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FRONT COVER - Mother and daughter duo Fiona and Merinda Hale, representing Victoria for the fourth time together in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs.

HARMONY IN CRICKET Cricket Victoria’s Harmony in Cricket philosophy celebrates the message that cricket is a game for everyone by promoting a welcoming an inclusive environment for all. For years, the game of cricket has fostered greater harmony, respect and understanding of people from all cultures. We proudly acknowledge that Victorian cricket clubs are a place where everybody, regardless of their cultural background, religion, gender, age or ability feels welcome. All cricketers regardless of who they are, play not just under the laws of the game but under the Spirit of Cricket which embraces our Harmony in Cricket message.





BOXING DAY TEST 150-year Celebration

The 2016 Boxing Day Test held great significance with the 150th Year celebration of the first Aboriginal Cricket Team and their match against the Melbourne Cricket Club at the MCG in 1866. 24 members from the Noogal Toengorrt Tani Program had the opportunity to be part of the pre-game ceremony, holding the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island flags. Day Two of the Test was Indigenous Day, where players from the male and female 2017 National Indigenous Cricket Championships squads had the opportunity to spend the day in the Commonwealth Bank viewing box. The players were treated to corporate hospitality, visits from current and former Australian Test players, the Channel Nine commentary team and had the best view of the match.







PREMIER CRICKET INDIGENOUS ROUND During the 2016-17 Premier Cricket season, Cricket Victoria coordinated the first ever Indigenous Premier Cricket Round, culminating in a match between Northcote CC and St Kilda CC.

posting 74* before stumps were drawn. St Kilda eventually ran away winners on first innings points.

The match began with Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy Murphy-Wandin conducting a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony, welcoming players, coaches, officials and supporters to the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. Ben Abbatangelo, Captain of the Noogal Toengorrt Tani Victorian Men’s team and Vice-Captain of Northcote CC, contributed strongly in Northcote’s second innings,



The Victorian Men’s squad enjoyed long-awaited success, taking out the title for the first time in the state’s 16-year participation in the championships. Head Coach and former Australian Test cricketer Julien Wiener, assisted by seasoned player Rohan Best, had a clear vision for the squad that travelled to Alice Springs. The Victorians boasted a team of 12 returning players, adding debutants Nicholas Boland of Frankston Peninsula CC and Ashley Sweet of Melton CC to their attack. Victoria finished third after the round games with four wins and two losses. Coming up against second placed Northern Territory in the preliminary-final, Victoria was never troubled, winning by 118 runs to advance to the Grand Final. In the Grand Final, the Victorians won the toss and elected to bat, but unfortunately lost early wickets. This set the stage for Clayton McCartney and Boland, who steadied the ship with a 73-run partnership before Boland was dismissed for 21.


McCartney continued his fine knock and produced what has been described as one of the best innings in NICC history. Coming to an end in the 45th over, McCartney smashed 144 off 109 balls, a truly amazing individual performance. After reaching 8/228 from their 50 overs, Victoria prevented New South Wales from forming solid partnerships by taking regular wickets. New South Wales was eventually bowled out for 210 with Boland taking 3/44, including the prized scalp and final wicket of New South Wales Captain Nathan Price for 78. Tom Collett was also damaging with the ball, taking 3/29 off his 10 overs. McCartney was awarded Player of the Final for his superb 114.

NIC C VICTORI AN M EN ’ S SQU AD | 2 0 1 7 Benjamin Abbatangelo (C) – Northcote CC, Nicholas Boland – Frankston Peninsula CC, Tom Collett – Kingston Hawthorn CC, Josh Eaton – Coburg CC, Patrick Jackson – Pines CC, Connor Jackson – Pines CC, Nathan Fowler – Northcote CC, Nathan Gardiner – Lower Plenty CC, Alex Kerr – North Dandenong CC, Clayton McCartney – North Dandenong CC, Ashley Sweet – Melton CC, Daniel Mock – Woori Yallock CC, Wade King – Warrenbayne CC , Rohan Best – Kingston Hawthorn CC Coach: Julien Wiener | Assistant Coach: Rohan Best | Physiotherapist: Pallavi Deshmukh | Team Manager: Steven Jackson



The Victorian women’s team finished fifth in their division after four losses and one win against some tough opposition. The young squad played four regular games before tasting success in an elimination final. Merinda Hale had a successful tournament scoring 80 runs and taking four wickets. Her best performance was against Northern Territory, finishing with 34 runs and taking 1/7. Jacinta Goodger-Chandler also performed well, scoring 28 runs and taking five wickets for the tournament. The elimination final win was a fantastic team effort with highlights from Cara Watkins who starred taking 3/13 off her three overs, and Molly Ward and Goodger-Chandler who also took two wickets each. With the bat, Goodger-Chandler (16) along with Mother and Daughter combination Fiona (11) and Merinda Hale (21), worked tirelessly to chase down Western Australia’s 72 run total.

