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GEOFF TAMBLYN OAM Season 2014-15 was widely recognised as the biggest and busiest ever summer of cricket, and this was certainly reflected in Victoria, with many highlights both on and off the ground. The CEO’s report will cover many of the off-field highlights, but I must make initial mention of the historic moment last November, when the 2014 Victorian State Election resulted in a change of government and realised a pre-election commitment of $35 million into Victorian cricket by the Labor administration led by Premier Daniel Andrews. This unprecedented investment included $25 million towards the Victorian Cricket & Community Centre development at the Junction Oval, finally bringing to reality our long-desired project to establish a year-round operating base for Victorian cricket. We again extend our sincere thanks to the Premier and his administration, and look forward to a closer ongoing relationship with government for mutual benefit. The work of management, led by the CEO, and our consultants SMC and Waypoint, has been exceptional in bringing this project to fruition. On-field, the summer reached a fitting climax at the MCG, where a record crowd of 93,013 witnessed Australia convincingly


defeating New Zealand to take out the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

continue that role as the Bushrangers’ new batting coach.

It was a pleasure to see Victorians Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell both perform well during the series with Finch producing a Man of the Match performance in Australia’s opening match and Maxwell named in the Team of the Tournament.

Shipperd masterminded one of the greatest eras in the state’s history, winning nine titles in 11 years and guiding 23 Victorians to national selection.

Australia’s World Cup victory topped off a brilliant week for Victorian cricket after the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers brought home our 29th Bupa Sheffield Shield title. The Bushrangers had a truly remarkable season, finishing a game clear on top and securing the title despite having to travel interstate for nine of the ten completed matches due to the unavailability of the MCG during the World Cup period. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to two of Victoria’s finest servants, David Hussey and Greg Shipperd. Hussey won four Sheffield Shield titles throughout his 13-year career with the Bushrangers, as well as one 50-over trophy and was instrumental in establishing the state as the most successful team in Australian domestic Twenty20 history, as Victoria claimed four series in five seasons. It was only fitting that Hussey was at the crease when the Bushrangers secured the Sheffield Shield as he curtailed his natural instincts to see off the West Australian bowlers for four hours to secure a draw. That was sufficient for the Bushrangers to take the title having topped the table after the home and away season. He developed into a fantastic mentor for the younger players in the squad and will

In another significant milestone, Meg Lanning was announced as Wisden’s inaugural Leading Woman Cricketer in the World and the Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit captain was also awarded the Belinda Clark Medal for Australia’s finest player for the second year in a row. Lanning and her Victorian teammates were unable to get past New South Wales in both WNCL and WT20 finals series, though the team’s performances throughout the year were reflected in improved national representation. Kristen Beams made her international debut throughout the season and quickly found her feet at the level with six Victorians playing for the Southern Stars throughout the year. The Renegades and Stars continued to attract new fans to the sport with nearly 200,000 fans attending home matches throughout the year. The two teams were supported by the two largest membership bases in the competition, signifying Victorians’ appetite and passion for the format. I welcome new Melbourne Renegades Chairman Jason Dunstall, and thank his predecessor James Brayshaw, Melbourne Stars President Eddie McGuire, as well as their respective boards and staff, for their efforts and ongoing contributions.

Moving onto Premier Cricket, I congratulate Ringwood on their third title in the past eight seasons in the men’s competition. Led by an incredible performance from Ian Holland, who became the first player to claim both Jack Ryder and John Scholes Medals in the same season, the Rams defeated the Monash Tigers to claim the trophy. The Tigers were aiming for the double after winning the white-ball premiership earlier in the season. Congratulations must also go to Carlton Cricket Club for claiming the JA Seitz Club Championship after all four XIs made the finals.

the Melbourne Metropolitan Turf Cricket Taskforce and Premier Cricket expansion.

I also extend my congratulations to Box Hill after winning their second consecutive women’s Premier Firsts title, and Anna Lanning for taking out the Una Paisley Medal for best player in the senior competition.

These remain ongoing, and in addition an independent review of Victorian country cricket was sponsored by the board this year.

The Mustangs extracted revenge over Essendon Maribyrnong Park in the Final after the Bombers had claimed the T20 silverware earlier in the season.

Well known former Australian and international cricket administrator David Richards OAM conducted the latter, and at the time of writing the completed report is being considered by the board and the country cricket community.

We are always excited for those who make their debuts, or reach significant milestones, in our elite teams. I extend my congratulations to Ringwood’s David King, Melbourne’s Chris Tremain and Prahran’s Nicole Bolton for all making their Victorian senior debut during the season. The board has a responsibility to continue to improve Victorian cricket in any way possible, and monitored a number of initiatives that look into the structure of our competitions and associated governance. My report last year noted the work of

Challenging long-standing structures and governance is always difficult, but the world is changing quickly, and it is incumbent on our game to change with it. Competition from other sports for future participants, talented athletes, volunteers, government support and sponsors is strong, and we all have a responsibility to leave the game in a better state for our successors.

capacity, including the last 14 as Chairman. To serve the game in these capacities, amongst others at local, national and international levels, has been a privilege. I also would like to acknowledge my fellow Directors, past and present, for their support and guidance, and the management teams past and present that have worked hard over the years to fulfil our objective for Victoria to be the leading state in Australian cricket. Finally, I would like to make particular mention of Christina Burnham, who has been Executive Assistant to two CEOs, Ken Jacobs and Tony Dodemaide, and three Chairmen, Bob Parish, Malcolm Gray and myself. She has executed her duties flawlessly over many years of excellent service. Thank you Chris.

On that note, this is my final report as CV Chairman, as I will be standing down as a Director at the AGM. I have enjoyed immensely the last 22 years in that

There is much hard work still to be done, and I wish all well in striving for that worthy goal.

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commitment of $10 million to community cricket will allow us to progress these plans in partnership with the Government and ensure we continue to cater to the needs of current and future generations.

TONY DODEMAIDE Season 2014-15 will long be remembered as a defining year in the history of Victorian cricket. The centrepiece was the State Government’s commitment to the Victorian Community and Cricket Centre (VCCC) at the Junction Oval, realised at last November’s State Election, which will set up cricket in this state for generations to come. The VCCC will deliver a desperately needed alternative first-class venue to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, while also providing a home for female cricket, Indigenous cricket, cricket for people of all abilities and a training centre for our regional players and coaches.

This will include investment in new multi-use facilities, particularly in regional centres, and programs focusing on diversity, female cricket and employment. Those facilities and programs will be needed in future to service the growing interest in our game, which was boosted further this year, particularly internationally through the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and of course domestically via the Big Bash League (BBL). BBL|04 built upon the success of previous seasons, engaging more and more families, whether attending matches (nearly 200,000 in total to Stars and Renegades home matches) watching on TV or engaging online, and the outstanding success of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 focused attention on our sport like no other season. Participation increased once again at a grassroots level in Victoria as a result, with 324,848 recorded in the national census.

The development will also revitalise the entire precinct and deliver multiple benefits to the surrounding community, local clubs, schools and groups through access to new facilities and activities.

Features included an increase in club players with growth in senior (5%), junior (3.5%) and female (24.2%) demographics leading the way.

Cricket Victoria (CV) has been working in close collaboration with the Victorian Government and Cricket Australia (CA) to plan a future for the sport’s facilities, programs and events that will generate maximum social and economic benefit for the entire community in this state.

Reflecting the new and diverse audiences that BBL is bringing to cricket, there were also significant increases in the MILO T20 Blast club program (164.4%), the MILO T20 Blast primary school boys program (8.5%) and the MILO T20 Blast primary school female program (11.8%).

As well as the $25 million budgeted for the VCCC, an additional State Government

BBL has become integral to our operations, and a major vehicle for promotion of the


game in this state as well as the incremental commercial revenue it generates. Our challenge is to work even more closely with our two Melbourne teams, the Stars and Renegades, and their boards to optimise all benefits to Victorian cricket. From a business point of view, the group recorded a profit of $1,461,905 for the 2014-15 financial year ($640,494 surplus in 2013-14). This was a pleasing result, and higher than budget, boosted in particular by strong contributions from our BBL subsidiaries (combined profit of $818,904) and non-cash items, including unrealised gains in the fair value of investment properties and managed funds. The result, in tandem with a healthy balance sheet, puts CV in a good position to address the challenging period ahead, especially over the next two years when we will be managing the largest project in the association’s history (the VCCC redevelopment at Junction Oval) whilst rolling out existing and new initiatives to grow the game locally and support our members.

Our valued sponsors and partners, both commercial and through various levels of government, again deserve a huge thanks for their support and are acknowledged further in this report. Our broad base of volunteers also deserves much credit for their outstanding work in keeping our game alive from week to week, and year to year, at club and association levels.

advice and guidance over that time. Finally, I thank my own staff for their dedication and hard work over the past year. We all look forward to the exciting challenges ahead in 2015-16 where we will again strive to lay claim as Australia’s leading cricket state.

It would be remiss of me not to single out one particular volunteer for special mention this year. As advised in his Chairman’s report, Geoff Tamblyn is stepping down at the AGM after phenomenal service to cricket over many decades and in many different roles. Indeed, Geoff has selflessly dedicated much of his life to the game, and has been quietly instrumental in some of the most significant moments in recent cricket history, not just here in Victoria over the past 22 years, but nationally as a Cricket Australia Director for 15 years from 1997-98 to 2011-12. On behalf of myself and all other staff at CV, I particularly thank Geoff for his support,

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OFFICE BEARERS Delegates 2014-15

Victorian Premier Cricket Administration Managers 2014-15



Alternate Delegate



Camberwell Magpies

Dr Rick Pearson

Barry Russ

Box Hill

Lisa Bowring


John Douglas

Brian McKenna

Brighton District

Georgie Dwyer

Casey-South Melb

Ross Hibbins

Matthew Hawking

Camberwell Magpies

Barry Russ


Michael Findlay

Brendan McArdle


John McConville


Simon Tobin

Mike Walsh

Casey-South Melb

Jason Gwilt

Fitzroy Doncaster

Graeme Cook

Leigh Watts


Ken Waters

Footscray Edgewater

Geoff Collinson

Jeff Russ


Liz Williamson

Frankston Peninsula

Dennis Prendergast

Glenn Davey

Dandenong Women’s

Emma Gallagher


Peter Jefferies

John Plummer


David Pisani

Greenvale Kangaroos

Bruce Kent

Gary Robertson

Essendon Maribyrnong Park

Lisa Gale

Hawthorn-Monash Uni

Petar Ivetic

Danny Stevenson

Fitzroy Doncaster

Megan Duckworth


David Crow

Michael Sholly

Footscray Edgewater

Scott Dalrymple

Melbourne Uni

Derek Bennett

Peter Anderson

Frankston Peninsula

Glenn Davey

Monash Tigers

Ken Sharp

Jim Higgs


David Barnes


Mark Sundberg

Grant Gardiner

Greenvale Kangaroos

Ros Robertson


John Raglus

David Jones

Hawthorn-Monash Uni

Bruce Wilson


John Cassidy

Mark Freeman


Steven McCooke

St Kilda

Paul Meddings

Tim O’Sullivan

Melbourne Uni

Tim Heathcote


Warren Riches

Keith Thompson


Anthony Gale


Mark Keating

Rod Patterson

Monash Tigers

Peter Wells


Jack Sheehan

Dr Geoff Hart


Lisa Trew


Phil O’Meara

Dick Norris


Michael Westland

Plenty Valley

Dianne Herman


John Zarb


John Cassidy

St Kilda

Steve Wain

Women’s Premier Panel

Rachel Derham

Affilated Bodies Secretaries/Administration Managers 2014-15 VCCL Sec

Keith Thompson


Michael Atkins


Rodney Patterson


Ken Hilton



Game & Market Development

Geoff Tamblyn OAM Chairman

Claudia Fatone

Rohan O’Neill General Manager

Beth Hedgcock

Russell Thomas Deputy Chairman

Paul Jackson

Darren Anderson

Annie Hateley

Tim Considine

Trevor O’Hoy

Ryan Batchelder

Paul Montgomery

Sue Crow

David Maddocks

Peter Binns

Waddington Mwayenga

Emma Gallagher

Mike Ronchi

Erini Gianakopoulos

Scott Tutton

Neil Gray

Aaron Wharton

Ross Gregory

Stuart Wilson

Patron Malcolm Gray AM

Executive Office

Chris Harris

Tony Dodemaide Chief Executive Officer Christina Burnham

Game & Market Development – Regional Cricket Managers

Cricket Operations Shaun Graf General Manager

Elaine Parish

Rebecca Barker

Richard Patterson

David Hemp

David Saker

Jarrad Loughman

Lachlan Stevens

Andrew Lynch Tim McCaskill

Ryan Webster Craig White

Julie Allan

Adrian Jones

Di Day

Shane Koop

Ben De Araugo

Jason Mathers

Stephen Field

Rhys Miller

Paul Gilchrist

Daniel Trevillian

David Hall

Campbell Waring

Duncan Harrison

Rob Wood

Business & Advisory Services

Melbourne Renegades

Kieran Hennessy Chief Operating Officer

Stuart Coventry Chief Executive Officer

Tiffany Hanna

Jess Gamble

Hamish Jones

Human Resources & Administration Kerrie Schoeffel Manager

Kim Gray

Chris Gergely

Melbourne Stars


Clint Cooper Chief Executive Officer

Baylee Knight

Darren Sacks Financial Controller

Simona Kebakovski

Sarah Carpinteri

Cassandra O’Brien

Jorge Lopes

Megan Keating

Michelle Bowman Andrew Clyne

Information Technology Rebecca Brown Manager

Alyce Chiodo

Marketing, Commercial & Communications Dylan Atkinson

Lauren Turner

Ben Osborn

Brad van Delft

Mark Sinclair

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Cricket Victoria inducted 12 new Life Members at August’s Annual General Meeting. Departing Board members Malcolm Smith and Earl Eddings were honoured for their contribution to Victorian cricket alongside David Kelly, John McConville, Ken Stone, Kevan Carroll, Ross MacKenzie, Jill Crowther, Lorraine Taylor, Sylvia Faram, Robyn Calder and Julie Savage. Smith served over 22 years in cricket administration as Fitzroy Doncaster’s President from 1991 to 2004, a CV Delegate for 18 years, on the Melbourne Stars Board since BBL|01 and as a Director since 2000. After a 232-game career with Northcote and North Melbourne, Eddings was President of the Kangaroos for five seasons, a Delegate for seven years, CV’s representative to Cricket Australia and is also now a Cricket Australia Director.



Vice-President 1999-00 until integration Executive Committee 1997-98 to 1998-99 Rules Committee 1997-98, 2003-04 until integration Pennant Committee 1995-96 to 1996-97

Pennant Committee 2003-04 to 2013-14 Melbourne Uni Delegate 1998-99 to 2011-12 Melbourne Uni President 1997-98 to 2011-12 Melbourne Uni Admin Manager 2001-02 to 2012-13



VWCA Match Results & Registration Secretary 1965-66 to 2013-14 Pennant Committee 1965-66 to 2013-14 VWCA Promotions Committee 1973-74 to 1984-85 Awarded The Pioneers Award for Outstanding Services to Women’s Cricket

Player Northcote 1987-88 to 1991-92 (60 matches) Player North Melbourne 1992-93 to 2002-03 (172 matches) President North Melbourne 2003-04 to 2008-09 Delegate 2001-02 to 2008-09 Director 2006-07 to 2013-14 CA Representative 2008-09 to 2013-14

As a stalwart of the Geelong Cricket Club for the past 15 years, Kelly also was bestowed CV life membership. Long serving members of the Pennant Committee were also honoured with McConville, Stone, Carroll and MacKenzie acknowledged for their significant contribution to the game over the past two decades overseeing the administration of Premier Cricket. Accolades were also forthcoming for key members of the Victorian Women’s Cricket Association (VWCA), with CV taking over full governance of the female game in 2014. Crowther, Taylor, Faram, Calder and Savage have been at the forefront of the VWCA’s operations over the past few decades, establishing Victoria as a leader in women’s cricket.





VWCA President 1961 to 1966 & 1968 to 1972 VWCA Vice-President - 1975 to 1981 AWCC President - 1978 to 1988 IWCC Delegate - 1982 to 1988

Geelong Delegate 1998-99 to 2012-13 Geelong President 1998-99 to 2010-11

Pennant Committee 1998-99 to 1999-00 & 2008-09 to 2013-14 Northcote Delegate 1995-96 to 1996-97, 1998-99 to 2000-01 & 2002-03 to 2011-12 Northcote President 1995-96, 2002-03 to 2003-04 Northcote Secretary 1999-00 to 2000-01




Pennant Committee 2004-05 to 2013-14 Carlton Delegate 2003-04 to 2011-12 Carlton Administration Manager 2001-02 to current

VWCA Board Member 1990 until integration Victorian Junior Selector 1998 Victorian Senior Selector 2002 to 2005 VWCA Vice-President 1997-98 & 2007 until integration VWCA President 1999 to 2003 & 2006-07 VWCA representative on CV Game Development Committee 2003 to 2008 VWCA CV Delegate 2000 to 2003, 2006 & 2011 until integration

Player Hawthorn-East Melbourne 1968-69 to 1970-71 (24 matches) President Fitzroy Doncaster 1991-92 to 2003-04 Delegate 1993-94 to 2011-12 Director 2000-01 to 2012-13



Pennant Committee 2004-05 to 2013-14 Footscray-Edgewater Delegate 1999-00 to 2011-12

VWCA Board Member 2009 until integration VWCA Secretary 1974 to 1979 Pioneer Victorian Ladies Cricket Association Committee Member 1975 to 1977 Pioneer Victorian Ladies Cricket Association Secretary 1977 to 2009

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MYRTLE BAYLIS (nee Craddock)


(October 17, 1926 - January 23, 2015)

(May 1, 1920 - September 23, 2014)

(January 20, 1938 - September 24, 2014)

Gwen Sidley was the 68th woman to represent Victoria, debuting in the 1950-51 season.

