Getting to know… John Ross

As the season begins to draw to a close, we keep rolling out the Spotty Profiles for your enjoyment. This week we are privileged to have none other than the Chairman of Selectors for 2018/19, John Ross. When it comes time to make tough decisions, John is the man many would want. Possessing superior cricketing smarts and a level head (some may argue otherwise!)

A stalwart of Spotswood, John has been a vital part at Spotty – both on the field as a fierce and often intimidating opening bowler, but also off the field with many hours of volunteering and coaching that many are grateful for.

To emphasise John’s status at Spotswood a Testimonial Game was held in his honour during the 2013/14 Season against Werribee Centrals. This game saw a number of Spotswood Legends return to the 3rd XI to hammer Werribee Centrals in honour of John’s contributions throughout his time at Spotswood.


Nickname(s):       J.R., Rossy, Taj.

Favourite Thing about Spotty?      The people. Never amazes me the amount of thankless hours (Committee and other helpers) that go into running a club like Spotty.

What are you looking forward to the most next season?      To see the continued improvement of the juniors now playing senior cricket. As well seeing more new juniors playing this great game.

Why did you choose your particular role at the Club?     I wanted to give something back to the club, while still remaining around the place. A wise man always told me “the game owes you nothing, you owe the game”

If you could have dinner with any 3 guests (dead or alive) who would they be?      Shane Warne and Tiger Woods (imagine the stories between these 2), and Mike Tyson.

Best Coach? And Why?      Graeme Dean. When he came to Spotty, he extended my years of playing, by convincing me to reduce my run up. Convincing me to do that was no mean feat.

Greatest Cricketing Moment You’ve Witnessed?     It has to be Steve Waugh’s last Boxing day test match innings. I was there with my 12 year old nephew. Steve took a bad blow to his elbow, but continued to bat on, but obviously in extreme pain. About 5 overs later, he retired hurt, at which time my nephew looked at me disappointingly and said “will he come back, or is he done”? I replied, “It’s Steve Waugh buddy, of course he will be back”. Following another 2 wickets falling (about 2 hours), out he strode to a standing applause. #WARRIORANDLEGEND

Your Most Treasured Sporting Moment? (In which you’ve been involved).     Definitely my one and only first eleven premiership in 05/06. Previously, I had played in about 5 losing semi finals, as well as 6 losing grand finals. The feeling of winning that GF was fantastic, especially for the joy it brought to Jack Lauder (RIP), Roy and all of the other members and helpers around the club.

Pink Stumps Day a sold-out success!

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MC Tony Schibeci with our special guest for the day, Clare Cannon

Pink Stumps Day returned to Spotswood CC in style, with our sold-out lunch featuring colour, inspiration and fun on the way to blasting away our fundraising target for the McGrath Foundation, with our eventual donation to them a whopping $3,295!

Up to 120 guests piled in on the day and were welcomed by an archway of bright pink balloons and very different looking clubrooms than our usual summer Saturdays. Across the afternoon, they enjoyed lunch, desserts, and a fascinating interview with our guest speaker Clare Cannon in conversation with MC and club member Tony Schibeci.



Auctioneer Peter Young hard at work

The charity auction and raffle then got to the heart of the reason for coming together, and together raised a phenomenal amount of money – way beyond even our most ambitious hopes. The fabulous “fight like a girl” painting by Mel Ramsbottom, a pink wicketkeeping glove worn and signed by Adam Gilchrist, a 5-star resort holiday to Thailand and many wonderful prints of iconic images were among the items keeping our auctioneer (none other than President, Peter Young) busy. The raffle, featuring donated prizes from a huge number of generous local businesses and individuals, including Spotswood Cricket Club players, was a great hit with the crowd too. We’d like to extend a huge thankyou to them all our prize donors – see our list below.


Rumour has it they had to send out for more Prosecco as the event wore on… And once the music started, it was on for old and young, with the afternoon turning into an impromptu karaoke session and our singer Kat getting most of the room up on their feet or at least tapping their toes.


Our super popular muso Kat was joined by many guest singers as the afternoon wore on!

An event this successful doesn’t just happen by magic – there are a lot of people to thank. 

Huge thanks to Melissa Ramsbottom, not only for donating a painting and hand-made framed inspirational quotes for the auctions, but also for taking photos throughout the day to capture the event, as she so often has this year.

Social member Margret Dawson once again approached local businesses seeking their support with raffle prize donations, and her persistence and commitment to the task was invaluable  not to mention her fabulous potato salad which received rave reviews from the guests.

Special mention to Deb Barnes and Arianne Spratt for their scrumptious brownies and pink meringues which adorned the lovely dessert towers.

We couldn’t have done it all without co-organiser Sarah Grouios, whose wonderful styling and decorating of the room, and running of the raffle on the day made such a difference.

Final thanks must go to our Vice President, Simon Barnes, who drove the whole event, including making the commitment to McGrath Foundation, setting up and coordinating ticket bookings, bringing the right people into the mix, making sure everyone was fed and “watered”, and much much more.

Til next year then! In the meantime, check out our photo gallery below. If anyone else took photos on the day they are willing for us to share here and on Facebook, please send them to us.

Many thanks to all our generous raffle prize donors below!

Businesses / groups:

Little Bulla Salon, Spotswood
Newport Cellars, Newport
Two Birds Brewery, Spotswood
Terry White Pharmacy Spotswood
Sandra Christakakis, from Pink Butterflies
Priceline Pharmacy, Williamstown
Spottiswoode Hotel, Spotswood
Dukkah Restaurant, South Kingsville
Victoria Hotel, Yarraville
Doyle & Sons Café, Spotswood
Motorino Restaurant, South Kingsville
Mabel & Woods Boutique, Spotswood
Love It, Williamstown
Lux Living, Spotswood
Bunch of Cakes, Spotswood
Candied Bakery, Spotswood
Chase’ Kitchen, Spotswood
Hudsons Road Wine Bar, Spotswood
Rockafella Barbers, Spotswood
Spotswood Kingsville RSL
Angel Nails, Spotswood
Al Nada Bakery, Spotswood
Just Sausage Rolls @ Spotswood RSL


Sharon Schwarz
Karen Minnett
Ian Rickman
Gordon Mutch
Players from Spotswood CC 1st XI and 2nd XI teams

Photos from the day – with thanks to Melissa Ramsbottom