Cricket Player Spotlight – Jacqueline Wade

This second edition of Cricket Player Spotlights is brought to you by Stone & Grove.

In her first season playing competitive senior cricket, Jacqueline Wade is already taking major strides and is loving the new and exciting Women’s Cricket team at Aberfeldie Sports Club.

Growing up with two older brothers and playing playing cricket in the backyard, Jacq has always enjoyed the game of cricket but never really pursued it on a competitive level till this year.

A real lover of sport and health, Jacq has been a P.E teacher at St Bernard’s College for the past 13 years.

In the past, Jacq was the Year 9 coordinator and also the head of the Health Physical Education Faculty and is now the coordinator of the College’s ACC fixtured sports.

Jacq tried her hand at many sports growing up, including tennis and basketball, and was the first junior girl to play for St Bernard’s Football Club.

Her real passion in life has been playing for the Essendon Hockey Club for the past 20 years.

Extremely successful at an under 18 level, Jacq made multiple Western Region representative teams, then later went on to play Premier League reserves and was even recognised as a Captain of the Pennant A team.

Such great achievements across a number of years, Jacqueline’s time spent in hockey never hindered her interest in the game of cricket, and her skills in hockey have definitely been transferable.

Excited again with the return of the Big Bash T20 League and the summer of cricket, Jacq loves to learn from some of the best cricketers in the world.

“I love watching the Big Bash when players are mic’d up. I really enjoyed it when it was Shane Warne. I loved listening to him explain every delivery and how he was attempting to get players out. Also at test level, Mike Hussey was always a favourite!”

Showing she has the ability to become an all rounder early on in her career, Jacq has already made a 50 and taken wickets this season.

“For me, getting clean bowled early in my second game forced me to think about shot selection, not just ‘see ball hit ball’. Working with Kieran helped me to practice and play straight bat shots, not just instinctive cross bat shots.”

Such an exciting time for the club with the emergence of women’s cricket, involving great numbers and enthusiasm, Jacq has loved being a part of it and is thrilled she has finally made her way down to the club.

“Abers have been amazing. As a new person to the club, everyone has been so welcoming. Everyone is willing to give up some time if there’s anything you need to work on, and are so positive and encouraging with feedback. Communication around training, games and events is amazing as well!”

With such a promising and enjoyable start to her cricket career and time at Abers, Jacqueline Wade will continue to have great success playing for the two blues and with her great leadership skills will continue to be a great pioneer for women’s cricket in the area.

Liam McAllion – Aberfeldie Sports Club





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Cricket Player Spotlight – Kieren Gray

This inaugural Cricket Player Spotlight is brought to you by Nelson Alexander.

Kieren Gray is the epitome of the Aberfeldie Cricket Club, having been one of the most loyal and respected players for the two blues in recent history.

In addition to playing cricket at a higher level, Kieren has played over 20 seasons for Abers and continues to excel in the highest grade.

Growing up in the Essendon area, Kieren and his family are a major reason for the success that the club has today.

With his parents taking on roles on the committee, coaching and grounds keeping over the years, being a part of the club was in Kieren’s blood and he is so grateful to be brought up in this environment.

“The people, players, supporters, past players and volunteers are all examples of all the great people who make Abers enjoyable to be involved with.”

Kieren has taken his game to great heights across Australia and even around the world.

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After junior and senior years at Abers, Kieren played for Carlton in the Premier Cricket League as a leg spin bowling all-rounder and even travelled to the United Kingdom to play.

Enjoying his time in the UK, Kieren was able to represent the club of Ealing in London and Hillhead in Glasgow.

“They have different match formats over there, all one day matches and no finals in the league, with whoever finishes on top at the end of the season becoming champions.”

“This meant different tactics, as we weren’t building for finals as we do here, as accumulating points was more important.”

Cricketers at all levels, have had superstitions to help them perform on the field, yet Kieren doesn’t believe in any of this and solely tries to concentrate on how he plays the game.