Myrtle was a former Sunshine, Victoria and Australian player.

Ray had a distinguished umpiring career, officiating in 227 Premier matches between 1962-63 and 1986-87.

She was a slow off spin bowler with her best figures being 6-6 and was also a middle-order batter. She played club cricket for YWCA and also Collingwood LCC. Gwen passed away suddenly on January 23, aged 88.

Myrtle passed away suddenly at the age of 94 years and at the time of her passing, was Victoria’s oldest female cricketer. She played six Tests matches for Australia from 1948 to 1951. Myrtle made her international debut in Wellington in 1948 and claimed 16 wickets, at an average of 19.62 in her career.

Ray, who officiated in six Premier Finals, umpired 27 first-class matches, ten List A matches, 21 one-day internationals and three Tests, featuring the West Indies (at Sydney 1984-85), New Zealand (at Perth 1985-86) and India (at the MCG 1985-86). Ray was inducted into the CV 200 Club in 1995 and was a regular attendee at 200 Club functions in recent years. Ray was also a former President and Life Member of the VCA Umpires’ & Scorers’ Association.




(September 15, 1927 - January 15, 2015)

(July 15, 1919 - October 30, 2014)

Val Holten was a former Melbourne, Prahran and Victorian player. Val began his Premier career at Melbourne in 1946-47 but, after two seasons and 14 matches, he crossed to Prahran prior to the 1948-49 season.

Harcourt Dowsley was Victoria’s oldest first class cricketer at the time of his passing, aged 95.

Val headed the VCA batting averages in his first season at Prahran and, five seasons later, he topped the VCA batting aggregates with 669 runs at 47.78. In all, he played 96 matches in his eight seasons with Prahran, including the 1954-55 premiership. In his 110 Premier matches, Val scored 3728 runs at 37.65, with eight centuries and 13 half-centuries. He also took 109 wickets at 19.72, with best figures of 5-29. Val played five first-class matches for Victoria between 1950-51 and 1952-53, scoring 170 runs at 21.25. His top score was 59* against Queensland at the MCG in 1952-53. In 1956-57, Val joined Sub-District club Malvern and he later played at Oakleigh. He established all sorts of batting records in the Subbies, scoring 8916 runs at 58.6 with 19 centuries and 50 half-centuries. Recently, the VSDCA Executive honoured Val by renaming the Hatch Medal the “Val Holten Medal”.

An outstanding schoolboy sportsman, Dowsley played five first-class matches for Victoria between 1937 and 1947, all against Tasmania. He scored 336 runs at the excellent average of 56, with a top-score of 72* on debut at the MCG in February 1938. He scored three half-centuries, took three catches as well as two wickets at 37. Harcourt played 35 matches for VCA Colts (1936-1939) and 75 matches for Melbourne (1939-1950) and was captain of the Demons’ 1948-49 premiership win over South Melbourne. In all Premier matches, he scored 3091 runs at 25.33, with 146 the highest of his two centuries. He also took 66 wickets at 28.72 with best figures of 5-42. Harcourt also played four VFL matches for Carlton in 1941, but was called up for the services in World War II, going on to become a highly decorated pilot fighting the Japanese in the South-West Pacific. With Harcourt’s passing, the mantle of Victoria’s oldest first-class cricketer now sits with his 1948-49 Melbourne wicketkeeper, Dr Ian McDonald.

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The Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers claimed one of their most famous titles in the 2014-15 Bupa Sheffield Shield season after winning the series despite playing interstate for nine of the ten completed matches. The trophy, Victoria’s 29th Shield title was secured after the side denied Western Australia victory in the Final played at Blundstone Arena in Hobart. The team’s improvement, which saw them become the first side since 1995 to top the ladder the following season after finishing on the bottom, was due to the performances of Victoria’s younger players; Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb and Scott Boland. Stoinis was the Bushrangers’ most consistent batsman, passing fifty nine times in 17 innings as he amassed 785 runs, at an average of 49.06, while Handscomb was selected in the Australia A squad, alongside Stoinis and Matthew Wade, after he struck three centuries throughout the season.

Peter Siddle, who fought back from demotion from the Australian Test side to reaffirm his position as the premier fast bowler in the competition. Siddle captured 28 wickets in seven matches, including two five-wicket hauls against South Australia where he led the team to victory. Rob Quiney (687 runs at 42.93) returned after the Big Bash League break with back-to-back centuries while Wade (572 at 57.20) and Dan Christian (560 at 50.90) both enjoyed their best seasons with the bat. Chris Rogers amassed 500 runs in a Shield season for the 11th time with a century in the Final while in his last season, David Hussey topped the batting averages with 532 runs at 66.50. Melbourne’s Chris Tremain played seven matches during the year after making his Victorian debut while Ringwood’s David King notched his first-class debut in the opening match of the season.

Scott Boland delivered more overs than any other fast bowler in the side, claiming 25 wickets in the process. The bowling attack, however, was led by Fawad Ahmed who notched his first Bill Lawry Medal for the state’s finest Sheffield Shield player after a season which yielded 48 wickets, the fifth-highest tally by a leg-spinner in the tournament’s history. He saved his best performance for the Final when he claimed 8-89 in the first innings, the best figures ever in the series decider. Ahmed was selected in the ACA 4-Day Series All*Star Team of the Year alongside


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BUPA SHEFFIELD SHIELD SQUAD Fawad Ahmed (Melbourne University)

Glenn Maxwell (Fitzroy-Doncaster)

Scott Boland (Frankston Peninsula)

Clint McKay (Essendon)

Dan Christian (Monash Tigers)

James Pattinson (Dandenong)

David King (Ringwood)

Rob Quiney (St Kilda)

Aaron Finch (Geelong)

Chris Rogers (Prahran)

Peter Handscomb (St Kilda)

Peter Siddle (Dandenong)

John Hastings (Footscray Edgewater)

Marcus Stoinis (Northcote)

Jon Holland (Frankston Peninsula)

Chris Tremain (Melbourne)

David Hussey (Prahran)

Matthew Wade (Casey-South Melbourne)

Alexander Keath (Melbourne)

Cameron White (Monash Tigers)

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Victoria experienced a disappointing Matador BBQs One-Day Cup which yielded two victories from seven matches. Veteran batsman Cameron White was a shining light for the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers, named Player of the Series for a second successive season as well as captain of the Australian Cricketers’ Association One-Day Interstate All*Star Team of the Year. White struck two centuries and a brace of fifties in his tournament total of 354 runs, at an average of 59.00. He anchored the side to its opening victory against South Australia in Victoria’s second match when chasing 300 for victory, White battled muscle cramps to reach a century, and secure the win, off the final delivery of the game. White’s second hundred of the series came against New South Wales where he piled on eight sixes in a 84-ball 107 which wasn’t enough for the win as the home side chased down the Bushrangers’ total with 13 balls remaining. Scott Boland, the side’s leading wickettaker with nine scalps, established himself as Victoria’s go-to death bowler, conceding just five runs against NSW in the final over of the two teams’ second meeting when the Bushrangers won by two runs. Jon Holland was the most consistent bowler, claiming wickets in five matches, while David Hussey topped the batting averages with 195 runs at 65.00. Matthew Short made an impressive debut for Victoria, striking a run-a-ball 30 in his first match, while Chris Tremain also played his maiden one-day fixture for the state.


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MATADOR BBQ’S ONE-DAY CUP SQUAD Fawad Ahmed (Melbourne University)

Alexander Keath (Melbourne)

Scott Boland (Frankston Peninsula)

Clint McKay (Essendon)

Dan Christian (Monash Tigers)

Rob Quiney (St Kilda)

Aaron Finch (Geelong)

Matt Short (Northcote)

Peter Handscomb (St Kilda)

Marcus Stoinis (Northcote)

John Hastings (Footscray Edgewater)

Chris Tremain (Melbourne)

Jon Holland (Frankston Peninsula)

Matthew Wade (Casey-South Melbourne)

David Hussey (Prahran)

Cameron White (Monash Tigers)

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Spinners Molly Strano and Kristen Beams followed closely behind with eight wickets each.

The Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit’s 2014-15 WNCL campaign came to an end when New South Wales claimed a seven-wicket win in the semi-final. After winning the toss and opting to bat, a late collapse from Victoria reduced their total to 175 with captain Meg Lanning top-scoring on 41. In reply, NSW chased the total down in the 47th over for the loss of three wickets. Claiming five wins in 2014-15, the VicSpirit finished atop of the ladder with their only loss during the home and away season coming against The Tradies ACT Meteors.

Strano took career-best figures of 6-46 in Victoria’s win over NSW during the home and away season while Beams’ best bowling figures came against Tasmania when she took 3-30. Lanning was named captain of the Australian Cricketers’ Association All*Star Team with teammates Bolton and Beams also included.

Lanning claimed the Sharon Tredrea Award after completing the tournament as the leading run-scorer with 440 runs at an average of 62.85. Lanning (125) and Nicole Bolton (170*) amassed their highest totals for the season when they produced a dominant batting display to combine for a 271-run partnership against Tasmania. As the VicSpirit’s only debutant this season, Bolton sat behind Lanning on the WNCL run-scorers list, accumulating 400 runs at an average of 80. Experienced pace bowler Julie Hunter was Victoria’s highest wicket-taker, collecting nine wickets in six matches, including best figures of 3-19.

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Emma Inglis (Prahran)

Kristen Beams (Essendon Maribyrnong Park)

Emma Kearney (Essendon Maribyrnong Park)

Briana Binch (Essendon Maribyrnong Park)

Kirsty Lamb (Plenty Valley)

Nicole Bolton (Prahran)

Anna Lanning (Box Hill)

Cassie Brock (Box Hill)

Meg Lanning (C) (Box Hill)

Jess Cameron (Prahran)

Emily McIntyre (Essendon Maribyrnong Park)

Nicola Hancock (Prahran)

Sophie Molineux (Dandenong)

Kathleen Hempenstall (Prahran)

Molly Strano (Essendon Maribyrnong Park)

Julie Hunter (Dandenong)

Elyse Villani (Prahran)

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The Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit stumbled at the final hurdle of their 2014-15 WT20 campaign.

Leading the Victorian bowling attack were spinners Molly Strano and Kristen Beams.

Staged in Canberra prior to the KFC T20 Big Bash League decider, Victoria suffered a 51-run loss to New South Wales in the WT20 Final.

Strano was the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, claiming 22 wickets to set a new series record for most scalps in a season with her best bowling performance coming against South Australia when she took 4-15.

Despite a 72-run knock from captain Meg Lanning, the Victorians could not chase down the NSW target of 176, completing their 20 overs on 8-124. The VicSpirit claimed nine wins during the home and away season to finish in second position behind NSW. Following the WNCL team’s suit, the VicSpirit line-up also saw Nicole Bolton as the WT20 team’s sole debutant.

She doubled the wickets of Victoria’s second highest wicket-taker, Beams, who took 11 scalps with best figures of 3-10 against Queensland. Lanning was named captain of the Australian Cricketers’ Association All*Star Team with teammates Villani, Beams and Strano joining her in the side.

Lanning completed the tournament as the competition’s second highest run-scorer, accumulating 445 runs, at an average of 49 and with a high score of 82. She was awarded the Cathryn Fitzpatrick Award for the third time after previously going back-to-back in 2011 and 2012. Next to follow in the runs for Victoria was Elyse Villani who scored 372 runs at an average of 41, with an unbeaten 79 being her highest score.

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MALE The biggest one-day tournament ever staged in Australia, the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, brought the best out of Victorians Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell. Finch was named Man of the Match in Australia’s opening fixture of the tournament against England at the MCG when he struck 135 from 128 deliveries in front of 84,336 people. He also contributed an important half-century in the semi-final, making 81. Maxwell cemented his position as one of the most exciting players in the world with the best form of his international career which resulted in him being named in the ICC Cricket World Cup Team of the Tournament. He kick-started his series in Australia’s opening match with a 44-ball innings of 60 before he smashed seven sixes against Afghanistan as he made 88 from 39 deliveries. With the home side in trouble against Sri Lanka, Maxwell struck the fastest one-day century by an Australian, from just 51 deliveries, in a Man of the Match performance. Chris Rogers had another productive summer in the Test squad, equalling the Australian record for most consecutive half-centuries when he notched six consecutive fifties against India. Matthew Wade impressed in his recall to the national one-day squad, after Brad Haddin was injured, with several important innings in the series victory over South Africa. Cameron White led Australia to a tournament


victory over the Proteas in the Twenty20 format with a Man of the Match performance in the deciding match when he scored an

unbeaten 41 in a low-scoring contest. Elsewhere, Peter Siddle and Fawad Ahmed were both members of the Test squad that toured the West Indies in June.

FEMALE Victorians were at the forefront of the success enjoyed by the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars this year. VicSpirit and national captain Meg Lanning won her second Belinda Clark Medal for the most outstanding Australian player and was also awarded Wisden’s inaugural Leading Woman Cricketer in the World accolade. In eight one-day internationals, Lanning struck 441 runs, at average of 63, with the highlight a century against the West Indies where she became the first woman to hit a hundred on the historic Bradman Oval in Bowral. Elyse Villani was Australia’s best Twenty20 batter throughout the year, with four fifties in eight innings. Kristen Beams made her international debut against Pakistan in August and immediately looked at home at national level. She claimed 13 wickets in 12 matches, including 3-16 against the West Indies in November. Jess Cameron was also a part of the side that was undefeated against Pakistan and West Indies, with a Player of the Match performance against the former, where she hit an unbeaten 58, her best return for the year.

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The fourth season of the KFC T20 Big Bash League saw the Melbourne Renegades continue their period of growth as one of the league’s most well-supported clubs. The club welcomed key off-season signings Matthew Wade and Callum Ferguson to further strengthen the batting line up and extended captain Aaron Finch’s contract by two years until 2017. Fast bowler James Pattinson returned from a back injury in devastating form and clinched the club’s Player of the Season award after a series of impressive performances in a season where the team finished just out of contention for a finals place. The Victorian played five games for the Renegades, taking seven wickets with best figures of 3-24 including the wickets of Jacques Kallis and Mike Hussey. Extreme weather impacted on the club’s derby match against cross-town rivals the Stars with a 42 degree day followed by rain seeing over 33,000 fans come to Etihad Stadium to watch the teams go head to head. Further confirmation of the club’s popularity in the Melbourne market was reflected by its 62.8% increase in membership sales up from 3383 in BBL|03 to 5510 in BBL|04.

MELBOURNE RENEGADES BBL|04 SQUAD Crowds continued to turn out to watch the Renegades with a total attendance during the home fixtures of 89,205 making their way into Etihad Stadium.

This was the second highest percentage increase of any club in the competition and the club has the highest membership revenue of the Melbourne-based clubs in the KFC T20 Big Bash League.

The club signed international players Dwayne Bravo (West Indies) and Andre Russell (West Indies) for the first half of the season and replaced them with Ben Stokes (England) and Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) when the West Indian pair departed for World Cup duties.

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Aaron O’Brien

Fawad Ahmed

James Pattinson

Shakib Al Hasan

Ben Rohrer

Ben Ashkenazi

Nathan Rimmington

Tom Beaton

Andre Russell

Dwayne Bravo

Matthew Short

Tom Cooper

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Alex Doolan

Peter Siddle

Andrew Fekete

Ben Stokes

Callum Ferguson

Matthew Wade

Jayde Herrick

Nick Winter

Peter Nevill

RENEGADES OFF-FIELD REPORT The Renegades enjoyed a highly successful period of commercial and off-field support in BBL|04. Principal partner True Value Solar extended their long-term relationship with the club for a further two years while FAL Healthy Beverages (through beverage brand Coco Joy) signed on as the club’s Major partner for two years. Australian Liquor Marketers’ independent retail liquor brand Cellarbrations also signed a two-year partnership with the club as co-major partner adding further strength to the club’s commercial portfolio. The club’s digital platforms experienced unprecedented growth with particular success on the club website and Facebook channels. The club’s Facebook page experienced a 249 per cent increase in the average daily users (year on year) while the club website saw an 81 per cent increase in traffic on the previous season. In the second year of the league’s five year broadcast deal with Channel 10, the club

again attracted strong viewer interest with an average of 941,000 viewers watching each Renegades fixture on Channel 10 up from 882,000 in the previous season. Match night entertainment again provided the crucial plank in the club’s bid to deliver an unmissable experience. The Renegades Xtreme Team motocross show continues to appeal to fans and members and the club coordinated a world record backflip attempt during the derby match on January 3. The independent post-season league survey proved the Renegades continue rank highly across the league with membership service, communications and the match venue all ranking among the top three results for the league. The Melbourne Renegades would like to sincerely thank their off field partners for their support during the season – True Value Solar (Principal Partner), Coco Joy (Major Partner) , Cellarbrations (Co-Major Partner), Flight Centre, The Olsen, Coca-Cola, Cricketer’s Arms, LeasePlus, Subaru, the City of Maribyrnong (Community Partner) and The Salvation Army (Charity Partner).

