Set for the Prince Alfred Hotel from 8pm. Please mark in your calendars.
Final call for the end-of-season trip to Adelaide next weekend; last count had more than 30 Eagles heading for the City of Churches and Serial Killers. Contact Michael McColl for details.
The first XI fell agonisingly short in their pursuit of 282 at Surrey Park, going down to top side Boronia by 13 runs. In his final game for MOCCC before returning to WA, Luke Baker received the Man Of The Match award for his defiant 99. Bakes’ untimely demise mirrored the disappointment of the day for the Eagles, however the team was at least rewarded with a return to Dunstan Shield ranks in 2011/12 after several years in the wilderness.
Meanwhile at Bulleen Park, the second XI completed a premiership double in accounting for Mont Albert by 82 runs. Superbly led by Will Hiser’s four wickets, the Eagles bowlers did themselves justice after a superb season in which the team was defeated only once. James Kazalac also did a sterling job as captain, standing in for the injured Julian Sakowski. Victorious players were seemingly just warming up when last seen heading for the city around 2am…
Last Saturday saw MOCCC claim its second premiership for the season when Chris Wall’s boys brought home the bacon. With the match fortuitously switched to Marcellin’s own Gartner Fields, a tidy bowling performance saw the visitors restricted to 8/155. The chase became tense toward the end when three wickets fell in the space of 14 runs but the Eagles reached the target with four wickets to spare, the day capped off by premiership celebrations at the Skinny Dog Hotel in Kew. The team limped over the line in the end with key players unavailable through injury, and a couple of the remaining eleven also restricted. At full strength the team looks capable of making it back-to-back flags in LOC4 next year. Well done fellas.
The previous Sunday, Dennet Merton’s band of aging warriors also achieved victory in the veterans XI’s debut season. Playing on the pristine #1 oval at Marcellin, the Eagles were held to the modest total of 9/115 by some tight bowling, led by Jeff Crimmins’ 3/14 against his club of almost 40 years! But our bowlers were well up to the task and bundled out Richmond City for 66 to take the Box Hill Reporter Distict Cricket Competition premiership and remain undefeated. A great effort – congratulations to all involved in the concept, which is sure to gather strength next season.
The Under 14 semi-final was played last Sunday but unfortunately for Steve Williams’ lads, rain interfered with MOCCC in a good position to knock off top side Bulleen. At 0/27 chasing 8/162, our season came to an end as a result of our lower ladder position. Bad luck fellas; the club hopes to see you all back playing 14′s and 16′s next season.
All that remains is for the first and second XI’s to finish off a brilliant, if rain-hampered, season for the club by claiming their respective Grand Finals on this upcoming last Saturday of the season. Both games are in the balance, with the ones chasing 283 for victory against Boronia at batsman-friendly Surrey Park, while the seconds are looking to defend 238 at Koonung Park with Mont Albert already underway at 1/38. Support from the wider MOCCC community will help the boys across the line, so get to one of the games this weekend if you can.
The season is quickly drawing toward finals and it seems that the boys have spent more time deciding when to play the ‘Left Bower’ instead of honing their cover drives as the rain inevitably tumbles down every Friday or Saturday.
Rain and floods aside, the Baldies have prevailed so far to complete their first home and away season undefeated and without having to dust off the defibrillator once. Percentage of over 350 and having lost only 27 wickets for the season, the flag looks like it is theirs to lose. So we wish them all the very best this Sunday as they play the semi against Kew (presuming this will be at home at this stage).
Our gallant U14’s have also battled away manfully during the season and with a final game remaining against the top team and arch rival Bulleen, they remain less than a game away from finals action. An exciting Friday evening awaits down on the hard decks at home this week – bring along your deck chair, packet of crackers, cheese and something cold to wash it down and watch the entertainment unfold.
The ‘Quick Draws’ have dominated all season with centuries and five wicket hauls becoming the norm. Holding on to second place entering the finals looks to be their lot with a few weeks of one-day games left. All the best to the Brick and his merry band of orthodox spinners!
The Threes have been brave all year but will find themselves a game out of contention next week when the finals commence but the highlights have again been regular and the lads have had a cracking time of it throughout.
The healthy competition for spots in the Ones and Twos has never been as fierce while both look like they will finish top two and with realistic tilts at promotion to Dunstan and B Grade. There is a noticeable spring the step of the Gnome as he marshals the troops at training and remembers fondly a time when he could keep up – a little sad but great to see the ‘cocka’ on top of his game still and keen as ever.
For those representing the club in the coming weeks, all the very best from all of us who will around the place lending as much support as we can.
With the club’s playing stocks at their strongest for years, the Eagles fielded four strong sides on the weekend and it showed on the scoreboard, with all teams ending the year on a positive note by coming home convincing winners.
The club extends best wishes to all players, supporters, former players and the wider Marcellin community for a merry and safe Christmas and a prosperous 2011.
Match reports will be published on the Results page as they come to hand.
Training resumes Tuesday, January 4.
…due to inclement weather. Stand by for an announcement regarding another date, likely to be early 2011.
Due to the state of the ground which had been under water after last weekend’s deluge, continuation of the two-day match against Canterbury is not possible. Likewise, the clash with East Doncaster on Sunday (reserve day) is also cancelled. Three other teams would be happy to have some support from the sidelines however!
Plenty of well-wishers turned out to cheer the 2nd XI home ona picture-perfect day at Hawthorn’s Rathmines Road Reserve in March. Standout performances were an unbeaten century from Man of the Match, opener Dan Cimoli, and skipper Julian Sakowski’s mesmerising five-wicket haul. There was no shortage of takers once the photo opportunities began.