August - Melbourne Cricket Club by yaosaigeng


									       NO. 136   • august 2007 • IssN 1322–3771

wallabies on
the big stage
    Club NEWS


            ichael andrew, 51,         In his prime, Michael was
            has filled the casual   a B grade tennis player with
            committee vacancy       Beaumaris and Box Hill but
created by David Jones’             now plays off 13 at Kingston
retirement in February.             Heath with fellow
   an MCC member for                committeemen Bob Lloyd
25 years, devoted Demon             and Peter Dakin.
follower and a Law/Commerce            In a very busy life he also
graduate from the university        manages to find time for
of Melbourne, Michael is            committee duties at the
chairman of KPMg australia.         Melbourne Racing Club and
   a keen sportsman all his         is vice-chairman of the
life, he captained North            Committee for Melbourne.
Balwyn Cricket Club as an              Of his recent appointment
opening batsman and opening         to the MCC, he says: “It’s the
bowler and later was club           ideal job. I’ve always loved the
president. as a youngster at        MCg and it was a privilege to
Melbourne High, Michael             be asked to serve the club. I
would race down to the MCg          travel quite extensively and
after school to see the last few    I’ve seen nothing to match the
hours of play in sheffield          new MCg anywhere in the            President David Meiklejohn (left) with new committeeman
shield matches.                     world. It’s just outstanding.”     Michael Andrew.

                                       a CRaCKINg
             hree sitting

             members of the                t is with belated but much gratitude
             MCC committee                 that we acknowledge budding
    and a challenger will                  photographer Dean Murphy for
    offer themselves for               providing the club with his superb
    election at the annual             image of the moment that shane Warne
    general Meeting on                 captured his 700th test wicket on Boxing
    august 15. Full members            Day. the image was displayed on the cover       it’s all credit to Dean for being in the right
    eligible to vote will              of our previous edition of MCC News and         place at the right time.
    already have received the
    appropriate papers with
    their 2007/08 renewal
                                       Our COvEr: rugby uNION rETurNS
       Jane Nathan, steven

    smith and stephen                      nternational sport             generally ranked as the best
    spargo are the committee               returned to the MCg on         team in the world.
    members standing for                   June 30 when the                  the MCg had previously
    election by rotation. Jon          Wallabies scored a shock win       hosted Bledisloe Cup matches
    Hitchcock, a teacher’s             over the all Blacks before an      in 1997 and 1998 and the
    aide and a very regular            excellent crowd of 79,322 on       average attendance for “the
    attendee at MCg events,            a cool and drizzly night.          game played in heaven” on
    is presenting himself for            the aussies’ 20-15 triumph       the world’s biggest sporting
    election at the ballot.            came after three years of          stage is now a very healthy
                                       domination by the all Blacks,      81,529.

    MCC NEWS      august 2007
                         FROM tHE PREsIDENt

            s we move into the second half    Collingwood and Melbourne — drew                club and ground affairs of committee
            of the football season it has     more than 70,000 and the fixture for            people generally. they volunteer their
            been very pleasing to see the     the remainder of the season includes            services to help us manage a very big
   new MCg utilised so well. after the        several potential blockbusters.                 business with a minimum of fuss.
   split round in June the ground had            It has also been pleasing to note that the      It’s a business that’s about to get even
   hosted eight games that drew a crowd       strong demand for dining spots in the           bigger with the National sports Museum
   of 50,000-plus, and the average            Reserve is continuing. this is an               (NsM) set to open next March. this is
   attendance was in excess of 45,000.        important indicator of how members              a substantial project, ably chaired by
      the highlight, of course, was anzac     are utilising their new facilities              committeeman ted Yencken, whose
   Day when more than 90,000 people           and anecdotal evidence about all                expertise has been invaluable during the
   came to the ground, most of them in        aspects of the Reserve’s operation is           redevelopment years.
   time to participate in what is always a    extremely positive.                                the NsM will take MCg tourism to
   moving ceremony before play begins.           the club is keen to have closer              new levels and make the ground an even
      this day is a special event, a unique   contact with members living in regional         more attractive destination for club
   mix of sport at the highest level and      areas and a members’ dinner at                  members, their guests and other visitors.
   a solemn remembrance of those who          shepparton in June was well attended.              the annual general Meeting will be
   fell at gallipoli. the game invariably     Committee members and club                      held for Full members in the Members
   attracts a far larger crowd than           executives were on hand to field                Dining Room on august 15 and I look
   positions on the ladder would suggest.     questions and I feel this outreach              forward to seeing you there.
      another traditional crowd-puller —      exercise is a very worthwhile initiative.                               David Meiklejohn
   the Queen’s Birthday match between            I applaud the solid contribution to                                         President

   Committeeman Ted Yencken (left) inspects early construction
   work on the National Sports Museum with MCC exhibitions
   and collections manager Richard Ferguson.


         s part of a program to maximise      to purchase visitor
         attendances and ensure facilities    tickets to introduce guests, as do
         in the Reserve are utilised as       members with full privileges.                    take-up rate was encouraging, as was
much as possible, the club has conducted         the selected matches covered a wide           the feedback from those who took up the
a successful trial allowing waiting list      range of teams, from the Melbourne-              opportunity to explore and experience
candidates to purchase a visitor ticket       adelaide game on June 2 to Collingwood’s         the wonderful facilities in the Reserve.
that affords them access to the Members       clash with Brisbane on July 28.                    similar initiatives may be trialled
Reserve for a limited number of aFL              Facilities would not be stretched at any      during the cricket season as the club
matches during June and July.                 of the six games and the members-in-             continues to maintain contact and engage
   those invited were candidates at the       waiting could see what would be in store         with its waiting list candidates without
top of the waiting list who could expect to   for them when the offer of Restricted            compromising any of the benefits and
be offered membership over the next few       membership comes up.                             privileges accorded Full and Restricted
years. they were also given the opportunity      Club manager Mark anderson said the           members.

                                                                                                           august 2007      MCC NEWS        
    Club NEWS

gEE, It’s a gREat
Volunteer guides are needed as the MCG prepares
for a tourism invasion in 2008

         here’s a note from the president
         asking for some background on
         Melbourne-Kangaroos clashes
over the years. Nothing terrific springs to
mind so it’s on the phone to David allen                                                                 Quentin Miller (above) and
and within five minutes we’re flooded                                                                    tour guide John Moss (left)
                                                                                                         are big contributors to the
with material. He relates how generous
                                                                                                         MCG scene.
both clubs have been to each other over
the years, swapping top players and a                                                                     add some colour to the tour.”
coach, although not necessarily to the                                                                       and that’s what enhances
mutual benefit.                                                                                           the visitor’s experience at the
   David, an MCC Library volunteer for                                                                    MCg. “We have very few
many years and a noted football historian,                                                                people disappointed after a
lives and breathes the game and is a very      far from idle, but the sentiments would be    tour of the ground,” says MCg guides
valuable resource for the club in so many      echoed throughout the ranks of the            co-ordinator Ian Ramsey. “there are
ways. so, too, is Quentin Miller, a retired    MCC’s 250-strong pool of volunteers.          so many points of interest here but the
solicitor and cricket buff who found time      Members wishing to register their interest    contribution of the guides certainly adds
during a busy life to chair the Lord’s         in becoming an MCC Library volunteer          another dimension to a tour of the ’g.”
taverners group in Victoria and to act as      should contact David studham on 9657             With the National sports Museum set
national CEO.                                  8967 or email              to open in March 2008, Ian is on the
   Quentin also served as executive officer       Pat Hogan has been an MCg guide            lookout for more guides.
of VICsRaPID, a charity that supports          since the club’s first serious steps into        “We would like to have a bigger pool
intellectually disabled sportsmen and          the tourism market in 1988, when the          of guides to cope with the influx of
women. His attraction to the MCg goes          australian gallery of sport was in            visitors next year,” he says. “We’re
back to childhood days at the cricket          its infancy. You’ll mostly find him in        already running at record visitor levels
with his father. gravitating to the MCC        the gate 3 reception area these days,         and there is a growing demand for
Library as a volunteer came naturally,         surrounded by visitors leaving on guided      guides.”
notwithstanding that he grew up living         tours every 15 minutes or so.                    as Pat Hogan observes: “the guides
next door to the family of current                When Pat started on guiding duties he      have always been a nice group of people.
librarian David studham!                       was one of 27. “I responded to an item in     they’re interested in sport, the club, the
   “I’m here every morning,” says              the newsletter calling for tour guides,” he   MCg and other people, and they’re a
Quentin. “I just love it. I can’t think of a   recalls. “We were briefed by (museum          pleasure to work with.”
better place to idle away my time.”            consultant) John Kendall, given a foolscap       Members interested in coming on
   We suspect that Quentin’s cricket savvy     information sheet and wished good luck.       board should contact Ian Ramsey on
and general productivity would find him        It was really up to the individual guide to   9657 8858 or email

         he club was saddened by the              Later, as an aFL commissioner,
         passing of aFL Commission             Ron was involved with all the weighty
         chairman Ron Evans OaM in             issues that inevitably arose between the
March. an MCC member since 1981,               club and the league over MCg affairs.
Ron had a close association with the club      and for more than 30 years he was
and the ground on several fronts.              a senior executive with the MCg’s
   He was president of Essendon in 1991        caterers, spotless, with whom the club
when the Bombers chose to leave Windy          has enjoyed a fruitful relationship
Hill and adopt the MCg as their home           since 1979.
ground after the great southern stand             universally liked and admired, Ron
was completed. an extremely bold move          will be remembered through the striking
at the time, Essendon benefited greatly        of the Ron Evans Medal for the aFL’s          Ron Evans (centre) with Dick Reynolds
from the magnificent facilities on offer       Rising star award to the game’s best          and Simon Madden as the Dons prepared
and membership rose accordingly.               young player of the year.                     to move to the MCG in 1991.

