Month: June 2014

N&CCC in sound financial position

The Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club remains in a sound financial position and stands ready for the next stage of strategic development, according to Treasurer Mark Ainsworth.

At the AGM, Mark reported a trading profit of $4?,?418 on a turnover of $134.111. “Club revenues rose slightly on the previous year,” the Treasurer said. “The club is very thankful for the donations made, and for the ongoing support of our sponsors. “I cannot stress enough how important it is for our members to support our sponsors. “Their sponsorship help keep down the membership fees making playing the game of cricket more and more accessible to people of all ages.”

Club president Phil Morgan welcomed his Treasurer’s report. “Mark watches over our finances like a hawk,” the President said. “For me, and for the whole club, it is fantastic to have his regular itemised accounts of how we’re tracking against budget. “It’s all part of running a professional club, but in Mark, we have someone who is more professional than most. “While we are proud of the facilities we already have – our clubrooms, our practice nets, the sight screens and so on – there is much more we can do to ensure we provide our members and players with the best support we can so they can get the best out of themselves.”

Both and President and Treasurer warned that next season will also be its financial challenges. “We need to keep increasing our revenues whether it is from sponsorships, memberships, major events and so on” Mark Ainsworth said. “We also always need to be prudent with our spending. “If we do all those things, we will continue to be a highly financial viable club. “But it’s an all of club challenge, not just something for the committee to be responsible for.”

Two Blue New Life Members

2 x Life Members 2014 sml
The Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club welcomed two new life members at its Annual General Meeting on June 10th.

Neville Crane nominated Mark Turnley, that motion seconded by David Murray and passed unanimously. Then in a surprise movie, Graeme Chisholm took the floor. “I am not going to beat around the bush on this,” he said. “I am going to nominate Phil Morgan. “The President had been sounded out about life membership in recent weeks but declined the honour. Chissa and a few others weren’t having that, Chissa perhaps because his own career is so inter-twined with Morgo’s, that it afforded him the opportunity revisit some shared finest moments. “But it’s not about me,” Chissa added with a wry grin. “It’s about Morgo.”

Anthony Devlin also spoke in support of Morgo’s elevation, which he accepted in his usual self-deprecating way. “I have enjoyed a lot of wonderful moments at this club, learning from a lot of fantastic people,” he said. “At a certain stage in your life your begin to reflect on those, and then consider the ways in which you might offer new generations the chance to enjoy all the things that I have.”

Mark Turnley, like Morgo a premiership captain on the hard wickets, and also a Trojan for the club’s junior cricket programs, said he was humbled to accept the honour. “As Greg Wells said at the Centenary Dinner, it is all about the club,” he said. “I am humbled to be among some of the names up there on the honour board, humbled and extremely grateful.” Mark Turnley is the club’s 40th life, Morgo the 41st.

The club also honoured Jason Thiele’s Under 13 side which was the club’s only premiership team in the 2013/2104 summer. His youngsters are featured on the front cover of the fabled Barnso’s Bible, the club’s year book. “It is highly appropriate that we put them on the cover, and feature them across the season in our other publication,” Phil Morgan said. “These boys are the future of our club. “I started out at about their age with people like Specs and Twads, and we’re still here. “In 20 years time I want those blokes to be sitting in the rooms after a hard day of senior cricket and reflecting on this premiership, and the fact that they featured on the front cover of Barnso’s Bible. “It’s all part of our ‘one club’ approach, whether you’re in the Have A Go program, a junior player, on hard wicket or on turf, you’re part of this really special thing, as Turtle reminded us … this club, our club.”

Positive Feedback for N&CCC’s new Leadership Group

The positive feedback to the appointment of Newtown and Chilwell’s Cricket Club’s new leadership group continues to grow.

The latest endorsement comes from Prahran coach Peter di Venuto who has, on Facebook, hailed the club’s acquisition of Marc Carson as a “great choice”. Di Venuto, who holds a Level III coaching certificate, is one of the best judges of cricket talent in Australia. In his native Tasmania, he was a premiership player at North Hobart, before coaching Kingborough to two TCA premiership.

Here in Victoria, he coached Carlton for five summers, taking the club to the finals each year. He was appointed coach of Prahran in April this year, a role he mixes with his job as Director of Cricket at Melbourne Grammar.

“It is great to hear the positive responses to not just Marc’s appointment as our professional player, but also the announcement that GCA legend, Rod Kiddle, will be our coach this summer,and a few beyond,” said N&CCC president, Phil Morgan. “There was a real buzz in the room when we had our meet the players evening in the first week of June. “While there is a lot of work still to be done, as both Rod and Marc pointed out that night, there is a very positive mood about the season ahead.”

N&CCC’s exclusive interview with new professional player, Marc Carson.

