Our History

Coburg Cricket Club - A stroll down memory lane.   



The Coburg Cricket Club is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Victoria originally  founded as the Pentridge Cricket Club in 1856 only 68 years after the arrival of  the First Fleet led by Captain Arthur Phillip.  As such this chronology is an attempt  to review, not only its extensive history but provide the reader with a clear vision  of the inextricable nexus between the club and community.  It also provides an   opportunity to step back in time into a different era - one without televisions,  play-stations and the like - things indicative of contemporary society when living  conditions could be best described as harsh and where the pleasures and values of life were quite simple but not taken for granted and where hardships were overcome  with stoic resolve its foundation as the Pentridge Cricket Club reflected the residential  district location when this country was in its infancy, before Federation was even contemplated, a time when there was - "gold in them there hills" -and cricket was an integral part of the Australian psyche. The Coburg story is a lengthy one of club and community involving a myriad of people who have contributed to its rich history – a history which illustrates a club central to the fabric of the residential district it represented.   For those who contributed to this wonderful history their efforts should never be understated or forgotten. 

However with any organization blessed with such an extensive history its continued existence is dependent on the many committed people who go beyond what is ordinarily expected of a club person. These people are deserved of special recognition which usually takes the form of Life Membership.  Before embarking on this remarkable journey we wish to venerate the below listed Life Members for their outstanding contributions to the Coburg Cricket Club. 


Coburg Cricket Club
Life Members

1910 J. Beveridge* 1954 G. Gilmour* 1970 S.T. Higgs 1996 J. Kane
1928 C.A. Kell* 1954 J. Wyatt* 1971 K.M. Cameron* 1997 P.C. Ellis
1928 H. Gibbons* 1955 A.E. Swales* 1971 R.W. Hunter 1999 S. Mott
1928 J. Huntington* 1955 A. Carter* 1972 G.D. McColl 1999 A. Edwards
1934 E.J. Daley Esq* 1956 C. Young* 1974 T.N. Plant 2000 W. Slattery
1937 C. Callander* 1957 A.W. Marcy* 1975 G.B. Deany 2001 B. Wallace
1941 Sol.J. Woolf* 1958 S.K. Weaver* 1978 D.A. Fowler* 2002 G.A. Edwards
1944 C. Ross* 1959 R.A. Williams* 1979 G.P. Flack 2003 D. Gavin
1945 J. Reid* 1960 H. Hodder* 1981 Graeme Marcy 2005  R. B. House
1946 F. Huntington* 1960 R.L. Smith* 1982 C. Butcher 2007  M. Mulholland
1947 R. Ashton* 1960 J.A. Rogan* 1984 W.G. Tucknott 2009  Ms. V. Brown
1949 M. Thornton* 1961 S.A. Currie 1986 Mrs.E. Fowler* 2010 W.D Rowland 
1950 D. Mc R.Gillies Esq* 1965 J.J. Murphy 1987 Greg Marcy 2010 A.E. Hart 
1951 A. Horder* 1969 J. Hall* 1992 M. Doupe 2011 D. Scott
1952 J.S. Minahan 1969 D.W. Heskett 1995 G. Bloom 2011 R.J. Waters
1953 S. James* 1970 B.D. De Moore * 1996 S. Rule 2012 Mrs. M. Waters

There are of course, many who didn’t attain this high honour despite their substantial contributions however time and space will not allow us to pay homage to all who have been part of our extensive history – they know who they are and for their contributions this club will be eternally grateful.


Let the odyssey begin……….


Pentridge was thought to be a good place for a prison, being near Melbourne, yet isolated from it.  Moreover the village reserve was the only Crown Land left unsold.  The purpose of the stockade was to provide labour for the construction of the newly proclaimed Sydney Road.  The amount of bluestone in the area was extensive providing the prisoners with plenty of 'hard labour' breaking up the stone and working on the as yet unmade Sydney Road.

Local Pentridge residents were frightened and angry because at this time the stockade consisted only of log huts on wheels behind a low 1.2 metre wooden fence with prisoners guarded by an inadequate number of overseers. Because it was so insecure, mounted aboriginal troopers (police) were employed to patrol its perimeter. The first superintendent of the stockade was Mr Samuel Barrow.

Despite the penal stockade the residential township was quite picturesque and expanding, but so was the stockade.  In the early 1850’s the area which encompassed the current Lake Reserve, the Coburg Swimming Pool & the former Newlands High School site was reserved for recreation but the majority of about 120 acres was then to be appropriated for penal purposes which caused much community disquiet.  Apparently the Pentridge administration was petitioned and convinced of the merits for retaining 5 acres of land fronting Bell St (currently McDonald Reserve) for recreation which was to be quickly occupied by the Pentridge Cricket Club. 

At a local hotel the Pentridge Cricket Club was formed with the earliest documentation available being a surviving club rule book dated 1855, President – Unknown, Sec - W. Daly, Treasurer – L. Thorpe. Management of Play, J. Thorpe, Mr. Oldfield & Mr. Philpott.  A copy of this document is currently on display in the Coburg CC trophy room City Oval.  

  Front entrance to Pentridge Prison circa 1860's
    Front entrance to Pentridge Prison circa 1860's

1856-57 to 1867
‘The Stockade’ was originally established way out north next to the Merri Creek by Captain Price the first Inspector General of Prisons with the local residential district named Pentridge after Capt Price’s English birthplace.  At this time the population of the district was about 600, mostly prisoners.  The stockade was built upon a reserve of 120 acres next to the banks of the Merri Creek, almost all of which was said to be formerly one large quarry.  The Stockade was located on the western side of the reserve with its principal entrance facing Sydney Road in its current location.  The massive iron gate, flanked on either side by a warder’s tower, rising several feet above a 20 feet wall of cold, pitiless-looking bluestone  was at one time described as “a fine example of the then building capabilities”.

The main thoroughfare, Sydney Road, extended from the Melbourne city centre and ended at what is now known as the Coburg Lake. Whilst this main roadway was for general public use it concluded near the front entrance of the stockade ostensibly to facilitate the convenient transportation of inmates from the hulks to the institution.  Whilst the earliest recorded cricket club president was Mr. J.D. Lambert little is known of him.  His successor, Lieut-Colonel William Thomas Champ, was the commanding officer at the stockade and with the Volunteer Rifle Corp was responsible for security thereat.  Eventually Champ, who was often observed drilling his volunteer riflemen on the later named McDonald Reserve, became involved in the Pentridge cricket club as President and player as did a number of his rifle volunteers.

It was in the late 1850’s that the Crown divided Coburg, or Pentridge as it was known then, into town allotments with but two main streets, Sydney Rd continuing through to a dead end at the Merri Creek and Bell Street.  The northern end of Sydney Road, which ended at the Merri Creek, was eventually renamed Champ Street after the aforementioned Lieut-Colonel who succeeded Captain Price.   Records indicate that initially there was an idea of making the district an aristocratic suburbia, but the way out was long and the roads bad, and any way Toorak was moving quickly therefore there was no room for both so the area became farming land.

The Pentridge Cricket Club began competing at various locations in the village of Pentridge and surrounding districts against opposing clubs on an ad hoc fixture basis.  As a general rule, club delegates would meet weekly to issue the “draw” for the following games.  Clubs were even known to advertise in the local papers for matches against any clubs on a specific date when they were available.

In the early 1850’s the land previously mentioned at the rear of the stockade now occupied by the Lake Reserve, the Coburg Swimming Pool and Newlands High School and abutting Bell Street was reserved for recreation.  This reserve actually has any interesting story to it.  Originally called Cock-Roach Flats this reserve was desired by Mr. Lilburne as a recreation reserve on behalf of the cricket club however local minister Fr Charles O’Hea wished to buy the land but the cricket club was able to have the land reserved and vested in the Road Board.  A reserve was duly gazetted in 1867 and quickly occupied by the Pentridge CC where it established its cricket “roots”.

The earliest media report of a Pentridge CC match to date was in The Argus on the 18th of November 1867. The match was against South Melbourne Second Eleven which Pentridge lost, 81 runs to 26 & 8/28.  The Argus report recorded the best bats for Pentridge were Mumby 9 not out, A. Timmins 7 and Jones 6 with Timmins also taking 4 wickets. (The Argus 18th November 1867)



1868-69 – A name change from Pentridge to Coburg.

For quite some time there had been increasing public anger regarding the stigma attached to the Pentridge district due to the location of the stockade which increased the desire for a name change.  The rationale for this decision was that just as Yarra Bend became synonymous with a lunatic asylum so did the Pentridge residential district with the prison.

However the story of that name change is an interesting one that if not true, should be so.  The son of a Pentridge landowner was on a visit to Geelong and somehow had gone astray.  Two kind ladies found the boy and asked him where he was from to which he told them “Pentridge”!. The pity of it appealed to Rev Dean O’Hea who was one of the first chaplains of the prison.  He was so angry that he demanded of the Chief Secretary that the name of the district be changed.  Although there was a demand for a name change of the district the prison had been there so long that it had naturally assimilated with the district because the district had grown around it so it was suggested that the prison could retain the name of Pentridge.  But what of the residential district, what alternative name would be suitable?  So, with the Reigning House honoured by the name of Brunswick and the fervour caused by the marriage of the late Queen to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg still bubbling, what would be more natural that that the change should be to Coburg.  (The Argus 23rd March 1910)

Once a final decision was made a deputation from the Pentridge districts consisting of Rev. Dean. O’Hea, the Rev. J. Cooper and other prominent residents including V. Wortley of the Pentridge District Road Board (PDRB) waited on the Hon. O’ Grady, Minister of Roads & Bridges to present a petition signed by the residents of that neighbourhood, the effect of which was to pray that the district of Pentridge might be changed and henceforth be known as Coburg. Their objective was to relieve the Pentridge residents of some of the disagreeable associations connected with the immediate neighbourhood of the chief penal establishment in the colony.  Mr. O’Grady expressed his regret he could not at once intervene, but the fact was that the Gazette notices & all were in the name of Pentridge.  He did, however promise to
seek advice.  (The Argus 10th June 1868)   It wasn’t until mid 1869 that a deputation from the inhabitants of Pentridge Mr. Cope M.L.A., the Rev. Mr. Cooper, Father O’Hea and Mr. Murray of the PDRB waited upon the Minister of Justice re their petition for a name change which was favourably entertained and the name of the Pentridge Road Board was altered to the Coburg Road Board. (The Argus 10th April 1869)

Henceforth the district was known as Coburg. 

Naturally, as the name of the residential district was changed to Coburg, it was decided as appropriate to also change the name of the cricket club to Coburg which was duly done.

The fixturing of matches was still on an ad hoc basis which games often against the second eleven of the pennant clubs.  A cricket match was arranged between the 2nd X1 of the East Melbourne CC & the Pentridge CC led by Col. W.N. T Champ however the result is unknown.  Colonel Champ, Inspector General of Penal establishments and official & player of the Pentridge Cricket Club will retire at years end and be leaving the district.  His loss will be severely felt. (The Argus 1868) 

Due to the scarcity of available information club details are rather sketchy however on the 19th June 1874 the North Melbourne Advertiser reported the club annual general meeting revealed a satisfactory season playing 10 matches for 3 wins, 3 losses and 4 draws.  The balance sheet revealed a final satisfactory balance of one pound 18 shillings and 11 pence.  Disappointingly, due to the fragmentary manner in which the scoring record had been kept, the Honorary Secretary was unable to submit a complete return of the averages other than to say that “John Dougherty’s bowling analysis showed him to have been far and away the best hand at sending the bails flying.”       

C. Moody wins the 1st X1 batting av with P. O’Shannassy the bowling av.  Like many clubs at this time Coburg was comprised of one side but at the AGM on the 14th Sept 1878 committeeman “Mr. F.W.Rolland indicated that he would like to see the establishment of a good second eleven and as an inducement would donate a cricket bat for the best all-round player however there was some doubts expressed that this idea would work”.  (Mercury & Weekly Times 1878) 

Mr. Rolland’s suggestion of establishing a second eleven materialises as the club continues to grow in numbers.  Mr. Melrose Mailer secures the 1st X1 batting average & Peter O’Shannassy the bowling average.  The second eleven averages were won by Alexander Duncan (batting) & Robert Pierce (bowling).  Joint fundraising endeavours by the Coburg CC & Coburg Football Club resulted in the inaugural Annual Sports day held on the Bell St Reserve.  The events included foot races, throwing the cricket ball, sack races, kicking of the football and a like attracting extensive media interest.  At the time it was written, “The reserve was quite crowded and at one time there could not have been less than 1600 persons on the ground.  The ladies came out in very strong force comprising nearly half the attendance with the seats occupied by the fair sex, who promenaded the grassy lawn.  It is not often one has the pleasure of seeing so many good looking girls.” (Mercury & Weekly Courier 1879) 

Crack bowler Peter Moloney enjoys a stellar season taking a club record 83 wickets at an amazing average of 3.98. W. Buzaglo secures the 1st X1 batting average. (Boyle & Scott Annual Report 1880-81)

During this period it was quite usual for the Coburg CC to organise and conduct an Annual Sports Day in conjunction with the local football club which involved various foot races for different age groups.  These days were conducted for entertainment and fundraising purposes and proved quite popular.  1st X1 played 16 matches, won 7 lost 4 with 5 drawn.  1st X1 batting ave won by J. Fraser 193 runs @ 19.3 & the 1st X1 bowling was won by Peter Moloney with 78 wickets @ 4.94 proving to be one of the pre-eminent bowlers of the competition.  A then little known player by the name of Ramsay Mailer makes his debut in the First eleven.

