Getting to know… Leonard Robbins Jr

In this week’s profile we delve deeper  into the man who puts an enormity of work into Spotswood’s Junior Cricketing Program, Leonard Robbins Jnr. Lenny is the son of  Spotty legend and current practice wicket curator, Leonard Robbins Snr.

Lenny Jnr has again taken on the role of Junior Administrator and Head of Junior Cricket Operations. A role that requires a mountain of commitment and patience, two traits that Lenny has in abundance. Lenny puts in countless hours into ensuring that the Junior Program stays up and running and is taking initiative to better the Junior Program for future years.

A successful Junior Program is the base of the Spotswood Cricket Club pyramid, without a solid base the rest of the pyramid wobbles. That’s why the work and time Lenny Jnr gives cannot be understated and is truly appreciated by the entire club!!

Nickname(s): Lenny, Rocket (arm)

What do you see your role at the Club to be?  Spotswood is small local area with a new generation of families moving into the suburb.  My role is to bring through the next generation of players (and hopefully encourage some of the parents to play as well).

Why did you choose your particular role at the Club?  I’ve had some involvement with the junior section since I was 19 (coaching).  We need more locals involved and thinking ‘this is their club’.  I believe we can do this through running a successful junior program.

If you could have dinner with any 3 guests (dead or alive) who would they be Nelson Mandela, John Monash and John Curtin.  Three very impressive and articulate people.

Best Coach? And Why?  Michael McCarthy. Supported my combined role as player and junior coach.

Best Teammate you’ve played with? And Why?  Very hard question since I’ve played with quite a few guys over the years. Jeff Peel and Chris Beckett were the most fun.

Win the toss and?   Bat, of course

Favourite Cricketer to Watch?  Mark Waugh when on song.

AFL Club supported?   North. But prefer hockey.

Getting to know…Craig Butterfield

Craig Butterfield is a long time player and club favourite of the Spotswood Cricket Club who will be captaining the 2nd XI this season. Craig played all his junior cricket at Spotty starting in 2002/03.  After cracking the 1st XI, Craig decided to take his cricket a step further and join Premier side  Melbourne Unversity Cricket Club at the start of the 2012/13 Season. Unfortunately, for Craig he had an unlucky run with injury and subsequently returned to Spotty in 2014/15.46012979_325502018236286_8495447269993086976_n

 Nickname(s):

Beekeeper

Greatest Cricketing Moment You’ve Witnessed?

Punter’s 2003 world cup final innings where he made 140*. I have watched the replays countless times since then and watching how cleanly he hit the ball especially in the last 10 was amazing.

 Win the toss and?

Bat

Your Most Treasured Sporting Moment? (In which you’ve been involved).

2nd XI premiership back in 07/08 in my 2nd year of senior cricket.

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

Scorsese, Bart Cummings and Dane Swan for kick ons.

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

Developing and preparing players to be 1st XI cricketers. It’s a big step up from 2’s to 1’s but I believe anyone playing in the 2’s should be looking to play 1’s. I want to help these players understand what is required for them and support them as they make the transition from 2nd XI cricketer to 1st XI.

Best Coach? And Why?

Dan (The Don) Schuppan, he keeps things simple and has a good understanding of the game and wants to see every player at the club improve. More importantly though he gave the thumbs up for me to captain the 2’s.

 Favourite Thing about Spotty?

The people, environment, facilities, culture I couldn’t just pick one thing.

 What are you looking forward to the most this season?

Captaining the 2nd XI for the season, I’m really confident we are going to have a successful year.

AFL Club Supported?

Sydney Swans

 

 

 

Junior Pre-Season Training

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A couple of young guns improving their skills

 

As spring starts to come to life, summer is on the way and what a great time to come along and join in junior pre-season training for the 2018/19 season.

There are vacancies for U15 (boys) and U13 and U11 (mixed). Junior cricket is a great way to get involved with the local community, make new friends and some long-lasting memories.

There are two sessions currently scheduled:

Thursday –  20th September 5pm-6pm

Thursday – 4th October 5pm-6pm

Both sessions will take place at the Spotswood Cricket Club, Donald McLean Reserve (1 Creek Street, Spotswood)

See you there!

