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Recent Club Functions

MFC/MCC Game Day Function
Saturday April 12, 2014

The first MFC/MCC Game Day Function for season 2014 was held prior to the Carlton v Melbourne match on Saturday April 12.

The function was a sell out with over 130 members and guests in attendance, and the room had a wonderful energy as Melbourne supporters went into the game with some confidence against a winless opponent in Carlton.

The day also celebrated the number eight guernsey with former players Maurie Lehmann, Graeme Yeats and Alistair Nicholson in attendance.  The function was also attended by the late Geoff Collins’ wife, Mary and son Peter, and current player James Frawley’s dad Michael with wife Jo.

Stephen Phillips was the day's host, who once again brought a great depth of knowledge to the interview of all three former players, all of which were entertaining, enlightening and amusing.

Members and guests were also fortunate to hear from MFC manager of football operations, Josh Mahoney who spoke about the disappointment of Mitch Clark’s recent retirement but recognised the great importance on the health of the individual rather than the impact on the club.

We also had Jack Fitzpatrick and Jimmy Toumpas pop up for a quick interview, both of whom spoke with warmth and humour about their experiences at the club and their insight into the match ups against Carlton.

Best of all, the members and guests were able to enjoy a Melbourne victory!

We look forward to the second MFC/MCC Game Day Function to be held at the Melbourne v Western Bulldogs match, which will also incorporate the Field of Women tribute, on Saturday May 10. 

Bookings are now open and forms can be downloaded here.
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Comedy Blockbuster
Friday March 28, 2014

For the third consecutive year, the Members Dining Room was alive with laughter at the annual Comedy Blockbuster on Friday March 28.

Prior to the show, members were able to enjoy pre-drinks and dinner in the Hugh Trumble Café. Melbourne certainly put on an afternoon of lovely sunshine which made for perfect conditions for those relaxing in the outdoor beer garden.

Come show time, over 400 members and guests then packed the Members Dining Room ready for an entertaining show.

Brian Nankervis, writer, producer and host of the SBS’s Rock Quiz hosted the evening and got things started with some audience participation. One unsuspecting audience member was called upon to join Brian on stage to assist him with some dance moves and eventually officially introducing Brian out onto the stage.

Not long after, writer, radio and TV personality Mick Molloy was welcomed to stage followed by Fox FM’s breakfast radio show co-host Dave Thornton. Fiona O’Loughlin who has previously appeared on Spicks and Specks, Good News Week and Talkin’ Bout Your Generation was the third act up followed finally by international comedian all the way from the UK, Tim Vine.

The evening was certainly one to remember with the crowd thoroughly entertained throughout the hour-and-a-half show.

Following the show, attendees retired to the Percy Beames Bar to continue the festivities and reminisce on their favourite jokes!

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MCG Footy Launch Luncheon
Wednesday March 26, 2014

The annual MCG Footy Season Launch Luncheon was again a highly entertaining way for over 360 members and guests to kick start the AFL season at the MCG.

Hosted by respected football commentator and journalist Tim Lane, luncheon attendees were fortunate to hear from a dynamic panel including Carlton champion Chris Judd and popular broadcaster Dennis Cometti prior to the MCG's opening AFL match for 2014 the following evening between Richmond and Carlton.

Festivities kicked off with a Q&A segment with Hawthorn premiership player Grant Birchall. Tim questioned Grant on the team’s prior knowledge of Buddy’s departure to which he replied they had no inclination of his desire to leave. The team was focused on their job on-field and he said they are hoping for another big season with a top four finish this year.

The panel segment of Chris Judd and Dennis Cometti was both entertaining and insightful. The audience enjoyed some great banter between the two who had met years earlier when both were involved in television work in Western Australia. It was inevitable questions would turn to the on-going Essendon supplement saga to which both agreed it has gone on far too long and the focus should be back on the football. Chris spoke briefly of his ankle injury which will unfortunately keep him out of the game until closer to Round 5. He was more enthusiastic when talk turned to Carlton’s season which they will take week by week and are hopeful of finals action at the end of the season.

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Members' Golf Day
Tuesday February 11, 2014

The Members’ Golf Day for the President’s Cup was once again held at the prestigious Kingston Heath Golf Club on Tuesday February 11, with nearly 100 members competing for the cup.

Members enjoyed mild and manageable temperatures throughout the afternoon, and a course in magnificent condition, which made for a great day of competition.

