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Our History 2007/08 - 2011/12

Welcome to our inaugural 10 year report that shines a light on our clubs short history & showcases some of the most special individual & team performances within that time. Well, what an amazing journey we have followed in such a short period of time. I don't think in their wildest dreams that the founding committee led by President John Perry could have imagined we would have grown so quickly, from a junior club with 3 teams in our 1st year, into one of the largest clubs in the DDCA. Each year we have grown in not only size but also stature, from those 3 teams 10 years ago to a powerhouse club with 7 Snr, 13 Jnr teams & 30+ Milo cricketers in 2016/17.
As you will see in the following pages we tasted success in our very 1st year of existence with a premiership cup raised by our inaugural U13 team, a hat trick was even taken by a young Matt Ferguson in our very first game!! Our 1st season of senior cricket was the 4th year of the clubs existence & only thanks to the unrelenting drive of several passionate committee members & helpers did the senior club evolve. We burst onto the scene in 2010/11 with 2 senior teams, mainly made up of local dads & their kids. Part way thru 10/11 we added a 3rd senior side & the rest as they say is history.
When 2011/12 was completed, we had our 1st Senior Flag (C grade) & 4 junior sides had also tasted premiership victory. Every year since we have won at least 2 Premierships resulting in 21 GF wins in 10 years (6 x Snr & a whopping 15 Jnr flags). That amount of on-field success is largely only made possible by the tireless few who have worked away in the background over the years, working with councils, sponsors, DDCA & other governing bodies to ensure we can get teams on the park year in, year out. From the first few seasons operating from tiny rooms with one small oval, then a couple of portables whilst our clubrooms were extended, to where we are now with large clubrooms, well equipped kitchen, a magnificent turf wicket on a pristine home ground with floodlights bright enough to play night cricket, and several home grounds in the surrounding areas to accommodate our ever expanding club. It is with great thanks that we pay tribute to the ongoing support we have received from Casey Council, we trust that with the growth in our area that support will be ongoing. The amount of hard work put in by the all of the volunteers that have given their time over the years can never be truly recognised, apart from to say that without you there is no Berwick Springs CC, we thank you all.
We also thank the sponsors that have supported us over the years, without you we would not have been able to provide the playing & training equipment, turf wicket maintenance equipment, specialist coaching fee subsidies, etc., that are required to run such a large, evolving club. Our Partnership with Cinema Under the Stars will continue to flourish in the future, providing not just a revenue stream but also an excellent interface with the local community, which is the lifeblood a sporting club like ours. We will also continue to support the McGrath Foundations’ Pink Stumps Day which is our major fundraiser each year, an excellent cause to be a part of.
Stay tuned for the next stage of our exciting journey, we are now at the point of consolidating our club as a DDCA powerhouse, whilst striving toward our ultimate goal of fielding a Turf 1 side with plenty of home grown talent raised within the BSCC family.
Grant Hillman,
BSCC President

SEASON 2007/08
TEAMS ENTERED: Under 13/4, Under 11/2, Under 11/4 PREMIERSHIP: Under 13/4
NOTABLE DEBUTS: Scott Brown, Matt Ferguson, Bryce Hill-Buxton, Jake Hill-Buxton, Hayden Johnson, Ash Adihetty, Shaldon Moroney, Heath Briggs, Braydon Hillman, Logan Hillman, Riley Hillman, Harry Whitehead, Lachlan Marie, Muneem Alam.