Cricket was a very popular sport with many clubs forming with competition for suitable venues between those clubs quite fierce.  One such newly formed club was the Coburg Wanderers CC which in 1883 applied to Council for permission to play cricket on the Coburg Recreation Reserve on an equal share basis with the incumbent Coburg CC.  The secretary of the Coburg CC, Mr Charles Lilburne, “strenuously objected on the basis that the reserve could not sustain two clubs and that Coburg had already expended 200 pounds in improving the ground and the Wanderers had not expended one penny.  He however did offer an opportunity for the Wanderers players to join the club on paying the very moderate annual subscription of 10s. 6d. each. The request was denied”.  (The Mercury & Weekly Courier 1883)  

Melrose Mailer wins the 1st X1 batting with 250 runs and P. Moloney after another stellar season, the bowling with 56 wickets.  It was recorded: “The doings of the club in the cricket field have been fairly satisfactory during the past season, 21 matches played of which 7 were won, 7 lost and 7 drawn.  A fair increase of playing numbers has taken place consequent upon the annual improvement to the ground, the elevens being in the field nearly every Saturday during the season.  Our ground is situated in Bell Street about 5 miles from Melbourne; that it is a turf ground with water laid on and a pavilion erected thereon and that a man is engaged to prepare the wicket.  Buses from the bottom of Elizabeth Street leave for Coburg every few minutes”
 (Australian Cricketers Guide 1882-83)  

Around this time cricket was played on a variety of surfaces which included professionally prepared turf wickets, rolled gravel, mown but unrolled turf or mats laid over grass surfaces. Unlike present day turf clubs which have the benefit of covers, these uncovered surfaces on occasions produced some startling performances – usually by the bowlers.  One such performance was recorded in the Argus as per below:

“In an extraordinary display of bowling Coburg CC 2nd eleven dismisses a Victoria Crescent X1 for 2 runs with W.H. Holder taking 6 wickets for one run.  Amazingly, in the following match Coburg 2nds were dismissed for 17 runs by a Broadmeadows team which was then inturn dismissed for 11 & then 3 runs in its two innings.  W.H. Holder returned the staggering figures of 5 wickets for six runs and 9 wickets for one run in the first and second innings respectively. Truly amazing indeed”.  (The Argus 1884)

Although the above refers to a second X1 game, when you consider the types of surfaces played on at this time it’s no wonder that bowlers generally dominated play and why clubs endeavoured to rise to the higher grades in the hope of access to better facilities.    

Whilst the provision of playing facilities was the domain of Council, responsibility for the maintenance of those facilities was more often than not flipped back to the tenant clubs.  Council records reveal the following novel application by the club secretary: “Secretary of the Coburg CC seeks Council approval for the caretaker of the recreation reserve be authorised to place sheep upon the same to eat down the grass. Councillor Voice rejects the request stating “the trees have been stripped by the sheep, let the cricketers cut the grass, or there are plenty of people who will cut it if it is given to them”.  (The Argus 1884)

Like any amateur sporting clubs Coburg proved imaginative in its fundraising efforts.  Their annual Athletic Sports held on the recreation reserve in collaboration with the football club proved very popular entertainment with crowds of up to 1000 paying visitors.  “During the afternoon the Bavarian Band performed an excellent selection of music, which was evidently enjoyed by the fair sex whilst promenading.” (Brunswick & Coburg Medium 31-10-1885)  At this time there appears to have been some form of dissension or fracture within the club.  There is very scant information available about Coburg other than a few match reports however another club called the Coburg United Cricket Club appeared frequently in the media.  The puzzling thing about these reports is that a large number of names involved in the Coburg United Club were highly notable people previously involved with the Coburg CC however what the catalyst was for these people to form another club is unknown.      


  During this period cricket was an extremely popular sport with clubs and competitions frequently formed and named in honour of whoever was willing to provide a trophy viz: Armfield & Lang Trophy, The mayor of Richmond’s Trophy, Barr’s Cup, M’Nally’s Trophy Wild’s Trophy, Maddock’s Cup et al. Some of these competitions only had four or six teams lasting one or two seasons and it wasn’t until the Melbourne Sports Depot Trophy became the standard competition some years later for primarily second X1 teams of clubs participating at higher levels viz the Boyle & Scott competition.   One such competition was the Dreager Competition when in August 1886 local businessman Mr. O. Draeger called a meeting of all the Secretaries and representatives of the local Cricket Clubs based in Brunswick & Coburg. At this meeting Mr. Draeger announced his intention to present a trophy for competition amongst those locally based clubs.  Coburg decides to compete in this locally based “Dreager & Ring’s Trophies” competition however their results were uninspiring. At this time the VCA administration was looking at adjustments to a number of competition rules. On the 28th December 1887 one delegate, Mr. Gooch, proposed that: “in all matches played under the auspices of the VCA each over shall consist of six balls instead of the then current four balls”. (The Sportsman January 1887)

Meanwhile, whilst Coburg 1st X1 competed in the local junior competitions the club administration prepared plans for applying to enter the prestigious Boyle & Scott competition in 1887-1888.

Coburg is accepted into the prestigious Boyle & Scott Competition which, in the cricket fraternity, was at that time recognized as the highest level of junior competition in the colony and just below pennant cricket.  In only our second match in the elite competition against Camberwell, Coburg’s popular and gentlemanly captain, Ramsay Mailer was struck in the mouth by a rising ball which dislodged three teeth with the Camberwell captain refusing Mailer permission to retire for a few minutes unless he forfeited his wicket. At the time it was written: “Such conduct by the Camberwell captain displayed on this occasion deserves the severest censure and they should receive what all true cricket lovers will consider they deserve – a good thrashing. Meanwhile during the afternoon the Boroondara Band played selections from the Mikado and other lively pieces in a very creditable manner”. (The Brunswick & Coburg Medium 26-11-1887) After two rounds of cricket Coburg withdraws its second X1 from the locally based Dreager & Ring’s competition owing to the difficulty of assembling enough players.   Ramsay Mailer’s popularity was quite obvious when, “after compiling 94 not out against Queensberry he received a substantial ovation from the spectators, who carried him bodily from the field into the pavilion”. (The Sportsman 25 -2-1888) Due to his good form Ramsay is selected in a Melbourne Juniors team to play a visiting English team called the A. Shrewsbury X1 and was the third top score with 17. In an attempt to speed up the game cricket administrators ditch the 4 ball over and introduce 6 ball overs to reduce the number of field changes at the end of each over. 


However large scores were not always the order of day as illustrated when the Coburg 2nd X1 travelled to Campbellfield. Campbellfield were dismissed for a paltry 4 runs one of which was a no ball with the Coburg left arm trundlers having a pleasant time viz, J. Robertson & P. J. Moloney capturing 6 for 1 run and 4 for 3 respectively. “The annual sports in connection with the Coburg Cricket Club were held on the local Recreation-reserve on Friday last (Prince of Wales Birthday). There was a very large attendance and a good programme was gone through.” (The Argus November 1888)


However controversy followed this match due to the dismissal of W. G. Grace by O’Shannassy.  Grace was affronted by the fact that he had been dismissed by a mere, “junior player” and so laid a complaint which was reported as follows: – “An enquiry was established concerning the compact of Peter O’Shannassy in bowling Dr. Grace for one run.  Dr. A’Fred Shaw who appeared for Dr. Grace said his client was extremely annoyed at being bowled by a junior and was determined to thoroughly sift the matter.  “Dr. Grace said he was captain of a team of cricketers-the best which had come to Australia.  He himself was of some weight in the cricket field, 17 stone-and he made a hundred many times.  He felt the disgrace of being bowled by a junior cricketer and considered he was unjustly treated seeing that he had made a duck at Malvern a day or two ago.  This bowler should have given him some soft stuff seeing that the crowd had only come to see him (Grace).  After the board of inquiry retired for a long delay they announced their decision as follows –That this board exonerates Mr. O’Shannassy from all blame and considers that instead of issuing condemnation his conduct deserves this warmest praise”  (The Coburg Leader 1892)

By this time Ramsay Mailer had established himself as a very talented and respected batsman and popular leader within the cricket fraternity however the necessity to complete his medical studies in England, whilst paramount, was seen as extremely detrimental to Coburg’s future prospects.   “It has been decided by the members of the Coburg CC to give their captain, Mr Ramsay Mailer, a complimentary  dinner in the Public –Hall, Coburg on Tuesday next, the 15th inst.  Mr. Mailer has taken his passage by the Orizalin, which leave Melbourne on the 19th inst. For England, where he will complete his medical education.  His loss will be severely felt by the Coburg Cricket Club”. (The Argus 1892)                    

James Paterson arrives at Coburg from the Preston area and with Peter O’Shannassy ensures that Coburg has one of the most potent and feared bowling attacks in the state for a number of seasons.  Generally players of this era were adept at only one of the skills of the game, either batting or bowling but Paterson’s eventual record was to elevate him to amongst the best all-rounders of the Coburg CC.   

“Coburg’s Ramsay Mailer is selected in the Inter-colonial Junior cricket match against NSW as Captain and second top scores with 44, run out whilst his club mate, Morgan Irwin made 43. In the second innings 36 &
3 were made by Messrs Mailer & Irwin respectively” (The Coburg Leader 14th January 1891).

The club began its season in fine style against a strong Melbourne CC combination.  It was reported at the time - “The Coburg Brass Band was in attendance, and gave some very choice airs under the baton of the band master Mr. T.  Wilson.  Comment on the batting of the metropolitan team is quite unnecessary, as their score will show itself, but their downfall was due to the splendid bowling of Peter (the destroying angel) O’Shannassy who secured 7 wickets for 19 runs.”  (The Coburg Leader 1891)   Dr. Ramsay Mailer is selected for a combined Junior 22 playing under the Malvern banner at the Malvern ground Vs. 12 players from Lord Sheffield’s team of English cricketers. The match was won by the Juniors with Mailer being second top score with 45.  Following the completion of that match Mailer and fellow Coburgites Peter O’Shannassy & James Paterson were selected to play in a combined Melbourne Junior team (22) against Lord Sheffield’s English X1 at the MCG.  This match was also won by the Juniors 131 to 116 with outstanding performances by the Coburg players viz:  O’Shannessy taking 5/24 including the wicket of the “grand master of cricket", W.G. Grace for one run. Paterson chipped in with 3/14 with Mailer top scoring with 43 runs. (The Argus January 1892)  From this game Ramsay Mailer was awarded the batting trophy and Peter O’Shannassy the bowling award. (Coburg Leader 1892)


The issues of everyday life of a cricketer were varied as reported - “Disaster nearly strikes Coburg when James Paterson and Peter O’Shannassy, the two Coburg crack bowlers, narrowly escaped being seriously injured while the former was accommodating the latter with a ride to the Coburg Cricket Ground their buggy turned over. Fortunately neither was injured.”  (The Coburg Advertiser 1895)   Dr. R. Mailer, whose brilliant batting has proved the mainstay of the Coburg, has joined the South Melbourne Club”. (The Argus October 1895)  Club “quick” James Paterson secures the competition bowling average whilst C. Robertson wins the competition award for the highest score viz 150 v Brunswick. In an attempt to progress the club Coburg applies to the Victoria Cricket Association for admission into the “B” division of the pennant competition 

 “Coburg Football Club’s lack of on field success due, it claimed, to being denied use of Recreation Reserve by the Cricket Club.” (Between Two Creeks, The Story of Coburg)  At the invitation of Mr Robert Mailer 30-40 club members assembled at his residence to indulge in songs and recitations by all to bid farewell to Ramsay Mailer as he departs for England on the P& O Orizala to further his medical studies.  Champion Coburg players, Morgan Irwin & James Paterson are selected to represent Victoria Juniors against West Australia. Probably the highlight of the season was the 2nd X1 reaching the Grand Final however they have an off day playing poorly and is defeated by Richmond in the Grand Final of the Sports Depot Trophy competition.