All participants enjoyed a light lunch prior to the round of golf, on-course refreshments were offered throughout the afternoon and a sumptuous dinner served at the conclusion of play, along with a well-earned beverage.

With many prizes up for grabs, the overall winner was former MCC secretary Dr John Lill, who took out the President’s Cup on a count-back with 42 stableford points off a handicap of 23.

The full list of winners are below:

WINNER – PRESIDENT’S CUP
Dr John Lill (23) – 42pts (on count back)

MEN’S STABLEFORD DIVISION 1 (0-10 handicap)
Winner: Mark Griffin (3) - 38pts (on count back)
Runner-Up: Lindsay Baud (3) – 38pts

MEN’S STABLEFORD DIVISION 2 (11-20 handicap)
Winner: Mark Whelan (19) - 42pts
Runner-Up: Bill Norman (16) – 41pts

MEN’S STABLEFORD DIVISION 3 (21+ handicap)
Winner: Cam Smith (21) - 42pts
Runner-Up: Gavin McGregor (33) – 40pts

LADIES STABLEFORD INDIVIDUAL
Winner: Shona Macinnes (16) 32pts

TEAM AGGREGATE
Winners: Bill Norman, Rob Worthington, Tom Jackett and Kim Luff – 149pts
Runners-Up: Brian Meneilly, Mark Griffin, Roger Wilson and Gavin McGregor – 143pts

LONGEST DRIVE
Men’s 7th hole: Gary Stone
Men’s 18th hole: Kaiden Long
Women’s 7th hole: Heather Penman
Women’s 18th hole: Christine Dobson

NEAREST THE PIN
5th hole winner: Clive Jones
10th hole winner: John Gerrand
19th hole winner: Shona Macinnes

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Australia Day Luncheon
Sunday January 26, 2014

The Long Room once again hosted the annual Australia Day Luncheon on Sunday January 26 with over 150 members and guests enjoying a three-course luncheon, musical entertainment and a wonderful address by Raelene Boyle.

In his customary style, MC Ian Cover was both entertaining and witty and brought a wonderful sense of occasion to the luncheon along with great humour.

The amazing talents of pianist Amir Farid and soprano Janet Todd were on display as they performed both the National Anthem and then two delightful pieces of opera music, much to the delight of all those in attendance.

Raelene Boyle addressed the room just after main course. She took to the lectern wearing both an Australian Olympic team jacket and a bright pink shirt. Her reason behind the outfit was to point out the two distinct parts of her life; the athlete and the breast cancer survivor.

She spoke openly about the mystery of how ”running really fast and being able to cover the ground quickly” has brought her so many opportunities and introduced her to many amazing and inspirational people, but also highlighted how fortunate she is to be Australian.

Her first story from the 2006 Commonwealth Games recalled that incredible moment when Kerryn McCann stormed into the MCG to win the marathon with a roaring MCG crowd behind her. She went on to say that she is still mystified how a strong, healthy woman like McCann can then die two years later from cancer and how it just ”doesn’t seem right”.

She then took us back to her first Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968, when she had to convince her father to allow her to compete at the tender age of 17.  Mexico City was an incredible experience for her on many levels.  She was introduced to American runner Jesse Owens, who specifically requested to meet her and tell her that he liked her running style – a great honour for Boyle. On the other hand, she remembers how shocked she was at the poverty which surrounded the country and how it quickly brought home to her the incredibly fortunate lifestyle she was accustomed to and the freedom with which she lived under.

As she spoke of former competitor, East German runner Renate Stecher, who was later revealed to have been part of the East German drug program, Boyle told how losing to her at the time affected her greatly.  However as she now looks back, she understands that Stecher would have been told what to do and how to live from the moment she was born, having had no opportunity to make her own choices or decisions.

Boyle says that is one of the many wonderful things of being Australian. Sport is a gift if you’re good at it, and though she was fortunate to have been born with the natural talent of running fast, success does not come without hard work. 

Boyle then spoke about her battle with both breast and ovarian cancer and how fortunate she is to have survived both. When first diagnosed with breast cancer, some 18 years ago, she dealt with the diagnosis and subsequent seven-month treatment, the way she used to approach her running. Her experiences as an athlete, where she had to focus on training as a daily activity with an overall focus on the end result, gave her the foundation to deal with her illness and treatment in exactly the same way.

