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KFC OVAL – THE HOME OF THE TWO BLUES

Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club and Geelong Amateur Football and Netball Club are proud to announce a sponsorship deal with KFC to name their home ground KFC Oval for the next three years.

“This is an outstanding contribution by KFC to the promotion of sport in our region,” said NCCC President, Frank Tuskes. “Cricket and KFC already have a well-established bond at the domestic and international levels, and it fantastic to see it happening at club level.

“This sponsorship will help us ensure our facilities remain at the highest standards. We thank KFC and the Hosking Family for their magnificent support.”

GANFC also welcomed the announcement.

“This is also a huge boost for us and we too would like to thank KFC for their support of sport at the grassroots level,” said club president Simon Farrell. “We would also like to acknowledge the lead role NCCC played in setting up this sponsorship. With this and recent renovations to the club rooms, in which we played our leading role, there is obviously a great spirit of co-operation between the two clubs which is a great benefit to the many communities we serve.”

KFC’s Craig Hosking said supporting local communities was always a priority for his organisation.

“Our franchises in Geelong are very much a part of the community, and we are aware of what a key role both NCCC and GANFC play in fostering sport right across the ages,” he said. “KFC Oval is home to junior cricket and football all the way up to Over 70s cricket. To be able to support all of those groups through this sponsorship is a big win for us.”

 

Pink Stumps Day – 20th Feb

Newtown & Chilwell Cricket Club will join clubs, businesses and schools showing off their cricket skills for the McGrath Foundation’s Pink Stumps Day, hosting a Ladies Day High tea, on Saturday 20th February.

Pink Stumps Day provides an opportunity to raise money to fund McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities nationally and to increase breast awareness in young Australians. McGrath Foundation Ambassador and Director, Tracy Bevan, said Pink Stumps Day will play a vital role in achieving the Foundation’s mission of ensuring every family impacted by breast cancer has access to a dedicated breast care nurse, no matter where they live or their financial situation. “Our McGrath Breast Care Nurses are at the heart of what we do at the Foundation. They’ve helped to support over 36,000 families in Australia experiencing breast cancer. We’re encouraging everyone to step up to the crease and make their run count by getting behind Pink Stumps Day to help make this our biggest and pinkest yet,” said Tracy.

To donate now to our fundraising page just click here

Date: Saturday 20th February
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Where: Newtown & Chilwell cricket club
Cost: $35 per person, includes live music, high tea provided by Pink Saffron Catering, and a champagne on arrival

For more information, contact: Jamie Pescott 0419900119, Reeanna Pavletich 0438416620, Kylie Chapman 0432208478

Don’t forget to wear pink on the day and have some cash on hand for raffles raising money for the McGrath Foundation!

See attached brochure by clicking here for more information!

DAMIAN SHANAHAN JOINS NEWTOWN AND CHILWELL CRICKET CLUB

ShannasNewtown and Chilwell Cricket Club is proud to announce that former Geelong coach Damian Shanahan will play with the Two Blues this summer. The 40-year-old had highly successful stints with Camberwell and Geelong in Premier cricket as a batsman, bowler, captain and coach. Earlier this year, he announced he was stepping aside as coach of Geelong.

“We are thrilled that Shanners has chosen to join our club,” said club President Phillip Morgan.

“While his ability as a cricketer is something we relish enjoying, just having a person of his experience around the club is going to be good for us. Our youngsters will benefit from his knowledge, in fact everyone at the club will. He is one of the best credentialled cricketers in Victoria, and when you add his name to those of Marc Carson and Rod Kiddle, along with our Gooch/Insole scholarship holder Chris Pepper, there’s a lot of talent, a lot of wisdom, a deep well of cricket knowledge for everyone at our club to drink from as we encourage people to come and play this great game of cricket that we all love and want to nurture.”

Shanahan played 181 games for Camberwell before moving to Geelong where he took the club to a T20 flag and two club championships.

