Two Blues News 
The Arrivals Lounge



The Newtown and Chilwell Cricket club is pleased to announce two important new arrivals for the summer ahead.


Mick Young, a hard-hitting all-rounder who has been playing with Little River will line-up for the Two Blues in October.


So too with Geelong College product Charlie Hurst, a solid batsman and wicketkeeper keen to take his game to the next level level.


The club welcomed both players with the now traditional 10 Questions:


Q1. How did you hear about Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club?

A1. Because I’ve been at school at College the last few years, I’m good mates with a lot of boys who play at Newtown. I’ve played school cricket with probably 10 or so Newtown boys over the years, so it’s always been there as a potential spot to play with my mates.

Q2. What brings you to the club ahead for the 20/21 season?

A2. I was just looking to take my game to a higher level in the GCA and to play within a good culture and with my mates, so when Coop and Shane got in touch with me about playing this season, I knew it was something I couldn’t pass up on.

Q3. Tell us about where you have played before.

A3. My home club was Barwon Heads. I played there since Under 13s. I absolutely loved it there. But I was only playing half the season there because of school cricket for college. There I played with boys like Joey, Charlie Mitchell, Hunter, Baxter, the Bain brothers, Nick Burke, Noah Guida and the Dowlings.

Q4. Describe yourself as a cricketer. Batsman, bowler, all-rounder?

A4. Batsmen/wicket keeper. Unfortunately, I do not roll the arm over.

Q5. What’s been the highlight of your cricket playing days so far?

A5. Probably our school win last season against St Kevin’s away. Where they needed one run to win and we needed one wicket and Noah Guida took a screamer to win the game. Or beating Geelong Grammar in the derby.

Q6. We’re very proud of our ground and club rooms, have you had a chance to have a look at them yet?

A6. I haven’t played there yet, but I’ve watched a bit of cricket there and from what I saw it seems it’s got a real nice outfield with a boss pavilion.

Q7. Who is the best cricketer you’ve played with, and against?

A7. Liam Blackford would have to be the best, freak of nature.
Against would probably be Zak Evans or Jake Fraser-McGurk.

Q8. Cooper Bingham pops up as a friend on Facebook, any secrets can you share about Silky with us.

A8. Nah I don’t really know Coop that well but I’m good mates with his younger brother Baxter who I’m at school with I’m sure he could tell you a thing or two.

Q9. Jack Royce is another Facebook friend – anything to tell us or is what happens on tour staying right there.

A9. Nah I don’t really know Roycey that well.

Q10. Have you ever heard of Russell Mitchell, and if so, what have you heard?

A10. Nah I hadn’t heard of Russell but apparently he’s an interesting unit according to Joe.


Q1. What brings you to the Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club?

A1. I got a message from Shane Murdoch about coming across to the club. Having played footy with him I know his attitude when it comes to sport and I jumped at the opportunity. I’m really looking forward to playing cricket under him. I have heard very good things being that he also played for Phillip Island not long before I joined the club.

Q2. You played football with Shane Murdoch, what sort of a footballer is he?

A2. Very intelligent, determined, hard and will let you know how he feels in an instant! Loved being around him on the field. You know if he had the ball in his hands it was hardly ever getting back in the oppositions’ possession.

Q3. Tell us a little bit about your cricket background – we hear Little River and Phillip Island feature on your resume.

A3. So I started my career up north for Leitchville/Gunbower as a junior and up through their senior sides. Then moved to Phillip Island and played a few seasons there before moving to Geelong for uni. Travelled back and forth playing for Phillip Island for a couple of seasons before heading to Little River. Then last year I had a bit of a break from the game having an interrupted season with Little River and Phillip Island. But I am really looking forward to the upcoming season!

Q4. We read in The Geelong Advertiser a couple of years back you’re a hard-hitting batsman, is that correct, and where do you like to bat?

A4. Yeah, I can be quite hard hitting if the need arises. Not many things more satisfying as a batsman than seeing a ball that is in the arc and watching it fly over cow corner! My own preference is I like to bat around the middle at four, five or six and from there you can really set the game up and set yourself a task, whether that be to consolidate after quick wickets and build an innings or to come in with 15 overs left to get the scoreboard moving.

Q5. As an all-rounder, what sort of bowler are we likely to see in action on KFC Oval this summer?

A5. I am a bit of a swing bowler. Not super quick but quick enough to trouble a few people. I'm always determined to get my man and will toil all day and bowl long spells if I need to. Growing up bowling on hard, dry, turf wickets up north teaches you how not to bowl and I am really excited about bowling on the turf down here!

Q6. Who is the best cricketer with whom you have played?

A6. That is a really tough question. I have played with some cracking blokes and great cricketers over the last 15 years of playing. But for me one bloke stands out above the rest. Tyler Jones. Opening batsman who can tear a side apart in an instant, fantastic gloveman and not a bad bowler either. I played a lot of A grade cricket with him and watching how calm and collected he was at the crease was a joy. I remember one game in which I was padded up to go in at three and I sat there for 45 overs watching TJ and Kurt Brereton put on over 300 with Tyler making a double ton in a one day game! Awesome player!

Q7. Who is the best cricketer against whom you have played?

A7. Again, a tough question! I hate to admit it. But there is a bloke by the name of Russel White who I loathed to play against. An all-rounder who just had knack of getting me out as a bowler and as a batsman could bat all day and damage you if you got your lines wrong.

Q8. What are you goals for the 2020/2021 season as the Two Blues regroup after missing finals last summer?

A8. I'd love to have a consistent year with scoring runs and taking wickets. I’m yet to really shine with the bat and I reckon this upcoming season is as good as any to really get the ball and runs rolling!

Q9. You are at University, what are you aiming to do when you have finished your studies.

A9. So, I am studying to become a primary school teacher. I love teaching people and helping where I can.

Q10. This final question normally asks for a favourite Russell Mitchell story, “Battler” being the club secretary, life member, premiership player and champion character. We will defer this one until you meet him – thereafter it won’t take long before you to have a favourite Russell Mitchell story.

A10. I can't wait!

 June - 2020