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The Melbourne Stars showed depth of character and resolve in the fourth season of the KFC T20 Big Bash League – overcoming initial on-field challenges before turning the season around and making a fourth straight finals campaign appearance. The Stars had a busy off-season, recruiting international superstar Kevin Pietersen as well as completing the first BBL trade in history to bring Michael Beer over from the Perth Scorchers. After a slow start to the season, the Stars stormed home, winning the final five matches of the home and away season. The side’s best performances were saved for the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where the Stars’ army of fans were treated to the most exciting matches of the season. The first Super Over involving the Stars had the supporters on the edge of their seats as James Faulkner got the team in green home against the Sydney Sixers on Ladies Night. A nail-biting victory in the Derby five days later saw the match come down to a third umpire decision after the last ball was bowled, with 37,000 fans erupting when “Not Out” appeared on screen, giving the Stars a thrilling one-run win over their cross town rivals. The greatest victory was still to come as a maiden Peter Handscomb century, from just 64 deliveries, helped the Stars defeat the Perth Scorchers in their final home match Follow Melbourne Stars on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

in front of a 33,000 strong crowd with his fifth six for the night sealing the three-wicket win in style. The Scorchers had the final say in the return bout, however, to end the Stars’ Final hopes in the semi-final. The Stars started well with the ball, limiting the Scorchers to 144 runs, but the Scorchers bowlers proved too strong on home soil, bowling the Stars out for 126 and ending the club’s BBL|04 campaign. John Hastings was named the Stars’ Player of the Series after he claimed 16 wickets, the most in the competition, while Pietersen topped the run-scorers for the team with 293 runs, at an average of 41.85, with both players named in the ACA Big Bash League All*Star Team of the Year.


Alexander Keath

Michael Beer

Glenn Maxwell

Jackson Bird

Clint McKay

Scott Boland

Kevin Pietersen

Josh Eaton

Rob Quiney

James Faulkner

Clive Rose

Peter Handscomb

Marcus Stoinis

Sam Harper

Tom Triffit

John Hastings

Daniel Worrall

David Hussey

Luke Wright

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STARS OFF-FIELD REPORT It was another successful year off the field for the Melbourne Stars, as the club continued to raise the bar across all areas of the business. Attendances, membership and social following all increased significantly from BBL|03 with the Stars boasting over 6,000 members, more than 110,000 through the gates and an average of 958,000 tuned in on Network Ten every match. The club now communicates to a 450,000-strong social media following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and is number one in the league for Australian social reach. Media coverage increase by 25% in BBL|04 and 7,300 media mentions across December-January ensured the

Stars remained number one for social media coverage in Melbourne. Community and fan engagement was particularly high with multiple events throughout the season providing the public with unprecedented access to players and Stars personalities. New initiatives included Stars in the Community Day, a women’s bloggers event and the Melbourne Derby launch at Federation Square. This was in addition to the very popular City of Casey Family Day and the regular members and Stars club events. The Stars continued their support of Victorian Indigenous Cricket squads awarding the Community Rookie Scholarship to a member of the men’s team, while the club developed and auctioned a specially designed cap for each Stars player, worn during the warm up to the Harmony in

Cricket Match against the Hobart Hurricanes, to raise funds for the Victorian Women’s Imparja Cup squad to compete in Darwin. While the Melbourne Stars had secured a significant portion of their sponsor stable in BBL|03 on multi-year terms, the club continued to look for new opportunities. Building on the impressive list of partners, including Principal Partner Dick Smith, Major Partner Mitsubishi and Community Partner Chemist Warehouse, the Melbourne Stars added a Learning Partner, Acquire Learning, and Hydration Partner, VicHealth’s H30 Challenge. The Stars continued its association with charity partner Headspace, along with the City of Casey, Art Series Hotel Group and Spartan. We are extremely grateful for the support of our corporate partners.

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Ringwood took out their third premiership with an emphatic win over Monash Tigers in the Premier Cricket Final. Irrepressible all-rounder Ian Holland dominated the Final, becoming just the second player to strike a century and take a five-wicket haul in the tournament decider. Holland steered the Rams out of early trouble and with the help of an 88-run ninth-wicket partnership between Pat Ashton (55) and Michael Campbell (52), they posted 351. A fiery opening spell from Holland restricted the Tigers to 6-25 and despite half-centuries from Dominic Matarazzo (63) and Cameron White (61), they ultimately fell 167 runs short, missing an opportunity to claim a clean sweep after they had won the White Ball Final earlier in the year. To top of the season, Holland claimed the Jack Ryder Medal in a dramatic final round which saw him leapfrog St Kilda’s Matt Chasemore and Footscray Edgewater’s Travis Dean. Heading into the final round, Chasemore held a two vote lead over Dean with Holland a further vote back.

A spell of 3-15, coupled with 37 with the bat, was enough for Holland to claim five votes in the final match to finish a vote ahead of Chasemore, and four ahead of Dean. Holland made 724 runs, at an average of 40.22, and also claimed 52 wickets, the most in the competition, at just 13.72 and became the first player to win the Ryder and Scholes Medals in the same season. Elsewhere on Ryder Medal night, Carlton was awarded the JA Seitz Club Championship while the Blues’ Jake Hancock was named 2nd XI Player of the Season, St Kilda’s Alex Bychkov was awarded the 3rd XI title and Monash Tigers’ Calum Basey won top honours in the 4th XI. In other presentations, Frankston Peninsula was awarded the Spirit of Cricket award, Graeme Lloyd received the Umpires Recognition Award and Melbourne’s Scott West and Geelong’s Matt Baker were named Curators of the Season. The Men’s Premier Team of the Season was also named with David King, Tom Donnell, Dean, Simon Hill, Chasemore (C), Matthew Brown, Ben Fletcher, Aaron Ayre, Holland, Brenton McDonald, Ryan Sidebottom and Chris Salm all selected. Melbourne University’s Fletcher was the leading Premier Firsts batsman with 877 runs at 62.64, while Holland’s haul of 52 scalps led the wicket-takers. In the Seconds, Monash Tigers defeated Fitzroy Doncaster in the Final at the Albert Ground. The Player of the Final, the Tigers’ Chris Weeks, was the leading runscorer with


PREMIER TEAM OF THE SEASON David King (Ringwood) Tom Donnell (Dandenong) Travis Dean (Footscray Edgewater) Simon Hill (Camberwell Magpies) Matthew Chasemore (C) (St Kilda) Matthew Brown (Melbourne) Ben Fletcher (Essendon) Aaron Ayre (Essendon) Ian Holland (Ringwood) Brenton McDonald (Melbourne) Ryan Sidebottom (Carlton) Chris Salm (Carlton)

724 runs at 48.27, with Melbourne’s Xavier Frawley the leading bowler, with 44 wickets at 19.02, including a season-best 8/58 against Casey-South Melbourne. In the Thirds, St Kilda beat Melbourne University in the Final at Carlton while Essendon’s James Dickinson (587 runs at 45.15) topped the run-scoring list and St Kilda’s Ryan Barnett (39 wickets at 11.18) claimed the most scalps. Ringwood beat St Kilda in the Fourth XI Final at Camberwell as the Saints’ Angus McSweyn headed the batting with 559 runs at 43 and the Rams’ premiership winning skipper Matt Newman topped the wicket-taking list with 47 wickets at 13.04.

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PREMIER ALL-STARS SQUAD Andrew Kent (C) (Melbourne)

The Bartercard Premier All-Stars played the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades in practice matches before BBL|04. The matches were staged at the MCG and Merv Hughes Oval with Premier players handed an opportunity to test their skills against some of the best exponents of Twenty20 cricket. The All-Stars competed well in both of their matches posting 157 against the Stars and going down by 38 runs to the Renegades. Jake Haberfield impressed claiming two wickets in each match while James Crosthwaite and Tom Donnell both struck half-centuries.

Ejaaz Alavi (Fitzroy Doncaster) Aaron Ayre (Essendon) Hayden Butterworth (Geelong) Matt Chasemore (St Kilda) James Crosthwaite (Footscray Edgewater) Tom Donnell (Dandenong) Jake Haberfield (Footscray Edgewater) Simon Hill (Camberwell Magpies) Ian Holland (Ringwood) James Miller (Prahran) Dean Russ (Footscray Edgewater) Chris Salm (Carlton) Ryan Sidebottom (Carlton)

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2014-15 was the first season since the full integration of the Victorian Women’s Cricket Association and Cricket Victoria. An off-season amalgamation between the Brunswick Park Ladies Cricket Club and Prahran Cricket Club saw six teams represented in the Women’s Premier Firsts competition. Box Hill claimed back-to-back Agnes McDonnell Trophies after defeating Essendon Maribyrnong Park by 83 runs in the One Day Final played at Shepley Oval in Dandenong. The Box Hill top three of Meg Lanning (82), Rebecca Carter (64) and Cassie Brock (72) saw the Mustangs off to a perfect start which laid the foundation for the total of 7-254. In reply, Essendon Maribyrnong Park lost consistent wickets throughout and never gained momentum in their run-chase. Brock was awarded the Betty Wilson Medal as Player of the Final after a fine all-round display of 72 runs and 2-25 from 10 overs. Earlier in the season, the two sides also played off in the T20 Final where batting

first, the Box Hill duo of Meg Lanning and Brock combined for a second-wicket partnership of 86 to put the Mustangs into a strong position. In reply, Essendon Maribyrnong Park, on the back of a fine 44 from opener Molly Strano and valuable contributions by middleorder bats Briana Binch (23) and Stephanie Townsend (26), passed the Box Hill total with five wickets in hand and an over to spare. Strano’s performance of 44 runs and 1-23 saw her awarded the Player of the Final. Box Hill all-rounder Anna Lanning was awarded the Una Paisley Medal for the Premier Firsts Player of the Season. The 21-year-old polled 30 votes, four clear of older sister Meg, with Strano two votes further back in third place. Anna led from start to finish, scoring 446 runs, at an average of 34.31, with a top score of 97* against Melbourne, while she also claimed 22 wickets at 17.05, with her best bowling figures of 4-29 coming against Plenty Valley. The Women’s Premier Spirit of Cricket Award was won by Essendon Maribyrnong Park for the third consecutive season. The Bombers averaged 8.39 out of 10 to take out the award ahead of Box Hill and Coburg. The June Cole Award for best first year Premier Firsts Player went to Prahran’s Nicole Bolton after the Southern Stars and Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit representative compiled 342 runs, at 68.4, and also took seven wickets in her first season of Victorian Premier Cricket.


Coburg claimed their first T20 Seconds Premiership with a ten-wicket victory over Box Hill after a superb team bowling performance restricted Box Hill to just 79 runs. Coburg opening batters Rebekah Morris and Nathalie Tuilagi saw Coburg pass the total with 4.4 overs to spare. In the season-ending one-day Final, Coburg claimed back-to-back Julie Jones Trophies and, in the process, completed the T20 and one-day Premiership double after an impressive nine-wicket victory over Box Hill. Chasing Box Hill’s 8-137, Coburg opening bat Morris led the way with a superb unbeaten 81 to be awarded the Player of the Final. The Sue Woolcock Award for the Premier Seconds Player of the Season went to Brighton District’s Kate Henderson. Henderson amassed an impressive 537 runs, at an average of 38.4, including two centuries and one fifty whilst also capturing 11 wickets. Henderson is the third Brighton District player in four years to win the Sue Woolcock Award after the success of Lauren Wood in 2011-12 and Lucy Uncles in 2013-14.

The grades consisted of: PREMIER FIRSTS Box Hill, Dandenong, Essendon Maribyrnong Park, Melbourne, Plenty Valley, Prahran PREMIER SECONDS Box Hill, Brighton District, Coburg, Dandenong, Essendon Maribyrnong Park, Melbourne, Melton, Napoleons – Sebastopol, Plenty Valley, Prahran, Ringwood.

FIRSTS TEAM OF THE SEASON Meg Lanning (C) (Box Hill) Elyse Villani (Prahran) Jessica Cameron (Prahran) Kelly Applebee (Dandenong)

Anna Lanning (Box Hill) Molly Strano (Essendon Maribyrnong Park) Briana Binch (Essendon Maribyrnong Park) Emily McIntyre (Essendon Maribyrnong Park) Emily Smith (Essendon Maribyrnong Park) Julie Hunter (Dandenong) Tegan Orwin (Melbourne) Natalie Schilov (Essendon Maribyrnong Park)

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TOYOTA FUTURES LEAGUE The Toyota Futures League continued to provide a greater standard of competition for Premier and state players fighting for selection in the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers side. Travis Dean and Sam Harper both landed Victorian contracts for the 2015-16 season after impressing in the secondary competition. Dean struck 346 runs, at an average of 115.33, in his two matches and announced himself to state selectors with an unbeaten 187 in his opening match of the series – the third highest score by a Victorian in the competition.

VICTORIAN TOYOTA FUTURES LEAGUE SQUAD Ejaaz Alavi (Fitzroy-Doncaster) Ben Ashkenazi (Frankston Peninsula) Aaron Ayre (Essendon) Matthew Brown (Melbourne) Louis Cameron (Essendon) Matt Chasemore (St Kilda) James Crosthwaite (Footscray Edgewater) Travis Dean (Footscray Edgewater) Seb Gotch (Melbourne) Jake Haberfield (Footscray Edgewater) Sam Harper (Melbourne) Simon Hill (Camberwell Magpies)

Dean hit another century in the final game of the year while Harper made a rapid 47 and 31.

Ian Holland (Ringwood) David Hussey (Prahran)

Twenty-six Victorian players were given an opportunity in the Toyota Futures League with six players – Eamonn Vines, Harper, Matthew Brown, James Crosthwaite, Tom Russ and Will Pucovski – representing the state in the series for the first time. In his last season with the Victorian squad, David Hussey played a match in the Futures League as he recovered from a hand injury and smashed a majestic 167 from 146 deliveries.

Alexander Keath (Melbourne) David King (Ringwood) Clint McKay (Essendon) James Muirhead (St Kilda) James Pattinson (Dandenong) Will Pucovski (Melbourne) Jake Reed (Geelong) Dean Russ (Footscray Edgewater) Tom Russ (Camberwell Magpies)

Melbourne’s Brown also struck a century during the series, while Ryan Sidebottom led the wicket takers with 14 scalps. Jake Haberfield claimed the best figures of the season with 6-76.

Matt Short (Northcote) Ryan Sidebottom (Carlton) Eamonn Vines (Geelong)

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UNDER-19 ACADEMY INVITATIONAL XII Josh Bartlett (Inner South East Scorpions) Liam Bowe (Northern Rivers) Kade Burns (Gippsland) Tyson Freeman (Outer East Eagles) Teeran Gleeson (North East Country Knights) Layton McCann (Northern Rivers) Tanner Stanton (Southern Pioneers) Brayden Stepien (Northern Rivers) Nick Taranto (South East Country Sharks) COUNTRY V METRO SERIES The third edition of the Under-17 and 19 Country versus Metro series in Barooga provided a chance for players to stake their claim for selection in the Victorian side for the National Championships. For the first time, an Under-19 Academy Invitational XII was also part of the tournament after facing off against the Australian Capital Territory’s Under-19. Metro claimed the Under-19 series with a 95-ball century (107) from Jacob Serry the highlight, along with two three-wicket hauls from Nishal Perara. Tanner Stanton was selected in the National Championships squad after his performances for the Invitational XII with his leg spin claiming six wickets. The Under-17 tournament, which was claimed by Country, was dominated by bowlers. Country spearhead Kyle Bienfeldt was the main destroyer with two four-wicket hauls while Jonah Koch picked up 4-5 for Metro.

