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MOCCC History

 

The Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club was formed in 1974 by then Principal of the College, Fr Kevin Davine.  He foresaw that the friendships of school days could be further developed in Old Collegians Associations - with the College’s main oval becoming the club’s home ground – and thankfully his vision laid the foundation for our club today.

In its inaugural year, the Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club entered two senior teams and one junior team in the Oakleigh District Cricket Association (ODCA).  The club now fields four senior teams, two junior teams, plus veterans' sides made up of club legends and former players of the club.

 

The 1970s

 

The Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club joined the ODCA in 1974 with an ‘E’ Grade and ‘F’ grade side.  Under the Presidency of Fr Kevin Davine in its debut season, Mazenod managed to win the ‘E’ grade shield with Paul Hansen as Club Champion.  Mazenod's first grade was promoted to ‘D’ grade and its second season saw thre 2s win the ‘E’ grade shield again and the 1s finish as ‘D’ grade runners-up.  1975’s Club Champion was James Brown, Fr Kevin Davine was named Mazenod’s first life member and the seeds for a culture of success and camaraderie were sewn.

Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club had successfully emerged in the ODCA's lower grades and was on its way up as a looming powerhouse of the competition.  The 1976-77 season proved disappointing to new President Peter McCormack as Mazenod failed to secure a senior premiership, yet the future looked bright as up and coming stars were being groomed in the U/14 premiership winning side.  Gerry Waite won the club championship award in this season.

Not to be denied President Peter McCormack led his club to a ‘C’ premiership and the ‘D’ graders were made runners-up due to a cricket time regulation in the 1977/78 season.  The juniors also managed to secure the U/16 shield and many of the juniors were also dominating senior grades, as was shown by the club champion Andrew Whitmore.

The 1978/79 season under Mark Steele’s Presidency proved to be one of Mazenod’s brightest to date with both ‘B’ and ‘C’ grade shields won and the juniors finishing runners-up.  Andrew Miller, one of the clubs biggest names, won the club championship and the future looked promising with a side in ‘A’ reserve.  It seemed only a matter of time until Mazenod made it into A1 and was winning the highest honors in the ODCA, but time would tell it was not to be so easy.

Adrian Williams became President in 1979-80 - a season where the senior grades had no success, while the U/16’s were runners up for the second year in a row.  Steve McLeod, one of the clubs most inspiring juniors, confirmed his lofty status in MOCCC ranks by winning the club champion award.

After that disappointing season Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club found itself in a shambles with no administration and no finances.  Many players had left the club and Mazenod was at its lowest ebb.

 

The 80s - a New Dawn

 

Up stepped Andrew McCormack (President), Michael Cowan (Secretary), and Shane Regan (Treasurer) who took the reigns and MOCCC has never looked back.  These three led the club for several seasons and scaled new heights.  The 1980/81 season saw the A2 side washed out of the finals series after being in an unbeatable position while the juniors were runners up for the third time in succession.  Steven Davies was the Club Champion for the 1980/81 season.

In the 1981/82 season Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club was re-establishing a financial base and a Committee framework, led by the previous trio which would carry the club with polish and pride.  This year of solid off-field growth showed no great results on the field as no sides made the finals except for the juniors, who finally won that elusive under-age shield.  David Knox was the Club Champion during this year.  The lack of success of the last few seasons was to be temporary as the committed new operational administrative unit would soon reap the rewards of their hard work.

In season 1982/83 there came an A2 Premiership, a ‘B’ grade finals berth, an ‘E’ grade which finished fifth but provided the pasture for growth of young players and a strong junior side which finished runners-up.  The late Ray Gibbs won the club champion award this year.

The club would now be playing in the top grade of the ODCA competition.  A club which in merely 9 years had climbed from ‘F’ to ‘A’ grades using "home-grown" talent, the Nodder spirit and an unrivalled will to win and develop a culture of success.

The club continued to grow through the mid 80s, adding a fourth senior side and laying the foundations for the club to become the dominant club of the ODCA.

