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Author Archive for Ken Piesse

POSTED: 11/04/21 AUTHOR:

90 not out

Our Living Legend Doug Manning celebrated his 90th birthday with a celebration dinner on Saturday night… and as always was keen to talk cricket and football, with his beloved ‘Dees’ on the march.‘I’ve lived a long and fortunate life,’ he said. ‘I’d like to live long enough to see another Melbourne win. I can still […]

POSTED: 27/03/21 AUTHOR:

Take a bow Sam

It was a forum Sam Loxton would have loved: a room full of cricket lovers revelling in the centenary of his birth celebrations. Making it even more special was the banner on the fence: The Sam Loxton Oval, step 1 in Prahran and the Australian Cricket Society’s joint efforts to remember forever Sam’s extraordinary contributions […]

POSTED: 21/03/21 AUTHOR:

Paul Morrey in profile

Life had its moments in the 1980s, especially if you happened to be opening Prahran’s innings on Saturday afternoons at Toorak Park. Just ask Paul Morrey, then a teenager. ‘One week you’d be facing Rodney Hogg, the next week (Dennis) Hickey and the next Merv Hughes,’ he said. ‘There was no-where to run and no-where […]

POSTED: 20/01/21 AUTHOR:

Bendigo Bank ACS Scholarship squad

The inaugural Bendigo Bank-Australian Cricket Society Scholarship squad has been chosen. The 2021 intake of 12 features seven boys and five girls. They will receive six weeks of High Performance coaching from the ACS’ head coach Keith Jansz in May and June this year.They have been selected after successful trials held at Walter Galt Oval, […]

POSTED: 20/10/20 AUTHOR:

Pavillion 2021

The 2021 Pavilion is another literary masterpiece. All colour for the first time, it consists of 48 pages. It has once again been edited by ACS president , cricket writer and publisher Ken Piesse. First published in 1969, the current edition has a who’s who of contributors including  Jack Potter, Mike Coward, David Frith, Barry […]

POSTED: 28/09/20 AUTHOR:

There was only one Deano

BY KEN PIESSE Have known ‘Deano’ (Dean Jones) since he was 17 and opening the bowling for our mid week team the Plastic XI. He was full frontal even then. In the nets one day at Mt Waverley at Dav Whatmore’s indoor cricketing school, I got a leg break to bounce a bit more and […]

POSTED: 22/08/20 AUTHOR:

If not me, who?

BOOK REVIEW If not me, who? the story of Tony Greig the reluctant rebel by Andrew Murtagh Tony Greig was among the first millionaire cricketers, amiable, engaging, charismatic, a born leader.He was also a realist and when Ian Botham started his arresting rise towards England’s Test team, Greig knew that his cherished days as an […]

POSTED: 01/06/20 AUTHOR:

Compelling reading

It was January, 1983. Commentator Reds Perreira was on his way to Kensington Oval and was stopped at a pedestrian crossing by a friend, one of the most revered in West Indian cricket. Tapping on his car window, the man said: ‘Rebel team going to South Africa… do your homework.’ One of the foremost on Voice […]

POSTED: 30/10/19 AUTHOR:

Lunch with Bob Cowper

The reunion of the 1969-70 Victorian team & launch of Bob’s Boys, Kelvin Club, Friday, October 25 Story by Keiran Croker Cricket lovers of a certain vintage will have vivid memories of the first time a Test match triple century was scored in Australia.  Over the course of a few memorable Melbourne days in February […]

POSTED: 09/05/19 AUTHOR:

Lanning and Mott evening

Women’s cricket celebration, featuring Matthew Mott & Meg Lanning, Dr Watson’s Bar, 415 Collins St., Melbourne, May 8 Little more than 30 attended this joint function. It deserved 300-plus. It was truly sensational. Truly.  We realize our memberships are ageing. Positioning it immediately after work, 5.30 p.m. for 6 p.m. at a central location in […]

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Ricky Ponting

After retiring from a career as one of the world’s best cricketers, Ricky has now joined the board of the Ponting Foundation. Off the field, since 2002 Ricky and his wife Rianna have raised in excess of $10 million to help young Australians and their families beat cancer. In 2008 Ricky and Rianna established the Ponting Foundation to provide focus to their fundraising efforts.

In 2012 Ricky was appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO); not only for his extraordinary cricketing achievements, but also for his distinguished service to the community through the establishment of the Ponting Foundation.

We are honoured to have Ricky as our patron with the Australian Cricket Society

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