Ben Threlfall (Western Waves) Paddy Turner (Outer East Eagles) Daniel Van Der Merwe (South East Bayside Breakers)



Ejaaz Alavi (Northern Falcons)

Curtly Balshaw (Barwon Rockets)

Ash Armstrong (Western Spirit)

James Billington (Northern Rivers)

Jack Blain (Outer East Eagles)

Leigh Diston (Gippsland)

Anthony Brolic (Outer East Eagles)

Luke Ford (Barwon Rockets)

Kieran Elliott (Western Spirit)

Thomas LaBrooy (South East Country Sharks)

Shea Gribben (South East Bayside Breakers)

Adam McMaster (South East Country Sharks)

Nishal Perera (Northern Falcons)

Callum Nankervis (North East Country Knights)

Jonty Rushton (Northern Falcons)

Tom O’Donnell (Northern Rivers)

Gehan Seneviratne (South East Bayside Breakers)

Tom Smith (Western Waves)

Jacob Serry (Inner South East Scorpions)

Gordon Waterfall (South East Country Sharks)

Josh White (Inner East Emus)

Isaac Willett (North East Country Knights)

Ashan Wijayakumara (Southern Pioneers)

Jake Wood (South East Country Sharks)



Thaveesh Attanayake (Inner South East Scorpions)

Kyle Bienfeldt (Barwon Rockets)

Mark Butler (Outer East Eagles)

Angus Boyd (Western Waves)

Chris Diggle (South East Bayside Breakers)

Cameron Brown (South East Country Sharks)

Lachlan Downes (Outer East Eagles)

Jonty Chaproniere (Mallee Murray Bulls)

Damon Egan (South East Bayside Breakers)

Xavier Crone (Northern Rivers)

Lewis English (Inner East Emus)

Ryan Hartley (Northern Rivers)

Jack Gilbert (Inner South East Scorpions)

Luke Inglis (Barwon Rockets)

Josh Hudson (Outer East Eagles)

Nick King (Western Waves)

Jonah Koch (Western Spirit)

Brodie Symons (South East Country Sharks)

Noah Korkolis (Inner South East Scorpions)

Blake Thomson (Central Highlanders)

Blake Parsons (South East Bayside Breakers)

Jakob Tidyman (Central Highlanders)

Ben Roughsedge (Northern Falcons)

Matthew Underwood (Central Highlanders)

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UNDER-19 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS The Under-19 National Championships provided 14 Victorians with an opportunity to showcase their skills to state selectors in the pinnacle of the junior pathway system.

UNDER-19 VICTORIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SQUAD Ejaaz Alavi (Northern Falcons) Zach Allen (Southern Pioneers) Liam Banthorpe (Northern Falcons)

The team was within reach of the title with three early wins before a heavy loss to Queensland and a 27-run defeat to eventual champions New South Wales Metropolitan ended the side’s hopes.

Shea Gribben (South East Bayside Breakers)

All-rounder Guy Walker and spinner Sam Grimwade were both named in the Team of the Championships with Walker producing the best performance of the series against South Australia.

Jonty Rushton (Northern Falcons)

The Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers rookie struck 72 (75) batting at number eight then followed up with 6-31.

Tanner Stanton (Southern Pioneers)

The runs were shared around with Zach Allen top-scoring with 165 while four others – Sam Harper (130), Jonty Rushton (125), Guy Walker (121) and Jacob Serry (110) – scored over 100.

Sam Grimwade (Inner South East Scorpions) Sam Harper (Outer East Eagles) Jackson Mockett (South East Sharks)

Gehan Seneviratne (South East Bayside Breakers) Jacob Serry (Inner South East Scorpions) Matt Short (Central Highlands)

Guy Walker (North West Wizards) Jake Wood (South East Sharks)


Sam Grimwade and Guy Walker both claimed 11 wickets while captain Ejaaz Alavi grabbed six.

Xavier Crone (Northern Rivers)

Following the Under-19 National Championships, four Victorians – Walker, Grimwade, Matt Short and Harper – were selected in the Australian youth side for their series against England in Perth.

Sam Grimwade (Inner South East Scorpions)

Harper was Australia’s second-highest run-scorer in that series with Harper and Grimwade playing every match.

Jonah Koch (Western Spirit)

Damon Egan (South East Bayside Breakers) Zac Elliott (Inner East Emus)

Ryan Hartley (Northern Rivers) Josh Hudson (Outer East Eagles) Nick King (Western Waves)

Blake Parsons (South East Bayside Breakers)

UNDER-17 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Victoria’s third place at the Under-17 National Championships didn’t show how close the side came to claiming the title. Needing to execute an outright victory over eventual champions New South Wales Metropolitan on the final day of the series, the Victorians skittled NSW for 88 after a Josh Hudson hat trick, but were unable to repeat the job in the second innings as NSW chased down 230. The match summed up the misfortune Victoria experienced throughout the tournament with a washout in their first game and a two-run loss in another. An even performance from Victoria’s bowling group was a highlight with the wickets shared between Hudson (10 wickets), Cameron Brown (10), Jonah Koch (8), Sam Grimwade (7) and Xavier Crone (7). Koch was the only member of the side to be selected in the Team of the Tournament with his opening spells of 3-14 (10 overs), 3-17 (12) and 2-28 (9) securing a position in the line-up. Matthew Underwood was the leading run-scorer for the side with 221 runs, at an average of 44.2 while Blake Thomson hit the highest score with a century (111) against South Australia. Following the series, Will Pucovski made his Toyota Futures League debut in the final game of the year while Grimwade played for the Cricket Australia XI in a tour match against India.

Will Pucovski (South East Bayside Breakers) Those four players, plus Rushton, were also part of a pre-tour camp at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

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Blake Thomson (Central Highlanders) Matthew Underwood (Central Highlanders)

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COMMONWEALTH BANK FUTURE STAR AWARD 2014-15 NOMINEES The 2014-15 Commonwealth Bank Future Star Award was won by Prahran off-spinner Sam Grimwade and Plenty Valley pace bowler Tayla Vlaeminck. Grimwade started the season with a brilliant series for the Australian under-19s in an away tour to Sri Lanka when he claimed 12 wickets in four matches.


Sam Grimwade (Prahran CC) & Chelsea Moscript (Dandenong WCC)


Jake Wood (Frankston Peninsula CC) & Alana King (Dandenong WCC)


Matt Short (Northcote CC) & Makinley Blows (Box Hill CC)


Guy Walker (Footscray Edgewater CC) & Tayla Vlaeminck (Plenty Valley CC)


Sam Harper (Melbourne CC) & Georgia Wareham (Mortlake CC)

He represented Victoria at both the Under-17 and Under-19 National Championships and cemented his position in Prahran’s first XI in Premier Cricket where he picked up 10 scalps in seven games. The highlight of Grimwade’s season was when he lined up for the Cricket Australia XI in a tour match against India and captured the wicket of middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane. Vlaeminck was a key component of Victoria making the Final at the Under-18 National Championships. The fast bowler took two four-wicket hauls during the series, capturing 11 wickets at an average of 9.09. She was selected in the Team of the Tournament and was also invited to Cricket Australia’s Under-18 Talent Camp in September. Introduced in 2005-06, the Commonwealth Bank Future Star Award is presented each season to the best under-19 Victorian male and female player based on the their form at Premier Cricket level and at the National Championships, with nominations selected by a panel of committee members on a monthly basis.

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UNDER-18 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Victoria again fell short of claiming the Under-18 National Championship title after suffering a 61-run loss to New South Wales Metropolitan in the Final. NSW Metropolitan batted first, posting 8-143 off their 50 overs and in reply, Victoria never got going with the bat and was bowled out for 82 in the 40th over. Advancing through to the Final, Victoria claimed six wins to finish atop of the ladder after the preliminary rounds. Sophie Molineux, Tanya Vlaeminck and Georgia Wareham were all selected in the Team of the Tournament while Grace Mills finished the series with the most dismissals by a fielder, taking eight catches. In the competition’s top-six wicket-takers, Molineux and Vlaeminck took 11 wickets in seven matches while Wareham claimed 10. With a wicket in every match, Molineux’s best bowling performance came against Western Australia when she snared 4-9 from 3.2 overs while Vlaeminck claimed two four-wicket hauls against NSW Metropolitan and ACT/ NSW Country. Wareham also took a wicket in every game with her best performance coming against Victoria’s Invitational side with 2-4. A Victorian Invitational XI also competed at the championships, replacing last year’s Auckland Schoolgirls team.

UNDER-18 VICTORIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SQUAD Melina Ayres (South East Bayside Breakers) Kyra Black (Outer East Eagles) Makinley Blows (Mallee Murray Heat) Hayleigh Brennan (Gippsland Pride) Hope Irvine (Northern Rivers)

UNDER-15 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS The Victorian under-15 team finished third at the National Championships after a two-wicket nail-biting win over South Australia in the playoff for third place. Staged in Sydney, Victoria passed the SA total of 101 with only two wickets in hand, picking up their fifth win of the tournament.

Kiara Jones (North West Wizards) Annabel Martin (Mallee Murray Heat) Sophie Molineux (Gippsland Pride) Claire Nolte (Western Waves) Rhiann O’Donnell (Mallee Murray Heat) Tayla Vlaeminck (Northern Rivers) Georgia Wareham (Western Waves) Madeline Wright (Outer East Eagles)

UNDER-15 VICTORIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SQUAD Maddison Baird (North East Knights) Teagan Brett (Northern Rivers) Nicole Faltum (Gippsland Pride) Bella Gietzmann (Inner South East Scorpions)

A gritty unbeaten 31 from Rosie Wynd and four wickets from Samantha Ryan saw the girls get over the line. Victoria’s sole inclusion in the Team of the Tournament was Erika Quinn who took 10 wickets in eight matches with her best bowling performance coming against NSW Metropolitan when she took 3-15. Wicketkeeper Zoe Griffiths also had the most dismissals by a fielder in the National Championships with 12. Sophie Van de Heuvel was Victoria’s leading run scorer, amassing 152 runs in eight matches with a high score of 45. Quinn and Van de Heuvel and were invited to attend the Australian Talent Camp on the back of performance through the championships.

Zoe Griffiths (Inner East Emus) Jessica Karamoshou (North West Wizards) Stephanie Lewis (North West Wizards) Erika Quinn (Inner South East Scorpions)

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Tahlia Simpson (North East Knights)

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Annabel Sutherland (Inner South East Scorpions) Sophie Van De Heuvel (Central Highlands) Rosie Wynd (Western Waves)

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VICTORIAN DEVELOPMENT SQUAD True Campbell (Outer East Eagles)

Emma Lynch (Central Highlands)

Madi Clayton (Inner East Emus)

Taylah Lynn (Western Spirit)

Elise Collier (South East Bayside Breakers)

Grace Mills (South East Sharks)

Elly Donald (South East Sharks)

Courtney Neale (South East Sharks)

Jacinta Goodger-Chandler (Central Highlands)

Tansi Price (Outer East Eagles)

Brooke Gorman (Barwon)

Sophie Reid (Northern Falcons)

Alice Johnston (Western Waves)

Holly Whitford (Gippsland Pride)

Kate Kile (Central Highlands)

Primrose Wohlers (South East Sharks)

Vanessa Lewicki (Barwon)

Amy Yates (South East Sharks)



Melina Ayres (Southern Pioneers)

Makinley Blows (Mallee Murray Heat)

Kyra Black (Outer East Eagles)

Hayleigh Brennan (Gippsland Pride)

True Campbell (Outer East Eagles)

Jacinta Goodger-Chandler (Central Highlands)

Madi Clayton (Inner East Emus)

Hope Irvine (Northern Rivers)

Elise Collier (Southern Pioneers)

Kate Kile (Central Highlands)

Kiara Jones (North West Wizards)

Annabel Martin (Mallee Murray Heat)

Taylah Lynn (Western Spirit)

Sophie Molineux (Gippsland Pride)

Grace Mills (South East Sharks)

Claire Nolte (Western Waves)

Courtney Neale (South East Sharks)

Rhiann O’Donnell (Mallee Murray Heat)

Primrose Wohlers (South East Sharks)

Taylah Vlaminick (Northern Rivers)

Madi Wright (Outer East Eagles)

Georgia Wareham (Western Waves)

Amy Yates (South East Sharks)

Holly Whitford (Gippsland Pride) Claire Wilson (North East Knights)


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Alana D’Aquino (South East Bayside Breakers)

Maddison Baird (North East Knights)

Bella Gietzmann (Inner South East Scorpions)

Teagan Brett (Northern Rivers)

Zoe Griffiths (Inner East Emus)

Lucy Cripps (South East Country Sharks)

Jessica Karamoshou (North West Wizards)

Kate Douglas (Northern Rivers)

Emma Leatham (Northern Falcons)

Nicole Faltum (Gippsland Pride)

Stephanie Lewis (North West Wizards)

Bianca McKay (Central Highlands)

Thenushi Perera (Southern Pioneers)

Choney Meemusour (Central Highlands)

Erika Quinn (Inner South East Scorpions)

Samantha Ryan (South East Country Sharks)

Clem Ryan-Fuller (South East Bayside Breakers)

Tahlia Simpson (North East Knights)

Holly Spencer (Inner East Emus)

Dayna Smith (South East Country Sharks)

Annabel Sutherland (Inner South East Scorpions)

Sophie Van De Heuvel (Central Highlands)

Isabella Weber (Inner South East Scorpions)

Rosie Wynd (Western Waves)

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The Victorian Bushrangers Pathway Championships were held across two weeks in January for the best under-14, 16 and 18 players in the state. The weather conditions played havoc over the fortnight with a heatwave during the Under-18 series and wet weather a week later in the Under-16 & Under-14 Bushrangers Championships. The Under-18 tournament was played on main Premier Cricket grounds although two games on the Sunday were played at country venues (Bendigo and Seymour) and some games were moved to local venues when the weather impacted. Three centuries were scored for the week by Josh Hahnel (Western Spirit) and Northern Rivers pair Brayden Stepien and Rhiley Lau. Stepien’s 107 against Mallee Murray Bulls was the highest score of the week while Lau was the leading run-scorer with 214.

Five wicket hauls were recorded by Mark Butler (Outer East Eagles) and Angus McMillan (North East Knights) while George Fry (South East Bayside Breakers) returned the best bowling figures of the week with 7-32 against Gippsland Pride in a semi-final. Luke Joyce of the Northern Falcons was the week’s highest wicket taker with 10 scalps. Northern Rivers and the South East Bayside Breakers made their way into the Final with the Breakers compiling 7-179 thanks to Will Pucovski (63*) and Chris Diggle (32) while Nathan Fitzpatrick and Kyle Winter-Irving both took 2-31 for the Rivers. The Rivers then got off to an extremely quick start thanks to the work of Stepien who contributed 99 before falling short of what would have been a well-deserved century.

Luke Shimmin, with 3-16, was unable to stop the Rivers from claiming a five-wicket win as Stepien was named Player of the Final. The Player of the Series was a four-way tie between Kade Burns (Gippsland Pride), Louis Gillies (South East Sharks), Lau and Blake Thomson (Central Highlands), all on five votes. Eight centuries were made during the Under-16 Dowling Shield with Edward Newman of the South East Bayside Breakers recording the highest score of 140 against the Wizards in Round 1. Other centurions were Newman’s teammate Shubhan Bhargave, Tom Rogers (Central Highlands), Caleb Barras (North East Knights) and Inner East Emus batsmen Jon Merlo, Andrew Young, Nathan Boucher and Sam Milne. Six bowlers recorded five wicket hauls over the Championships with Central Highlands’ Darby Semmens returning the best figures of 5-22. The other five players were Archit Shukla (Western Spirit), Jonathan Leadbeater (South East Bayside Breakers), and North West Wizards trio, Tom Burnside, Alex Mills, and Zac Mevissen while Wilson McGillivray (Gippsland Pride) took the most wickets with 15. The Dowling Shield Final was contested between the Barwon Rockets and the Inner East Emus with the Emus building their innings around their number three, Andrew Young, who posted 112, as the side amassed 221. The Emus bowlers had the Rockets batters under constant pressure which, apart from a 50-run partnership between Jordan Rossi


and Logan Taylor, and a solid innings of 35 from Mitch Diamond, lost wickets in clumps which saw them eventually dismissed for 174 in the last over. Andrew Young was deservedly awarded the Player of the Final for his century while his teammate Nathan Boucher was awarded the Player of the Series with his 307 runs at 153.5, the best in the competition and seeing him receive eight votes in securing the award. The Under-14 Championships saw three centuries made with one by Patrick Rowe (South East Sharks), and two by Mackenzie Harvey (South East Bayside Breakers), who also recorded the highest score of 132 in the quarter final against the North East Knights. Dominic Bandara (Western Waves) produced a five-wicket haul against the Barwon Rockets in Round 2 amongst his series-leading 14 wickets, but was overshadowed by Blake Ritchie of the Rockets who took a tournament best 6-30 against the Outer East Eagles in the semi-final. The South East Bayside Breakers took on the Western Spirit in the Under-14 Final with the Breakers’ skipper Harvey top-scoring with 74 as his side posted 8-188 from their 40 overs. In reply, the Spirit innings never gained momentum under the pressure of the Breakers’ attack, reaching 9-95 (cc) in their 40 overs, as Jakob Woinarski and leg-spinner Miles Sellenger both claimed three wickets each. Mackenzie Harvey contributed a wicket to go along with his match high batting to be awarded Player of the Final and he also was named Player of the Series after amassing 407 runs at 67.83.

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The VicSpirit Pathway Championships again provided an excellent development opportunity to play against girls from all over the state at Under-14, 16 and 18 levels. The Under-18 Championships were held in Melbourne with 11 teams competing over four rounds of matches played on Premier Cricket grounds. Four centuries were made for the week with Grace Mills (South East Sharks), Tayla Vlaeminck (Northern Rivers) making one each and Makinley Blows (Mallee Murray Heat) posting two, including the tournament high 125* against South East Metro. The only five-wicket haul was recorded by Jordyn Pearson of the Central Highlands who took 5-27 against North Metro while Pearson’s teammate, Jordan Loughnan, achieved a hat-trick in their match against the North East Knights. Elly Donald of the South East Sharks claimed the most wickets for the week with eight. The top two teams at the end of the four rounds were the South East Sharks and East Metro with the latter posting 4-185 in the Final thanks to an opening stand of 138 between Maddy Wright (63) and Zoe Griffiths (52). The Sharks gave themselves every opportunity with a 62-run opening stand of their own between Elly Donald (28) and Amy Yates (30). However, skipper Mills (37) was unable to get much support from the middle and lower order as wickets fell at regular intervals, eventually seeing them dismissed for 133 in the 33rd over after Claire Dyett and Caitlyn Parker claimed two wickets apiece.


