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THINKING OUTSIDE THE TOOLE BOX!
The “Dale’s” are ready for one of the biggest and busiest years in its’ brief but storied history as they field 7 senior teams, an U/18 team and 8 junior teams in 2013/14. While some of the biggest names in Heatherdale CC’s history may not be taking the field in the top two senior men’s teams this season, the Dale’s are confident that the investment made by so many over the past two decades into our junior program will continue to bear good fruit!
With the mammoth task of trying to go ‘back-to-back’, coupled with a debut season in Wilson Shield for our 2nd XI side, we desperately needed to ‘think outside the Toole Box’. A fantastic challenge was laid down at last season’s presentation night. The take up was outstanding and the attitude throughout pre-season by the WHOLE club has blown everyone away, including our Coach, Sean de Kretser.
Developing cricketers to play at the highest level in the BHRDCA and beyond,has been a real focus for the Heatherdale Committee and our coach. It was for that very reason that a golden opportunity could NOT be passed by when invited to play in the Wilson Shield. It’s a huge honour to enter a team into this competition. It’s an initiative taken up by the HCC Committee that will hopefully give The Dales an edge throughout this season and beyond.
When asked about the move to Wilson Shield, de Kretser stated; “I believe that by our 2’s playing in Wilson Shield, we are narrowing the leap in competition that our young players have to take when accepting an opportunity in the 1’s. I truly believe that Heatherdale has the depth to be competitive in Wilson Shield. The experience gained by our younger players will prove invaluable in their quest to transition from 2’s to 1’s cricketers in the short and longer term.”
Furthermore, Heatherdale CC has also looked to strengthen the links between our strong junior program and our seniors. We’ve looked at ways to enhance the skill and cricket knowledge of our talented U14s and U16s in a Junior Development Squad over the past two seasons which we’ve already started reaping the benefits from.
Heatherdale has also embraced technology as a way to communicate with members and supporters. The Heatherdale C.C. Facebook page has over 250 ‘likes’ with many more views every week as people view the latest game photos and club updates.
The Facebook page, along with a regularly updated webpage have been complimented this season by a monthly e-newsletter. You can sign up to receive the newsletter here.
Heatherdale Cricket Club thinks a bit differently, and we needed to do so in the current climate, as we look to grow this great game in our local community!
Clubs are encouraged to submit articles for placement in this newsle
The VicHealth 2013-14 Active Club Grants are now open!
Through this year’s program VicHealth will provide grants of up to $3000 (excl. GST) to community sports clubs/organisations to purchase:
– sports injury prevention and management equipment
– essential sporting equipment/items
For more information visit:www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub
MARK JONES – 400 GAMES
Round three in this season will see our long serving spin bowler Mark “Perc” Jones celebrate his 400th senior game of cricket with EBCC.
Through his BCC and EBCC days, the break up of 172 games with BCC and 228 with East Burwood, Mark has strived to represent the club in a determined and honourable fashion.
We can go on about his personal deeds, but the 4 senior premierships at BCC (2 McIntosh Shield) he holds dearly and is striving to have one last chance at another senior premiership.
With the support of his wife, partner and friend Sue they have made a unbelievable contribution to the club on and off the field. For those of us who watched the amount of work they do off the ground, including the organization of the McIntosh Shield grand finals over the last two seasons, it is a credit to both of them how the competition views the club in hosting this event. We certainly know Mark would prefer to be on the ground instead of manning the BBQ.
Life Membership of the club and competition, in addition to the McIntosh Shield bowling award last season for his efforts in 2012/2013, bouncing back from the season before. Plus a number of other competition awards during the seasons which started around the 1979/1980 season.
His last 225 games reads as 808 wickets at 13 with the ball, and 2599 runs at 21 with the bat in addition to 116 catches with 20 run outs makes for a total contribution to all facets of the game. Haven’t been able to compile the runs outs when batting, the Math’s Professors at Monash Uni are still working on this figure. 16 X 7 or more wickets, 49 times 5 or 6 wickets in a innings and the one hat trick in addition to the now famous Jamie Mitchell dropped catch which would have given Mark a 10 for.
All of these games, with the exception of one in the late 80’s at BCC, in the clubs First Senior XI.
It has been a pleasure and a honour to watch Mark ply his trade in addition to a number of his team mates and friends such as the Bramstedts, Daveys, Nelthorpes, Hangar and Keany that have been a part of the club with Perc basically since the early 80’s.
Now in the twilight years with CJ and Andrew as part of the club, Mark should be proud of his achievements plus the family name to continue for many years to come.
For all our club mates, it’s no fluke of Mark’s personal achievements seeing how he sets the standard on track and the off season and nights fitness work.
The club will acknowledge this achievement during the season but for when the milestone arrives, congratulations to Mark for this milestone and his efforts and support on behalf of all at EBCC.