Dear Diary

Season 2015-16 has come to an end and it has certainly been an interesting one! Unfortunately there were no senior premierships to celebrate, however we did have our under 12C Gold team coached by Matt McCrohan and Brett Wilmott remain undefeated all season and finish off with a convincing win in the Grand Final – well done to all involved!

Off the field we have made some significant progress in various areas of the Club, the most notable achievements this season being:

  • Increasing our junior player base (including Milo participants) to over 130;
  • Establishing junior girls cricket at the club for the first time, with 3 junior girls team playing this season;
  • Raising over $850 for the McGrath Foundation (our first year getting behind this worthy cause);
  • Welcoming a number of new sponsors to the Club, including Silvertop Taxi, 2TTs, Doncaster Holden, Thompsons Road Physiotherapy and High Access Group; and
  • Launching our brand new website.

On Saturday 16 April, we celebrated our Presentation Night at The Boulevard in Kew. In was a fantastic night and we inducted two life members in Jack Miller and David Matthews. Congratulations also to all our award winners, in particular to Mark Cassidy for winning the Club Person Award (for his fantastic efforts with the junior girls program) and also to Luke Mason for winning his third straight Club Champion Award.

This season also marks Luke’s last season as Captain of the 1st XI, after 8 seasons in the role. Luke is the only BTCC Captain to have led the Club to a McIntosh Shield Premiership (in fact, he has done this twice). Congratulations to Luke on his captaincy efforts, but more importantly to him and his wife Nerida for recently bringing a new baby boy into the world – welcome Leo Mason.

The Club has recently announced that Andrew Verga has been appointed 1st XI Captain for season 2016-17. Andrew has played over 200 senior games for BTCC, has won 6 senior premierships and also captained our T20 side since 2012-13. ‘Vergs’ is also heavily involved in leadership positions at the Bulleen Templestowe Junior and Senior Football Clubs. This appointment is a significant one for the Club, and we are very excited at the prospect of Vergs leading us into the future.

A reminder that our AGM is scheduled for Monday 23 May at The Harp in Kew. All committee positions are open for election.

Enjoy the off-season and look forward to an exciting season 2016-17.