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Wonga Park is not only one of the most successful cricket clubs on field, it also boasts as being the most family orientated club in the local area. The club rooms and two main ovals are based off Launders Avenue in Wonga Park, nestled amongst the beautiful and scenic surroundings which gives the club that unique country feel. We encourage new members, whether they be playing or non playing, young or old, to come and be part of the WPCC.
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Latest Junior Update
Vale Will Harvey
Dear members, families and friends of Wonga Park Cricket Club
It’s with great sadness that we pass on the news that Will Harvey passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday December 10th after a brave 21 month battle with a traumatic brain injury.
Will was a talented young cricketer but more importantly was a terrific young bloke and a part the Wonga Park Cricket Club family and a friend to many.
He will be sadly missed but will always be remembered.
Our thoughts and sincere best wishes to Tony, Kathryn and Jonno, and also to Will’s mates at the Club, in this really difficult time.
The Funeral of Mr William David (Will) Harvey will be held at the Whitefriars College Gym, 156-158 Park Road, Donvale on TUESDAY (Dec. 19, 2017) at 10.30 a. m. Private Cremation
The WONGA PARK CRICKET CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY!!
Next Saturday night (16th December)
It’s our wonderful traditional event where the whole Club gets together to catch up and celebrate the festive (and cricket!) season.
Santa will be coming and there will be activities for the kids on the ground
Roast dinner will be provided
Tickets: $20/adult and $50/family with kids 16 and under
Raffle will be drawn with awesome prizes:
– Large Christmas hamper (Club Foods)
– Cricket equipment (Topline)
– Voucher for six coaching sessions at Topline
– Large bottle of spirits (Club Foods)
– Individual portrait of yourself or your favourite sportsman! (Sporting Fine Art)
– Gift boxes of cosmetics and aromatic candles
NOW its up to you, our players and families to support the Club. We will have a WPCC hamper in the raffle also, with goods donated by our players and families so if you can add something to the wheel barrow at the Club over the next week that would be great – THANKS!
Can I ask please that every player sells their raffle tickets – again all proceeds will go towards an electronic score board (juniors return to your coaches; seniors and vets return to Sam Johnson or Mick MacLennan) THANKS
Please make every effort to come along and make it another great Wonga Christmas Party!!
Wonga Seniors and Vets, Registration for season 2017/2018 is now open. Registrations for this season will be done online via the play cricket website.
Registration Subs 2017/2018
- Seniors – $370
- Under 21 – $250
- Vets – $180
You can also opt to pay your subs via our payment plan. If you choose this option no discounts apply and your first payment must be paid by 15/10/2017.
- Payment 1 – $100 by 15/10/2017
- Payment 2 – $100 by 15/11/2017
- Payment 3 – $100 by 15/12/2017
- Payment 4 – $70 by 15/1/2018
How to make online payments To register you will need you My Cricket ID and Password. If you don’t have your My Cricket ID it is located in settings on the MY Cricket App.
Click on the following link to register. http://www.playcricket.com.au/club-finder/club-details?Id=928&postcode=3115
For further assistance or if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact either Peter Clark or myself.
Kind Regards Narelle Collins
Dear members, families and friends of Wonga Park Cricket Club
Welcome to Season 2017-18! We’re all set to go!! After a terrific pre-season by our junior and senior players, and the hard work by many over the break, we have set ourselves up for an exciting and successful season both on and off the field. Like all of you I cant wait for the season to start for the cricket and also to catch up with mates who we have not seen for some time.
Seniors and most junior teams start this weekend, with the Under 18’s and Under 10’s starting the following weekend. Our girls start on the 12th November. We will have our season launch at the Club Thursday night 5/10 so please get along to celebrate. Meals will be on as usual and senior teams will be read out for the first game. Just a few other things to note: The committee has developed a social calendar for the season and we commence with an ‘Octoberfest’ night (21st October) – please see the Club’s Facebook page or Tom Hancock for details/tickets.