“One of the reasons I stepped down as coach of Geelong was that I felt burnt out and that it was time for a fresh voice at the club,” Damian said. “Another reason was family, I have two young children, Isabella and Xavier, I’d wanted to spend more time with. Queens Park is just down the road from where we live in Highton so the drive to and from cricket on Saturdays won’t be so long. And I also have a family connection to Newtown through my wife Bec, her father Gavan is a life member & major sponsor (Connect Tel) there and my brother-in-law Tim is a premiership player.”

“It will be great just to be a player again, to relax and enjoy my cricket. At the same time, I am happy to help out when required in support of my great friend Marc Carson, the coach at Newtown. Carso and I spent a lot of time together at Geelong where he gave me so much support.”

“I am looking forward to being able to return that favour.”

10 Questions with Chris Pepper

Chris Pepper is the Gooch/Insole Scholarship holder for 2015/2016. We caught up with him in his Essex home and put 10 questions to him.

1. Okay Chris, the most important question first, you’ve probably been talking to some of the former scholarship holders about us, what have they told you?  

A. I’ve heard it’s a great club, with great people, in a nice area near the coast, with warm weather with lots to do. I’ve been told we are a relatively new team with a desire to improve and play competitive cricket, whist having a good time

2. Can you name all of the other Essex players who have come to Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club?  

A. Daniel Lawrence and Jaik Mickleburgh

3. How did you get started in cricket?

A. I started playing on my annual family holiday to South Africa (where my mother is from and the team I support), on my grandparents farm, with my brother, dad and cousin. I then joined a small village club in Wendens Ambo at the age of 9 and continued playing from there.

4. Tell us a bit about your cricket, from what we hear, you’re a decent bat and a handy fast bowler.

A. I am a right-handed middle order batsman. I look to be positive as much as possible. I am a right-handed medium fast swing bowler.  I also value myself as a handy fielder in the cover/point area whilst also being confident in the slips.

5. What are your ambitions in cricket?

A. To play professional cricket for Essex County Cricket Club in the next few years. Would love to play international cricket after that (as most would), but still got a lot to learn and improve on before.

6. From a cricketing point of view, what do you hope to get out of your time in Australia?

A. I would like to learn and adapt to different playing conditions, learning to deal with different challenges such as faster and flatter wickets. As well as improving my all round game to better me for the future.

7. Is there a travel destination to which you hope to get while you are in Australia?

A. I would like to see other parts of Australia such as Sydney and the Gold Coast, whilst potentially visiting an island off the coast such as Fiji if the time allows.

8. What has been the biggest thrill/achievement of your cricket career so far?   

A. Scoring 98* for the London & East of England against the North in a tricky situation. Of course representing Essex academy and the second eleven are also up there, as well as representing England U17 invitational elven. Travelling to Sri Lanka with four other academy players last year for a cricket camp was also a highlight of my career.

9. Who is your cricketing hero?

A. Jacques Kallis. Best all-rounder of all time in my opinion. I am a huge fan of his.

10. Who is going to win the Ashes series from here?

A. I think it will be an Australian win, when the bowling and batting clicks in the final two games.

N&CCC 2015/16 Pre-Season Programme

Geelong Indoor Sports (13 Gravel Pits Rd South Geelong)

Friday August 14 6.30pm – 8pm 3 Lanes

Friday August 21 6.30pm – 8pm 3 Lanes

Friday August 28 6.30pm – 8pm 3 Lanes

Friday September 4 6.30pm – 8pm 3 Lanes

Friday September 11 6.30pm – 8pm 3 Lanes

Barwon Valley Activity Centre (1 Barwon Heads Rd Belmont – Opp K-Mart)

Wednesday 19 August 2015 – 09:00 pm 10:00 pm

Wednesday 26 August 2015 – 09:00 pm 10:00 pm

Wednesday 2 September 2015 – 09:00 pm 10:00 pm

Wednesday 16 September 2015 – 09:00 pm 10:00 pm

Pre-Season Practice Matches

Practice Match – TBC – Sunday 20th September

Practice Match – TBC – Sunday 27th September

Early September – Specialized Fielding Sessions – Saltwater Coast Synthetic – TBC (4 Sessions)

The above sessions are paid for by the club so we need to make sure that we make 100% use of the facilities and that you also make the effort to attend on the above dates.