She spoke passionately about her involvement with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and how they, the “Pink Ladies” are about the woman, not the disease. The statistics tell us that 15,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every year and around 2,000 die from the disease. Being part of the organisation allows her to help these women deal with their pain and feeling of the unknown.

In her passionate conclusion, Boyle referred to Australians as being the luckiest race in the world and that we should use this day to reflect on what we have and making the most of our opportunities.

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MCC/VRC Members’ Lounge
Thursday January 9, 2014

The Jim Stynes Room was once again a hive of activity as MCC and VRC members and their guests descended on the MCG for the bi-annual MCC/VRC Members’ Lounge on January 9.

Over 150 people watched, with front row seats to the fireworks, as the Melbourne Stars made light work of Adelaide Strikers in their Twenty20 Big Bash clash. The home town supporters certainly weren’t disappointed with a strong victory by the Stars.

Included in the function package were beverages, a delicious grazing menu and a stunning cheese and dessert station. Some lucky attendees also walked away with some great door prizes. These functions are a great way for the two reciprocal clubs to mingle with each other and enjoy a great night out in Melbourne.

Keep an eye out for more joint MCC and VRC functions throughout the 2014 football season.

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Women in Cricket Test Breakfast
Thursday December 26, 2013

The 2013 Women in Cricket Test Breakfast was very well attended with over 380 members and guests enjoying the spectacular surrounds of the Members Dining Room on Day 2 of the Ashes Test.

Hosted once again by Angela Pippos, the room was full of enthusiasm and energy right from the start, perhaps given the brilliant work by the Aussies on Day 1.

Former English cricket captain, Michael Vaughan was the guest speaker and got the morning off to a great start, entertaining members and guests from the offset.

Vaughan entertained the audience with stories throughout his career, ranging from the elation of taking England to their first Ashes victory in 2005, after an 18 year hiatus, to his most recent as a cricket commentator.

We heard him speak about his personal experience with Lehmann who was his overseas coach whilst playing with Yorkshire and his insights were both enlightening and entertaining.

Throughout his address he also spoke about the current hot topic of on-field sledging and had the room in hysterics as he re-told, the now famous story, of Jimmy Ormond responding to constant sledging by Mark Waugh with a witty reference to Mark not necessarily being the best player in his family.

Overall, in impressive address which provided members and guests with both an ‘insider’s view’ of the current Ashes series, as well as a good laugh to start the day.

The breakfast was rounded off with Angela interviewing current Vic Spirit player Sarah Elliott and MCC young player, Melena Ayres, aged just 14.  Both interviews offered the audience a wonderful perspective on women’s cricket.

Finally we heard from Australian doctor, Peter Brukner and once again a successful auction was hosted by MCC Committee member, Will Fowles to end the morning.

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Boxing Day Breakfast
Thursday December 26, 2013

As was expected being an Ashes Test year, the 2013 Boxing Day Breakfast was a sell out success with close to 1,000 registrations received during the ballot period back in October. A lucky 480 members and guests were successful in the ballot and attended the annual pre-match breakfast, making it the biggest in the function’s history.

Damien Fleming started the morning in jovial form with his usual humour and banter. His critique of the series so far was both informative and entertaining including the stellar bowling from Mitchell Johnson, the outstanding batting from captain Michael Clarke and the many fielding highlights.
 
Best-selling author, president of Kent County Cricket Club and true all-rounder, Bob ‘The Cat’ Bevan had the crowd laughing from the moment he stepped behind the lectern. Telling tales from his time playing for the Lord’s Taverners and a few jokes along the way, Bob entertained all in attendance with his unique sense of humour.

MCC head curator David Sandurski dropped in for a quick chat about the preparation and condition of the pitch. With the recent Twenty20 Big Bash match played at the ‘G, preparation of the wicket was made a little more tricky, however David was more than happy with the way the pitch came up and expected a good wicket for the five days ahead.

The guest speaker for the morning was former English captain and president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, Mike Gatting. Throughout his interview, Mike spoke of his many memorable trips to Australia playing club cricket and most notably his successful time as captain during 1986/87. He also re-lived some of the more unforgettable and humorous moments throughout his playing career including matches against Australia and the West Indies. Mike touched on the current state of play with the English side and their change in form after their whitewash win of the Ashes last July to being 3-0 down in the current series.

