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Q1. Tell us about your early days growing up and playing cricket.

A2. I grew up in Colac playing cricket from as early as I can remember. As I got older I played for Colac Cricket Club and then was lucky enough to move to Geelong Grammar at the age of 14 where I would have a number of battles with Hosko, Wink Simpson, Barry and Silky Bingham (Geelong Grammar 3 wins – Geelong College 0 wins).

Q2. How did you find Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club?

A2. Damian Shanahan was at the club in a playing/coaching role with Marc Carson in the 2014/15 season, so I played the back half of that season before moving to Melbourne following that summer.

Q3. You’ve been playing Premier cricket with Camberwell, what brings you back to the GCA?

A3. I loved my time at Newtown in 2014/15 and always thought that when the time was right, I would find myself back at the club. With family moving to Ocean Grove I wanted to be back in Geelong more often and when I looked closely at the list, I could see that it was full of great blokes and a squad capable of winning premierships in the near future. I loved my time at Camberwell Cricket Club and learnt a lot which I will hopefully bring to the Two-Blues this year.

Q4. You’ve obviously played against some pretty good cricketers in recent years, who are the best you’ve come up against.

A4. Will Pucovski comes straight to mind from Melbourne CC, his discipline and timing are a class above. Trent Lawford from Fitzroy and Evan Gulbis from Carlton hit the ball as hard as I’ve seen … unfortunately I’ve been on the wrong end of a few of their big scores.

Q5. Who has had the most influence on you in your cricket so far?

A5. Damian Shanahan has been huge for me both on and off the cricket field. I was lucky enough to play under him at Geelong Grammar and with him at Newtown. His ability to analyse a situation in a game or at training and communicate it so clearly makes him a great coach and mentor.

Q6. What makes a good leader in sport, and particularly in cricket?

A6. What I said about Shannas being able to analyse a situation and then know how to communicate to each individual is huge. Not everyone responds to the same type of communication, so it is figuring out what makes each individual tick. In saying that, successful teams require multiple leaders, not just one.

Q7. What are your ambitions and goals in your time as captain of the NCCC First XI?

A7. Create a culture and brand of cricket that will win Premierships. That requires the first picked player in the First XI and the last picked player in the juniors to be working together. No one individual is bigger than another.

Q8. Is there a brand of cricket we can expect the First XI to be playing this summer?

A8. A brand that is disciplined and adaptable. It sounds boring but not every game is going to be about blasting teams out and scoring 300 with the bat. Sometimes the best wins can be the ugly ones where you defend 150.

Q9. How do the facilities at Queens Park and KFC Oval compare with those in Premier cricket?

A9. The outfield and social rooms are just as good if not better than Premier cricket facilities. The new change rooms with ice-baths are something that we are extremely lucky to have. I haven’t been able to see the turf wicket yet. Obviously, some Premier Grounds like the Junction and Albert hold state matches so they are in elite condition. As I said in the last questions though: If the conditions don’t suit you need to be able to adapt and find a way.

Q10. You’ve already played a season with the club, so we’d expect you’d already have at least one Russell Mitchell story already.

A10. Seeing his car get hit at deep square leg in a 20/20 and him somehow blame his son Sam for it still makes me laugh now. Surely, he still doesn’t sit up on the balcony and tell the square leg when his decisions are wrong or not?


By Tom Levick, NCCC President.

It is my pleasure to announce that at our meeting on September 16th, the NCCC Committee voted unanimously to appoint Dylan Hodge as our First XI captain for season 2019/2020.

Dylan returns to us this summer bringing with him Premier cricket experience, plus his all-round skills and will build on the work of last summer’s captain, George Chisholm, who in turn inherited a solid foundation from Shane Franklin.

As we welcome Dylan in this vital role, it is fantastic that both George and Shane remain a serious part of our club, Chissa a key member of the First XI, and Shane as club coach.

We can also confirm the captains for the other teams this summer.

Second XI: Sandy Waters
Third XI: Jarad Battenally
Fourth XI: Frank Tuskes
Fifth XI: Anthony Devlin
Sixth XI: Mark Sanders

With the opening rounds of the Senior Competitions rapidly approaching, there are also exciting developments at the junior level, where we will have Friday Night Under 15 teams and two girls’ teams, a first for our club.

While we welcome players to our club from wherever they might come, it is a key policy to develop the main core of our future talent through the junior programs – once a Two Blue, always a Two Blue.