VI CTORIAN FEMAL E SQU AD | 2 0 1 7 Kirra Cuskelly (Buchan CC), Ebony Cuskelly (Buchan CC), Jacinta Goodger-Chandler (Plenty Valley CC) Jess Martin (Coburg CC) (C), Hayley Chandler (Ringwood CC), Merinda Hale (Mt Martha CC) Taylor Wigg (Burnie Hurricanes CC), Marlee Wandin (Yarra Valley CC), Fiona Hale (Mt Martha CC) Simone Burridge (Plenty Valley CC), Molly Ward (Lucknow CC), Cara Watkins (Burnie Hurricanes CC), Brooke Nam (Keon Park CC) Coach: Keith Jansz | Assistant Coach: Fiona Hale | Physiotherapist: Pallavi Deshmukh | Manager: Emily O’Brien 8

INDIGENOUS GIRLS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM Thanks to Women of the MCC funding, as well as the expertise of leading psychologist Matti Clements, Cricket Victoria expanded the current Noogal Toengorrt Tani program offerings, and further developed the Cricket Victoria Indigenous Girls Leadership Program. The full-day program was held at Federation Square’s Koorie Heritage Trust and was designed to encourage young women to discover their strengths, identify their leadership spirit and develop their resilience. Following cultural heritage learnings at the Trust, the girls were given a guided tour of the MCG, stopping at cultural art pieces along the way. The participants were then treated to a tour of the MCG facilities before participating in a cricket training session at the Bill Lawry Centre indoor nets with Premier Cricket club Northcote.


CROXTON SPECIAL SCHOOL Croxton Special School continues to lead the way in sports inclusion and participation, hosting a MILO T20 Blast Intra School Cup for 100 students in March. The School Cup was the conclusion of a cricket program that had seen four weeks of the MILO in2CRICKET Skills Program being conducted with over 80 students, where the participants learnt the basics of cricket - bowling, batting and fielding. Students made banners and chants for their teams and were all incredibly encouraging of each other throughout the matches.

Two of Croxton School’s VCAL students, Jimmy and Brody, were employed by Cricket Victoria as casual staff after a successful interview process. Jimmy and Brody helped Northern Metro Regional Cricket Manager, David Hall, run the Northcote District MILO T20 Blast School Cup, as well as help to set up and run the Croxton Intra School Cup. Senior Croxton School students also completed their first design brief, which was to create a new playing shirt for the Melbourne Renegades. Students watched hype reels for inspiration and identified key colours and brands to produce their designs. Once their drafts were finalised, students turned their 2D sketches into 3D masterpieces on white T-shirts. Leading Inclusion Consultant and Croxton Special School PE Teacher Kathy Tessier has been influential in getting the students involved in this year’s cricket programs. Kathy also led an inclusion workshop for Cricket Victoria’s Game and Market Development staff to further embed an inclusive culture within the organisation.


BBL ALL ABILITIES CUP The second annual BBL All Abilities Cup took place at the Melbourne Renegades Family Day in December. This initiative is part of the Victorian Vikings All Abilities Program, providing a pathway for cricketers with a disability to showcase their skills in front of coaches and selectors ahead of the National Cricket Inclusion Championships. Thank you to BBL clubs Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades for their ongoing support of all abilities cricket, and congratulations to the Melbourne Renegades for taking out the annual Cup for the second year running.

T HE M E LB O U RN E RE N E GA D E S S Q U A D | 2 0 1 6 Gavan Hicks (Captain), Zac Ireland, Craig Whitehand, Ben Kenyon, Mitch Rabl, Shaun Rayment, Shaun Wilkie, Ray Warren, Harley Bushell, Luke Miles, Michael Massarotti Coach: Huss Hanif | Assistant Coach: Alana Baldi