As if the morning couldn’t get any better, the function ended with a number of door prizes being drawn by Australian actor and Hollywood movie star, Hugh Jackman.

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Members’ Dinner
Friday December 13, 2013

The 2013 Members’ Dinner was once again well attended with over 300 members enjoying the spectacular surrounds of the Members Dining Room, beautifully dressed and themed to signify the value of the evening.

Hosted by club manager, Mark Anderson, the night was one for the wordsmiths with the linguistically gifted William McInnes and Tim Lane as speakers, as well as president Paul Sheahan, all of whom impressed the crowd with their enthusiasm for the English language.

In a change of pace, actor and author, William McInnes entertained the audience with warm, yet powerful stories of what the game of cricket means to him. He spoke affectionately of growing up in a family that loved cricket, more specifically of the passion his father had for the great game.

His story of attempting to imitate the great Don Bradman by way of spending countless hours hitting a cricket ball and golf ball against the backyard incinerator had the crowd in laughter. William told the story that although he practiced for hours; he could not avoid constantly being hit in the head with the ball as it bounced unpredictably off the incinerator. Not to be disheartened he fashioned a make-shift helmet out of his mum’s laundry bucket which did the job perfectly. Despite his father’s initial scepticism at the helmet, he was eventually won over by his son’s ingenuity.

William’s main message throughout his address, though, was that cricket, in the long form, is a bit like life. You can be sailing along without a care in the world and then suddenly you can find yourself with your back against the wall, taking on the battle of your life. How you react to that battle is up to you.

Tim Lane recounted a number of cricket tales in his usual articulate and polished manner. Lane opened with comments relating to the daunting prospect of being asked to speak at this year’s dinner and likened it to the intimidating prospect of making your way to the crease to face the opening ball of a cricket match.  No matter how many matches you played, the fear is always present.

What is it about cricket, Lane asked? What is it about this game that encourages such writing, theatre and player interactions? He challenged the age of TV technology and how the screen technology has now become too advanced for the human eye.  He spoke of the latest trend of intimidated umpires checking every dismissal for a no-ball via the review system.

Finally he concluded with the concept of previously great moments in cricket having been played out today and the potential impact of the review system on those historical matches and raised the prospect of the game losing its spontaneity due to technology.

Once again the trivia quiz posed plenty of headaches for the members with two tables getting the top score of nine out of 14. The eventual winners decided by a count back which on this occasion meant guessing of the crowd attendance on day one at the 2012 Boxing Day Test.

There is no doubt that the calibre of speaker at this year’s dinner was excellent, both intellectually and entertaining and now we all look forward to an entertaining test match at the ‘G.

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New 50-Year Members’ Luncheon
Wednesday December 4, 2013

On Wednesday December 4, the club welcomed its newly appointed 50-Year members at a special luncheon to celebrate their long-serving association with the MCC.

The luncheon was held in the Committee Room with 72 members attending from the 230 originally offered membership in 1963.

President Paul Sheahan formally welcomed and congratulated members on attaining 50-years of membership and spoke on current club matters.

Among the newly appointed 50-Year members were former premiership player and coach David Parkin, MCC Test cricketer Colin Guest, former VFL umpire and MCC guide John Moss, Hans Ebeling award winner Graeme Howarth and Australian actor Greg Ross who responded to the president’s toast on behalf of all 50-Year members. The luncheon also brought together three brothers John, Ray and Bill Gurry, a rare occurrence to have so many family members in one intake.

All new 50-Year members receive a welcome pack including their 50-Year member tie and pin and a membership card celebrating their years of service.

An enjoyable afternoon was had by all those in attendance, celebrating their elevation to 50-Year member status.

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Brownlow Dinner with the Coodabeens
Monday September 23, 2013

The Brownlow Dinner with the Coodabeens once again proved to be one of the club’s most popular functions with over 750 registrations received in the ballot period. This year saw 480 members and guests attend the occasion, making it the biggest in the function’s history.

The Coodabeen Champions brought along their usual wit and humour to this highly entertaining night. Special guest appearances by ‘Bruce McAvaney’ and ‘Gerard Whateley’ added to the hilarity of the evening. 
In typical fashion, members and guests were required to take on the persona of a well-known celebrity, footballer or controversial individual for the night and be at the hands of the Coodabeens should they call on them to be interviewed.

