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The Swoop Newsletter - Round 2.5 2023/24

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First XI: It was a day for the bowlers at McQueen Park, with 17 wickets falling on a thrilling opening day. A trademark 5-fa from Will Walker saw the Pies skittle Kingston for just 107, with new faces Shantanu Bhaiya and Coby Edmondstone chipping in with two wickets apiece. The job was only half done, however, as the boys found out when they wielded the willow. Early wickets made a paltry chase look a lot more challenging, with Camberwell slumping to 5/42 late in the afternoon. A fightback ensued, led by skipper Shorye Chopra (22), however two quick wickets nearing the close of play left the game hanging tightly in the balance, the 1s needing 16 runs for victory with three wickets in hand. Over to you Shieldsy (26*) and Jamo (3*)! Second XI: The 2nd XI are in a strong position at Walter Galt Reserve, although that didn’t always seem likely. After electing to bowl first, Kiwi recruit Alex Ridley struck early however the Hawks were able to consolidate to reach 1/72. From that point on it was a masterclass of seam bowling from Will Troy, Alex, Kieren Jamieson and Jack Lyndon, the quartet taking 7/32 to leave Kingston reeling at 8/104. Kieren (3/33) was particularly outstanding, earning the coveted ‘spell of the weekend’ award from bowling coach Stubbsy. Kingston scrapped their way to 179 before the Magpies openers went to work, Swapnil (30*) and Griff (29*) ensuring the 2s ended the day on top, sitting on 0/62 needing 117 more runs for full first innings points. Third XI: After losing Watson Park to flooding last season, the 3rd XI were forced to wait a little longer to return to playing at their spiritual home, cooling their heels until a delayed 2pm start. Winning the toss in his first game as 3s skipper, Stuey Cann elected to bat on a hard surface and was rewarded, with openers Rav and Charlie Wood putting on 126 for the first wicket. Rav fell for 52 but young Charlie maintained the rage, powering on to 104 off 106 including seven maximums, his first ton in senior Premier cricket. Congratulations Chuck! With wickets in hand, the middle order looked to up the tempo to make up for lost time (and overs), Will Mazza’s 42 helping the boys to reach 5/260 before stumps was called after 59 overs. Tom Audley (23*) and Mitch Traplin (11*) will hunt quick runs next week, in the hopes of giving the bowlers plenty of time to take 10 wickets. Fourth XI: The 4s travelled to Highett Reserve for their first fixture of the season, with respective skipper Rob Capstick electing to bowl after winning the toss. Wickets fell at regular intervals over the course of the day thanks to a rounded bowling performance, led by youngsters Max Burn (3/19) and Beau Metcalf (2/39). With that being said, the wickets were shared and the experienced spin duo of Luke Prior and Anton Ponnamperuma stemmed the flow of runs by both conceding less than two runs per over. After bowling Kingston out for 193, new recruit Will Stamper did well to see off a tricky over at the end of the day, leaving his side 0/4 in pursuit of a gettable target.


Just a reminder that our first social event of the year will be our Table Tennis Tournament on 4th November in the CMCC Clubrooms.

Stay tuned for more details to come!


Welcome to Jack's Q&A Corner, brought to you this week by Australian Venue Co. This week, I was joined by Megan Wallace from Australian Venue Co. That's right folks, we don't just interview in house, we get out into the CMCC community, so stay sharp because it could be you on the next edition of Q&A corner! Before we get into the good stuff, here's a reminder (see below) on how to score big and support our sponsors, when you wine and dine at Australian Venue Co.!

1. For the CMCC community, can you tell us what your role is at AVC, and the key functions in your job?

I am the Group Sporting Sponsorship & Sales Manager for the company. I manage over 185 sporting clubs nationwide. My role is to research & invest in sporting clubs whether small or large and ensure that they use our venues as there preferred place to wine and dine and host events.

2. How did you get into the hospitality space?

Like many of us it was a casual job to support me through my University days and I realised my love for it and decided to pursue it as a full time career. This role I created has enabled me to combine my 2 big passions of hospitality and sport.

3. What are the most enjoyable aspects of your role?

I get to attend some fabulous events. My client base is diverse and I have developed some wonderful friendships from them Nationwide. Giving to the community is very rewarding it helps keep people in sport/jobs and the overall effect is good mental health and general wellbeing. It’s been a tough few years so to be able to support clubs in a financial way is very rewarding, I can see people getting back to being active and happy again. PLUS the bonus is when clubs like yourself exceed the 4 x rate or return on the initial investment and I can give further funds back to the club in the form of a rebate. It’s a win win for everyone 4. What do you see as the key aspects of a successful corporate partnership, and what have been your impressions of the CMCC relationship to date?

Key aspects: A good relationship between the key club members and myself. A clear understanding of our venues and the importance of driving social get togethers in them. Understanding the PASS and the willingness to use it A passion to want to make the partnership work A forecast of social events to help drive the spend. I have been really impressed with the partnership thus far. From the initial meet and greet with Peter and Gravo it was obvious the club was well established and had a clear understating on how the dynamics of the sponsorship worked. You have been personable and responsive to spends and have had a clear projection of team dinners/events to drive a great spend. 5. Besides the Auburn and Hawthorn Hotels, what are some of the better known venues in the AVC stable that may interest our community where they can use their app for the CMCC discount?

You can get points at all AVC venues from the PASS but the discount only applies at Auburn and Hawthorn and all spends will be tracked against the club as long as the code has been entered in prior. Popular venues are; The Espy, College Lawn, Harlow, Garden State & Duke of Wellington 6. Finally, I understand your partner is the brother of the new Richmond coach, any chance he can convince you to switch from the Cats next season?

Absolutely not – once a Geelong fan always a Geelong fan. I’m still scarred from the 2020 Grand final loss and I need revenge. Thankyou to Megan and Australian Venue Co for their ongoing support of the Pies! Who will be next on Q&A Corner? Find out in next weeks newsletter.......

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