Month: May 2016

2016 AGM Notice

The Annual General Meeting of the Newtown & Chilwell Cricket Club will be held in the Queens Park Sporting Complex on Monday, June 20th 2016 at 7:30pm.

Please make the effort to attend and support your club’s plans for the coming season. Please click here for nomination forms for Office Bearers for season 2016 / 2017.

Dan Lawrence – England Development Player of the Year

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The Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club congratulates Essex’s Daniel Lawrence on his dual achievement of a century against Derbyshire in the English County Championship, and being named England Development Player of the Year.

Daniel Lawrence played for the Two Blues under the unique arrangement between our club and Essex – Gooch/Insole Scholarship – and had a stellar 2014/2015 season.

As well as scoring 556 runs at an average of 42.77, Daniel Lawrence won the prestigious Merriman Medal.

After making his First Xl debut for Essex in 2014, scoring a century, Daniel Lawrence acknowledged the impact on his career of his Australian summer.

He also had a big impact on us, and GCA cricket generally, with two centuries, including the mammoth 191 against South Barwon, and 18 dismissals behind the stumps – 14 catches and two stumpings.



Zac Stokes only got the new ball in his first senior game because he had to leave early. His run up made Bob Willis look like Dennis Lillee. The tangle of arms and legs at the popping crease did little to conjure confidence behind the wicket. But when he let it go, there was something there. The ball moved in the air, and off the wicket. It hit timber, the bat edge, the stumps. As he made his scheduled early departure, the consensus behind the wicket was that a star was born, a young quick who has over the years produced many gut-busting performances on the concrete before working his way up to being a highly talented turf bowler.

But there’s more to Zac Stokes than running in and bowling. He’s a quality club man, and nothing embodies that more than his decision to become part of the club’s new administration as assistant treasurer.

“Tank has made the offer to take on the job,” secretary Frank Tuskes said. “He’s just the quality person you want in that role. “Since he came to us as a schoolboy with a desire to bowl quick, he has gained a degree in accounting at Deakin University, and certainly a great degree of respect around our club. “People just love the way he gives 100 per cent on the field. “Captains know that when they throw him the ball, whether its old or new, he will run in flat out and give everything he’s got.

“Having someone with that passion on the committee, particularly when you add in those accounting qualifications, is a great step forward for us as we put together the new management structures that we know the club needs in the 21st Century. “For young juniors coming through, Zac is a role model. “You give your best on the field, you set yourself up off the field by studying hard. “As well as a role model, he has turned himself into a model employee. “We take him on as assistant confident in his abilities to do the job.

“Any employer in Geelong needing a good accountant can do exactly the same thing. “Welcome on board ‘Tank’.”