Once again there were a number of parties reconciled including Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, Shane Warne and Liz Hurley and  David Warner and Joe Root. Grand final captains Luke Hodge and Matthew Pavlich played nice before Saturday’s big game while Paul Roos spoke of his excitement about coaching the Dees in 2014.

Greg Champion had the whole room taking part in his famous footy song sing-along, with some new and hilarious additions in the mix.

To end what was a fantastic night was the award of the 2013 Brownlow Medal which went to Gary Ablett Jnr, presented by last year’s winner Jobe Watson.

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Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Lunch
Monday September 23, 2013

Kim Crow is quizzed by Ian Cover at the Sporting Sections GF Week Luncheon on September 23, 2013.Hosting the 21st Annual Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Luncheon, Ian Cover and Tony Leonard brought along their usual humour and entertainment that members and guests have come to expect and love from the duo.

While much of the day’s discussion centred on Saturday’s big clash between Hawthorn and Fremantle, the focus shifted to an interesting Q&A with MCC member and world champion single sculls rower, Kim Crow.

This year’s guest speaker was outgoing West Coast Eagles coach John Worsfold.

John spoke openly of his experience as a West Coast Eagles player and 12 years as coach of the club.

"Woosha" discussed the excitement, anticipation and pressure of being a dual premiership captain in 1992 and 1994 and leading his team to victory as premiership coach in 2006.

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The Bradman Luncheon
Tuesday August 27, 2013

The 2013 Bradman Luncheon was well attended with over 350 members and guests enjoying a delicious three-course luncheon, incredible musical entertainment by baritone Nathan Lay and pianist Raymond Laurence and outstanding speakers.

The function was once again hosted by Gerard Whateley and the formalities commenced with an interview with Brad Hodge who spoke with great humour and candour about his career as a “future cricketer”.  He spoke of the strangeness of Twenty20 cricket, representing many different teams, playing in many diverse countries around the world and in essence playing a very different style of cricket to his favourite form, Test cricket.

As Hodge put it, Test cricket challenges your technique and mental strength as a cricketer, a true test of the game. Whereas Twenty20 is a greater test of your ability to bat and score runs quickly.

Finally, in regards to Bradman, Hodge said he would have loved to have seen him play, to have witnessed his graceful cover drive in person and to have known that each time you got to the crease, you would make 100 runs!

Keynote speaker Stuart MacGill then addressed the crowd after main course.  He started by talking about his love and interest of the older generation of cricket players and told a heart warming story about one of the Invincibles, Neil Harvey.

MacGill spoke passionately about the importance of appreciating and respecting the generation of players who have come before him.  His grandfather and hero, Charlie MacGill had been a first-class player for Western Australia and told Stuart many stories over the years about great players such as Harvey and Bradman. He had told a young Stuart that it was not always about how many runs you made, or how many wickets you take, it’s just as much about whether you are a good ”bloke”.

Stuart told how his grandfather, in a first class match against South Australia in 1940 had started the Test match well, making 78 runs in the first innings and taking 4/49, bowling out Bradman for 42.  Pleased with his first innings performance, Charlie MacGill was humbled in the second innings as Bradman came out and smashed WA around the park as he went on to make 209 runs.

In the same test match, Stuart told the humorous story of how his grandfather had had the chance to run out the Don, but instead elected to run out batsman Ron Hamence.  When Hamence questioned Charlie after the game why he chose to run him out and prevent him from making a century, Charlie MacGill turned to him and said, “they didn’t come here to watch you play Ron”.

Stuart spoke proudly of many occasions after that match where Don Bradman had spoken very highly of Stuart’s grandfather and for many years there was an intertwined connection between the Bradman and MacGill families.

His final story about Don Bradman was on the night of his Test debut for Australia, when Stuart went out to dinner with his parents to celebrate his first test wicket, taken against Jacques Kallis.  As the MacGill family dined together, Stuart’s dad pointed out that Bradman was in the restaurant.  Just as he was leaving he came over to their table, gave Stuart’s father a handshake, told Stuart he had bowled well that day and said ‘Charlie MacGill was a top player’.

The day concluded with a short address by John Bradman who once again expressed his appreciation to the Melbourne Cricket Club for hosting the luncheon and continuing the tradition of celebrating his father’s incredible career.

