Ken Piesse

President

President of the Australian Cricket Society since 2006, Ken Piesse has had a lifelong love affair with cricket and football, first attending the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1963 and rarely missing a big match since.

A journalist, author, collector, commentator and publisher, Ken’s books include the soon to be published A Pictorial History of Australian Test Cricket with Echo Publishing.

His 70-plus books include Cricket’s Colosseum, the first 125 years of Test cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Favourite Footy Yarns and Favourite Cricket Yarns, which are being re-released in 2016, also by Echo.

He edits our award winning Pavilion magazine which has twice won the major Cricket Victoria Media award for his interviews.

A club standard player whose lofty leg breaks once saw him concede 32 in an over (to Steve Waugh), he is a life member of the Frankston Peninsula Heat, a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club and AFL Media Hall of Fame.

Ken and his wife Susan host many of our overseas supporter tours to the UK for the Ashes and most recently to New Zealand for the Trans-Tasman Trophy.

Doug Manning

Vice President

I am a Foundation Member of the Australian Cricket Society of which organization I am an Hon. Life Member. I have acted as Editor of “Scoresheet”, the Society’s quarterly newsletter since 1968, having produced all of the issues since the first two issues hit the light of day during late 1967 and early 1968. I have served continuously on the Society’s Committee since the very early days of the ACS. I am presently serving as one of two Vice-Presidents of the Society.
My love of cricket dates back to rhe summer of 1946-47 when as a rising teenager I attended my first Test match when Wally Hammond’s England side played Don Bradman’s Australians in the first post World War Two Ashes Test match to be played on the MCG. Since then I have watched play in every Test match which has been played on the MCG – not far short of seventy years of watching our great game of cricket  
As a youngster I played in Carey Grammar School’s first XI when our school won the Associated Grammar Schools cricket competition in 1949 – my last year at school before going on to the University of Melbourne to study education and prepare myself for a teaching career. I played club cricket for around twenty years after that and then umpired cricket for another twenty years.
I spent about 38 years following a career in education, ending up as a Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne College of Advanced Education, retirinmg in 1988 just before the College was absorbed within Melbourne University’s Faculty of Education  
I have been a member of both the Melbourne Cricket Club and the Melbourne Football Club for many years . I enjoy watching the Demons play in the AFL competition, but I also have soft spot for both Sydney and Geelong whose matches I usually watch with keen interest. 
I have been married to my dear wife Val for 59 years now. We have four children and eight grandchildren. Our family life is very important to us.

Anthony Hall

Vice President

Former medium pace swing bowler who played with

Mornington Cricket Club

Red Hill Cricket Club

Birby FMA Cricket Club – Huddersfield Yorkshire

Camberwell Magpies Cricket Club

Career highlights included one and only century on the last ball of the day when it went through fielders legs for two!, First ever hattrick at the Camberwell Magpies (4XI), President, committee and life member of the Camberwell Magpies in Premier Cricket

Adrian McKenzie

Treasurer

Member of the ACS for over 10 years and long time committee member predominantly holding the position of membership office for that period.  Has made an occasional appearance for the Wandering X1 when commitments allow.

Started cricket career in the  Western District til coming to Melbourne over 30 years ago where a number of enjoyable summers were spent representing the South Caulfield Cricket Club in the VTCA in a variety of levels.  A proud life member of South Caulfield reflects commitment to playing for 20 years an taking a variety of roles on the executive and committee over this time.

Keen  cricket watcher  having traveled the world watching cricket in the UK, India, West Indies and New Zealand.  Loves nothing better than watching the Victorians at the MCG on a sunny summer day.

Wayne Ross

Administration Manager

Wayne joined the Society in July 2010 and has been Secretary ever since.  He played cricket in Coburg and on the Mornington Peninsula for 30 Seasons but made his name as a Club and Association Administrator.
In the last 20 years of his working life he spent 9 years as the General Manager of the MPCA  and then as Administration Manager of the Frankston Peninsula Cricket Club until his retirement at the end of the 2010/11 Season.
​ Apart from his role with the Australian Cricket Society, Wayne now spends his time as scorer for the Frankston Peninsula CC and travelling the World with his wife, Rhonda.

Peter Flack

Committee

 

1948 – 1954                          Played EBPCCA Juniors with Ascot Aberfeldie Methodists.

1955 – 1965                          Played EBPCCA Seniors with St Johns.

1965 – 1966                          Also Secretary Essendon Cricket Club.

1967 – 1993                          Player and Junior Coach Coburg Cricket Club.

1994 – 1995                          Captain Junior XI’s and Coach Dowling Shield Essendon Cricket Club.

1996 – 2004                         Team Manager/Scorer/Casual help Essendon 2nd XI.

2004 – 2007                        Sectional Secretary (3rd & 4th XI) VSDCA

2008 – Present                 Assistant Secretary VSDCA.

2009                                       Joined Australian Cricket Society

2009 – Present                  Played Annual National Carnivals for ACS and/or VOSCA.

2011                                       Selected for inaugural Over 70 Test Match v England.

2013                                       Toured England with Australian Over 70 Test Team

2015                                       Toured England with Victorian Over 70 Team.

Ross Cook

Commmittee

I was born in Brisbane in 1950 & moved to Victoria when I was 8 years old. I attended Mooroopna primary school, Shepparton high school & Monash University. I was employed as a Court Registrar with the Justice Dept. for over 40 years with my last position being Senior Registrar at the Melbourne County Court before I retired 3 years ago.

I played cricket with Mooroopna & then Malvern sub-district in the 3rds & 4ths. The highlight of my career was captaining the Mooroopna Under 15 team some 50 years ago, so obviously I was no world-beater.

I’m a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club & the South Australian Cricket Association. I support Caulfield in the sub-district competition.

Last year’s Ashes series in England was the third time I’ve been & I went to the West Indies for the 2012 series.

I’ve been a member of the ACS for 7 years & this is my second year on the Committee.

 

David McNamara

Committee

  • Invited to Join the ACS Committee by the late Richard Elvin’s
  • Regularly arranged ACS overseas cricket tours to Fiji, New Zealand, and Canada, Sth Africa, India, Sri Lanka and interstate.
  • Currently representing the ACS in the Wandering 11, plus the over 60’s team.
  • Currently member of the VSDCA -Caulfield Cricket Club Committee.
  • Awarded the Prestige’s HH Little –Best Clubman Award –Caulfield Cricket Club –Season 2015-16.
  • Played Junior and Senior Cricket in the Geelong Region.
  • Won many Bowling Awards and Best Clubman award with the Geelong Cricket Association Club –St Joseph’s CC
  • Former Secretary and Life-Member Newtown & Chilwell Football Club –Geelong Football League
  • Employed with NAN Electrical Cable Australia as International Marketing Manager, responsible for product sales to Asia and the Pacific.
  • Executive Committee Member on the Australian Papua New Guinea Business Council.