weather will be great!!

Tomorrow night we will have the BBQ going, and the bar open. We will also have the bar open on Friday, as well as a bite to eat. After both matches, it will be great to hear from both teams as to how they went.



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Nunawading Cricket Club – Junior Weekly Update

Hi everyone!! – As we enter the last few weeks of the summer, let’s all continue to enjoy what has been a great season. Milo has a couple of weeks to go, our U10s also still have a week or so to go. U12 and U14 enter their last two weeks. U15 Girls have had a great season, U16 will play finals (let’s all get behind them), and there is a chance U18s will also play finals (lets also get behind them)!!

Please come back to our club rooms tomorrow night. We will have SUPER BURGERS (which have been very popular), and sausages – and also hear how our teams performed!!

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Junior Presentation Day
Once again – due to a variety of reasons – our Junior Presentation Day will change time slots this season. There are many reasons that go into choosing the ideal time (trust me – it has taken many considerations – this includes Senior finals, Junior Finals, availability of club rooms until we hand over to the soccer club, availability of coaches, Grand Prix Weekend, School Holidays, footy season, basketball season – and of course COLLINGWOOD!!)!! I know no date/time will appeal to everyone – however please keep Sunday 19 Marchlate afternoon/evening free!!

We are looking at starting with our Milo and U10s early (around 4.30pm), and then moving on from there. I will have a full invitation for everyone early next week. For the older Juniors, we will be formally finished by 7.30pm – 8.00pm.

#beinvolved member of the week
Whilst this will probably result in a divorce for me, I would like to acknowledge my wife Josephine. Jo does not enjoy cricket (she was also a Collingwood supporter, until she met me – and now footy is the last thing she wants to talk about)!! On saying that, Josephine always comes and watches our son Matthew play cricket each Friday. Additionally, for the last few years, Jo goes out on a Friday morning and buys all the food (and drink and other cricket supplies for our club)!! Jo – thank you – I am so very appreciative of this! I love you lots – Thank you!!



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Nunawading Cricket Club – Junior Weekly Update (2)

Hi everyone – apologies for the additional weekly email, however a few important things I left off.

Milo this week
As per Paul Allen’s email to all Milo families earlier in the week, due to the ground sharing (where we continue to work with the local soccer club to maximise facilities), Milo Classes this week will start 15 minutes earlier at 6.15pm. This will see the classes finish at 7:15pm – 7.30pm – and possibly allow more families to share in a drink and bite to eat upstairs in our club rooms.

Missing helmet
If anyone has come across a Blue Missouri helmet, please let me know. It was last seen at the Mahoneys Reserve batting nets on Friday night. It was essentially brand new, and I know the young man who owns it would be very keen to have it back. If you do know its whereabouts, please let me know.

Saturday 11 February – What a night
There was a significant event with our Senior players last week. Jean-Paul Lefebure planned the event, where a number of historical Nunawading CC premierships were recognised with a Past Players day. Over 60 former Nunawading players attended the club on Saturday afternoon and also Saturday evening. It was a great night, with Stu Hamilton (who many of you will know as a Life Member and Premiership First XI player) organising a great day. Special thanks to Heatherdale CC, who were playing our First XI on Bob Saker oval, and joined us in a double celebration.

In addition to the night, four new Life Members were proposed by the Nunawading CC Committee, and were successfully accepted by members. Whilst all new Life Members are very deserving recipients, two of them will be known by many Junior Families. Kevin Rose’Meyer (Club Secretary for the last 9 years, and also current and reigning premiership Third XI captain) was very surprised by his nomination. Kev has worked tirelessly in all the time that I have known him for Nuna – spending countless hours for our club. Thanks Kev for everything you do. I for one am ever thankful for all the support you have provided me.

Derek Clark also will become a Life Member of Nunawading CC, after over 20 years of varying service. Most Junior families will know Derek as the ‘Apparel Manager’. Derek also plays Senior Cricket for the Club (with amazing averages), has been Club Treasurer, and also is the father of Cam (U16 Captain), and Demi (who helps out behind the bar). Thanks Derek – I know you have also assisted me in many ways.

Massive thanks and congratulations to all four new Life Members – and also Jean-Paul Lefebure and Stu Hamilton, for putting on such a great event. Without JP and Stu, the event would not have got off first base.


