Month: September 2009

Pres Purcy’s Season Update

Greetings all

I thought it was time for me to do my first presidents update, having been in the job a while now.

First thing I want to comment on is the attendance at pre-season training. The numbers have been excellent. Let’s really keep the enthusiasm up and really work hard to ensure it all rubs off favorable on the field this season.

As I go around to club members there is one consistent theme I am picking up about training. Everyone is more than happy with the efforts of our new coach Ben Neville. Again, playing members owe it to Ben to give him all the support he needs and really get the upcoming season off to a positive start. The more participation we have at training the better showing we will make on the field.

Change over with the Geelong Amateurs Football Club happens this week, which means we are back in the rooms come this Thursday, so we’d love everyone get back there after training and have a meal and a few drinks. Make sure you introduce yourselves to any unfamiliar faces and make any new comers feel right at home.

As most would be aware round one kicks off this weekend against Grovedale. The ones will likely be playing on Sunday out at Grovedale. Let’s all get there as a club and support them and really show that we mean business this year!

Membership remains a vital income source for us. As in incentive for you, if you pay by round three, the 17th October, you get a discount of $50 on your membership. Take advantage of that, and also the fact that you can now pay on the website. speak to our membership officer Col Cunliffe if you have any queries in regards to this. Even if you can’t pay the whole lot up front, make sure you contact Colin to make an arrangement to ensure you can be part of what is shaping up to be a great season.

You’ve heard it said before by the last committee, and the new committee is just as firm on this. Unfinancial members will not be selected to play until membership is paid. Remember we report long term unfinancial players to the VCA and the Cricket Australia websites, which means they cannot play anywhere in Australia.

Insurance, public liability and other formalities are included in your membership fee; this is why it is crucial to the club to be a financial member. No pay no play will only be done as a last resort … But we will do it.

Junior registration day is on this Sunday, October 4th, at 10am. If you can get along to help, please do. It goes without saying how important our juniors are to the club. Mark Turnley and Wayne Eason have both been working hard to ensure our junior program is as strong as ever and we’re looking forward to a great season for them again this year.

Our new website ( is now up and running and on behalf of the club, a HUGE thank you to Steff Shaw for her work so far. We’ve still got some things to do to get it to where we want it to be … But gee, like everything else around our club at the moment … It’s getting there.

We’re pressing on with the new training nets and expect to have a meeting with councilors from the City of Greater Geelong soon. I will let you all know what kind of progress we’re making as it happens.

Stinton Oval is looking absolutely magnificent at the moment! Unfortunately we wont get a wicket up this Saturday, but GT is working hard to get it ready for the season.

Don’t forget, the GCA is also staging a 20/20 competition this year, starting in October. We’ve drawn Newcomb, Leopold and Lara.
We play Newcomb at home first up, so once again, take the opportunity to get down the club, enjoy the facilities and the view and support your club mates. More information to follow on this, but all you talented long hitters should be getting down to training and make your presence felt for selection in this side.

To everyone involved this weekend, all the best in your matches.

And let’s bring back as many championships points as we can.

Best Regards,
James Purcell
Newtown & Chilwell Cricket Club Inc

GCA Division One Draw 2009 – 2010

Division  1 Draw   2009 – 20010

Round 1 – Oct 3
NCCC v Grovedale

Round 2 – Oct 10
Geelong West v NCCC

Round 3 – Oct 17
St Josephs v NCCC

Round 4 – Oct 24 & 31
NCCC v Geelong City

Round 5 – Nov 7 & 14
East Belmont v NCCC

Round 6 – Nov 21 & 28
NCCC v Bell Post Hill

Round 7 – Dec 5 & 12
South Barwon v NCCC

Round 8 – Dec 19
NCCC v North Geelong

Round 9 – Jan 9
Manifold Heights v NCCC

Round 10 – Jan 16 & 23
NCCC v Leopold

Round 11 – Jan 30 & Feb 6
Lara v NCCC

Round 12 – Feb 13 & 20
Grovedale v NCCC

Round 13 – Feb 27 & Mar 6
NCCC v Geelong West

Draws for 2nd and 4th XI are the reverse of above

Junior Newsletter – September 09

Junior Registration day will be held Sunday 4th October, 10:00am at Queens Park

Welcome to another exciting Junior cricket season with the Newtown & Chilwell Cricket Club, at the fantastic Queens Park sporting complex. We will be having a registration day but we encourage return mail or on line registration as soon as practical so teams can be drafted.

Junior Membership benefits 2009/2010

Once again this season, we have been able to include the junior training/playing top & cap as part of our membership fee. The shirt & cap will be issued upon receipt of payment & details at registration day.

