Cricket News – Grand Finals Cancelled and Other News

The Cricket Division would like to provide an update given the current situation.

This morning the VTCA made the ruling that they would be calling off the conclusion to all Grand Final matches immediately. This is a view our club supported and recommended.

Whilst this is not an ideal situation we felt we had a social responsibility to uphold and protect our players, officials and supporters from any possibility contamination or pass on that this virus may present.

At this point in time the VTCA have not come to a decision as to the awarding of non 1st innings resulted matches which of course our teams were part of. This decision will be made in the next couple of days.

It’s a really sad way to finish what has been an exceptional year for our club. However, the health and safety of our community is our number one priority.

We have also decided to postpone the Junior and Senior Cricket Presentation nights. More details to come once we can reschedule these events.

The Cricket Division will not be opening the club for any further events for gatherings.

If you have any queries please contact Sarah Gray (0430 185 840) or Paul West (0425 705 859) direct, and we would be happy to discuss.

Important update on COVID-19 and our club.

Dear Members, Families and Supporters

With the spread of COVID-19 increasing across Victoria, the Aberfeldie Sports Club has made the decision to IMMEDIATELY SUSPEND all training, practice matches and events until further
notice.

The safety and welfare of our players, volunteers, officials and their families are our number one priority.

We will provide further updates as we receive more advice from the league and government officials.

The cricket section received advice from the VTCA who have informed us that their Grand Finals will proceed this weekend. Therefore, cricketers competing in the Grand Finals will be allowed to train and play unless advised otherwise.

Cricket Grand Finals Time

Such an exciting time for the club with Juniors, Women and Men all representing Abers in Grand Finals!

Below is the schedule for all Aberfeldie teams competing for premierships this weekend.

 

Senior Men 1st X1 – Abers v Spotswood at Clifton Park – Saturday, 1.00pm

Senior Men 3rd X1 – Abers v Altona North at Crofts Res, Altona North – Saturday, 1.00pm

These matches are played over 4 days over the next 2 weekends

 

Senior Women Division 3 – Abers v West Coburg at Keilor Park Res #5 on Sunday Mar 15 – 12.00pm

 

Junior Under 16 (1) – Abers v Keilor at Fairbairn Park #3 – 5.00pm

This match is played this Thursday and Friday evening

 

Junior Under 14 (C) – Abers v Haig Fawkner at Fairbairn Park #2 – 8.20am

These matches are played on Saturday and Sunday this weekend

 

Junior Under 12 (B) – Abers v West Coburg at Fairbairn Park #4 – 8.20am

This match is played on Saturday March 14th

 

Junior Girls Under 13 – Abers v Greenvale at Coburg City Oval – 5.45pm

This match is played on Monday evening March 16th

Get down and support the teams who have worked hard all season to make it to this point! Go Abers!

 

Vale Geoff Brown

It is with great sadness that the Aberfeldie Sports Club announce the passing of our esteemed member Geoff Brown.

Geoff’s contribution to the Aberfeldie Sports Club for well over 25 years was amazing and saw him recognised as a Life Member of the ASC in 2008 and an EDFL Life Member 2019.

The ASC is a better place from having Geoff Brown be part of it.

The Aberfeldie Sports Club send our condolences to Geoff’s family and friends.

The Funeral Details for our Geoff Brown will be Friday the 21st of February 2:15pm @ Fawkner Memorial Cemetery, Sydney Rd Fawkner.
Service will be in held in Joyce Chapel.

There will be a celebration of Geoff’s life following the service at the Aberfeldie Sports Club 7B Batman St Aberfeldie.

Women’s Football 2020: New Players and Preseason

After a very successful 2019, we are looking for new and experienced players to join our two Senior Women’s teams.

Come down and have a kick as we commence our preseason training for an exciting 2020 campaign!

Preseason Training will start back on Monday 3 February at Clifton Park, 6:15pm for 6:30pm start.

February preseason training:
Monday’s at Clifton Park 6:15pm for 6:30pm start .
Thursday’s at Fairbairn Park Oval 8, 6:30pm start.

For more information please email Alison Crabb: womensfootball@abers.com.au

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

 

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

ATTENTION JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB MEMBERS

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: http://teamapp.com/app
  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 juniorfootball@abers.com.au

 

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 registrar@abers.com.au

 

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!

Dates:

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