The Boyle & Scott competition was interesting in that one of the quaint rules was that once any club lost two games then it was out of the competition for the rest of the season.  These games were generally played over three of four weekends so some of them lasted for a month.  With a renowned bowling attack led by James Paterson & Peter O’Shannassy combined with an extensive batting line up led by Dr Ramsay Mailer Coburg was relatively strong and hadn’t lost a game until the finals began when it lost to Hawksburn by one run in front of 5000 people in the first of three Grand Finals played at the Richmond cricket ground.  These Grand Finals were played over fourteen Saturdays to decide the Boyle & Scott Champions of Victoria and interestingly, at the time it was recorded that they played on matting laid over a turf surface.

In front of more than 5000 spectators the first Grand Final was a wonderfully exciting contest with a tie on the first innings – 154 runs apiece.  For Coburg Bill Wauchope top scored with 41 and in Hawksburn’s innings the wickets were shared between O’Shannassy, (4) Paterson (2) and Murray (3).  Coburg fared slightly better in the 2nd innings compiling 162 with Ramsay Mailer being the pick of the batsmen with 85 not out.  Coburg was well on top having Hawksburn 4-44 and when Paterson took a great “football” boundary catch to dismiss crack Hawksburn batsman H. Rush things were looking very positive.  However, as often happens in finals the gamed ebbed and lowed to come down to Hawksburn needing 34 runs and Coburg one wicket.  In an enthralling finish the final Hawksburn batting pair was able to score the required runs setting the exciting scene for the following final.  The wickets again were shared by Paterson (5) and O’Shannassy (3).      

Victory in the second final was to Coburg in front of a 7000 crowd – one all.  However Coburg’s finest hour came in the third and final Boyle and Scott Cup Grand Final which was played at the Richmond City Reserve before huge and excited crowds over six weekends. Victory was eventually to Coburg by 5 runs when James Paterson caught & bowled the last batsman Lockett.
The final scores were:  Coburg: 142 & 362. Irwin 110, Hyde 92. Hawksburn: 386 & 113.
Other than the tight scores the game had its controversy when, in Coburg's second innings, to the utter disgust of the other bowlers, Hawksburn's O'Connor was no balled for throwing 6 times in his first over. O'Connor tried both right hand and left hand bowling with Dr Mailer twice refusing to play him
.  (The Coburg Advertiser 1894)


Crack Coburg bowler Peter O’Shannassy was a devastating but wonderful bowler who displayed a huge heart as evidenced in the following article, “Peter O’Shannassey, Coburg’s demon bowler trundled for two hours in the match against Hawksburn on Saturday last and had only twenty runs scored off him.”  (Coburg Leader 10th March 1894)  Dr. Ramsay Mailer wins the batting trophy with 358 runs @ 39.77.  James Paterson wins the bowling award with 52 wkts @ 12.35.  Not all attention was focused on cricket at home as at this time the Australian Team was touring America and is surprised at the standard of the opposition as Philadelphia scores 525.

Other media reported the game as follows:- “The final match for the possession of the Boyle & Scott cup was commenced at the Richmond ground.  The contesting teams are the Coburg and Hawksburn elevens, each of which has beaten the other once but has otherwise been unbeaten.  The attendance was large both inside and outside the ground, hundreds obtaining a more or less comfortable view from various points outside the fence, the usual canvas screen not being erected.  The efforts of the clubs to provide a cheap form of entertainment in these times of depression should be appreciated for it is only the comparatively wealthy who can afford to pay 6d for the privilege of entering the ground and listening to the barrackers in comfort.” (The Argus 26th March 1894) 


Throughout this era Coburg had quite a solid and talented group of players ensuring its fair share of team success including the likes of Dr. Ramsay Mailer, Peter O’Shannassy and James Paterson who proved themselves to be quality players in a class of their own by consistent excellent on-field performances however they were also supported by Billy Wauchope & George Hyde who were rewarded with selection in a representative side as per the following newspaper article:- “Coburg had three representatives playing for Dandenong representative side against Stoddart’s visiting English team, Billy Wauchope 66, Dr. Ramsay Mailer 16 & George. Hyde 3.  Although George Hyde did not display his possession of batting powers against the Englishmen, he awakened them to the fact that he could bowl, which his analysis will show 4 wickets for 40 runs.  Not a bad performance against the English cracks. “ (The Coburg Advertiser 1895)  The onlookers were so much pleased with Wauchope’s fine innings that as soon as his wicket fell they rushed the ground and “chaired” him in triumph to the pavilion. (The Argus January 1895)


During one game versus Malvern the Coburg brass band enlivened proceedings by playing a number of stirring pieces during the afternoon. There was a good attendance with a fair sprinkling of ladies amongst the visitors.”
(The Coburg Advertiser 1890)
In a sensational Grand Final under the leadership of Ramsay Mailer Coburg defeats Hawksburn for the Boyle and Scott trophy by 11 runs before a crowd of 4,000 people. The Boyle and Scott Cup, (the junior trophy of Victoria) is now on display at the M.C.G. Ramsay Mailer leads the way and wins the 1st X1 batting average with 496 runs at an average of 55.1 with the Coburg crack bowler, Peter O’Shannassy securing the bowling award with 53 wickets @ a very respectable average of 9.8. Both players also top the Boyle & Scott competition averages.


Generally in the cricket fraternity there was substantial disquiet surrounding the way the game was being administered. As a result eight of the leading senior clubs secede from the Victorian Cricket Association. These clubs, Brighton, Coburg Essendon, Hawthorn, Malvern, Port Melbourne, University and Williamstown formed the Victorian Cricket League with each round occupying three Saturdays.   Our 1st X1 finishes the season in third place behind Hawksburn who had distanced themselves from the rest and Essendon who finished second.   Even with Dr Mailer playing pennant cricket with Fitzroy Coburg harbours aspirations of promotion to a higher level of competition viz: The Club applies to the Victorian Cricket Association for admission into the “B” division of the pennant competition. (The Argus May 1895) which is basically the pennant clubs’ 2nd X1s.

As the club’s home ground was on Bell street in immediate proximity to “The Stockade” there were numerous reports of cricket balls being struck by batsmen and flying over the wall into the Stockade with James Paterson a prime “offender”. Occasionally this was for reasons other than good batting as per one such report as follows:   “The fact that a Coburg cricketer hit a ball into The Stockade last Saturday suggests that the value of the cricket ball as a means of communication with dear friends from whom we may be temporarily separated has not been fully exploited. True, at one country gaol a laudable effort was made to utilise it until an observer noted the willingness of inmates to “scout” was so marked that inspection of the ball revealed the inside to be made of tobacco with the two halves screwed together neatly. A more suitable practice pitch for unattached cricketers has been found in another quarter of the town” (The Morning Bulletin Qld 1896)

1897-98 Turbulent times for local cricket, 1897–1908
Due to the ongoing disquiet in pennant cricket the competition splits and divides into two separate bodies, viz “The Association” which consisted of Carlton, East Melbourne, Fitzroy, North Melbourne, Richmond, St Kilda & South Melbourne with the “Victorian Cricket League (VCL) consisting of – Brighton, Coburg, Essendon, Hawthorn, Malvern, Port Melbourne, University and Williamstown. Hawksburn occupied the singular position of being associated with neither, though playing with the associated clubs. Hawthorn eventually dropped out and University replaced them in the League. The junior competition (Boyle & Scott) being comprised of Capulets, Caulfield, Footscray, Kew, Northcote & Richmond City.

Coburg batsman Billy Baxter arrives from the Frankston area and accumulates the highest individual score for the club when he amasses 242 vs Port Melbourne. In doing so he ensured a record club score of 636 and entry to the record books. Irrespective of Baxter’s mammoth score Dr. Ramsay Mailer wins the batting average with 575 runs with James Paterson winning the bowling with 53 wickets. It was recorded at the time, “By compiling 636 against Pt Melbourne, Coburg made a record for the club, and Baxter, in making 242, took no small part in establishing it. The young batsman – and he is a batsman, every inch of him –hit four fives, and 34 fours, and, though he gave two chances, one before he’d scored and at 100, he hardly made a poor stroke.” (The Sportsman 1889) 

Coburg 1st X1 is runners-up to Essendon. Club Captain – Morgan Irwin wins the 1st X1 batting with 395 runs @28.21. At a meeting of the Coburg Shire Council, Councillor Arthur called attention to the dilapidated condition of the pavilion and tennis courts on the local recreation reserve. It was moved that the Coburg CC be written to and asked if it was prepared to take over and look after the ground during the approaching season however before this was done the buildings should be repaired. The motion was seconded and carried. (The Argus 1899)

A consistent season rewards the 2nd X1 with winning Premiership. The club is required to retain a good stock of balls to replace the many which are hit over the stockade wall even though they are returned to the club on Monday by the warders.

Coburg enlists the services of former Australian Captain G. H. S. “Harry” TROTT as captain. As reported, “Coburgites are satisfied that they have as good a side as they have had for many a day. They are delighted to have Harry TROTT as their leader, and another good man and true who has thrown in his lot with them is HOPKINS, who last season figured in the ranks of Fitzroy”. (The Sportsman 1901-02)Champion Coburg bowler James Paterson has his heel crushed whilst rolling the wicket prior to the Essendon game and is tendered to by Dr. Mailer. His absence proves fatal as Essendon win the game easily butreturns for the Malvern game in which he scores 113 not out including one sixer, four fivers and 12 – 4’s.

Coburg successful in winning the 2nd X1 Premiership and being undefeated. Local Coburg lad David Mailer excels at Pennant club Melbourne by scoring 209 v Hawskburn. Champion player, James Paterson continues his stellar career by winning both 1st X1 batting & bowling averages. W. Jackson & C. Newman win the batting & bowling ave’s respectively for the 2nd X1 Premiers. In the 4 past seasons the 2nd X1 have won three Premierships and lost the other by one point. (Victorian Sporting Record 1903)

"Wet conditions were aplenty making cricket difficult which is evidenced by low scores eg, Coburg 10/47 & 10/95 V Pt Melbourne 10/27 & 10/43." (Coburg Advertiser 1904). At a Ladies‘ cricket match played at Coburg Miss C. Cheesman, playing for the Boomerangs (Brighton) against Mayfield (Coburg) scored 103 not out. This the first century scored in Ladies cricket in Victoria. Unfortunately the Mayfields lost by 157 runs. (The Argus March 1905)

Not a very successful season with the 1st X1 only winning one match out of 12 however the 2nd X1 fared better winning 6 matches. The 1st X1 averages were dominated by former Nth Melbourne all rounder, Jack Carlton winning the batting, bowling and highest individual score.   

The step up to the VCA second grade was a difficult one for the club however Coburg still played finals beings beaten in the semi final – its only finals appearance in the VCA second grade. (Cricket Victoria Handbook 2005-06) 

Dr. Ramsay Mailer wins the 1st X1 batting ave with 673 runs @ ………… 

1908-09 A new beginning - VSDCA
Coburg becomes one of eight foundation clubs of the newly formed Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association with
Brighton, Caulfield, Elsternwick, Hawthorn, Malvern, Pt Melbourne & Williamstown

To ensure some order and uniformity with regards to recruiting each Pennant & VSDCA club was allocated a specific recruiting area from which to draw players. The residential location of the player determined for which club he would play VSDCA cricket. The advent of Brunswick into the VSDCA impacted negatively on Coburg as it rendered as necessary a re-adjustment of the Coburg territory and the southern boundary was re-adjusted to Albion Street. Club champion Jack Carlton experiences a stellar season capturing 68 First X1 wickets including the rare distinction of taking a hat-trick during two separate matches. Whilst details are unclear members at the club’s Annual Meeting were informed that the club suffered a “heavy financial loss” due to the amalgamation with the footy club although which football club was involved was not clear however a financial credit balance of 9 pound 5 shillings & 2 pence remained. Mr. J. Beverage was then given the honour of being the first recorded club Life Member.  (Coburg Leader 23 Sept 1910)

1911-12 – The evolution of City Oval
The Coburg Cricket Club flourished as it continued to play cricket at the Bell St reserve (originally known as Cock-Roach Flats) at the rear of the Pentridge Stockade until a stroke of good fortune would change the future direction of the club. The following account illustrates the events leading to the establishment of City Oval.