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Comedy @ the ‘G
Saturday July 6, 2013

A full house attended the first Comedy @ the ‘G for 2013 on Saturday July 6 in the lead up to the blockbuster between Geelong Cats and Hawthorn.

Xavier Michelides got the ball rolling as host and soon had the crowd well and truly warmed up for the introduction of comedian, Linda Beatty.  Linda’s amazing vocal talents and harp playing skills, combined with her comic genius had the crowd in hysterics.

And finally Lawrence Mooney hit the stage and kept the crowd laughing all the way to the starting siren with his wit and uncanny impersonations!  There is no doubt that members and guests were well and truly entertained in the lead up to the match, and the room enjoyed a fabulous energy.

With only one more Comedy @ the ‘G night scheduled for 2013, make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to have a laugh prior to the Hawthorn v Collingwood clash on Friday August 16.  Limited tickets are still available and are great value at just $40 including pre-game finger food, beverages and reserved seating on Level 2 to watch the match.

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Long Room Dinner with Guy Grossi
Thursday June 27, 2013

After two highly successful celebrity chef dinners in 2012, the club was delighted to offer members and their guests the opportunity to attend this year’s Long Room Dinner with Guy Grossi.

With close to 350 registrations for the dinner, the club conducted a ballot to confirm the final 160 members and guests who had the privilege of enjoying the exceptional tailor-made menu presented on the night.

Grossi put together a mouth-watering five-course menu with matching wines, plus canapés and petit-fours.  The Long Room complemented the menu beautifully and each table was adorned with a unique wooden crate of fresh market produce and wild flowers. 

Members and guests also had the opportunity to hear from Grossi in a question and answer session following fourth course.  He spoke passionately about his childhood in Melbourne and his love of food and cooking, saying that he would be the only kid on the street to immediately put the footy or cricket bat away when he heard his mother calling him for dinner.

Genuinely humbled by the invitation to prepare a meal here at the MCG, Grossi also spoke about the inspiration behind the evening’s menu and how it was a combination of enjoying foods that are in season, along with dishes that are always popular at his Grossi Florentino restaurant in town. 

As his incredible ”La Mela di Murano” dessert, inspired by the glass blowers of Murano was served, Grossi took the time to wander throughout the room and speak to members and guests in attendance.  There was no doubt that his culinary passion transcended into the delectable meal he prepared on the night.

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MFC/MCC GAME DAY FUNCTION
Saturday June 29, 2013

The third and final MFC/MCC Game Day Function for season 2013 was held under lights at the Melbourne v Western Bulldogs match on Saturday June 29.

Despite the Demons poor form, the function had  140 members and guests in attendance and as with our previous match days, this function was themed around a guernsey number. This function celebrated the number 14 guernsey for the Dees.

Members and guests were delighted to have former Melbourne players Rod Grinter and Leigh Newton in attendance. MC Jack Heverin spoke to both men about their playing days, including the highs and lows of their careers and their views on how the game has changed today.

Two of Melbourne’s injured players, Mark Jamar and Michael Evans spoke of their eagerness to get back on the field and the rebuilding stage the club is again going through.

MFC board member David Thurin also dropped by and spoke briefly on the MFC board review along with details of how the first women’s match played on the ground earlier in the evening came about.

From the first bounce the atmosphere in the room was buzzing, the cheering and support continued through to the entire match with a nail biting 3 point win to the Dees by the final siren.

Thank you to all the faithful MCC/MFC members who attended these functions throughout the 2013 season and we look forward to seeing you back in 2014.

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Norm Smith Oration
Wednesday June 5, 2013

Returning for its third year, the Norm Smith Oration is certainly garnering strong support with over 300 members and guests attending the club’s premier football function.

Hosted by renowned broadcaster and journalist Tim Lane, the evening which chronicles and honours our great game and its influence on generations did not fail to disappoint with high-quality speakers, fine food and wine.

Proposing the toast to football was Ross Stevenson who began by telling guests that he doesn’t like football.......he loves it! His “love letter to footy”, recalling many personal stories along with a plethora of light-hearted, humorous anecdotes on past and present day football, had the dining room in raptures of laughter.

In David Parkin’s response, you could not accuse him of a lack of passion for the game. He spoke of his great heroes including Don Williams and Brian Dixon and how he was mesmerised by the legendary Norm Smith. With so many changes to the current game, David questioned where our game will be in 10 years time.

