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Vale, Rob Pettit
January 22 2013
It is with sadness that the club mourns the passing of long-time MCC Lacrosse Section secretary and stalwart, Rob Pettit.
Rob first took on the position of secretary in 1985, a position that he held consecutively from 1997 right up until his passing.
Rob had a reputation for the attention to details. He spent a lot of time and energy fixing the little things. He had an enormous reputation for being there to do things that other people overlooked. A lot of his essential activities went unnoticed.
Rob would be first at the Albert Ground to open in the morning – and usually last to leave after everyone else had left and he’d clean up and secure the place. He would spend enormous time attending meetings regarding all sorts of activities which were even dimly related to Lacrosse or our Club.
Rob is a Life Member of Melbourne Lacrosse and of the V.L.A.
Rob will be fondly remembered as a great character and hard worker who was pivotal to the success of the lacrosse section.
Lacrosse Presentation Night
October 22, 2011
Members and friends of the MCC Lacrosse Section made their way to the intimate Yarra Park Room at the MCG to hold their Annual Presentation night. This is always a popular affair.
Outgoing President Barry Nugent is seen here presenting some well deserved awards.
The first award went to Richard Ellingworth who became only the 16th Life member of the section. Richard has been a big part of our club over an extended period, having played over 350 games as well as coaching the seniors and juniors.
He has also been seen stocking and running the canteen, ordering and selling t-shirts and doing anything else that was asked of him. A worthy inductee indeed.
The next award went to Marty Hyde who took out his second Fairest and Best Trophy, having won it previously in 2005. Marty, also a committee member, represented Australia at the 2010 World Championships in Manchester, and this year missed a month of the season while again representing Australia, this time at the 2011 World Indoor Box Lacrosse Championships held in Prague during May. He returned home and finished the season on a high note.
Another memorable award for the night went to Australian player Sam Bullock who notched up 150 games with our section.
Our long-standing president, Barry Nugent, has decided to stand down after eight years at the helm. Barry has taken on more than a few positions in our club at some stage, none the least being treasurer and coach and long-time supporter and promoter of our juniors. Barry has also clocked up over 350 games as a player.
He leaves with a remarkable record of voluntary service. There are big shoes needing to be filled! Barry is continuing in his role as State League coach and will remain on the committee.
Footnote: Keep an eye out for our up and coming juniors. Enormous time has been invested to promote our game throughout the schools. For all information please ring Rob Pettit on 0411 496 149.
A grand old flag for Lacrosse Section
Monday September 13, 2010
The MCC Lacrosse Section’s Division 2 men’s team is still celebrating after it won the section’s first senior Victorian Lacrosse Association (VLA) premiership in five years on September 11.
The team defeated Eltham by one goal (13-12) at Caulfield Park in a thrilling finish. Unfortunately, the men’s Division 3 side lost in heartbreaking fashion, conceding nine goals to Eltham in the final period to lose 16-9.
The Division 2 triumph was a welcome return to the winner’s podium for one of the club’s oldest sporting sections. The MCC Lacrosse Section was founded in 1896 by players formerly affiliated with the Caulfield and Melbourne clubs, winning its first VLA premiership in 1920 and another in 1927.
Although nearly always competitive, many decades passed before the MCC’s senior team won its next Victorian premiership in 2005.
Postscript: MCC Lacrosse Section members Marty Hyde, Sam Bullock and Jake Egan were selected to represent Australia at the world championships in Manchester in July.
We can proudly report the boys were part of a bronze medal-winning Aussie outfit that defeated Japan in a play-off for third place. Of the 30 nations competing in the week-long tournament, the only two to conquer Australia were the might of USA and Canada, both of whom contested the final.
MCC trio on world stage
Monday July 12, 2010
There has been some well-justified breast beating among Lacrosse Section officials following the selection of three MCC players in the Australian squad for the world championships at Manchester from July 16-24.
And it’s not just that the club is providing three of the 23-man squad representing their country. Most satisfying is that the trio – Marty Hyde, Sam Bullock (both 23) and Jake Egan (22) – are products of our junior development program.
“They’ve come right through the MCC system,” reports section secretary Rob Pettit with considerable pride. “They started in the under-12s and progressed through the under-14s, under-16s and under-18s before playing with the open-age teams.
“We’ve been concentrating on junior development for some years and now we’re starting to reap the benefits. You’ll see more than 60 kids playing for the MCC at the Albert Ground on Saturdays mornings from 9.30.”
With either one or two senior teams playing on Saturday afternoons and a ladies team on Sundays, up to 120 players will be sporting MCC colours each winter weekend on two fields that are (rather tightly) accommodated on the Albert, home to the section since 1896.
Before flying to UK for the championships, Marty Hyde said he was thrilled to be chosen to play for Australia and especially proud to represent his club at the international tournament.
"It's an honor to represent your country and I've fulfilled my dream of being selected to represent and play lacrosse for Australia, not least because of the MCC’s assistance since I first represented the state in the under-15s right through to this Australian team,” Marty said.
“We hold down full-time jobs and have a training schedule that mirrors a professional athlete. We have the same level of athleticism as our cricket, hockey, rugby and soccer representatives but without the financial backing they have.
“But through hard work and determination we all have a common goal – gold."
The Manchester event will feature teams from 34 countries, a far cry from the first world championships attended by Rob Pettit at the old Olympic Park in 1974.
“There were only four teams competing,” recalled Rob.
“Now we’ve got 34 countries playing off, so there’s been a huge spread of the game to all parts of the globe. “Manchester is Mount Everest, lacrosse’s Olympic Games, and it’s a very big deal for our MCC players to be a part of it.”