With the cricket season scheduled to commence next weekend, below is an update on key information for the season ahead.
First match & Pie night
The cricket season is scheduled to commence next weekend, with the 1sts and 2nd scheduled to play two day matches and the 3rds and 4ths playing one day matches (as they will all season). The VTCA will provide an update early next week on whether the season will commence on time - stay tuned for more information next week.
If the season does commence next weekend, the club will hold its annual Pie Night at the clubrooms on Thursday night. The Pies are FREE, drinks are at cost prices. It would be great to see as many players and club members as possible at the rooms next year Thursday night.
Subscriptions and match fees
The committee have agreed and endorsed a new model for yearly subscriptions and match fees this season. Match fees have increased, but subs have been significantly reduced this season. See information and link below.
Yearly subscription (registered junior players excluded): $150
Match fees: $20 per week (regardless of umpire/s officiating in matches).
NB: Registered juniors still only pay $5 per seniors match.
Social members - Fee TBA.
The above new yearly subscriptions and match fees applies to all senior grades and players. There will be no exceptions for the one day lower grades and/or the amount of matches a player plays during the season.
Please note: As per the endorsed updated club constitution, players and club members can only vote at club annual general or special general meetings if the member has paid in full their annual subscription by 31 December. Membership voting rights will carry forward to 31 December the following year.
Find out more about subscription fees and how to pay on our website.
Please note the club has invested in new EFTPOS facilities for all club purchases - including bar sales, clothing, function payments, yearly subscriptions and match fees.
With the new EFTPOS facilities, the club will be phasing out the manual slate in the next couple of months. At this point all purchases will need to be either in cash or via card.
Captains and coaching group
The committee and Senior Coach have also finalised the following captains for the season ahead:
1sts - Liam Braithwaite
2nds - Sheldon D'Souza
3rds - Craig Stevens
4ths - Denis Wilkinson
The coaching group was finalised earlier this year and includes Talor Williams as Senior Coach, John Dryiski as Fielding (Activities) Coach and John Taylor and David Roche as Assistant Coaches.
Completing the selection committee of the Senior Coach and captains will be Life Member and Past President Jason Grieves as Chairman of Selectors.
The committee wishes the coaching group, new captains and Chairman of Selectors all the best for the season ahead.
Further information will be sent out this week on the contact details of the Senior Coach and each captain. If you are unavailable at any time this season, please write your name down on the "Unavailable sheet" in the clubrooms and/or contact Talor Williams (Senior Coach) on 0431 342 083 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Club clothing is available from over the bar. Please see Jeremy Van Kruining, John Taylor or Jeremy Procko for your club clothing requirements.
Recruiting of players
Each season one of the greatest challenges for cricket clubs is to fill junior and senior sides, particularly in the lower senior grades. The Seddon Cricket Club is no exception when it comes to this challenge. Therefore we constantly remain on the look out for new players of all ages and abilities to complement our senior and junior sides.
If you know of any friends or colleagues who would like to play cricket this season, please bring them down to training or the club. New players can also contact myself for further information on the club.
Trivia night - Monday 4 November (Cup Eve)
The next club function is the trivia night at the clubrooms on Melbourne Cup Eve. More details will follow in the next couple of weeks. Please save the date in your diary!
President - Seddon Cricket Club
Hope this message finds you well and you're loving these winter days. The cricket season and the warmer weather is not far away!
Following on from recent club updates, below is an update on club news in the off season.
At the recent AGM on 19 June the committee welcomed Jim Bougatsias as Ordinary Member (2), replacing Stewart McLeod who served in the role last season. The committee would like to thank Stewart for his contribution on the committee last season and look forward to seeing Stewart around the club this season. The full list of 2019/20 committee members is listed here.
There has been discussion around the club for some time on the make up of our senior sides this season. At the last committee meeting it was decided that the 3rds would be a one side this season. Since the 4ths have been a one day side two seasons ago, and based on anecdotal feedback from a number of lower grade players over the last 2-3 years indicating they prefer to play one day matches, the committee have made the decision to advise the VTCA of our intention for the 3rds to be a one day side this season.
Therefore this season the 1sts and 2nds will play in the two day competition (also playing one day matches) and the 3rds and 4ths will be one day sides only. We expect this decision will be advantageous to the 3rds in that players who prefer to play one day matches will now be selected in the higher side rather than choosing to play in the only one day side (as in previous seasons). We also expect more players - past and present - to embrace this outcome, which will consequently strengthen numbers across all grades.
In November last year the club ran a Bunnings BBQ at their Maribyrnong store. It was a great success in raising much needed funds and awareness of Seddon Cricket Club.
This year our Fundraising Director, Brian Rooney, has secured the Bunnings BBQ at the Maribyrnong store on Sunday 8 September. With this commitment, we require as many club members to volunteer or come down and purchase a snag or 10 on the day! If you would like to volunteer on the day, please contact Brian Rooney on 0434 220 590.
We will be up and running at 9am and finish around approx. 4pm - see you then!