   MCC NEWS       august 2007
sOCCER BLOCKBustER                                                                                marathon
                                                                                                  comes to
sEt FOR sEPtEMBER 11                                                                               the ’G

                                                                                                      nly three marathons have

         he big match between australia      visitor tickets unless they have validated               ever been run on the MCg
         and world champions argentina       their own membership card for entry.                     — the 1956 Olympic games
         will now be staged midweek             Please note that Long Room passes and       and last year’s male and female events
between aFL finals matches at the MCg.       Balcony passes will not be available.          at the Commonwealth games — so
   On the back of their much-hyped           therefore, visitor ticket and guest            the recent announcement that this
asian Cup campaign, attention turns to       cardholders will not be able to access the     year’s samsung Melbourne Marathon
the socceroos’ friendly, rescheduled for     Long Room and “member-only” seating            will finish with a lap of the MCg is
tuesday september 11 at the MCg.             areas on Levels 2 and 3 of the Reserve.        cause for some celebration.
the match starts at 7.30pm.                                                                    the marathon, to be held on
   In line with recent special events at       TiCkET PriCES*
                                                                                            sunday October 7, will feature a
the ground, all categories of members          Members’ entry entitlement      $20          new race format along Melbourne’s
(except Life, 50-year and Honorary             Visitor tickets                              bayside precinct to mark its 30-year
Cricket members) and guest cardholders           adults                        $100         anniversary.
will be required to pre-purchase a $20           Child (under 15)              $50             there are four divisions of the event
non-transferable entry entitlement that                                                     (42.195km, 21.1km, 10km and
will validate their membership card at         *Prices are inclusive of gst and all         5.5km) and each will start and finish
the turnstiles.                                fees except for a $7.70 transaction          at the MCg. You can even watch
   Members who had already purchased           fee applicable for all phone and             yourself finish on the big screen as you
tickets to the match on the original date      internet bookings. tickets purchased         retrace Kerryn McCann’s steps in her
(June 6) may retain them for use. For          at ticketmaster outlets or from the          2006 Commonwealth games triumph.
those yet to do so, visitor tickets            club will not incur a transaction fee.          With more than $50,000 up for
(maximum of four per member) and                                                            grabs in prizemoney and prizes for
entry entitlements for members can be        MEMbErS DiNiNg rOOM
                                                                                            the winners and placegetters across
purchased through ticketmaster (1300         applications for dinner in the Members         all divisions, there is great incentive
651 220, or at       Dining Room will be taken via the              to be part of the 30th anniversary of
outlets) or in person at the club.           club’s website or by phone (9284 2300)         this very popular Melbourne event.
   unless an entry entitlement has been      from 9.00am on Monday august 13                   For more information, please visit
purchased, photo ID membership cards         until tuesday august 14 at 5.00pm.   
and guest cards will not be valid at the
turnstiles for entry. Members and guest
cardholders should also bring their
entitlement receipt as proof of purchase.
Please note that the entry entitlement is
not transferable to another person —
even another member — for this event.
   as members are expected to
accompany their guests in the Reserve,
members will not be able to purchase

          he likelihood of a sachin          are sure to be popular among members         MCg iNTErNATiONAl CriCkET
          tendulkar farewell tour and a      and their guests.                            boxing Day Test
          potential twenty20 world              Visitor tickets for all international     December 26–30 australia v India
  record crowd are juicy prospects in        cricket at the MCg will go on sale from      Twenty20 international
  what promises to be a super 2007/08        Monday august 6 at 9.00am. there             February 1 australia v India
  summer of cricket at the MCg.              will be a limit of two per member for        One-Day internationals
    While the Boxing Day test against        Boxing Day, four for all other days and      February 10 australia v India
  the touring Indians will be the hallmark   will be available through ticketmaster       February 22 australia v sri Lanka
  event on the calendar, the three one-day   or at the club. Full details of prices       February 29 australia v sri Lanka
  internationals, the ground’s first ever    and operational arrangements will be           a full calendar, including domestic
  twenty20 international and Victoria’s      available in the November newsletter         matches, will feature in the November
  Pura Cup and one-day series campaigns      mailing.                                     newsletter.

                                                                                                     august 2007      MCC NEWS         
    club news

a MIsMatCH
                                                                                             evidently determined not to throw a
                                                                                             chance away — threw away his crutch
                                                                                             instead, after taking block, and defiantly

tO REMEMBER                                                                                  faced the bowling on his only leg.

                                                                                               One-legged made 66 and 18.
They gave an arm and a leg to play on the MCG                                                  One-armed 6/144 declared.

                                                                                                top score was Pearson, who, despite
This article appeared in the Leader           prove to be the greater handicap, but the      the loss of his right hand, made boundary
newspaper on March 21, 1891. We can           result showed that the one-legged men had      hits in rapid succession, scoring 43 not
assure readers that the report was serious.
Even before World War I, there was a large
                                              no chance with their more agile opponents,     out. Pearson, who hails from Port Fairy,
number of limbless men in the community       who played 12 men against 13, and won          is a strapping young fellow, and showed
because of workplace accidents.               with an innings and 60 runs to spare.          himself to be a one-handed Bonnor,
                                                 Five of the one-legged players were         putting remarkable force into his strokes.

      omething like a revival of the old      connected with the Victorian Railway              In the second innings of the one-legged
      greenwich pensioners’ cricket           department, and it was noticed as a            team, which only realised 18 runs, the
      contest was attempted on the            remarkable but inexplicable fact that          bowling of McDonald and Lowe proved
Melbourne Cricket ground on tuesday,          while right legs had generally been lost,      to be quite unplayable, the former taking
when a match was played between one-          the deficiency of left arms was equally        seven wickets for 7 runs, and the latter
armed and one-legged players.                 noticeable.                                    five for 6.
  a.H. sudlow, to whom the                       the loss of a leg was clearly shown to         When the captain of the one-armed
management of the affair had been             militate against the free use of both          team went to bat, the fieldsmen clapped
deputed, has for some weeks past been         hands in batting, the one-legged men           hands heartily by way of welcome, and
busily engaged in making the necessary        wielding the willow with much less             one could not help sympathising with his
preliminary arrangements, the result          freedom than their opponents, who were,        team in their inability to pay a similar
being that both teams were in readiness       of course, seen to great advantage on the      compliment to the one-legged skipper for
to take the field at the appointed time.      field. During one brief period, and only       obvious reasons.
  a band had been engaged, and the            one, the one-legged men had the best of           the players will doubtless long
match well advertised, but it must be         it, and that was at lunch, where they          remember the match with pleasure, as it
admitted that the result was                  fairly lost their opponents in deftness        was played throughout in a true spirit of
disappointing, the attendance being very      with the knife and fork.                       fraternity. the Melbourne Cricket Club,
small, and the display of cricket (with,         Before the game commenced some              with characteristic generosity, gave the
however, several exceptions) rather more      curious questions of umpiring arose,           teams the use of their ground, and in
ludicrous than interesting.                   amongst others a discussion as to              other ways assisted the undertaking,
  Before the start opinions differed as to    whether “crutch before wicket” would be        which, however, it would hardly be
whether the loss of a leg or an arm would     fatal to a batsman, and one player —           desirable to repeat.

                                              CHOP, CHOP, CHaPs,
                                              I CaN’t sEE tHE BaLL
                                              The Australasian’s Tom Horan (writing as “Felix” on
                                              Christmas Eve 1892), rues the loss of an MCG tree

                                                       he intercolonial men have been        should be cut down? Because, forsooth,
                                                       practising vigorously at the net on   his sight was affected; the ball got up
                                                       the MCC ground during the week.       in the tree and he couldn’t see the ball.
                                              I saw H. trott, R. McLeod, H. trumble,         good gracious!
                                              W. Bruce, J. Barrett, H. graham, C. Ross,         I have played on the Melbourne ground
                                              J. Phillips, and most of them shaped very      occasionally during the past 20 years, and
                                              well indeed. Judging by the work they are      if I got out it wasn’t the tree that got me
                                              doing our men ought to be in real good         out, it was the bowling. the worst of it is
                                              trim when play opens today.                    that the MCC executive has approved of
                                                 I do not know who the cricketer is          the suggestion, and on Wednesday the axe
                                              who suggested that the pines by the            was ruthlessly applied, and the fine old
                                              members’ entrance gate on the MCC              tree laid low. I should like to hear (MCC
                                              ground should be cut down. Why do you          treasurer) Mr travis on destruction of
                                              think the cricketer suggested that the trees   trees in the MCC enclosure.

