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THE Leongatha and District Cricket As-
sociation will officially be one club less
from now on, with the demise of Fish
Creek-Tarwin Cricket Club.
The club entered recess last season due to a lack of
players and with just eight players on the books ready to
play season 2016-17, the club executive made the deci-
sion to fold.
Former president Clayton Fisher said he was disap-
pointed but realistic about the end of the club he had
played with since he began as an Under 14s cricketer.
“A few people have gone to Foster, to MDU and I’m
playing with Inverloch,” he said.
“We could see it coming for the last five years. We went
from two teams back to one and then none, and then not hav-
ing juniors as well, it’s just been slowly going downhill.”
A dearth of players forced the merger of the Fish Creek
and Tarwin cricket clubs in the late 1990s, and with the con-
tinual drop in young farmers and general population in rural
communities, the club faced a battle sourcing recruits.
The club’s inventory is being sold.
YOU cannot help but admire clubs like
the Poowong Loch Cricket Club.
There is not an ounce of complacency about the
The committee is dedicated to making the club
a prosperous heart of the community and knows the
value of hard work.
Once again three sides will compete: A2, B2 and C2.
At the Junior level the Under 16 and Under 14 teams
will be joined for the first time by an Under 12 team.
The Under 12 team owes its existence to the suc-
cess of Milo Cricket which will be up and running at
the club again this season.
Adam Fisher, who remains the club’s president,
said one of the highlights of 2016/17 at the club will
be the black tie celebration of the 25th anniversary of
the merge between Poowong and Loch.
The date has yet to be announced.
The club has recruited well in the off season with
Alan Jenkins returning from OMK as an opening
bowler and James Bardwell has been recruited from
the West Gippsland Cricket Association.
He will play alongside his 15 year old younger
brother Aaron who has been playing A Grade for Poo-
The club has lost none from the previous season’s
list and Adam Fisher said numbers at training have
been very good.
Wilson Pollock is staying on as the coach and
alongside him, Gary Knox will continue as training
Facilities at the club are in great shape with last
year’s upgrade of the pavilion providing a comfort-
able environment with a view of the oval.
It is a great entertaining area and a place where
children can play safely corralled.
The pavilion is set to expand again with the provi-
sion of two change rooms.
The Poowong wicket has a new mat on it and a
complete resurface has been carried out at Loch with
drought tolerant fescue and ryegrass given there is no
irrigation available at that ground.
Power has been extended at Loch across to the
practice nets allowing a bowling machine to be de-
ployed for training.
With the help of a grant from the South Gippsland
Shire Council the club has upgraded its training equip-
ment with new throwing aids, witches hats, gloves
and the like to the tune of $2000.
IMPERIALS’ secretary Gary Sauvarin
says the club is hopeful relegation from
A1 to A2 will reinvigorate the team if it
can produce wins.
Player numbers to training have not been star-
tling, Mr Sauvarin said, and the club welcomes any
past or new players to come along to training.
Recruiting hasn’t gone as well as the club would
Chris Silkstone, an English cricketer who
played with Imperials a couple of seasons ago was
intending to return this season and bring with him a
fast bowler to add to the club’s stocks.
This arrangement has fallen over and Imperials
have picked up no other players of note during the
An arrangement which is proving positive for
the club is the relationship it has been building with
the Miners Baseball team.
The Miners have set up home base at Imperi-
als’ East Campus home ground and on the weekend
the clubs played a game of 20/20 cricket to mark
the changeover from the baseball to the cricket sea-
It is planned for this to be a bi-annual inter-club
Playing for the Miners over the winter has been
a couple of Imperials as a way of keeping fit and
Gary Sauvarin said the baseball club is likely to
yield some young cricketers.
The A2 and B2 teams the Imperials are field-
ing this season train at the East Campus oval each
The oval is in its usual excellent condition and
while there are no improvements to club facilities
to report at present , the relationship with Miners is
expected to give the club considerable clout when
it comes to applying for grants to develop facili-
Both A2 (wooden spooners 2015 - 2016) and
B2 (fifth placed last season) will be aiming for fi-
nals berths this summer.
THE Foster Cricket Club is looking to field
four teams in this year’s Leongatha and
District Cricket Association competition.
It will have a senior team in A2 and B2 and an Under
14 boys and an Under 14 all girl side.
Club president Dave Thornell said at this stage, senior
numbers are good, however it would be good to see a few
more players for the junior teams.
“At the moment about five new players have arrived
from mid Victoria, Devon, Yarram and also Toora, with
only about three players having left,” he said.