In Season 1988/1989 the club appointed Michael Brown as Captain Coach.  Michael had been around the club in the early days and his return as Captain Coach was just the catalyst the club needed for success.  Combining with President Fr Kevin Davine, who had returned for a second stint as President, this season the club went undefeated throughout to capture the A1 Premiership.

 

The 90s - The Next Stage of Success

 

The following season the club went back to back winning the A1 Premiership again and Mazenod was clearly the leading club in the competition.  The club was built on the backbone of Mazenod school friendships, and the camaraderie and mateship formed in these years are still prevalent today.

After two years in charge Michael Brown stepped aside and Alan McAlister was appointed as Captain Coach.  The side went extremely close to winning a third successive A1 Premiership, but unfortunately fell just short in the Grand Final.  However another Premiership was to come Mazenod’s way with the Fourth XI - led by Mick Riley - winning the D1 Premiership.

A move was soon made to the Box Hill Reporter (BHRDCA) where again the Club started low and again moved steadily through the grades. The juniors, under the guidance of Tony Paravicini and Jeremy ‘Huggy’ Nugara, set the tone for the club with the Under 14’s winning the Premiership in 1993/94.

A further Premiership would follow as the Third XI broke a fifteen year drought when they won the flag in 1994/95.

The club’s next Premiership would come in 1998/99, when the 1st XI, under the guidance of Richard Rymarz and Mark Murray, won the A1 Premiership.  The win saw the club promoted to the premier Shield Grade of the BHRDCA.

Over the next few years the club would regularly play off in finals yet could not capture a flag, despite some very narrow finals losses.  The camaraderie and mate ship remained intact and the foundation was there for a sustainable and successful sporting club.

 

The Noughties

 

To look back at the decade 2000-2009 for the Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club it is quite amazing to see where we have come from and also the large changes that have been made.  These 10 years saw the club win 10 Premierships across all grades.  A changing club with personnel, structure, playing surfaces, associations and teams.  The key constant being the welcoming environment of the Club’s culture which has gone from strength to strength, making Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club the club of choice.

Season 2000/2001 began with a cloud looming large over the club.  We were playing in the Box Hill Reporter on synthetic wickets and the financial position of the club was not strong.  With the school undergoing renovations, this resulted in the temporary moving of our clubrooms which were moved to the “dungeon” under the O’Rourke complex under the soccer oval.

There was a great deal of uncertainty about the club but with Mick Cowan as President and Matt Gibbs as Vice President, the Club worked through this period.  Mick and Gibbo were the heart of the club along with Frank Wilson as Treasurer.  They made sure the season got up and running against the odds, reflecting the spirit of the cricket club.

The season itself was a testing one with little on field success and it was a struggle to maintain four committed sides throughout the season.  The Club survived a very hard year, thanks to the work of the dedicated members in Gibbo, Paddy Thompson, Mick Le Grand, Frank and Mick.  The Club was able to record a profit that would be the start of a big change and turnaround for the club.

Wayne Poulter was the Club Champion in season 2000/2001 and Mick Cowan was rewarded for his great dedication with the Clubman of the Year award.  Rob Cincotta was the 1st XI Player of the Season taking 27 wickets and making 127 runs.

A new season and a new era began in Season 2001/2002.  Paddy Thompson took over as President and with Mick Le Grand as Secretary and Gerard Barker as Treasurer, supported by a new committee of young enthusiastic members.  This season saw one of the biggest changes in the club history with the Mazenod school oval being converted to a Turf wicket.  It resulted in a change of associations with the club moving to the Eastern Cricket Association (ECA) where we still compete today.

The other significant change was the renovations to the clubrooms with new larger rooms that were now more open and more encompassing to families.  It would be the first of several renovations to the rooms through this decade.

The club is very fortunate to have had the support of Mazenod College in this definitive year and also throughout its history, supporting the club and wanting it to be a better place to be.  We are forever thankful for our links with the great school and its leaders and their key roles in building a better club.

Whilst no Premierships were won in season 2001/2002, it was a year of great development and learning.  In our first season on turf, our First and Second XIs had to learn to play a new way of cricket.  It was certainly different to our synthetic history and it did take some adjusting, especially for the older players who had limited turf experience.

