We’re pinking up our game!

Join us at our Pink Stumps Day Lunch on Saturday 16 February 12–3pm for food, fun and inspiration, and help raise funds to support those affected by breast cancer.

Clare Cannon, our guest speaker

Clare Cannon, our guest speaker

For just $25 a ticket, you get lunch, entertainment, our First XI team in action against St Albans CC, and the opportunity to hear from our inspiring guest speaker Clare Cannon. Clare is a member of the committee of the Melbourne Cricket Club, Founder of Cricket Without Borders, and has also had roles with Melbourne Community Foundation, Earthwatch Australia and St Catherine’s School, among others. Come and find out more about her many endeavours, and what drives her to contribute so much to the non profit sector.

Get your tickets now! Places are limited, and already selling well, so don’t miss out. Get a group of friends together and book yourselves in.

We’re aiming to raise $2000 for the McGrath Foundation, with a big raffle and charity auction running during the lunch. There’ll also be door prizes, and the drinks available to buy from the bar.

If you can’t make it on the day but would still like to help our fundraising efforts, you can always donate online now to our fundraising campaign. Help us make a difference!

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Getting to know… Simon Barnes

This week we profile the right hand man of the Spotswood Cricket Club, Vice President, Simon Barnes. Simon played in the infamous “Veterans” side for numerous years and this year (with his playing days over) has stepped up to take on the role of Vice President. Simon’s role is one many people tend to shy away from yet we are so privileged to have someone of Simon’s calibre step up! The connection and mateship between Simon and President, Peter Young, is something to be envied and will keep the Club in a great position for years to come!

Read on as we find out more about Simon including his views on his role, who he would invite to dinner, his most treasured sporting moment and MORE!

Nickname(s)?  Cider, Barney, Barnesy…..

What do you see your role at the Club to be?  Helping to keep the off-field stuff humming along and improving.  If we can get all the off-field stuff right, then the on-field stuff more or less takes care of itself

Why did you choose your role at the Club?  It actually chose me! And I’m more than happy to do what I can to help us achieve our goals for the season – on or off field.

Your Most Treasured Sporting Moment? (In which you’ve been involved).  Every time I played cricket in the same team as my sons Tom and Charlie.  Winning the flag with both of them last season was a bonus!

Win the toss and?  Bowl (it’s not a batsmen’s game like they’d have you believe).

If you could have dinner with any 3 guests (dead or alive) who would they be?   Michael Palin, Johnny Cash and Bon Scott

AFL Club Supported?  Go the Bloods!!

Favourite Cricketer to Watch?  So many to choose from, but I can’t go past Shane Warne as a leg-spinning genius – a true master of his craft.



Sat 22 December – a day not to be missed!

Are you ready for Super Saturday, Spotty style? On Saturday 22 December, our last day of senior matches for the year, we’re making a day out of it. We invite you all to down to watch our First and Third XIs and catch up before Christmas takes us our separate ways, or come and join us in the evening if you’re playing away. What’s on?

  • Past players day from 1pm – we’re setting up a marquee between the grounds so you can keep an eye on both matches, with refreshments available from Roy’s Palace (otherwise known as Picone Pavilion), while you have a good catch up with past teammates as the silly season draws to a close.
  • Sponsors and Coterie thank you 1-3pm – keep any eye out for your invite if this is you! Join us in the clubrooms for some drinks and a bite to eat – it’s our way of saying thank you for all the extraordinary support you give our club.
  • Christmas break up and raffle draw from 6pm – head into the clubrooms at the close of play. Santa will be there, and if you have a pressie for the kids make sure you get it to us early. And of course meals will be available, and the big raffle draw will take place before we say goodbye to each other for a couple of weeks.

Christmas raffle

What’s the deal with the raffle? $2 a ticket, three big prizes – hampers with toys, gifts, food and vouchers – see details below. Best of all, the proceeds go back into the club’s junior programs.

Get your tickets from the clubrooms the next two Thursdays, Saturdays, or whenever we’re open – or message us through Facebook and we can sort something out for you.