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NATIONAL CRICKET INCLUSION CHAMPIONSHIPS THE FIR ST N AT IO N A L CR I CKE T I N CLU S I O N C HAM P IO NSHIP S WE RE HO STE D IN G E E LO NG , F EAT U R IN G 1 4 T E A M S A N D M O R E TH A N 2 0 0 P LAYE RS FRO M ARO UND THE C O UNTRY. The Championships consisted of 3 divisions - blind and vision impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, and cricketers with an intellectual disability. This was the first time in Australia that these three divisions were played as part of one competition. Victoria won the right to host the NCIC for the first three years through a competitive national expression of interest process. The event was jointly staged by Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria, The City of Greater Geelong and The Geelong Cricket Association. This group partnership enabled greater support for high performance programs for cricketers with a disability, including access to coaching and facilities, as well as enhanced participation opportunities for Australians with a disability. Long-term supporters of Cricket Australia, The Lord’s Taverners Australia have come on board to make these Championships possible, once again supporting cricketers with a disability as they have for the last 30 years. 12

BLIND AND VISION IMPAIRED The Victorian Blind & Vision Impaired team opened their campaign with victories over NSW & QLD/ACT. Victoria then suffered three consecutive losses to SA/WA, NSW & SA/WA again, before a much-needed win over QLD/ACT which gave them a place in the Grand Final against SA/ WA. Victorian Captain Daniel Pritchard led from the front with 79, combining with Ned Brewer-Maiga’s 54 runs for a 157-run partnership. Victoria compiled a strong total of 183 in 20 overs with the loss of 2 wickets.

SA/WA proved too strong, chasing down the target in 16 overs. Ricky Segura’s 83 and Stephen Palmer’s 79 led them to victory with a total of 184 runs with all 10 wickets in hand. Daniel Pritchard had a fantastic tournament, scoring a total of 337 runs, with an average of 56.2 and a high score of 79. Pritchard also went onto take the most wickets for the Victorian team, taking 11 scalps with an average of 16.5 and best bowling figures of 4-32. At the conclusion of the NCIC, Victorian’s Ned Brewer-Maiga, Daniel Pritchard, Brendan Spencer and Christine Casey were selected in the Australian T20 Blind Cricket World Cup Squad. Christine Casey was selected as the sole female in the Australian squad following a successful Championships.

VI CTORIA B L IND AN D V I SI O N I M PAI R ED SQU AD | 2 0 1 7 David Gauci (C), Chris Bertuch, Christine Casey, Marco Curalejo, Brendan Spencer, John Bolan, Andrew Close, Nathan Luke, Brett Wilson, Ned Brewer-Maiga, Daniel Pritchard, Steve Obeid, Callum Saunders, Sryian Wijeyasiri, Dean Calder, David Gordon, Beau Jones | Manager: Rod Pritchard 13

INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY Victoria was crowned the inaugural NCIC Cricketers with an Intellectual Disability champion after defeating South Australia in the Grand Final.

ahead of the semi finals. The Vikings bounced back against arch rivals New South Wales which saw them book a spot in the Grand Final.

In front of the local Geelong crowd the Victorian Vikings emerged victorious by 12 runs against a determined South Australian side in an entertaining contest.

Vikings Captain Gavan Hicks led from the front with 391 runs across seven games with an outstanding average of 97.8. Shaun Wilkie and Daynah Hopkins let the ball do the talking with 10 wickets each. Wilkie finished with best figures of 2/3 and an average of 8.1, while Hopkins had best figures of 6/5 and a remarkable average of 5.9.

The Vikings’ road to the Grand Final began by defeating New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia before suffering a shock loss to Queensland

V I CTO R I AN I N T E LLE CT U A L D I S A B I LI T Y S Q U A D | 2 0 1 7 Gavan Hicks (C), Dave Alford, Mitch Cutter-Rabl, Daynah Hopkins, Zac Ireland, Ben Kenyon, Lachlan MacRae, Nathan Mahar, Shaun Rayment, Zac Taig, Raymond Warren, Craig Whitehand, Shaun Wilkie Coach: Kevin Van Twest | Assistant Coach: Hussain Hanif | Team Manager: Aaron Wharton


DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING The Victorian Deaf and Hard of Hearing team, the Gorillas, enjoyed a remarkable campaign that consisted of four wins and one loss. The Victorians began their tournament by defeating New South Wales before claiming the scalps of Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia. Unfortunately, the only loss for the Gorillas came in the Grand Final against a strong Western Australia side. Sent in to bat, Victoria set a total of 143 from the allotted 20 overs, with Tony Barulovski top scoring

with 36. Western Australia chased down the target with eight balls to spare and six wickets in hand. Barulovski was the leading run scorer for the Victorians during the Championships, amassing 132 runs at an average of 66 and a high score of 53. Young Callum Asbury led the way with the ball taking six wickets at an average of 10.2 and claiming best bowling figures of 3/11.