Mark Murray became the first player in the Club’s history to win the Club Champion award three times.  Brett Armfield was awarded Clubman of the year for his tireless efforts on and off the field.  It was a significant year as a new generation of members took up the mantle of leading the Club.

Stability was the main development in 2002/2003 with the Club starting to blossom off the field and beginning to develop on the field with a group of young committed cricketers coming through.  The executive committee remained the same and Rob Cincotta was appointed Captain of the Club, replacing Mark Murray who had served four years as Captain.  This season saw the club win its first ECA Premiership with the Under 14’s, coached by Ivan Britto, winning the flag.  Many of the players in this side have gone on to play senior cricket and in senior premierships at the club.  Our seniors also saw finals action for the first time in the ECA with our Second XI playing off in the semi finals.  It was a great learning experience that set the tone for the future.

Stephen Ware was awarded the clubman award for this season and Club Captain Rob Cincotta won his second Club Championship.  The First XI Player of the Year was won by Mark Murray for the second time.  Season 2002/2003 also saw life membership awarded to Michael Riley and Rob Jago.

Rob Jago has done almost all things at the club.  He has coached juniors, served on the committee, ran functions, ran the bar (Coyt & Bert’s Thursday Cuisine a highlight!) and always put his hand up to help out when needed.  Rob was instrumental in the construction of the decking and has always been a reliable clubman, always giving to the club.  Later in the decade he will achieve a lot more personal on-field success, but it was his work to this point in and around the club that resulted in Rob being awarded Life Membership.

Michael Riley has been a mainstay of the club since the 1970’s.  A regular contributor on and off the field Riles has been always giving of his time.  Whether as an on field leader in the lower grades, or a mate off the field, Riles has always looked after the younger members and helped the club become a better place.  Riles has Captained the fours for many years and served several terms on the Committee.  It was an emotional Mick Riley who accepted his Life Membership at the conclusion of the 2002/2003 season.

The hard work of previous seasons would come to fruition in season 2003/2004 with the club celebrating its 30th season, and celebrate it did.

The year was highlighted by a gala 30th Anniversary celebration dinner that saw players from all over the state and country make efforts to be one of the 130 people in attendance.  This celebration sparked a re-birth of sorts within the club as many past players returned to the club and even those that couldn’t make the evening returning to get involved in the club again with the Veterans competition an eventual flow on from the night.  Who could forget the stirring speeches of the night from Michael Brown and Fr Kevin Davine, the club founder who had travelled from Perth, that re-told the history of the club and how we had come to be where we are.

Alan McAlister was appointed Coach of the Club in season 2003/2004 to assist Rob Cincotta who stayed on as Captain.  The year also saw a number of new recruits to the club in Scott Rojko, Rodello Peters, Jarred ‘Mushy’ Kelly, Michael Fitzgerald, Sanjit Tisseverasinghe, Krishan Perera, amongst others who would all play 1st XI finals.

For only the second time in the Club’s history, all four sides would play finals, with the First and Second XIs going on to play in Grand Finals and moving up a grade.  The First XI were undefeated all season but were unfortunately beaten by the narrowest of margins in the Grand Final against Boronia.  The consolation however, was the rise to B Grade.

The on-field highlight of the season was the Second XI Premiership in E Turf captained by Jeremy ‘Huggy’ Nugara who would finally break his own premiership drought with a man of the match performance in the Grand Final and seeing the Club win its first senior premiership in five seasons.  This was also our first senior premiership in the ECA and it was a premiership shared by a blend of all ages within the playing group at the Club.

To cap off a successful year, the Club was recognised by Cricket Victoria and was awarded one of its weekly ‘Club’s of the Week’ for our off-field efforts.

Club Champion for season 2003/2004 was won by Peter Jacobs who captained the Fourth XI with great distinction all season.  Mick Le Grand was awarded Clubman of the year in his fourth year as Secretary of the Club whilst Rodello Peters won the 1st XI Player of the Year in his first season.  Rodello took 25 wickets and made 220 runs as well as being a superb fieldsman and ‘go to’ player.

