Eagles competitive entering 2012

The 1st XI posted a credible 239 all out in going down to Mont Albert, and the news gets better from there with the other three teams all recording comprehensive wins. The 1′s and 2′s both sit approximately 8th of 12 on the ladder and remain within striking distance of the finals, while the 3′s and 4′s are second and first respectively. And despite being 1-3 for the year, the Bald Eagles (veterans) remain well in the hunt due to a lop-sided ladder. Match reports here.

20-20 match at Marcellin, Dec 13

All are encouraged to attend our hosting of this second-round match against AYC, which is slated to take place on the #1 oval. Play commences at 5:30; the bar will be open and a BBQ put on from around 6pm (hamburgers $2, snags $1). Short, unofficial net session available if desired for those not participating. Friends, family, supporters all welcome.

It was a mixed bag of results for the Eagles on the weekend - scores here

President’s message

An amazing season has just concluded on the weekend, with our ones just falling short of completing a clean sweep for the club.

Baldies, Fours, Two’s all comfortably got the chocolates, the ones fell agonizingly short of A Grade glory (chasing 282 fell 12 runs short with 8 balls to play) and unfortunately the U14′s were cruelled a fortnight ago by inclement weather and drew, surrendering the semi points to the top team.

No doubt, there will be match reports added to the website in coming days once the lads re-gather themselves and you will be able to read about the heroics in both glory and defeat.

My congratulations to all who participated at the club throughout the year and particularly for the manner in which you have done so.  The club continues to set new standards for itself both on and off the field and is doing while custodian of a rare culture that is being adopted by all who wear the maroon cap – we could not be happier with this outcome.

To all of our enormously generous sponsors, committee members, curators, the college, dedicated supporters/ parents and players I would like to thank you all for your enormous efforts throughout the year, congratulate you on what has been achieved and wish you all the very best in the off season.

Best Regards
Marty
MOCCC President

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