Mark was elected President of the Australian Cricket Society at the AGM in September, 2022. He has been involved in cricket as a player, administrator, and enthusiastic supporter for more than 50 years.
His playing career included District cricket, before joining Elsternwick CC where he is a Life Member and has served terms as President, Treasurer and committeeman while playing more than 400 games. As well as playing with Elsternwick, Mark enjoys matches and the Echuca state carnivals with the ACS Over 60s team. Mark also held delegate and committee roles with the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association (Life Member) and Cricket Victoria.
Before retirement, Mark practised as a lawyer and chartered accountant.
He is an enthusiastic club golfer and he recently retired after six years as a Golf Victoria board member. When not being belted around the ground or missing putts, Mark can be found reading (especially current affairs), fishing, gardening, or attending various forms of the arts. He spends time on the Mornington Peninsula where he finds wines to add to the collection.
His wife fortunately shares his interest in cricket and has been a willing travelling companion to watch Tests in New Zealand, the West Indies and England.
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.
- 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 and 2018-19
- 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.
Keiran has been an avid player and watcher of cricket since his early years. Playing with two older brothers in a suburban backyard evolved into School and Club cricket, initially a leggie then an opener.
He has a 7 for and one century in a long career that spanned juniors, seniors and Vets, mostly at 2nds and 3rds level in suburban cricket. A highlight was top scoring in a Vet’s Premiership game. In 2019 he had the pleasure of watching Steve Smith score twin centuries in his comeback game in the First Test in Birmingham – what a game!
Melbourne born and bred; spent over 40 years in the UK in IT Operations and coached at Club, District and up to County Under 19 level, Vice President of Meopham CC in Kent.
Instrumental in hosting numerous fixtures for MCC XXIX Club and ACS since 1993. Finally returned home in December 2019,waiting to enjoy Cricket and footy at the ‘G’.
A long-term avid Cricket supporter, but sadly, never a player due to lack of skill and full-sun stamina.
A member of the Australian Cricket Society since 2009, full member of the Melbourne Cricket Club, volunteer Tour Guide at the MCG and ACS Tourist on three occasions – so far!
HOW I BECAME INVOLVED IN CRICKET
The Year was 2007 – I went to the Milo Cricket in Richmond at Citizens Park with my friend Ezra. I’ve been playing for Richmond Union Cricket Club (RUCC) ever since.
MY HISTORY IN THE GAME:
I’ve always been invested in the game of Cricket. The first series I remember watching was the 2006/07 Ashes whitewash. I’ve enjoyed reading about the history of the game and the past players‘ biographies. My Cricket career had always been with RUCC, until I played a couple of games for the Wandering XI last season.
For Richmond Union when I was 16 and 17 years old I would play juniors on Friday night and seniors on Saturday. I really enjoyed that, playing Cricket all weekend surrounded by great friends.
I am now on the committee for RUCC and the Australian Cricket Society which I see as a big honour.
Rob has been enthralled with the game from age 5 when with his Grand- Mother, “Mar Mar” and later when she needed a spell, his two older brothers John and Bruce, to bat or bowl in the backyard or better still – when his parents Yvonne and David had taken the family car out – the hallowed driveway in Eleebana, Lake Macquarie NSW – he never not wanted the cricket innings’ to end.
With friends, he played in any location at Eleebana Primary School, later playing at the junior club – Warners Bay, and further at Belmont District Cricket Club. It was at Belmont, the magnificent Cahill Oval (where the West Indies once played Australian Country) and the practice wickets at Miller Field (where the NSW Shield touring team would choose for net sessions) took half of his life. The other half was left at the adjacent Belmont Sportsmans Club, where his first beer was enjoyed, a Tooheys Brown.
Rob had given cricket a wide path since 1999, and it took a global pandemic 20 years later to rekindle the love for the game. During the darkest days of the Melbourne lock-down it was a chance encounter with a Port Melbourne local Steve Kelaher whose parents turned out to be his neighbours back in Newcastle. After a quick coffee, Steve offered the opportunity to play for Powerhouse against the ACS and that connection really got he and his family through a tough year having only just moved to Melbourne just prior to the covid pandemic and not knowing anyone within the 5km radius. Jeff Scotland (ACS leading player in Echuca 2022) played that day.
In his current role as National Secretary of the Australian Services Union, he gets motivation from seeing staff grow with responsibilities and expand their career. This energy was born from the leadership lessons on the cricket field during various captaincy opportunities where picking talent, substance in players to take on roles and being challenged is one of the true joys of the game.
A long time cricket lover and stalwart of Red Hill CC down on the Mornington Peninsula, I rarely miss a Boxing Day test and am a great footy lover as well at both AFL and local level.
My short list of cricketing achievements include best clubman at Red Hill 2012/13, playing in a Third XI premiership also at Red Hill and managing a couple of centuries over the journey – not bad for a former bowler! Enjoy the Wandering XI games we play.
Long time cricket lover who has been a member of the ACS for over 15 years and held various roles on the committee over the years.
Still attempting to play cricket at South Caulfield in the Southern Bayside competition and coaching my two boys at Washington Park fill in the weekends during the summer.
Any day playing or watching cricket is a good day.