6   Mcc news       august 2007
The National Sports Museum’s Aussie Rules exhibition will be
considerably enhanced when AFL World is introduced during 2008

        here was an almost immediate         provision of “future space” to                   It’s a package that includes footy
        dividend from the Federal            accommodate additional exhibitions               interactives and a number of multimedia
        government’s $25 million             and/or interactive devices.                      features.
funding for the MCg’s National                  It is hoped that at least part of aFL            the NsM covers a huge space and
sports Museum (NsM)                                 World will be installed for the           interior work has reached the “shop fit
when an in-principle                                   March opening. a definite target       build” stage. By October our exhibitions
agreement was reached                                   date for a revamped aFL Hall          team will start placing the 2500 items
with league officials in                                of Fame exhibition is June            that are currently being conserved,
June to relocate aFL                                    2008 to coincide with the next        framed or mounted for display.
World from the city                                     induction of the game’s                  Most of the accompanying text panels
to the MCg.                                             champions.                            have been drafted and work has started
   While planning for                                    Overall, aFL World covers            on the labels identifying the various
the aussie Rules exhibition                         about 1000 square metres and its          pieces on display. For many of those
opening in March next year is                 relocation to the home of football will         working on this project, March 2008
virtually set in stone, there is generous    greatly enhance our museums precinct.            could never have seemed so close!

MusEuMs MaNagER MOVEs ON                                                                           VENUE
                                                                                               AWARD TO THE ’G

         he club lost one of its most        architects, designers, builders, you name it.

         popular staff members when gill       an MCC person through and through,                        he club received some
         Brewster resigned earlier this      gill decided to take the role of executive                  pleasing news in late-May
year. gill, who joined the club in 1988 as   director with the Victorian Olympic                         when its communications
an education officer with the australian     Council, serving a movement with which             manager, shane Brown, was
gallery of sport, rose steadily through      she had such close ties during her 19              presented with the Ogden IFC
the ranks and was appointed director of      years at the MCg. Keep in touch, gill,             scholarship as the best-performed
the gallery in November 1993.                and thanks for a wonderful contribution            student at the Public Venue
   In that year, our heritage operations     to our heritage operations in particular           Management school (PVMs) over
were consolidated under the MCC              and the club generally.                            2005–06. shane will receive $10,000
Museums sub-committee chaired by               Footnote: gerardine Kerlin                       to be put towards an overseas trip to
Doug Heywood, who took a keen                commenced in the role of general                                         further his
interest in gill’s work and they became      manager museums on July 16.                                              development
firm friends.                                                                                                         and education
   “Doug was so supportive, always           Cussen family members Catherine Gowers                                   in the venue
happy to give advice and he genuinely        (left) and Marylou Phillips present Gill                                 industry.
loved being involved with what we did,”      Brewster (right) with some of former president                              shane is the
                                             Sir Leo’s superb collection of memorabilia.
recalls gill. “I was very lucky to have so                                                                            second MCC
many good people around me during my                                                                                  recipient of this
time as Museums manager.                                                                                              prestigious
   “I was always close to the volunteers                                                                              scholarship,
and they’ve played a very important role                                                        with event planning manager
in the evolution of our entire sports                                                           Lisa Price successful after
history operations, whether they’re                                                             her two-year stint at the school
researching material in the Library,                                                            in 1999–2000. the MCg is the
writing text panels and labels for the                                                          only venue to provide two winners
various displays or guiding tourists                                                            of this scholarship.
around the ground.”                                                                                the successful student is selected
   there were many milestones ticked                                                            on a range of criteria including
up as manager of the museums, but we                                                            outstanding academic achievement
suspect nothing compares with her                                                               and application at the PVMs,
appreciation of the people she had the                                                          continuing commitment to the venue
privilege to work with and meet — elite                                                         management industry, communication,
athletes, senior administrators, MCC                                                            teamwork and leadership skills.
committee people and managers,

                                                                                                        august 2007      Mcc news         
    club news

A new book by MCC Library volunteer Alf Batchelder examines
the master batman’s brilliant record at the home of sport

     t would be reasonable to assume that       final innings in Melbourne. sadly, the Don
     the millions of words written about        was out for 10 but for alf his first visit to
     the great Don Bradman had                  the MCC Reserve on a match day was “an
exhausted every possible avenue for             exciting, unforgettable experience”.
authors contemplating another tome on              Decades later, the Bradman allure
the peerless batsman. Not so.                   remained, research for his book taking          advertising. Bradman
   MCC Library volunteer and club               alf through virtually everything that was       was the first australian
historian alf Batchelder discovered when        written about the Don in contemporary           sportsman to be heavily
writing his magnum opus, Pavilions              reports of his batting feats at Melbourne       promoted by these media
in the Park, that there was plenty of           and the events surrounding them.                elements.”
scope to further research Bradman’s                “I think writers over the years have            You will have gathered that the
performances in Melbourne, at the MCg           given undue attention to his                    enthusiasm for the chase was well and
where he thrilled the biggest crowds in         performances in sydney and adelaide,”           truly there when alf embarked on his
the country on so many occasions.               says alf. “Melbourne and the MCg have           research in the MCC Library after the
   It didn’t take much encouragement            been glossed over somewhat, yet it was at       Bradman Luncheon in 2005. the
for author alf to get back into harness.        Melbourne that he played so many of his         resulting manuscript will delight all
the Don had fascinated him since                significant innings.                            cricket lovers, and publication is being
childhood. “From age seven I was a                 “In Melbourne he made 19 centuries in        arranged to meet the Christmas market.
regular listener to Kia-Ora sports Parade       30 matches and nine centuries in 11 tests          Importantly, its release will usher in
every Friday night on 3KZ,” alf recalls.        at the ground. You were dead stiff if you       both the centenary of Bradman’s birth
   “In late November 1948, they                 missed out on him making a big score in         and the 60th anniversary of his last
announced that the next program would           Melbourne. He also made the most famous         innings at the MCg.
be a Bradman testimonial broadcast              duck in test history at the MCg in the             If you ask the old-timers about
from the Melbourne town Hall, and the           most eagerly awaited encounter ever.            Bradman’s impact here, many will respond
Don would be there in person. I begged             “No-one has had the same hold                in part: “It seems like only yesterday…”
my father to get tickets and, being the         over the Melbourne crowd. He is                 so the book’s working title is entirely
cricket fanatic he was, I don’t think I         unquestionably the greatest drawcard the        apt: Only Yesterday – Don Bradman
needed to be too convincing.”                   ground has ever seen and not only because       at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
   a week or so later alf sat in front of the   of his batting. It also stems from the             this year’s Bradman Luncheon will be
grey smith stand and watched his hero’s         influence of radio, the press, newsreels and    held on Friday august 24. see page 18.

                           tWO DECaDEs OF FINE FELLOWsHIP

                                                        he MCC’s Long Room Wine and             and beefsteak clubs and gatherings of
                                                        Food society would have been            like-minded people, such as the communal
                                                        hard pressed to find an author          bottling of bulk wine.
                                                better qualified than Keith Dunstan to             In his inimitable style he tells of the
                                                record the first 20 years of its activities.    society’s genesis, the characters involved
                                                a wine buff who even today would be             and how it has broadened its scope to
                                                most comfortable at Jimmy Watson’s,             the point where, in traditional MCC
                                                Keith has done it all.                          fashion, the waiting list outnumbers the
                                                   He has written the history of CuB, the       membership.
                                                Bundaberg Rum company and Victoria’s               With a nod to Keith’s pioneering history
                                                 best-known winery, Brown Brothers. at          of the club first published in 1962, the
                                                 one stage he ventured into winemaking          society’s 72-page history is entitled The
                                                  on the Mornington Peninsula and wrote         Lunch Group That Grew. the author’s
                                                  a book about it. In 1992 he showed his        credentials ensure that it will have wide
                                                   pride and joy pinot, “Chloe”, at a           appeal and an order form can be
                                                   society luncheon.                            downloaded from the MCC website.
                                                      Perhaps equally important, Keith has         alternatively, secretary John Champness
                                                    enjoyed countless luncheons and             can assist on email
                                                    decades of fine fellowship at burgundy      the cost of $25 includes gst and postage.