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Wright contributed 1-13 with the ball which, along with her batting, saw her named Player of the Final and she also received the Player of the Series accolade after amassing 345 runs at 115 for the week. The highest run-scorer for the Under-16 State Championships was Mary Sandral (North East Knights), who made 168 runs and retired for 50 on three occasions. South East Sharks pair Sophie Strickland and Julie Fearns both recorded five-wicket hauls, however, Maddison Baird (North East Knights) returned the best figures of the week with 8-3 off her five overs against the North Metro.

Knights in the Under-16 Final and with solid contributions from all of the top order (six of the top seven made between 10 and 20 runs) they amassed 6-103 in their 25 overs. Grace Perkins was the pick of the bowlers for the Sharks with 3-23 off her five overs. In reply, the Sharks started well reaching 1-38 before a steady stream of wickets saw the Knights claim the title dismissing the Sharks for 54 with five balls remaining in the innings. Baird, Sandral and Maddy Howard all claimed two wickets for the Knights in a solid team performance.

That eight-wicket spell was part of her 16 wickets for the tournament which made her the highest wicket-taker.

Knights captain, Sandral, was awarded Player of the Final for her 18 runs and 2-6 off five overs.

The South East Sharks met the North East

Baird was named the Player of the Series

after accumulating 161 runs to go with her tournament-high 16 wickets. The highest run-scorer in the Under-14 Championships was Alyssa Humphries (Western Waves), who made 162 runs and retired for 40 on three occasions, with a top score of 49. Northern Rivers Arnika McGregor took the most wickets with 11, with 4-7 as her best bowling haul. Those figures were only bettered by Emily Sharkey of the Outer East Eagles who captured 4-2. The South East Sharks met the South East Bayside Breakers in the Under-14 Final with the Sharks all out in 17 overs for 64. Lucy Cripps top-scored with 14, while Maddy White was the pick of the bowlers with 2-6. In reply, the Breakers passed the total with five wickets in hand and five overs to spare. After top scoring with 20 in the Breakers’ innings, Alana D’Aquino was awarded Player of the Final. Player of the Series was a tie between Cripps and Scarlett Saxon-Jones of the Western Spirit after Cripps made 117 runs and Scarlett Saxon-Jones amassed 140 runs.

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PREMIER CRICKET There were 13 new members invited to join the Cricket Victoria (CV) Premier Cricket Umpires’ Panel for the 2014-2015 which kept our number of umpires for the season at 97. As per previous years, there were some availability issues that impacted upon the appointments. Cricket Australia appointments and these availability issues it meant it was difficult to cover all matches from within the CV Panel. Several members stood in two games per week to cover shortages and their assistance is greatly appreciated. MyCricket was again used for the administration of the Umpiring Panel. The information captured on MyCricket provided data for the mid-season and end of season reviews. These reviews reflected the captain’s assessments and comments along with details of games umpired for the year and an overall total of matches officiated in each grade. The Mentor panel was again in full use this season. The panel, which consisted of Darrell Holt, Eric Kelly, Russell Turner, John Collins, Colin Hall, Dennis Garde, Paul Baleisa, and Graeme Lloyd, provided positive feedback to their partners during the year. The feedback was provided individually and detailed reports were submitted to the umpiring department after each match. Once again for those that officiated in


matches in Geelong, Daryl Cox was an off field presence and he supplied feedback both verbally and through video footage to the umpires observed. The practice of selection on merit continued during this season.

and Queensland fixture at the Adelaide Oval. Phil Gillespie was also appointed to his first Matador Cup match in October and followed this with his first Bupa Sheffield Shield appointment in February when he was in charge of the NSW and Victoria fixture in Wagga Wagga.

There was significant movement within the panels this season and this required a refresh our Umpiring Panel.

Following the season, Gillespie was added to the National Panel for the 2015-16 season.

Of the new umpires appointed this year, six were appointed to finals panels and three new members went on to officiate in grand finals.

John Ward stood in the Matador Cup Final as well as standing in a series of one-day international matches between Australia, India, South Africa and England.

During the season 11 members - Scott Olufson, Adam Hawking, James Watson, Gaurav Bawa, Russell Hubbard, Samy Muthugounder, Alan McCarthy, Rod Kerrison, Dean Jones, John Walker and Chris James all debuted in the first eleven.

Ward was also appointed as the third umpire at the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India.

Congratulations to Graeme Lloyd, who received the Service to Umpiring recognition at the Premier Cricket Awards. NATIONAL UMPIRING PANEL Cricket Australia selected the following Victorian umpires to the National Umpiring Panel this season. Ash Barrow, Geoff Joshua, John Ward stood in multiple first-class matches as well as Matador BBQs One-Day Cup and KFC T20 Big Bash League.

Geoff Joshua stood in the BBL semi-final along with completing duties as the fourth umpire at the Adelaide and Melbourne Tests. Ashley Barrow and Craig were involved in the WT20 final at Manuka Oval in Canberra. CV nominated a four-man “State Panel”, comprising of Gillespie, Ange Sammartino, David Shepard and Dale Ireland, who were all selected across Toyota Futures League, WNCL and WT20 matches. They also completed duties as fourth umpire at Melbourne based BBL matches.

Shawn Craig was added to the Cricket Australia National Umpires Panel and debuted in the Matador Cup in October.

Shepard also attended the Under-19 National Championships in Adelaide and was awarded the Cricket Australia Project Umpire contract, replacing Craig on his elevation to the National Panel.

Craig debuted in first-class cricket, this time as an umpire, in November 2014 when he officiated in the South Australia

Stephen Brne and Ireland represented Victoria at the Under-17 National Championships in Hobart while Luke

Edwards and Nick Ferns represented Victoria at the Under-18 National Championships in Ballarat.

The after meeting social gatherings also provided the opportunity for colleagues to get to know each other and share experiences.



Scott Olufson and Ron Birch represented CV in Christchurch and Auckland respectively.

The classes continue to be successful with good numbers at all venues.

It is expected that both umpires will benefit from the experience in the seasons to come.

The classes are the most productive recruiting ground for umpires with interested people directed to competitions around metropolitan Melbourne.

In exchange, David Henderson and Di Venter both performed well in the matches they were appointed to including Premier Cricket and Country week fixtures.

There were approximately forty prospective umpires introduced to other associations prior to and during the season.

Several visits were made to metropolitan associations and they covered topics such as law changes and techniques. CA NATIONAL UMPIRES ACCREDITATION

Representational Officiating – Level 2 Accreditation continues to be well accepted throughout the state. There are currently 2254 Level 2 accredited umpires throughout Victoria.

Di was in actual fact the first women appointed to a CV First XI Premier match.



A two-day umpires’ seminar was conducted at the Junction Oval in late September.

Approximately 120 new umpires have purchased accreditation packs in the last 12 months.

A number of training and development nights were held throughout the season with the sessions focusing on Premier Cricket and matters arising from matches.

The opening day was for the new umpires to the CV Premier Cricket Panel and covered administrative issues and outline expectations.

The Cricket Victoria Board and Premier Cricket management team fully support the accreditation process and it remains mandatory for CV Panel Umpires.

Along with the personal development of umpires there was training on the specific demands of the various forms of matches played within CV.

The second day was used for the full CV Premier Panel.

Reaccreditation has commenced and will continue as the four-year accreditation cycle rolls around.

The Victorian Cricket Association Umpires and Scorers Association assisted with a BBQ at the February meeting which was followed by a Q&A session with Simon Taufel, Aleem Dar and Joel Wilson from the ICC Panel of Umpires who were in Melbourne for an ICC Cricket World Cup fixture. This was well received by the umpiring panel who gained insights into how an ICC umpire handled both his role and the amount of travel they are subjected to.

Presentations from CV Academy coach Tim McCaskill and CA match referee David Tallala were both entertaining and informative. COUNTRY LECTURES

Community Officiating – Level 1 Community Officiating Umpire Accreditation was kept in abeyance during the 2014-2015 season due to the following reasons:

Country lectures were held at Geelong, Kyabram, Warracknabeal, Portland and Warrnambool after being offered to all regions.

• The transition of the Community Officiating (Level 1) Accreditation Program to an on line course which has had IT issues at CA and has yet to be effectively launched.

The sessions held were tailored to the host associations and they covered topics such as the changes to the Laws of Cricket and umpiring techniques.

• Due to implementation of the scheme there was less participation in the Community Officiating (Level 1) Accreditation Program by SEDA.

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The 2014-15 season was arguably the biggest season of cricket in Victoria ever with participation in the game remaining strong. The national participation census for 2014-15 provided some great insights into cricket participation across clubs, schools, entry level programs and indoor cricket. Victoria remains the leading state in club cricket participation with an increase of 1.6% to 123,675 club cricket participants. This is a wonderful result for the heartland of the game and is a credit to all volunteers involved in over 1100 cricket clubs in Victoria. A key area of growth over the 2014-15 season was specifically within the South Asian community, where Victoria recorded a 67% increase from last season. Over the past 18 months, a dedicated strategy had been employed to develop closer relationships with the various cricket competitions across greater Melbourne that were not under the Cricket Victoria (CV) umbrella. In 2014-15, 2400 participants across 160 teams converted from playing social/park cricket into the Victorian cricket family and are now included within the MyCricket system and supported by CV and local government. It was pleasing to see local cricket associations and clubs embrace this opportunity and develop partnerships whereby they can support these competitions. Victoria also recorded a significant increase (164.43%) in MILO T20 Blast participants, recording 2959 participants. It was pleasing to observe the number of


clubs and associations that embraced the MILO T20 Blast program and further growth is expected as awareness increases given the alignment to the Big Bash League and specifically the Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades. Victoria remains the leading state in relation to participation numbers across the combined registered national programs of MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20 Blast. Another highlight from the national census was the increase in female club participation, where growth of 24.15% was recorded in season 2014-15. This can be credited to a number of all-girls competitions across the state including the introduction of the Anna Lanning Shield by the Eastern Cricket Association as well as the continuation of the Inner South East Cricket’s competition and the Western Region Junior Cricket Association’s competition. Looking forward, further growth is expected in junior girls cricket as a result of CV directly funding 15 cricket associations through the Junior Female Development Grant Program. In addition to the above participation successes, the following highlights should also be acknowledged: • The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 provided many exciting opportunities across the cricket community. Through various initiatives supported by the State Government, CV successfully engaged with Victoria’s multicultural community leading to a greater number of participants. Over 30 teams entered the inaugural Maribyrnong/Moonee Valley T20 Cup and over 550 participants were supported

under the in2Sport voucher program initiated in partnership with various local governments across Victoria. • MILO T20 Blast Primary School numbers increased over the past 12 months culminating in the inaugural National MILO T20 Blast School Cup Final that saw Warrnambool East Primary School crowned champions in the girls’ division. • The CV Volunteers Breakfast was again a highlight on the cricket calendar where 20 volunteers were recognised for their contribution to the sport. This group represent approximately 20,000 volunteers who contribute to the sport each year. • Over 1100 male and female junior cricketers represented their region in the Victorian Bushrangers and VicSpirit Pathway State Championships. In addition, our affiliates continued to deliver various junior carnivals that provided further representative cricket opportunities over summer. • Werribee Indoor Sports Centre hosted the Australian Open Indoor Cricket Championships in 2014 and eight Victorians were selected to represent Australia at the Indoor Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. Whilst the participation base of the game remains strong, a number of challenges exist and CV has been working closely with

the cricket community to identify these challenges and offer solutions and support. In November 2014, CV launched “Common Ground – A unified plan for facilities development” and this blueprint for cricket facility development has become a key aspect of the recently announced $10m State Government community facility fund for cricket. The Melbourne Metropolitan Turf Cricket Taskforce report entitled “A Changing Game” and the David Richards report on “Country Cricket” have proposed significant reform across community cricket. The changes proposed aim to better support grassroots cricket clubs and the recommendations do impact on community cricket across the state. A key consideration within both reports was the local government aspect and ensuring that cricket delivers a unified position in working closely with our key sponsor of grassroots cricket. The partnerships developed across all levels of government have been crucial to the overall success of cricket from a participation perspective. In the past 12 months, the following key relationships have continued to develop and are acknowledged below: • The commitment of the State Government to cricket has already been acknowledged, however, it is also appropriate to acknowledge the key support across specialist areas of the Game and Market development area. This includes the Access All Abilities, Victorian’s More Active and the Indigenous Sport and Recreation Victoria funding programs.

• VicHealth remains a key partner of CV and we sincerely thank the organisation for their support and advice in relation to the State Sporting Association Participation Program. New funding models will exist in the future with VicHealth instigating change across the industry. • CV has been well supported by the Australian Government’s Indigenous Sport and Recreation Program and this program again supported the implementation of Noogal Toengorrt Tani. Victoria again included a female indigenous team in the Imparja Cup and both the men’s and women’s teams were extremely competitive throughout the entire tournament. A number of volunteers across cricket continue to contribute above and beyond in relation to the organisation of the game at a community level. The Game and Market Development Committee led by CV Director Russell Thomas is one such group. CV appreciates the ongoing support from committee members Mark Keating (VMCU), Warren Riches (VCCL), Jack Sheehan (VSDCA), Ian Ellis (WCCC) and Pat Meehan (Local Government Consultant). In addition, the Regional Chairs continue to lead new initiatives in partnership with CV’s Regional Cricket Manager’s and this willingness to contribute towards the improvement of cricket in this state is why cricket is well placed to remain Australia’s favourite sport.

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HARMONY IN CRICKET Harmony in Cricket promotes the message that cricket is a game for everyone. Cricket Victoria (CV) aims to lead the way in engaging culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Indigenous communities, people with an intellectual and physical disability, the visually and hearing impaired and females. CV conducted a social media campaign titled #21Gifts21Days to count down to Harmony Day on March 21, 2015. From March 1, gifts were given to various members of the community to celebrate diversity in cricket. A range of gifts including signed bats, team merchandise and cricket equipment were given to volunteers, participants and members of the wider cricket community to recognise their support throughout the season. Victorian cricket clubs are a place where everybody regardless of their cultural background, religion, gender, age or ability feels welcome. If a person has a passion for cricket, then cricket has a place for them.

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NOOGAL TOENGORRT TANI Victoria experienced its best season at the Imparja Cup in 2015 when the men’s and women’s teams recorded their highest ever placing at the tournament as well as producing a record seven players in the Black Caps squads. In a first for the state, Victoria made it through to the Final of the women’s division after completing the round robin rounds in second position with two wins. Even though eight-time champions New South Wales proved too strong in the Final, the girls impressed and continued to develop in just their second Imparja Cup campaign. In the men’s competition, Victoria reached another milestone, completing the preliminary rounds on top of the ladder with five wins and one loss. However, the team suffered a 39-run loss at the hands of Queensland in the semi-final to miss out on their first Imparja Cup Final appearance.



Ben Abbatangelo (c) (Northcote CC)

Renee Melton (c) (Coburg CC)

Joshua Eaton (Essendon CC)

Loretta Chumbley (Gippsland Pride)

Capping off a brilliant 2015 campaign, Victoria’s Rohan Wight, Wade King, Bohdi Walker, Jacinta Goodger-Chandler, Fiona Hale, Natalie Plane and Jess Martin were selected in the men’s and women’s Team of the Tournament (Black Caps squad).

Nathan Gardiner (Whittlesea CC)

Ebony Cuskelly (Buchan CC)

Liam Jackson (Frankston Peninsula CC)

Kirra Cuskelly (Buchan CC)

Patrick Jackson (The Pines CC)

Jacinta Goodger-Chandler (Napoleons-

Alex Kerr (Greenvale Kangaroos CC)

Sebastopol CC)

Wade King (Warrenbayne CC)

Kareena Jacobsen-Logan (Spotswood CC)

Later in the year, men’s captain Ben Abbatangelo was announced as a member of the 2015 National Indigenous Development Squad while Jacinta Goodger-Chandler was named as one of two female Indigenous scholarship holders.