“If you have to do the same thing each game and something isn’t quite right for whatever reason it can play with your mind. You can only prepare as well as you can during the week, back yourself to be ready for a Saturday.”

Kieren had been Captain/Coach of Abers for the last four years and now, while still playing in the First XI, he has stepped into a sole Coach role.

He is enjoying the change in focus and working well with First XI Captain Sohan Boralessa.

“Being able to share the load with Sohan has helped us both, without having to focus as much on the weekend, I can put more time and effort into helping to prepare the playing group for how Sohan and the other Captains want us to play.”

With all four Abers Cricket sides having a successful start to the cricket calendar, this change for Kieren as Coach seems to be working wonders.

Now an Aberfeldie Cricket Club veteran and someone that much of the community and players look up to, Kieren as a Coach and batsmen for the club is looking for another great season ahead, currently with the First XI side at the top of the ladder

The amount of time and effort Kieren puts in each week will go a long way to attaining Premiership success this season and he is someone that the entire Abers community should admire.

Liam McAllion – Aberfeldie Sports Club

Junior Football Club – Team App


We are excited to announce that from 2020 the primary means of communications with you and the Aberfeldie Junior Football Club will be via Team App.

This app, which we have customised to the needs of our junior football program, will keep you up-to-date with your favourite team’s news, events, schedules and much more.

It is essential that junior member families sign up so you don’t miss vital information from the club as well as your team.

To get the full features you need to download Team App onto your smartphone.

  1. Download the app on your smartphone:
  2. Launch and sign-up to Team App. You’ll be sent an email to confirm your registration.
  3. Log in.
  4. Search for Aberfeldie Junior Football.
  5. Request access to the relevant age group(s) that apply to you (request button usually found at top of screen).
  6. Include the player name in the ‘Access Request Message’.
  7. Members will be approved by admins.

Please note EOI’s for 2020 will be invited to the app once registration is approved.

Need help? First, ask your kids. They’ll sort it out. Alternatively contact


Registration Day – Junior Football Season 2020

We warmly welcome all new players looking to join our Club to come and register your interest in the following categories.

  • Girls U9 to U18’s
  • Boys U8 to U16

Sunday 1st December 2019

Clifton Park – Batman Street, Aberfeldie

For any enquiries please contact our Junior Football registrar at


Under 10/11 Football Come & Try Sessions

We are pleased to announce that Abers will be offering a series of pre-Christmas, free footy clinics for U10 boys and U11 girls.  The clinics will be run at Clifton Park by our Seniors Head Coach Adam Potter, along with the 2019 season’s U9 coaches.  Each session will focus on basic skill development as well as having fun!


Sunday,  17th November:  9:45am – 10:45am

Sunday,  24th November:  9:45am – 10:45am

Sunday,   1st December:  9:45am – 10:45am

The sessions are open to all 2020 U10 boys (birth year 2010 & 2011) and U11 girls (birth year 2009 & 2010). We encourage those attending to bring a friend.  Please also share with anyone you know who may be interested in trying footy at Abers!

There is no need to pre-register; a registration/information desk will be set up in the morning of the event.  There is no charge for these events.  We hope to see lots of new and returning faces there!


Abers Junior Football Program is proudly sponsored by BCP Finance

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Dear Member,

The 2019 Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) of the Aberfeldie Sports Club, Inc. will be held on Wednesday 27th of November, 2019. The meeting will be held in the Jack Chalmers Pavilion at Clifton Park at 7.00 pm SHARP.




  • Apologies
  • Minutes of previous meeting
  • Chairman’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report (including the tabling of Audit Reviewed Financial Statements for YE 30 Sept 2019)
  • Ratification of Life Members – Travis Gray & Anthony Daniher
  • Nomination and Election of Office Bearers for the next twelve months


  • General Business Matters



Members who are unable to attend this meeting and wish to utilise a proxy vote are strongly urged to complete the proxy nomination form below and submit it to the Club Secretary before the meeting. This will ensure that your vote on important matters will be counted when your proxy attends the meeting to act on your behalf.





