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
Motorino
Spotswood Licensed Supermarket (aka Jimmy’s)
A Bunch Of Cakes
Doyle and Sons

Meet the Coach – Dan Schuppan, Sunday 5 August

Sunday 5 August at 12:30pm…

Come down to Two Birds Brewing to meet Dan Schuppan, our newly appointed Club Coach. Dan is a former Geelong, Carlton and Keilor player, who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to help us improve our cricket and further develop a strong culture at the club. He’s already been busy at work talking to key contacts at the club, and setting the foundations for a great year ahead. So come and hear his plan. He’s also a GREAT bloke by the way.

In other news, former Spotswood CC junior player Mac Short, a top order bat, is now back from a stint at Melbourne and Thilina Masmulla, an opening batsman, has signed with us too. A former Paxino medallist (best player in senior division), Thilina will head the batting for us. Allan Wise’s former left arm spinning Richmond teammate Matthew Sazenis, who has been overseas for a few years, will also be playing with us this year. And Gagen Sokhey is also back in town and keen to play again at Spotty.

A warm welcome to these new and returning faces and all returning Spotty players, in what promises to be a very exciting year at our Club. Get it started the right way on Sunday 5 August with our Meet the Coach day.

Have a Go for girls and women – 11am every Sunday in September

This summer, Spotswood Cricket Club will field an all-girls junior team (u13s) for the first time. We are also planning to field two women’s teams.

Know any girls or women who might want to play? They’re invited to come and have a try at a special session running every Sunday in September, 11am-1pm at Donald McLean Reserve Spotswood. Enquiries to Yvette on 0433 016036 or Tracey on 0424 623299.

Spread the word and help support women/girls in sport.

SNR 2nds Grand Final Winners

Congratulations to our 2nd XI team on taking out the Senior Seconds Grand Final against Airport West during a 4 day battle. With Airport West winning the toss and batting, they appeared to be on track to post a good score at 3/100 after 40 overs.  A run out after the tea break caused a massive batting collapse with 7 wickets falling for just 23 runs. N.Bartol the stand out bowler with 5/13 off 10 overs.

Spotty’s reply started off shaky with the early loss of wickets and closed the first days play at 4/28.  The start of the second days play didn’t get any better with the loss of 3 wickets to see us at 7/70. Enter in Mark “Scorpion” Cranwell who battled hard with N.Bartol to build a 63 run partnership which got us over the 1st innings target. In trying to push for a decent lead, the final 3 wickets fell in a few overs, giving us a 12 run lead. Spotswood 1st innings total of 135. (N.Bartol 45, M.Cranwell 24)

Airport West had a better second innings effort with the bat and managed a total of 192 after 91 overs.

Spotswood in their final hit for the year would have to make the decision of chasing down the 181 target or face out 97 overs.  Spotswood chose the latter. With one of the most mature innings you will ever see from a 17 year old, Our future, Jack “SOS” Fitzharris batted out 70 overs for 28. M.Short would had to have broken some form of cricketing record facing 70 balls for a duck (0). Captain Daniel McNamara had a great knock and batted some valuable time for 45 runs.

At 4/92 with 24 overs remaining Spotswood was able to hold out after a little scare when 3 fell. N.Bartol was able to hold out unbeaten on 16 with S.Hoare the other not out batsmen. (D. McNamara 45, J.Fitzharris 28)

 

5 teams in Finals 11th & 12th MAR

Spotswood Cricket Club has 5 teams competing in Finals this weekend.

1st & 3rd XI are playing Semi Finals against Yarraville Club CC @ Hansen Reserve  (SAT 11th & SUN 12th)

2nd XI are playing their Semi Final against Strathmore CC @ Syd McGain Oval (SAT 11th & SUN 12th)

Our Women’s XI are playing on Donald McLean reserve against Plenty Valley in a semi final SAT 11th

And our 5th XI (One Day Comp) are playing their Grand Final against Deer Park on SAT 11th

Good Luck to those who take the field. Go Spotty!!!!!

2017 Presidents Lunch FEB 3rd

Friday FEB 3rd. 12pm for 12:30 start

Another great line up has been arranged for Spotswood Cricket Clubs 2017 Presidents Lunch. Featuring the Great Man Danny “SPUD” Frawley, Damian Barrett and the Nelson Twins. Tickets selling FAST. See John Wheeler, Mark Cranwell, Haydn Fletcher or Nick Bartol for your opportunity to attend our Marquee event. $110 a ticket for a fully catered event.

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