Helen Mathews is coordinating Saturday night meals and has already ‘recruited’ a number of our Wonga ladies to help out each Saturday night which is great. Thank you so much ladies for volunteering with this initiative, I know our senior players will be most grateful!
Subscriptions are now due As we are to commence the season its timely to remind all players to make sure you represent our mighty club well. Play the game hard but play the game in the right spirit, including having utmost respect to your mates, the opposition and umpires. Anything less is not on. To all those who have volunteered their time to help out the club whether it be committee positions, supporting positions/roles, coaches, captains, team managers I express my sincere thanks. It will take ALL our efforts however, if we are to achieve the on-field and off-field success we strive for so I strongly encourage everyone to “do your bit” .
All the best for the season and I look forward to seeing you at the Club. Go Wonga!!
Junior registration for season 2017/2018 is now open. Registrations will remain open until the 31st August 2017. Registrations after this date must be discussed with Richard, Ash or myself. As per last year registration will be done online via the Play Cricket website.
Please see link to Wonga Park registration below. http://www.playcricket.com.au/club-finder/club-details?id=928
Fees for 2017/2018
- Junior Competition Player – $160
- Under 10 Mini Bash – $115
- Melbourne Stars Girls – $60
- Milo Cricket – $85
Free Training Tops will be supplied to all New players As per previous years for multiple children in the Junior Competitive Player category discounts do apply so please ensure you choose the Child 2, Child 3 options. If you have any queries or concerns regarding online registration please fell free to contact me. Alternative arrangements can be made.
Regards Narelle Collins WPCC Junior Secretary
Vale George Hartley and Werner Schlueter
Its with great sadness that I announce the recent passing of George Hartley and Werner Schlueter.
George is the father of current player and Life Member Wayne and also Ray who played cricket at Wonga, and of course grandfather to Wayne and Julie’s cricketing kids, Billy, Laura and Matilda. After serving in Papua New Guinea in WWII George returned to Wonga Park and played cricket for the Club for 21 years. George’s father Les and his brother Joe also played at Wonga and demonstrates the great contribution the Hartley family has made to our club over our history.
Werner Schlueter is the father to Life Member John and also Mark who played cricket at Wonga some years ago. John and Alison’s kids Nick, Dan and Steph currently play at Wonga. While Werner didnt frequent Wonga alot the commitment to his boys in allowing them to play juniors and into seniors typifies the importance of families in letting kids chase their sporting passion and dreams.
On behalf of all members, families and friends of the Wonga Park Cricket Club I extend our sincere sympathies and condolences to Wayne, John and their families.
Mick MacLennan President Wonga Park Cricket Club
2016-17 WPCC AGM: President’s Report
The 2016-17 season has overall been quite successful for the Club.
On the playing side our juniors are continuing to grow in numbers and the introduction of our girls team and U18 team was brilliant. The girls made the GF which was awesome and to see their enjoyment was infectious.
It’s also really important to acknowledge and be very proud that 9 of our Senior First 11 that played in the GF all played juniors at Wonga. The success of our junior program over the years was recognized by the Club winning the inaugural Cricket Australia Junior Program of the year. This was an amazing achievement and one we can all be very proud of.
Not wanting to be complacent, and striving to continually improve our junior committee has initiated a winter training program for our young cricketers and this is going brilliantly.
In the seniors we had 6 of our 8 senior teams played in finals which was a tremendous effort. Congratulations to the 6th 11 for winning their third premiership in a row and well done to the 1st 11 for making the grand final in 14 years. It was an awesome effort to get there but clearly we weren’t good enough over the weekend. It’s going to be harder next year and so we must improve to win the GF.
It is disappointing that Sunny has left the Club as his contribution to WPCC over the last two seasons has been very good. However, we move on with great excitement. I honestly believe our 1s could enter a golden period for the Club. We have added some new players to the list that will help but our big improvement will come from our existing senior squad by taking up the challenge, and doing the hard work to continue to improve. It’s up to them if they want the ultimate success!