Travis King (Warrenbayne CC)

Fiona Hale (Mt Martha CC)

Brenden Miller (Lara CC)

Merinda Hale (Mt Martha CC)

Daniel Mock (Woori Yallock CC)

Jess Martin (Coburg CC)

Clayton McCartney (North Dandenong CC)

Natalie Plane (Melbourne CC)

Fletcher Stewart (Essendon CC)

Marlee Wandin (Yarra Valley Womens CC)

Bodhi Walker (Wurruk CC)

Molly Ward (Lucknow CC)

Rohan Wight (Ormond CC)

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ALL ABILITIES CRICKET The All Abilities state cricket carnival returned for its ninth year and saw over 220 cricketers participate across two separate formats - Super League and Ten Over Tonk - at Casey Fields. Skye Cricket Club was crowned the 2015 All Abilities Super League champions after defeating Barwon. City of Casey Mayor Cr Mick Morland welcomed everyone on the day along with former City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett while the Super League Shield was presented by Lord’s Taverners Victoria Committee Member Ian Crawford. CV would like to thank the City of Casey, the Lord’s Taverners, Cranbourne Cricket Club and Casey-South Melbourne Cricket Club for their continued support in allowing this event to continue. The 2014-15 season also saw four Victorians selected to represent Australia at the Inas International Cricket Series against England. Staged in Melbourne, Gavan Hicks was selected as captain with Victorian teammates Daynah Hopkins, Steven Teloniatis and Lachlan MacRae joining him in the Australian team. The six-game series saw England prevail with five wins. The Blind Cricket National Championships

were also contested with Victoria completing the tournament in third position. With five teams involved, Victoria claimed two wins, defeating the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales. Providing opportunities for coaches to develop, CV also hosted the All Abilities Coaching Seminar in March 2015. The half-day course saw 22 coaches from across Victoria gather at Deakin University to gain valuable insights and develop their knowledge. Presenters included Pam Kappelides, a lecturer at the La Trobe University Centre for Sport and Social Impact, CV Regional Cricket Manager Jason Mathers and Moorabbin Cricket Club’s Steve Lefebvre. CV would like to thank the Victorian Government for their support through Access for All Abilities. MULTICULTURAL CRICKET The biggest summer of cricket in Australia saw success not only on the field but also off the field with numerous initiatives successfully engaging Victoria’s multicultural community. Introduced at the start of the season, CV worked with various local councils to develop ‘In2Sport’ programs around the state, with the aim of ensuring cost is not barrier for participation. Throughout the season partnerships were formed with Brimbank City Council, City of Casey, Central Goldfields Shire Council, City of Greater Dandenong, Frankston City Council, Hume City Council, Maribyrnong City Council and Swan Hill Rural City Council. The GLoBALL program was also back for another year and over 200 international students watched their first KFC T20 Big Bash League match. With support from the State Government, GLoBALL is a joint initiative run by Cricket Victoria and the Essendon Football Club.


The program uses sport as a vehicle to introduce international students to the Australian culture. CV, Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars once again joined forces to celebrate the Diwali Festival at Federation Square. Diwali, or Deepavali, is a five-day festival generally celebrated between mid-October and mid-November. A Harmony in Cricket Carnival was held in January for asylum seekers and refugees with teams of eight gathering to participate in a modified version of the game at Jacana Reserve. Young cricketers and families across Victoria also embraced the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) spirit with various carnivals and programs held including the Melton Schools Mini Cricket World Cup, Manor Lakes’ Community Event, Moonee Valley/ Maribyrnong City Council Community Cup and the Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association Season Launch. Prior to the CWC’s opening fixture on February 14, coaches were treated to a CWC Coaching Seminar where former Australian stars Michael Bevan and Damien Fleming were joined by Sri Lankan Test player Thilan Samaraweera and Bangladeshi international Aminul Islam to give an insight into their coaching philosophies. Fans also enjoyed the CWC Trophy Tour prior to tournament with the iconic award visiting areas such as Bendigo, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Geelong, Traralgon, Shepparton, Wodonga, Kinglake and St Kilda as well as enjoying the CWC Fanzone prior to all matches at the MCG. WELCOMING THE SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY Cricket Victoria (CV) has always recognised the potential to engage with the newly arrived community of migrants and refugees, in particular, those arriving from historically cricket loving nations such as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. With proper consultation and relationship

building, CV understood that the South Asian community was a valuable target market to engage in grassroots cricket and connect to local clubs and associations. The support of VicHealth and the Victorian Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria were the catalysts that CV needed to engage the growing South Asian community in to cricket. Over a 24-month period, participation among the South Asian community has grown by 248% with 2,400 participants across 160 teams in 2014-15. To read the entire report, click here.

50 YEARS OF SERVICE AWARDS Cricket Victoria annually hosts a luncheon to recognise individuals that have contributed 50 years of service to cricket as a volunteer. The 2015 50 Years of Service Award recipients were: Victorian Metropolitan Cricket Union Tony Corr Ivan Eaves Helmut Elgaznieks Ian Carter David Leach Victorian Country Cricket League Val Popov Peter Flahavin Kevin Lanigan William Peter (Bill) Nield Alex Dowsett Doug Timmins Ian Southall Adrian Farley Bob Phillips Allan Evans Ron Milnes Ray Humphries Graham Davey John McLean Victorian Sub District Cricket Association Gary Barr Geoffrey W Richardson Don McQueen Victorian Women’s Cricket Association Jill Crowther

CRICKET VICTORIA’S VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION PROGRAM In 2014-15, Cricket Victoria’s Volunteer Recognition Breakfast was held on day three of the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test. On the day, recipients were recognised for their service to cricket with Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars and VicSpirit captain Meg Lanning presenting the awards along with the Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, Gabrielle Williams, MP. Cricket Victoria would like to thank the many Victorians that contribute to cricket as players, scorers, administrators, curators, umpires, coaches and more. The 2014 Cricket Victoria Volunteer Recognition Program recipients were: Jesse Adams (Allansford CC) Lindsay Alabaster (Monash Tigers CC) Lionel Allemand (Donvale CC) Phillip Anning (Pakenham CC) Peter Barnes (Dandenong District CA) Peter Baxter (Puckapunyal CC) Mandy Cameron (Trafalgar CC) Frank Ekenaike (Victorian Sunday CA) Nicholas Frampton (Warrnambool & District CA) Barry Freeman (Tooradin CC) Keith Gaston (Old Mentonians CC) Iain Giles (East Malvern Tooronga CC) Robert Hateley (Altona North CC) Andrew Kincaid (Noble Park CC) Kel Liddle (Nichols Point CC) Paul Lourey (Glen Iris CC) Brad Montant (Lucknow CC) Jenny Reynolds (Gembrook CC) Lucy Scott (Central Park St Brendans CC) John Wise (Berwick Springs CC)

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The development of indoor cricket in Victoria continued to progress during the 2014-15 season.

Queensland in the Final.

At the grassroots, participation rose to 67,443, a 1.2% increase on the previous year.

The Lord’s Taverners side turned the tables with a 15-run victory over the northern state in the Final while both Under-20s teams missed the finals.

The premier state-wide tournaments – Superleague and Majorleague – continue to provide the highest standard of competition with Superleague consisting of 56 teams and Majorleague 15.

After the Australian Open, Victorian captain Travis Baker capped an incredible season after being awarded the Player of the Tournament at the 2014 Indoor Cricket World Cup.

There are also three grades of women’s competition with two during winter and one in summer. Two new centres, Frankston and Werribee, ran MILO T20Blast Indoor for the first time during winter, with strong numbers at both.

After winning the Victorian Super League premiership with Croydon and having also received the Ross Gregory medal - the best and fairest award for division one of the Super League - Baker added to his 2014 accolades with an outstanding performance at his second World Cup.

Cricket Victoria also had two open days for junior competition with over 20 teams attending each day.

In the 2014 Junior Championships, Victoria claimed two titles with the Under-13 and Under-15 boys’ sides both being victorious.

At a national level, Victoria’s teams performed well at the National Championships.

The Under-13s fought back after a defeat in their first match to make the grand final which they drew 99 a piece in dramatic circumstance.

The Open Men and Women both had impressive tournaments, despite going down to perennial powerhouse

the title with a 13-run victory after grabbing two wickets in the final over. The Under-15s had a more comfortable victory, controlling the Grand Final from start to finish, prevailing by 28 runs. Victoria entered two teams in the Under-17 girls division, with the “blue” team narrowly missing the grand final while the Under-17 boys team finished fifth. The 2015 Masters tournament was held in May with Victoria entering four sides. The Over-30s came close to the title but were unable to overcome Queensland in the Final as they went down 127 to 68. The Over-35s were also knocked out by Queensland, though this time in the preliminary final while the Over-40s and Over-50s lost semi-final matches.

In the grand final mini game, Victoria claimed

Photo credit: Powershots Photography




Lance MacDougall (Werribee)

Briony Polkinghorne (Ballarat)

Ben Devanny (Bendigo)

Chloe Ip (Northcote)

Josh Gregory (Wantirna)

Danielle Montague (Croydon)

Jack Craig (Hoppers Crossing)

Janelle Hayhurst (Cranbourne)

Justin Perkins (Croydon)

Jessica Surace (Northcote)

Laurie Dart (Croydon)

Kerry Johnson (Melton)

Geoff Latham (Northcote)

Laura Shaw (Croydon)

Matt Fitt (Bendigo)

Liz Pierce (Melton)

Clive Rose (Tasmania)

Nicole Martin (Cranbourne)

Travis Baker (Heidelberg)

Tamzyn Wright (Northcote)

Brad Jones (Melton)

Sam Carlson (Cranbourne)

Jarrod Burns (Ballarat)

Sharrni Dimauro (Northcote)

Ross Gregory (Coach)

Wayne Turner (Coach)

John Chilton (Manager)

Tom Holt (Manager) UNDER-20 MEN



Brayden Koch (Springvale)

Adelaide Campion (Northcote)

Jarrod Connelly (Melton)

Jonah Koch (Hoppers Crossing)

Holly Johnson (Wheelers Hill)

Craig Whitehand (Geelong)

Dean Pirro (Melton)

Brooke Eley (Werribee)

Chris Anderson (Geelong)

Lachlan King (Wyndham Vale)

Amy Jennings (Kew)

Shaun Wilkie (Geelong)

Ben Cooper (Bentleigh)

Dannielle Menzies (Bacchus Marsh)

Nathan Mahar (Ballarat)

Jarrod Munday (East Bentleigh)

Sophia Field (Lilydale)

Theo Arnold (Ballarat)

Joel Harris (Croydon)

Sarah Chong (Templestowe)

Shane Collins (Ballarat)

Chris Jolley (Croydon)

Lani Dejong (Bayswater)

Warren Buckley (Melton)

Ash Armstrong (Melton)

Ella Baulch (Brunswick East)

Shaun Rayment (Footscray)

Chris Brown (Croydon)

Madelaine Hendy (Bentleigh East)

Joe Brizzi (Footscray)

Dean Handley (Coach)

Elly Donald (Rosebud)

Adam Sims (Heidelberg)

Lloyd Nevitt (Manager)

Janet Finn (Coach)

Alex Skinner (Point Cook)

Tony Pahi (Manager)

Rick Tresize (Coach) Darren Riches (Manager)

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INTRODUCTION TO CRICKET COURSE The Introduction to Cricket Course online program was again extremely successful with 1325 coaches undertaking the course in Victoria. Many of these did the course as part of completing a Community Coach Accreditation as it does form the first part of attaining this qualification. COMMUNITY COACHING COURSE Over the past financial year we have had conducted a variety of Community Coach Courses. These are made up of 34 Community Courses across all regions, one Tertiary based course, three Dual Recognition Courses in conjunction with AFL Victoria, and three courses for the Sports Development Program students. This represents a total of 41 courses in all servicing 726 coaches. DUAL RECOGNITION COMMUNITY COURSE The Dual Recognition Courses were again held this year, an initiative in cooperation with AFL Victoria. This has been a hugely successful concept with two Deakin University campuses (Geelong and Warrnambool) up-skilling aspiring teachers at these campuses. We also ran a Female Teacher Course at the MCG in May for the eighth straight year. REPRESENTATIVE COACHING COURSE The Representative Coach Courses were again in high demand and well sought after by coaches both in and outside of Victoria.


Over the season we conducted one cricket specific course, one general coaching principles course and two combined courses (one in July and another in February) including both components of the Representative Coach Accreditation. We had 77 coaches undertake this level of accreditation at these courses. Our team of presenters for this course are extremely enthusiastic and passionate about cricket coaching, their topics and involvement in these Courses, adding immensely to the value of the course to the participants. HIGH PERFORMANCE COACHING COURSE/ ELITE COACHES SEMINAR Cricket Australia conducted the High Performance Coaching Course in Brisbane in late May/early June of 2014 at the National Cricket Centre. The course again focussed on high performance coaching needs and includes a panel of high class presenters. The Victorian attendees selected to attend this course were Rob Quiney, Nathan Pilon, John Hayes and Jason Mathers. Other Victorians lucky enough to secure positions on this course through different avenues were Rhys Adams, Ashley Miller, Aiden Blizzard and Stan Nell. After the week long residential component, they will all complete a year-long accreditation process that will see them involved in gathering evidence on how they have incorporated this knowledge into their coaching, showing of at least 20 hours of practical coaching within their Practicum Log Book as well as undertaking an end of program interview with Cricket Victoria’s

Pathway, Education and Training Manager, Paul Montgomery. CRICKET COACHES AUSTRALIA – VICTORIAN BRANCH The Victorian Cricket Coaches Australia (CCA) Branch had another great year with many taking up opportunities to further their coaching knowledge across the state. The state coaching seminar was held at Maribyrnong Sports Academy on August 10, 2014 with approximately 150 coaches in attendance. Presenters included Ric Charlesworth, Cam Tradell, Rob Quiney, Matthew Elliott and Bryan Harper. The seminar was live streamed through the CCA website in a joint initiative with Cricket Australia. We ran another state based seminar around the ICC Cricket World Cup in the lead up to the opening game between Australia and England that focussed on one-day cricket. Over 100 coaches listened to the thoughts of Damien Fleming, Thilan Samaraweera, Michael Bevan and Aminul Islam. The event was recorded and can be viewed on Cricket Victoria’s YouTube channel. Across the state we conducted 15 regional coaching seminars with some 390 coaches attending the various sessions. This year also saw another coaching seminar with a women’s specific focus which was well attended at Prahran with St Kilda Football Club development coach Peta Searle presenting. We also conducted an all-abilities coaching seminar for coaches

to the APS/AGS schools this year and 57 sessions for over 500 young cricketers covered skills, nutrition and strength and conditioning. Over 100 secondary school coaches also received personal development to create a lasting legacy of good practice, modern skill acquisition techniques and implicit learning. HOLIDAY CLINICS

involved in the areas of cricket that involve visually, hearing and intellectually impaired participants, providing options which coaches could use in coaching these athletes. Recognising the growing diversity of the coaching community, we delivered a special seminar on the IPL and T20 with Simon Helmot, in conjunction with Wyndham City Council, to engage the large Indian community in Werribee and the surrounding area.

more sustainable cricket programs across the country. Darren Anderson was chosen to share his knowledge and experience developed as CV’s Junior Participation Manager, following in the footsteps of Chris Gorrie in the previous year. It also presented a fantastic personal development opportunity for Darren in testing his coaching and clinic skills in a non-English speaking environment, as well as living and working within a different culture.

The biggest season in KFC T20 Big Bash League history caused the holiday clinics, held in conjunction with the Melbourne Stars and Renegades, to be even bigger and better. All attendees received a two game membership, members were able to attend for a reduced cost and children from member clubs were also able to attend at a reduced rate. Sixteen clinics were held at locations such as Point Cook, Mt Martha, Casey, Geelong and the MCG.

ICC/CV DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP The Cricket Victoria (CV) partnership arrangement with the International Cricket Council (ICC), to develop cricket in Japan completed its 15th year.

These secondments continue to have great success for CV, the ICC and Japanese Cricket Association. . COACHFORCE

Clinics were attended by 238 kids who learnt how their favourite players pulled off the shots and fielding skills they see on TV, whilst also meeting a range of players from the Stars and Renegades.

As with last year, a CV staff member went to Japan on an extended six-week secondment to assist Japan Cricket Association staff in conducting development programs across targeted Japanese schools.

Moving into its third year, the program was at its most popular, visiting clubs 33 times to deliver sessions on all aspects of cricket including pace and spin bowling, batting and fielding.


A major goal was to establish links between these schools and club and community based programs in Akishima, Sano and Sapporo.

The group of coaches delivering the sessions was further strengthened with the recruitment of ACA members and a number of Premier Coaches on both the male and female side.

Another was to work with the Japanese club network to assist then in developing

The CoachForce program was also introduced

Thirty sessions were completed at the MCG this year where qualified coaches analysed a bowling action and provided coaching tips and remedial suggestions to bowlers to prevent injury, improve accuracy and lift performance. The program is continuing to develop and works closely with the CV’s pathway program, local competitions and club coaches, to provide consistent feedback and a support mechanism for the participants.

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Cricket Victoria (CV) continues to receive generous support form a range of high profile partners ensuring that the state is given the best opportunity to expand and prosper. Australian cricket’s biggest ever summer, which featured a full international and domestic season followed by the highlysuccessful ICC Cricket World Cup, ensured interest in cricket from the corporate sector was high with sponsorship revenue increasing, year on year, by $500,000 in 2014-15. CV was pleased to welcome to our already impressive suite of sponsors four new partners this year; Rebel Sport, Gray-Nicolls and Platypus and Masuri. Rebel Sport signed on as the official participation partner to CV which included support of CV’s campaign aimed at driving player registration during Play Cricket Week in August. Rebel Sport was also a support partner to Premier Cricket, the state’s highest standard of club competition. During 2014-15, CV started a new weekly digital content acknowledgement of the best performance from club cricket around Victoria that weekend. At season’s end, the most impressive game from the season – Warranwood’s David Johnson who claimed 10-20 and made 66 against Templeton – was awarded a Rebel Sport voucher with a signed bat from the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers also given to the winner’s club. In another pleasing partnership, Gray-Nicolls Sports signed on as the official equipment and ball supplier for the next three seasons.