8   Mcc news       august 2007
MCC identities record their reminiscences for posterity

                                              advertising, the access rights of media,      career as a cricketer, australian
                                              ownership of the electronic signal and a      team manager and commentator.
                                              new ticketing contract.                       Encyclopaedic recall ensured a flood
                                                 Other highlights during John’s time        of fascinating anecdotes.
                                              include the rebuilding of the great              Curator tony Ware had interviewer
                                              southern stand, introduction of an            (and gardening enthusiast) tony
                                              arena sand profile and portable cricket       Charlton entranced. “Why is it that in
                                              pitches as well as the installation of the    all my walks across the oval I’ve never
                                              MCg light towers.                             seen anything resembling a weed?”
                                                 Bruce Church (president 1997–2003)         inquired Charlton.
                                              also took on many of John Lill’s issues,         He had his answer about five minutes
                                              including all of the initial planning         later after references to the plant and its
                                              associated with the northern stand            environment, fertiliser use, watering
                                              redevelopment and the Commonwealth            practices and a host of other semi-
                                              games.                                        scientific considerations. Ware’s take on
                                                 Former Premier, current MCg trustee        the Commonwealth games arena
                                              and MCC Honorary Life Member John             makeovers was of particular interest.
                                              Cain has a unique perspective on issues          the final session turned the tables on
                                              concerning the ground and the club and        the interviewer. tim Lane had kindly
                                              the relationship between the various          agreed to quiz Mr Charlton about his

         s part of the MCC’s ongoing          stakeholders. His forthright views will       memories of the MCg, which began with
         audio-visual archival program to     make interesting archival material for        his involvement in gtV9’s telecast of the
         record the views and recollections   future generations of researchers.            Olympic games in 1956. “I can still see
of people important to the club and              David Jones, with the presidency           Bobby Morrow running away with the
the ground, seven eminently worthy            so fresh in his mind, was able to             200 metres. He ran 20.6. and Cuthbert
subjects have been interviewed by             recall a multitude of pleasant memories       … Cuthbert!” and so it went on.
tony Charlton (pictured above) over           as he guided the club through the                the tapes are not available for general
the past few months.                          redevelopment years. His recruitment          reference at this stage. some of them
   First was John Lill, secretary from        of our first lady committee member            won’t see the light of day until all parties
1983 to 2000, who was originally              was especially satisfying.                    mentioned are no longer with us. But
interviewed in 1995. Much had happened           On a lighter note, MCg Media Hall of       those who follow will applaud the club’s
in the interim. John had dealt with           Fame broadcaster Bill Jacobs was asked        initiative in preserving the thoughts of
several critical issues such as virtual       to relate the highlights of his interesting   these leading lights in MCC life.

austRaLIaN sPORt’s NIgHt OF NIgHts

        he advent of the National sports      sport award, which the MCg won last
        Museum has seen the club forge        year for its “redevelopment and
        a much closer and productive          transformation to stage the 2006
working relationship with the sport           Melbourne Commonwealth games and
australia Hall of Fame (saHOF).               its status as an iconic rallying point for
  so we are pleased to advise that            australian sport”.
MCC members and guests are invited to            MCg trust chairman John Wylie
attend saHOF’s annual dinner, a gala          (right) and former MCC president David
event on the Hall of Fame calendar to         Jones are pictured here accepting the
be held on thursday October 11 at             award at last year’s dinner.
Crown Palladium Ballroom.                        the annual function also serves
  the dinner attracts the who’s who of        as a reunion for Hall of Famers, making
australian sport who’ll witness the           it the biggest regular gathering of
announcement of new inductees into the        australia’s sporting greats. No wonder
Hall of Fame, as well as the elevation of     the evening is regarded by many as our
a member to Legend status.                    premier sporting function.
  Other awards announced on the night            For a booking form and function
include the Don award, the team               details, please visit
sport australia award and the spirit of       or phone (03) 9572 4600.

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     Club NEWS


         72-strong touring party of MCC       104 balls to steer the aussies to their
         members and partners, including      third successive World Cup with a 53-run
         Honorary Cricket Members Keith       win over sri Lanka at Kensington Oval.
stackpole and Rodney Hogg, enjoyed            “It was a privilege to be there. Where
the trip of a lifetime in april, when they    previous generations lay claim to having
toured the Carribbean to witness the          seen Bradman bat, we can now say we
semi-final and final of the controversial     saw gilly in full flight.”
ICC Cricket World Cup.                           the aussie win was celebrated in
   Led by the MCC’s Peter French,             grand style, courtesy of a five-course
the group set sail from Miami on the          feast with fine wines at Fisher Pond
Norwegian Crown for a two-week                great House, a 400-year-old plantation         MCC members Graeme and Judy
adventure covering st Lucia, Barbados,        home in a fairyland setting. During the        Howarth disembark the Norwegian
mainland usa and many memorable               evening, stackpole and Hogg gave their         Crown at Grenada.
spots in between.                             impressions of the match and responded
   Highlights were plentiful. an anzac        at length to members’ questions.               immediate past president David Jones
Day dawn service prior to disembarking           One stop remained before arrival back       remarked and echoed the thoughts of
at st Lucia, brilliant weather and            in the usa — on the Dutch island of            most: “an unforgettable experience”.
charming locals were just a few, but          Curacao, where members enjoyed some              the club thanks glenn and gayle
for cricket aficionados there was one         final shopping and beach cricket before        Hedley of Events Worldwide, who
feature that conquered all.                   spending the next four days at sea.            organised the tour package, and the
   “Words could never do justice to              It was a wonderful and memorable            captain and crew of the Norwegian
adam gilchrist’s innings,” said Peter of      tour, highlighted by gilchrist’s innings       Crown for the exemplary manner in
the australian opener’s brilliant 149 off     and the australian victory, and as             which they looked after all passengers.

gREEN Is gOOD at tHE MCg
Environmental considerations increasingly are part of day-to-day management at the ground

         s ground manager of the MCg,         investigation. Broadly speaking, they can      recyclables will only be a last resort.
         the club recognises that best        be defined under the categories of waste          While the redevelopment of the northern
         practice waste management and        recycling, energy saving and water             side of the stadium last year allowed a
other “green” measures should be              management.                                    number of energy-saving measures to be
implemented in line with public                  the club’s recycling program focuses on     factored into the design, the club is
expectation and that there is a leadership    two principal areas — the recycling of         investigating a broader solution in areas
role for the club to play in the community.   rubbish generated by MCg patrons and           such as lighting efficiency and solar panels
   there are a number of environmental        the recycling of material used by staff on a   throughout the entire stadium.
initiatives either in place or under          day-to-day basis.                                 Finally, as mentioned in the previous
                                                 since the club’s upgraded commitment        edition of MCC News, there are a number
                                              to recycling started during the 2006           of measures on the agenda to ensure the
                                              Boxing Day test, the amount of recycled        club remains a responsible water user.
                                              event-related waste has risen from 30 per      the new sand profile on the MCg, for
                                              cent to 75 per cent in just six months. We     instance, has helped reduce water usage
                                              aim to reach 100 per cent as part of the       significantly without affecting turf quality.
                                              Visy Closed Loop Recycling Program.               away from the arena, other water-
                                                 Headed by Facilities Department             saving measures include harvesting of
                                              general manager Peter Wearne, the club         rainwater from the northern stand roof to
                                              adheres to a set of guiding principles as it   clean the seating bowl and concourse,
                                              strives to improve its waste management        implementing toilet flush reduction
                                              performance. the use of landfill as a          techniques and installing water-saving
                                              destination for unusable or contaminated       shower heads.

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stOP PREss!
tHE ’g

         he MCg’s reputation as a multi-
         purpose stadium will soon be
         restored completely following
the breaking news that internationally
renowned rock band the Police will
perform a concert at the ’g on                 Winner of six grammy awards,              booking period in late-July to purchase
australia Day next year.                    the Police — comprising singer/bassist       tickets for themselves and their guests to
   the event will be a significant moment   sting, guitarist andy summers and            this event, tickets are now on sale to the
in the ground’s history as it heralds the   drummer stewart Copeland — became            general public and can be purchased
first concert to be held at the MCg since   globally popular in the early-1980s with     through ticketmaster. For ticket prices
November 1998, when promoter Michael        hits such as Roxanne, Everything she         and availability, please phone 1300 136
gudinski’s Mushroom Records label           Does is Magic, Walking on the Moon,          122 or visit
celebrated its 25th anniversary with        Don’t stand so Close to Me, Message             although the club will not have
a 10-hour extravaganza in front of          In a Bottle and Every Breath You take.       exclusive access to the Members Reserve
55,000-plus fans.                              Now, to celebrate the 30th anniversary    for this event, members’ facilities such as
   In the five years prior, the ’g was      of the release of Roxanne, they have         the Long Room, Members Dining Room
awash with huge musical acts, including     formed the Police Reunion tour               and Frank grey smith Bar will be made
Billy Joel and Elton John, Michael          and will rock the ’g on saturday             available for members and guests with
Jackson, Madonna, u2, Paul McCartney,       January 26, 2008.                            concert tickets. Details will be advised
the three tenors and the Rolling stones.       While MCC members had a priority          in due course.


       ollowing the success of the            the club is looking to hold a third
       inaugural Members’ Regional          dinner later in the year. the regional
       Dinner held in Ballarat last year,   centre to host the function will be
the club hosted its second dinner on        determined after a demographic analysis
June 18, this time at the Eastbank          of our database.
Centre in shepparton.
  Invitations were sent to members from     Clockwise from right: Charles Turnbull
                                            with president David Meiklejohn; Peter
shepparton and surrounding districts and
                                            French and Julie Purdey with guest speaker
more than 140 members and guests            Dean Jones; Committeeman Will Fowles
attended the function.                      (third from left) with members and guests
  the evening included presentations        enjoying the evening at Shepparton.
from president David Meiklejohn and
general manager for member and
customer services, scott Butler, who
spoke on a range of club and ground
activities. Former australian, Victorian
and MCC cricketer Dean Jones provided
a very entertaining after-dinner address.
  Members were also able to freely mix
and ask questions of committee and
management representatives throughout
the night.

