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Dear Diary,

Welcome to Season 2015-16. The Club has had a massive off-season and a busy start on the field as well. So far, we have already achieved the following:

  • We now have over 100 junior players playing across 11 junior teams, including two junior girls teams that are competing in the Anna Lanning Shield (a first for the Club)
  • We’ve welcomed on board Silver Top Taxi and Doncaster Holden as new major sponsors of the Club, and entered into partnership arrangements with Thompsons Road Physiotherapy, 2tt’s school & specialty pty ltd, High Access Group, Flight Centre Lower Templestowe, Pancake Parlour Doncaster and Lagana Quality Meats
  • We’ve maintained our existing relationships with our loyal sponsors being EFSS (Rod and Sandy Fulton), Templestowe Village Bendigo Bank (Chris Cahir) and The Harp of Erin (Peter Croft)
  • We have launched our new website which will be an up to date source of Bullant results, news, event details and photos
  • We have designed our new online Social media logo
  • We have registered the Club for Pink Stumps Day, and have set a target of $650 to raise for the McGrath Foundation supporting breast cancer research
  • Together with the support of the Manningham Council, we have extended our training nets so that they are safer for all players and more user-friendly
  • We have put in an order for new playing tops for our senior playing group (they look very sharp!), and social polos for our junior coaches, senior players and supporters

On Saturday 7th November 2015 we have our first Junior Match Reports Night for the Season. We will have a representative from one of our major sponsors attending, we will be presenting all junior coaches with their social polos, and we are also expecting attendance on the night from a special guest player (stay tuned – details to be announced shortly). There are only three junior match reports scheduled for the Season, so please make every effort to get down to the Club on the 7th.

A special note to congratulate Jake Sticca who had his debut for the 1stXI last match at the ripe old age of 15. Jake did not look out of place at all in the ones, and batted magnificently (for nearly 40 overs!) in the match against Koonung Heights. Unfortunately, the boys couldn’t get the win, however certainly a day for the Sticca clan to remember.

Go Bullants!

Dom

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President Dom Pius presenting 1st XI debutante Jake Sticca with his baggy blue & gold before the Round 2 clash at Koonung Heights.

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Another season is upon us and what a great start to the year. I would like to congratulate the Committee for the tremendous work they have achieved during the winter months. The Committee has secured a number of new sponsors and managed to sign up ~120 junior members which has to be some kind of record for BTCC.

The Committee have managed to do this whilst contributing and being active in a strict on-field preseason. Seven out of the ten committee members have played a 1st XI game in season 2015-16, a significant achievement which should be applauded.

Our 4th XI have only played one match after two forfeits, but have kicked off their season 3-0. I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of dads from the fours at preseason and I am sure this early work will pay off after Christmas. Also looking forward to contributions from many of our new junior members.

Unfortunately the 3rd XI have had a difficult start to the year, but and came up against a 1st XI side in Round 3 (Eley Park CC). The thirds have a great bowling line up and I am backing them to turn their season around in the coming weeks.

After a difficult season last year, the 2nd XI responded with a close Round 1 loss before they claimed the six points last Saturday. There have been some really solid performances spread across the twos, and I am looking forward to many of these players putting pressure on the 1st XI players.

The 1st XI kicked off their season campaign with a convincing win over East Box Hill in the first one day match of the season, however fell short of the 246 run target set by Koonung Heights in Round 2. The ones have welcomed two first time players this season (Andrew Smith and Jake Sticca) after a well deserved preseason and consistent performances in the 2nd XI over previous years. Jake comes into the 1st XI at the early age of 15, but has certainly fitted in well and seems determined to make runs.

Due to a number of weddings and committed holidays this year, there will be many opportunities in the higher grades at BTCC, and I would urge all those aiming to play higher to continue to get to training and stack up runs and wickets in their current teams.

Good luck to all over the coming weeks

Cheers,

Maso

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Thanks to Mark Cassidy for his BTCC Junior season 2015-16 overview:

2015/2016 season is off and running for all junior grades and this season we have seen a significant increase in numbers, both in terms of teams (2x Anklebyters, 4x U12, 1x U14 and 2x U16) and approx. 120 juniors across all grades rolling out for BTCC each weekend.