Please be there 15 minutes prior to the noted times so you can be ready to go.

If you are unable to attend ANY sessions, then please make sure you provide an apology before the session to Philip Twaddle on mobile 0431 382 691 or myself on my contact details below.

Many thanks

Marc Carson

M: 0430 478 869

E: carso49@icloud.com

ANOTHER RECRUITING COUP FOR TWO BLUES

 

Chris Pepper

Newtown & Chilwell Cricket Club supporters who revelled in watching young Daniel Lawrence’s superb array of strokes against GCA bowling attacks and then write his own piece of history for Essex Cricket are thrilled to learn the “Two Blues” have secured another talented player from the academy.

‘His name is Chris Pepper and according to Essex he is a very promising all-rounder,’ said club president Phillip Morgan.

‘Chris maintains the very powerful and highly successful bond between our club and Essex through the unique “Gooch / Insole Scholarship” we established almost a decade ago now.

‘Players like Jaik Mickleburgh who played against Australia this month, Jon Carpenter and Dan Lawrence have enriched our club not just on the field but off it.

‘Because they come from a highly professional outfit like the Essex Cricket Academy, they add to the knowledge of our own coaching staff & players.

‘Add Chris to all of Marc Carson’s & Rod Kiddle’s years of experience and our club from juniors right to our first Xl can draw on a deep well of knowledge.  We all are looking forward to his arrival in early October’.

For the record Daniel Lawrence became the third youngest centurion in County Cricket history in April, 2015 when he scored 161 at the Oval versus Surrey.

NEWTOWN AND CHILWELL CRICKET CLUB CONGRATULATES DANIEL LAWRENCE

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The Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club congratulates last summer’s Merriman Medallist Daniel Lawrence on claiming a special place in the history of first-class cricket in England.

Lawrence, who spent the 2014/2015 season with the Two Blues, scored 161 against Surrey at The Oval to become Essex’s youngest century-maker in the County Championship, and third youngest ever for the entire competition.

“In many ways it is not a surprise, we knew from watching Daniel play for our club that he was something special,” said N&CCC president Phil Morgan.

“But gee, to have done it with such a big century, at a cherished cricket ground like The Oval and playing against superstars like Kevin Pietersen and Kumar Sangakarra, it is a great achievement.

“We congratulate Daniel, there are a lot of people at our club who right now are very proud of him, and also just a bit tired, having followed on the Internet his progress from first 48 not out overnight, to his century, then on to 161.”

Lawrence, just 17, arrived at the club last October as the fifth holder of the increasingly fabled Gooch/Insole scholarship set up between Newtown and Chilwell and the Essex County Cricket Club.

Another former scholarship holder, Jaik Mickleburgh, also featured in the game against Surrey, scoring 61.

Other scholarship holders have been Michael Comber, Sam Arthurton and Jon Carpenter.

“This is a unique partnership in the GCA and one we’re very proud of,” said Phil Morgan.

“The young English players get the benefit of playing in our conditions, while our players benefit from working with people who clearly come from a very professional set up.”

Newtown benefitted to the tune of 556 runs at an average of just over 42 from the young Englishman, who also kept wickets for most of the summer.

His performance earned him the highly prestigious Merriman Medal for the Two Blues’ player of the year.

Someone else thrilled with Daniel Lawrence’s historic performance overnight was his host while he lived in Geelong, N&CCC’s chairman of selectors, Phil Twaddle.

“I didn’t think I’d ever be jumping out of my chair when a Pom makes a ton but yeah, I did it,” Phil said.

 

 

 

THE LEGEND OF JOHN WILLIAMS – THE ORIGINAL BATTLER

John Williams was 29 when he signed up to fight “Johnny Turk”, just another boy from the Victorian bush ready to go and do his duty for King and country.

John was living on a farm in Kerang in Victoria when on October 16th, he joined the Australian Imperial Forces, the fabled AIF on the badges pinned to the slouch hats that distinguished the Diggers from their fellow Allies.

“I’m not sure why I am joining,” he wrote at the time.

