Dear Diary,
As you would no doubt be aware, it has been an extremely tough time for the cricketing world and sport fans in general with the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.  In the midst of Phil’s passing however, it was heart-warming to see people from all over the world come together and show their respects to a talented player who was taken from us far too soon.  All junior and senior Bullants showed their respects by observing a minute’s silence at the start of play last weekend and by wearing black armbands.  There were also some scoreboard tributes and many players participated in the #putoutyourbats tribute (see photos below).
RIP Phil Hughes #63* #408
On the social front, we had another full house at our annual trivia night on November 29th – well done to the winning table led by Tim Lane, and thanks to all who attended.  Our next event is our Xmas Party which will be held on Saturday 20th December from 6.30pm.  The event will include match reports and junior games medallion presentations.  We will be having a spit roast & salads dinner and we have made this very affordable for all families, so we are hoping for a strong turn out.  Make sure you send your RSVP to your respective captain / coach, or via email to us ASAP.
Have a very merry Christmas and see you in the New Year!

The BTCC 1st X1 ‘put out their bats’ before the match against East Burwood. Thanks to Tony Mason for this sensational photo.

It’s been a pleasing couple of weeks for the BTCC.
Our 1st XI has managed to win the last three matches on the trot, including an outright win against St Davids. The 1s now find themselves sitting in fourth place having played five of the top six teams and with plenty of room for improvement.  Joey Paolucci has been the pick of the players over the past fortnight, picking up eight wickets in the outright win.
Our 2nd XI continue to battle along and improve on a regular basis. The club was extremely pleased to see Kristian Haikal make his first century for the club against Manningham.  Mark Coulston also recently scored a half century against East Burwood.  Both players are no strangers to 1s cricket and will certainly put some healthy pressure on players in the higher grade.
The 3s are currently sitting in third spot, enjoying a great season so far.
Captain of the 3rd XI, Tim Lane, brought up his first century against Forest Hill and Josh Fulton continues to star with the bat making another
70 runs in the same match.  The 3s continue to improve and are looking to go a little better in March than previous years.
Our 4s have had a great influx of parents playing with our juniors and I would like to welcome Matt Leggio and Paul Pavlidis to the senior playing group.  Their training attendance has not gone unnoticed and I think we will see these names slowly appearing through the grades over the coming weeks.
Good luck to all senior sides in the last match before the break up and I look forward to hearing the junior / senior match reports at the Christmas function.

1st XI
Round 4:
 5-153 (dec.) & 0-7 def. St Davids 41 & 116 
Joseph Paolucci 5-16
Adrian Tabacchiera 3-19
Lee Woolcock 4-31 (2nd innings)
Joseph Paolucci 3-29 (2nd innings)
Round 5: 6-136 def. East Burwood 134
Joseph Paolucci 3-45

2nd XI
Round 4:
 196 def. by Manningham 4-200
Kristan Haikal 122
Round 5: 131 def. by East Burwood 246
Mark Coulston 51
Kristan Haikal 3-61

3rd XI
Round 4:
 141 def. by Kerrimuir United 4-154
Tim Lane 3-30
Round 5: 3-224 def. Forest Hill 137
Tim Lane 101*
Josh Fulton 70
Scott Boyd 3-9
Peter Grouios3-18

4th XI
Round 7:
 158 def. by Mulgrave Wheelers Hill 7-163
Aaron March 58*
Micky Blanchard 3-21
Round 8: 5-168 def. St Davids 8-160
Andrew Grainger 53*
Dave McClean 3-23
Round 9: 128 def. by Melbourne Falcons 3-133
Round 10: 187 def. by Manningham 4-196

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

Our U12 Friday night team observed a 63 seconds silence with EBHCC at Timber Ridge following the tragic passing of Phillip Hughes.