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     club news

       ON aNZaC DaY, MCg MaRCHEs
                                             Melbourne’s first commemorative services for the

        s the now traditional clash         during World War II, when about 30 per       have come back to see the ground again,
        between Collingwood and             cent of our members served in the armed      notwithstanding all the changes in the
        Essendon cements itself in the      forces.                                      interim.
public psyche as an important part of         the MCg also played a major role as           Just last year the club hosted Marine
the national observance of anzac Day,       a base for both us military forces and the   Lou Imfeld, 84, and his family at lunch.
the game’s venue could not be more          RaaF from 1942 to 1945. among the            It was Lou’s third visit to the ground and
appropriate.                                military were the men of the us 1st          he hasn’t been coming empty handed. He
  the MCg has had a very long               Marine Division, on R&R here after           donated to the club a Marine Corps flag
association with the military, one way or   bravely holding guadalcanal against the      and the uniform he wore in Melbourne in
another. Prime Minister Billy Hughes, an    Japanese advance.                            1943. Intriguingly, some parts of that
MCC member, conducted a conscription          this was a turning point of the war in     uniform have tags showing they were
rally on the ground in 1917 during          the islands, and to them — as one            made by the “Myer store for Men”.
World War I, a conflict that saw about      historian noted — “guadalcanal was not          and it seems those us Marines won’t
20 per cent of the MCC membership of        a name but an emotion”. Perhaps that’s       ever forget us. at their base in California,
5000 enlisting in the services.             why those Marines became attached to         every morning since the war they have
  that remarkable turnout was bettered      the MCg; so attached that many of them       woken to the strains of Waltzing

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tO tHE saME OLD tuNE
fallen at Gallipoli were conducted on the MCG

     Matilda, one of three stirring tunes         Melbourne had its genesis at the MCg      of the game, however, when they held off
     played at reveille. sixty-two years later,   when services were held on the arena in   the Bombers to win by 16 points.
     that’s quite some association and one of     1916 and 1917 to mark the anniversary
     which we all should be very proud.           of the gallipoli Landing.
       the uniforms are on display in the           During the great War the MCg also       Faces in the Anzac Day crowd, anti-
     Members Reserve foyer and the new            hosted a number of war effort fundrais-   clockwise from left: Will Fowles (right)
     MCC Museum showcases both the                ing events ranging from social cricket    with committee guests Neil Wood (Coca
     ground’s wartime involvement and the         matches and the auction of memorabilia    Cola) and wife Janne; Ken and Shirley
                                                                                            Fraser with John and Rasa Bertrand; former
     military service of club members.            to the Patriotic Carnival held over a
                                                                                            secretary John Lill (left) with new Cricket
       another little-known link between the      fortnight in October 1917.                Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide and his
     MCg and the military is the 1917 war           Returning to the modern-day anzac       wife Dale; Michael Niall, Jason Cronshaw,
     memorial (top) erected in Yarra Park         ceremony, a bumper crowd of 90,508        Owen Saunders and Richard Troy in the
     behind the old grandstand. For several       attended the MCg’s 2007 blockbuster       Blazer Bar; vice-president Bob Lloyd;
                                                                                            members of the MCC Veterans’ Group in
     years this was the city’s most prominent     and the service was conducted in pin-     the Hans Ebeling Room; committeeman
     venue for remembrance services.              drop silence. there was plenty of noise   Peter Mitchell with Paul McNamee and the
       Indeed, anzac Day commemoration in         from Collingwood supporters at the end    Hewitt sisters, Linley (left) and Lauren.

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     Club NEWS

                                           XXIX CLuB tOuRs asIa

                                                     ard on the heels of its 50th          the feature match in Kuala Lumpur
                                                     anniversary celebrations last      was a day/night fixture against a
                                                     september, the XXIX Club           Malaysian XI that included many players
                                           embarked on a successful tour to             currently in their national squad. It
                                           Malaysia and thailand in the first two       was played at the magnificent Kinrara
                                           weeks of april. the tour was organised       stadium, the venue that hosted an
                                           by MCC vice-president Bob Lloyd,             international tri-series in the lead-up to
                                           while chief executive stephen gough          the ICC Champions trophy last October.
                                           and club manager Mark anderson also             the facilities, particularly on-field,
                                           were among the 50-plus touring party.        were equal to any first-class ground
                                              the first leg of the tour was to Kuala    in australia and the MCC won an
                                           Lumpur, where the group enjoyed some         extremely close and competitive fixture
                                           excellent hospitality courtesy of one of     played in very hot and oppressive
                                           our reciprocal clubs, the Royal selangor     conditions. the ledger was squared later
                                           Club. the MCC last toured Malaysia           when we lowered our colours against
                                           in 1996, so it was a timely visit to         Royal selangor.
                                           maintain and strengthen the inter-club          the tour rounded out with a week at
                                           relationship.                                Hua Hin (three hours south of Bangkok
                                                                                        on thailand’s east coast), where the
                                           The MCC XXIX Club team in front of the
                                                                                        annual six-a-side tournament attracted
                                           Royal Selangor Club Pavilion (top) and MCC
                                           Cricket chairman Bob Lloyd presents a gift   teams from as far and wide as India,
                                           to RSC president Dato’ Chu Ah Nge.           Hong Kong, Bangladesh and australia.

The club ventured to                          the game itself was a twenty20            trees but lost his wicket before getting
                                           match with modified rules. the               to 20. Captain David Broad made his
Gippsland to celebrate a                   boundaries were very short with thick        quota, as did both father and son, Paul
visit by Warwick Armstrong’s               scrub beyond them. For practical             and Daniel Worrall. For all their efforts,
team 100 years ago                         reasons, and for the safety of the           we fell 10 runs short.
                                           500-odd spectators, sixes were “out”            Nevertheless it was a great day and
                                           (the six not counting as runs) and           the club was delighted to contribute to

         he club was very pleased to       compulsory retirement was 20 runs.           the promotion of the township against
         accept an invitation from            the game started with the traditional     the background of the “Big ship” and
         the Walhalla Heritage and         blasting of the cannon and Walhalla          his MCC team taking block against
Development League to play a               batted first. the MCC team, an eclectic      Walhalla all those years ago.
centenary cricket match against a          mix of the young and the old, did
Walhalla XI on april 14. From the          well in the field for the most part,         Skipper David Broad (left) and the MCC
1860s to the early 1900s the historic      given the short                              contingent at Walhalla.
gippsland township was one of the          boundaries and quite
richest gold mining districts in           bumpy outfield.
the world.                                    It wasn’t until the
   In 1907, Warwick armstrong led          introduction of the
an MCC team to play on the ground          Walhalla designated
situated on top of a “mountain”            hitter (one player
towering 215 metres above the              from each team was
township. these matches were revived       allowed to hit sixes)
for a time in the mid 1970s, with the      that their innings
MCC last visiting in 1980.                 gained real
   as tradition dictates, the 2007 teams   momentum.
assembled at the star Hotel in the            geoff Fidler set
township at the foot of the mountain       about the task of
before making the 20-minute trek by        chasing down the
foot up the steep, windy track to the      159 run target. Our
oval where armstrong’s team played         designated hitter,
100 years ago. the players were            steven McCooke,
welcomed by the district band and many     managed to get
locals dressed in traditional garb.        a couple into the

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                CRICKEtERs tIE uP                                                           NEW MCC
                 FOuRtH XI FLag                                                             CRICKET
  T                                                                                          COACH
            he MCC Fourth XI earned the       to its better performance in the season’s
            club’s only Premier Cricket       two-day preliminary rounds. It was the
            two-day title of the season in
  stunning fashion after a thrilling finish
                                              Fourth XI’s eighth premiership. For
                                              retiring MCC captain Chris Muller, it        APPOINTED
  against Prahran in april.                   was his first premiership as skipper after
     In a match full of drama and             two near misses with the third XI in            A new broom comes
  excitement befitting a final, both          2002/03 and 2003/04.                             to Melbourne with
  teams were locked together on 335
  when the last Prahran wicket fell on                                                          sound credentials
  the penultimate delivery of the match.

  talented youngster Dion Minato lured
  the tail end batsman into a false stroke                                                            ur MCC cricketers scored
  and 17-year-old wicketkeeper Will                                                                   a recruiting coup over the
  sawyer did the rest, as pandemonium                                                                 winter break with the
  hit the albert ground.                                                                   appointment of former south
     under Cricket Victoria rules, the                                                     australian batsman Chris Davies
  Demons were awarded the flag due                                                         as captain-coach for the next
                                                                                           two years.
                                                                                              the 28-year-old will fill the

HODgE, MCDONaLD HEaD                                                                       coaching void created by the
                                                                                           departure of Robert templeton