After three years as President of the Club, Paddy Thompson stood down from the role and handed the reigns to Mick Le Grand in 2004/2005.  Mick led a new committee which included James Dobeli as Secretary and Michael Fitzgerald as Vice President whilst Gerard Barker would continue for a fourth year as Treasurer.  Due to work commitments, Rob Cincotta stepped down from the position of 1st XI Captaincy and was replaced by Scott Rojko as the Club earned promotion to B and D Turf.  Alan McAlister would continue in his role as ‘Super Coach’.

The season saw the club have two sides in finals with the 1st and 3rd XIs both having excellent seasons.  The First XI played a magnificent semi final with only luck preventing them from winning and earning promotion to A Turf. The losing margin, one “lousy” wicket which still sends shivers down the spines of those in attendance.  The Thirds would go on to play in a Grand Final building from the previous year’s semi final loss, but would be defeated on the first Saturday in March.

The season also saw further works on the clubrooms with a further extension again supported kindly by the contribution of Fr Pat Moroney OMI and Mazenod College.  We also for the first time a full list of stats was compiled by Mick Le Grand for all players including games, runs, wickets and catches.  It meant we were now able to recognise milestones and partnership records as they occurred and acknowledge the longevity of a number of players.

In his first season as Captain, Scott Rojko won the prized 1st XI Player of the Year award after making 218 runs and taking 18 wickets.  Michael Fitzgerald was awarded Clubman of the year for all his work while Mick Ware was the Club Champion, taking 36 wickets.

A new development for the club began for the club in 2005/2006 with the inaugural Veterans side taking to the field on Sundays.  Over the decade, the Veterans concept has grown and developed into a successful on-field side, as well an extremely popular social event for many of the Veteran players.

Scott Rojko continued in his role as Captain of the club which saw the 1st XI finish 7th for the season.  The 2nd XI narrowly missed finals after being promoted to D Turf whilst the 3rd & 4th XI’s and Veterans would again play in finals.  The Thirds played in a second successive Grand Final and went down by one solitary wicket to Glen Iris in a fantastic game of cricket.

Further changes were also made to the club with a large renovation done to the existing clubrooms with a new bar and kitchen area installed.  The renovations came about with thanks to Brett Armfield who used his skills to coordinate a merry band of helpers early on Saturday mornings including Mick Ware, Steve Ware, Rod Archer, Mick Le Grand & Steve Putrino.  The new rooms would be more open and more family friendly continuing to make the club a family friendly environment and terrific place to be.  We would again be fortunate for the College and their assistance and in particular the new carpet placed on the decking.

The Club had also moved into the modern era in 2005/2006 with a regular email and the development of the club’s first website.  www.moccc.com.au started with a very basic website but has grown to become an essential tool of the club receiving over 1000 hits a week in peak season from all over the world.

Rodello Peter’s won his second 1st XI Player of the Year after not playing the previous season making it a perfect record for Roddy.  He also capped off a stellar season winning the Club Champion award combining his batting and bowling in a sensational year.  Nick Wareham was acknowledged as the Clubman of the year.

A new golden era of on-field success began in season 2006/2007.  The club had appointed Michael Hancock as Captain-Coach.  Michael joined the club after previously playing with Mulgrave Cricket Club and winning several flags there.  He bought a new passion and enthusiasm to the club, resulting in three of the four senior sides playing in finals in that season.

Our 1st XI and 2nd XIs would go on to play in Grand Finals with the Firsts winning the B Grade Flag over Richmond Union which would see the club promoted to A Grade.  Rob Cincotta was awarded Man of the Match in the Grand Final taking 4 wickets in a match that was also the last game for club legend Darren Conroy.  One of the many highlights of the match was 16 year old Ben Cunningham taking the final wicket to seal victory, caught by Jeremy ‘Huggy’ Nugara who played in his first ever 1st XI premiership with Mazenod.

The 2nd XI were defeated in their Grand Final but would also earn promotion to ‘C Turf’.  The second time in three seasons they had been promoted.