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MFC/MCC Game Day Function
Sunday May 19, 2013

The second MFC/MCC Game Day Function for season 2013 was held during the Richmond v Melbourne match on Sunday May 19.

With nearly 120 members and guests in attendance, the room had a wonderful energy as Melbourne supporters looked forward to seeing a more committed team on the field. 

Russell Robertson popped in to have a chat and spoke passionately about the club’s current state. His address was honest and candid and he admitted the club’s administration in the past has let them down, especially in regards to on-field leadership.  “Robbo” spoke about the importance of strong leaders, stating that although senior players may not be at their peak playing performance in the last two to three years of their career, it’s their experience and leadership that plays the most important role – helping guide the young blokes through the start of theirs.

The function also celebrated the number seven with former number seven guernsey wearers Geoff Case and Ray Smith in attendance.

Smith’s experience was an interesting one, having joined the Demons in 1975, mid-year after being traded by Essendon. Smith shared how playing VFL football lead him to his professional career as a psychologist.  His interest in psychology stemmed after undergoing hypnosis as a player when his coach at the time was trying to get the team out of a form slump.

Geoff Case’s story is an incredible one.  Despite being at the peak of his career, he retired just before his twenty-seventh birthday with four premierships under his belt, one grand final loss and a host of club awards. When asked why he retired at such a young age, he simply replied, ”that’s just what you did back then”. He spoke passionately of his time at Melbourne and highlighted that despite playing in the club’s glory years, it was only three or so years prior to this that the club was struggling. Things can change very quickly in football!

Members and guests were also fortunate to hear from current number seven, Jack Viney and co-captain Jack Grimes, both currently injured.  Both spoke of their frustration at being injured and not being able to make amends for the previous week’s loss. However Grimes said that the loss against the Suns gave the team a greater motivation to turn up during the week and work harder to ensure the team put up a much better performance against the Tigers.

Despite the Demons 34 point loss, the function was thoroughly enjoyable and we look forward to the final MCC/MFC function to be held on Saturday June 29 as we celebrate guernsey 14.

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MCC/VRC Members' Lounge
Sunday May 5, 2013

An impressive 340 attendees packed the Jim Stynes Room on Sunday May 5 for the MCC/VRC Members’ Lounge function prior to the Carlton – Melbourne football match.

A mix of MCC and VRC members and their guests cheered passionately for both teams creating a great atmosphere in the room.

Included in the function package were beverages, a delicious grazing menu pre-game along with traditional footy fare at half time. Some lucky attendees also walked away with some great door prizes.

Bookings for our next joint function, the VRC/MCC Flemington Winter Race Day open on Tuesday May 21 at 9.00am.

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Young Members’ Anzac Eve Ball
Wednesday April 24, 2013

Tickets to this year’s ball were much sought after with 460 members and guests in attendance and a waitlist of over 220.

Hosted by MCC Committee member Mr Will Fowles, this year members and guests had the privilege of hearing from Dr Robert Webster, a Vietnam Veteran and Senior Vice President of the RSL Australia.

Speaking of the links between the four generations of our diggers and the importance of mateship through war, Dr Webster highlighted the great work done by our current and past service men and women. He also touched on the importance of ensuring that the legacy of Anzac Day remains an integral part of Australians’ lives for many years to come.

Members and guests enjoyed a three-course sit down meal and full beverage service and upon the completion of all formalities; those in attendance kicked up their heels and danced the night away to DJ Andrew Congues selection of hits.

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MFC/MCC GAME DAY FUNCTION
Saturday April 13, 2013

The first MFC/MCC Game Day Function for season 2013 was held at the Melbourne v West Coast Eagles match on Saturday April 13.

Despite the Demons poor start to the season, the function had just over 90 members and guests in attendance and as in previous years, the function was themed around a guernsey number. This function celebrated the much loved number two guernsey for the Dees.

Members and guests were delighted to have former Melbourne players Rob Dowsing, Robert Flower and Stephen Tingay address them on the day. Flower spoke passionately of his love for the Melbourne Football Club, having been a supporter all his life. When asked of his most memorable moment at the club, he did not hesitate in saying his final three games (all finals) would be forever etched in his memory.

Tingay also spoke of his time at the club and playing under both Balme and Daniher and their contrasting coaching styles.  He also spoke openly about the injury which ended his career at the Demons and had him finish his career at the Swans.