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  1. What is your first memory of cricket?  Spending Saturdays roaming Queens Park as a 6-12 year old while Dad was playing 3rds. Alternating between playing in the old tram in the playground, sitting in the scorers box with Charlie, scoffing Four n Twenty pies from the kiosk that Mrs Lodding used to give me, diving into the river off the third green for golf balls and most importantly watching the Platinum Era 1st X1 dominate on Stinton Oval. A truly charmed childhood.
  1. Who has been the biggest influence on your cricket career? Dad ( juniors) & Russell (seniors) I wished I applied Dad’s advice a bit more early on. In hindsight he was so spot on. Russell gave me a bowl and taught me to be competitive.
  1. What is the best piece of advice you have been given about cricket that you would want to pass us on to all the N&CCC players? Concentration is crucial in every aspect of cricket. Without it, it’s hard to apply your skills to a pressure situation consistently. Know the limitations of your own personal game and work within them.
  1. You’ve won four premierships in all club championship grades, was the you one this year with your son Jack the best yet? From a purely selfish perspective yes and it’s something we will share forever to accompany our mutual infatuation with NCCC & cricket in general. They’ve all been special in their own way. 4ths with Dad, 3rds with Jack, my mates and kids I’ve coached, 2nds with Russ and having Dad as scorer/ manager took us back to the late 70’s when Dad coached Russ. The 1st X1 flag was a childhood dream realised.
  1. You’ve been heavily involved in the juniors the past few seasons, how do you see your role of Director of Cricket in relation to that part of the club’s activities? To continue to work with all club members to integrate the junior and senior playing members at training, on game day and socially. The programs we deliver must be about improving and educating the juniors. The friendships and training partnerships between senior and junior players must be further developed. My dearest friendships and childhood heroes originated at NCCC. It’s not just about the cricket though. We must continue to organise and facilitate social events including junior and senior families at every opportunity (e.g. Saturday night junior T20 game). I believe the idea of the clubroom facilities primarily being there for senior players to have a beer after the game is dated. We provide a community service to all members, as well as a safe & welcoming environment. We all know that this is becoming more important for our younger generation in this crazy, selfish world we live in.
  1. You once bowled with a dislocated shoulder just to help the club out, where does this infinite love of Newtown and Chilwell come from? That was just stupid. I’m still paying for it. I’ve been hanging around the club since I was a three year old. The friendships, memories, personal & team thrills the club and its members have provided for me over my life, is in my opinion a debt which I will never be able to fully repay. It is such a great place to learn about life, to test yourself in so many different ways and then take those learnings and apply them into other aspects of life, be it business, the workplace, relationships etc. Being involved in a club allows you access to competitive situations, friendships, business networks and team involvement. It teaches you to deal with failure and also provides that sense of achievement that the human soul needs. Deep, but so true. Cricket is a great game that you can play well into adulthood as well. I’m just got lucky that I play at NCCC. I wonder if all members actually realise how lucky we are to have our home base at Queens Park?
  1. You’ve watched and played alongside some of the club’s greatest warriors, who is the best Two-Blue cricketer you’ve seen? Greg Wells, without a doubt. Longevity, competitiveness, a pure mixture of flair, consistency, brilliance and skill. He was and is respected by teammates and opposition alike. Greg consistently lifted and performed in the finals, under pressure and when his team required. His statistical record is universally unique. Outstanding leader and clubman to boot.
  1. Looking forward to the summer of 2016/2017, what are the mains goals you want to achieve in your new role of Director of Cricket? Initially in the off season, it is to develop a leadership and coaching structure that efficiently delivers training programs that allow us to learn how to train specifically to improve our individual and team cricket skills. This structure and the application of the programs needs to be transferable year on year. We need to make it the NCCC way of training and ultimately playing. We have promising juniors and young turf players at NCCC. They need to have the correct guidance, specific programs and the best facilities to allow them to keep improving their games. There will be more specific information released to the playing group in the very near future to further outline our already advanced plans, including the people who will play big roles in the development and implementation of these programs. Pre-season and in the season proper it will be about being a conduit for all those people in specific roles and ensuring they are delivering on what is required of them and that everybody is moving in the same direction. Our young playing group is so keen to learn and improve and my goal is to provide the best program possible for them. Let’s continue to make improvements to our club where we see fit and ensure it is an enjoyable and productive place to be. If we do this, the results on the field will come and good people will be wanting to come and play for us.
  1. You’ve been involved in Geelong cricket one way or another for four decades, what is the biggest change you have seen in that time?  Not enough change for mine. T20 is a welcome addition to the game and certainly has a place in this fast food world we live in. We need to keep appealing to the younger generation and to an extent us older generations realise that we need to adapt to what appeals to them to ensure our game doesn’t fade away. I would like to see more one-dayers played, as I believe it would attract back to the game and clubs a lot of 20-30yo whose sporting life is dominated by AFL. Scoring on tablets and the compilation of stats for all to see is good for the new generation.
  1. How hard was it to carry Frank Tuskes all season to get that third XI premiership and complete your club championship set and give him his first premiership.J? Frank Tuskes proved himself as a hard-nosed, determined and ruthless finals player this season. He was duly rewarded for it with a premiership. His innings in the Preliminary Final and the Grand Final were pivotal to us winning. I really enjoy playing cricket with Frank. He really doesn’t know much about bowling though. HaHa!

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Dev profileNewtown and Chilwell Cricket Club has made another exciting move as it prepares for the summer of 2016-17 and beyond, appointing club legend Devon Royce as the Director of Cricket. Devon Royce takes over the role from his father, Don Royce OAM, one of Geelong’s most revered cricket administrators.

“In so many ways, it is just the perfect appointment for us,” said club secretary Frank Tuskes. “Don has given so much to our club over the years. “His wisdom is unsurpassed in Geelong cricket, and Devon has been absorbing that since he was a junior. “So many times on the field, Dev has played his heart out for us, and so we know it is in exactly the right place when he takes on what is one of the most demanding roles at our club.

“He’s a life-member, he’s a four-time premiership player and his knowledge of cricket is just enormous as those who have played with him, and against him, will attest. “Fittingly, his own son, Jack has been playing with us in both senior and junior cricket and given that experience, plus his father’s reputation as one of the founders of junior cricket in Geelong, Devon will be right across not just our senior programs, but integrating the juniors into the club from the moment they begin playing with us.”

Devon Royce will head up what will be re-shaped cricket department. “We are having a complete re-appraisal of our club structure,” Frank Tuskes said. “The way to run a successful club has changed enormously in recent times. “Cricket clubs are like small businesses and needs to be run as such. “Devon’s appointment, along with the appointment of David Barnes as our Business Administrator, is part of that appraisal and the club is looking forward to making some other significant announcements about appointments in the near future.

“There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the Two Blues.”


Frank Profile 2The Administration of the Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club has entered a unique and exciting phase with the appointment of David Barnes as our first Business Administrator.

A crucial part of David’s job is to enable our volunteer administrators to undertake more fulfilling roles in the club, freed of some of the reporting and governance tasks that demand so much time to carry out projects and tasks that push the club forward and genuinely reward those who carry them out.

With his huge experience and expertise in cricket administration at the club level across Victoria, and particularly with working alongside volunteers in a way that enriches their experiences of working in cricket, David will be a deep well of advice and assistance.

As we prepare for season 2016/2017 and the summers beyond, we are now asking for people to offer their time, their skills, and probably most importantly, their passion for our club in a number of roles, the vacancies for which cross over the broad spectrum of club administration.

For more details about the roles in which we need your passionate contributions to the club, contact Frank Tuskes.