The agreement will see Gray-Nicolls become the official equipment supplier of CV along with Platypus as the preferred cricket ball of choice. Leading headwear brand Masuri also joined as the official helmet supplier with the partnership enabling the athletes across our elite and pathways programs to have access to the highest quality in head and facial protection. Long term partner Commonwealth Bank continue to provide great support across CV from naming rights of the 2014-15 Sheffield Shield winning Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers through to club support with grants. Toyota, as a partner of Australian cricket, invests heavily within Victoria providing the fleet that ensures the effective delivery of Game and Market Development services, as well as High Performance.

Much like Toyota, Coca Cola continues their support and are well integrated into community cricket, whilst providing the highest level of service and provision of product across all areas of the organisation. The support provided by Carlton United Brewery and O’Leary Walker ensure quality product is always consumed at the variety of key CV functions across a busy season. We have a range of high performance partners who continue to supply the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers and VicSpirit with the best product to ensure the players perform at the highest level. Sponsor such as 2XU, BSC and Kukri are vital and we are extremely proud of our association with these high quality brands. CV is extremely thankful for the generous support provided by the variety of corporate partners and we look forward to building long standing relationships that provide value to both the partner and the cricket community.

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PREMIER CRICKET AWARDS The Premier Cricket Awards were held at a glittering ceremony at the Pullman Hotel to cap another memorable season. With 600 people in attendance, Ringwood all-rounder Ian Holland and Box Hill star Anna Lanning were awarded Premier Cricket’s highest accolades, while a number of other awards were presented on the night. Holland and Lanning proved popular winners with both acceptance speeches receiving glowing praise from the audience. FROM VWCA TO CRICKET VICTORIA AN INTEGRATION CELEBRATION Cricket Victoria held a night in November at the Carlton Brewhouse to celebrate the integration with the Victorian Women’s Cricket Association (VWCA). Guests were taken on a journey of the century-long existence of the VWCA through four guest speakers - Robyn Calder, Sylvia Faram, Margaret Jennings and Claudia Fatone - who entertained the crowd with stories from different eras of the organisation. Over 100 people attended the event at the unique venue. CORPORATE T20 A corporate T20 match with Cricket Victoria’s major sponsors was held on the MCG in November. Representatives from Commonwealth Bank, Gray Nicolls, Bartercard, New Balance, 2XU, Masuri, Carlton United Breweries, Coca-Cola and Rebel Sport were divided into two teams and played on the hallowed turf.


The two sides were captained by Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide and Board Member Tim Considine. 200 CLUB The popular 200 Club function was held at the one-day international between Australia and India at the MCG. There were 11 new inductees this season with Peter Dickson, Aaron Finch, Chris Allan, Peter Siddle, Ash Barrow, Sam Taylor, James Miller, Luke Walker, Mark Hanton, Damian Herft and Simon Hill joining some of Premier Cricket’s greats in the illustrious club. After the inductions, a 200 Club Special Recognition Award was presented to former Test leg-spinner Jim Higgs, whose massive contribution to Premier, Victorian and Australian cricket spans some 47 seasons. The Award was eloquently proposed by 200 Club member and former Tigers’ teammate Russell Sincock, and unanimously endorsed. A total of 295 members have been inducted since the 200 Club’s inception in 1985. STATE CRICKET AND MEDIA AWARDS The State Cricket and Media Awards at Eureka 89 was the perfect season finale held just two days after the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers captured their 29th Sheffield Shield title. Fawad Ahmed, Cameron White and Meg Lanning took home the major accolades while David Hussey and Greg Shipperd were also honoured for their contribution to Victorian cricket during the evening, with Hussey announcing that he had played his last game for the Bushrangers. Ahmed claimed his first ever Bill Lawry

Medal for the Bushrangers’ Bupa Sheffield Shield player of the season while White notched his second Dean Jones Medal and Lanning won both the Sharon Tredrea Award and the Cathryn Fitzpatrick Award. In other awards, James Pattinson was announced as the Melbourne Renegades’ Player of the Season after several fiery spells in BBL|04. John Hastings was awarded the Melbourne Stars’ Player of the Season after a season in which he was the leading wickettaker in the competition, with 16 scalps. In the Media Awards component, legendary write Ken Piesse picked up the Cricket Victoria Award for his in-depth piece on the renaissance of Victorian opener Chris Rogers. Cricket Victoria would like to thank the media for the significant role it has played during the 2014-15 season in lifting the profile and exposure of the game and congratulates all of this season’s award winners.

DIGITAL Cricket Victoria had a strong focus on growing engagement across all of our digital platforms this season, ensuring that we connect with as many cricket fans and grassroots players as possible. Our combined social communities across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram amount to more than 250,000 people Australia-wide, and over 930,000 worldwide. Our two KFC T20 Big Bash League teams continue to set the benchmark across social media, with both teams achieving significant growth in audience size, total reach and engagement. Our teams also rank first and second in the league for Instagram followers, a key platform to engage with the younger demographic. This season, Cricket Victoria launched the Club Cricketer of the Week competition, where one outstanding performance from each week was highlighted across social media.

and in Alice Springs, as well as the Bupa Sheffield Shield Final in Tasmania covered with daily video highlights. Total viewership across the season was over 128,000, with an average daily viewership over 8,000. The Bartercard Premier Cricket Men’s Final was also live streamed online for the first time, with more than 25,000 viewers tuning in to watch the

All of the winners were then put to a final fan vote, with David Johnson from Warranwood CC taking out top prize. Similar recognition competitions were also rolled out for Bartercard Premier Cricket and MILO in2CRICKET programs. Cricket Victoria also asked local clubs to register their sign up days with us, so that we could promote them via our larger social media audiences to assist their marketing efforts. Our exclusive coverage of the Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers grew again in season 2014-15, with all home matches at the MCG

match between Ringwood and Monash Tigers. This coverage will extend to both women’s and men’s finals next season. Moving forward, Cricket Victoria will look to continue to engage with new markets via emerging social technologies, as well as improving the targeting of digital marketing through better utilisationof customer data.

CV MEDIA AWARD WINNERS Cricket Victoria Award Ken Piesse “Cricket’s Cinderella story”

Social Media Award Jesse Hogan

Suburban Award Peter Hanlon “Planning the path of cricket’s newest prodigy”

Premier Cricket Award Megan Hustwaite “Pietersen will play a one-off Premier Cricket cameo for Monash Tigers”

Country Award David Nagel “Last innings for “Bun” Photography Award Jarrod Potter Electronic Award SB Tang “Away days: Victoria v NSW at the MCG”

Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers Award Jesse Hogan “Holland’s welcome return” Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit Award Tim Michell “Lamb enjoying top job” Twenty20 Award Sam Landsberger “How Big Bash lit up cricket”

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The directors of the Victorian Cricket Association and controlled entities (“the Group”) submit herewith the special purpose financial report of the Group for the financial year ended 30 June 2015. In order to comply with the provisions of the Corporations Act 2001, the directors report as follows: The names and particulars of the directors of the company during or since the end of the financial year are: Name



Special Responsibilities

Mr T Considine

Company Director

3 years

Audit & Risk Committee, Grants Committee, Premier Cricket Strategy Committee, Melbourne Metropolitan Turf Taskforce

Ms SD Crow

Senior Manager

8 years

Chair Grants Committee, Chair Females in Cricket Reference Group, Premier Cricket Strategy Committee

Ms C Fatone

Executive Officer

4 years

Females in Cricket Reference Group, Audit & Risk Committee, Melbourne Metropolitan Turf Taskforce

Mr PW Jackson

Bank Executive, Former State Player

8 years

Chairman Premier Cricket Strategy Committee, Chairman Audit & Risk Committee, Director Melbourne Renegades, Remuneration Committee

Mr D Maddocks


1 year

Audit & Risk Committee, Premier Cricket Strategy Committee

Mr TL O’Hoy

Company Director

7 years

Remuneration Committee, Director Melbourne Stars

Mr GL Tamblyn O.A.M

Company Director

22 years

Chairman CV Board, Chairman Remuneration Committee

Mr RW Thomas

Company Director

6 years

Deputy Chairman CV Board, Grants Committee, Chairman Development Committee, Chairman Melbourne Metropolitan Turf Taskforce, Females & Cricket Reference Group, Remuneration Committee, VICAC Representative

The above named directors held office during and since the end of the financial year unless otherwise stated.

Company Secretary Mr AIC Dodemaide Chief Executive Officer

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PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES, OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE The principal activities of the Group during the financial year were the ongoing promotion, management and control of cricket in the State of Victoria, through the provision of a range of activities including game development programs, coaching, player identification and development, staging of international and domestic matches, along with other activities to continue to provide valuable resources for the ongoing growth of the game of cricket throughout Victoria. The main objective of the Group is to be Australia’s leading cricket state, representing grassroots cricket through to Victoria’s elite men’s and women’s teams. There were no significant changes in the nature of the group’s activities during the year.

Disclosure of information regarding likely developments in the operations of the Group in future financial years and the expected results of those operations is likely to result in unreasonable prejudice to the Group. Accordingly, this information has not been disclosed in this report. ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS The Group’s operations are not regulated by any significant environmental regulation under a law of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory. DIVIDENDS In respect of the financial year ended 30 June 2015, no dividends were declared or paid (2014: $Nil). The company is a public company limited by guarantee and is therefore precluded from paying dividends. DIRECTORS MEETINGS

contract of insurance prohibits disclosure of the nature of the liability and the amount of the premium. The Group has not otherwise, during or since the financial year, except to the extent permitted by law, indemnified or agreed to indemnify an officer or auditor of the company or of any related body corporate against a liability incurred as such an officer or auditor. PROCEEDINGS ON BEHALF OF THE COMPANY No person has applied for leave of Court to bring proceedings on behalf of the Group or intervene in any proceedings to which the company is a party for the purpose of taking responsibility on behalf of the company for all or any part of those proceedings. The Group was not party to any such proceedings during the year. AUDITOR’S INDEPENDENCE DECLARATION The auditor’s independence declaration is included on page 4 of the annual report.

REVIEW OF OPERATIONS A review of the operations of the Group during the financial year and the financial results of the operations, found that during the year the group continued to engage in its principal activity, the results of which are disclosed in the financial statements. The profit for the financial year for the group was $1,461,905 (2014: $640,494). The profit for the year for the company was $890,936 (2014: $479,635). CHANGES IN STATE OF AFFAIRS There were no significant changes in the nature of the group’s activities during the year. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS There has not been any matter or circumstance occurring subsequent to the end of the financial year that has significantly affected, or may significantly affect, the operations of the Group, the results of those operations, or the state of affairs of the company in future financial years. FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS


The following table sets out the number of directors meetings held during the financial year and the number of meetings attended by each director (while they were a director). During the financial year, 8 board meetings were held.


Director Meetings Held


Mr T Considine



Ms SD Crow



Ms C Fatone



Mr PW Jackson



Mr D Maddocks



Mr TL O’Hoy



Mr GL Tamblyn



Mr RW Thomas



MEMBERS GUARANTEE The Parent is a public company limited by guarantee. If the Parent is wound up, the articles of association state that each member is required to contribute a maximum of $1 towards meeting any outstanding obligations of the company. At 30 June 2015 the number of members was 22 (2014: 22). Signed in accordance with a resolution of directors made pursuant to s.298(2) of the Corporations Act 2001. On behalf of the Directors

INDEMNIFICATION OF OFFICERS AND AUDITORS During the financial year, the Group paid a premium in respect of a contract insuring the directors of the company (as named above), against a liability incurred as such a director, secretary or executive officer to the extent permitted by the Corporations Act 2001. The

GL Tamblyn Director Melbourne, 27 July 2015

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As detailed in Note 3 to the financial statements, the Group is not a reporting entity because in the opinion of the directors there are unlikely to exist users of the financial report who are unable to command the preparation of reports tailored so as to satisfy specifically all of their information needs. Accordingly, this ‘special purpose financial report’ has been prepared to satisfy the directors’ reporting requirements under the Corporations Act 2001. The directors declare that: (a) in the directors’ opinion, there are reasonable grounds to believe that the Group will be able to pay its debts as and when they become due and payable; and (b) in the directors’ opinion, the attached financial statements and notes thereto are in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001, including compliance with accounting standards and giving a true and fair view of the financial position and performance of the company and the Group.

Signed in accordance with a resolution of the directors made pursuant to s.295(5) of the Corporations Act 2001 on behalf of the Directors.

GL Tamblyn Director Melbourne, 27 July 2015




2015 $

2014 $




Employee benefits expense



Consultants expense



Depreciation expense



International and state match expenses



Travel, catering and corporate hospitality





Continuing operations Revenue

Communication and printing Repairs, hire and equipment















Grants to associated bodies



Profit for the financial year



Other comprehensive income – revaluation of land and buildings



Total comprehensive income for the year



Awards, promotion and advertising Junction oval expenses Other expenses Profit before tax and grants to associated bodies Income tax expense

Notes to the financial statements are included on pages 69 to 79.

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2015 $

2014 $

Cash and cash equivalents




Trade and other receivables




Other financial assets




Other assets








Current assets

Total current assets Non-current assets Trade and other receivables


Investment property




Property, plant and equipment




Total non-current assets



Total assets



Current liabilities Trade and other payables








Other liabilities












Total current liabilities Non-current liabilities Provisions








Total liabilities



Net assets



Total non-current liabilities

Equity 6,024,021


Retained earnings




Total equity



Notes to the financial statements are included on pages 69 to 79.





Balance at 1 July 2013 Profit for the year

Retained earnings $

Asset revaluation reserve $

Development reserve $

Total $









Other comprehensive income for the year





Total comprehensive income for the year









Balance at 30 June 2014





Balance at 1 July 2014





Profit for the year





Transfer to/(from) reserves

Other comprehensive income for the year





Total comprehensive income for the year













Transfer to/(from) reserves Balance at 30 June 2015

Notes to the financial statements are included on pages 69 to 79.

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2015 $

2014 $





Cash flows from operating activities Receipts from customers Payments to suppliers and employees Interest received Net cash provided by operating activities








Cash flows from investing activities Payments for property, plant and equipment Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment





Repayment of borrowings



Proceeds from borrowings





Net cash used in investing activities

Cash flows from financing activities

Net cash provided by financing activities

Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents



Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year





Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year

Notes to the financial statements are included on pages 69 to 79.




1. GENERAL INFORMATION Victorian Cricket Association (the company) is a public company, limited by guarantee, incorporated and operating in Australia. Victorian Cricket Association’s and controlled entities registered office and its principal place of business is as follows: 86 Jolimont Street JOLIMONT VIC 3002 2. ADOPTION OF NEW AND REVISED ACCOUNTING STANDARDS 2.1 NEW AND REVISED AASBS AFFECTING AMOUNTS REPORTED AND/OR DISCLOSURES IN THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS In the current year, the Group has applied a number of new and revised AASBs issued by the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) that are mandatorily effective for an accounting period that begins on or after 1 January 2014. Standards affecting presentation and disclosure AASB 2014-4 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards — Clarification of acceptable methods of depreciation and amortisation The AASB has clarified that a revenuebased method should not be used to calculate the depreciation of property, plant and equipment. There is also now a rebuttable presumption that amortisation of intangible assets based on revenue is inappropriate except in limited circumstances. The adoption of this amending standard does not have any material impact on the financial statements.

2.2 STANDARDS AND INTERPRETATIONS ON ISSUE NOT YET ADOPTED At the date of authorisation of the financial statements, the Standards and Interpretations listed below were on issue but not yet effective. Effective for annual reporting periods beginning on or after

Expected to be initially applied in the financial year ending

AASB 9 ‘Financial Instruments’, and the relevant amending standards.

1 January 2017

30 June 2018

AASB 2014-4 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Clarification of acceptable methods of depreciation and amortisation

1 January 2016

30 June 2017

AASB 15 Revenue from contracts with customers

1 January 2017

30 June 2018

AASB 2015-3 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards arising from the Withdrawal of AASB 1031 Materiality

1 July 2015

30 June 2016

AASB 2015-6 Amendments to Australian Accounting Standards – Extending Related Party Disclosures to Not-for-Profit Public Sector Entities

1 July 2016

30 June 2017


At the date of authorisation of the financial statements, the following IASB Standards and IFRIC Interpretations were also on issue but not yet effective, although Australian equivalent Standards and Interpretations have not yet been issued. Annual Improvements to IFRSs 20122014 Cycle

1 July 2016

30 June 2017

The directors have not yet considered whether the adoption of these standards will have a material impact on the financial statements.

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relevant. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

The Group is not a reporting entity because in the opinion of the directors there are unlikely to exist users of the financial report who are unable to command the preparation of reports tailored so as to satisfy specifically all of their information needs. Accordingly, the ‘special purpose financial report’ has been prepared to satisfy the directors’ reporting requirements under the Corporations Act 2001.

The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognised in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period, or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods. These are described below in the company’s accounting policies.