As well as captaining the Sixth XI, Mark Sanders has been doing a terrific job with the sponsorship role he has taken on this year.

Mark’s work, and that of others who have fulfilled this role, must never be over-looked because sponsorship allows us to keep down the costs of your playing cricket.

We have increased membership fees by a small amount this year, but with increased benefits, including those attached to a new membership card. Make sure you get your membership paid early to take full advantage of that.

For the sixth year in a row, bar prices will not rise. While we are a cricket club first and foremost, we are also aware of the important role our social activities play in the life of our members and making meals and drinks as inexpensive as possible is also a high priority.

Much other good work is being done in preparation for the summer. The new electronic scoreboard is set to roar into action in round one, offering all sorts of new opportunities for the club, including in the sponsorship area, and the chance to have movie nights on the grass of KFC Oval when the weather is warmer.

I want to place on record our gratitude for the hard work that curator Tim Stacey has been doing on the KFC Oval, particularly the centre pitch, and the practice pitches.

This year, we will again have an overseas player: Tom Nicholas from the Eversley club at which Nick McGuane played – and with great success – during the English summer.
As with our overseas players in the past, get around Tom.

From here on, the committee will be working furiously to make sure everything is ready to go when the first ball of the season is bowled.

We expect our players to be working just as hard to be ready to go, too.

That means training hard and honouring our club’s motto in everything you do: Two Blues, One Club – Respect It.

2019-20 Pre-Season Training Guide


Melbourne indoor- venue address – TBA




8 Roxanne Place Moolap

Sundays 4.00-6pm- Specified batting sessions ( players to be advised of date & time )


Tuesday 5-6pm – Bowlers Group  & prescribed batters TBA


Friday 2nd AUGUST           7:15pm to 8:45pm for 3 nets

Friday 9th AUGUST               7:15pm to 8:45pm for 3 nets

Friday 16th AUGUST           7:15pm to 8:45pm for 3 nets

Friday 23rd AUGUST           7:15pm to 8:45pm for 3 nets

Friday 30th AUGUST           7:15pm to 8:45pm for 3 nets

Sunday 25th    AUGUST       4 TILL 6PM – CULTURE SESSION



Sunday 25th         AUGUST             9.30-11am

Sunday 1st            SEPTEMBER      9.30-11am

Sunday 8th            SEPTEMBER      9.30-11am

Sunday 15th         SEPTEMBER      9.30-11am

Sunday 22nd        SEPTEMBER      9.30-1.30pm (Practice Match?)

Friday  27TH ( PUBLIC HOLIDAY)  or Sunday 29th SEPTEMBER – 9.30-1.30pm (Practice Match?) TBA

Tuesday/ Thursday training starting dates (KFC Oval)

Tuesday 17th        SEPTEMBER      5-7pm

Thursday 19th      SEPTEMBER      5-7pm

Tuesday 24th        SEPTEMBER      5-7pm

Thursday 26th      SEPTEMBER      5-7pm

Tuesday 1st          OCTOBER           5-7pm

Thursday 3rd        OCTOBER            5-7pm

Coaching Contacts

Devon Royce 0409549249

Shane Franklin 0439764030

Dylan Hodge 0400213634

Rod Kiddle 0409524841

Jackson Davis 0435881487

Rhys Bennett 0410302708

Jarad Battenally 0418908575

Brendan Twaddle 0400688970

Vale Kevin Higgins

Local sport recently lost one its true characters with the passing of Kevin Higgins in early July aged 68.

A champion footballer and talented sportsman Higgins played 46 matches with the N&CCC from 1994/95 as a punishing right hand bat and thoroughly entertaining team mate. Those matches yielded 1728 runs at 38.4 with 3 centuries and strangely enough 32 wickets.

With 507 runs in his first season (ave. 63.64) Higgins won the top 10 batting award and along with Simon Payne (142no) smashed a 240 run 4th wicket partnership against Leopold 3rds – a club record to this day.

In 1998/99 Higgo again won the Top 10 batting with 511 runs and both the club and GCA 5th XI batting average with 507 runs at 50.7. This was his final season at the club.

Kevin Higgins was natural sportsman debuting for Geelong in 1970 in the then VFL at 19 years. He also played 8 GCA 1sts matches with St Josephs in 1972, and later Thomson averaging 25.8 with the bat with t a top score of 73. He also played social cricket with Newtown Footballers.

Read Nick Wade’s Geelong Addy article on Kevin Higgins, contribution to local footy;

2019 AGM News

Our AGM was held on Monday evening whereby we elected our committee for season 2019/2020.