                                                                                           at season’s end,
                                                                                           while his batting
                                                                                           skills should

        he MCC prides itself on the           in the Pura Cup team of the year.            compensate for
        success of its players at higher      In addition, McDonald won the W.M.           the loss of three-
        levels, and there has been            Lawry Medal as Victoria’s Pura Cup           time club
no shortage of such honours in                player of the year.                          champion Liam
recent months.                                   Hodge and Harwood were included in        Buchanan, who
  the Victorian Bushrangers team              the Ford Ranger Cup team of the year.        has returned to
regularly included four MCC                   Harwood was also chosen in australia’s       geelong. Chris
representatives — Brad Hodge, andrew          team for the twenty20 international          (pictured) will
McDonald, shane Harwood and Mick              against England in January.                  combine the coaching role with
Lewis — all of whom were outstanding             McDonald enjoyed the best all-round       his full-time employment at the
contributors to the team’s performances       season by a Victorian in sheffield shield/   australian Cricketers’ association,
                          over summer.        Pura Cup history. since 1892, only           where he is general manager
                             Hodge won        four others from any state have made         of cricket operations.
                           a place in         750 runs or more and taken at least             He is a talented middle order
                           australia’s        25 wickets: Norm O’Neill, garry              right-hand batsman who played
                           successful         sobers, shaun Young (twice) and              25 first-class matches for south
                            World Cup         tom Moody (twice).                           australia between 1997 and 2004,
                            team and,            that’s esteemed company. McDonald         as well as 38 one-day matches. He
                            along with        scored 750 runs at 57.69, including one      enjoyed tremendous early success
                            McDonald,         century and six half-centuries. He also      at junior level and was a stand-out
                             was named        took 29 wickets at 30.13, including 6/34     player in the south australian
                                                     against Queensland.                   under 17 and under 19 teams.
                                                        to top off our list of high           He also displayed tremendous
                                                     achievers, wicketkeeper Peter         leadership qualities, as evidenced
                                                     Nevill, who was named 2006/07         by his appointment as south
                                                     MCC club champion, was                australian under 19 captain
                                                     rewarded for his fantastic season     (1994–1996) and as vice-captain
                                                     with the gloves and bat when he       of the 1996 australian under 19
Above: Brad Hodge                                    was chosen in the Premier Cricket     World Cup team that toured
triumphant. Right:                                   team of the season. Nevill effected   south africa.
Peter Nevill receiving                               29 dismissals and scored 666 runs        a shoulder injury forced Chris
his club champion
trophy from Cricket
                                                     at 51.23 with three centuries to be   into early retirement from first-
chairman Bob Lloyd.                                  Melbourne’s only representative       class cricket in 2004.
                                                     in the all-star line-up.

                                                                                                  august 2007      MCC NEWS 15


           ne of the many privileges of
           being an MCC member is the
           opportunity to avail yourself and
your guests of the top-notch function
facilities on offer at the MCg.
   Members can book fabulous locations
such as the Members Dining Room, Long
Room or Frank grey smith Bar for
private functions with a touch of class, as
did 17-year member simon Jefferson and
Rebecca Burke for their wedding
reception in the Long Room on March 3.
   set against the unlikely backdrop of
a Pura Cup match on the arena, simon
and Rebecca (pictured cutting the cake)
celebrated their marriage with 100-plus
family and friends who were equally
thrilled to be spending some time in
such an iconic venue. they had booked
their wedding before the cricket fixtures
had been finalised and the club honoured
the reservation.
   Bride and groom were delighted with
the outcome and effusive in their praise
for Epicure’s input into their wedding
                                                James Grant Photography

arrangements. “the room looked
spectacular, the food was great and the
service sensational. In short, the night far
exceeded our already high expectations,”
said Rebecca.
   so if you or a family member have
a special occasion coming up, whether                                     rooms or spaces available with capacities        under-cover parking for 600 cars that put
it’s a wedding, 50th birthday or an                                       ranging from 80 to 1000.                         it in the upper echelon of function centres
engagement party, then the MCg with                                          the MCg is more than a sports                 in Melbourne. For bookings and inquiries,
its myriad fine facilities could be the place                             stadium. It’s now a large, user-friendly         please contact Epicure on (03) 9284 2340
for you. there are more than 20 function                                  venue with rooms, spaces, resources and          or

                                                       gOLFERs gO FOR VICtORIa

                                                                                  he bi-annual MCC Members’              be presented at a dinner in the clubhouse
                                                                                  golf Day will make its debut at        following play. a prominent guest
                                                                                  the prestigious Victoria golf          speaker will entertain at the dinner.
                                                                          Club on Wednesday December 5.                    the cost for the day is $135, which
                                                                            Members holding a Club, Vga or               includes green fees, a snack bbq lunch
                                                                          WgV official handicap are invited to           and three-course meal plus drinks at the
                                                                          enter what promises to be an enjoyable         evening function. Participants can choose
                                                                          day on one of Melbourne’s finest courses.      an aM (8am) or PM (1pm) tee-off time.
                                                                          golfers will compete for many prizes,            Bookings are now being taken. should
                                                                          including the President’s Plate which will     applications exceed the field capacity, a
                                                                                                                         ballot will be conducted. an application
                                                                          MCC Golf Section chairman Peter Mitchell       form can be obtained via the club website
                                                                          (right) presents the President’s Cup to Bill   or by phoning Member and Customer
                                                                          Murray at Kingston Heath in February.          services on (03) 9657 8888.

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                               FUNCTIONS CALENDAR
     DAY                 DATE          FUNCTION                               VENUE
     WEDNESDAY           AUg 15        MCC ANNUAl gENErAl MEETINg             MEMbErS DININg rOOM
     MONDAY              AUg 20        NEW MEMbEr INDUCTION EVENINg           MEMbErS DININg rOOM
     FrIDAY              AUg 24        brADMAN lUNChEON                       MEMbErS DININg rOOM

     MONDAY              SEp 24        brOWNlOW DINNEr WITh ThE COODAbEENS    MEMbErS DININg rOOM
     FrIDAY              SEp 28        MEMbErS’ DININg — grAND FINAl EVE      MDr/lONg rOOM

     FrIDAY              OCT 26        SprINg rACINg CArNIVAl DINNEr          MEMbErS DININg rOOM

     ThUrSDAY            NOV 22        SpOrTINg SECTIONS ANNUAl DINNEr        MEMbErS DININg rOOM
     MONDAY              NOV 26        ANNUAl 50-YEAr MEMbErS lUNChEON        MEMbErS DININg rOOM
     TUESDAY             NOV 27        ANNUAl 50-YEAr MEMbErS lUNChEON        MEMbErS DININg rOOM

     WEDNESDAY           DEC 5         MEMbErS’ gOlF DAY                      VICTOrIA gOlF ClUb
     FrIDAY              DEC 7         MEMbErS’ DINNEr                        MEMbErS DININg rOOM
     FrIDAY              DEC 14        NEW 50-YEAr MEMbErS lUNChEON           MEMbErS DININg rOOM
     TUESDAY             DEC 25        ChrISTMAS DAY lUNChEON                 MDr/lONg rOOM
     WEDNESDAY           DEC 26        bOxINg DAY brEAkFAST                   MEMbErS DININg rOOM
     ThUrSDAY            DEC 27        bOxINg DAY TEST brEAkFAST (DAY 2)      MEMbErS DININg rOOM

     MONDAY              JAN 28        AUSTrAlIA DAY lUNChEON                 MEMbErS DININg rOOM


           embers and guests          question-and-answer session with
           celebrated the Long        senior Penfolds red winemaker
           Room Wine and Food         steve Lienert and Keith Dunstan
society’s 20th anniversary in grand   nearly got writer’s cramp signing
style with a magnificent black-tie    copies of his book on the society’s
dinner in the Members Dining          first two decades, The Lunch
Room on June 27.                      Group That Grew.
   a spendthrift could dine out          at the back of the room, guests
daily for months and fail to match    sampled the 20th anniversary
the superb mix of high cuisine and    wine, a terrific 2005 Heathcote
Penfolds wines presented to 320       Winery shiraz that punches way
appreciative guests on this           above its price range. It’s available
memorable evening.                    for $235 a dozen including free
   guest chef adrian tobin, flown     metropolitan delivery. Non-society
in by the spotless group especially   members are invited to share these
for the occasion, was ably assisted   spoils and you’ll find an order
by Epicure head chef at the MCg,      form on the MCC website.
Jeremy Woods. Rarely has the
gastronomic offering risen to
such heights.                         Author Keith Dunstan signing
   President Ian Johnson was          copies of the history of the society
a polished MC, Brian adams            (top) and master chefs Adrian Tobin
                                      and Jeremy Woods with society
delivered a rollicking discourse      president Ian Johnson at the end
as keynote speaker, Channel 9’s       of a memorable evening of fine
Michael Roberts conducted a           food and wine.

                                                                                august 2007   MCC NEWS 17


             embers and guests are invited      and don’t forget that the MCC          to confirm your booking, please visit
             to celebrate the immortal sir   Museum would be well worth a visit      the website to download an application
             Donald Bradman’s imminent       before adjourning upstairs for lunch.   form or contact Member and Customer
 99th birthday at the seventh annual         It’s a cricket-lover’s paradise.        services on 9657 8888.
 Bradman Luncheon to be held in the             the luncheon costs $95 (members)
 Members Dining Room on Friday               and $105 (guests), which includes
 august 24.                                  a three-course meal, beer, wine and
    the luncheon, hosted by tony             sparkling.
 Charlton, is a celebration of the Don’s
 brilliant career as well as his personal
 achievements and interests. Held in
                                                What     Bradman Luncheon
 conjunction with Cricket Victoria, this
 standout event has previously featured         When     Friday august 24, 2007
 guest speakers of the ilk of Bill Lawry,
                                                Time     Noon for 12.30pm
 Max Walker, Bob simpson and John
 Bradman, the Don’s son. this year’s            Where    Members Dining Room,
 event promises to be just as memorable.                 Level 2, Members
    Members are invited to make up a                     Reserve, MCg
 table of 10 at this quality function,
                                                Dress    Jacket and tie
 which is an ideal opportunity to
 entertain business associates or family        Cost     $95 (members) and
 and friends at the home of cricket.                     $105 (guests)

     COODABEENS                                                                       What     Brownlow Dinner with
                                                                                               the Coodabeens

     TO HOST A                                                                        When     Monday september 24,

     CHAMPION NIGHT                                                                   Time
                                                                                               7.00pm for 7.30pm
                                                                                               Members Dining Room,

                                                                                               Level 2, Members
         fter their hugely successful           to confirm your booking, please
                                                                                               Reserve, MCg
         inaugural Brownlow Dinner           visit the website to download an
         last year, the Coodabeen            application form or contact              Dress    Jacket and tie
 Champions are back in town and ready        Member and Customer services
                                                                                      Cost     $95 (members) and
 to host this year’s event.                  on 9657 8888.
                                                                                               $105 (guests)
   With a sell-out crowd in 2006, don’t
 miss out on this year’s function, which
 returns to the Members Dining Room
 on Monday september 24.
   Enjoy a three-course dinner with
 beverage service and a live telecast of
 the Brownlow Medal count on the big
 screen while the Coodabeens assess the
 chances of the top medal contenders,
 check out the fashions and keep a close
 eye on the vote count as it unfolds.
   Members are encouraged to book
 early to avoid disappointment and
 remember that guests are welcome
 to attend this function.