VI CTORIAN DEAF AN D H AR D O F H EAR I N G SQU AD | 2 0 1 7 Steve Cardamone (C), Daniel Aitken, Ben Spera, Ken Larcombe, Callum Asbury, Tony Barulovski, Duc Le, Nicholas Gooley, Simon Glass, Michael Parramore, Nicholas De Sensi, Adam Bampfield, Jessiah Colard Coach: Peter McCormick | Team Manager: Simon Glass


AMES PROGRAM For 60 years AMES Australia has helped new and recently arrived refugees and migrants settle in Victoria. AMES work heavily with the community, businesses and Government to develop sustainable and effective settlement solutions. Cricket Victoria recently partnered with AMES and delivered a four-week cricket program at AMES Dandenong and AMES North Melbourne. The program focused on the fundamentals of cricket – batting, bowling and fielding, and had 122 students actively participate.







ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOLS English Language Schools are a central focus for Cricket Victoria each season. This is to ensure new arrivals are exposed to our fantastic game and given a quality experience, not only of cricket, but of Australian culture. In partnership with the Western Bulldogs, Cricket Victoria staff delivered four-week MILO in2CRICKET skills programs to over 230 students in Western English Language schools across Melbourne. To conclude the program, students put the skills they had learnt to the test in a MILO T20 Blast School Cup day held at Werribee Indoor Centre on Harmony Day on March 21.

Of the students who participated, 75% tried cricket for the first time, and 65% want to continue with cricket in the future. In the East of Melbourne, Cricket Victoria worked to deliver four-week programs to over 130 students at both Hampton Park and Noble Park campuses of the Noble Park English Language School, as well as the Thomastown Language Outpost.




All Nations Social Cricket is an initiative delivered in collaboration with Monash Health that encourages refugees to participate in cricket and promotes social inclusion. The program also provides a pathway to mainstream cricket, with Dandenong West Cricket Club welcoming refugee players into its teams.

The inaugural Multicultural Cup hosted by the Nepalese Association of Victoria (NAV) was held in April, coinciding with Nepali New Year.

Each week participants from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds gather to play various social formats of cricket. Community leader and asylum seeker Abdul Razzaq drives the program, and due to his leadership and passion this initiative continues to grow.

Razzaq was recently nominated in the Sports Leadership category of the Australian Migration and Settlement Awards presented by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. In addition, All Nations Social Cricket program was awarded Community Cricket Initiative of the Year at the Cricket Australia ‘A Sport For All’ Community Cricket Awards. This was down to the program’s assistance in reducing social isolation and playing a role in the integration of diverse groups into the broader Australian community. 18

The three-day T20 competition included participants from multicultural backgrounds and/or participants born overseas, including: Bhutanese, Sri Lankan, Indian and Nepalese.

Tara Gaire, Vice President of Nepalese Association of Victoria said, “This is the first-time the Nepalese community in Victoria have attempted a multicultural tournament. We are also committed to promoting Women’s Cricket, and we are grateful to Cricket Victoria and the Victorian Multicultural Commission for all the support we have been provided.”


GROWING CRICKET FOR GIRLS FUND The 2016-17 season saw the successful launch of the Growing Cricket For Girls Fund (GCGF), highlighted by great results across Victoria. The joint Cricket Australia, Commonwealth Bank and Government funded initiative has assisted over 50 associations and 229 clubs and schools nationally to develop new girls competitions, support existing competitions and develop new girls teams, with competitions run using revised junior formats. In Victoria, 150 new teams were formed across 19 girls’ cricket leagues, with funding provided to 17 associations and 107 clubs over the season. Cricket Victoria General Manager of Game and Market Development Rohan O’Neill says he is very happy with the growth of women’s cricket.

“The growth we’re seeing in the women’s game, right down to the grass roots level, is reflective of the highly successful Women’s Big Bash League and the wonderful club cricket volunteers,” O’Neill said. “As a result, we’re not only seeing more girls play cricket, but greater support from the community, as results from the 2016-17 season showed over 80% of parents would recommend cricket as a sport for girls. “We encourage all clubs to get on board and enter girls teams in our Stars and Renegades competitions across the state, which will help continue to grow the women’s game in Victoria.”