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Nunawading Cricket Club – Junior Weekly Update

Hi everyone – Another nice night of weather, looks on the cards tomorrow. Please come back to the club rooms for some pizza and sausages after the completion of matches, training and Milo, to hear all about the performances of our children. This week, State Member of Parliament Neil Angus, is also scheduled to be at Mahoney’s Reserve, to again see what Nunawading CC is doing. If you see Neil at the grounds, please make him feel welcome. Neil was really impressed with the number of children we had playing cricket at Nunawading when he was at the club before Christmas, and was keen to come back again!!

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Junior Presentation Day
Details and date of the Junior Presentation will be communicated in the next week. We are just currently finalising a few things, before we can confirm the date.

Team Performances and Coaching
As we near the end of the season, it looks like Nunawading will have one of its teams playing finals (U16) and possibly another 2 (U18 and U12B). Unfortunately the other age groups which do have finals will not qualify (U15 Girls, and both U14 teams). Our U12C team and both U10s do not play finals. I will provide details of finals qualification and matches when they are known in the coming weeks.

Whilst playing finals is always nice, it is not everything. Fun, enjoyment and development are crucial, and is what Nunawading CC is also about. As we have always said, every child is welcome to play cricket at Nunawading. I know that under the guidance of Peter Jessup (Junior Coaching Coordinator), our coaching and training has come along a long way this season. Whether it has been the new coaching Peter has introduced himself, the introduction of Chat providing 1-1 batting training on a Wednesday and Friday night, or whether it is Gus and Tom (Two Level 2 coaches, from England, playing Sub District Cricket for Box Hill Cricket Club), the improvement and development in our players I think is evident – and probably as big as I have seen in any one year. Whether that be existing players, or as has been the case this season, a number of players new to cricket! Thanks Peter for all your hard work this season. As a parent also, I am very appreciative of the way you have helped further develop our Children.

Father/Mother/Son/Daughter match
Thanks to everyone – including those in the last week – who have indicated they would be happy to participate in the matches that was scheduled for this Sunday. Unfortunately, we probably do not have enough numbers to proceed – which is very understandable. It is late in the season.

#beinvolved member of the week
This week I would like to acknowledge the Miskin family. Vuyo plays in our U14 team, and Lesedi plays in our Girls U15 team. Lesedi has also regularly played in our U14 team this season when short of players (along with Tahlia MacPhie). Lesedi is generally always at the U14 match, supporting her brothers team, while also batting and fielding when asked. Last Friday, Vuyo was injured and was unable to play, however not only did Vuyo come to Mahoneys Reserve to support his team mates, Lesedi also attended – and played!! Thanks very much Lesedi – I know the team appreciated it. Parents Romi and Ikram are also generally at all games, and are always among the first parents to help out, cook the BBQ/assist in the kitchen when on duty and support the club.


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Nunawading Cricket Club – Junior Weekly Update

Hi everyone – Well Friday night looks like it will be another great night. With all of our ovals back in use, it will be great to see so many children enjoying their cricket at Mahoney’s Reserve again. Please come back to our club rooms afterwards as usual for match presentations. This week we will be having pasta from Piccolino’s pasta and sausages.

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Nunawading Cricket Club – ‘The Friendly Club’
All Nunawading CC families should feel very proud and happy after hearing on Friday night, Andrew ‘Blewey’ Siebel provide his update on the U10 Purple Team. Blewey – who I know takes great pride in ensuring that the game of cricket is respected and that our players understand sportsmanship – advised us all of some feedback he received when umpiring last Wednesday night. In short, one of the opposition players approached Blewey and said ‘what a nice friendly club we are’. This was from an U10 boy. These are the things that we should all be proud of, as it goes to the heart of what we are trying to create at Nunawading. Blewey has taught his team (and the U10 Gold team who all train together) some great things this season – both cricketing skills and also how to be a good sport (clapping opposition batsmen off the ground is just one example). Thank you Blewey and thank you to all the U10 Purple players and families. These are fantastic qualities.

Father/Son/Mother/Daughter match
Further to my email last week, on Sunday 19 February, we are looking to have a Father, Mother, Daughter, Son cricket match at Mahoneys Reserve against Blackburn Cricket Club. This event was held last with great success and enjoyment by all who attended. Unfortunately, at the moment I have not had enough interest to make this happen. I also know however that Blackburn are ready to go!!!. If any Junior and their parent is interested in playing, please let me know ASAP!! I would prefer not to have to cancel this event…..

