Cricket feast at Marcellin this weekend

In  rare circumstances akin to a major planetary alignment, three MOCCC teams will be contesting semi-finals on the College grounds this weekend, March 9 & 10. Leon Moore and staff will doubtless have the ovals in pristine condition for the big clashes – 2nd XI v Ashwood on the main oval, 3rd XI v Ashburton Willows on #2, and the 4th XI v Eastern Salvation Army on Gartner Fields. Past players and supporters are most welcome to soak up the sunny weather and cheer on the maroon caps as the lads chase a coveted Grand Final berth. Although Naughts is still recuperating, the bar will be in operation to provide sustenance for thirsty barrackers. Hope to see you there.

Finals beckon for three Eagles teams

A rousing win by the 1st XI in the previous round looks likely to see MOCCC avoid relegation and remain in the top grade, Dunstan Shield, for 2013/14. Meanwhile, the other senior teams are all in line for finals appearances.

The 2nd XI’s loss leaves them needing to defeat Richmond Union to play finals. Still a chance for a home semi-final if we win and other results go our way.

The thirds are narrowly on top of the table and are certain finalists. A win will secure a home semi.

The 4th XI is a solid second and all but assured of a finals appearance. They face Trinity Willison and STC South Camberwell in the next fortnight; a win against either will secure a home semi.

The ‘Bald Eagles’ veterans team missed the finals by a game after going under to top side Deepdene Bears in the final game on February 3.

Welcome to season 2012-13

We extend a belated welcome to all players and followers for the season which is about to commence on Saturday. Unfortunately we’re a bit behind in maintaining the website, but there’s a lot happening around the club and we’ll get up to speed over the next few days.

*** Teams for Round 1 here ***

Due to lack of demand, our junior program will go into recess for the summer. It’s likely we’ll be back with a team (or three) in 2013-14.

Chubba is back leading the ones, with last year’s skipper Tim Montagna his deputy. The evergreen Julian Sakowski once again takes charge of the 2nd XI, while Paul Dinneen will butter up as 3rds skipper, with Stu Kemp keen to try out his leadership skills in the vice role. Wallie’s boys (4th XI) are aiming at a three-peat, while Merts will lead the young blokes (aka Bald Eagles >> ‘Baldies’) around again in the veterans’ comp.

Good luck to all for the season, and go the mighty Eagles!

4th XI does club proud

Cheered home by a healthy contingent of MOCCC players and supporters, the fourths achieved a rousing victory in Saturday’s LOC4 Grand Final. Our opponent, Knox Churches, had won all 14 of their completed matches this season, including two against us, so it was in hope more than expectation that we trekked to Howard Dawson Reserve in Glen Iris.

Man of the match Rob Galati completed a fantastic finals series with a blazing 34, getting the innings away to a great start. Despite a batting collapse (~1/70 at drinks), our tally of 141 proved more than competitive.

We were miserly with the ball and picked up wickets regularly, allowing captain Chris Wall to hold back his strike bowlers until Knox were forced to push the pedal. Safe hands in the field was also a critical factor.

12th man Will Lay was called upon to rustle up a set of whites following mid-over injuries to Luke Gregory and Jeff Crimmins, and fittingly took the final catch of the day. Almost immediately the boys formed a tight circle and belted out a raucous rendition of the club song, and talk of a ‘three-peat’ could be heard in the post-match afterglow…

Fourths reach the Big One again

Attempting to duplicate the second XI’s feat of consecutive premierships, Chris Wall’s team faces Knox Churches at Howard Dawson Reserve next Saturday (Burke Rd, Glen Iris, Melway 59 H6), with play commencing at 12:30. We’re going in as underdogs after a 2-0 scoreline (plus a washout) this season in favour of Knox. We ran them very close last time…your attendance and support can get us over the line!

 

Fourth XI gunning for back-to-back flags

Despite winning 12 of 15 completed games, Chris Wall’s team faces an ‘away’ semi-final at Cooper Reserve in Camberwell (Melway 60 H3) this Saturday, March 10. With rain dooming the seconds, thirds and vets to fifth position (the new Richmond?), the fourth XI will fly the flag for the club this weekend. Hope to see you there in support.

Vale Br Steve Bugg

Marcellin Old Collegians Cricket Club marks with regret the sudden passing of Brother Stephen Bugg, last Saturday January 14, while attending a Marist conference in Sydney. A past College principal, Steve was a great supporter of the Old Collegians community, including its various sporting clubs.

Requiem Mass will be held at Champagnat Chapel, Marcellin College, at 11am on Friday January 20. Light refreshments will ber served in the Marcellin Function Room.

The interment will take place at 2:30pm at Kilmore Catholic Cemetery (Marist Brothers’ Section), on Lancefield Road, Kilmore.