The Veterans competition was growing stronger which enabled us to field two teams during this season.  Both teams would go on to make finals with the Mazenod Blues, captained by Gerard Noone, going on to win their first Premiership in the D Veterans Division in their first season.

Captain of the 4th XI Peter Jacobs would go on to win his second Club Championship in season 2006/2007 whilst Ian Ware, who as Treasurer did more than his share of work, was awarded Clubman of the Year.  The 1st XI Player of the Year was awarded to Rob Cincotta who became the fourth person to win the award for a second time and along with Richard Rymarz, the only players to do it in a Premiership year.

Another of the highlights of season 2006/2007 was the inaugural charity match played between Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club and Wheelers Hill Cricket Club.  For so long we had been friendly rivals and never taken advantage of this, so the concept of the match was to raise money for a smaller charity bringing awareness to it for both clubs.  The inaugural match was won by Wheelers Hill but it is something that continues to grow and has become an annual charity fundraising event for both clubs.

The success of 2006/2007 was not just on the field, as off the field the Club was going places.  The website, emails, charity matches, veterans and generally a great feel was being generated around the club as a the place to be.  The flow on effects resulted in more players and supporters coming to Mazenod and re-establishment of our junior program in 2007/2008 headed by Paul Souter.  The Veterans concept was also going from strength to strength and this season saw the Club field three Veterans sides.

Season 2007/2008 was arguably the most successful on field season in the Club’s history.  Seven out of our eight sides would play in finals with only the 1st XI not making the finals.  The Firsts were coming off promotion from B Turf and had a very competitive season.

Our 2nd XI, who had also been promoted, would go on to win the C Turf flag captained by Rob Jago.  It was an amazing sequence of events that saw the Seconds make the finals and with their backs to the wall in most games, found a way to win and creating the aura of Berty’s miracles.  Rob Jago would take 36 wickets for the year, including his 450th wicket for the Club.  He was also involved in an amazing unbeaten 161 run record partnership with Michael Regan which saw the Seconds through to the finals.

The 3rd XI finally broke their premiership hoodoo in winning the flag.  Captained by James Dobeli, the side performance was very even over the season and broke the game open on Day one with a score of 310.  The only downside was that neither of Mick Le Grand (99) or Pat Johnson (97) could make it to triple figures after their match-defining 177-run second wicket stand.

The Premierships continued in the Veterans competition with the Blacks and Blues taking out Premierships.  The Blacks, captained by Huggy Nugara would take out the top grade of Veterans Premiership after a dominant season.  Veterans cricket legend Alan McAlister was awarded man of the match in their Premiership win. The Blacks won their premiership on the main Mazenod Oval whilst on the soccer oval, the Mazenod Blues won back to back Premierships winning the C Grade Veterans Premiership.  Gerard Noone again captained the side to victory whilst Wayne Poulter was awarded Man of the Match.

2007/2008 also marked the 300th game for club legend and games record holder Michael Cowan whilst Jeremy ‘Huggy’ Nugara played game number 200.  The Riley family - Michael, Peter and Paul - in combination took their 1000th wicket for the Club.

Another highlight of the season was the first overseas player for the club. Mike Thompson joined the club from Knaresborough Forrest in the UK and proved to be a great club person and valuable acquisition to the club.

David Cannon in his return to the club after years away captured the Club Champion award after playing matches in all four grades.  Michael Hancock won the 1st XI Player of the Season after making 527 runs and  Paul Souter was awarded the Clubman award for his efforts to re-launch the junior program and coach them to finals.

Patrick Thompson was awarded Life Membership of the club at Presentation Night, the 20th person to be awarded the prestigious honour.  Patrick has played at the club since he was a teenager, always being a committed and dedicated member of the Club.  Paddy has served many years on the committee including three years as President and regularly been the organiser for an official and unofficial social events.  A true loyal club person, MOCCC has no more deserving Life Member.

The highs of 2007/2008 continued into the following season.  The 4th XI completed an amazing three years at the club winning the C1 Premiership.  It meant that every senior side had won a Premiership in the last three seasons at the club.  Nick Wareham would stand in as captain in Goose Mather’s absence and Bryan Hancock was awarded Man of the Match in the Grand Final with a true all round performance.  The winning team was a great mix of youth and experience with many dedicated Club members finally getting their Premiership medals.