“It’s a long way to go to Turkey to serve one’s country but all my mates are going and so I better go and look after them I suppose. Mum’s upset and crying but I reassure her I can look after myself and I’m a bloody good shot. Shooting rabbits all day is a much harder than Turks I tell her and it will be over in a few months and I will be back on the farm in no time.”

A local church was being used as the recruitment post.

”I arrive at the church and sign up there and then. I ended up in the 5TH Battalion and was given the service number 1829.

“The next few months we are sent to training. Its hard work but I enjoy it and the hand to hand combat we are trained in is something I enjoy as I’m bigger than most of the lads being 6ft 2. We are taught how to use the bayonet, something we all hope we don’t have to use. The officers tell us the Turks will probably flee once we open up on them from the sea and spirits are high.”

John Williams along with the rest of the 5th Battalion, set sail for the Turkish coast in March 1915.

“Some ships have already left before us and they plan to get there at the end of April,” John wrote in his diary. “Hopefully they leave us some action as training for three months has left us ready for the fight.”

John’s ship sailed into the Dardanelles on the Turkish coast on April 26th, 1915.

“All we can see is ship after ship firing round after round into the cliffs in front of us. Fire and smoke pervades all through the sky with British ships burning and exploding all around us. What the hell is going on here? We were told the Turks didn’t have a navy but the British ships are going down by the dozens. We get through to about a mile from the coast and are told to enter the landing boats and head for shore. We are under heavy fire from machine guns on the coast and we can see our boys ahead of us dug in on the beach heads.

“We leap from the boats 100 metres from the wave line. My good friend Jack is hit as he jumps from the boat. Dead before he hits the water. I make it to dunes without even firing a round. Many of the boys didn’t make it.

“As we hit the dunes we are told to get off the beach and attack through the hills and cliffs so steep you could barely crawl up them. With Turks firing down on us we move forward inch by inch. I let a few rounds off at anything that moves ahead of me. The 303 that I have is deadly accurate and I don’t miss what I see.

“As we move to higher ground we re-group and charge the enemy with bayonets fixed. We lose many men but we take the higher ground. We hold the higher ground for a few days but have to retreat back to the trenches when the Turks launch a massive counter attack.

“For the next few weeks we attack but the Turks are relentless in the defence of their homeland. We admire them greatly as soldiers, they are fearless and gallant. Don’t pop your head out or walk out of the trench line as snipers are all over the hills above us. I have been promoted to corporal which is good as I get more pay and am still are able to fight alongside my mates.”

On August 6th, 1915 the Australians and their allies were told they were about to launch a major offensive at Lone Pine. John’s diary again sets the scene: “The width of the front line of the attack is about 150 yards and the distance between the two trench lines is about 80 yards.  To provide some measure of protection for us men, three mines were set by engineers to make craters in which we could seek shelter.

“The preparation stage of the attack began at 2:00 pm. on August 6th when the three mines they had dug in front of the Turk lines were detonated. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions went over first with the 1st battalion waiting in reserve. The 5th battalion where I was commissioned was also held in reserve.

“The initial charge at 5.30pm went well and casualties were relatively light as the Turks defenders in the front line of trenches were still sheltering from the preliminary bombardment and had not had time to return to their trenches.

“When the Australians reached the trenches they found them roofed with pine logs with no easy entrance.  As the defenders recovered from the artillery barrage, they began firing at the Australians through specially cut holes at point blank range. As the second and third waves of the attack came up,some of the Australians fired, threw grenades and bayoneted from above, while some found their way inside through gaps or by lifting the logs.

“Others ran on past to the open communications and support trenches behind and from where they were able to gain access to the trenches.  In the ensuing fighting, almost all of Turks were killed, while a handful were taken prisoner.

“Inside the Turkish trenches, the darkness and cramped conditions led to considerable confusion amongst the Australian’s. Due to concerns about shooting my mates, I was unable to fire my rifle, and the fighting devolved into a melee as the soldiers attacked each other with bayonets and grenades.

“Hastily erecting sandbag barriers along the parapet we settled down to wait for the first counter attack. Shortly after dark, around 7:00pm on August 7th the first Turkish counter-attack came. Attacking us first with hand grenades, the fighting took place in the complicated maze of the trench system. The close quarters meant that some of the grenades would travel back and forth up to three times before exploding. We blocked the Turkish communications trenches as best we could, often with the bodies of the dead, to thwart raids.