As a residential area Coburg was rapidly growing despite the “odour” of the stockade and had progressed from a mere district to a township. Due to this growth there was a general groundswell of support for the establishment of a Higher Elementary School in the township.   In 1911, as a result of a deputation to the Minister, a Higher Elementary School was established using three classrooms at the local primary school. Mr. E. Sheehan, headmaster of the local primary school gained approval for this with the Department of Education guaranteeing to erect a building if Council would provide a suitable site. Henderson’s Estate was a strip of land about 16.5 acres in size (encompassing the aforementioned primary school) stretching from Bell St, opposite the municipal offices through to Harding Street just to the east of Sydney Road. For quite some time Henderson’s Estate had been used primarily as a Chinese market garden which for various reasons had offended many ratepayers. Following public pressure for a Higher Elementary School Council initially agreed to buy Henderson’s Estate for 4250 pounds to supposedly be funded by selling off some Bell Street frontages and the old Recreation (later McDonald) Reserve to finance the purchase. Council’s rationale for the purchase was to provide a site for the Higher Elementary School with the remaining area to be available for the use and recreation of the residents and scholars to have access thereto as a playground. In May 1912 Council did a back-flip and baulked at the price proposing to only buy the two acres for the school however this caused public pressure resulting in a referendum in which the ratepayers approved the purchase of all the land. In September 1912, Coburg thereby secured a magnificent site for an oval located in the heart of the suburb.

However it wasn’t all plain sailing. After the new reserve was ploughed and prepared a dispute erupted between various sports clubs and residents over its enclosure. The residents argued that it shouldn’t be closed but the cricket club emphasised the need for a fence to collect gate money 10% of which went to Council. The cricket club prevailed and the oval was officially opened in August 1915. 


Once City Oval was opened there was a real display of community spirit as the Coburg CC, Coburg Football Club, Coburg District CC and the local Lacrosse club worked together to get the new oval in playing condition despite strong opposition.  There had been bitter opposition to the purchase and development of the oval following the referendum but following its final upgrade the hatchet was buried amongst ‘foes’ and enemies became friends.  Whilst the move to City Oval was a boon for Coburg there was still local community concern regarding the dearth of cricket reserves in the suburb for junior teams resulting in those clubs changing their “home” grounds each season.  It was suggested that this situation stymied the progression of promising junior players to senior clubs due to the lack of an organised pathway.  Coburg was quite progressive and applied to join the VCA viz:The Coburg Cricket Club, in a letter to the Coburg Council stated it had applied to the Victorian Cricket Association (VCA) for admittance to District Cricket.  The Council was asked to support the application as it was considered that this would enhance the clubs’ chances of being admitted. The Council decided to support the club and to invite the executive of the V.C.A. to visit Coburg and inspect the ground and also to note the interest which is taken in the game in Coburg. “ (The Argus: 1913) Coburg defeated by Elsternwick when FOUR Coburg players are absentees during their teams second innings. Club bank balance 41 pounds, 6shillings and six pence.  1st X1 batting: A. Askew @ Ave 29.5.  1st X1 Bowling Jack Carlton @ 15.7.

"Coburg 2nds received a walkover from University & so as not to waste the beautiful day a scratch match was arranged between the two sides with one Varcity player lifting two balls clean into Pentridge." (The Coburg Advertiser 1913)

Coburg is drained of players for service in the Great War in Europe including future President H.J. Silverthorne who, in correspondence, described his time of service at Gallipoli as "full and hard work".
During this era in what must be some sort of record the Coburg Crickect Club was well served by the Huntington family with Frank eventually being the most prolific run scorer in this club’s history to date.
"Of eleven sons, eight played cricket with Coburg and the other with Caulfield. There was one girl in the family and she married Mr S. Booth, also a playing member of the Coburg CC.  First Eleven: Jack (Captain), George and Frank, Second Eleven: Les, Charles, Harry and Bob.
Stan Huntington played with Coburg until he married and settled down in the Caulfield Club. Stan and Jack also played football with Melbourne (VFL)" (Melbourne Herald - Friday, January 30th 1920).  Cricket administrators introduce 8 ball overs  as an experiment.

It was around this time that Council decided to create a lake by damming the Merri Creek on the north side of the Pentridge Stockade.  There were plenty of people who ridiculed the idea say that it would never amount to anything more than a large duck pond.  Once some trees were planted in the vicinity of the lake as part of the beautification the area, combined with the sporting grounds on the eastern side of the stockade the area came alive as a social hub.  The popularity of the place was evidenced by the attendance on holidays and times when the Town or Tramways Band would be playing a programme such was the delightful surrounds.   Just as the sight of the stockade wall didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of the spectators of the cricket or football neither did it dampen the enjoyment of those who came for a cool plunge in the lake.  By now Coburg was well entrenched in the VSDCA which was experimenting with eight ball overs and which proved very successful and popular.  The comment from the players and spectators was that much time was saved in play which tended to make the cricket faster and more attractive.

Ever since 1912 there had been continuous community discontent with Council’s decision to sell the ‘Old Reserve’ (Cock-Roach Flats) on Bell Street ostensibly to pay for the purchase of Henderson’s Estate and further controversy erupted when Council reaffirmed this decision in 1919.  And although by this time nothing had actually been done to proceed with the sale a number of Councillors argued that there were no reserves in the west of Coburg & Pascoe Vale compared to three in the East Coburg area and that the sale should proceed to facilitate the creation of reserves in the west.  The local papers were flooded with letters on the issue.  Due to Councillor McDonald’s efforts a deputation presented Council with 800 signatures which had been gathered in a single week calling for a referendum on the matter which was duly conducted.  A large public meeting was held in June 1919 to support the case for the sale with Alfred De Chene, who later had a large reserve named after him leading those supporting the sale of the reserve.  The Pascoe Vale & West Coburg Associations met to support the sale but Cr McDonald countered by gaining the support of the Minister of Lands for a referendum.  Whilst opponents of the sale pointed out that the Mailer family had donated the pavilion and Donald Melville MLC the scoreboard, apparently the Minister was most impressed with the argument that Council could not sell what had been granted to it in 1867.  The referendum voted 2 to 1 in favour of borrowing money to purchase additional reserves.  The Bell St Reserve (formerly Cock-Roach Flats) was then named McDonald Reserve in honour of the man who led the campaign to save it.   
As a sign of the development of the Coburg district the ceremony of switching on the first instalment of electric light under the Council’s electric lighting scheme was performed in late December 1919 heralding the move from gas to electric power.   Dr Ramsay Mailer is awarded the “Order of British Empire” (OBE)

1920-21 – amalgamation.
 Whilst the rationale is unknown, for some reason Council had been approached with a proposal to change the name of the district from Coburg to Moreland.  This proposal was supported by a number of Councillors however there was substantial and spirited opposition to this within Council and throughout the community.  Eventually after much debate and with the threat of a referendum possibly embarrassing some councillors the motion was defeated and laid to rest. 


By 1920 Coburg, as a community, was moving forward and beginning to feel the benefits of the electric light scheme adopted by Council.  A large portion of the town had been blessed with the advantage of the electric light instead of the more costly and in many cases highly unsatisfactory gas supply.  Similarly Coburg Cricket Club moves forward and embraces City Oval (formerly Henderson’s Paddock) as its new home.  There was still a drastic shortage of recreation reserves in Coburg for the many cricket clubs.  One such club was the Coburg District Cricket Club which temporarily played at the old reserve on Bell St formerly the home of Coburg CC on the outskirts of the stockade.   The Coburg District Club had been around for about 10 years in a junior competition with moderate success until the Coburg CC invited the Coburg District Club to amalgamate and join them at City Oval which they did commencing the 1920-21 season.  This proved a very positive decision for the Coburg club as the junior club had a number of quality players and administrators which only strengthened the senior club.  This strength was instantly illustrated by a wonderful match display of former Coburg District slow bowler A. Loh who achieved the wonderful match figures of 9/41 against Brighton.   Seconds dismissed for record paltry score of 7 runs v Geelong and interestingly, the first day was played at Coburg and the second day at Geelong.

The season commences under very inclement weather conditions with cricket only played on two Saturdays out of the first seven.

First X1 Runners Up to Brighton in the club’s first VSDCA Grand Final.


Construction of City Oval grandstand completed and opened in August 1925 by Councillor Donald McDonald who was the savoir of the Bell St reserve when there was a Council push to sell it to pay for City Oval.  The Bell St Reserve was re-named McDonald Reserve in his honour.  


Coburg has only two senior sides. The First X1 finished 5th and Second X1 Runners Up to Camberwell. R. Hesket wins VSDCA batting average. VCA Grant to Club of 85 Pounds. A Martyn takes 2nd X1 record 82 wickets in a season. Player’s subscriptions 1 pound 1 shilling. Bank balance 35 pounds 6 shillings and 3 pence. Season’s gate receipts 27 pounds 13 shillings. End of the season trip was to Myrtleford for a round of golf V the local’s which the Coburg players won. Crowds were obviously aplenty with the Club fortunate to elicit the services of Messrs C. Callander, J. Moloney and J. Hall as gate-keepers. Sibling relationship established with Fitzroy C.C.

 Coburg City Oval. Circa 1925-30. Photo Courtesy Mr. Kevin O’Reilly

Coburg secures its first Senior X1 Premiership by defeating Brighton at Malvern Oval. The media reported our success as follows:

"After winning the toss Brighton invited Coburg to bat on a wicket described as treacherous. After Heskett and J. Huntington had compiled an opening stand of 44 the rest of the Coburg innings crumbled to be all out for 104. Brighton took to the crease with Wilson and Robinson until Wilson was dismissed with the score at 52. Wickets then fell regularly until Brighton was dismissed for 149. Coburg batted a second time and was in trouble until a sterling late innings of 35 by Mc Indoe lifted the score to 143. Brighton appeared set for victory only needing 98 runs to secure the match however they met adverse conditions when in this sound position - a fate which befell them last season in a semi final. Brighton was routed with Hall taking 4/5 inc a Hat-trick and Ennis also bowling well resulting in victory to Coburg by 33 runs." (The Sporting Globe, March 28 1928)

Second X1 secures its first Premiership by defeating Footscray by 6 runs at the Caulfield Oval.
"Due to rain, no play was possible on the first day so the VSDCA executive decided that both ends of the wicket will be covered as in Test matches." (The Sun. April 1929)
"Although winning the toss and batting on a good wicket Coburg collapsed to be dismissed for a paltry 36 with only Clough reaching double figures. Footscray in their first innings were eventually dismissed for 148 with the wickets shared. Coburg in reply faired better in its second innings and with Cyril Ross scoring a well made 40, compiled 187 leaving Footscray a meagre 75 runs for victory. This score however proved too much with Hall 5/37 & Woolfe 5/31 bowling Coburg to its first ever Second X1 Premiership." (The Sun, April 1929)   A third X1 is introduced to the Metropolitan League. The end of season trip was to Inverloch and Tarwin Lower resulting in a loss to us in a match V a combined team from Wonthaggi and Inverloch but easily accounted for a team from Tarwin C.C. A. Hall wins VSDCA 2nd XI bowling average. VCA grant 125 pounds.

Second X1 Runners Up to Camberwell by 4 wickets in a Final that was played over 6 days with C. Ross & A. Hall. scoring a record 203 for the 9th wicket partnership of which C. Ross scored 130 *. VCA dividend – a princely sum of 30 pounds. District Club Fitzroy donates 10 pounds 10 shillings. At this time cricket was beginning to flourish in the suburbs with Council providing grounds for 2 senior and 22 junior teams with more to follow. Crowds were aplenty with the club accounts showing an income of 18 pounds 9 shillings and sixpence from gate receipts.

Second X1 wins its second Premiership from three successive Grand Finals. Former President H. J. Silverthorne passes away. The club loosens its purse strings and buys a new roller for 10 pounds to assist in the wicket preparation.

Loyal Patron R. Mc Indoe passes away. P. Fielding wins 3rd X1 competition batting average. VCA dividend 42 pounds 10 shillings. Our sister club Fitzroy donates 5 pounds 5 shillings. Gate receipts 24 pounds 19 shillings

P. Fielding takes second Hat-Trick for the club. 3rd X1 lose Semi Final. Gate receipts plunge to 7 pounds 6 shillings & 6 pence.

Former President Cr Harry Rogers passes away. Frank Huntington scores Club 1st X1 record 725 runs in a Season. 2nd X1 lose Semi Final. VCA dividend increased to 64 pounds 12 shillings and 3 pence. Club bank balance a healthy 29 pounds 7 shillings and 1 pence! Coburg cricket icon, Dr Ramsay Mailer is awarded honorary Melbourne Cricket Club membership for his services to cricket.

3rd X1 lose Semi Final. "As the senior club in the area Coburg finds it gratifying that the CDCA now has no less than 26 teams in its two grades" A very enjoyable Easter trip to Euroa was had during which your club won a one day match V the locals "on a concrete wicket". "In conjunction with the Coburg Football and Baseball Clubs a handsome clock was installed on the City Oval grandstand to perpetuate the memory of the late Cr Harry Rogers."
VCA dividend 116 pounds 13 shillings & 4 pence. Social trip to Kilmore and Warturton proved "most enjoyable"
No team reached the finals primarily due to the loss of a large number of players to District Clubs.

