A FUN AFTERNOON FOR OUR LADIES DAY
More than 40 partners, players, parents, former players and friends attended the Moonee Valley Cricket Club Ladies Day Luncheon on February 4.
The boys had to give up the social rooms for the day, and the Firsts and Sixths were banished to the changerooms for the afternoon while the ladies dressed up and strutted their stuff. And so it should be.
At left: Jim Polondis with some of the women who played with his late wife Tien - L-R Adele Walker, Natalie Demarte, Tanya Intagliata, Jenny O'Brien and Nicole McLachlan.
The day raised funds for charity and was named for past MVCC women’s captain Tien Polonidis, who passed away in 2021. We also acknowledged past player Bernadette Hobbs, who passed away last year.
Our First Eleven captain Jack Newman was a driving force behind the luncheon, and received tremendous assistance from many other people, both inside and outside our club.
It gave a chance for partners and family to connect to the club – other than just watching the boys on game day. We’re hoping that it becomes a regular event.
****For more photos from the event, click HERE
Ishti still our Champion – 10 years on
When he was last in Australia, Ihtisham Uddin was the runaway winner in Moonee Valley’s Club Champion award for 2012/13 – for best player in the First Eleven.
While Ishti received all the accolades for his season, which netted 456 runs @ 45.6 and 23 wickets @ 12.13 – the one thing he didn’t receive with his Club Champion trophy.
Ishti returned home to Pakistan before presentation night. The trophy sat on President Charlie Walker’s office desk for 10 years as he harbored hopes that Ishti would one day return to the Valley.
A couple of failed attempts to get a return visa dampened the hopes, but we were able to get a sports visa late last year and Ishti returned after Christmas.
And Charlie finally got to present Ishti with his Club Champion trophy – on February 4, before Day 2 of the game v Maribyrnong Park St Marys – which Ishti helped us win with two crucial wickets.
At right: Ihtisham Uddin with his 2012/13 Club Champion trophy.
Even though he hasn’t played under Australian conditions for a decade, Ishti has showed us he’s still got what it takes. He had a warm-up game in the Seconds before playing the last two rounds in the Firsts.
His return across the three games is 5 wickets for 45 – an average of 9.0 – and 71 runs @ 71. Ihtisham Uddin – you’re still a Club Champion.
Our 50th Anniversary dinner is on - Saturday, February 25.
A considerable number of past players from our 50 years have already committed to the function - so come and join them!
You can book your tickets online - see the link address above.
You can also search for our Moonee Valley Cricket Club Past and Present Players and Supporters page on Facebook - there's a heap of info there, including a link to see who's attending the function.
For more info on the event, email Life Member John Talone at firstname.lastname@example.org
Moonee Valley cricket - junior and senior spots
Moonee Valley always open to new senior and junior players, both for the current season and leading in to 2023/24.
We field men's teams on both turf and hard wicket, and both Saturday and Sunday grades.
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 in the current or coming season - 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 : February 5, 2023.
For more of our history, including our Premierships, click HERE