We congratulate Tom Levick who after many years of service as Junior VP takes over from Frank Tuskes as President.

Shane Franklin has been appointed as Club Coach and will no doubt be looking forward to reacquainting himself with the players after leading the club for two seasons in 2016/17 and 2017/18. Welcome back Shane.

Congratulations also to our newest committee members in Shaun Patterson, Tim Hosking, Mark Sanders, Jarad Battenally and Nick McGuane who are all taking on new roles as administrators and volunteers of the club.

Go the Two-Blues!

Shane Franklin

Tom Levick

Dylan Hodge joins the Two-Blues for Season 2019/20

The Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club is please to announce that accomplished all-rounder Dylan Hodge has agreed to join the club for the 2019/20 season.

Hodge has played for the club in the past on an irregular basis, proving his worth with both bat and ball.

In the summer ahead, he will become a potent, full-time member of the Two Blues First XI line-up.

“It’s absolutely fantastic that Dylan will become a permanent fixture for us at KFC Oval,” said club president Frank Tuskes.

“We know that he is a quality player, and just as importantly in our eyes, he is a quality person.

“This is a club model we have worked had to develop in recent summers – quality players, quality people – and it showed last season when our young First XI made it to the GCA Division One semi-finals,” said club director of cricket Devon Royce

“Like any club we always look to do better the next season, and adding a player of Dylan’s class is a step towards that.

“He brings with him not just his playing skill-set but the benefit of experience playing Premier Cricket.”


Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club is thrilled to announce the arrival of a new sponsor for the 2018/2019 season, freshly minted real estate agents, Eastwood Andrews.

“This is an exciting development for us because part of the sponsorship provides an all of club opportunity to promote Eastwood Andrews,” said club president Frank Tuskes.

“For every direct referral by one of our players or members that results in a sale the club will receive another $500 on top of the sponsorship.

“So obviously we’re encouraging everyone associated with Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club to keep their ears and eyes open for opportunities to help Nicole Andrews and Amanda Frick grow their exciting new business venture. As a club, we believe that sponsorships are very much two-way streets, that benefits flow to both us and the sponsor and this is a very real way for us to do that.”

Eastwood Andrews brings a whole new fresh approach to real estate in Geelong.

As Nicole and Amanda say: “We don’t just create a sale, we create a memorable experience!”

Nicole, Mum of the ever-enthusiastic Joel, and Amanda have 30 years of experience in real estate, experience that told them there was a need for a more personalised and caring way to sell a property and interact with clients. “I pride myself on providing a flawless selling process for vendors, from start to finish,” said Nicole as she makes the step from real estate agent to licensee and director of the new partnership. “Attention to detail and customer service are high on my priority list. I am also aware that we are part of the broader community, not just the business community and involving ourselves in sponsorships is part of that responsibility to put back.”

Fellow director Amanda Frick has a proven record for selling properties in the Geelong market. “It’s one I know well, so I am able to give honest feedback to both buyers and sellers, and our feedback is that is something they value really highly,” she says. “Nicole and I really do mean it when we say we want to provide a more caring and personalised way to sell property and interact with clients.”

Nicole & Amanda

2018/19 Pre-Season Program

Friday 10th AUGUST 8:30pm to 10pm for 3 nets
Friday 17th AUGUST 8:30pm to 10pm for 3 nets
Friday 24th AUGUST 8:30pm to 10pm for 3 nets
Friday 31st AUGUST 8:00pm to 9.30pm for 3 nets

Sunday 26th August 9.30am to 11am
Sunday 2nd September 9.30am to 11am
Sunday 9th September 9.30am to 11am
Sunday 16th September 9.30am to 11am (Intra club Practice Match)
Tuesday 18th September 5pm-7pm
Thursday 20th September 5pm-7pm
Saturday 22nd September Practice Match- Time TBA
Tuesday 25th September 5pm-7pm
Thursday 27th September 5pm-7pm
Friday 28th September Practice Match- Time TBA

8 Roxanne Place Moolap
Sundays 3.00-6pm

Please contact DEV ROYCE (0409549249) for more information

Leah Irving – Appointed as new Food Manager

The Newtown and Cricket Club is pleased to announce that Leah Irving will be Food Manager for the next season. “We welcome Leah on board,” said club president Frank Tuskes.

“Leah is in charge of organising food for the club whether we need some catering for past players day or organising meals for the players on a Thursday evening.

