Getting to know… Allan Wise

Allan Wise is Captain of our Men’s First XI. Allan played 34 First Class matches, split between Victoria and South Australia. He came to join us at Spotswood last season, after finishing up his Victorian Premier Cricket career.

Nickname(s):  Wiz, Wizard, Wisey, Mule

Why did you choose your particular role at the Club?

The game of cricket has been great to me and I owe it a lot. It’s the perfect time in my cricketing life to pass on as much of my experience as possible, before I get too weathered and no-one takes me seriously! And hopefully having an impact on the lure of success

What do you see your role at the Club to be?

Creating an environment that is fun, engaging & educational in order to improve those players working hard on their game.  Although Wheels tells me it’s a heap of wickets and a premiership haha!!

Favourite Thing about Spotty?

Diverse and passionate playing group who first & foremost love the game. The unrewarded hard work of so many volunteers off and on the field. We are lucky

Greatest Cricketing Moment You’ve Witnessed?

Now that I live in the West, has to be Big Merv Hughes’ Hattrick vs West Indies – 1988 at the WACA.  Andrew Flintoff’s over to Ricky Ponting at Edgbaston 2005.  The whole 2005 Ashes Series was also pretty amazing

If you could have dinner with any 3 guests (dead or alive) who would they be?

Will Ferrell, Warren Buffett, Gene Maurice – heard he is wonderful cook (not that he invites anyone over) & will ensure no leftovers.

Best coach? And why?

David Saker. Was never too serious and had the perfect balance between improving skill and teaching game sense to actually take wickets. No surprise he was England’s, and now Australia’s, bowling coach.

A winning start to season 2018–19!

Two weeks in, 6 matches down, and we have 5 winning teams!

Our first official game got underway on Saturday 6th October for our Men’s First XI team, against Seddon CC, under sunny skies. No one can remember when our first eleven last played on our bottom oval, but the team showed plenty of grit to score 5/311 and set Seddon a challenge in the second week.

On Saturday 13th October all of our teams played except for our under 11s, and we have had a really great start to our season with six teams participating and five wins. It has been a while since we had all four of our senior teams win on the same day. Our two junior teams also represented the Club very well, with a win in our U13 team and a good start by our U15s although they fell short on the day.

Special mention must go to Gene Maurice (pictured above, left, with Andrew Dickinson) for an extra special start to the season in our Men’s First XI. Day one he scored 108* (his first century for the club) in a partnership of 167 for the 6th wicket with Andrew, and then he backed up day two with 2/44.

So a big congratulations to everyone who’s played so far, and here’s to many more great matches to come this season.

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Becoming more female-friendly – we’re part of EqualPlay!

Some great Club news – and how you can get involved

Spotswood Cricket Club is very happy to announce that we are one of only 6 Hobsons Bay sports clubs invited to take part in a research project focusing on gender equality within grassroots sports clubs. The project will be run by EqualPlay, a not-for-profit Hobsons Bay-based group, and will involve research undertaken through Victoria University. The project will focus on researching what it is that women and girls want in their grassroots sports club, and then help us implement that model into our club. As a result, EqualPlay will promote Spotswood Cricket Club as a club of choice for women and girls, and families, in the Hobsons Bay area.

How can you help? EqualPlay needs your stories! By October 14

The project will be run over a number of phases and the first phase will be an exhibition displaying a collection of stories from women and girls depicting positive and/or negative gender experiences within grassroots sports clubs. Approximately 20 to 30 of those stories will also be accompanied by a professional photograph of the storyteller (within a sports/social/relaxed setting).  Please note: stories will be kept confidential if requested, and nobody is obliged to take part in the photographic exhibition if they do not wish to.

EqualPlay are therefore looking for stories from our female club members, their female family members, and/or friends. An example of stories they have collected to date are:

Positive – (from a parent): “Our committee are really committed to making the girls comfortable. They got a grant so they could get coloured uniforms for them (instead of the traditional white pants), and they found an experienced female coach for the team,”

Negative – (from a female coach): – “I was a Level 2 coach and the most qualified and experienced coach at the club, but they would only ever let me coach the girls’ team or the youngest boys. The unqualified Dads got to coach the older boys’ teams.”

Stories can be provided to EqualPlay via private message through Facebook, email to or phone Lisa Lymbery on 0418 887 679 or Jenny Robinson on 0425 713 414. Send them in by Sunday 14 October.