Our three vets teams all made the grand finals which was, again, a wonderful achievement. Well done and congratulations to Couttsy’s over 50s and our new over 40s team lead by Ro Allport that won their flags.
Off the field we completed some major projects with all new nets being installed and of course the upgrade to the top ground. These were major priorities for the Club so it’s great to see it happen. Following an application to council a new fence will be installed around the main ground in the coming months. We also continue to work towards installing an electronic score board.
These projects together with our cricket performances and high playing participation rates would indicate a successful season and that we are heading in the right direction. And we are.
As I said on presentation night, as president I also monitor the health of the Club by our attendance and participation at social events – (the Christmas party was awesome with over 200 people attending), and by the willingness of people to help out around the Club, without having to be asked. My motto for as long as I have been president is for everyone ‘to do your bit’.
Of course we constantly think of the difficult times the Harvey’s are going through, and tragically, not long after our senior presentation night the amazing Sue Contarino lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Our thoughts are with the Harvey’s and Steve and Raina Contarino.
Finally, I would like to thank the committee and junior committee for their time and effort over the 2016-17 season.
Thank you to our wonderful sponsors and acknowledging that without their support it would be difficult to operate a club of our size.
So we look ahead towards season 2017-18 with great excitement and optimism, but it will take all our combined efforts to turn this into success!
President, Wonga Park Cricket Club
Two new senior cricketers have decided to join Wonga from next season onwards.
Hamish Paterson is a fast bowler and has played 1st XI cricket with Croydon Cricket Club (subdistrict) since 2010/11 (excluding 2014/15). He has taken over 200 wickets at Croydon and just two seasons ago he claimed 45 wickets at an average of 9.98. He has won Croydon’s bowling average five times, been selected in the VSDCA Team of the Year on two occasions and in 2012/13 won the VSDCA U21 Player of the year. Hamish played at Ringwood in 2014/15, playing 7 games of Premier First cricket. Hamish is well known to many at Wonga and has played two T20 games with us. He has also coached the Croydon Hatch team and is keen to help our juniors as well.
Chris Parker is coming back to Wonga after a long time away. Chris started playing juniors at Wonga when he was nine at Wonga and played in our F1st XI in 2008/09. While at Wonga he played three years in the RDCA U21 team starting when he was only 16. After Wonga Chris left to play district cricket at Richmond and stayed there for five seasons, playing mainly in their seconds as a batting all rounder. Chris left Richmond after 2014/15 to focus on his work and apart from a couple of 4 man a side games at Wonga and two games filling in for our seconds last year, he has not played since leaving Richmond. We are wrapped to have him back.
It is exciting Hamish and Chris will be playing at Wonga, and they are terrific blokes, so on behalf of all members and supporters I’d like welcome Hamish and welcome back Chris! All the best and go Wonga! Mick MacLennan President
Vale Sue Contarino
Dear members, families and friends of Wonga Park Cricket Club I am very saddened to announce the passing of Sue Contarino after a long and inspired battle with ovarian cancer. Sue has been a great friend to many of us at the Club and was introduced to the Club by her husband Steve who has played cricket at Wonga since juniors.
Sue had the most brilliant, positive attitude and embraced life to its fullest. It was not surprising that since being diagnosed with her illness in 2013, that she, with absolute support from Steve, fought a very hard battle. Her strength and determination to overcome the illness was amazing and inspirational to all those that knew her. Her zest for life never waned. She gained her strength through “Hope, Faith and Love”.
Two years ago Sue started the “Walk With Me” fundraising campaign to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia Research . In 2016 the walk from Lilydale to Warburton raised over $10,000. Sue threw herself into the campaign and her story was featured on a “60 Minutes” interview. In February this year hundreds of people did Walk and it raised over an incredible $70,000! I encourage you to check the Walk With Me website.
Sue’s passing will have a great impact on many people. Many of us have lost a great friend and the broader community has lost an incredible lady. Our best wishes and thoughts go to Steve and Raina.
