1sts oh so close, 2nds go back-to-back

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…

4th XI, Vets win premiership

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.

From the President’s desk…

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.

Marty

Vale Kev Boyd

Kev Boyd

Kevin Boyd, former MOCCC Secretary, long serving and outstanding committee member, second XI Captain and club leader died suddenly yesterday.  The loss of any member of our community is always felt keenly, the loss of Kevin will be immeasurable.

As an avid and talented golfer, Kevin was also heavily involved at the Greenacres G.C. and successfully ran his own financial services business.

Clearly Kevin was a man who enjoyed being part of a community and ensured that he made valuable and memorable contributions to them wherever possible.  All those who knew Kevin, benefited and continue to benefit from the generosity of those contributions.

Thoughts and prayers are with Marie, Bob, Terry, Libby and the kids and all of those close to the Boyd family at this time.

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Marcellin students playing Premier Cricket

Marcellin has a proud sporting history with a range of old scholars performing with distinction at high levels across a variety of sports. 

Marcellin Old Collegians Cricket Club would like to acknowledge both Marcellin students and old scholars presently playing in the state’s premier cricket competition, the Victorian Premier Cricket Association.  We wish them well for season 2009-10, and encourage you all to follow their progress closely.  To make it easier for you to follow their progress, we have indicated below the grade that they have been selected in for the game 9-16 January 2010.  You will also be able to view their progress through the My Cricket web-site. 

Should you be aware of any Marcellin old scholar that we have inadvertently missed, please let us know.

Fitzroy-Doncaster 
Jacques Augustin (1st XI) 
Sam Sheehan (3rd XI) 
Tim Sheehan (2nd XI) 

Northcote 
Mitchell Brook (1st XI) 
Trent Carlson (4th XI) 
Jarrod Carlson (1st XI) 
Danny O’Shea (1st XI) 
Josh Sundberg (2nd XI) 
Rhett Walker (2nd XI) 

Carlton 
Joel Crimmins (2nd XI)

Andrew Dallimore stars as Marcellin goes 2-0

Marcellin’s 2009 carnival campaign has got off to a great start with good wins against Catholic College Canberra and Newman College (Perth) respectively. Old Boy player Andrew Dallimore was the star on the second day picking up three wickets in his 10 overs and then closing down what was until then a nervous run chase with a blistering 28 from 18 balls. Sending Newman into bat on a green North Bendigo Oval wicket, Marcellin bowled in the right areas, bowling them out for 105 in 42 overs. In reply, Marcellin applied the over cautious approach to the chase – giving Newman a look in. At 5-80, in the 32 over, with runs at a premium, Andrew Dallimore opened his shoulders – with two sixes and three fours to shut down the game. Marcellin plays Sacred Heart Auckland on Friday who are 1-1. More to follow

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Newman College Perth's Michael Thacker is bowled by Marcellin's Nick Biscontin

Newman College Perth's Michael Thacker is bowled by Marcellin's Nick Biscontin