Premiership success also continued in the Veterans Competition with the Blues winning the B Veterans competition and their third successive Premiership.  Gerard Noone again led the side to victory in a match that showed their sustained dominance in the competition.  The Blacks would also make the finals going down to the eventual Premiers in the semi final.

The Club had its second overseas player with Anthony Giles recruited from Otley Cricket Club in the UK. Anthony proved a valuable player taking 26 wickets and gave excellent service to the club.  He won the bowling award for the club and assisted the 1st XI to a semi-final berth where they were beaten by Canterbury.  A win would have put them into Dunstan Shield.

A new record was also set within the Club by fielding nine sides with four senior, three veterans and two junior side all taking the field for the Baggy Blue.

Jason Brown won the 1st XI Player of the year after taking 24 wickets and making 138 runs in a close vote count.  After more than 20 years of playing at Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club, Rob Jago finally won the Club Champion after taking 29 wickets as well as captaining the 2nd XI.  Rob would also break Terry Davies long standing wickets record at the club and continues to be the highest wicket taker in club history.  Mick Ware completed a unique treble for the Ware family becoming the third member of the family to win the Clubman award.

The competitiveness was still well and truly around when the final year of the decade began for the 2009/2010 season.  Despite winning eight Premierships over the last four years, the players were still hungry for more success.  Unfortunately, we did not win a flag in the 2009/2010 season, but it was once again a pleasing and successful year.

Our top 3 senior sides would all made the finals.  A one in one hundred year storm on Semi- Final day denied the First and Second XIs the opportunity of winning their semi-finals with the 1st XI drawing their semi after a promising start, thus suffering the disappointment of missing a shot at promotion to Dunstan Shield.  The 3rd XI, again lead by James Dobeli, went on to play in the Grand Final, but were unfortunately beaten by North Balwyn.

The Mazenod Blues went in search of the “Nod Quad” - their fourth successive Premiership, and in A Grade.  They made the finals and played a home semi-final however it took a record breaking score to deny them the opportunity of competing in their fourth successive Grand Final.  Andrew Noone captained the Blues this year as Gerard Noone concentrated on the juniors.

Two juniors side were in action for the Club with both sides competing in finals.  Whilst neither of the sides won a Grand Final, we believe the work put into the juniors, and the talent coming through will move the club forward in the next decade for the Nodders.

After being runner up in the Club Champion award five times, Ian Ware finally broke through with a comprehensive win.  Ian took 36 wickets and made 360 runs for the season and was the runaway winner.  The 1st XI Player of the Year was tied with Jono Cannon and Ash Shaw both finishing equal on votes.  Ash was recruited from Broughton Hall Cricket Club in the UK and became our third overseas player.  As an 18 year old, Ash has a massive future in front of him which was evident upon his return when he was signed up by County side Kent.  Kevin King was awarded the Clubman of the year and epitomised what a good clubman does.

2009/2010 also saw the introduction of a voting system for each grade in the seniors with a 3-2-1 awarded after each game.  It is a concept that the Committee believes will allow for the recognition of the best player for the season in each grade.

Plenty has happened over the last decade in the Club as it continued to grow and strengthen.  It was a decade that started in the dungeon, on synthetic and with little money in the bank, but finished with 10 premierships, turf wickets and a whole new clubrooms.  We are continually thankful to Mazenod College and the Oblate Priests for their on going support of the club and allowing us full use of the College facilities.  It is a great place to play cricket and enjoy the fantastic social environment we have.

 

2010 and Beyond

 

Season 2010/2011 was certainly different for a number of reasons.  The cricket year was probably the most interrupted season of cricket in memory due to rain washing out a large number of weekends.

The changing face of Mazenod College meant new facilities including a full synthetic ground for our synthetic players.  This was certainly an improvement on the existing ground and one which we are very fortunate to play on.  Added to this was the new stand at the end of the pavilion which makes watching cricket a lot better for those who used to stand on the corner.

