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.
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
Brian has been a member of the ACS since February 2015 and joined the Committee as Treasurer in October 2016.
His modest cricket career ( His words! ) spanned 17 seasons across various grades with the Eltham Cricket Club (in the Diamond Valley), where he served on the committee as well as captaining in several seasons. Best figures with the dinky medium pacers were 8/58, with a top score of 88 not out.
Brian has always loved “the greatest game in the world”. He first attended Sheffield Shield matches in the early 1960’s and remembers fondly the great Victorian cricketers of that time. Many enjoyable days have been spent at the MCG with family and friends since. He never misses the Melbourne test matches.
Apart from the ACS involvement, Brian serves on the Board and Finance Committees of three not-for-profit entities, loves following the Sydney Swans, travelling with Doris and spending time with his three children and four grandsons.
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.
- 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.