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Main pic: by freestocks.org on Unsplash

T20 showdown this Tuesday

Our final T20 round robin clash with Deer Park tomorrow is do or die – we’re both on two wins for our group, and only one of us can go through to finals. As if that isn’t enough entertainment for you, we’ve got all sorts happening to make it an even more exciting night!

Joining us for the night from Essendon CC, we warmly welcome English cricketer Oliver Soames as our guest player. Oli has recently signed a multi-year contract with Hampshire, having made his first-class debut with them in the back half of the 2018 County Championship season. Oli is a top order right-hand batsman, and we’re looking forward to seeing him in action wearing the green and gold. Welcome aboard, Oli!

We’re also very excited to be offering special wine tastings on the night, with local business Hudsons Road Wine & Beer getting on board to help extend our range. They’ll bring a sparkling, white, pink and red wine for you to try, which you can then buy by the glass. Food will be available to buy on the night too, courtesy of Simo and our kitchen crew.

And last, but by no means least, we want to make it a special night for our juniors, so we’re encouraging every Spotty family to come on down. All junior players (including our Junior and Master Blasters) get free pizza – make sure you wear your playing top so we can see you’re a player. And be there at 5 for the chance to form a guard of honour as the players head out onto the ground.

Come and cheer your team into the finals, and invite your friends and family to join you. The more the merrier!

Social Sixes at Spotty!

We’re excited to be hosting Social Sixes at the club from Thursday 29 November! This is run by Cricket Victoria, and at just $10 per session, with no need to commit to the full four weeks, it’s the perfect taster of cricket. Final session will be Thursday 20 December.

Make sure you book though! We need a minimum number for the session to go ahead.

From the Social Sixes website

“Social Sixes is an exciting NEW cricket program specifically designed for women! It’s perfect if you are looking for a fun, fast and social mid-week activity!

The session focuses on activities that are designed to get your heart pumping as well as teach you the skills required to play cricket. There’s no need to worry about equipment, we’ve got that sorted. All you need to do is rock up and be ready to get involved.

So, if you’re looking for a fresh new way to keep active, grab some friends and give Social Sixes a try!”

Come along and have a go!


Strength in Numbers – changing the face of Spotswood CC

It was near the end of training one Thursday: a gathering around the coach. Serious cricket talk, by the look of it. But the First XI captain was noticeably absent from the circle. Instead, he was pulling on red and white striped footy socks, and digging out a whistle.

What on earth was going on?

This was the launch of The Woodsman Cup, an international rules competition that will pit our new Strength in Numbers Groups against each other for the glory of taking out the coveted inaugural title.

And what is Strength in Numbers all about? (SIN Groups for short) It’s a new initiative where groups of senior players, across all playing levels, are assigned to one of five groups named after influential club figures: Reed, Brown, Robbins, Jennings and Wheeler. (read on for more about each of them below.)

Across the seasons, the groups are rostered to take responsibility for a set number of pub raffles, joker draw raffles, and other tasks such as helping out in the kitchen or with taking out bins. Each group is led by co-captains who make sure the group meets all their responsibilities and that everyone does their bit.

“We did it at Richmond, so I suggested it to Cranny,’ said Allan ‘Wiz’ Wise, our First XI Captain. “It’s about taking ownership of the club and various tasks that get left to so few. And have some fun and competition along the way, like the international rules comp.”

Umpire Wiz spells out the rules of The Woodsman Cup.

Umpire Wiz spells out the rules of The Woodsman Cup.

Mark ‘Cranny’ Cranwell took the idea and ran with it. He’s done much of the work behind the scenes, and so far it’s looking like setting us up for a great season.

The SIN Group names themselves are a way of recognising the valuable contributions of some influential characters in our club history, three of whom are still very active around the club.

Reed – Joe Reed
Joe was instrumental in developing the club’s early years and lobbied council for land for the Spotswood Recreation Reserve (now Donald McLean Reserve) in the late 1920s. For more: see pages 1 to 33 in Roy’s book, A History of The Spotswood Cricket Club 1891-2013.