As a club, we have also made significant inroads into junior girls cricket, with 21 girls registered and ready to commence play in the ECA T20 competition, commencing on 28 October. The Anna Lanning Shield (ALS) will be played throughout the last week of October, all of November and first week of December, returning at the end of January for a further 6 rounds, culminating in finals on Sunday 28 February. BTCC has entered two girls teams, named HEALY and PERRY, after two fantastic Australian players, and teams will line up in the Tier 1 ALS Stars and the Tier 2 ALS Spirit competitions each Wednesday night from 5 – 7pm accordingly. We also expect at least six of the current crop of girls to try out in our U12 and U14 teams and most of these girls are going on to play representative cricket for ECA and BHRDCA in January.

Stephanie Paolucci has been appointed Captain of the senior Girls T20 ALS Stars Team and Madeleine Leggio Captain of the junior Girls T20 ALS Spirit Team.  Well done to both girls.

The Junior’s preseason started in August, which along with a school holiday program, saw excellent numbers at each training session, ranging on average from 50 to 75 kids. All five nets, as well as the centre wicket are taken up and it is really heartening to see so many kids running around having fun in the sun!!

With the increase in numbers, we have also seen a significant increase in the volunteer coaching staff and on behalf of Graham, we welcome to the team:

  • Les Pataki  (U12 Green)
  • Matt Leggio, Andy Aldois and Clayton Howard to the Anklebyters coaching team
  • Stephen Mayne (Girls T20 HEALY)

The overall support from parents has been extremely well received. We would also like to pass on a significant thanks to Joseph Paolucci, who has been a regular at U16 and U14 training, passing his expert eye over our current crop of players and providing one on one coaching assistance, which has been fantastic.

We have a number of junior players already participating in seniors cricket and a specially mention to Jake Sticca, who played his maiden 1st XI game in Round 2, cap number 218.

Congratulations to the following junior players selected to trial for representative sides:

  • Hamish McClean and James Farrugia (U12)
  • Jake Donovan, Nathan Ashmore and Joel Matherson (U14)
  • Christian Toppi, Lachlan Blanchard, Mitch Cassidy and Nicholas Gioskos (U15)
  • Stephanie Paolucci (U15 Girls)
  • Jake Sticca and Jack Larson (U16)

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Our new Girls T20 team looking sharp in their pink caps and playing tops.
1st XI
Round 1:
 3-133 def. East Box Hill 129
Jo Paolucci 3-24
Matt Hale 3-28
Round 2: 205 def. by Koonung Heights 246
Luke Mason 3-32
Jo Paolucci 3-41
Tim Arnold 3-56

2nd XI
Round 1:
 6-187 def. by Koonung Heights 6-191
Akshat Yamdagni 4-62
Round 2: 6-128 def. Mulgrave Wheelers Hill 106
Matt Hale 4-29
Richard Oster 3-23

3rd XI
Round 1:
 90 def. by Eley Park 2-105
Round 2: 87 def. by Kerrimuir United 7-165

4th XI
Round 1:
 won by forfeit
Round 2: won by forfeit
Round 3: 9-147 def. Yarraleen 131
Mark Cassidy 4-24

Open MyCricket for all fixtures, results, ladders and stats.


KEELEY OWEN

Keeley joins the inaugural BTCC Girls T20 team, having been recruited from the BTJFC Girls U12 team where she is an excellent full forward. A talented right hand batter and bowler, Keeley has shown outstanding progress through the pre-season and is one of a number of girls we expect to excel, having already been nominated for representative cricket. 

Years played at BTCC?
This is my first year with Bulleen Templestowe and I’m looking forward to the first game
AFL team supported?
Hawthorn
Favourite cricket player?
Dave Warner
What’s the best thing about playing at BTCC?
Although girls can play in the boy’s teams, it’s great to finally have an all-girls team to play in
What school do you go to?
Templestowe Valley Primary School
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Primary school teacher


Silver Top Taxi

BTCC is pleased to have Silver Top Taxi on board as a major sponsor this season.