Congratulations to junior Bullants who have been selected to play representative cricket.  Jake Sticca has been selected to play for Kew in the VSDCA J.G. Craig U15 tournament (formerly known as Hatch).  Christian Toppi, Nick Gioskos and Lachie Blanchard have been selected in U14 BHRDCA representative sides, while Steph Paolucci has been selected to play in an U15 BHRDCA girls side.  Full fixture details will be posted to the BTCC website.  

The runs have been flowing in our junior teams.  Jake Sticca (53*), Julian Toppi (53*) and Christian Toppi (40*) led the U16s to victory against Bulleen.  Julian also took 4-3!

In the U14 ECA side, Lachie Blanchard (59*) and Nick Gioskos (50*) were amongst the runs in the recent win against Balwyn, while in the U14 BHRDCA side, Mitch Cassidy (51) and James Gattuso (33*) featured in the win against Yarraleen.

Meanwhile, the U12 Saturday side compiled an impressive 329 (Jake Donovan 40*, Nathan Ashmore 36*, Nick Paolucci 27*) in the win vs. Kerrimuir United.  Hamish McClean took 3-2 with the ball.

As always, it’s great to see junior Bullants playing senior cricket.  Congratulations to Nick Paolucci, who at 11 years old, we believe may have become BTCC’s youngest senior wicket taker, playing for the 3rd XI in their Round 3 win.

Junior Interview – Michael Willmott

Years played at BTCC?
Played 2 years of Milo Cricket, followed by 2 years in Anklebyters.  Currently playing first year in U12s on both Friday nights (C Grade) and Saturday mornings (B grade)
Best bowling performance?
1/1 off 2 over’s in U12s
AFL team supported?
Favourite cricket player?
Dave Warner
What’s the best thing about playing at BTCC?
Learning to play cricket with all my friends
What do you want to be when you grow up?
International cricket player

Haiks brings up his maiden ton in the 2s a few weeks ago.

Kristan Haikal

Years played at BTCC?
This is my 7th year, since U16s
Your favourite: 

Seafood of any kind
I’m not going to lie, don’t drink too much alcohol. Don’t mind a bit of scotch though
Professional sports team?
Luke Hodge or Shane Warne
Holiday destination?
Lebanon, been there a couple of times and despite what is said about it, it’s a beautiful place
What is your dream job?
Structural Engineer
Who would play you in a movie?
100% Rowan Atkinson, the similarities are too hard to pass by
What’s your specialty dish?
Fresh oysters
Most memorable Bullant moment?
Winning the 4th XI grand final in 2011/12
Funniest thing seen on a cricket field?
Playing 4s and mid game an opposition batsmen walking to backward square and taking a leak on the ground.  Or any one of Moz’s speeches in the under 18’s
Teammate that needs to be dobbed in for something and why?
The amount of swearing that goes on by the T20 captain is extraordinary, but seems to get the boys over the line every time.  Pre-game pep talk usually starts with “We don’t lose to these *****”, and it’s said randomly at least 13 more times throughout the game
Something others at the club may not know about you?
I’m a middle child.  Older brother has no clue about cricket or sport in general. He is still the golden child though

BTCC Xmas Party and Dinner

Saturday 20 December, 6.30pm

BTCC’s Xmas Party and Dinner is on again, featuring a spit roast dinner (lamb and chicken), match reports and Junior games medal presentations.

All Senior players, Juniors, Families and Friends welcome!  

Make sure you RSVP to your captain / coach, or via email to us ASAP. 

View flyer below for full details:


LLG Hair (Leave Looking Gorgeous)

Our newest sponsor is LLG Hair which is located at the bottom level (Shop 12) of Macedon Square in Lower Templestowe.

All BTCC players, families and supporters receive 20% OFF any hair service!  Please pick up a discount card from the clubrooms or mention you are a BTCC member when getting your hair done.

Thanks to Eric and the team for jumping on board as sponsors this season – let’s show them our support!

Dom supporting our newest sponsor, LLG Hair.