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            e’re at the barrier and ready   identities will be on hand to offer       comes with fine wines and beverages.
            to race! Don’t miss this        their tips for the punters and a range       to confirm your booking, please
            exciting evening of spring      of door prizes and giveaways will make    visit the website to download an
Racing Carnival entertainment and           this a night to remember. a three-        application form or contact Member
fashion in the Members Dining Room          course meal to Epicure’s high standards   and Customer services on 9657 8888.
on Friday October 26.
    Hosted by the
inimitable tony Leonard,
                                                                                      What      spring Racing
the evening will capture
                                                                                                Carnival Dinner
all the excitement and
glamour of australia’s                                                                When      Friday October 26, 2007
premier horse racing
                                                                                      Time      7.00pm for 7.30pm
carnival within the
confines of the country’s                                                             Where     Members Dining Room,
premier sporting stadium.                                                                       Level 2, Members
sit back and enjoy a fun-                                                                       Reserve, MCg
filled evening that will
                                                                                      Dress     Jacket and tie. Dress to
feature a panel of racing
                                                                                                impress with a touch of
                                                                                                spring Racing!
    a perfect lead-in to the
following day’s Cox Plate                                                             Cost      $90 (members) and
at Mooney Valley, a host                                                                        $100 (guests)
of racing and fashion

        s we lead into another              will be no exception. Master of           year’s guest speaker, graham gooch.
        tantalising summer of cricket,      Ceremonies will be the incomparable       Prominent cricket journalists tony
        headlined by the last chance        tony Charlton, who has compered           Cozier and Mike Coward have also
to witness Indian dynamo sachin             this function since inception in 1994     graced the podium.
tendulkar in action, the tradition          when former England captain David            the cost for the event is $100 per
continues at the Members’ Dinner on         gower spoke as elegantly as he batted.    member. the fare includes canapés on
Friday December 7 in the Members               since then, the Members’ Dinner        arrival and a sumptuous three-course
Dining Room.                                has featured such luminaries as           dinner with fine wines and beverages.
  this annual event, open to Full and       sir Richard Hadlee, Lord Cowdrey             to confirm your booking, please
Restricted members, always features         of tonbridge, Kim Hughes, Wes             visit the website to download an
a who’s who of prominent cricket            Hall, Jeremy Coney, Mike Brearley,        application form or contact Member
personalities and this year’s line-up       sunil gavaskar, Ian Healy and last        and Customer services on 9657 8888.

  What      MCC Members’ Dinner
  When      Friday December 7, 2007
  Time      6.45pm for 7.30pm
  Where     Members Dining Room,
            Level 2, Members
            Reserve, MCg
  Dress     Black-tie
  Cost      $100 (members only)

                                                                                                 august 2007      MCC NEWS 19

Out aND aBOut at tHE MCC
It’s been another hectic round of social engagements for our members and special interest groups

        wide range of functions and           members and guests were entertained by         the Cricket Presentation Dinner was
        special events entertained MCC        a panel of experts including recently       held on May 4 in the Members Dining
        members and special interest          departed Melbourne coach Neale Daniher,     Room, where new coach Chris Davies was
groups in recent months, many of which        The Age’s Caroline Wilson, highly           introduced to his players for the first time.
were conducted for the first time.            regarded administrator greg Miller          Former club greats Peter Bedford and
   One of those interest groups, Women        and newly appointed aFL Victoria boss       Max Walker were also in attendance,
of the MCC, held a Women in Wine              Peter schwab.                               as were captain Ian Huntington and other
cocktail party in late-February. the 2003       the Young Members Club is celebrating     members of the 1966/67 First XI team that
Victorian Rural Woman of the Year, anna       yet another successful year, with an        gathered for a 40-year reunion. Later in
aldridge, was a most interesting guest        inaugural cricket cocktail party and four   May, the MCC Bowls section also toasted
speaker as members and their guests           football functions on the agenda. the       their high achievers with a post-season
indulged in the chef’s selection of canapés   Young Members Club also secured the         presentation night in the same room.
whilst enjoying a fine selection of wine      hallowed turf for a very pleasant evening      the Long Room Wine and Food society
from the Yarra Valley.                        of food, wine tasting and music at the      celebrated its 20th anniversary with
   the 2007 aFL season was ushered in         March 16 Field of Wines presentation on     a black tie gourmet dinner on June 27
by the Football season Launch Luncheon        the arena. a host of sports stars in the    (see page 17), while guest speaker Major-
on March 29, an event that followed in        wine industry were in attendance,           general Mike O’Brien was a highlight
the footsteps of the inaugural function in    including former Carlton player and         of the War Veterans group’s 10th
april last year. Compered by football         aFL coach Robert Walls and Olympic          anniversary celebrations in the Members
commentator tim Lane, more than 250           runner Cameron McKenzie.                    Dining Room on June 20.

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august 2007   MCC NEWS 21
     POOR BEHaVIOuR                                                                         2007 QUEEN’S
     BRINgs HEaVY PENaLtIEs                                                                   BIRTHDAY
     There is a crackdown on misbehaviour in the Reserve and                                  HONOURS
     the consequences for offending members and guests are serious
                                                                                               List of MCC
  Y    our committee has become
       increasingly disturbed by the poor
  behaviour of members and/or their
                                             says Paul sheahan, chairman of the
                                             Club sub-committee. “the MCC is a
                                             democratic club and our membership
                                                                                             members honoured
  guests since the start of the football     profile more or less reflects that of the
                                                                                                General Division
  season. there have been several            general community.
                                                                                              BEST, John Barton AM
  instances of abusive language, card           “However, once a member enters
                                                                                              CHERNOV, Justice Alex
  misuse, fighting and failure to conform    the club, everything changes. Certain
                                                                                                MITCHELL, Neil
  to the dress standards in the Reserve.     standards of behaviour are laid down
                                                                                              MYERS QC, Allan James
    “these instances highlight how           and won’t be relaxed. We urge
                                                                                              MYERS, Maria Josephine
  badly some members and guests have         members to respect the club and what
                                                                                              TAYLOR, Michael John
  been behaving and the committee is         it can offer them, and to respect their
  toughening its stance on offenders,”       fellow members.”                                         AM
                                                                                                General Division
                                                                                            BUTLER, Dr James Michael
 DINE Out WItH                               reviews is weekday dining in the
                                             Committee Room on non-event days,
                                                                                            DARLING, James Anderson
                                                                                            DARVALL, Anthony William
 a DIFFERENCE                                now also available on thursday and
                                             Friday evenings. Why not treat
                                                                                           GOURLAY, John Wilson (Dec.)
                                                                                               HARTY, Jack Henry

         he fantastic dining facilities      yourself, family, friends or business          HODGSON, Anthony George
         in the Reserve have been            associates to a special experience in            MILES, David Arthur
         enthusiastically embraced by        the MCC inner sanctum. the usual               PARK, Graeme Alston OAM
 members looking to treat their guests       Members Dining Room/Long Room                    WEST, Janet Barbara
 to a taste of club life at the MCg.         dress regulations apply.
    While the stunning Members Dining          Your contact for all non-event day                     OAM
 Room remains popular for those              dining bookings at the MCg is Epicure               General Division
 visiting the ground on event days,          Catering on (03) 9284 2300 or email                APPEL, Simon Ernest
 another initiative that is enjoying rave                       BURT, John Charles
                                                                                            CHISHOLM, Donald Lyston
                                                                                              FRASER, Dr John Gavan
MCC NEWsLEttER tuRNs FIFtY                                                               GILMORE OBE, Brigadier Ian George
                                                                                              HARCOURT, Peter Rex

            e agree that this is hardly      post-games renovations and a tribute             HOCKING, John William
            earth-shattering news so, just   to retiring secretary Vernon Ransford              LAWRENCE, Shirley
            quietly, we’re celebrating 50    was glowing in its praise of a great             MC INNES, John Lachlan
years of MCC newsletters this year. the      administrator.                                 MANNERS, Clayton Robson
first appeared in June 1957, a four-pager       It was inevitable that club-member           NICHOLSON, Roger Baillie
that carried details of Ian Johnson’s        communications would improve                    ROBERT, Gordon Edward
appointment as secretary from July 1.        when “Johnno” took over as secretary.             RUTLEY, Peter Russell
   the lead item, headlined “MCC             Recently retired from test cricket,               SMARRELLI, Donato
CaRRIED HEaVY gaMEs BuRDEN”,                 he was already a prominent electronic             WISE, Clifford Dennis
noted the club’s contribution to the 1956    media commentator and had written a            WOOLACOTT, Graeme Louis
games had attracted extensive praise,        syndicated newspaper column for years.
albeit at considerable cost to members.         His successor, John Lill, accepted       AFSM (Australian Fire Service Medal)
   there were no photographs in the          a compelling argument for a change             WALKER, Michael Anthony
first edition but items referred to the      to full colour and more pages of
                                                                                          DSC (Distinguished Service Cross)
“new playing area” improving after           information for members. so the
                                                                                               TYRELL, Kyle Patrick
                                             1982/83 annual report signalled a new
                                             era in club publications and it wasn’t        CSC (Conspicuous Service Cross)
                                             long before there were three editions             UPJOHN, Ian William
                                             annually to cover the news generated
                                             by and for a growing membership.              **The club also congratulates
                                                Please keep turning our pages.            MCG Trust chairman John Wylie,
                                             We hope that in this modern era of          who was awarded an OAM (General
                                              full-colour, full-on communication,        Division) in this year’s honours list.
                                              our messages are getting through
                                               to the majority of members.