The Club engages Mr. E. Lanigan as its first ever, formal Coach. Social highlight was a trip to Hanging Rock & dance

First X1 under Mr. Jim Reid just fails in the Grand Final v Footscray by the narrowest of margins. Former club captain Dr Ramsay Mailer is elected as Patron to the VCA. Club membership deemed not sufficient enough to help the club reach the desired aim of ascending to the ranks of playing District Cricket. “Current contingent fund 131 pounds 12 shillings and 1 pence. Current account 41 pounds 4 shillings.” (The Argus 1939)

As part of the City of Coburg’s Centenary Year a game at City Oval between the Victorian Sheffield team and a combined VSDCA team was played before a large crowd. The VSDCA team included two Coburg players, D. McCarthy & J. Denison and was won by the Victorian X1 by 2 wickets. At Club level the First X1 suffered badly by the loss of a number of players for military service mid season causing them to finish mid table. The Second X1finished Runners Up to Preston by 14 runs "after a hard fought struggle in which the finest traditions of the game were displayed by both competing teams". The social scene was highlighted by a dance and a "Lantern Lecture" by Mr. Ben Bartlett.

Richard (Dick) Ivey Snr scores 1st Eleven (VSDCA) record 191 against Yarraville. T. Fielding wins the fielding awarded in the CDCA. The Easter trip to Leongatha proved successful playing two matches, drawing one and wining the other.
"During the Troublesome Times overseas the season wasn't conducive to the best cricket with many calls made on the time of players/members involved in military service". VCA grant reduced to 29 pounds 3 shillings & 4 pence.

VSDCA rules altered to "Pre War" days with a substitute rule to enable players on military service to take part. Club President , Mr. A Bush passes away as does past 1st X1 V/Capt Mr. Leo James. Due to the war the VSDCA declines to award any trophies this season. Mr. D. Mc R Gilles Esquire ascends to the presidency

Due to the war the VSDCA alters the fixtures format with the First's & Seconds playing 23 one-day matches and the Thirds, 18. Again the VSDCA declines to award any competition trophies. The number of participants in the respective X1's is as follows, 1sts - 29 players, 2nds - 30 players, 3rds - 27 players, - with 40 serving in the military overseas. The club was saddened by the passing of Coburg cricketing icon, Dr. Ramsay Mailer OBE. Dr Mailer epitomised the story of a local lad making good as he rose from being a local Moreland resident and talented Scotch College junior cricketer to a prolific Coburg 1st X1 run scorer. He, along with Peter O’Shannessy and Morgan. Irwin was selected in the Victorian Junior X1 Squad circa 1890 and in 1892 was selected, with O’Shannessy in a Victorian Junior X1 to play against the touring English X1 in which he made 43 runs and O’Shannessy bowled W.G.Grace for a “one“. Dr. Mailer progressed to playing Pennant cricket briefly for Fitzroy& Sth Melbournethen simultaneously, whilst patron of Coburg he involved himself in the MCC administration rising to the position of President as well as one of Victoria’s representatives on the Australian Board of Control of cricket. Such was the recognition of his achievements he was formally awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1918. Furthermore he was afforded Honorary Life Membership of the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1934.   He was also a man of high philanthropic ideals and in the early 1900’s established the “Motive Club” in Collingwood for the benefit of local underprivileged children which was personally funded without any public assistance. The world is poorer for his passing.


The VSDCA Premiership match was played at City Oval with the proceeds of 40 pounds being donated to the Mayor’s Patriotic Fund. Reported the death of club icon Dr. Ramsay Mailer, former Club Captain who led this club to victory over Hawksburn in the Boyle & Scott Cup Competition and who, played cricket with one notable Dr. W. G. GRACE whilst he (Mailer) was studying in that Country. In his later years he was a member of the Australian Board of Control, President of the Melbourne Cricket Club & Patron to the VCA. 3rd X1 dropped due to the war. R. Forrester takes 66 1st eleven wickets in a sterling effort.

 VICTORY IN EUROPE ! ! The Club awaits the return of its members engaged in military service. VCA dividend of 23 pounds 6 shillings and 8 pence. Dr. Melrose Mailer and Hector Donahue present the club with the Boyle & Scott Cup won by the club in 1889-90, on behalf of the late Ramsey Mailer. (The Argus 1944)

Players return from war duty. Third X1 reinstated at the conclusion of the war. Bob Black, Jack Minahan & Gordon Gilmour represent the VSDCA vs. VCA & Mildura C.A. respectively. The results of which were unreported

The Club appoints former West Australian state representative W. J. Horrocks as playing Coach for the season. Due to the large influx of new players the Club establishes a Fourth X1 in the Coburg District Cricket Ass (CDCA) under the tutelage of Mr. Frank Huntington which was defeated in its first Grand Final appearance. VCA dividend rockets to an imposing 116 pounds 13 shillings and 6 pence. For the end of the season trip the Club ventured to Morwell where a two day game was played vs local’s with ultimate victory being ours

The Club’s most successful season with both the Second X1 under Stan James and Third X1 under Arthur (Snowy) Carter winning their respective Grand Finals. Membership costs: Full Membership, one pound one shilling, Junior: fifteen shillings and Honorary Membership: 10 shillings & six pence ! Former First X1 Captain J. Ennis passes away.

Mr Bert Grant appointed as Coach. Second X1 under Jack Minahan & Richard Ivey secure back to back Premiership Flags but the Third X1 lose their Semi Final. In a sterling performance, Jack Minahan wins both First & Second XI Club bowling averages.

Sol Woolf resigns as Secretary after 18 years in that position. Messrs Bert Grant & Frank Huntington appointed Honorary Club Coaches. First XI under Gordon Gilmour lose their Semi Final V Pt Melbourne due to inclement weather. Jack Ware takes 4th X1 record 10/23 & 8/53 V OST, helping him secure a 4th eleven record 73 wickets in a season

1950-51 – 1953-54 .         The Golden Era

With Frank Huntington as Club Coach the First X1, led by Gordon Gilmour & Ken Weaver, declared Premiers in a rain affected Grand Final against Kew heralding a Golden Era in this Club’s history. Council contributes 160 pounds to the purchase of a heavy electric cricket roller for our oval.
Alf Swales replaces Sol Woolf as Secretary after 18 seasons. " To celebrate the award of the First X1 Premiership to Coburg, a most splendid and enjoyable function was held on the 28th of May 1951, in the Pavilion, at which your committee entertained players of all elevens together with our own and visiting officials. With the approbation of the members it was announced that the committee was to present the players of the premiership team with club blazers." 
Former club secretary Sol Woolf passes away after serving on the VSDCA Executive for the past 18 years until his death. Special coaching classes held for the areas juniors in lieu of having 4th X1.

 First X1 wins Second Successive Premiership by defeating Ivanhoe outright by 90 runs. 33-1/3 % sales tax on sporting goods was having a substantial detrimental effect on sporting clubs. To engender good relations with the CDCA two matches were played against same with our club wining both. Metropolitan Cricket League reconstructed minus the District Third Elevens who now came under direct control of the VCA. VCA grant 93 pounds 6 shillings 8 pence. Council is to make a new oval abutting Bell St adjoining De Chene Oval for use by this Club's Junior elevens.

First X1 again successful in winning the Premiership defeating Kew by 160 runs. The Club sets aside 200 pounds to contribute to the construction of Social Rooms specifically for use by the cricket club. Social Match V Melbourne played at the MCG, result unknown. Mr. Col Callander completes a "quarter century" of Honarary service to the club and is so acknowledged.
The social calendar culminated in a dance at the Dorchester. 200 pounds set aside for the construction of our own social rooms within the pavilion. To celebrate the third successive Premiership a dinner dance was held in the pavilion. Ken Weaver took the most wickets in the VSDCA - 56

First X1 equals the VSDCA record of four successive Premierships by defeating old adversary, Kew for the third time in four seasons at the Williamstown Oval. VSDCA introduces One Day fixtures with equal number of overs instead of dividing time equally. Jack Murphy and Keith Fewkes win the VSDCA batting averages for the First and Second elevens respectively. Plans passed for the new mezzanine floor to cover the full width of the east end of the present structure. Social match played V Melbourne at the MCG. Premiership players presented with inscribed ash trays as a memento of the occasion

1950-51 1951-52 1952-53 1953-54
Gordon Gilmour. Capt. Gordon Gilmour. Capt Gordon Gilmour. Capt Gordon Gilmour. Capt
Ken Weaver. Vic. Capt Ken Weaver. V. Capt Ken Weaver. V. Capt Ken Weaver. V. Capt
Jon Hall Jon Hall Jon Hall John Beitzel
Des Heskett Des Heskett Des Heskett Keith Fewkes
Ian Huntington Stan James Arthur Marcy Jon Hall
Richard Ivey Arthur Marcy John Minahan Des Heskett
Stan James John Minahan Jack Murphy William Huntington
Arthur Marcy Frank Murphy Jack Pearse Arthur Marcy
John Minahan. Robert Pearse Robert Pearse John Minahan
Jack Murphy Roy Sitch M. Reid Jack Murphy
Jack Pearse Harrold Wilkinson Kevin Sevior Robert Pearse
Harrold Wilkinson Russell Williams Roy Sitch Jack Rogan
Charlie Young Charlie Young Charlie Young Charlie Young
J. Wyatt (Scorer) J. Wyatt (Scorer) J. Wyatt (Scorer) J. Wyatt (Scorer)


 First X1 goes through season undefeated until the Semi Final losing to arch rival - Kew. In all the First X1 was undefeated for 24 successive matches. VCA grant 97 pounds 4 shillings 3 pence. Good progress in construction of new Club Room as a mezzanine structure in the pavilion. Club contributes another 150 pounds towards same. W. Huntington scores 2nd Eleven record 154 against Yarraville
Campbell Turnbull MLA replaces D. McR Gilles as President after 13 years. Second X1under Jack Minahan & Russell Williams forced to play Home games at Crisp Park, Preston whilst Preston CC First X1 shared City Oval with our First X1. Coburg wins close end of the season game V Waaia in the North East Victoria.
Past President Mr. Donald McR Gilles passes away
Second X1 Runner’s-Up to Port Melbourne. Bill Huntington wins VSDCA 2nd X1 batting average with Jon Hall runner up in the bowling average in the same grade. Our annual match V the CDCA is won by your club by 14 runs thereby retaining the Persanni Cup.
Col Callander relinquishes the position of Treasurer after 32 years due to ill health. Net income 857 pounds compared with 758 for the previous year. It is suggested the general lighting of the mezzanine floor be of the fluorescent nature. VCA recommend inclusion of another 6 clubs to VSDCA ranks
Ken Weaver takes 2nd X1 record 10/13 & 6/28 V Brighton. The new Social Club Rooms are finally completed at an estimated cost of 1592 pounds.

Former secretary Alf Swales is elected President. Ken Weaver wins VSDCA 2nd X1 bowling average with Mel Trickey 2nd and Russell Hunter 4thX1.
Club legend Gordon Gilmour elected to the Presidency. The Club appoints ex Carlton CC player Tom Trembath as Coach and Ron Short as his assistant. Third X1 secures its first Premiership defeating Williamstown however the Seconds were Runners Up to Port Melbourne. Function held to present all Life Members since 1926 with medallions. VCA grant 140 pounds.

Third X1 Runners-Up. Club Championship won by 15 yo Robert Rowan, who went on to represent Victoria at state level.

VSDCA divided into two groups following admission of Box Hill, Dandenong, Geelong, Moorabbin, Ringwood & Waverley. Fourth X1 re-formed and entered in the CDCA. VSDCA V. ATCA game staged at Coburg City Oval with 16 y.o. Robert Rowan being Coburg's only representative

Mr. Russell Williams appointed Honorary Coach. The Club Fourth X1 wins it’s first Premiership

J. Walton MLC elected President. A good season with both Thirds and Fourths winning their respective senior Grand Finals. Club forms an U/14 side and promptly wins the CDCA flag. Media identity Robert Walls displays his cricket skill in the third X1 by winning the fielding award.

Legend club bowler Ken Weaver elected as President for the ensuing 12 seasons. The Seconds, Thirds and U 14's participate in the finals with the Thirds (who amazingly won 9 of their 13 games outright) winning their second successive Grand Final. Budding Carlton footballer and media identity Ian Robertson displays his cricket skills with a 91 V Brighton in the seconds and a solid 34 for the victors in a match V the CDCA

The Club Seconds & Thirds are beaten semi finalists (with the 3rds winning 7 out of their 13 games outright) whilst the U/14s boys, playing in the CDCA, are Premiers however the U/16 boys are defeated in their first Grand Final. Future VFA umpire Graeme Marcy hones his cricket skills in the 1sts & 2nds.

