Month: October 2015

Celebrating 60 Years on Stinton Oval

Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club is celebrating 60 years of cricket on its fabled Stinton Oval ground at Queens Park.

The first game was played there on October 15th, 1955, between Newtown and Chilwell, or the Combine as the Two Blues were known then, and Leopold.

David Shaw, the Newtown captain, faced the first ball from Leopold’s Max Sutcliffe, and can remember it as if it was yesterday.

“Well the wicket was quite soft and damp, no covers used back then and it must have been a wet October because the first week of this match was washed out,” David Shaw said.

“It wasn’t a sticky wicket but it was wet, the ball was short and it popped up, very slowly, a slow bounce.

“It just stood up and I hit it down to fine leg for four.”

Until 1955, Newtown and Chilwell had played its home games at Kardinia Park which was at that time under the jurisdiction of the old Newtown Council.

When the Geelong Council took over Kardinia Park, Newtown needed a new home ground.

Along with Vin Hassett and Vic Profitt, David Shaw was part of a delegation that met with Newtown council about getting a new home ground.

They must have put forward a pretty good argument.

“After the meeting the council decided to build what is now Stinton Oval, named after a former mayor,” David Shaw said.

For the record, Newtown and Chilwell beat Leopold that day and went on to win the premiership, beating Geelong West in the final.

“I was a bit surprised we won that first game,” David Shaw said.

“We were without our opening bowlers, Keith Meaney and Peter Crichton.

“When they did eventually come into our team, they were a key part of us winning the premiership.”

David Shaw is now the club patron at Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club and a regular visitor to the ground where he created history 60 years ago.

He can been seen doing the cryptic crossword in the shade of the now huge Moreten Bay Fig at the northern end of the ground, and also inspecting the famous wicket with its established reputation for giving both batsmen willing to dig in, and bowlers willing to bend their backs an even chance.

Two Blues 2015/16 Season Launch

Two Blues 2015/16 Season LaunchGold Diggers

  • Where – Gold Diggers Arms Hotel (87 Skene Street, Newtown)
  • Date – Sunday October 4th
  • Time – 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm
  • Finger Food provided and cash bar

The NCCC invite all players, partners, Life Members, sponsors, juniors, parents, friends and cricket lovers everywhere to attend the 2015/16 Season Launch.

The launch will be held upstairs in the magnificent Atticus Room at the Gold Diggers Arms Hotel, one of our greatest and longest standing sponsors.

Meet a couple of our new recruits in Englishman, Chris Pepper, Dominic Manthorpe as well as VCA legend and former Geelong CC Captain/Coach Damian Shanahan.

Catch up with old teammates and new.



Cricket season approaches fast and we have plenty of exciting innovations ahead which we will announce in the next little while

On Monday, your committee held its monthly meeting and I thought I would give you an update on some of the things that came up for discussion.

The first relates to the arrival of Damian Shanahan to our club.

I am sure you all know of Damian’s achievements in Premier Cricket.

His very welcome presence gives us something extra this year, working as he will with Marc Carson and Rod Kiddle to help players of all ages and abilities.

He also hits the ball very hard as anyone who has been at practice – and if you haven’t, why not – will know.

Damian’s arrival presented us with an issue – his GCA rating.

We are grateful that Stuart Day took on the case for us and we were able to get Damian a ranking of 4.5, effectively 5.

I would also like to say thank you to the GCA for listening to Stuart’s well-reasoned presentation.

If you ever need a legal advocate, Hoss is your man.

There have been other wonderful acts of generosity of note.

We are two young Englishman coming this year – Chris Pepper and Dom Manthorpe – and I would like to say thanks to Lisa Morgan and Karen Twaddle for enthusiastically agreeing to provide their accommodation.

It’s no small thing to have a stranger come and live in your house, but it can also be a very rewarding experience as the Twaddles, Cranes and Hadfields will all attest.

The boys need transport and one of our life members has stepped forward in this regard – the great Chissa providing the boys with a car.

As ever, Pessie is working on a vibrant social calendar, beginning on October 4th with the official launch at one of our enduring sponsors, The Diggers.

I am thrilled to let you know that Pessie will have two wonderful resources to call on this year – Reeanna Pavletich and Kylie Chapman. It’s going to be a ripper year on the social side with the club maintaining its record for providing top quality guest speakers at our President’s Dinner.

More details on that soon.

I am thrilled to confirm that Florianne is doing the arvo teas at Queens Park again this summer. That was a cultural change that our club has been striving for for years.

I urge you to get along to the season’s launch because will have a host of announcements to make, in relation to events, anniversaries, new playing gear, an area in which Brendan Twaddle has been doing an outstanding job.

As with any season, we have players leaving and players arriving.

To those who have chosen to play their cricket elsewhere, all the best and thanks for your contributions over time.

To those who have chosen to play with us this year, a hearty welcome.

I urge everyone to make yourself known to the new boys – senior and juniors alike.

I can’t say too often how important our juniors are to our club.

Tony Jefferies reported that the numbers were good on junior registration day, and there is already great interest in the Milo program.

Thanks Jaffas, and all your assistants, particularly Dev, BJ and Anni for their help.

Great congratulations too to the Newtown boys selected in the Bakker Squad – Matt Thacker, Sam Bain, Tom Thiele, Jack Royce and Oscar Hill. You and your mates are the future of our club.

Last Monday, we decided on the membership fees for 2015-2016. They are the same as for last summer.

Senior – $320 less $50 if paid by October 31st.

Concession – $250 less $50 if paid by October 31st.

If you have any problems with your membership, speak with Tom Levick.

Every year, we think deeply about what to charge members. We do endeavour to keep them as low as possible, but it costs a great deal of money to run a cricket club and while we try to meet those costs via other revenue streams, membership fees will always be a vital part of our finances.

Accordingly, I ask you to pay your memberships as soon as you can.

At the meeting we noted that Grant Dew, the President, and David Barnes, the Administration Officer, had resigned from their positions at the GCA.

I would like to place on the record our gratitude for their work on behalf of cricket in Geelong.

I know it’s early days, but another group of people I want to thank right now is the in-coming committee.

First, I thank them for putting up their hands to do the job.

Secondly, I thank them for the support they continue to give me as president.

We feel really confident about the summer ahead, confident in the coaching department we have been fortunate to put in place, confident in the junior program that Tony Jefferies and his colleagues will be running, confident that as a club, we have a clear idea of where we are going, and how to get there.

So get to training, get to our events, get behind what Greg Wells called us in his magnificent speech at the Centenary Dinner – THIS CLUB, OUR CLUB.