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 john_wheeler42@hotmail.com


Mark Cranwell 0425 780 096 or mcranwell@hotmail.com

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!

Sunday Roast with Jason Akermanis, Sun 10 Dec

All players, members and supporters are encouraged to book early for our annual Sunday Roast, this year featuring AFL great Jason Akermanis, Brownlow Medalist in 2001.

Our women’s team will be playing a T20 match from 2pm on the top oval too – come and show your support.

Contact Nick Bartol via 0409 196337 to book tickets – don’t delay, tickets strictly limited!


Wanted: coaches, team managers, scorers for our juniors

Could you be the one? Our under 11s need a coach, and we reckon the right person is out there in our club community.

No experience needed! Your willingness to learn on the job and to help our juniors thrive is what matters.

What’s in it for you? A free coaching course with Cricket Australia, plus resources to help you and ongoing support from the club. It’s great experience to put on your CV, you get to inspire the next generation, and help the club to develop at the same time.

Training is Thursday 5:30-6:45, games Friday nights 5:30-8pm, and we’ll help you get a Working With Children check if you don’t have one already.

We also still need some team managers and scorers for our juniors – training and assistance provided for you with these positions too.

Interested? Contact us at spotswoodjnrscc@gmail.com to register your expression of interest.

NEW opportunities for girls and women to play cricket

Spotswood Cricket Club is making it easier than ever before for girls and women to have a go at cricket. This season, we’re starting up an under 13 all-girls team, and expanding from one women’s team to two.

Girls will play Monday evenings, and women play mostly on Sundays and occasionally Saturday. Training for both is on Thursday afternoon / evening, led by our experienced coach, Tracey Gleeson, who holds Cricket Australia coaching accreditation. Competitions begin in October.

Last year, the Spotswood women’s team won the T20 Cup and finished minor premiers for the season – this year, we’re looking to build on that success. Come and be part of it!

Want to know more? Contact Yvette on 0433 016036 or hollingsyvette@gmail.com.

Family Fun Day Sunday 8 October

Come along to the club from 12 to 3pm on Sunday 8 October for our big family fun day!

All the family is invited for heaps of fun activities – face painting, massage, browse the latest cricket gear from Icon, grab a bite to eat and a drink, and more. We’re super excited that Melbourne Renegades staff will join us, with their inflatable bowling lane, cricket activities and heaps of giveaways, thanks to the assistance of Cricket Victoria.

It’s a great to chance for players to bring the family along to get to know others at the club better – and also an opportunity for to promote our great club to potential new members, especially to boost our juniors ranks.

So get it in your diary, follow our event on the Facebook page, and helps us make it a great day to kick off another great season!

When: Sunday 8 October, 12-3pm

Where: Donald McLean Reserve / Spotswood Cricket Club, The Avenue, Spotswood



Web rebuild underway

It’s time for Spotswood Cricket Club’s website to have a makeover.

We need to make sure it will provide all the info potential new members and players need to know, and that will involve a restructure, some page deletions and some new pages. And of course a good refresh of the design too!

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 or photos to offer, or want to get involved in helping our club to better promote what we do, get in touch with Yvette.

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)