Mr. Graeme Deany (ex Fitzroy) appointed Senior Coach. First and Second X1's reach semi-finals, Third X1 lose to Preston in the last over of the Grand Final. Des De Moore coaches U/16 boys to the G/Final but are also unsuccessful. However the U/ 14s are successful again in the CDCA. Club legend Frank Huntington retires after 45 years as curator. Coll Callender passes away. Coll was elected to the committee in 1921 having held continuous office during which time he was Treasurer for a record term of 32 years and VSDCA delegate from 1934-1959

Seconds, Thirds and Fourths all make the finals with the Third X1 being deservedly declared Premiers in a washed out Grand Final V Williamstown after winning 9 out of their 13 games outright. U/16 boys lose their third successive G/Final per washout. Ex state player Noel Shaw takes 3rd eleven record of 106 wickets in a season then backs up with 10 wickets in the 2nds. 116 wickets for the season, amazing!

Mr Arthur Marcy appointed as Honorary Club Coach. First and Third X1's are semi finalists. U/16 boys lose their fourth G/Final in succession. Mr Neil O'Keefe experiences the heat of battle in our senior X1's prior to commencing a lengthy successful career in Federal politics.
In a successful season the First, Second & Third X1’s all competed in finals however were unable to attain the ultimate.

1st and 2nd X1's reach Semi-Finals. Ian Simmons wins VSDCA 1st X1 bowling average

Mr. Ian Simmons appointed Coach. First, Third & Fourth X1’s and U 14 Hatch Boys participate in finals but unable to secure a flag.

Seniors reach the Finals for the 5th successive season. U/14 Hatch defeated in their first G/Final appearance. Lester Gerhard voted Hatch Group Champion. William G Tucknott wins VSDCA 2nd X1 bowling average

The Fourth X1 are successful winning their flag but the U/14 Hatch boys are Runners Up for a second time. 

Mr Max Grant appointed as Club Coach. Gary Williams voted best 3rd X1 player in the Metropolitan League. 4th X1 beaten in Semi-Final. Very strong U/14 Hatch boys win their first flag. Ken Weaver resigns as President and is succeeded by Arthur Marcy

Arthur Marcy replaces Ken Weaver as President. Ken Adams appointed Club Coach. Clarrie Butcher voted best fourth X1 player in Metropolitan League. U/14 Hatch boys win back to back flags.

1979-80 – 1982-83
The club experiences a sedate period where finals appearances are scarce except for the club U/14 Hatch squad which is repeatedly in the finals action

Club doyen Dennis Fowler ascends to the Presidency. Former Essendon player Stephen Peter-Budge appointed as Coach and wins the 1st X1 batting with 428 runs whilst William G Tucknott has a stellar season securing 47 wickets at 10.8 enabling him to finish a credible second by 3 votes in VSDCA 1st X1 Hatch Medal vote. Simon Lunn voted best junior player in the Metropolitan League after taking two separate hat-tricks during the season whilst the U/14 Hatch squad loses its semi final.

Jeff Callaway appointed as Club Coach. U/16’s finally win their first Premiership. An unassuming rotund batsman named Ian Shaw stamps himself as an unorthodox but electrifying opening batsman with a devastating batting display vs Malvern during which he consistently hit the opposition bowlers out of the ground. Throughout his career at Coburg he often showed his uncanny ability of regularly placing the opposition bowlers outside the confines of City Oval much to their chagrin. 


First X1 win their Group Premiership but in spite of a magnificent bowling display by Coburg’s lightening quick bowler, John Wright loses a thrilling Championship Final to Camberwell in the last over of the match. Ron Jenkinsvoted Man of the Match for his 123 runs. 1st X1 captain Jeff Callaway wins the batting award with 561 runs followed by Ron Jenkins with 580 runs. William G. Tucknott wins the 1st X1 bowling with 50 wickets @ 13.28 followed by John Wright with 33. Jason Reddick voted best junior player in the Metropolitan League as the thirds are successful in their G/Final against Brunswick. VSDCA vs Sth Australia’s ATCA game staged at Coburg City Oval with W.G.Tucknott included in the squad as Coburg’s only representative

The victorious Fist X1 squad was as follows:
Jeff Callaway Capt. Glenn Edwards, Peter Ellis, Lester Gerhard, Russell Guy, Ron Jenkins, Greg Marcy, Ken Miller, Stephen Mott, Ian Shaw, William Tucknott,
John Wright. Scorer Michael Mulholland.

         Ron Jenkins (left) & Ian Shaw (right) proved to be a dynamic opening pair and pivotal to Coburg’s eventual 1985-86 premiership.



Coburg host the annual VSDCA/ATCA game at City Oval as multi premiership legend and former President Ken (The Goose) Weaver passes away having captured 584 wickets & scoring more than 200 runs (1st & 2nd X1) over 15 seasons.   Russell Guy wins his 2nd Club Championship, Nick Martin wins the batting with 331 runs just ahead of Ian Shaw (305) & Stephen Mott the bowling.(18 wkts @ 18.6) shading John Wright (32 wkts @ 18.9). In the 2nds Andrew Smith took the bowling award with 31 wickets & 124 runs with Ray Fowler the batting (161 @ 32.2) Stoic batsman Stuart Bendall took the 3rds batting (160 @ 53.3) and evergreen Peter Flack the bowling (22 wkts @ 16.7) whilst Michael Doupe topped the 4thX1 batting with 345 runs. Peter Flack commences a wonderful period as Hatch coach for the next 9 seasons assisted by Jim Rogan & Peter Gourlay



Stephen Mott is appointed coach winning the batting and along with Ken Miller and Darren Bicknell all top the 350 mark. Cedric Foenander wins the bowling with the club celebrating premierships in the 3rds ,4ths , U/16’s and U/14 Hatch sides. Coburg again hosts the VSDCA/ATCA annual match won by the locals.



Bill Slattery tops 400 1st X1 runs and Peter Flack is voted Metropolitan League 4th X1 best player. Hatch boys win back to back with Jason Duff-Tytler voted Group Champion. The 4th X1 score a record 391 against Brunswick, U/16 boys are again runners-up, U/14 semi finalists and the club acknowledges the passing of another true club legend in Arthur Marcy.



Two batsmen scored 300 runs (Jenkins & Mott) with Mahendra Dissanayake claiming 40 wickets. Special thanks are extended to curator Ross Borneman, Edna Fowler, Kevin Marcy for their contributions throughout the season


The VSDCA introduces the 200 club with legend Jon Hall (200 games umpired) admitted. Youngster Joe Misiti (U16’s) displays his ability with two centuries before launching his successful AFL career with Essendon. The U16 Grand Final is a farce losing in controversial circumstances where only one side could win and the U14 Hatch go down losing their final. The 1st X1 achieve semi final status with Ashley John and William Slattery topping the 300 run mark. 


The first X1 wins enough games to play finals but lose their semi to Preston. Ashley John displays his all round skills as coach to win both the 1st X1 batting & bowling awards. Bruce Wallace secures the 2nd X1 batting with 247 runs whilst William G Tucknott is acknowledged as the first Coburg player to win the WJ Price (VSDCA) 2nd X1 trophy after securing 40 wickets in a productive season. Whilst the 3rd X1 are runners-up to Pt Melbourne the 4th X1 win their 5th premiership with Captain Peter Flack leading from the front scoring 365 runs & taking 32 wickets whilst securing a second Metropolitan League 4th X1 best player award. Again the club mourns the loss of another legend & former leader of the club in Gordon Gilmour.


In a season blighted by bad weather the first X1 wins 5 games which was not enough to play finals. Nick Martin secures the first X1 batting with 269 runs with Shayne Rule wining the 1st X1 bowling average. Darren Edwards (263 & 14 wickets) secures the VSDCA 2nd X1 W.J.Price trophy as the best player in the 2nds. It’s the second time a Coburg player has won the award in as many seasons. Jeff Aristadou is voted best junior in the Metropolitan League. The U/14 Hatch boys win their 5th flag under the guidance of Peter Flack & Peter Gourlay. As part of the club’s community mantra Coburg enters its first Women’s X1 in the VWCA under the stewardship of W. Tucknott. Beginning from scratch with a small group of dedicated girls the team establishes itself as an integral part of the cricket landscape at City Oval.


Sadly club stalwart, premiership & Hatch shield member Jim "whisper" Rogan passes away. Ashley John celebrates his 4th Club Championship with another stellar season. Whilst the club was devoid of any finals activity there was a real positive in the continual establishment of the club’s first ever women’s cricket team. The team was captained by Bronwyn Lamming and included a number of girls who’d never played cricket before. As their coach W. Tucknott was pleased with their progress and was anticipating success in the near future. Whilst they may not have head the greatest on field success the women’s team added a new dimension to a previously male dominated club.



Glenn Edwards (680 runs) is appointed coach and is the first Coburg player to ever win the VSDCA R.M.Hatch trophy. History is created when Brett Saxon (563 runs) ensures the "double" by securing the 2nd X1 VSDCA W.J.Price trophy for the best player. The Women’s team, led by capt Bernie Elso (453 runs) & v/capt Janet Wise is the only side to compete in finals losing their semi final. Graeme Bloom is appointed Hatch coach following the retirement of hatch premiership coach Peter Flack.


Glenn Edwards continues his run scoring spree with 642 runs. Russell House (35 wickets) and Ashley John (29 wickets) dominate the 1st X1 bowling honours. Club identity William G Tucknott (40 wickets) wins his second VSDCA, W.J.Price trophy and also assumes the mantle of club secretary whilst a young but very talented Richard Waters wins the 2nd X1 batting.. The Women’s team secure a place in the Grand Final but are unfortunately beaten. The Peter Flack coached U/16 team is robbed in its Grand Final due to a disgraceful interpretation of the rules which only gave one side any chance to win.




A spate of injuries certainly inhibits the 1st X1 efforts this season missing the finals action with Louis Marini wining the batting. Brett Saxon stars (362) & W Tucknott (20 wickets) win the respective averages for the 2nd X1. To build on the women’s team Coburg enters a U/17 Girls team in the VWCA competition and abruptly wins a thrilling G/Final on the last ball of the match. The Third X1 is beaten in its G/Final by Port Melbourne on a rain affected pitch. The inimitable Club legend, Frank Huntington passes away. Brad Waters scores 4thX1 record of 145no vs Broadmeadows. Moreland Council launches its "Leisure Plan", a study into the feasibility of single sport facilities in the municipality resulting in print media speculation suggesting that this cricket club is to be removed from City Oval. These suggestions were however later proven to be groundless.




As a sign of progress the demolition of our social rooms in preparation for redevelopment is underway in conjunction with negotiations for the upgrading of City Oval. Glenn Edwards (439 runs) win the batting with Shayne Rule the bowling (20 wkts). Bruce Wallace has a solid season (291 runs) & W Tucknott (26wkts) winning the 2nd’s averages, As an indication of the solid development and progress the senior women’s team win their first Premiership defeating Bundoora United with young Lauren McGiven (155 runs) & Rebecca Cooke (33 wkts) capturing the awards but unfortunately the U/17 Girls are Runners Up. Laura Mc Givern is voted best junior in the VWCA
The victorious squad isMel Dwyer/Capt, Anthea Parson/V/Capt Lisa Bumpstead, Rebbeca Cooke, Tania Ngerengere, Dale O’Connor, Debbie Pattie, Di Phyland, Lorraine Strickland, Kate Ryan, Janet Wise.



The upgrade of the facilities continues causing tremendous disruption to the club and its ability to raise much needed social dollars. Eventually the upgraded social rooms are opened by Councilor Rowe. Wayne Rowland has a stellar season (429 runs & 28 wkts) to ensure he is voted best VSDCA 4th X1 player. Alroy Augustus voted Hatch Group Champion. A spectacular bowling display ensures Bill Blair takes a record 8/4 V Brunswick and secures the bowling ave. Club legend Graeme Bloom plays his 300th Club game and the U/17 Girls win their Second G/Final. Anthea (Billie) Parsons becomes the first woman to score a century for Coburg scoring 102no V East Keilor



In the most successful season for many years Coburg secured three premierships from four grand final appearances. In a season of some indifferent performances combined with some inclement weather the 1st X1, was desperate for points leading into the Christmas break. After a soul searching meeting the players were able to secure a great outright in the last game before the break and in a wonderful effort did not lose another game enabling them to finish top of the ladder ensuring home finals. After comfortably defeating Kew in the semi their next challenge was a very strong Ivanhoe team in the Grand Final.   In front of a huge crowd at City Oval the 1st X1 scored 205 with Cameron Henderson (53) & William Slattery (37*) heading a very even scorecard. At 2/118 chasing Ivanhoe was in the box seat but unrelenting pressure by the Coburg bowlers, back up by excellent fielding elevated the level of pressure exerted which finally took its toll enabling Coburg to snare the last 6 Ivanhoe wickets for 7 runs ensuring a win by the home side by 38 runs – an enormous result by the boys. We progressed to the Championship final but in a wonderful nail biter lost on the second last ball of the game. The 3rds were runners-up in a game where Brett Saxon played a lone hand (94runs) keeping us in the game until the end. However the 4th X1, with Anthony Frangos destroying the opposition (5/38) were still in a little bit of trouble at 6/86 chasing 134 but two ex Hatch boys, Simon Harman & Chris Neilson saw us safely home. The senior women’s team began slowly only winning one game out of the first four but from then on they didn’t lose a game eventually comfortably defeating Jacana in the Grand Final with Liz Rowland the backbone of the batting (38).