GIRLS LEADERSHIP FORUM AND WORKSHOP With the support of School Sport Victoria, Cricket Victoria, Melbourne Renegades and Melbourne Stars the Year 7 and 8 Girls Leadership Program for 2016 was launched. After the success of the Girls Leadership Forum in 2015, Cricket Victoria expanded the program to include an interactive online learning program, designed by Director of Mental Edge Consulting, Matti Clements. Over 500 girls from 65 secondary schools registered for the online program which included six modules that explore topics including: • • •


In addition to the online program, Cricket Victoria hosted a practical forum with over 155 girls from 33 schools attending. All students participated in a practical cricket session followed by a star-studded panel discussion. The panel consisted of Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide, Southern Stars and Melbourne Stars cricketer Jess Cameron, former Australian Cricketer and current media commentator Mel Jones, former Olympic 100m Breaststroke Gold Medalist Linley Frame and current Australian Water Polo Player Rowie Webster. Teachers were also treated to a workshop hosted by Matti Clements, titled ‘Using Emotional Intelligence for More Effective Outcomes Within the Workplace’.


#CHANGEOURGAME Despite a growing number of women and girls playing sport on the field, a recent Victorian Government backed ‘Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation Inquiry’ has shown there is a shortage of female leaders off the field. The inquiry recommended ways to boost participation by women and girls in leadership and governance roles such as coaches, officials, board members and senior executives. It also recommended the creation of more female friendly environments and sport and recreation participation opportunities. That’s why the Victorian Government has launched the new ‘Change Our Game’ campaign.


The aim is to encourage all Victorians to become ‘take action heroes’, tackle gender stereotypes in sport and break down the barriers to women and girls getting involved in leadership positions, both at the elite and grassroots levels. Supported by VicHealth, the campaign works with teams from the WBBL, AFLW, WNBL, W-League and Super Netball. On International Women’s Day, March 8th, representatives from each of the sporting codes gathered at Parliament House to promote the campaign and the vision to achieve equality in sport. The campaign not only inspires women and girls to participate and become leaders in sport, but challenges the sports sector to take the pledge to support more women and girls in participating and becoming leaders in sport.

COMMUNITY CRICKET PROGRAM: ON COMMON GROUND More than 130 Victorian cricket clubs have been recipients of funding through Community Cricket Programs: On Common Ground in season 2016-17. Community Cricket Programs: On Common Ground is a four-year, $12.4 million partnership with the Victorian Government and Cricket Australia, investing in Victoria’s cricket infrastructure and supporting activities in club cricket. Cricket Victoria is currently undertaking significant planning with Victoria’s 79 local council authorities and the Victorian Government to develop a Victorian Cricket Infrastructure Strategy that will assist both the cricket community and all levels of government to plan for cricket’s future facility needs.

THROUGHOUT THE 2016-17 SEASON THE PARTNERS ANNOUNCED: A distribution of $250,000 to 105 cricket clubs across Victoria for Club Capacity and Workforce Development Grants. These grants contributed to projects such as minor facility upgrades, purchasing portable synthetic wickets to support their growing junior cricket program, purchasing equipment for junior cricket development, purchasing turf rollers, mowers and covers for maintaining turf wickets and outfields and courses to support volunteer engagement and development. $1.93 million was distributed to 25 local councils to support cricket facilities and pavilions though the Victorian Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Fund- Cricket Facilities. In partnership with 15 local councils, 1019 participants received sport vouchers which subsidised the costs of entry level cricket programs (MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20Blast) for first-time club cricketers that experienced financial barriers to playing sport. 23

STOCKLAND PARTNERSHIP Stockland proudly creates new residential communities across Australia, resulting in new neighbourhoods full of new residents. A great way to help these new neighbours meet each other while maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is through community activities such as cricket.

Cricket Victoria is proud to partner with Australia’s largest residential property developer, Stockland. Stockland’s values of community and diversity align closely with those of the Harmony in Cricket initiative. Over the past year, Stockland has worked closely with Cricket Victoria to promote diversity and inclusion through the Harmony in Cricket program which celebrates cricket as a game for everyone regardless of cultural background, religion or gender. The Stockland Community Ball Program saw over 1,400 Stockland branded cricket balls distributed to cricket clubs across Victoria.


In 2016/17, local community activations at Stockland communities The Grove in Tarneit, and Cloverton in Kalkallo saw many new residents meet their neighbours for the first time over a friendly game of backyard cricket. Residents particularly enjoyed batting and bowling tips and demonstrations from our very own Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers Jon Holland and Tom O’Donnell.

In the countdown to Harmony Day on March 21, Cricket Victoria ran the Stockland #21Gifts21Days social media campaign. From the 1st of March, gifts were given to various members and groups in the Victorian cricket community. This highlighted the fantastic work of our clubs, volunteers, and community partners who work tirelessly to make cricket a sport for all.