After much hard work & dedication from our committed group, it all came to fruition on Saturday 13th October 2007 when the very first Berwick Springs team took the field in the DDCA’s Under 13 Division 4.
The First Berwick Springs Team: Stuart Murray (C), Declan Bishop, Scott Brown, Blake Feeney, Matt Ferguson, Bryce Hill-Buxton, Jake Hill-Buxton, Haydn Legg, Matthew Schmidt, Johan Van Zane, Ryan Wallace, Julian Zahra, Nadim Islam.
History shows that Stuart Murray delivered the first ball and Matthew Schmidt faced the first delivery to get us underway. Matthew scored our first run and Johan Van Zanen captured the first wicket. Amazingly, Matt Ferguson took 3/1 including a hat-trick to make it a memorable occasion. For the record, we were victors on that historic 1st day. Berwick Springs 9/72 def. Narre Nth 25.
The team had a season to remember, by finishing 2nd and going on to win a Debut Season Premiership. Grand Final: Berwick Springs 194 def. Nth Dandy 8/172.
Scott Brown retired on 25, but returned when we were 7 down to post 59no, to score the club’s first half century. Johan followed suit by returning after retiring to also score 59. Muneem Alam also made 25 but upon returning to the crease, he was run out from the final ball of the innings. Ryan Wallace & Julian Zahra took 2/19 each.
Our First Premiership Team: Scott Brown (C), Stuart Murray, Ryan Wallace, Matt Ferguson, Matthew Schmidt, Declan Bishop, Jake Hill-Buxton, Bryce Hill-Buxton, Muneem Alam, Haydn Legg, Johan Van Zanen, Julian Zahra.
The first ever Under 11 team also took the field on 13th October: Ash Adihetty, Liam Eklom, Dylan Epps, Shaldon Moroney, Hayden Arthur, Braydon Hillman, Logan Hillman, Riley Hillman, Liam Martin, Mitchel Retallick, Jordi Van Zanen, Shaun Arthur.

A few weeks later our Under 11/4 team (softball) began & many more careers were underway.

SEASON 2008/09
TEAMS ENTERED: Under 15/2, Under 13/3, Under 11/1 (Blue & Green), Under11/3 (Blue & Green).
SEMI FINALS: Under 13/3
NOTABLE DEBUTS: Vinay Mudumbi, Archit Vora, Corey Roberts, Mitch Mason, Matt Briggs, Lachlan Marie, Jack Marie, Tim Palzer, Matt Perry, Jordan Edwards.

The club expanded by 3 adding our first Under 15’s & 2 more Under 11’s in our second season. The 15/2’s found the going tough, winning just 2 games. Vinay Mudumbi & Archit Vora both posted 50’s & Corey Roberts had a solid debut season with the ball.
The Under 13/3’s had a great season by winning 7 of their 11 games and finishing 4th to qualify for the semi’s. They were bundled out by a strong Narre South who went on to win the flag comfortably.

SEASON 2009/10
TEAMS ENTERED: Under 17/3, Under 15/2, 15/3, Under 13/3 (Blue & Green), 13/4, U11/2 (Blue & Green), 11/4 (Blue & Green).
RUNNERS UP: Under 13/3 (Green) SEMI FINALS: Under 17/3, Under 13/4
NOTABLE DEBUTS: Muneem Alam, Chris Johnson, Liam Venables, Trent Symms, Blake Sully, Tristan Pereira, Harry Bell, Dylan Bayley, Rivin Rajapaksa, Jake McKerrow, Nathan Williams.

The 13/3 Green made the GF, but a strong Springvale Sth brushed us aside for 48. Travis Dobson had an amazing season, reaching 25 retired 7 times while Nadim Islam reached it on 5. In U13/4, Ryan Arnold took the clubs’ first 5 wicket haul, 5/14 in Round 10, just a few games after taking 4/4 in another game.

SEASON 2010/11
TEAMS ENTERED: C, E, and F Grades, Under 17/2, Under 15/1, 2, 3, Under 13/1, 3&4, Under 11/2 (Blue & Green), Under 11/4 (Blue & Green).
PREMIERSHIP: Under 13/3 SEMI FINALS: Under 17/2

NOTABLE DEBUTS: Doug Paroissien, Bec Paroissien, Peter Ferguson, John Wise, Darren McKerrow, Peter McGreevy, Darren Briggs, John Perry, Shane Suckling, Matt Bell, Adam Venables, Mike Atkinson, Grant Hillman, Russell Collier, Jay Adihetty, Aranna Saha, Bailey Paroissien, Jeremy Valentine, Thiranja Karunarathna, Stephen Law.

Our first season of fielding seniors began with 2 teams in Round 1 and an abundance of players meant many missed out each week. In a lucky twist, an opening appeared in E Grade after 3 rounds, with another club withdrawing their side. We happily accepted the vacant spot and another 11 cricketers got a game each week.
The first ever Senior teams took the field on 9th October 2010.
C GRADE Peter Ferguson (Capt), John Wise, Doug Paroissien, Bec Paroissien, Corey Roberts, Jay Adihetty, Peter McGreevy, Scott Brown, Daniel Popovski, Jack Periera, Bradley McGill, Jake Hill-Buxton (sub)
F GRADE Mike Atkinson, Lincoln Burton, Brett Joiner, John Perry, Matt Ferguson, Darren Briggs, Matt Bell, Nigel Pereira, Jordan Pereira, Darren McKerrow, Jake McKerrow.