    First X1 Third X1 Fourth X1 Women’s    
    Premiers Runner-s Up Premiers Premiers    
    Andrew Smith Capt. Russell House Capt Wayne D. Rowland (Capt) Vicki Brown (Capt)    
    William Blair David Atkinson Luke Foley Hayley Braddock    
    Glen Earl Scott Bonner Anthony Frangos Rachel Buchanan    
    Glenn Edwards Liam Castellas Simon Harman Tammy Charlesworth    
    Cameron Henderson David Gavin Jarrod Kimber Caroline Hay    
    Jarrod Kendall Andrew Hart Christopher Neilson Daniele Ippolitti    
    Emannuele Nicolosi Gavin Hicks Mick O’Neill Jacqui Mulden    
    Darren Scott Michael Loche Luke Pola Liz Rowland    
    William Slattery Brett Saxon Geoffrey Ward Kate Ryan    
    Brian Swaney Duncan Thorn Dean Wittingslow Marianne Schrembri    
    John Williams William G. Tucknott Mark Williams Lorraine Strickland    
    Peter Ellis 12th man          
    Michael Mulholland (Scorer)   Mark Neilson (Scorer)      



Another successful season for the club with all senior male elevens, both women’s and Hatch teams qualifying for finals with the 1sts,3rds,4ths & Hatch teams progressing to their respective grand finals. Disappointingly, the 1sts had a bad day however the 3rd’s finally were victorious as were the 4th X1 and the U/14 Hatch team. Remarkably the 3rd X1 were undefeated throughout the season and it appears this may be the first time in the club’s history causing the historians to scurry for the record books. For the 1st X1 Edwards 293, Rexhepi 316 & Slattery 365 topped the bill with Swaney claiming 33 wickets. In the 2nd X1 Shayne Rule 37 wickets again performed well. 3rd X1 bowlers Scott Bonner & Bill Tucknott claimed 39 & 33 wickets respectively with Tucknott claiming his 1000 club wicket in the grand final. The 4ths, under Wayne Rowland dominated their Grand Final and were well served by Anthony Frangos who took 34 wickets.The R.M.Hatch grand final was a very high class game played against perennial finalists, Moorabbin.   The Coburg team was a very talented group of versatile players who scored 6/199 with captain Damien Stingell leading the way with 62 not out. When it was Moorabbin’s turn to bat they were continually under pressure from the quality Coburg bowlers backed up by good fielding. To epitomise the versatility of the Coburg team, after Kyle Clarke had completed his bowling he undertook the wicket-keeping duties and duly stumped four batsmen off the wizardry bowling of Jarryd Crisp. (this was following Kyle’s 96runs in the semi the previous week). Likewise, Trent Mc Cormick also excelled as an opening batsman, took a wicket as a bowler and gained a stumping as a replacement wicket-keeper. A wonderful talented all round team which deserved this reward.


First X1

Third X1

Fourth X1

Under 14 R.M.Hatch team.






Premiers & Champions



Andrew Smith Capt.

Michael Loche Capt

Wayne D. Rowland (Capt)

Damien Stingell (Capt)

William Blair

David Atkinson

Jye Blackley

Nicholas Bergin

Glenn Edwards

Scott Bonner

Luke Foley

Kyle Clarke

Cameron Henderson

Mahendra Disanayake

Anthony Frangos

Jarryd Crisp

Jeton Rexhepi

Simon Harman

Gerald Hayes

Ben Ford

Dan Schuppan

Andrew Hart

Nathan Hart

Shane Giese

William Slattery

Drew Hynninen

Russell House

Blair Holmes

Brian Swaney

Clay Illman

Simon Rutz

Zaheer Hussain

Bruce Wallace

Anthony Haseloff

Geoffrey Ward

Jarrod Mc Callum

Richard Waters

Ronald Jenkins

Dean Wittingslow

Trent Mc Cormick

John Williams

William G. Tucknott

Mark Williams

Armadeep Singh

Michael Mulholland (Scorer)



Arpit Talwar




Nathan Uren




Mark Le Gassick (Scorer)




This season resulted in finals action for the 3rds, 4ths, Women’s “B” & U/14 Hatch teams but all lost their semi finals. Shayne Rule played his 250th club game whilst Dianne Phyland and Kate Ryan played their 100th club game. Darren Scott (286 runs & 22 wickets) wins his 4th Club Championship with Andrew Smith, 29 wickets. 3rd X1 Ron Jenkins 335 runs & Darren Achison (4th X1) 354 runs also contributed. Club thanks are expressed to Michael Mulholland, Hugh Rutz, Bill Reid, Paul Rawlinson & Jeanette Ellis and Marilyn Waters for their tireless assistance.
In the last week of the cricket season the eastern end of the City Oval grandstand was ravaged by fire, the result of an arson attack rendering the administration area totally destroyed and unusable. Moreland Council establishes a consultative group to gain feedback from the tenants regarding restoration. Without any prior warning and with the support of the Calder Cannons (TAC football club) the Coburg Football Club proposes to Moreland Council that due to their (CFC) dire financial situation and to ensure their survival they want the Coburg CC removed totally from the City Oval and that the facility be transformed into a “boutique” football venue to enable them to raise funds by hosting AFL practice matches. The Cricket Club vehemently opposes the CFC proposal prompting Council to establish a “working party” to canvass all issues and options




With the grey clouds of the City Oval battle still overhead the fight for survival at City Oval steps up in intensity involving rowdy Council meetings with the issue a regular news item in various forms of the state-wide and international media. Noted luminary, Gideon Haigh offers his vigorous support to the cricket club via print and radio media as the debate escalates involving ground graffiti whilst becoming spiteful and mired in what is described as “dirty & divisive politics”.As an amazingly example of the cricket club’s resilience and irrespective of the off field distractions, in an unprecedented display of success, the Coburg CC experiences arguably one of its best seasons in its long and proud history. The 1st X1 just missed finals action Richard Waters 428 runs and Brian Swaney 22 wickets performed best with most other sides participating in finals culminating in a the club’s first 2nd X1 premiership win in 56 years Bruce Wallace 496 runs & Shayne Rule 32 wickets. Unfortunately the 3rd & 4ths were both runners-up but the women’s “B” & “C” grade teams both won their premierships with Dorothy Palmer and Vicki Brown winning the “B” grade competition batting & bowling awards respectively with Lyn Connor the “C” grade batting. Stephen Mott, Bill Blair & William Slattery are acknowledged for playing 200 VSDCA 1st X1 club games. Sadly during the season the club lost Ken Snart, Des De Moore and Mrs. Nancy Marcy.  Under the tutelage of Mark Le Gassick the club establishes a Milo –Have-a-Go program with approximately 25 children as a pre cursor to establishing a full blooded junior program.  
  Second X1 Third X1 Fourth X1 Women’s “B” Grade Women’s “C” Grade
Premiers Runners-Up Runners-Up Premiers Premiers
Peter C. Ellis Russell B. House Wayne D. Rowlands Vicki L. Brown Lynette Connor
Fahmid Ahmed Dale Angus Darren Achison Rebecca Allen Hayley Braddock
David Atkinson Jye Blackley Steven Capron Mary Catania Julia Cole
Scott Bonner Andrew Hart Jarryd Crisp Donna Desira Ella Mason
Nathan Hart Luke Heathcote Sean Kenny Danielle Heide Nicole Morgan
Drew Hynninen Danny McTernan Aiden LeGassick Jacqui Mulden Rachel O’Riordan
Shayne Rule Christopher Reid Michael Loche Maria Nativo Di Phyland
Brad Rutz Dave Rowlands Shane Puxley Dorothy palmer Liz Rowland
Adam Thomas Ray Schwarze Simon Rutz Christian Pollan Julie Schwarze
Bruce Wallace Jamie Swales William G. Tucknott Kate Ryan Lorraine Strickland
Danny Wilson Geoffrey Ward Mark Williams Felicity Wingfield Chloe Williams
John Williams (12th man)        
Bernie Matisi (Scorer)        


With the attack on the Coburg CC’s right to exist at City Oval stepped up by its proponents the Coburg CC Executive goes into battle mode during the winter break. What began as a local issue, Council and the clubs are surprised at the extent of media interest in the “stoush” which is extensive with club secretary Tucknott even contacted by Great Britain’s BBC in London to sort out the details with an “on air” interview. (the interview is available in the archive section of the club website). The executive has been stoic in its resolve to fight this unjustified attack on the club with President Shayne Rule truly wonderful in his leadership whether undertaking regular media interviews or consulting with Council or other interested parties.

On the 12th of August, 2005 communication was circulated to the members by the club secretary advising “the Moreland City Council rejected the football takeover attempt and voted for the City Oval to remain a Moreland community asset, shared by the current tenant clubs. An explosion in numbers causes the club Milo program to grow to 42 participants with also the establishments of a first ever U/10 team for children just learning the game. On field the 1st X1 missed the finals action but the 2nd’s, 3rd’s, 4th’s and women’s “A” grade all experienced finals action with the ladies successful in bringing another flag to City Oval. 

Their successful squad was
: Vicki Brown (Capt) Rebecca Allen, Pauline Barnett, Mary Catania, Donna Desira, Sue Chessells, Danielle Heide, Lyndal Mc Master, Jacqui Maulden, Dorothy Palmer, Kate Ryan. 

This season was also an opportunity to celebrate this club’s wonderful history which culminated with the once in a lifetime “Hall of Fame” dinner at the MCG member’s dining room. This function was a credit to the organising committee who ensure the 350 attendees of a fantastic evening culminating in the announcement of our 25 “Hall of Famers” and the announcement of the three “Club Legends”, Messrs Jack Minahan, Des Heskett & William Tucknott. This evening truly surpassed all expectations allowing the many longstanding members an opportunity to reminisce about the 150 years of our history  through a DVD presentation of Coburg’s rich history as presented by Don & Rick Hudson culminating in the launch of OUR book “The History of the Coburg Cricket Club 1856-2006”, compiled by historian Don Hudson. 



This season would prove to be a challenge to maintain the high success rate of previous seasons. The 1st X1 cemented a semi finals birth with some strong performances but with injuries and missed chances were unable to get over the line. Darren Scott 40 wickets & Glenn Edwards 499 runs performed very well. The 2nds struggled after losing a couple of close games but afforded a number of very young players, a chance to taste senior cricket. The 3rds, under Ron Jenkins and Russell House, whilst finishing mid ladder blooded a number of new players who eventually progressed to the 2nds. The 4th X1 under the guidance of Captain Wayne Rowland (44 wickets & 301runs) showed tremendous character in forcing their way into the finals and convincingly winning their 8th premiership by defeating a strong Melton team, with Geoff Ward (75) outstanding.. The Women’s District 2nd’s team (formerly A Grade) struggle in the higher grade failing to make the finals as did the “C” grade. The District 3rd’s (formerly B grade) made the finals but fell to the very strong Gisborne in the semi. Although never having a full side the U/17 girl’s team proved too good for the opposition going through the series undefeated. The junior development program progressed another step with the introduction of a U/12 team under the guidance of Ray Schwarze, to complement the Milo and U/10's.
The successful 4X1 squad is: Wayne Rowland(Capt) Peter Ellis, Luke Foley, Saiful Islam, Jacob Kinniburgh, Ryan Newell, Mitchell Shellie, William Tucknott, Geoffrey Ward, Brad Waters, Danny Wilson.


The 1st X1 had a disappointing season with Darren Scott, 460 & 26 wickets performing well. Bruce Wallace was the standout batsman of the 2nds with 463 runs but it wasn’t enough to get them into the finals however a big plus is the number of quality young players pushing for senior selection. Unfortunately the 3rds had an ordinary season but with the highlight of the men’s teams being the 4th X1which won their second successive Grand Final against Preston. Whilst it was a team effort to win the Premierhip undoubtedly the standout performance of the G/F was the batting of Aaron Shellie (124* n/o) who batted with maturity far beyond his tender 15 years. Whilst our Women’s Premier 2nd X1 struggled with a side comprised largely with very young players our 3rd X1 was successful in defeating the highly fancied St Johns Tecoma in a thrilling Grand Final. Lyn Connor starred with the bat (444 runs) and Lyndal Mc Master did very well with the ball (26 wickets) Our junior program continues to grow with the introduction of a U/14 team which just misses out on finals action by one game.