Silver Top is a well-known and respected Melbourne taxi transport service, offering a range of services including Silver Service, Silver Shuttle, Airporter, Green Tops and Standard taxis.

Please support Silver Top and download their app from the App Store or Google Play.

2tt’s School & Specialty Pty Ltd

2tt’s School & Specialty Pty Ltd has also partnered with the Bullants as a new sponsor this season.

2tt’s manufacture tough and terrific school and sports socks. 2tt’s proudly boast Australian made socks with an emphasis on quality, with reliable and efficient delivery and exceptional customer service follow up.

Whether you need school, sport or business socks, support our new sponsor and buy 2tt’s branded socks.  2tt’s socks are available at Bob Stewart’s in Kew.


Steve Young

Years involved at BTCC?
Debuted with the U12s in 1982-83. Have had a few years off here and there and the odd cameo since
Favourite food?
Stalactites Souvlaki or a nice Ham & Pineapple Pizza with Hot Salami
Favourite drink?
VB
Favourite professional sports team?
Collingwood, SF 49ers, SF Giants, Tottenham Hotspur, LA Lakers & San Jose Sharks
Favourite athlete?
Madison Bumgarner
Favourite holiday destination?
Cape Paterson
What is your dream job?
Professional Cricketer
Who would play you in a movie?
Arnie
What’s your specialty dish?
Tacos
What’s your favourite Thursday night BTCC dinner?
Moz’s Hot Dogs & Dim Sims or the late great Sippa’s ‘Red Raw’ Hamburgers.
Sorry Santino – but I haven’t had one of your Thursday night meals yet
Most memorable Bullant moment?
2004-05 A1 Premiership – You can’t win the Shield unless you are playing Shield.
Throw in the Scooby Doo’s winning A3 – and a good time was had by all
Funniest thing seen on a cricket field?
Mark Albiston playing and missing more than 20 ‘Rosie’ outswingers before popping one up to Ducky Simpson at short leg whilst 6 slips and 2 gullies were waiting in the cordon
Something others at the club may not know about you?
Only person in the world to play 100 1st Grade games for BTCC & BTAFC
What would be the first thing you bought if you won Lotto?
Multiple slabs of beer for a party
Where should we go on the next end of season trip?
With a good bunch of Bullants – you can take me anywhere


To all our valued supporters, make sure you purchase a 2015-16 BTCC Social Membership,which include the following benefits.  To purchase, see a Committee Member at the club, or send us an email

Blue ($60)
–  Membership Card with 1st XI fixture
–  BTCC “Social Member” stubby holder
–  Exclusive offers/discounts from our        range of sponsors
–  50% discount on club polo
–  1 x free drink on Saturdays at Ted           Ajani
–  1 x free drink with purchase of dinner      on Thursdays at Ted Ajani Reserve
–  Entry in a reverse raffle Blue                    Syndicate
–  Clubroom Blue status recognition

Gold ($250)
–  Membership Card with 1st XI fixture
–  BTCC “Social Member” stubby holder
–  Exclusive offers/discounts from our        range of sponsors
–  1 x free drink with purchase of dinner      on Thursdays at Ted Ajani
–  Free individual drinks at Ted Ajani            between 5-6pm each Saturday
–  1 x entry to Xmas function including         dinner
–  1 x entry to Trivia Night
–  Reverse raffle entry – individual ticket
–  BTCC social polo
–  Clubroom Gold status recognition

Ladies ($50)
–  Membership Card with 1st XI fixture
–  Exclusive offers/discounts from our        range of sponsors
–  1 x Ladies Pink Bullant hat
–  1 x entry to Xmas function including         dinner
–  1 x drink at Ted Ajani each Saturday
–  1 x Ladies Syndicate in reverse               raffle·
–  Clubroom Ladies Membership status       recognition

With record numbers at junior training sessions this season, all senior players are encouraged to come down during the week to assist and pass on their experience to the next generation of Bullants.


Please support our sponsors