Each season the Western Region Junior Cricket Association (WRJCA) are looking for umpires to officiate in junior matches on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. This season is no different, with the WRJCA requesting clubs actively seek umpires across all junior grades and matches. Junior umpires are paid $60 for each Friday night or Saturday morning match.
If you are interested in some extra cash and have a reasonable grasp of the laws of cricket relating to junior cricket, please contact Nathan Wigmore on 0408 551 708.
Seddon Cricket Club
The next event on the Seddon CC social calendar is the Reverse Raffle & Vote Count on Saturday 2 March at the club rooms.
We have an action packed night planned including free drinks between 8pm-10pm (ticket holders only), the vote count to declare the Tom Kriebardis Award for 2018/19, the reverse raffle draw, dinner and entertainment to finish off the night.
See below for more information on the Seddon CC Reverse Raffle:
Tickets are going fast with already over 50 tickets being allocated to club members. Payment can be either over the bar in cash or EFT, or the club bank account (details below).
Account Name: Seddon Cricket Club
BSB: 633 000
Account: 1465 40471
Reference: RR and your name.
The Seddon CC Reverse Raffle & Vote Count function is our major fund raising event for the year. Please feel free to spread the word and bring family and friends along. We urge everyone to get along and support the club to make this another memorable evening.
See you there!
The annual Seddon CC Multicultural Day is on Sunday 27 January. As a bonus, the following day is the Australia Day public holiday.
Seddon CC Multicultural Day event is a celebration of the cultural diversity at our club, and within the local community in general, while also celebrating the invaluable contribution of club members of all nationalities and backgrounds. Since we staged the first Multicultural Day event six years ago the event has grown and become an integral part of our social calendar.
We have an action packed day planned including three teams (two sides from outside the club) competing in the T20 cricket competition for the Seddon CC Multicultural Day Cup, lamb & chicken gyros' for lunch, 'Foods of the World' for dinner, official presentations after T20 cricket tournament and a band finishing off a big day at the club.
For the kids we have games inside the rooms and also a wading pool for the kids (and adults) to cool down throughout the day.
This year the T20 cricket competition will once again be very competitive, with the title holders - SK Lankans - coming back to defend their title and the Victoria Police Cricket Club entering the competition. The Seddon CC side will be captained by our Scottish import Chris Sole.
Note: The Seddon CC side still requires players to complete the squad - please let Leigh Davies or Josh Beaumont (Coach) know of your availability ASAP.
See below for more information on Seddon CC Multicultural Day:
Lunch - Lamb & chicken Gyros' under sponsors marquee on oval
(T20 cricket competition begins)
Victoria Police CC vs Seddon CC
FINAL - SK Lankans (title holders) vs winner Victoria Police CC vs Seddon CC
T20 cricket competition presentations (clubrooms)
‘Foods of the World’ dinner (clubrooms)
Band - TBC (clubrooms)
T20 cricket competition
Once again we will be cooking lamb and chicken gyros' for lunch, marinated and cooked on the spit for hours and served under marquees on the oval. Lunch will be served around 12pm-1pm.
As with every year we have held the Multicultural Day event at the clubrooms, the 'Foods of the World' dinner will be supplied by club members and volunteers and will no doubt be a highlight of the days festivities. Dinner will be served after the official T20 cricket tournament presentations around 8pm and will include dishes from all parts of the world.
If you would like to contribute a dinner dish, please advise Leigh Davies ASAP (as you/we can never have enough food!).
This year we have a surprise in store with a new band to rock and roll the clubrooms after everyone has enjoyed the 'Foods of the World' dinner. Stay tuned for more details in the next week.
Multicultural Day is a great event on the Seddon CC social calendar. Please feel free to spread the word and bring family and friends along. We urge everyone to get along and support the club to make this another memorable day.
See you there!
Although we are heading into the AFL Grand Final week, the Seddon Cricket Club are also full steam ahead with the cricket season fast approaching.
Below are some key dates to put into your calendar:
Tuesday 25 September - Training
Training between 5.30pm-7pm.
Thursday 27 September - Training & rooms open!
Training between 5.30pm-7pm. We also officially take over the club rooms as the summer tenant, therefore the bar will be open and the rooms will be fully functional.
Tuesday 2 October - Training
Training between 5.30pm-7.30pm. With the first match on Saturday 6 October and daylight savings kicking in, there will be sufficient light for full nets training.
Thursday 4 October - Training & Selection/Pie Night
Training between 5.30pm-7.30pm. Also first selection and Pie night.
Saturday 6 October - 94th birthday party
Along with our first match of the cricket season, it is also our 94th birthday party at the club rooms that evening. This event will be an annual event as we count down to 100 years as a cricket club in six years (2024). It promises to be a fun night to fire up the start of the season, so I urge you to come along and support this event. It's a fundraiser with a live entertainer, fully stocked bar and an abundance of finger food. Entry is strictly by way of prior payment and confirmation for catering and ease of running the event on the night.
If you have already indicated you will be attending and haven't paid as yet, I urge you to send your $100pp payment to the club's bank account ASAP via EFT (see below):
Bank REF: 94_YourName.
Saturday 3 November - Derby Night
Derby Night event at the club rooms starting from 7.30pm. More information to follow.
See you down at the club!