Membership Details

The membership fee of $110 per player includes affiliation with GCA, Cricket Victoria, mandatory insurance coverage & membership to the famous N&CCC. Families with 2 players will be $200

Registration & Payment

EFTPOS and MasterCard/Visa facility available via return mail or on registration day, Sunday 4th October. Payment will also be able to be made via our website at
Early registrations are encouraged to help with team allocations & can be forwarded to Junior coordinator Mark Turnley, 53 Buckley Falls Rd, Highton, 3216

Junior Teams

We will enter an under 15 team to play Sunday fixtures, for those with Saturday school commitments.
We will make every endeavour to keep school & friendship groups together in teams, particularly in lower age groups. Grading can occur in top age teams entered at division one standard, but players’ welfare and enjoyment will always be considered when drafting teams. As a club we endeavour to cater for all levels whilst striving to attain the highest standard achievable for all players.

More Information

Fixtures and other local information will be available through the club website, which is currently being updated. Links to MyCricket websites will provide results for all matches; collate data & statistics throughout the season. Association fixtures & details may not be posted until October.
Parents are actively encouraged to become involved in our junior program not just at coaching, managerial or scoring levels. We promote father/son participation from under 15 levels, as an introduction for juniors graduating into senior cricket.

We also encourage, parents’ friends & siblings to meet at our clubrooms on Thursday & Saturday evenings to socialise & get up to date with all the latest selection, team & social information.

For further information, contact:

  • Mark Turnley (Junior Co-ordinator) : 0407 047 480
  • Wayne Eason (Scores & communications) 0418 526 984
  • Gary Simpson (U 17) : Phone 5272 2661 or Mobile 0425 820700


Working Bee – Sunday 13th Sept 09

working beeHey Guys,

We’re holding a working bee & BBQ on Sunday after training.

We need to get our training nets up to scratch so that we can stay on track with training to the standard we have set ourselves already.

The more the merrier.. BBQ & Beer on a Sunday arvo.. what could be better??

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2009
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Queens Park – Training Nets
Email: admin [at]

Newtown Cricket Club snares Ben Neville as coach

NEWTOWN and Chilwell Cricket Club has been boosted by the return of favourite son Ben Neville as its captain-coach for next season.

Neville, who has been travelling the world studying alternative healing processes, has returned to set up a new business locally and committed himself to lifting the Towners back up the GCA division one ladder.

There are a host of young players coming through the ranks who are ready to fulfil their potential as senior players, Neville said.

When you look at the quality of the administration off the field, the things that have been achieved in that area in recent times, and couple that with the young talent coming through, well it’s a good time to be playing for the Towners again.

Five-time premiership player Gavin Castle is also returning to the club in an assistant coaching role, while opening batsman John Reece is back after a stint at East Belmont.

Neville, 28, said the club was also hoping to attract an English overseas player, while young gun Jackson Davis has spent the winter sharpening up his game playing cricket in Essex.

At this stage, we have got the skill so it will be about improving the game day application and understanding the game a little bit more,” Neville said. I suppose it is improving those cricket smarts, understanding the ebbs and flows and how to gain momentum.

I think we have to take some aggression and work a lot harder than the opposition and then the results will follow

Neville has played at a district level with North Melbourne and also played overseas in Vancouver, Canada.

Neville, a hard-hitting batsman and handy off-spin bowler, has played in two first XI premierships and turned in many a blazing innings for the club, including a highest score of 154 not out in the firsts.

Ben’s appointment is a particularly pleasing one for us club president James Purcell said.

To be able to bring him home at a time when our talented youngsters are really getting ready to hit their straps at senior level is very exciting indeed.

by Jason Shields, courtesy of the Geelong Advertiser

Update – Pre Season Training

  • Sunday Aug 2 10.00am – 12.00pm Geelong Indoor Sports Arena
  • Sunday Aug 9 10.00am – 12.00pm GISA
  • Sunday Aug 16 10.00am – 12.00pm GISA
  • Sunday Aug 23 10.00am – 12.00pm GISA
  • Wednesday Aug 26 CANCELLED due to ground conditions
  • Sunday Aug 30 10.00am – 12.00pm GISA
  • Friday September 4 8.00pm – 9.30pm GISA
  • Sunday September 6 10.00am – 12.00pm GISA
  • Wednesday September 9 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Fielding and Fitness Cross Training

We are in Shed Two- On the left. There is a tractor tyre out the front Cnr Wood St and Fyans St South Geelong. Next to Vic Roads

  • Friday September 11 6.30pm- 8.00pm GISA
  • Sunday September 13 10.00am – 12.00pm GISA
  • Wednesday September 16 6.30pm – 7.30pm Venue to be advised
  • Friday September 18 6.30pm- 8.00pm GISA
  • Sunday September 20 10.00am – 12.00pm Queens Park
  • Tuesday September 22 5.00pm – 7.30pm Queens Park
  • Thursday September 24 5.00pm – 7.30pm Queens Park
  • Sunday September 27 10.00am – 1.00pm Queens Park
  • Practice Match Vs Leopold 1st @ Leopold
  • Tuesday September 29 5.00pm – 7.30pm Queens Park
  • Thursday October 1 5.00pm – 7.30pm Queens Park

If you can’t play or train contact:

Chairman of Selectors & training performance:

Max Ellis – 0409 007 980

Captain Coach:

Ben Neville – 0405 829 683