For the purposes of preparing the financial statements, the Group is a not-for-profit entity. STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE The financial report has been prepared in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001, the recognition and measurement requirements specified by all Australian Accounting Standards and Interpretations, and the disclosure requirements of Accounting Standards AASB 101 ‘Presentation of Financial Statements’, AASB 107 ‘Cash Flow Statements’, AASB 108 ‘Accounting Policies, Changes in ccounting Estimates and Errors’ and AASB 1054 ‘Australian Additional Disclosures’. BASIS OF PREPARATION The financial report has been prepared on the basis of historical cost, except for the revaluation of certain non-current assets and fmancial instruments. Cost is based on the fair values of the consideration given in exchange for assets. All amounts are presented in Australian dollars, unless otherwise noted. CRITICAL ACCOUNTING JUDGEMENTS AND KEY SOURCES OF ESTIMATION UNCERTAINTY In the application of the group’s accounting policies, which are described below, the directors are required to make judgements, estimates and assumptions about carrying amounts of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. The estimates and associated assumptions are based on historical experience and other factors that are considered to be


Long service leave Management judgement is applied in determining the following key assumptions used in the calculation of long service leave at reporting date: • future increases in salaries and wages; • future on cost rates; and • experience of employee departures and period of service. Property, plant and equipment Useful lives and residual value of property, plant and equipment are reviewed annually. Judgement is applied in determining the useful lives of property, plant and equipment. Any reassessment of useful lives and residual value in a particular year will affect depreciation and amortisation expense (either increasing or decreasing) from the date of reassessment through to the end of the reassessed useful life for both the current and future years. Provision for doubtful debts Management’s judgement is applied in determining the provision for doubtful debts. If the estimated recoverable amount of the debtor is less than the amount of revenue recognised, the difference is recognised in the provision for doubtful debts. The following significant accounting policies have been adopted in the preparation and presentation of the financial report: (a) Principles of consolidation The consolidated financial statements incorporate the financial statements of the company and entities controlled by the company (its subsidiaries) (referred to as ‘the Group’ in these financial statements). Control is achieved where the company has

the power to govern the financial and operating policies of an entity so as to obtain benefits from its activities. All inter-company balances and transactions between entities in the consolidated entity, including any unrealised profits or losses, have been eliminated on consolidation. Where consolidated entities have entered or left the consolidated entity during the year, their operating results have been included from the date control was obtained or until the date control ceased. (b) Cash and cash equivalents Cash comprises cash on hand and on demand deposits. Cash equivalents are short-term, highly liquid investments that are readily convertible to known amounts of cash and which are subject to an insignificant risk of changes in value. Bank overdrafts are shown within borrowings in current liabilities in the statement of financial position. (c) Employee benefits A liability is recognised for benefits accruing to employees in respect of wages and salaries, annual leave and long service leave when it is probable that settlement will be required and they are capable of being measured reliably. Liabilities recognised in respect of employee benefits expected to be settled within 12 months are measured at their nominal values using the remuneration rate expected to apply at the time of settlement. Liabilities recognised in respect of employee benefits which are not expected to be settled within 12 months are measured as the present value of the estimated future cash outflows to be made by the Group in respect of services provided by employees up to the reporting date. (d) Financial assets Investments are recognised and derecognised on trade date where the purchase or sale of an investment is

under a contract whose terms require delivery of the investment within the timeframe established by the market concerned, and are initially measured at fair value, net of transaction costs except for those financial assets classified as at fair value through profit or loss which are initially measured at fair value. Other financial assets are classified into the following specified categories: financial assets ‘at fair value through profit or loss’, ‘held-to-maturity investments’, ‘availablefor-sale’ financial assets, and ‘loans and receivables’. The classification depends on the nature and purpose of the financial assets and is determined at the time of initial recognition. Effective interest method The effective interest method is a method of calculating the amortised cost of a financial asset and of allocating interest income over the relevant period. The effective interest rate is the rate that exactly discounts estimated future cash receipts through the expected life of the financial asset, or, where appropriate, a shorter period. Income is recognised on an effective interest rate basis for debt instruments other than those financial assets ‘at fair value through profit or loss’. Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss Financial assets are classified as financial assets at fair value through profit or loss here the financial asset: (i) has been acquired principally for the purpose of selling in the near future; (ii) is a part of an identified portfolio of financial instruments that the company manages together and has a recent actual pattern of short-term profit-taking; or (iii) is a derivative that is not designated and effective as a hedging instrument. Financial assets at fair value through profit or loss are stated at fair value, with any resultant gainor loss recognised in profit or loss. The net gain or loss

recognised in profit or loss incorporates any dividend or interest earned on the financial asset. Fair value is determined in the manner described below.

asset’s carrying amount and the present value of estimated future cash flows, discounted at the original effective interest rate.

Loans and receivables Trade receivables, loans, and other receivables that have fixed or determinable payments that are not quoted in an active market are classified as ‘loans and receivables’. Loans and receivables are measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method less impairment. Interest isrecognised by applying the effective interest rate.

The carrying amount of the financial asset is reduced by the impairment loss directly for all financial assets with the exception of trade receivables where the carrying amount is reduced through the use of an allowance account. When a trade receivable is uncollectible, it is written off against the allowance account. Subsequent recoveries of amounts previously written off are credited against the allowance account. Changes in the carrying amount of the allowance account are recognised in profit or loss.

Fair values of financial assets The fair values of financial assets measured at fair value are determined as follows: • the fair value of financial assets with standard terms and conditions and traded on active liquid markets are determined with reference to quoted market prices; and • the fair value of other financial assets (excluding derivative instruments) are determined in accordance with generally accepted pricing models based on discounted cash flow analysis; and • the fair value of derivative instruments are calculated using quoted prices. Where such prices are not available use is made of discounted cash flow analysis using the applicable yield curve for the duration of the instruments for non-optional derivatives, and option pricing models for optional derivatives. Impairment of financial assets Financial assets, other than those at fair value through profit or loss, are assessed for indicators of impairment at each reporting date. Financial assets are impaired where there is objective evidence that as a result of one or more events that occurred after the initial recognition of the financial asset the estimated future cash flows of the investment have been impacted. For financial assets carried at amortised cost, the amount of the impairment is the difference between the

With the exception of available-for-sale equity instruments, if, in a subsequent period, the amount of the impairment loss decreases and the decrease can be related objectively to an event occurring after the impairment was recognised, the previously recognised impairment loss is reversed through profit or loss to the extent the carrying amount of the investment at the date the impairment is reversed does not exceed what the amortised cost would have been had the impairment not been recognised. (e) Income tax No provision for income tax has been raised as the Group is exempt from income tax under Division 50 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. (f) Borrowings All loans and borrowings are initially recognised at the fair value of the consideration received less directly attributable transaction costs. After initial recognition, interest-bearing loans and borrowings are subsequently measured at amortised cost using the effective interest method. Fees paid on the establishment of loan facilities that are yield related are included as part of the carrying amount of the loans and borrowings. Borrowings are classified as current liabilities unless the Group has an

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unconditional right to defer settlement of the liability for a least 12 months after the reporting date. (g) Property, plant and equipment Land and buildings are measured at fair value. Fair value is determined on the basis of an independent valuation prepared by external valuation experts, based on discounted cash flows or capitalisation of net income, as appropriate. The fair values are recognised in the financial statements of the Group, and are reviewed at the end of each reporting period to ensure that the carrying value of land and buildings is not materially different from their fair values. Any revaluation increase arising on the revaluation of land and buildings is credited to a revaluation reserve, except to the extent that it reverses a revaluation decrease for the same asset previously recognised as an expense in profit or loss, in which case the increase is credited to the income statement to the extent of the decrease previously charged. A decrease in carrying amount arising on the revaluation of land and buildings is charged as an expense in profit or loss to the extent that it exceeds the balance, if any, held in the revaluation reserve relating to a previous revaluation of that asset. Depreciation on revalued buildings is charged to profit or loss. On the subsequent sale or retirement of a revalued property, the attributable revaluation surplus remaining in the revaluation reserve, net of any related taxes, is transferred directly to retained earnings. Plant and equipment, leasehold improvements and equipment under finance lease are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and impairment. Cost includes expenditure that is directly attributable to the acquisition of the item. In the event that settlement of all or part of the purchase consideration is deferred, cost is determined by discounting the amounts payable in the future to their present value as at the date of acquisition.


Depreciation is provided on property, plant and equipment, including freehold buildings but excluding land. Depreciation is calculated on a straight-line basis so as to write off the net cost or other revalued amount of each asset over its expected useful life to its estimated residual value. Leasehold improvements are depreciated over the period of the lease or estimated useful life, whichever is the shorter, using the straight-line method. The estimated useful lives, residual values and depreciation method are reviewed at the end of each annual reporting period, with the effect of any changes recognised on a prospective basis. The following useful lives are used in the calculation of depreciation: Buildings Plant and equipment Motor vehicles

50 years 2 - 5 years 6 - 7 years

(h) Provisions Provisions are recognised when the Group has a present obligation (legal or constructive) as a result of a past event, it is probable that the Group will be required to settle the obligation, and a reliable estimate can be made of the amount of the obligation. The amount recognised as a provision is the best estimate of the consideration required to settle the present obligation at reporting date, taking into account the risks and uncertainties surrounding the obligation. Where a provision is measured using the cashflows estimated to settle the present obligation, its carrying amount is the present value of those cashflows. When some or all of the economic benefits required to settle a provision are expected to be recovered from a third party, the receivable is recognised as an asset if it is virtually certain that reimbursement will be received and the amount of the receivable can be measured reliably. (i) Leased assets Leases are classified as finance leases when the terms of the lease transfer substantially all the risks

and rewards incidental to ownership of the leased asset to the lessee. All other leases are classified as operating leases. Company as lessee Assets held under finance leases are initially recognised at their fair value or, if lower, at amounts equal to the present value of the minimum lease payments, each determined at the inception of the lease. The corresponding liability to the lessor is included in the statement of financial position as a finance lease obligation. Lease payments are apportioned between finance charges and reduction of the lease obligation so as to achieve a constant rate of interest on the remaining balance of the liability. Finance charges are charged directly against income, unless they are directly attributable to qualifying assets, in which case they are capitalised in accordance with the group’s general policy on borrowing costs. Contingent rentals are recognised as expenses in the periods in which they are incurred. Operating lease payments are recognised as an expense on a straight-line basis over the lease term, except where another systematic basis is more representative of the time pattern in which economic benefits from the leased asset are consumed. Contingent rentals arising under operating leases are recognised as an expense in the period in which they are incurred. In the event that lease incentives are received to enter into operating leases, such incentives are recognised as a liability. The aggregate benefit of incentives is recognised as a reduction of rental expense on a straight-line basis, except where another systematic basis is more representative of the time pattern in which economic benefits from the leased asset are consumed. (j) Trade and other payables Trade payables and other accounts payable are recognised when the group becomes obliged to make future payments resulting from the purchase of goods and services.

(k) Trade and other receivables Receivables are measured at amortised cost less any impairment. (l) Revenue Revenues are recognised at fair value of the consideration received or receivable net of the amount of goods and services tax (GST) payable to the Australian Tax Office. Revenue from international and interstate cricket Revenue from international and interstate cricket is generated via proceeds from ticket sales to domestic cricket fixtures and distributions from Cricket Australia. All revenues from international and interstate cricket received throughout the year are recognised in the period for which theyspecifically relate. Government Grants Grants income and other contributions are recognised when the Group obtains control of the contribution or right to receive the contribution and it is probable that the economic benefits comprising the contributions will flow to the Group. Interest revenue Interest revenue is accrued on a time basis, by reference to the principal outstanding and at the effective interest rate applicable, which is the rate that exactly discounts estimated future cash receipts through the expected life of the financial asset to that asset’s net carrying amount.

value. Gains or losses arising from changes in the fair value of investment property are included in profit or loss in the period in which they arise. (n) Goods and services tax Revenues, expenses and assets are recognised net of the amount of goods and services tax (GST), except: i. where the amount of GST incurred is not recoverable from the taxation authority, it is recognised as part of the cost of acquisition of an asset or as part of an item of expense; or ii. for receivables and payables which are recognised inclusive of GST. The net amount of GST recoverable from, or payable to, the taxation authority is included as part of receivables or payables. Cash flows are included in the cash flow statement on a net basis. The GST component of cash flows arising from investing and financing activities which is recoverable from, or payable to, the taxation authority is classified as operating cash flows. (o) Comparative amounts Where necessary, comparatives have been reclassified and repositioned for consistency with the current year disclosures.

Dividend revenue Dividend income from investments is recognised when the shareholder’s right to receive payment has been established. Other revenue Revenue is recognised when the right to receive the revenue has been established. (m) Investment properties Investment property, which is property held to earn rentals and/or for capital appreciation, is measured initially at its cost, including transaction costs. Subsequent to initial recognition, investment property is measured at fair

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2015 $

2014 $





4. Revenue Revenue from international and interstate cricket Interest income Rent











Gain on revaluation of investment property



Other revenue





Registrations Operating grants Sponsorship Unrealised gain on revaluation of managed funds

5. Profit/(loss) for the year Profit/(loss) for the year has been arrived at after charging the following items of expense: Bad and doubtful debt expense/(recovered)









6. Remuneration of auditors Audit of the financial report Other non-audit services

The auditor of the Victorian Cricket Association is PricewaterhouseCoopers (2014: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.)


2015 $

2014 $

Trade receivables



Less provision for impairment





Accrued income



Other receivables





















7. Trade and other receivables Current

Non-current Other receivables

8. Other financial assets Managed funds at fair value through profit or loss

9. Other assets Other payments in advance Prepayments

10. Investment properties At Independent valuation

An independent valuation of the Group’s land and buildings was performed by Charter Keck Cramer to determine the fair value of the land and buildings as at 30 June 2015.

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11. Property, plant and equipment Freehold land at fair value $

Buildings at fair value $

Plant and equipment at cost $

Motor vehicles at cost $

Total $
















Carrying amount at the beginning of the year


















Depreciation expense











2014 Gross carrying amount Accumulated depreciation


An independent valuation of the Group’s land and buildings was performed by Charter Keck Cramer to determine the fair value of the land and buildings as at 30 June 2015. 12. Trade and other payables Trade payables



Sundry creditors and accruals









13. Provisions Current Employee benefits

Non-current Employee benefits


2015 $

2014 $







14. Other liabilities Income received in advance

15. Borrowings Current Finance lease liability

Non-current Finance lease liability

16. Financing facilities The parent entity has an overdraft facility of $200,000 of which the unused portion at reporting date is $200,000. 17. Reserves (a) The asset revaluation reserve arises on the revaluation of the land and buildings. Where revalued land or buildings is sold, that portion of the asset revaluation reserve which relates to that asset, and is effectively realised, is transferred directed to retained earnings. (b) The development reserve has been established to facilitate the development requirements for Victorian cricket including but not limited to the development of the State Cricket Centre at the Junction Oval.

18. Commitments for expenditure Non-cancellable operating lease payments Not longer than 1 year Longer than 1 year and not longer than 5 years









Operating lease payments are payments for motor vehicles and office rental

Finance lease payments Not longer than 1 year Longer than 1 year and not longer than 5 years





Finance lease payments are payments for motor vehicles

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2015 $

2014 $

19. Cash and cash Equivalents (a) Reconciliation of cash and cash equivalents For the purposes of the statement of cash flows, cash and cash equivalents includes cash on hand and in banks and investments in money market instruments, net of outstanding bank overdrafts. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the financial year as shown in the cash flow statement is reconciled to the related items in the statement of financial position as follows: Cash on hand



Cash at bank





(b) Reconciliation of profit/(loss) for the year to net cash flows from operating activities Profit/(loss) for the year (Gain)/loss on sale or disposal of non-current assets Depreciation expense







Unrealised gain on revaluation of managed funds



Unrealised gain on revaluation of investment properties



Investment fees on managed funds



Bad and doubtful debt expense/(recovered)



Movement in working capital (Increase)/decrease in assets: Trade and other receivables







Provisions for employee benefits



Income in advance



Net cash provided by /(used in) operating activities



Other assets

Increase/(decrease) in liabilities: Trade and other payables


2015 $

2014 $

Current assets



Total assets



20. Parent Entity

Current liabilities



Total liabilities



Net assets



Accumulated surplus



Profit of Parent Entity





2015% ownership

2014% ownership

Melbourne Stars Ltd



Melbourne Renegades Pty Ltd



Total Comprehensive Income of Parent Entity

Investment in subsidiaries Name

21. Contingent liabilities There were no contingent liabilities at 30 June 2015 (2014:$Nil). 22. Related party transactions There were no related party transactions for the year ended 30 June 2015 (2014:$Nil). 23. Members guarantee The company is limited by guarantee. If the company is wound up, the articles of association state that each member is required to contribute a maximum of $1 towards meeting any outstanding obligations of the company. At 30 June 2015 the number of members was 22 (2014: 22). 24. Economic dependency A significant amount of Victorian Cricket Association’s revenue is received through distributions from Cricket Australia. 25. Subsequent events There has not been any matter or circumstance occurring subsequent to the end of the financial year that has significantly affected, or may significantly affect, the operations of the Group, the results of those operations, or the state of affairs of the company in future financial years.

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Cricket Victoria Annual Report 2014-15  

Cricket Victoria (CV) produces an Annual Report at the conclusion of each financial year. As the organisation's most significant corporate...

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