OUR NIGHT OF NIGHTS - MOONEE
VALLEY PRESENTATION 2023
Moonee Valley players, partners and supporters gathered at the Moonee Ponds Club on April 16 for our gala event of the season, the 2022/23 Presentation Night.
It was a night full of recognition, achievement and surprises, with trophies and announcements.
The Moonee Valley Cricket Club's most prestigious honor, the Lindsay Jones Best Clubperson award, was jointly presented to Adele and Charlie Walker.
At right: Proudly holding their Lindsay Jones Best Clubperson plaques - Adele and Charlie Walker.
Salman Afridi was announced our 2022/23 Club Champion, which was no surprise given his stellar season in the Firsts.
The Sean O'Kane Award, for the best player in all other grades, was taken out by Chand Shrestha, who had a great season with bat, ball and in the field and capped it off with the Fourth Eleven premiership.
The Lindsay Jones award was a record-extending fifth for club president Charlie Walker, but the honor was really about wife Adele, and her support for Moonee Valley in opening their home to host overseas players over more than a decade - with 2022/23 house guests being our Pakistan first class players Wasim Abbas and Salman Afridi.
Life Memberships were awarded to Dean Lawson, Pat Taylor and Jack Newman.
First Eleven keeper Suraj Weerasinghe was judged the club's best Wicketkeeper for 2022/23, and Suraj also took out the Coach's Award for most improved - when he was first at Moonee Valley in 2019/20 he had a batting average of 4.0 in the Firsts. This year he was a key top order bat with 376 runs @ 37.6.
****Watch this space for more photos and info from the night - page still under construction. HERE are all the award winners
Go Fourths, and Multiply (your flags)!
Moonee Valley Fourths fought back strongly from a precarious position to win the 2022/23 Mercantile C Sunday Premiership on March 19.
Jay Patel and Vinnie Singh put up a strong rearguard action after we slumped to 8/65 batting first. Their 79-run ninth-wicket partnership helped us set a competitive target of 154, and Jay was unlucky to miss his 50. It was our best ninth wicket partnership in any grade this season - and came at the right time.
Despite a few flutters Power House was unable to reach our target.
Above: The Premiership winning Fourths with their flag and shield. L-R. Back - Maks Rahman, Jim Polonidis, Manu Singh and Vinnie Singh. Front - Sunny Singh, Mitch Britton, Jay Patel, Cullan Morrissy, Sam Carbone, Chand Shrestha, Sagar Bhatia and Prashant Hirani.
The chief destroyer was Jay Patel with 6/22 – bringing up his 50th wicket for Moonee Valley in the process. Prashant Hirani claimed the other four wickets.
The match was played at Brens Oval in Parkville. Our Fourths had finished top of the ladder and earned a home final, but Ormond Park was occupied by our Firsts Grand Final.
It was two Premierships in two seasons for skipper Manu Singh – he led our Fourths to a flag in 2020/21, then had a year off due to work commitments. But he was back on deck this season, and resumed where he left off.
It was premiership No. 5 for club legend Jim Polonidis, and No. 4 for Sam Carbone.
**Click HERE for more Premiership photos.
OUR SENIORS AT THE NORTH-WEST AWARDS
Dean Jukic and Sarah Fenn took out best-in-comp awards at the North West Metropolitan Cricket Association presentation night on March 31.
And Premiership-winning Women's team captain Tara Newman was at the dinner to accept the 2022/23 flag - our third in a row.
At right: Plenty to celebrate: Dean Jukic with his bowling award and Tara Newman with the Premiership flag.
Dean took an amazing 25 wickets @ 13.6 in our Fifths - a tally that rivalled the best in any of the NWMCA grades this season.
And Sarah won the Women's Division 3 fielding award for her work behind the stumps - credited with five catches and involvement in four runouts.
Skipper Tara accepted the award on her behalf, as Sarah was a last-minute apology for the night due to illness.
Moonee Valley was represented at the night by Tara; Dean and wife Agatha; coach Wasim Abbas; Sixths captain Andreas Skiotis; and president Charlie Walker and wife Adele.
Deano just keeps getting better, bringing up his 400th wicket for Moonee Valley during the course of the season.
Moonee Valley cricket - recruiting now
Moonee Valley is open to new senior and junior players leading in to 2023/24, and for the 2023 winter season.
We field men's teams on both turf and hard wicket, and both Saturday and Sunday grades, and Winter Comp on Saturdays.
Our women's cricket team plays in a Twenty20 competition on Sundays.
We have juniors at Under 16, Under 14, Under 12 and Under 10 level, and these teams play Friday evenings.
Anyone interested in playing for Moonee Valley - seniors, juniors or our women's team - can phone or text President Charlie Walker on 0411 705 381.
Buy club clothing, pay your membership, buy tickets to club functions - do it all at www.mooneevalleycricketstore.com.au
Junior Registration - link here - https://play.cricket.com.au/club/moonee-valley-cricket-club/147223ea-86d8-eb11-a7ad-2818780da0cc
Main Club contact details:
* Charlie Walker - President 0411 705 381; 9370 1802
* Peter Golding - Treasurer 0419 009 721
* Michael Ozbun - Secretary 0448 548 860
* Mark Gauci - Vice President 0457 778 335
* Paul Simon - Junior Co-ordinator - 0400 946 117 email@example.com
For more contacts, see " Office bearers & Officials " under "Club News & Info" at the top of the page
Last updated : April 20, 2023.
For more of our history, including our Premierships, click HERE
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