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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