22    MCC NEWS    august 2007

        he club’s commitment to service          Stephen Philp (centre) and members of the
        for our members has been                              service representatives team.
        reinforced by the expansion of
the Member and Customer services               affecting membership and the MCg.
Department over the past 12 months.               “the results of this increased service
   “Our focus is not only to look after        focus were evident during the year,”
member interests, but also to implement        observes stephen. “there was a substan-
a framework for customer service across        tial reduction in the time members spent
the organisation,” says stephen Philp,         in a phone queue, while emails and
customer services manager.                     written correspondence were responded
   stephen’s team of nine permanent            to within reasonable timeframes.” On              to assist
service representatives, plus a bank           event day and during business hours you        members even further, here’s a
of casuals during peak periods, handle         will always find a friendly face at the        selection of some commonly asked
inquiries from members and the                 Membership services Office inside gate 2       questions of our Member and Customer
public across a wide range of issues           to answer your queries.                        services team:

How long does it take to become                Day and for other major sporting events.       standard. Minimum dress requirements
a member?                                      Members are advised of these arrange-          for the Members Reserve is neat casual
Due to the numerous variable factors           ments via this newsletter, the website,        for men and women. Denim is acceptable
that are taken into consideration when         email or the weekly information bulletin       and males must wear a collared shirt,
determining new member intakes each            in the sporting pages of each thursday’s       irrespective of whether or not a collared
year, it is not possible to estimate exactly   Herald Sun and The Age newspapers.             sweater or jacket is being worn over
how long a candidate on the waiting list                                                      the top.
will have to wait before they are offered      Where can l purchase visitor tickets?
membership. However, the one thing we          Visitor tickets can be purchased through       Can I use my MCC membership to enter
do know is the nomination date of the          ticketmaster (1300 651 220, online at          the public and AFL areas at the MCG?
latest candidates to be elected to member- or via outlets),       No, your membership card will not be
ship in our most recent intake for the         the Membership services office (Monday-        recognised at the public or aFL member
2007/08 season.                                Friday, 9am-5pm) or at the gate 2 ticket       entrances at the MCg.
   all candidates on the waiting list from     windows on match day, subject to
august 1, 1987 to January 31, 1988             availability.                                  Can I transfer my membership card to
were elected to Full membership, while                                                        another person to use?
candidates on the waiting list who were        Where is the members’ car park?                No. Your photo ID membership card
nominated prior to October 1, 1994 have        the City of Melbourne controls all             is strictly non-transferable and is issued
been offered Restricted membership.            parking in Yarra Park and unfortunately        for personal use only. Lending your card
                                               there is no area set aside for members.        is a serious breach of the club rules and
How do people join the MCC                     On match days, the closest public parking      offenders will incur severe penalties. It is
waiting list?                                  area to the Members Reserve is through         also a member’s responsibility to make
applicants must complete an MCC                gate 3 on the corner of Wellington             sure that their card is secure so that
membership form and pay the $55                Parade south and Jolimont terrace.             it cannot be used by another person.
nomination fee. Nomination forms               On non-event days, members can utilise
require the signature of both a proposer       short-term street parking in Jolimont
and seconder, both of whom must be             street or Jolimont terrace, or if booked
                                                                                                    DID YOU KNOW…?
Full members of the MCC. Club rules            into the Committee Room for lunch,                 the club has recently added some
do not permit Restricted members to            parking will be arranged in the under-                useful features to its website,
propose or second nominations.                 ground carpark off Brunton avenue.                 including online application forms
                                                                                                for the Members Dining Room, Long
Can I bring guests into the Members            How does the Long Room and Members               Room and Balcony passes and change
Reserve?                                       Dining Room dress code compare to the               of address notification. Be sure to
Yes. all members can purchase a                remainder of the Reserve?                         check out to avail
maximum of four visitor tickets for            the standard of dress in the Long Room            yourself of these options. Of course,
entry into the Members Reserve for most        and Members Dining Room for males is             there are several other communication
cricket and football matches (grand Final      shirt, tie, jacket, slacks and dress shoes        mediums available for members who
excluded) at the ground. there are             (jacket is optional in cricket season).             don’t wish to utilise the website.
variations for the aFL Finals, Boxing          Females are expected to dress to a similar

                                                                                                          august 2007      MCC NEWS 23
              YOUr 2007                                                                       renewals
              aFl Finals
                                                                                          there are still a number of candidates or
                                                                                          existing members who have yet to take
                                                                                          up or renew their membership for the

            arranGemenTs                                                                  2006/07 season. Final reminder notices
                                                                                          have been issued, advising they have
                                                                                          until august 31, 2007 to make payment
                                                                                          or be removed from the membership list.
     GRANd FiNAl                                                                             Existing financial members for the
     the Members Reserve will be at full capacity for the 2007 aFL grand Final            2006/07 season should already have
     and members are strongly encouraged to support the match. Full members               received their renewal notice for the
     should check details of seating arrangements and the reserved seat ballot in         coming season, which commences on
     the information sheet accompanying their recent renewal notice mailing.              september 1, 2007.
     Please note that for the first time Full members may register for the ballot            Payment of subscription renewals are
     online this year.                                                                    due from september 1, 2007 and those
       Restricted members normally are ineligible to attend the grand Final.              wishing to attend Round 22 and finals
     However, if the Reserve appears likely to be at less than capacity, a limited        matches must pay their subscription at
     number of entry tickets may be sold either in the week leading up to the grand       least two business days in advance for
     Final or on the morning of the match. updates on this situation will appear on       their membership card to be valid at the
     the MCC website and in the weekly information column.                                turnstiles.
       the club has again decided on a split of approximately 55 per cent reserved
     seats and 45 per cent walk-up seats for the grand Final. this will allow about
     12,000 pre-purchased reserved seats to be allocated to successful applicants in a
     random computer ballot. the seats remaining are for walk-up members on the                    2007/08
     big day when gates open at 8.00am.
     EARly FiNAlS
     the Reserve will operate as per the home and away season during the first three
     weeks of the aFL finals series, with the majority of the Reserve’s seating               at its meeting on July 17, 2007
     available on a walk-up basis.                                                                the Committee elected to
                                                                                                 Full membership candidates
     ViSiTOR TiCkETS                                                                           on the waiting list nominated
     the number of visitor tickets available for early finals will depend on the likely            from august 1, 1987 to
     popularity of each game. up to four per member may be available. Visitor                         January 31, 1988.
     ticket prices had not been finalised at the time of publication.                              Those nominated prior to
        tickets will go on sale on the Monday preceding the weekend’s game/s and              October 1, 1994 and who turn
     will be available from the Membership services Office (9am–5pm, Mon–Fri),                  15 before september 1, 2007
     through ticketmaster (1300 651 220, or at any                   were elected to restricted Junior
     outlet) or, subject to availability, at the members’ entrance on match days.             membership. These candidates
                                                                                                 were previously eligible for
     diNiNG                                                                                      membership based on their
     the Members Dining Room will be available for members during the finals                   nomination date but were too
     series, although there will be a ballot for spaces for all finals matches.              young under the club rules to be
     Registrations for the ballot will be taken via the website ( or           offered membership at the time.
     phone (9284 2300) from 9.00am to 5.00pm on the Monday preceding the                            Due to the large number
     particular match/es.                                                                     of candidates in this situation,
       at the latest, members will be advised of the ballot outcome by the close of            the club will not be advancing
     business on the Wednesday before the match. Members are only entitled to one               the waiting list for restricted
     registration in the ballot. Duplicate registrations will be excluded.                          membership this year.
       a reserved seat on Level 2 is part of the Members Dining Room package                     Candidates wishing to advise
     during the early finals but this does not apply for the grand Final. all other          address changes are asked to do
     Members Dining Room conditions that existed during the home and away                    so through the website or by fax,
     season will apply during the finals.                                                               mail or email.

                                                       MCC CONTACTS
                Mail: PO Box 175, East Melbourne, 8002 Telephone: (03) 9657 8888 Fax: (03) 9650 5682
        Country and interstate: 1300 367 622 (local call fee only) Email: Web:

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