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A message from the President

Hi all

It’s definitely been an interesting year, and at times quite challenging. However, I think we’ve made significant progress as a Club in various areas.

Given the situation we found ourselves in, we had to be a little creative with our 1XI captaincy arrangement and after some old fashioned persuasion tactics, we finally landed on appointing Vergs and Ashwyn as co-captains. An approach the Club hasn’t really taken before.

We made some changes to senior training this season going down to one training night a week which of course was a Wednesday Night. Without wanting to put the pressures of organising senior training on both co-captains in their first year, we had to be a bit creative. So we went out and got Ron Rooney to run trainings for us. He wasn’t the “Head Coach” we’ve always wanted, but he was someone who at least mixed things up with training and made us think outside the box a bit. I’m sure we’ll take a few things learned this season into next season.

If there’s anything to come out of this season, perhaps it’s the knowledge that players are actually keen to have trainings back to twice a week. I wanted to thank those players who were open minded to the changes made this season, and the need to try something different and keep things fresh.

And while Vergs will be the first to admit he didn’t have the season he’d have like to have had with the bat, I think he deserves a great deal of credit for taking on the position of co-captain when the Club needed him to step up. We can’t forget Vergs came back from an ACL injury and missed the whole of last season. So thank you Vergs for your efforts.

Then we have Ashwyn, who played only a handful of games for the Club last year, but showed glimpses of leadership potential. And on that potential, we decided that he was definitely worth a shot for the captaincy position. Since agreeing to take on the role, Ash has impressed with his commitment, dedication to the role, attention to detail and enthusiasm. And he has grown into the position as the season has progressed.

In the end, to finish up in the top 8 in McIntosh Shield and avoid relegation in a year when 4 teams went down was an admirable effort. We actually just missed out on playing finals by 1 game. We beat 3 out of the top 4 teams this season including both grand finalists.

Although the 2s, 3s and 4s didn’t make finals, all of those teams had a number of highlights which was noted by the captains in their respective speeches on Presentation Night. Well done to the Vets who made finals this season for the second year running. And while they will probably be disappointed in how the season ended, making finals after going up a grade is no mean feat.

Looking forward to next season, there’s going to be some changes with the restructuring of all Saturday grades. Teams are going to have to be more consistent for longer periods, and there will be very few easy games, especially in the top few grades. I think all teams will be well placed to make finals under the right on-field leadership.

As I announced at Presentation Night, I am delighted that Ashwyn Mohandas has accepted the position of 1XI Captain for season 2019/20. I spoke on Presentation Night about Ashwyn’s passion for the Club and his commitment to the role, and I’m genuinely excited about next season’s prospects under Ash’s direction. Congratulations Ashwyn.

Next season will be the Club’s 50th year anniversary. We’ve formed a sub-committee comprising of Scott Boyd, Mick Amor, John Cochrane, Joseph Paolucci and myself who have already made significant progress in planning for the event. We are extremely excited that the venue selected for

the Gala Ball is none other than the home of cricket, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. We’ve locked in the Jim Stynes Room in the Olympic Stand which has specular views of the most prestigious sporting ground in the country.

We are super excited about this event and we’re advising all club members and supporters to save the date being Saturday November 9th 2019.

Have a great off-season and see you all in Season 2019/20!

Go Bullants!

 

Kind Regards,

Dominic Pius – President, Bulleen Templestowe Cricket Club

 

The Bulleen Templestowe Cricket Club is proudly a Good Sports Club.