Also please follow EqualPlay on social media as they will be promoting Spotswood Cricket Club throughout the project:

On Facebook (Equalplay)     

And on Twitter (@EqualPlayAus)

Welcome to season 2018–19

Peter Young

Addressing players at our Meet the Coach day.

I would like to make my first official communication to you by welcoming everyone – players and their families, members and friends – to the Club for the upcoming season. Whether you are an existing player or a new player to the Club I hope that the season is enjoyable and successful.

A special welcome to our valued Club Sponsors – without their generous support, many of the services our Club provides would simply not be possible.

Since our AGM in May, the Club’s committee has met regularly with a clear purpose to prepare for our upcoming season.

One Club – celebrating every Saturday at 6:30pm
A significant change that we will be implementing this year is our new One Club philosophy. We will be united as One Club and will celebrate all aspects of our club, with any successes being shared by all.

A key part of this strategy is that we will begin a new approach to celebrating together by gathering at the Club each Saturday night at 6.30pm to get a report from all the grades – commencing with all our junior teams and working backwards to our First Eleven.

We want to hear from you
Additionally you will see a more open approach to the way we manage the Club on and off the field, starting with an upcoming survey that I urge each of you to undertake and complete. This survey will help us understand more about what you want to see at our club, help us frame the culture, and give you a reason to want to be a proud member/ player or supporter of our Club.

On the field – Senior Men’s
As many of you know, we have appointed Dan Schuppan as our senior men’s coach and I am very excited about what Dan brings to our Club – not only in terms of his abilities, expertise and knowledge in all things cricket, but by his enthusiasm and belief that we can build a great Club going forward.

I would also like to congratulate all appointed Captains of our Senior Men’s teams for the upcoming season: Allan Wise, Craig Butterfield, Michael McCarthy and Luke Jamieson.

Building our Junior program
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our Junior Cricket Coordinator, Leonard Robbins. Our junior program is the foundation of our Club and Leonard has been working very hard to implement a range of new strategies to attract new players, such as the Westgate Shield. We are also looking to the future and are in the process of building a cricket academy to help accelerate the skill levels of our junior players.

A big thank you also to our appointed junior coaches, who play such an important role in building our junior program – u11 Stuart Redpath, u13 Rhys Davies and u15 Chris Mounas.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at our Family Fun Day next Sunday.

Yours in cricket

Family Fun Day – thanks for coming along!

A huge thank you to everyone who came along on Sunday for our Family Fun Day, and a special shout out to those who bought raffle tickets. You helped raise $350 towards our junior program and academy (in development).

And of course we couldn’t have done it without all those generous business listed below who donated prizes or helped in another way, and our dedicated volunteers who made it all happen. Massive thanks to you all from everyone at Spotswood Cricket Club.

Last but by no means least, well done to Mark Cranwell and Lennie Robbins in coordinating this fantastic event for us, which will only grow each year.

Super Movement
Midas Yarraville
Rockafella Barbers
Tip Top Butchers
Hudsons Road Wine & Beer
Chase Kitchen
Candied Bakery
Big 5 Fitness – Yarraville / Big 5 Fitness – Altona North
Icon Werribee
Two Birds Brewing
Officeworks Yarraville
Spotswood Licensed Supermarket (aka Jimmy’s)
A Bunch Of Cakes
Doyle and Sons

New website coming

Once season 2018-19 is underway, we’ll be undertaking a major review and rebuild of the Spotswood Cricket Club website.

Please be patient with us during the rebuild as you’re sure to stumble across a broken link or two.

Feedback is welcome! If you have any suggestions of what should be on the site, photos to offer, or want to get involved with the rebuilt, get in touch.

All our winners for season 2017-18

Here they are are – our winners for season 2017-18!

A very special mention to Carol Hore, who was presented with her Life Member medal on the night, for her extraordinary contribution to the club over so many years. Thank you Carol, from everyone at Spotswood Cricket Club.

And congratulations everyone below!