CRICKET CLUB: Camberwell Magpies Cricket Club BATTING: Right Hand Bat BOWLING: Right-arm offspin


The past year provided the Melbourne Renegades with an opportunity to reinforce and build on initiatives from the previous season, as well as trying new and exciting ideas throughout our regions of Victoria. Building on the success of the Melbourne Renegades Champions League (a round-robin knockout T20 competition), the western suburb’s competition grew from 6 to 12 teams playing out over a 4 week period. With the addition of our community sponsor - Moneygram, the resourcing, sophistication and presentation of the competition increased significantly, culminating in a final-over battle at Family Day followed up by an Etihad Home Game appearance with over 25,000 fans witnessing the presentation of the cup to the Melbourne Royals. Celebrating the colours, culture, and of course the dancing of India, the Big Bollywood Bash also returned for the final match of the season. The much-anticipated return of Eesha, the 2.5-meter-tall elephant, allowed an opportunity for BBL commentator and Australian legend Mark Waugh to get up-close and personal with the deceivingly authentic-looking on-field puppet. The FEO (Fan Engagement Officer) Program continues to be a success.

Three officers visited over 30,000 people across many different events from All Abilities carnivals to multicultural days, school fairs, T20 Blast finals and many more exciting events. The program was enhanced by the addition of the FEO Van, a convertible office on wheels housing storage for promo items, mascots, a 55� display screen, speakers and PA system plus sirens for those busy school-yard announcements. BBL legend Brad Hogg and WBBL player Kirsty Lamb also accompanied the FEOs into the field on several occasions, providing surprise and excitement for their community visits. Live sites were also targeted during the Willowfest Cricket Carnival (Mildura) and the Shepparton Activities in the Park program. The Renegades provided a five-metre-long media screen at both events and offered activities and giveaways to fans. It was a great opportunity to give fans who are unable to attend matches a chance to watch the game together and simulate the Etihad Stadium game-day experience.


CRICKET CLUB: Nepal Women’s Cricket Team BATTING: Right Hand Bat BOWLING: Right-arm medium



The Melbourne Stars had another busy summer promoting the game and sharing the Harmony in Cricket message throughout the community. This season the Melbourne Stars travelled to Wodonga for the inaugural Border Bash. The Border Bash, hosted at Lavington Sports Ground, saw both the BBL and WBBL squads take on the Sydney Thunder in what was the first ever WBBL match played in a regional area. As a part of the tour to Wodonga, the Stars hosted a community day at Kelly Park and participated in clinics at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Benalla and Glenrowan Primary School. Through the Stars Club program, the Melbourne Stars offered community cricket clubs the opportunity to nominate their own players who were up to the challenge of becoming the next Melbourne Stars rookies. Led by Melbourne Stars coaches Trent Woodhill and David Hemp, ten male and female players from across Melbourne and country Victoria were selected to attend a training session at the MCG. The trials provided the players a chance to train at an elite level under the direction of some of the game’s best coaches.

SHORYE CHOPRA CRICKET CLUB: Kingston Hawthorn Cricket Club BATTING: Right Hand Bat BOWLING: Right-arm legbreak


Following the trials, the BBL and WBBL Community Rookies were announced at the Melbourne Stars Family Day. Shorye Chopra of Kingston Hawthorn Cricket Club and Lauren Wood of Brighton District Cricket Club were awarded the contracts and the opportunity to be a part of the Stars in BBL|06 and WBBL|02 respectively. In a new initiative, the Melbourne Stars established the T10 Cup to further develop the Stars-aligned Girls Cricket Leagues. Leagues were invited to send a club or league representative team to compete in the inaugural competition. The competition commenced with a round-robin day where each team contested three matches at Toorak Park prior to the Melbourne Stars’ clash with the Perth Scorchers in the WBBL. The two highest placed teams at the end of the day then played off in the T10 Cup final at the MCG in the lead up to the Melbourne Stars’ BBL match against the Brisbane Heat on January 17. The final concluded with the T10 Cup and finalist medals being presented by Melbourne Stars players Emma Inglis, Katie Mack and Natalie Sciver.