Fourth X1   Women’s “3rd X1” Grade
Premiers   Premiers
Wayne Rowland (Capt)   Pauline Barnett (Capt)
Steven Capron   Lyn Connor
Gerald Hayes   Jessica Gray
Jacob Kinniburgh   Lyndal McMaster
Mohammed Mudasir   Helen McKendry
Ryan Newell   Nicole Morgan
Emanuelle Nicolosi   Maria Nativo
Sebastian Nicolois   Rachael O’Riordan
Aaron Shellie   Di Phyland
Mitchell Shellie   Elizabeth Rowland
William Tucknott   Pauline Ryan
Bernie Matisi (Scorer)    
The season was disappointing for the 1st X1, failing to reach their full potential but it was great to see further very young ex Hatch players (Aaron/Mitchell Shellie & Tim McSweeney) make their senior debut. An extremely very young but talented 2nd X1 side makes the finals but succumb to the bane of cricket – rain, having their semi washed out. The 4th X1 is again the standout, under Wayne “Dougie” Rowland, winning their third Premiership in a row by defeating Brunswick with 13 year old Josh Rule setting up the win with the bat (70 runs & 4 catches). Whilst both our Women’s teams had indifferent seasons there was one standout with Moelagi Tuilagi being voted VWCA Dist 2nds U/18 most valuable player. Our junior program continues to grow with the introduction of a second U/10 & U/12 team to complement our U/14 team. History is made when Andrew Careri takes our first ever U/12 hat-trick. Further success is achieved when both U/12 teams & U/14’s reach the finals with the U/12’s “C” winning our first ever U/12 Premiership under the guidance of first time coach Jim Karamoshu. Jake Nettleton & Patrick Marra win the NWCA competition U/14 g Grade respective Batting & Bowling awards.
The successful 4X1 squad was: Wayne Rowland (Capt) Ben Anderson, Blake Chant, Darren Chant, Jacob Kinniburgh, Edward Pearson, Prashan Gunawardhana, Mohammed Mudasir, Trent Orwin, Ayden Shaw, Navjot Singh. 



What an outstanding result for the club this season with the First X1 securing its first ever VSDCA Championship Cup at its third attempt. The season began with the Executive’s controversial decision to digress from traditional practices and install a non playing club coach in Mr. Don Hudson. Don, a former player, historian & dual VSDCA Coach focussed on analysing performances, empowering the playing group & challenging outcomes with his “One More” philosophy via graphs & statistics. Assistant Coach & 2ndXI Captain Graeme Hudson played a very important part in identifying, preparing & managing the talents of Danny Wilson, Ryan Capron, Tim Mc Sweeney, Josh Calafiore & the return of Glenn Edwards & Monte Ivancevic.  Supported by his Captain (Mick Lewis),  the First X1 played some wonderful cricket throughout the season but then seemed to step up a level when it came to finals time. Defending identical scores of 176 we were first able to defeat Bundoora OP’s in the semi with Monte Ivancevic taking a career best 7/69 demolishing the BOP batsmen. Then against the previously undefeated Oakleigh Coburg were able to defend the same score with terrific pressure bowling backed up with great fielding to secure our 8th 1st X1 Premiership. This inturn propelled us into the Championship Final and what an unbelievable game it was against a very strong Malvern team. Malvern did very well to restrict us to 120 with tight bowling and fielding with Mick Lewis 27 & Darren Scott 20 the main run scorers. Malvern had 30 minutes to bat and it was the most sensational, destructive 30 minutes of pressure cricket this scribe has ever seen. Malvern, after appearing on top in the match, only chasing 120, was in tatters after 8 overs of wonderful bowling by Lewis and Scott having them 5/6 at stumps on the first day. The second day saw some stoic resistance from the Malvern batsmen but with further great bowling backed up with some sensational fielding they were eventually dismissed for 35. A VSDCA record low score of any finals series. We batted again and at 3/32 the game was called off with us deserved winners. Mick Lewis was the outstanding player winning both batting and bowling awards as well as the Club Champion 1st X1player.   Local Diamond Creek lad Matthew Freeman takes a hat-trick and wins the U/15 R.M.Hatch medal for the best player in the Northern Group whilst representing Coburg. Matthew is a fine person and player who is destined for a productive cricket career at much higher levels.  Club junior program is gaining more momentum as numbers increase.  Andrew Hart & Wayne Rowland received Life Memberships.




The successful 1st X1 squad was: Don Hudson Coach, Graeme Hudson Ass Coach, Mick Lewis / Capt. Glen Earl, Glenn Edwards, Bernard Kelly, Monte Ivancevic, Hamish Morrison, Chris Reid, Darren Scott, Aaron Shellie, Rick Waters, Danny Wilson, Josh Calafiore 12th man.
Ken Waters - scorer



This season would have to be the worst for rain affected days and washouts for the past 30 years with some teams only playing one “two dayer” for the season. Incredible! Be that as it may the club was still represented in finals with the senior men’s 1st’, 4th’s and women’s P/2nds with the ladies narrowly defeated in the Grand Final. MJ Tuilagi wins the Best Player award in the VWCA and the club the Best Administered Club award. Junior-wise the Milo program and junior games suffer incredibly due to the constant rain and washed out weekends. This year the club established a 5th X1to play in a one day competition for players who wished to play infrequently and as a pathway for junior players to experience senior cricket. The team had moderate success with the standout inning being 226* by Steven Christensen. 
The club mourns the loss of club stalwart Arthur “Snowy” Carter.   Besides his cricketing prowess Snowy will be remembered for the cake he presented to the club to celebrate its 150 birthday. A remarkable effort for a vision impaired person.  Always an attendee at the club AGM Snowy will be sorely missed. The magnificent efforts of Shayne Rule & Bruce Wallace over many years was acknowledged with their elevation to a “Legend of the Club” status and “Hall of Fame “ respectively.


This season was one that might have been. The 1st X1 miss finals action by two points after losing a number of close games. The 2nd & 3rd X1’s miss the finals whilst blooding a number of very talented young players. The 4th X1 are defeated in their semi in a very ordinary display of catching. With a team littered with youngsters the 5th X1 whilst gallant in defeat is outclassed in their Grand Final. In a meritorious effort both women’s teams play finals with the P/2nds narrowly going down to the eventual Premiers whilst the One Day Team were terrific in their narrow Grand Final lost to a team populated with some ex Australian players.    Aaron Shellie wins the Arthur Marcy Award after a stellar season with the ball topping the VSDCA averages taking 33 wickets. The club mourns the loss of legend Russell Williams. Junior numbers are reported to be down 20% across the competitions possibly due to last season’s frustrating weather conditions. The U/15 Hatch team played some wonderful cricket to narrowly go down in their Semi whilst the U/12’s, under the stewardship of Jose Sicurella, were the standout junior team just narrowly losing their Grand Final. Whilst the U/14’s & 16’s finish mid range, pleasingly a large number of juniors accept the opportunity to gain cricket experience playing in the senior teams.



A narrow loss in the men’s 1stXI semi, a washout in the woman’s grand final with President Bill Slattery citing “the season that got away”. Bill Blair & Catherine Morrow (Coaches), Mick Lewis & Bec Allen (Captains) led the way. Bill Blair played his 100th 1stXI game returning fitness & structure to the club whilst Cath Morrow dominated the woman’s scoring 677 runs @ 56 & 27 wickets @ 9 winning the Premier 2nds “Player of the Year”. “Mighty” Mick Lewis & Aaron Shellie named in the VSDCA combined team with Aaron also claiming the AE Swales U21 Junior Champion award (4th in 6 years). Bill Tucknott’s HATCH boys were Premiers/Champions, Ken Waters – the Dennis Fowler Award, Aaron Shellie the Batting (471 @ 26) & Mick Lewis Bowling (33 @ 13). Peter Ellis is elevated to Club Legend, Wayne Rowland to Hall of Fame, Kate Ryan Life Membership, Ron Jenkins – Arthur Marcy Medallist, Bruce Wallace is acknowledged for his newly compiled career statistics, Don Hudson receives a 50 Year Service Certificate via CV & the club loses former life member Sam Currie after many year’s serving committees.  



In the rise & fall of seasons this one had it all following the loss of Mick Lewis (The Stars) & Aaron Shellie (Essendon). Coach Bill Blair had the task of starting again with the signing of new recruits Sean Hollins (ex Footscray as Captain) with the club only winning (2) games, however, The Woman’s side dominated Premier 2nds commencing their push for outright entry into Premier cricket.  In the final Coburg 3/205 with Morris 78no, the Tuilagi girls (N&M) 45 & 31no respectively with Melton 39 defeating Brighton Districts all out for 94 with Coghill 4/12 & Coach Morrow 3/32 the wreckers.

Renee Melton won the W Tucknott Medal, Youngster Erika Quinn won the U18 Player of the One Day Competition. Sean Hollins won the Batting (324 @ 29 & 13 wickets), Kyle Blake Bowling (22 @ 15) with Hollins & Rick Waters (his 7th) tying for Club Champion, Peter Ellis – the Arthur Marcy Award, Darren Scott played his 300th VSDCA game & Ms Lorrine Strickland was awarded Life Membership. Club Legend Bill Tucknott is acknowledged by the VSDCA with the re-naming of 3rdXI Best Player Award named in his honour. Bruce Wallace becomes the clubs highest run scorer surpassing Club Legend Des Heskett’s 8,778.

Photo by Arj Giese Photography

Women's Premiership Photos courtesy of Arj Giese Photography.

Women's Premiership Photos courtesy of Arj Giese Photography



This season again belonged to the woman as Coburg secured “Back to Back” flags in the Premier 2nds Competition highlighting to all the need for Cricket Victoria to expand its limited (6) team competition & admit Coburg as a full member. Great credit to Coach Cath Morrow who continues to push this “home grown” unit to the top.The woman also won the T20 Competition whilst the 2nds were “runners up”. Renee Melton (Captain) won the Batting (325 @ 81) & young Erika Quinn the Bowling (31 @ 8). Rebekah Morris was named “player of the Grand Final” tying with Coach Cath Morrow for the prestigious W Tucknott Medal.

Women's Premiership Photos by Arj Giese Photography.

Men’s Coach Bill Blair & Captain Sean Hollins & his team welcomed new quick Michael Kelliher for another difficult season. Rick Waters joined the VSDCA 200 club whilst Monty Ivancevic played his 100th Club 1stXI game. Ken Waters & Bill Tucknott tied for the Dennis Fowler Award with Josh Rule winning the Junior Champion Award. After many seasons dual life members Ken (Secretary) & Marilyn Waters (Social) decided to retire & their services are greatly acknowledge & they will be missed. Sadly the year continued with the loss of (2) inaugural Club Legends in Jack Minahan & Des Heskett. These larger than life characters will live on through their legacies & club dedications with our 1stXI Bowling & Batting awards aptly named after these gent’s. RIP Jack & Des YOU will always be revered @ COBURG.



A changing of the guard commenced this new season with Bill Slattery & Ken Waters stepping down resulting in the appointment of Don Hudson (former player & Club Coach) as President & Andrew Hart (Life Member) as Secretary along with Darren Scott (returning as Men’s Coach) with Catherine Morrow (Ladies Coach now in her 5th term) where both Darren & Catherine will lead from the front as Captain of their respective XI’s. Early milestones include Darren Scott played his 300th VSDCA 1stXI game, Shayne Rule his 400th club game & Nathan Hart 200. In addition, former Premiership player Aaron Shellie scored a century @ Kew as our guest player in the T20 competition & Erika Quinn is selected in the U15 Australian representative side following the National championships in Hobart. Susan Alberti AO becomes the club's number 1 ticket holder. 

Bill Tucknott & his JG Craig Shield Squad were VSDCA Premiers, Sean Hollins (Club Champion), Darren Scott (Batting) & Mick Kelliher (Bowling) completed the Men's awards with Bill Blair winning the VSDCA 3rdXI "William Tucknott Medal". In the Women's Nathalie Tuilagi won the Club Championship with Renee Melton (Batting) & Catherine Morrow (Bowling). Coburg is 160 year's old (2016) & will celebrate that on Cup Eve 2016 @ Roselyn Court.












2016/17 has seen the re-appointment of Women's Coach Catherine Morrow (5th term) with the club primed to participate in this year's Premier 1st division T20 competition. Mitch Johnstone has been appointed as Men's Coach for the next two seasons charged with  developing the club's renewed emphasis on youth recruitment. Moreland Council have been active as they assist the club in relocating & developing a second "home away from home" reserve from Campbell to Hallam & deliver a (5) new off field training facility with lights @ City Oval and assist the Cricket & Football club with the inaugural "Moreland Gift" @ City Oval on Sunday November 13, 2016.