Proxy Nomination Form:


I, …………………………………………………. , as a member or the Aberfeldie Sports Club entitled under the constitution of the Association to vote at the Annual General Meeting on 27 November 2019, hereby appoint………………………………….……….

to act as my proxy at the above mentioned meeting. He/she has my authority to vote on my behalf in the election of office bearers, and in any other matters arising at the meeting upon which a vote is called for.





On this……………day of ………………………..20…..


In the presence of………………………………………………. (Witness)


Please return to ASC Secretary, Darren Briggs – P.O. Box 387, Essendon 3040

by 25 November 2019 OR send to the 27 November 2019 meeting with your proxy.





Glenn Walsh takes the reigns

The Aberfeldie Sports Club is incredibly excited to announce that Glenn Walsh has been appointed as Senior Coach of our Premier Women’s team for the 2020 season.

Walshy has a history of coaching at the Abers through the junior girl’s program in 2017, and has been a significant part of the women’s program since its inception.

He has played a vital role in with the skill development and tactical education of the girls under Claire Heffernan in the last two years and helped foster a fantastic women’s program, which ultimately saw the side claim the clubs first ever women’s premiership after an undefeated 2019 season.

We wish Walshy enormous success in 2020, and we look forward to watching our girls grow as great footballers and amazing young women in the coming seasons.


Alison Crabb – Senior Women’s President


Thanks to our Women’s Football Program Major Partner – MNG Lawyers

Statement: John Larkins

Stepping Down but Not Away

The Aberfeldie Sports Club would like to inform our members, supporters, families and the wider EDFL community that our esteemed President of the Senior Football Section Aberfeldie Sports Club (ASC), John Larkins, has decided to finally stand down from the role.

John (JL) has been President of the Senior Football Section Aberfeldie Sports Club (ASC) for over 20 years and was also Aberfeldie Sports Club Chairman for 6 years.

John Larkins contribution and dedication to the Aberfeldie Sports Club is without equal and Abers would not be the successful club it is today without the influence and hard work that JL has provided over so many years.

JL is well respected within the EDFL Community and has always had the best interest of the competition at heart. He has been awarded life membership of the Aberfeldie Sports Club, the EDFL and has also been recognised by Moonee Valley Council in 2008 with “The Spirit of Moonee Valley Award” for his services to local sport and the local community.

John will continue as an ex officio member of the Aberfeldie Sports Club Board and will be the ASC appointed Delegate on EDFL matters.

Whilst the Aberfeldie Sports Club are poorer from the loss of John as Senior Football President, we are extremely fortunate to have had John’s undying commitment over so many years.

We would also like to recognise Johns wife, Gail Larkins (also an ASC Life Member), who has been so supportive of JL while being actively involved in various committees and working groups during their journey.

We will be arranging a function in the new year to show our gratitude and thanks for the contribution John and Gail have made to the Aberfeldie Sports Club. (details to follow)

Senior Women’s Coach Wanted for 2020

The Aberfeldie Sports Club is seeking expressions of interest for the role of Head Coach for our Senior Women’s Football side for the 2020 EDFL season.

The club is looking for an experienced coach to lead our women’s football program, coaching the Premier Division side in their third season, following an undefeated 2019 season.

As a leading sports club in the North-Western suburbs, Aberfeldie embraces community through fair, inclusive and respectful participation in sport. This is a unique opportunity for a Head Coach who is passionate about leading women’s football in the community, to join a thriving local sporting organisation.

Applications can be made by submitting your coaching and relevant professional experience to Jackie Allen ( The successful candidate will be remunerated consistent with experience.

Applications Close 7th October, 5pm.

More Information: Jackie Allen (mob. 0439 037 496) or Jim Pound (mob 0418 530 273)