Player performances
In recent weeks, some of our older juniors have made some really big scores!! Cameron Clark has made a century this season in the U16s, and Josh Richardson has also made a century in the U18s and in the seniors ‘third team’. Last Friday night, we had another exceptional performance. Daniel Castelow, playing in the U14A team, retired on 60 not out. After the team lost all the other wickets, Daniel came back in and finished on 130 not out!! Bailey MacPhie batted with Daniel for the last wicket, supporting him well, and made 35 (including some nice BBL type hitting). Congratulations to Daniel. This is a fantastic effort.

#beinvolved members of the week
Whilst I am very conscious of not turning this important section into ‘mutual admiration’ (thanks for your kind words a few weeks ago Jean-Paul whilst I was away), I would like to list the Lefebure family as the #beinvolved members of the week. Jasmine plays in the U15 Girls team and Harrison in the U12B team. Jasmine has also played in the U12B team when they have been short of players and Harrison has also sub fielded (and took a great catch) in a senior match!! Both Harrison and Jasmine, help out regularly around the club, in many ways, including putting away rubbish on a Friday night and making sure everything is in its place. Amanda is also fantastic, in the way she supports the club. Whether it be helping organise the Trivia night, running out to the shops at late notice to buy something, and even transporting people to and from the club!! Then there is Jean-Paul (JP). Not only does JP help me with the management of the Juniors, he is on the Club Committee, organises social activities for the club, managed the whole Club photos, is captain of the fifths senior team – and also coaches the U12B team. Thanks to the Lefebures.

If anyone has an individual or family they would like to have acknowledged in this section, please let me know. As I said before Christmas, I know there are many people who do so much for the club – and I do risk leaving people off. What we are trying to do here though, is show that if everyone can contribute just that little bit, we will make our club even greater and more enjoyable!!


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Nunawading Cricket Club – Junior New Years Update

Hi everyone – I hope everyone had a great Christmas with their families, and are enjoying the New Year. I know that a number of our older Junior families have already been back playing cricket – whether that be Representative Cricket, or our Juniors playing in our Senior teams!!
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Resumption of Cricket
Games, training and Milo will resume as follows:

Milo Friday 27 January
U10 Wednesday 1 February (training will start Friday 27 January)
U12 Friday 27 January (training will start Wednesday 25 January)
U14 Friday 27 January (training will start Wednesday 25 January)
U15 Girls Wednesday 1 February (training will start Monday 30 January)
U16 Friday 27 January (training will start Wednesday 25 January)
U18 Friday 20 January (training will continue with the seniors)

U18 starting Friday 20 January at Mahoneys Reserve
As you can see, our U18 team is starting back a week earlier than most other teams. Our boys are playing at home, so it would be great to have heaps of support there for them. Our younger Juniors I know would get a great insight into watching our U18 boys play (a number of our young men are only 15-16 years old)! Our younger Juniors rarely get the opportunity to watch our older juniors play, as they are playing themselves, so this is an opportunity that does not come around often. It was only about 5 years ago that our U18 boys were playing U10 -U12 cricket!! Please come down and support the boys!!

Trivia Night
The Clubs annual Trivia Night will be held on Saturday 18 February. This is always a great night, with lots of fun and many prizes. Jean Paul Lefebure is organising the night, so it is guaranteed to be a fantastic event!! We generally get a good turnout of Junior Families, so if you are interested, either write your name up on the sheets in the Club Room, or contact Jean-Paul at jp. Flyer attached!

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#beinvolved member of the week
This weeks #beinvolved member(s) of the week is the Richardson family. The Richardson’s have been at Nunawading CC ever since our Junior Program restarted again some 8-9 years ago. For many years, Lynda has done an amazing job as Team Manager and supporting the coach. Lynda, generally always scores, and this year has been instrumental in ensuring our Nunawading / Yarraleen U18 team has been successful. Mark is always at the club, helping set up games, watching, and just last week made his Nunawading senior debut in 38 degree temperature. Josh has obviously played at Nunawading in the juniors all his cricket career. Has captained the team for many seasons, and is regularly helping out in many ways – showing great leadership. Josh now also plays senior cricket for Nunawading, and is currently playing Representative Cricket. The Richardson are a great example of a Nuna family, who contribute in many ways on and off the field. Thank you!!


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