Carson’s Lore

N&CCC: Welcome to the Two-Blues


N&CCC: You had a celebrated career in the VCA, you would have been sought after by a lot of clubs. Why Newtown?

MC: When I got the call from Newtown, I thought I would do the right thing by the club and go and have a chat because I have so many good friends from there. I played 10 years with Aaron Croft and he’s a ripper bloke … one of the best. Don Royce was at Geelong when I arrived and I really admire him. Luke Muller is also from Newtown. So we had a chat and here I am.

N&CCC: Our new coach, Rod Kiddle, also had a fine VCA career, part of it with Geelong. Did you play with him?

MC: No I only met Rod for the first time last week, but Croftie, Don, Bluey, they all speak so highly of him and I am really looking forward to working with him.

N&CCC: In your interview in The Geelong Advertiser, you said one disappointment for you is not winning a premiership at Geelong. Does Newtown offer you that opportunity?

MC: Without the determination to win a premiership, I couldn’t play cricket. I make no apologies for being a pretty competitive sort of bloke. And determined. That’s the way I’ve been since I started playing cricket in the bush. Look from what I know, Newtown is a pretty young side. What we need is for everyone to buy into what Rod and I are wanting to do. If we get that, then success generally takes care of itself.

N&CCC: You’ve just taken on a new job which is one of the reasons for retiring from VCA cricket, tell us about that.

MC: I am working with Wyndham City Council, looking after all their sports grounds.

N&CCC: So as an expert on sports grounds, one of the first things we might get you to do is rate our facilities at Stinton Oval, we’re pretty proud of them, as you will no doubt quickly find out.

MC: Happy too, yes, I do hear they’re pretty good. They also tell me your groundsmen always produce a good wicket and there’s always a bit in it early on for the quicks. Looking forward to finding out if that is true, too.

N&CCC: Thanks Marc, you’ll enjoy meeting those groundsmen, Simmo and especially the incorrigible GT, just as the whole club will enjoy having you on board.

Marc Carson joins Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club

The Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club is proud to announce that its professional player for season 2014/2015 will be former Geelong fast bowler Marc Carson.


“This is a very exciting development for our club,” said N&CCC president Phil Morgan. “He has had a stellar career with Geelong in the VCA over an extended period. “He brings the right mix of maturity and experience to our club and will be great asset for us not just as a player, but as a mentor for our young bowlers. “He is a perfect fit when you consider that we will have Rod Kiddle to assist the young batsman with all his knowledge.”

Kiddle also welcomed the announcement. “Like most fast bowlers, Marc is a straight-shooter,” Kiddle said. “He’s also the sort of quality person you want around your cricket club. “He gave great service to Geelong both as a highly competitive player and a clubman.
“Those characteristics make him perfect for what I am wanting to do at Newtown – educate new generations of players in the right way to go about their game so that they too can have long and rewarding careers.”

Carson, who originally moved from Stoneyford, west of Colac, to further his VCA career, is looking forward to finding out all about his new club with the superbly appointed Stinton Oval facilities in picturesque Queens Park. “I don’t know a lot about the club,” he said.
“When I got the phone call asking me to consider joining, because of the relationships I had at Geelong with Newtown people like Aaron Croft, Don Royce and Luke Muller, I thought I would do the right thing and go and have a chat. I did that, and here I am.”
Carson is looking forward to working with Rod Kiddle. “I only met him for the first time last week, but Aaron, Don and Luke all speak highly of him, you can’t do better than that!”


Marc Carson – Geelong Cricket Club (Premier Cricket Stats)

229 club matches (6th Overall)

166 1st XI Matches (5th Overall)

442 Club Wickets @ 19.77 (2nd Overall)

331 1st XI Wickets @ 20c(2nd Overall)

6 Times 1st XI Bowling Average Winner

2 Times 2nd XI Bowling Average Winner

Bakker Award Club Champion 2012/13

2 Times Premier Cricket Team of the Year



Rocket’s Back

The Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club is proud to announce that Geelong cricket legend Rod Kiddle will coacPremiersh the club in season 2014/2015.

“I can’t think of a better person to coach our club,” said N&CCC president Phil Morgan. “Rod, or Rocket has we know and love him, is one of the most decorated players in the history of Geelong cricket, one of the few to have averaged more than 40 across his whole career.

“He is a two time premiership player with the Two-Blues and has also served Leopold and Grovedale with great distinction in recent years.”

Kiddle, who retired from playing at the end of last summer, says coaching at Queens Park was “the perfect opportunity”.

“It is a great chance pass on all the knowledge and experience to a new generation of players,” he said. “It would not have felt right to have stopped playing and just walked away from cricket.

“I was fortunate enough to play with and learn from a lot of wonderful cricketers. I think you have a responsibility to give something back to the people, and the game, that has given you so much.