“She will be a ripper, but it is not a task to be left to Leah alone.

“This is a time for more and more people to be volunteering in this area and I am happy to hear from any one happy to help out their club.

“The Thursday night and Saturday night meals are a huge part of our club’s tradition and we look forward to Leah’s massive contribution building on all that over the summer.”

Leah Irving has a great record of community service in charitable organisation and sporting groups in the Geelong area.

“I am pleased to be working with the club,” she said.

“It has been a great place for my son Levi to grow up in and as a family, we would like to put something back.

“To be successful, we will need other parents to volunteer to help out in the kitchen, so please make contact, either with me or with Frank.

“Spreading the workload makes it easier for everyone to provide this valuable resource for the club.”

10 Questions with Brendan Twaddle

Q1: You are part of a highly respected  Father-son team at Newtown and Chilwell, tell us about your early memories of the club.

A1: I have quite a few memories of NCCC, funny enough one of the first was as an opposition player when I played at BPH. The game at the desert is where the infamous “Specs four pull shot” off my attempted bouncer story came from. Everyone knows the story and has heard it a 100 or so times. My first NCCC true memory was turning up to the club after getting cleared by BPH and
how welcoming everyone was. NCCC is a special place and it pretty much got a hold of me and hasn’t let go. Sporting clubs have an amazing power to bring people together and no club does it better than ours.

Q2: You had a bit of a break from the club to concentrate on baseball. What brought you back?

A2: I got a bit frustrated with cricket at one stage. The Seconds were incredibly strong, and I was a fringe player who had stiff competition to get through. I was a fair bit younger then and probably didn’t really read the situation well enough and got frustrated so I gave cricket away for a few years plus I was pretty heavily involved in baseball in quite a successful period of Saints Baseball
Club, so cricket took back seat while I focused on baseball. What bought me back was a mix of a few things. My Dad was making one of his numerous comebacks to NCCC and had committed to playing with Morgo in the Fifths, so I decided to join and play socially with my dad. Plus, I felt like I had unfinished business not having a photo on the wall.

Q3: You’ve become a powerhouse on the committee, completely revamping  the merchandise, what was your motivation there?

A3: Joining the committee is something that I have really enjoyed. The committee is full of a lot of people I consider good friends and I see it as a good combination of catching up with my good mates while also looking out for the club and its best interests which is something I am passionate about. The merchandise was and still is a big job but for me was a no-brainer. I never was a big
fan of the old merchandise, so I felt passionate about making a change that would change the identity of our club and bring some pride to wearing our colours. It’s something I am proud of, we should all be proud of wearing the Two Blues colours and hopefully this merchandise has achieved that.

Q4: You have played 125 games for the club across five grades, including two in the First XI, tell us about those.

A4: It’s funny how many games I can remember over the years mostly for good reasons. It’s a touch frustrating I didn’t get to play more games in the First XI or T20 games, but I wouldn’t change too much of what I have done. I have so many good memories from opening the bowling with Jacko Davis when he first started playing 2nds. The season I played under Russell Mitchell in that
stacked Second and we needed results to go our way to make finals and batting with Ian Hastie in a last wicket partnership that kept that dream alive. To the year in the Fifths with my dad and Morgo where we nearly stole a flag in a heavily stacked division. It was amazing playing the year with my Dad. It was always something I have wanted to do. The amazing thing about playing
at Newtown is the people for me. I have been a part of this amazing club for what feels so long now that I have played with Ian Hastie, Russell Mitchell, Graeme Chisholm and Devon Royce and the amazing thing for me is now I have played with their sons in the same club. Newtown has amazing facilities, but the club is so special because of the people in it.

Q5. You have just accepted the nomination as the GCA Division One delegate, what was your motivation to take on that role?

A5: This is a hard one to answer. I have taken this position for many reasons. I think it’s important the players get a say in the direction of cricket in Geelong. I also think it’s important that we (NCCC) contribute and have representation on the GCA committee. The main reason is I have come from a sport in baseball which is pretty much on its knees and in quite a lot of trouble and if we cricket people don’t get involved in this sport it could do the same. We aren’t the number one game in town and we need to adapt, and I certainly have opinions and ideas which can
only be heard properly if I am on GCA committee. I’ll try to do the best job to represent all cricket people and hopefully the right moves will be made for the game and its future in Geelong.

Q6. What do you see as the main challenge for you in that role?