”Other bodies were moved to unused communication trenches and where possible the wounded were evacuated, however, the fighting was so intense, the conditions so cramped and the men so exhausted that in many cases they were left to lie at the bottom of the trench.”

For the next three days the Turks continued to launch incessant and ultimately unsuccessful counterattacks in an effort to recapture the ground they had lost. The Australians also brought up reinforcements. The fighting continued throughout the night of August 7th and 8th as the Turks launched a determined counterattack. The attack was unsuccessful in retaking the main front-line trenches. The next day as the Turkish began to prepare for a large-scale counterattack the fighting stopped briefly to allow both the Australians and the Turks to evacuate their wounded and removed their dead from the front-line.

After the brief lull, the Australians expected the Turks to launch yet another massive counter-attack. It never came, the Ottomans calling it off, leaving both sides to consolidate their positions.

During the battle of Lone Pine Australian losses amounted to 2277 men killed or wounded out of the total 4600 men committed to the fighting. These figures represent some of the highest casualties of the campaign.

John Williams was recommended for the Victoria Cross in the battle of Lone Pine but was awarded the DCM.

His citation read: “John Williams DCM – For conspicuous Gallantry during August and September 1915 in Lone Pine Trenches (Dardanelles) when he displayed great courage and energy in the Bomb fighting.”

After Lone Pine, the battle for Gallipoli stagnated until the Allied generals decided it was a lost cause: “We snuck out from the beaches in the middle of the night in early January 1916, leaving so many mates behind.

“We were then sent to England where we regrouped and got ready to fight the Huns in France. I arrived in France on March 19th, 1916 at Marseilles and was immediately in action. I was shot in the chest very early in this battle but luckily survived. I spent the next two months in a field hospital recovering from my wounds. After my wounds healed I was sent to the Somme in France for the battle at Pozieres.

“On July 23rd, 1916 the battle for the French town of Pozieres began. Mass slaughter was all around me but I continued to survive through good luck. During one night of the battle, exhausted and lost, I found my way into a bomb crater where I startled a sleeping Hun. The soldier pointed his rifle at me and pulled the trigger but luckily the bullet jammed and I was able to use my bayonet on him.”

The cost had been enormous for both sides, but particularly the Australians. Official War Historian Charles Bean wrote of Pozières ridge that it is “is more densely sown with Australian sacrifice than any other place on earth”.

Despite the carnage around him, John Williams never stepped back from the fight: “The battle went for days and days with non-stop hand to hand combat and grenade throwing. On the July 25th 1916 I was badly wounded in the right arm while throwing grenades at enemy trenches 30 yards away. However, I continued to throw bombs until it became stiff. I then continued to throw bombs with my left arm holding the enemy at bay until I collapsed unconscious.”

John was awarded another DCM for actions. The citation read: “John Williams DCM and Bar – Awarded bar to DCM for conspicuous gallantry in action when he led repeated bomb attacks and although badly wounded in the right arm continued to use it until it stiffened. He then threw bombs with his left hand until he collapsed.”

There was finally some respite for John when he was sent to England for six months to recover from his wounds. While there, he met Gwendoline Stephens and they fell in love.   On October 10th, 1916 they were married and plans were made for the future, despite the uncertainty of the times: I planned to take her to Australia when the war ended.”

“In February 1917 I re-joined my unit in France. For the most part of 1917 we didn’t see much battle time. At the end of 1917 I was sent to England for three months to learn the art of bomb making.

“I then returned to France and on August 12th, 1918 I was sent into action at Sutton Veny where I was wounded in the left wrist by shrapnel. They patched me up and I was sent back into action on August 23rd where I was wounded again by shrapnel in the left leg. The Germans regularly used mustard gas but luckily we had our gas marks.

“I was awarded the Military Medal at this battle. This was the last time I saw France as again I was sent over to England to recover from wounds.”

Finally the war that was meant to end all wars was over – at 11am on the 11th of the 11th, 1918.