1st XI Batting : Gene Maurice 345 runs @ 31.36 avg
1st XI Bowling : Allan Wise 33 wickets @ 10.61 avg
2nd XI Batting : Leigh Forbes 244 runs @ 34.86 avg
2nd XI Bowling : Mathew Short 19 wickets @ 12.68 avg
3rd XI Batting : Michael McCarthy 487 runs @ 54.11 avg
3rd XI Bowling : Richard McCarthy 13 wickets @ 12.85 avg
4th XI Batting : Jason Dunham 111 runs @ 27.75 avg
4th XI Bowling : John Ross 21 wickets @ 7.42 avg
Women’s XI Batting: Liz Pierce 262 runs @ 37.43 avg
Women’s XI Bowling: Tara Crisp 12 wickets @ 25.83 avg
Roy Picone Award: Yvette Hollings
Best Club Person Award : Luke Jamieson
Lorraine Quinn Memorial Award: Jagger Skilbeck
And of course, our victorious 4th XI Premiers!

Outstanding performances:
Ross Horkins 101 Runs not out vs Tullamarine Senior division
Andrew Butler 146 Runs not out vs Yarraville Club Senior seconds
Daniel McNamara 100 Runs vs Tullamarine Senior seconds
Michael McCarthy 135 runs not out vs West Coburg North C1

Club Award:
VTCA Spirit of Cricket Award – highest combined point score in the umpires’ match reports for the spirit in which we approached the game. (1st and 2nd XI matches)

And with apologies for some dodgy camera work, here are some of our winners accepting their awards on the night.

Mid-season review – how are we going?

As we head into the second half of the season, and with this weekend’s matches called off due to the heat rule, it’s a great time to review our progress so far in 2017/18. One big question is – can we do as well, or better, than last season?

For a quick recap of 2016/17, our notable achievements included finals appearances by 5 of our 6 senior teams, and 1 of our 4 junior teams, plus three premiership cups: VTCA Senior Seconds, WDCA One Day (our Vets team) and WCCC North West T20 (our Women’s team).

So how is 2017/18 panning out so far? Nearly all our teams are in finals contention, so that’s a great start! Read on below for a look at each team’s progress, and what’s coming up.

VTCA – Men’s WCCC – Women’s WRJCA – Juniors

Numbers are down at training, so make sure you get down every week from now on and let’s finish off the season in the best possible form. Don’t forget $10 meals are available every Thursday after training.


First XI

Ladder position: 3rd of 8
This time last year: 3rd of 8
If the ladder position is anything to go by, our First XI are our most consistent team when compared against last year’s performance. Having won 4 of 6 matches played so far, we’re well positioned for a tilt at finals again. We’ve been able to get some games into some younger guys so far, bringing up some who’ve done well into the seconds, so that should set us up well for future seasons too. With the standard of the competition so high, our biggest challenge is to make sure we reach peak form to get into the finals, and can maintain that form to push all the way through to a long-awaited premiership.
Our next match is 13 & 20 January, away to Strathmore.

Second XI

Ladder position: 4th of 8
This time last year: 3rd of 7
Our Second XI are well placed to try to replicate last season’s success. Having won 3 of 6 matches played so far, player fluctuation has had an impact – it’s been great to have Seconds players getting a chance with the First XI and it’s meant that some younger players are getting an opportunity to test themselves at a higher level with us, which should mean we’re better positioned in future seasons. To successfully defend our title, we’re going to have to put in a standout second half of the season, and we’ll be going all out to give ourselves the best shot to do just that.
Our next game is at home, 13 & 20 January against Strathmore.

Third XI

Ladder position: 5th of 10
This time last year: 2nd of 12
Our Third XI have struggled for consistency this year, with player unavailability a major challenge in many weeks and 2 wins in our 6 matches. The focus for this year is to give the younger players a better go, so the more experienced players have been stepping back and playing a supporting role to help bring them on. In the batting department, we’ve lost some depth, so a few telling batting collapses have been our downfall. For the rest of the season, we’ll be focusing on improving the bowlers’ consistency and encouraging the batters to bat in partnerships. We’re only just outside the four, so all going well we aim to make finals again.
Our next match is 13 & 20 January, away to West Coburg.

Fourth XI

Ladder position: 2nd of 11
This time last year: 11th of 12
Our decision to focus on fielding a more competitive Fourth XI in a one day only comp this season has paid off, with our former Vets players now in the mix here instead of entering their own separate competition. So far, our Fourths have won 5 of the 8 matches played, and were on track for a 6th win before rain intervened. And this is despite struggling many weeks to get 11 players on the park! The Fourths games are giving our up-and-coming juniors a great opportunity to learn to play on turf wickets, and the excellent leadership of our more experienced players and support of our Vets is helping them along this path. Could this be a breakthrough season for our Fourths? Watch this space.
Our next game is 13 January, away to Point Cook.