Brown – Brian Brown
Brian piloted the return of Spotswood cricket after World War II. He was the First XI Captain 1946-50, named in the Team of the Century, and made a Life Member in 1973/74. For more: see pages 49 & 150 of Roy’s book, A History of The Spotswood Cricket Club 1891-2013.

Robbins – Len Robbins Snr
Our tireless curator, Len’s work on the centre wicket table and practice wickets over the years has enabled Spotswood CC to be recognised as one of the best suburban grounds in Melbourne. Len was made a Life Member in 1979/80. For more: see page 81 of Roy’s book, A History of The Spotswood Cricket Club 1891-2013.

Jennings – Gordon Jennings
Gordon – known to most as Panther – is a Club stalwart, having played over 400 games, was Premiership Captain and longtime Committee member. He was made a Life Member in 1997/98. For more: see page 100 of Roy’s book, A History of The Spotswood Cricket Club 1891-2013.

Wheeler – John Wheeler
Former President and longtime Committee member, John (aka Wheels) played over 400 games and is a Premiership Captain. John was made a Life Member in 1991/92. His family has a long history with club, and his wife Kerryn played in the Women’s XI, served on the committee and was also made Life Member in 2011/12. For more: see pages 160-162 of Roy’s book, A History of The Spotswood Cricket Club 1891-2013.

As for The Woodsman Cup – with two rounds down in the round robin comp, Reed and Wheeler have come away with big wins so far. But there’s a long way to go, and it’s sure to be a hot competition!

Local students shine at Westgate Shield

Our first ever Westgate Shield, held on 19 October, was a great success. Year 5/6 boys and girls teams from Spotswood Primary School, Wembley Primary School, St Margaret Mary’s Primary School and Yarraville West Primary School battled across the day to be the first to have their names etched into the perpetual shields.

Congrats to Yarraville West, who finished on top in both the girls and boys competitions, but with some stiff competition along the way – and a lot of fun!

We thank all the schools, teachers and parents involved who agreed to come and have a go, which helped to make it such a great day. The final placings were as follows.

Girls Boys
Yarraville West Yarraville West
St Margaret Mary’s Wembley
Wembley Spotswood
Spotswood St Margaret Mary’s

There were many other people who helped make the day possible so we thank them all too for playing their part:

Cricket Victoria / Melbourne Renegades – especially Rohail and Matt (via SEDA) for running the day
Jen Robbins and Sharon Schwarz for running the canteen
Jason Dunham and Stuart Redpath for event support
Our event sponsors The Yarraville Club and Topline Embroidery
Graham from Hobsons Bay City Council and our pitch guru Len Robbins Snr for set up and ground prep
Beth Robbins for lolly bags
And all other Club members who assisted on the day

And there’s no way this day would have happened without our juniors coordinator Leonard Robbins Jnr, who masterminded the whole thing.

Congratulations everyone! We’re looking forward to the next one already.

Getting to know… Nick Bartol

Nick Bartol co-runs Junior Blasters for our youngest cricketers, coordinates club apparel, and expects to return to playing later this year. Nick is in his fifteenth year with Spotswood CC.

Nickname(s): Cougar, Nifty Neville Bartos, Spiritual, Legend

Favourite thing about Spotty?

The great people and facilities.

Best coach? And why?

Dan Schuppan of course. Because he’s the current coach and I’m looking to find a way into the awesome 1st XI side. Seriously, he’s a great coach and conveys the message in simple terms. Haydn Fletcher was a close second.

What are you looking forward to the most this season?

After having major wrist surgery this year. I’m just looking forward to playing my first game back without hurting myself. Another flag wouldn’t hurt.

Greatest cricketing moment you’ve witnessed?

Very hard to split Shane Warne’s 700th test wicket at the MCG in 2006, and Steve Waugh’s last ball of day 4 to bring up 100 at the SCG (2002-03 Ashes series).