C Grade posted a first up win against Narre Warren, when they made 8/156, with John Wise 62 & Jay Adihetty 49 posting an opening stand of 104. This was too much for NW who made 89. Brad McGill 2/1 & Pete McGreevy 2/24 did the damage.
In a low scoring game, F Grade started brilliantly by dismissing Nth Dandy for 78, with Mike Atkinson 2/20 & Jordan Pereira 2/15 leading the way. Unfortunately, we could not get any meaningful partnerships going and fell 15 short, being bowled out for 63. Only Nigel Pereira 14 & Matt Ferguson 10 reached double figures. In round 3, the club’s first ever century was made by Grant Hillman, with a brilliant 136no.

The Under 13/3’s finished on top, and got out of jail with a tie in the semi against Doveton. We batted first and were all out for 132, Nick Silvey 28 & Liam Eklon 25 ret. Doveton looked home at 5/128, but we kept the pressure on with 3 quick wickets. Doveton then needed 1 to win with 2 wickets in hand, but Nathan Villella bowled the no. 11 & Shaldon Moroney bowled the no. 3 who had come back in to leave the game in a tie. We went through to the GF thanks to finishing on top.
In the GF, we kept Endeavour Hills to 9/76, then passed them 1 down before finishing 5/140. Nick Silvey 28, Shaldon Moroney 25 ret. led the way with the bat, while Nathan Villella 2/5 & Joshua Donald 2/10 had great games with the ball.

SEASON 2011/12
TEAMS ENTERED: C, D, E, F Grades, Under 17/1&3, Under 15/1, 3&4, Under 13/1, 3&4, Under 11/2 (Blue & Green) & 11/4 (Blue & Green).
PREMIERSHIPS: C Grade, Under 13/3, Under 13/4 RUNNERS UP: Under 15/3 SEMI FINALS: D Grade, Under 15/4
NOTABLE DEBUTS: Ben DeKoning, Denver Lewis, Brett Whittingham, Josh McKenzie, Akaati Pupuke, Wayne Kirkham, Steven Follett, Warren Marie, Wes Smith, Lachlan Chugg, Josh Sawrey, Ryan Atkinson.

Our 5th season and we grew to 15 teams. This also became our most successful season to date with 3 Premierships, including our maiden Senior flag.
The C’s lost just 1 game through the season and finished 2nd. In Round 8, Doug Paroissien took a club record 9/24 which still stands today. The semi was one sided after we routed Springvale Sth for just 48, with Wes Smith & Pete Ferguson taking 4 wkts each. We passed them 3 down and the 2nd day wasn’t required.
The GF was played at home against Sandown Park and we won the toss & batted. Early wickets fell and we had to fight hard for every run. We were all out for 132, with Wes Smith scoring 38 & Pete Ferguson 27. We took to the field needing early wickets and our wish was granted as they crawled to 6/22 at stumps. Things got worse for them on Day 2, when they were dismissed for just 36. Doug 3/10, Wes Smith 3/9 & Pete Ferg 4/1 did all the damage. SP were not interested in calling the game off, so we enforced the follow-on to completely shut them out. They tried to post a target, but had no answer to the bowling for the 2nd time. At 8/89 and still behind, they conceded. Doug 2/47 & Pete 3/37 kept SP at bay to see us win our 1st Senior Premiership.

First Senior Premiership Team: Shane Suckling, Wayne Kirkham, Brett Whittingham, Ben DeKoning, Wes Smith, Peter Ferguson, Doug Paroissien, Chris Johnson, Adam Venables, Russell Collier, Corey Roberts.

The 13/3’s finished 2nd & played Southern Pirates in the semi. SP made 89, with TK & Harry Whitehead both taking 3/5 to wreck the innings. The chase began & at 5/42 things were shaky, but Harry Bell 17 & TK 24no rescued the innings finishing 7/100.
The GF against Endeavour Hills was a cracker. EH batted first and posted 9/137. Matt Perry 4/19 & Harry W 3/9 were the pick of the bowlers. Our turn to bat started well with Corey Ellison & Harry W both making 25 ret. but we needed contributions from the middle & lower order if we were going to run down the target. Matt Perry 14 & TK a handy 15no, saw us home finishing on 7/142.