Ladder positions: One Day 7th of 8 / T20 1st of 6
This time last year: One Day 1st of 11 / T20 2nd of 11
Stepping up to Shield level in the women’s community cricket comp has been a challenge for our women’s team this season; our early games in the one day format have resulted in just 1 win from 5 matches played. But in the T20 we continue to kick butt – after 3 matches we are sitting top of the T20 Shield North West ladder. With 2 more fixtured matches to play in the T20 comp, we’re in a good position to push for hosting rights for the final on the weekend of 27/28 January. Watch this space.
Our next match is a T20 on 14 January, away to Napoleons-Sebastopol.


Under 17½A

Ladder position: 1st of 8
This time last year: 6th of 8
The season started with us in B grade, however after 3 emphatic wins it showed we weren’t going to get much improvement in our game by staying at this level.  By Round 4 we were up in A grade and despite a ‘rude awakening’ against Werribee, the boys have adjusted to the higher standard with a stronger belief in their ability to match it with the best in their age group.  The last game before Christmas saw the boys comfortably take out their first A grade win in a T20 game against Altona – and they sure enjoyed having that winning feeling again!
Our next game is a one dayer on 13 January, away to Sunshine Heights.

Under 13A

Ladder position: 4th of 4
This time last year: 3rd of 8
It’s been a difficult start to the season for our U13As but at the same time enjoyable, with the team working hard to improve their individual skills and work as a team to ensure we get something out of every game. Our bowling has continued to improve, with extras being reduced every game and all of our 4 new players have taken their first wickets for Spotswood. The fielding has been something we have worked hard on each training session and the team has continued to develop their skills in both ground balls and catches. With our batting, we have been working on valuing our wicket and not just throwing it away after a start. So with all this in mind, we look forward to finishing off the year positively and productively.
Our next match is at home, 20 January against Yarraville.

Under 11A (Yellow)

Ladder position: 6th of 8
This time last year: 8th of 8
Into our second season of modified rules, shorter pitches and a special ball, our U11A team is consolidating on its performances from last year.  Each wicket penalises the batting team by four runs so it is important when batting that our players look to defend their wicket. Our players are continuing to improve all aspects of their game. We’ve won 4½ of the 10 games played, and are out of the finals by only a game, with another four games to go.
Our next match is on 2 February, away to Seddon.

Under 11B (Green)

There are lots of new players to the club this season, including three girls, playing in our second under 11s team – this is a direct result of the recruiting work put into the Family Day. Playing home games on turf at Donald McLean Reserve No. 1 is not a bad start for these kids! There are often players rotating in and out of the Yellow team, assisting their younger or inexperienced team mates. We’ve won 5½ of the 9 games played, with another four games to go.
Our next match is on 2 February, away to Footscray ANA.

Back to Spotty Day – Sunday 21 January from 12pm

This season, we’re celebrating six – yes, 6! – premiership anniversary milestones on one big day at Spotswood Cricket Club. And all past and present players, members and supporters are invited to join the party!


Join us on Sunday 21 January at the clubrooms from 12pm, with BBQ and refreshments available throughout the afternoon.

Our first XI men’s team will be battling it out against Tullamarine in a one day clash, and our women’s team will be facing off against Geelong in a T20 bash, so there’ll be plenty of on-field action to entertain as well.

Help us celebrate our past Premierships, which stretch back as far as 30 years ago:

  • 1987/88 North A Premiers 30 years
  • 1997/98 VWCA District 2nd Premiers 20 years
  • 1997/98 WDCA U/14 Premiers 20 years
  • 2007/08 Senior Central 2nd Premiers 10 years
  • 2007/08 Nth C2 Premiers 10 years
  • 2007/08 Nth C3 Premiers 10 years

Come on down and catch up with your former team mates and let the memories live on.

RSVP – 15th January 2018:

John Wheeler 0488 257 167 or


Mark Cranwell 0425 780 096 or

Junior-Senior night, Thursday 16 November 5:30pm

Our annual Junior-Senior night is a great opportunity for our club youngsters to learn from our experienced seniors. It’s always a great night for all involved, with plenty of family around enjoying the atmosphere too.

Come on down – dinner available in the club rooms after, as it is every Thursday, so why not make a night of it!

Date: Thursday 16 November

Time: 5:30-6:30pm

Who: all junior and senior players encouraged to take part! All club supporters encouraged to come and watch!