A6: I am still awaiting the GCA for the official job description but the main reason I wanted to join revolves around the structure of the game and the players involved in it. As everyone knows I am a shift worker and many people are nowadays in a similar situation and the way cricket is structured makes it hard. Cricket in Geelong is in its most vulnerable and exciting position at the same time. I think the changes that could be made could be exciting for cricket and possibly strengthen it. At the same time if we don’t adjust to this new generation coming through and their clear like of the short game we could be left in a vulnerable position. Just think the game needs a bit more common sense bought into it. Listen to the people and what they want. Majority of people get lost in
the main reason why we play cricket. We play for FUN. Let’s make cricket FUN as far as I am concerned. The draw also needs looking into and possibly a few other aspects and hopefully I will
have a chance to have a say on behalf of all cricketers in GCA1.

Q7. Will you be keeping on the merchandising role and other hefty duties at our club that you have undertaken, or stepping back a little?

A7: Merchandising is a job that requires a lot of ground work and research. After designing our current  merchandising layout and range of merchandising the rest of the job is purely maintaining the current system with suppliers and stockists also with our many wonderful sponsors. I have been extremely lucky to have the help I have had from many people. It’s not a job I have done alone and a fair few people need credit also and thanks to them. I think I should be able to maintain the current role with the club but certainly won’t turn anyone away who is passionate about the
club and is willing to help. Cooper Bingham has recently jumped on board by designing a range of NCCC beanies which look fantastic and are worth checking on the website.

Q8. Dan Lawrence and Chris Pepper lived with your parents, Dominic Manthorpe lived with you, and there have been plenty of other English players through the club in recent times, do you have a favourite?

A8: You don’t realise how big of a job it is taking on an import player but for me it was a bit of a no-brainer and very rewarding. I played with Dom in the Seconds his first year out and we got along quite well. I suggested if he were to come back that we would host him, and he took up the offer and came back. Besides following Arsenal, he was quite “a good lad” as he would word it. We
also have formed a good friendship with his family and look forward to heading over there sooner rather than later. Daniel Lawrence was an amazing talent and I was very lucky to meet him. He also used to provide me a good laugh when I used to head to my parents where Daniel and my brother would fight over the Tim Tams in fridge. Chris was also a great person and hopefully he will
find the spark of cricket again, there is certainly talent there. I do have to say thanks to the guys. They treated my parents so well and respected them the whole way through and couldn’t say a bad word against either of them, they are family as far as I am concerned.

Q9. You haven’t won a premiership yet, but what is your best cricket memory with Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club?

A9: I am stuck in the infamous club of no photo on the wall. I would like to say it gets easier to deal with over time, but I think having that photo on the wall is the greatest trophy or recognition we give and should be every individual’s goal. Besides life membership there isn’t a greater privilege. I have played in a few grand finals now and have missed out on a few but plenty of time yet. Probably the favourite individual memory was the year I captained the Thirds and I copped a pasting off the then coach for a performance of the team against East Belmont (which I missed due to wisdom teeth getting removed) and coming out against Lara and pretty much just hitting boundaries and scoring my only century to date. I never thought I’d make one or even get close to making one. But as an overall memory it would probably be the Fifth’s semi-final I was involved in at East Belmont against the Lewis driven BPH. We were up against some of the worst individuals you
will ever play cricket with or against. Morgo had copped a relentless barrage from the BPH players and when they hit the ball in the air to him, out in the deep with a busted hand, he caught the ball that won us the game. We effectively had to take 15 wickets to beat them from all the cheating, but we had knocked the top side out of finals in a huge upset. I’ll never forget Morgo’s face
and knowing the next week we would be in the grand final.

Q10. And here it comes, your best Russell Mitchell story.

A10: Where do I go from here? So many stories on and off field. I think my main memory of Russell was when I first cracked the turf squad and played under him. It was a daunting deal. There were some amazing players in that team who were all super competitive. I remember the support he showed and the confidence in me to be a part of his team and that I would contribute. The last wicket partnership with Ian Hastie when we needed to win, I still remember Russell backing me in with Ian he was there the whole way supporting us until the winning runs were scored. The off field is easy. The year I captained we played Highton at Highton and I was umpiring central and Russell was watching at what I would say deep mid-wicketish and Batesy came in to bat. Batesy was in pretty ordinary form and was hit on the toe and I gave the decision not out suggesting it was going down leg which was followed by loud laughing from Russell and a few other comments
over the fence at me. Always supporting that Battler.