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!



Dan Christian to play for Spotty this Tuesday!

Yep, you read that right.

Dan Christian will be decked in Spotty colours this Tuesday 23 October for a one-off guest appearance in our T20 match against Laverton CC. So bring your friends and family and get down to Laverton Park from 5pm for a night to remember!

There’ll be a bus leaving the clubrooms at 5pm sharp, $10pp return – let us know if you want to catch a ride.

An elite allrounder who many will remember for the huge six he hit over the Gabba roof a few years back, Dan will play with the Melbourne Renegades this summer for BBL|08. He recently returned from a stint as captain of Nottinghamshire’s T20 Blast team in England, where he set the comp alight with an impressive display of power hitting. He’ll soon head to South Africa to play in the new Super League T20 competition.

Dan was also the captain of the Aboriginal XI squad who toured England earlier this year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the historic 1868 tour of England by a team of Aboriginal players from western Victoria.

Let’s all get down to Laverton Park and make Dan feel welcome to the Spotty family!

  • When: Tuesday 23 October, 5pm
  • Where: Laverton Park, 89 Hall Avenue, Altona Meadows
  • Wear: your Spotty colours! Green and gold forever…

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 play@equalplay.com.au 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