“That was one reason to taking up the job at Newtown. But mostly it’s about the friendships I made during my first time with the club.

“My young family also wanted to be part of the club and I couldn’t think of a better environment for them. I had other opportunities to coach but this was the one I wanted most to work out.”

Kiddle played 86 games for N&CCC, scoring 2560 runs at an average of 39.38.

He also took 68 wickets.

The two First XI premierships came in seasons 1999/2000 and 2000/2001.

“We had two wonderful sides back then,” Kiddle said.

“But best of all, we had a great club atmosphere, and while winning games of cricket will always be important to me, a one club approach, surrounded by good people all celebrating each other’s performances, no matter what grade they are playing, is also something I love being part of.”


N&CCC’S exclusive interview with coach Rod Kiddle

“I had other opportunities to coach but this was the one I wanted most to work out.”

N&CCC: Welcome back Rod.

Rod Kiddle: It’s good to be back.

N&CCC: So I guess the obvious next question, after leaving us a few years back to extend your marvellous GCA career at Grovedale and Leopold, what’s brought you back to Queens Park?

RK: There are a lot of things you think about when you make a decision like this. I like to describe it as the perfect opportunity. It is a great chance pass on all the knowledge and experience to a new generation of players. It would not have felt right to have stopped playing and just walked away from cricket. I was fortunate enough to play with and learn from a lot of wonderful cricketers. I think you have a responsibility to give something back to the people, and the game, that has given you so much. I want to pass on all that I have learned over a long period of playing at the top level. There have been so many experiences, things that have worked, things that haven’t. That’s what experience is all about. Through those experiences, the good and the bad, I have learned how to plan to win personally, and as part

of a team. I know there would have been a huge void if I had just retired and walked away from cricket without doing something that would help the next generations of cricketers to enjoy so many of the things that I have had the privilege of enjoying. That was one reason to taking up the job at Newtown. But mostly it’s about the friendships I made during my first time with the club.

N&CCC: No doubt a huge part of those friendships is the bond formed whenever you win a premiership. As captain-coach, you helped us win two. Tell us about those years.

RK: Well there’s no doubt we had two wonderful sides back then. But best of all, we had a great club atmosphere. We won premierships in other grades too, during my time here, and I always enjoyed the success of those teams. I believe in a one club approach, that everyone from the Milo players, to your juniors, to your hard wicket players and your turf players are part of something special. Newtown is that sort of special club and that’s something that’s attractive not just to me, but to my young family. They also wanted to be part of the club and I couldn’t think of a better environment for them. I had other opportunities to coach but this was the one I wanted most to work out.

N&CCC: So can you give us a bit of an idea of what you see for the club next season?

RK: Well before next season, there’s a pre-season. As I have already indicated, planning and preparation are a big part of the way I have played my cricket, both as an individual and as a leader of a team. I don’t think you can predict too far ahead in any sport. There are always so many factors that you can only guess at ahead of you. All you can do is prepare yourself in the best possible way. That’s why I want to see as many people as possible at pre-season training. If they’re not there, it makes it pretty hard to share all the information I and the rest of the leadership team have to pass on. So the simple message at this stage is get to training, get yourself fit, get yourself mentally set up to play good, hard cricket.  If you kept getting out the same way last year, let’s have a talk about it and see what you’re doing wrong, the same thing if you’re a keeper or a bowler. Let’s have a look at you. Over the years, it has always been something I enjoyed, seeing a young person with a bit of talent then helping them to get the temperament and technique right so that they can fully enjoy that talent.  And let’s focus on that word enjoy, too. That’s the sort of atmosphere I remember from my first time at Newtown, people enjoying each other’s company, and when they came along, each other’s successes. If you’re one of the people around 10 years ago, it will be great to catch up. If you’ve arrived since I’ve left, let’s get together and start to get to know each other. And I say this to everyone, no matter what level of cricket they are playing at Newtown, if you’ve got a question about your game, please ask the coach. That’s what he’s here for.

N&CCC: Thanks Rod, see you at training.




  • Played for VCA clubs Prahran, Geelong/Nth Melbourne & Geelong
  • First player to score a century for the Geelong First XI in the VCA – 143.
  • A record four time league batting average winner.  GCA
  • Eight years of VCA cricket, debuting at the age of 17
  • Four GCA premierships.
  • Scored almost 8500 GCA First XI runs.
  • One of three players to have averaged more than 40 runs over entire GCA career.
  • 10 years experience as a GCA First XI captain and coach.
  • Two decades of experience as batting coach, focussing on technique and temperament.



  • Two premierships as captain-coach
  • 86 games
  • 2560 runs at an average of 39.38.
  • Highest Score – 158 NO
  • 68 wickets.