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.

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

Brian Tooth

Treasurer

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.

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.

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 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.

Kieran Croker

Committee

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!

Drew Payne

Committee

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’.

Pam Bishop

Committee

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!

Sam Ferguson

Committee

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 occasional Wandering XI game.

Geoff Craig

Committee

A confessed total cricket tragic.  After a gap of nearly 20 years I got back into cricket after organising a Charity match on Drummoyne Oval.  Since then I have worked with several charities and had the good fortune to keep wickets to Warnie on the MCG and play on the SCG.  Other highlights include captaining the mighty Yarras to a flag (with Gideon Haigh), tours to South East Asia and the UK, batting with Rob Quiney for the Lucky Star Organ Donation team, and my annual pilgrimage to the picturesque village of Abinger in Surrey, UK to play Village and League Cricket.