“Our senior sides were competitive last year and only
just lost a few games by a couple of runs.
“There are really good signs ahead for the club this
year so get down to the golf club and support the boys.”
During the off season, the cricket club put a bit of effort
into rejuvenating its grounds and clubrooms.
“We have just had a good clean up, painting and put-
ting up new sponsor signs and relining of the roof,” Mr
Foster holds its training on Sunday mornings at 10am
and also Thursday nights from 5pm. The Under 14 boys
train on Sunday mornings at 9.30am and will start on
Thursdays at 4.30pm once the season starts.
The club executive includes Mr Thornell, Ros Griggs
as secretary and Tania Rathjen as treasurer.
MDU Cricket Club
Hoober said player
ing new players to
the club and junior
numbers have been
major focuses dur-
ing the off season.
“With our new
score shed completed
at Meeniyan at the end
of last season and the
inside toilets done this
time last year, the off
season has been quieter
than normal,” he said.
The club will be
fielding three senior
sides and an Under 14
and an Under 16 team in
“We will have excel-
lent numbers in the Un-
der 16s with the Under
14s needing two or three
more at this stage,” Mr
MDU’s A2 side fin-
THE Leongatha Town Cricket Club will
be looking to improve on last year’s re-
sults, with a team in each of the senior
sections as well as three junior sides.
junior team in Under 12s, Under 14s and Under 16s
Club president Steve Fixter said he is expecting
player numbers to be satisfactory this year.
“New players at this stage are Nick Tuckett and
Matt Wilson returning and the chance of a few oth-
ers yet to be announced,” he said.
“Most players are returning, however we are
facing the possible retirements of Nathan Johnston
and Nathan Lovie. Jake Burge has also moved to
Mr Fixter said premier cricketer and twice reign-
ing competition cricketer of the year Amila Rat-
naike will be returning to Town, along with Madura
“We are also stoked with the development of our
junior program and look forward to seeing more of
15 year old Jack Hume in A Grade alongside guys
like Brandon Berry and Sam Clarke,” he said.
“The early form of Damien Burge is also promis-
In 2015, Town’s A1 team just missed finals fin-
ishing sixth on the ladder. B Grade finished third and
Ground improvement has been a focus of the off
season, with Leongatha’s Scorpion Park looking a
“We have verti-drained our ground and estab-
lished more Santa Ana couch in bare areas, so the
ground and pitch should again be top quality or bet-
ter,” Mr Fixter said.
“Hopefully it will be as good as any ground in
country Victoria by early November.”
The club’s committee for 2016 includes Warren
Turner as secretary, Anne Davies as treasurer, Jareth
Hume as vice president and Brian Davies as facility
The club trains at the Scorpion Park nets on
Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Numbers boost MDU
Young and keen: MDU Cricket Club Under 16 players Mitchell
Hoober, left and Lachie Elliott are ready for the start of the cricket
season this weekend.
ished on top last year
and then lost the semi
final, So Mr Hoober is
hopeful the club can go
a step or two further this
“With the recruits
and the continued
development of our
younger players the
club is quietly confident
it can get all three of its
senior sides and the Un-
der 16s in the finals this
season,” he said.
“It would be great
for the club and some-
thing which has never
The club has picked
up some new players to
boost its A Grade side
this season, while Steve
Smith has returned to
is an excellent A Grade
opening bowler and
middle order batsmen
from Inverloch who
played in the A1 pre-
miership two seasons
ago,” Mr Hoober said.
“We are very ex-
cited about what Darien
can bring to the club
after tasting success at a
“We have also se-
cured an opening bowl-
er, Jack Mason, from
England and are hopeful
of picking up a top order
batsmen from there as
Mr Hoober said Dar-
ien, along with Mikey
Olden and Tom Corry
will be a few of the play-
ers to watch at MDU this
Nick Eddy is again
the club coach, after do-
ing a great job for the past
two years. Craig Hoo-
ber and Mark Cantwell
will coach the Under 16
team and Tim Bright will
coach the Under 14s.
Nick Eddy will also
captain the A Grade team
and Dale Thomas will
lead the C Grade team.
The B Grade captain is
yet to be decided.
Mr Hoober said the
Reserve is in great con-
“The Dumbalk oval
is currently a bit wet. It
may be right for round
one, depending on the
weather,” he said.
The club’s executive
committee includes Mr
Hoober, Tyrone Zukovs-
kis as secretary and Tim
Bright as treasurer.
Aiming higher with new cousins
Looking up at Town
Positive signs for Foster
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