LAUREN WOOD CRICKET CLUB: Brighton District Cricket Club BATTING: Right Hand Bat BOWLING: Right – arm medium fast


VICTORIAN CRICKET AND COMMUNITY CENTRE The final turf has been laid on St Kilda’s iconic Junction Oval, with out of ground construction commencing as part of the Victorian Government’s redevelopment of the new first-class cricket ground. The $40 million project, a partnership between the Victorian Government, Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia, will give our top male and female cricketers a first-class ground and training facilities. The Victorian Cricket and Community Centre will feature new headquarters for Cricket Victoria, female-friendly facilities for our elite women’s cricket team, and state-of-the-art medical and rehabilitation areas. It will host grassroots cricket clubs in St Kilda, as well as Sheffield Shield matches for the Victorian Bushrangers. The centre will take cricket to all Victorian communities through increased participation with women, young people, newly arrived migrants and indigenous communities. Cricket is our national pastime and we’re seeing even more young Victorians pick up a bat or ball, especially with women and girls inspired by their Women’s Big Bash League heroes. That’s why we’re supporting cricket clubs across the state to upgrade their facilities, attract more fans and players of all abilities, and discover our next cricket stars.


“Aussies love their cricket, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure even more Victorians can enjoy our summer pastime, all-year round.” “Our cricketers deserve the very best facilities and a world class ground - we promised them, and we’re getting on with building them.”

JOHN E RE N Victorian Minister for Sport

“This upgrade will ensure Junction Oval’s future is just as bright as its past. We’re giving St Kilda clubs space to grow and inspire more local cricket fans to pick up the willow and have a hit or bowl.”

M ARTIN FOL E Y Member for Albert Park “This milestone is a significant step towards establishing the home of Victorian Cricket and providing year-round access for Victoria’s elite male and female cricketers and an accessible venue for local cricket and the local community.”

TONY DODE MAIDE Cricket Victoria CEO



SPORTS VOUCHER PROGRAMS Season 2016-17 saw more than 1192 participants utilise Sports Vouchers. Sports Vouchers assist many of the drought-affected communities in regional Victoria, and provide support for first-time cricketers in junior cricket, girls competitions, MILO in2CRICKET or MILO T20 Blast.

Partnerships with local government increased from seven (2015-16) to 15 this year. Thank you to our 2016-17 partners: Brimbank City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, City of Casey, City of Greater Dandenong, Hume City Council, Central Goldfields Shire Council, Frankston City Council, Horsham Rural City Council, Buloke Shire Council, Yarriambiack Shire Council, Greater Shepparton City Council, Loddon Shire Council, Shire of Glenelg, Northern Grampians Shire Council and Gannawarra Shire Council.

The program is a continuation of the Community Program: On Common Ground project, a strategy by Cricket Victoria, Cricket Australia and the Victorian Government to remove the barrier of player registration fees.



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Maribyrnong City Council

City of Casey

City of Greater Dandenong

Hume City Council

Central Goldfields Shire Council

Frankston City Council

Horsham Rural City Council

Buloke Shire Council

Yarriambiack Shire Council



City of Monash Greater Shepparton City Council


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Shire of Glenelg Northern Grampians Gannawarra Shire Shire Council Council

PROUD2PLAY Founded in 2016 by James Lolicato and Ryan Storr, Proud2Play is a non-profit organisation that was established to ensure every young person has access to safe and inclusive sporting opportunities, regardless of their sexual or gender identity. Proud2Play’s aim is to increase participation and engagement within sport in same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people. Proud2Play deliver education sessions to sporting associations to create safe and inclusive environments.

A SPORT FOR ALL COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS This season Cricket Victoria recruited 60 new A Sport For All Ambassadors. Our new ambassadors were a fantastic addition to our team and assisted with the delivery of: Support and assistance with the delivery of MILO in2CRICKET and/or MILO T20 Blast Promoting initiatives in their communities, such as Growing Cricket for Girls, multicultural affiliation program and community coach/umpire accreditation Assisting with community ‘Come and Try’ days Sharing their personal perspectives at A Sport For All workshops Community Cups

In conjunction with Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria agreed to support the organisation and assist with the launch of Proud2Play. During the 16/17 season, Proud2Play, in partnership with Cricket Victoria and Youlden Parkville Cricket Club, held an all-inclusive social introductory cricket program for the LGBTI community. This cricket program saw participants introduced to cricket for the first time and receive coaching from qualified coaches in a safe and fun environment. Cricket Victoria is looking forward to working with Proud2Play to continue developing inclusive cricket clubs.

We thank all our ambassadors for their continued dedication to the game and contribution to Victorian cricket.