It was a moment of jubilation for John, as he wrote: “I was free to go home and start a new life with my wife.”

On arrival back home the Australian Government gave John land at Quambatook in northern Victoria where he start that new life as a farmer. He built a mud brick house on the lake and started a family. John and Gwendoline had seven children – daughters Molly, Phyllis, Muriel, Vera and Joan and two sons, Jock and Arthur.

John worked that piece of land for 20 years before taking a job at the Ford Motor Company.

His son Jock became a Commando in the Second World War but was killed in July 1945 – just a month before peace was signed. He had seen action for three years.

John himself died in 1958, 40 years after the signing of the Armistice. His death was caused by complications from mustard gas poisoning he had received in France.

Phyllis went on to have a family of her own. One of her sons is a hero of a different kind to the people who play at the Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club, a bloke who has like his grandfather never once shirked it, but thankfully, even though we call him Battler, he has been throwing cricket balls instead of hand grenades, and using bits of willow instead of the steel of a bayonet.

Like so many of our generation Russell John Mitchell is privileged that he has never had to do what the young John Williams, his brother and their mates had to do.

A century on, we can only look on in wonderment at their courage, be grateful to them and make sure their stories are never forgotten.

Lest we forget, or as Battler puts it: “He’s a real legend to me!”

VISIT BY FORMER TEST CRICKETER PAUL SHEAHAN

Paul Sheahan

PAUL SHEAHAN has agreed to visit the Newtown & Chilwell Cricket Club on Monday 16th February from 5pm and later a sit down meal

FORMAT :
5pm to 6pm –           ALL junior cricketers have the opportunity to experience a batting master-class clinic with Paul (each player to bring a bat)  Paul will cover off all aspects of batting technique including stance , grip , forward and backward defence plus driving , pulling and cutting etc.
6pm to 7pm              All members plus parents invited to have a meal with Paul Sheahan at Queens Park (Catering by Pink Saffron Catering)
7pm to 8pm              Paul will talk on challenges and outcomes of “Combining Education with cricket” plus answer any questions from the audience.

BACKGROUND

Paul Sheahan was elected the 26th president of the Melbourne Cricket Club in February 2011.   A talented right-hand batsman and excellent fieldsman, he played 31 Tests between 1967 and 1974, scoring 1594 runs at 33.91, including two centuries.  For Victoria, he scored 3988 runs in first-class matches at the excellent average of 59.52.  Seemingly on the verge of becoming Australia’s regular Test opening batsman, Mr Sheahan retired at the relatively young age of 27 to concentrate on his teaching career. He rose to Principal of Geelong College and later Headmaster at Melbourne Grammar School, a position he held until retirement in 2009.

Mr Sheahan, now 68, is the latest in a long line of Test cricketers who have served as office bearers during the MCC’s 176-year history.   An MCC member since 1983, Mr Sheahan has strong ties to the cricket club.  A First XI premiership player, he is also an Honorary Cricket member, XXIX Club member and in 2000 was selected in the MCC Team of the Century. He is also a Life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club.

He has been a member of the MCC Committee since 1987 and a vice president for the past eight years.  During his time on the committee, the club has overseen a complete redevelopment of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, along with growth in MCC membership numbers from 44,000 to more than 101,000

All parents and players are welcome – please confirm your attendance by contacting Phillip Morgan on admin@two-blues.com.au or mobile 0409 863810

NCCC 2014 Xmas Party

Santa

Who:                     To all Parents, Partners, Family & Friends of the NCCC

When:                  Saturday, Dec. 20th, 6pm til late

Where:                Queens Park Sporting Complex

What:                   Enjoy some Xmas drinks

Xmas Roast from 6-8pm

Face-painting for kids from 6pm

Visit from Santa at 8pm*

Xmas raffles

Laughter & fun…….

Come down & share the Xmas spirit in true Two Blue style.

PS. Parents please bring present with your child’s name clearly written on card and give to the Elves, Jamie Pescott, Tom Bates, Zac Stokes, Team Coaches (Juniors) & Captains.

For further information please contact our Social Co-Ordinator Jamie Pescott on the below:-

E: social@two-blues.com.au  M: 0419900119