Katamatite Cricket Club Gazette

News, Info, Game Reports & Events of Your Local Club

Volume 2, Issue 1: 9th October, 2015

The Old Boys Go Around Again

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The last few seasons have seen several old hands of the club (not just those pictured) propping up KCC's senior teams for lack of players or bounty of youth coming through. They have done this for the well-being of our club, and the signs are as good as they have been in quite some time that their dedication will be effectual as part of a return to prosperity for Katty Cricket Club. Strong preseason registrations will ease the burden on these blokes, and we hope to see them enjoying their cricket and performing, pressure-free.

President' Report

It's been a great start to our 2015/16 season, with really solid preseason training and the signing of some very able cricketers - we welcome Lockie Sharp, Daniel Emmi, Matthew Wright, Stephen Dawson and Mark Dalton, who will all be assets to our two senior teams.

Last year was certainly a building year and I feel there is no doubt that we have moved forward from there. Last year's Under 12s move up to Under 14s and Tim Lukies is doing a fantastic job in the coaching role. Milo Cricket has been reintroduced, with Adam Harwood taking the reigns with Tim Mynard, and numbers are looking great for that.

Daniel Gattuso leads our Premier Div. team, with Lockie Sharp taking on the Vice Captaincy and Adam Harwood takes charge of Division Two, with Kev Clarke as Vice. Steve Carr has taken on the running of training sessions, which has, and will continue to improve training greatly. So well done to all the people taking on new roles and those continuing to fill other roles. It is much appreciated and sets us up for a great season.

So get on board and let's make the most of what's promising to be a great year.

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The Preseason Happenings at Your KCC

Your KCC Executive for 2015/16

Returning to the office of President for his second year is Andrew "Smokey" Erickson. He also resumes his grounds keeping role this season. Also reprising his role for a second term is Steve "Carrie" Carr, as Vice President. Dossie Parnell continues as Secretary-Treasurer; we've lost count of how many consecutive years Dossie has served our club in these positions. But we know she does it most expertly.

Our goals for KCC

In terms of the vision for the club, the plan is very much long term sustainability, as well as doing new or exciting things to make the club an even better place to be. It's pleasing to be part of such dynamic conversation, and to see aspects of similar conversation of last season now coming to fruition.

Focus on Juniors (and pre-juniors: Milo Cricket) is very much priority number one for the committee, with the action plan fourfold:

  • Preseason drive for registration numbers.
  • Season preparation: organisation of teams, support personnel and (long-overdue) junior uniforms.
  • Player development, sustained over the course of the season.
  • Fundraising push to subsidise as much of player registration, uniform fees and development session costs as possible; negating the financial barrier to participation.

This leads into our major fundraising event - please find your invitation to our Trivia Night & 5 Course Feast below.

    The secondary issue was whether to have a senior, Premier Division team. It was decided that this was in the club's best interest and was worked into the recruitment drive.

    Season 2015/16 off to a flyer

    Registration Day, on 30th August, was a resounding success. A number of new junior and senior players were keen to register, and a full compliment of Milo Cricketers were very excited to have a run around. Training has continued, with numbers strong, so we are on target with our goals to this point and there is a very positive vibe around the club.

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    Building Our Junior Ranks

    Milo Cricket returns to KCC.

    Life Member and club luminary, Adam Harwood, adds Milo Cricket Coordinator to his bio. And he's exactly the right man for the job.

    Adam professes: "To build a successful club you need to start from the bottom and work up. Milo cricket gives us this chance; the opportunity to work with kids from an earlier age, and teach them skills not only for cricket, but for other sports and for life as well - ball skills, hand-eye coordination and teamwork, among others. This all gives them the confidence to keep trying to improve. It's great to see the look on a kid's face when they take their first catch or hit the ball for the first time."

    KCC will run the Milo Cricket program on Thursdays, as well as in-house matches Saturday mornings, where kids get the opportunity to get dressed up in their whites and learn the game format, until they are old enough to become our next Under 12s.

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    Katty CC to field an Under 14s team for the first time in five years.

    The last time KCC had kids coming through our juniors beyond under 12s was four and five years ago, in combined teams with Cobram. So building junior grades is a big and important step for KCC. Coach, Tim Lukies, believes that the mixture of kids will make up a respectable team to compete at this higher level. "The kids stepping up from Under 12s - Daniel and Rachael Palmer, Ben, Keppler and Austin Lukies and Brock and Alistair Bear - then Kaleb Clarke, and combined with new kids like Blake and Ryan Palmer and Josh Stephens, who have been training and doing really well, even though they haven't played before; it's a good group of kids."

    Daniel Palmer has been named Captain, with Ben Lukies Vice Captain. The team will participate in Cricket Victoria development sessions in coming months, which is a great opportunity for them, their coach and our club.

    Senior Grades

    New players will boost senior grade teams, say Captain, Daniel Gattuso:

    • "Lockie Sharp and Matty Wright, in particular, will add depth to our middle order, which has struggled for consistency and performance."
    • "Our bowling variety improves with Danny Emmi coming on board, with his leg spin."
    • "Although the availability of the Ross brothers remains uncertain, the addition of quality to our squad will certainly add pressure at the selection table, which is what the club has been crying out for."
    • "In terms of goals for the season, we will be looking to string a few more wins together, compared with last season, with even contributions from all. We also need to strive to maintain the standard for best arvo teas in the MVCA."

    What's On - Training & First Games

    Milo Cricket begins! Thursday 15/10/15, 4:30pm.

    Premier Division are away for their first 2 one-day matches on 10th & 17th, at Natalia & Katunga, respectively.

    Division 2 are also away (Berrigan), round 1, 17/10/15

    Under 14s play a two-dayer, v CYU (at CYU), 17 & 24/10/15

    Besides Cricket! - Thursday Night Teas, Social Events & Fundraising

    An Open Invitation to the Katamatite Community

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    Next Issue...

    The KCC Gazette will bring you game reports, social events and all of the club's news once again this season. Player profiles and stories from the vault will be back again too!

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