CRICKET SOUTHERN BAYSIDE Cricket Southern Bayside was developed after a number of turf clubs in the region were keen to do things differently. This resulted in a new entity and identity that strongly associates with cricket at higher levels. Clubs and players wanted innovation on and off the ground, and it was delivered through a board of directors making decisions and paid administration managing the game. As a result, Cricket Southern Bayside delivered a competition with coloured clothing across all ten grades, white ball one day and T20 matches, double header T20 rounds, separate white ball finals, a pink ball round and 8 team grades all providing plenty of competitive cricket. The competition also increased spectators, sponsorship and atmosphere at cricket clubs, reigniting old local rivalries in new conditions. During the development phase, clubs were given the opportunity to identify what they would like to see in the governance and operational management of the competition. Items were identified and prioritised and it’s pleasing that from the end of season player and club surveys, the top 6 issues (governance, fixturing, rules, decision-making, communications and formats) delivered significant improvement in their ratings. From the player surveys, in which nearly 400 players responded, a total of 81.5% of the responses rated their season as satisfied or better and 22% rated it as extremely satisfying. It’s an exciting time for cricket in Southern Bayside.





Indoor 4’s is an exciting new indoor cricket concept designed to give maximum game time to players whilst still having shorter games. It also places a greater emphasis on social interaction and skill development. Four players are required per team, with 3-4 teams playing in one match. Each player gets to bat for four overs, bowl for two overs, field and wicket keep throughout the match. Thanks to VicHealth funding, Cricket Victoria was able to pilot the Indoor 4’s program at the Werribee, Northcote, Cranbourne and Box Hill Indoor Sports Centres. The pilot programs attracted over 285 participants, predominately junior age groups, and generated some fantastic feedback from both the participants and their parents.

The success reflected in the pilot programs has suggested that Indoor 4’s can be an attractive alternative to traditional indoor cricket, and could therefore appeal to new and existing indoor cricket players, as well as past players of the game. This program gives Cricket Victoria a fantastic opportunity to engage with communities that may not have participated in indoor cricket in the past, but have a passion for playing cricket all year round. Cricket Victoria is now looking to expand the Indoor 4’s product, and establish competition and leagues in indoor centres right across the state.




The annual Cricket Victoria Volunteer Recognition Breakfast was held to honour our game’s outstanding volunteers on day three of the Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test. Former Australian cricketers and guest speakers Merv Hughes and Cathryn Fitzpatrick, along with Luke Donnellan MP, presented the awards for their dedicated work to their clubs and associations.

2016 Volunteer Recognition Recipients Leigh Andrews (Gembrook CC)

Charlie Hill (Footscray Edgewater CC)

Phillip Anning (Pakenham CC)

Graham Jarry (Yarraville CC)

Peter Banks (Williamstown & District CA)

Jenny Jordan (Darley CC)

Philip Barnes (Banyule CC)

Bill Karametos (Koonung Heights CC)

Peter Berry (Central Park St. Brendans CC)

Trent King (Horsham Saints CC)

Michael Bingley (Boroondara CC & Eastern CA)

Gordon McLeod (Warrnambool & District CA)

Bernadette Brasher (Essendon Maribrynong Park Ladies CC)

Christine Phillips (Boronia CC)

Jeremy Giddings (Coomealla Wentworth CC)

Brian Quinn (Mentone CC)

Stephen Goddard (Warrandyte CC)

Satbir Singh (Clayton District CC)

Wes Grigg (Barrabool CC)

Sonja Viehl (Essendon CC)


50 YEAR SERVICE AWARDS The annual 50 Year Service recognition awards were held on the first day of the Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales at the MCG on February 1st. 2016 saw an astounding 51 recipients commended on their tremendous efforts and commitment to cricket. Victorian Bushrangers bowler Peter Siddle was on hand to distribute awards to the worthy recipients.


2016 50 Year Service Recipients Darrell Holt Robin Court Arthur Ronald Bailey John Royal Kelvin White Grant Myers Ken Davis Graeme Fischer Ranald McKillop Michael Taylor Charles Rivett Wayne Landry Neil Young Graeme Yole Bruce Dowland William Weeden Brian Wilson John Caulfield Kevan Carroll Colin Williams Ray Musgrove Ian Musgrove John Mercer David Manson Michael Dudley Colin Gieschen

Peter Lambie Robert Francis Colin Mahoney Ray Bridger John William Costello Alex Ranson Kevin Sullivan John Ewels Janet Howard Neill Murray John Robinson John Ryan Neville Currie James Barrett David John Anning Brian Wills Jim Mann Ken Eastwood Arthur Day John Shaw Ian Longmuir Ian Gibson Fred Debono Greg Mckie Peter Hum



Harmony in Cricket Community Magazine 2016-17  
Harmony in Cricket Community Magazine 2016-17