A Service to honour and give thanks for her life will be held at 10.30 a. m. on WEDNESDAY (May 10, 2017) at the Victoria Police Academy Chapel, 1 View Mount Rd, Glen Waverley.
This will be followed by a Service of interment at 1 p. m. at Lilydale Memorial Park, 126 Victoria Rd, Lilydale.
Mick MacLennan President, Wonga Park Cricket Club
“WPCC Junior Program recognized by Cricket Australia”!
WPCC was awarded by Cricket Australia the
” A Sport For All Community Cricket Awards” under the category of “Junior Cricket Program of the Year”!
To be acknowledged as having one the top junior program, across Australia, is amazing. In a time where many clubs are losing junior players we keep growing our numbers and therefore, WPCC is well represented in all age groups. Add to this the inclusion for the first time this season of our U18 team and our U14 girls team, and also the fact that in our First 11 Grand Final team this season, 10 of the 12 players were once junior cricketers at WPCC!
Firstly congratulations to Ash Parker for submitting our application, and clearly describing our junior program that has been evolving for years. Congratulations also to the junior committee for this season and all junior coaches, team managers for making it happen and, of course, to all our junior players for participating. As we know a junior program of our size just doesn’t happen ‘overnight’ so a massive congratulations and thank you to all those hardworking junior committees, and supporting parents, in the past who have made a massive contribution to junior cricket at WPCC.
Well done again to Ash and his committee for this year – Narelle Collins, Richard Semken and Trev Foster.
Congratulations to our Sixths as three peat winners while commiserations are for our first eleven and 12/4 as defeated grand finalists.
Any junior questions or queries please contact Ash or Narelle, details listed below.
Junior President: Ash Parker firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Secretary: Narelle Collins email@example.com
Junior Coordinator: Richard Semken firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Grand Finals 2015/2016
Three Senior Grand Finals three very different games and Wonga Park Premiers in all three.
For the supporters who were at these games or the post celebration it was a very special weekend with the Sixths going Back to Back, Paul Doevelaar snaring his 700 wicket in the Grand Final and the Fourths beating all the odds.
Everyone who played not only for these teams but across the club from Committee, all Players, our valued and loyal sponsors and Supporters were part of these Flags led from the front by Sunny & Tonks on the training track.
Latest Junior Newsletter is available here Juniors
Saturday January 30th, 2016 is now known as Wonga Day after all 7 senior sides won topped off by the thirds winning outright.
WONGA PARK CRICKET CLUB ACHIEVES LEVEL THREE ACCREDITATION IN GOOD SPORTS PROGRAM
The Wonga Park Cricket Club is displaying a commitment to responsible alcohol management with an application for Level Three accreditation under the Australian Drug Foundation’s Good Sports program. Good Sports is the first nationwide alcohol management program of its kind and is supported by VicHealth, the Traffic Accident Commission (TAC), the Department of Health and Department of Health & Ageing. The program was developed following research conducted by the Australian Drug Foundation which indicated that by introducing responsible alcohol management policies, clubs were able to improve membership and enhance viability. The club is determined to meet the criteria required for the Level Three accreditation. We now have a written alcohol management policy which includes the sale of low alcohol drinks and soft drinks and a safe transport strategy to ensure our members get home safely. We will provide food when serving alcohol and we will not have an emphasis on alcohol for player awards or fundraising, functions and prizes.
We are confident our efforts will continue to improve the environment at the Club. We are working to ensure the Wonga Park Cricket Club is a great place to play and socialise for all members of our community.
The club will be regularly monitored to ensure we comply with the program. This is the responsibility of all members to make sure we do the right thing while we’re enjoying ourselves and having fun.
For more information about the accreditation program contact the committee or refer to the following links:-
Current committee members are listed on the Club Contacts page. To continue to reap the rewards of a well run Club on and off the field there is always the need for additional assistance.
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