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

Diego Maradona, Elvis and Gene Simmons

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

My role is to add value and help out where I can, whether that’s event organising, sponsorship, comms or merchandise, or running junior cricket programs. I’ll help and try make it fun and inviting.

Why did you choose your particular role at the Club?

I felt like it’s time to give back something to the club.

Nick BartolYour most treasured sporting moment in which you’ve been involved?

Hahaha. You know you should never ask me this question because I’m such a modest person. But you can read all about it on pages 124, 143, 144 & 145 in the History of the Spotswood Cricket Club. It’s where legends are created. Long story short, I broke a club record which stood for 35 years with a score of 250* in a Grand Final batting at No. 8.

Best teammate you’ve played with? And why?

John Ross. Because he’s a true club legend and tore more hamstrings than me.

Melbourne Cup Eve – CANCELLED

Screen Shot 2018-10-26 at 7.24.44 amCANCELLED – sadly, we have had to cancel this event due to lack of ticket sales and a high risk that the event would result in a financial loss to the club. If you’d already bought a ticket, we will work with you to arrange a refund.

We are looking to run an alternative event in late November / early December instead. Stay tuned for more details and please consider getting involved to help

Thanks to all who bought tickets, or who helped with planning or promotion for the event.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


You won’t want to miss seeing our clubrooms transformed into a spring racing carnival paradise for our big Melbourne Cup Eve event! We’ve seen what our event designer has done in the past and the kinds of ideas she’s playing with for this event, and believe us, it’s going to be spectacular.

This is an event for players, members, partners and friends, but tickets are strictly limited to 100, so get in now to buy your tickets.

It will be night unlike any the club has seen in recent years, with fashions on the field (ladies and men’s), Calcutta, phantom race call, on-site bookie, DJ and two course meal, with your first drink included in the ticket price of $55. Dress code is formal – the kind of thing you’d wear if you were heading to the race course in person for a big race day.

Coterie members – please note that this event is included in your membership, but you do need to book a place.

What to wear? Here’s some race day style tips for the gents – suits, collared shirts and jackets are the order of the day. And ladies please go all out – hats, fascinators, whatever you like! If you want some inspiration, here’s a guide to the latest trends this spring carnival.

And remember, being a Melbourne Cup event, the brighter the better for both men and women.

Get your ticket now, and we’ll see you there!

(Both images from The Trend Spotter)

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T20 campaign off to a great start

Our first T20 match in the VTCA is done and dusted, and with a big win – both on field and in the publicity stakes – we’re off to a flyer in our goal to win this year’s comp. Our hosts Laverton Cricket Club were good sports, and despite losing the match, have written to thank us for a great night.

IMG_1167Thanks to our First XI captain Allan Wise, we were able to secure Dan Christian as a guest player, and he didn’t disappoint! Opening the batting with our own Declan O’Brien, he smashed his way to 103 with 7 fours and 7 sixes, bringing his hundred up with a huge six through the footy goalposts, before holing out the next ball. Declan chipped in with a handy 28, Thilina Masmulla fired off 27 and Mac Short’s handy cameo of 11 pushed us towards a very healthy total of 3/179.

Dan also opened the bowling, and in his two overs restricted Laverton CC to only 5 runs. Cooper Johnstone led the wicket takers’ tally with 3/24, followed by Adam Butterfield (2/22), Gagendeep Singh (2/33), Dan Schuppan (1/14) and Allan Wise (1/36). Laverton CC finished on 9/140.

After the match, Dan spent time chatting with supporters and the Laverton CC team, before settling down with our boys for a chat, drinks and some food put on by Laverton CC. Dan also signed his playing shirt for us, and this will go on display in the clubrooms soon.

It was great to see so many Spotty supporters come down for the match, and it really helped make it a great atmosphere despite the cold night!

We have two more T20 fixtures in our round robin, both at home on Tuesday nights (13 & 27 November). We’re working to make these occasions just as entertaining as the first match, so get those dates into your calendar and stay tuned for further details!