At the beginning of the season the club appointed Dai-Morgan Rushbrook from Lymington Cricket Club in the UK as Captain Coach.  Morgan was the standout player at the club and did a sterling job leading the club this year.  We look forward to bigger and better things from Morgan who took all before him this season winning the prestigious 1st XI Player of the Season and Club Champion.

On the field we were again fielded four senior, one junior and a veterans side.  The rain certainly impacted on the consistency of performances but all sides were still in the finals race up until the last round.  Our seconds and thirds played off in finals with the thirds playing off in the Grand Final for the second consecutive year.  It meant that for the last 8 years the Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club has had a side in Grand Finals every single year.

Bryan Hancock was awarded the Clubman of the year for his tireless work around the club.  Bryan took on the roles of Treasurer, 4th XI Captain, Training Co Ordinator as well as taking on many other tasks and was a well deserving winner of the award.

Our annual Charity Match was again a success with $2000 raised to the flood relief.  The day was a great showcase of the new Mazenod Oval and we were pleased to take on Mulgrave CC in this annual event.  The day highlights the type of club we are and it is a very pleasing event to be involved in.  It was also pleasing to back this up a few weeks later when the club broke with tradition and instead of wearing our traditional blue hats, wore custom made Pink MOCCC hats, all in awareness for Breast Cancer and in doing so raised $1000 for the McGrath Foundation and Breast Cancer.

Our Juniors, coached by Paul Souter again had a successful season finishing runner up.  Most of the boys attend Mazenod College and the side went undefeated throughout the season only to be beaten in the Grand Final. 

At the end of the season Mick Le Grand stood down as President and was replaced by James Dobeli.  Mick has been President for the past 7 years and at the club Presentation night was awarded the club’s honour, Life Membership.

Le Grand joined the club in the late 1990’s and showed from the early days that he was a remarkable addition.  Soon after joining the club Le Grand became secretary of the club under then President Michael Cowan and after 4 years in that position he rose to the top, becoming President and holding this post for 7 years, the longest reign in the club's decorated history.

Under his dutiful watch, the club has gone from strength to strength.  He has overseen a vast array of changes, all for the betterment of the club, including but not limited to renovations to the club rooms, the installation of turf wickets on the main oval, the financial strengthening of the club and the ongoing development of its many communtiy ties.  He has also enjoyed being at the helm during arguably the most successful on and off field decade in our history.

In presenting to Le Grand, Mick Cowan suggested that no one was more deserving of Life Membership.  His dedication to the club has been exceptional and unquestionable.  His work ethic and drive to continually improve the club has resulted us growing into one of the stronger clubs in the competition.

The future is bright for the Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club with a loyal band of players and supporters who want to make the club great.  Mazenod College is doing major works that will allow MOCCC use of some fantastic facilities into the future.

We look forward to building a bigger and better cricket club and continuing to be the club of choice and an enjoyable place to be.  When you look back at the past decade and see just how far we have come, the possibilities are endless.  So much has changed in the past ten years and things will continue to over the next decade.

 

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This club is the Mazenod Old Collegians Cricket Club.

Established: 1974

 

Premierships:

1974/1975:      E Grade (1st XI)

F Grade (2nd XI)

1975/1976:      E Grade (2nd XI)

1976/1977:      Under 14’s

1977/1978:      C Grade (1st XI)

Under 16’s

1978/1979:      B Grade (1st XI)

C Grade (2nd XI)

1979/1980:      F Grade (3rd XI)

1982/1983:      A2 (1st XI)

1988/1989:      A1 (1st XI)

1989/1990:      A1 (1st XI)

1990/1991:      D Grade (4th XI)

1993/1994:      Under 14’s

1994/1995:      B2 (3rd XI)

1998/1999:      A1 (1st XI)

2001/2002:      Under 14’s

2003/2004:      E Turf (2nd XI)

2006/2007:      B Turf (1st XI)

D Vets

2007/2008:      C Turf (2nd XI)

B1 (3rd XI)

A Vets

C Vets

2008/2009:      C1 (4th XI)

B Vets