Members and guests were also joined by Nathan Jones’ parents, the Demons current number 2 guernsey wearer, and had the opportunity to hear from new recruit (currently injured), Chris Dawes.

Only two MCC/MFC functions remain for the season on Sunday May 19 and Saturday June 29.

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Footy Season Launch Luncheon
Wednesday March 27, 2013

The annual MCG Footy Season Launch Luncheon was again a highly entertaining way for over 370 members and guests to kick start the AFL season at the MCG.

Hosted by expert sports broadcaster and journalist Tim Lane, luncheon attendees were fortunate to hear from a dynamic panel of members including former Geelong premiership captain Tom Harley, legendary sports broadcaster Bruce McAvaney, former Port Adelaide premiership coach and now Richmond development coach Mark Williams and award winning journalist from The Age, Sam Lane.

Festivities kicked off with a Q&A segment finding out more about Bruce McAvaney, his passion for commentating and career highlights such as calling the Melbourne Cup and Cathy Freeman’s famous Sydney Olympics final. When asked by Tim to name his all-time best call, Bruce replied that his best is still to come!

Next in the Q&A hot seat was the enigmatic Mark Williams who spoke enthusiastically about his new role as Richmond’s development coach and the exciting group of young players he is working with. After a rollercoaster 12-year coaching career at Port Adelaide, his greatest achievement to date is their 2004 grand final win.

A panel of such quality was sure to bring about a robust discussion and Tom, Bruce, Mark and Sam did not fail to disappoint. The “summer of discontent” was a lively topic and opinions were divided on the split start to the season with interstate matches opening Round 1. However, the question on everyone’s lips was - will Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin stay or go?  All panellists agreed ‘Buddy’ was the number one player in the league and that 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting season for all teams.

Members' Golf Day
Tuesday February 5, 2013

Just over 140 members enjoyed a beautiful day as they navigated around the Kingston Heath Golf Course on February 5 in an attempt to win the coveted President’s Cup.

The new format for the golf day ensured that members were able to enjoy a more casual sit-down meal at the conclusion of both sessions, along with presentations.

Mark Dunstan was the leader at the conclusion of the morning session with 42 Stableford points but was narrowly defeated by Adrian Goold in the afternoon who took home the President’s Cup with a victorious 43 Stableford points.

The best performed female golfer of the day was Colleen Lloyd who enjoyed the slightly cooler conditions of the morning session and notched up 32 Stableford points with a handicap of 28.

The full list of results can be viewed below:

MCC PRESIDENT’S CUP (Best Stableford Score)  
Adrian Goold (29)    43 points 

AM Session

Team Aggregate
Winners – Brian Milnes, Rodney Dyson, Mark Dunstan, Ron Deas (137 points)
Runners-up – Andrew Baldwin, Kenneth Buckley, Richard Burnell, Michael Burnell (126 points on C/B)
Men’s Division 1 (Handicap 0-10)
Greg Chappell 36 (7)
Brian Meneilly 35 (3) C/B

Men’s Division 2 (11-20)
Mark Dunstan  42 (15)
Brian McGrath 39 (17)

Men’s Division 3 (21+)
Tom Jackett  34 (23)
Gavin McGregor 33 (26)

Women’s Open 
Colleen Lloyd 32 (28)

Longest drive
Brian Meneilly (7th hole)
Andrew McDonald (18th hole)

Nearest the pin
Robert Worthington (5th hole)
Paul Riley (10th hole)
Paul Schultz (15th hole)
Tony Waller (19th hole)

PM Session

Team Aggregate
Winners – Paul Sheahan, Peter Dakin, Russell Sincock, Bruce Langford-Jones (141 points)
Runners-up – David Wittner, Andrew Mirams, Michael Happell, David Crow (137 points)

Men’s Division 1 (Handicap 0-10)
Lindsay Baud 39 (5)
Robert Halit 37 (10)

Men’s Division 2 (11-20)
Russell Sincock 41 (13)
Keate Woodgate 38 (20)

Men’s Division 3 (21+)
Adrian Goold 43 (29)
John Wright 37 (24)

Longest drive
Andrew Mirams (7th hole)
Lindsay Baud (18th hole)
Jan Lovett (18th hole)

Nearest the pin
John Jefferies (5th hole)
Peter Holt (10th hole)
Michael Sholly (15th hole)
Gary House (19th hole)