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Recent Club Functions

Members' Dinner
Monday December 15, 2014

On a warm night in Melbourne, 300 members attended the Members Dining Room for the club’s annual black-tie Members’ Dinner, our traditional welcome to the cricket season.

On completion of pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the Long Room, members were greeted by the beautiful sounds of the violin and classical guitar as they walked the red carpet in the Members Dining Room, which set a wonderful tone for the night’s proceedings.

Consummate professional and cricket aficionado, Tim Lane, hosted the evening’s proceedings which began with MCC Vice-President and Chairman of Cricket, David Crow proposing the loyal toast.

After a formal welcome from MCC President Paul Sheahan, entree was served among the thoughtful musings of many members who also were commencing the evening’s cricket trivia quiz at their tables.

Following entree, Cricket Victoria CEO Tony Dodemaide was invited to take the stage to propose the evening’s toast to cricket. Tony spoke of cricket and the opportunities it can provide, the games recent adaptability with the introduction of shorter forms of the game, and the entrenched sense of community cricket can foster – particularly given the challenging times most recently faced and the support networks throughout the cricket community which were exhibited during this time. He took us through the personal opportunities cricket has provided to him, from a young boy growing up in Melbourne’s outer suburbs playing grade cricket for Footscray, to being presented with baggy green cap number 343 in 1987, to serving as the Head of Cricket at the Marylebone Cricket Club which led to afternoon tea with Queen Elizabeth in the grounds of Windsor Castle. All of things eventuating through his devotion to the game of cricket and the  pathways it has provided.

In a sentiment which resonated throughout the evening he proposed his toast to the essence of the spirit of cricket and reminded us all that through change, courage and respect is required whether on the sporting field or within communities.

The evening’s respondent to Dodmeaide’s toast was esteemed Indian cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle, who has been referred to as the “Richie Benaud” of Indian commentary. Tim Lane, having known and worked with Harsha extensively over his career, introduced him with a wonderful quipping of Harsha’s introduction to the commentary team 23 years ago when an ominously arranged late call up led to Harsha’s introduction to the Australian public through ABC Grandstand.

Harsha spoke of his emotional connection to Australia and the home-like feel it has for him on his visits here, mainly he believes due to the influence through his commentary partners, the likes of Kerry O’Keefe and Ian Chappell, who he credits as his inspired work ethic guru. Harsha engaged the crowd with his honest perceptions of cricket today. He believes with the strong emergence of competitions like the IPL, this has led to greater sense of community in the cricketing world, with many different individuals from across the globe drawn together by their love for cricket, yet having so much more in common despite cultural differences.  He spoke of the resistance by some to the emergence of the short form game and passionately implored the crowd that while this form is different, it does not necessarily make it inferior. He encouraged viewers to open their minds to the newer aggressive styles, while not letting the history and passion of a day of Test match cricket change. He marvelled at the example this development of the game has had on someone like Steven Smith, whose shot selection through his highest test innings of 162 not out in Adelaide was a culmination of both tradition and emergence, in a beautiful Test match innings.

Harsha closed by echoing Tony’s sentiments from earlier in the night. Cricket has stood up as a sport, and a necessity in our communities like never before in the recent weeks where it has been faced by one of its greatest tragedies. It has been invigorated and learnt to move forward with a wonderful renewed courage and respect for competitors and spectators, whether in the international arena or on a make-shift pitch in Mumbai, leaving us with the thoughts that the spirit of cricket must be embraced in all forms of the game for its ongoing success.

All attendees thoroughly enjoyed the insight both Tony and Harsha were able to provide and we now look forward to a fantastic Boxing Day test.


Annual 50-Year Members' Luncheon
November 27 and 28, 2014

Once again the club hosted two luncheons for our 50-Year members with nearly 520 members in attendance across two days, and over 750 in attendance overall.

The luncheons continue to be a great success with members being able to bring along a guest, but for many of our 50-Year members, the functions are a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends and acquaintances.

The club now has some 2,600 plus 50-Year members with another 100 to be welcomed at a luncheon on December 10.

The club was delighted to have some sporting heroes at Thursday’s luncheon with names such as Barassi, Lord, Thompson and Fraser just to name a few, along with Dr Andrew Varigos, who will celebrate his 100th birthday in early January in attendance at Friday’s luncheon.

Judging by the amount of chatter and laughter in the room, we are confident our long serving members and their guests enjoyed another day of wonderful food and beverage along with the opportunity to catch up with old friends.

We look forward to seeing them again in 2015.


Annual Sporting Sections Dinner
Wednesday November 19, 2014

More than 250 of our sporting section members and their guests enjoyed a wonderful evening celebrating and reminiscing over the achievements and accomplishments of the MCC’s 13 sports throughout season 2013/14.

A selection of videos and reports were enjoyed throughout the night, with the Real Tennis Section providing an interesting highlight with a video outlining the rules of the unique game.

The MCC’s newest section, netball, had co-captains of their undefeated Section 1 team interviewed by MC Mark Anderson. Renee Johns and Emily Archibald gave a terrific report outlining the highs and lows of an MCC netballer and how their competition works.

The evening culminated with the awarding of the Hans Ebeling Award, introduced in 1981 to honour members who have given outstanding service to the club and their section. This year’s recipient was Melbourne premiership captain Noel McMahen.


Young Members’ Haunted Masquerade Ball
Friday October 17, 2014

In a new function offering from the club this year, over 420 MCC young members’ and their guests graced the Members Dining Room for our second young member ball of the year.

After enjoying pre-dinner drinks in the Long Room, adding to the theme of the evening being “Haunted Masquerade”, attendees entered the Members Dining Room through a long tunnel lit by a ghostly green hue and to the sounds of rattling chains.

Members and their guests embraced the masquerade theme with some stunning masks displayed across the room, from traditional Venetian to those lending their mask choice closer to the haunted house theme, with the appearance of the Scream mask. All attendees are to be commended by the amazing variety and effort they went to.

Being a cocktail-style event, those in attendance were treated to a variety of food options through the night, a traditional Asian hawkers market food station with a varied dim sum offering, to spicy Spanish paella,  along with canapés and larger dishes circulating the room for guest’s enjoyment.

Everyone’s favourite was easily the pumpkin head chocolate ice cream pops which were served as a delicious dessert.

While the spooky bats’ flew above guests heads, the dance floor was packed later in the evening as the band played some classic hits and newer floor fillers to keep everyone dancing, as the animated skeleton pulled out its own moves behind the band.

Differing from the traditional photo booth, the John Landy Room or ‘’haunted library’’ became a life-size photo booth for the evening.  Looking resplendent with velour drapes and wooden mantel, it was complete with its very own skeleton kitted in a dashing bright pink bow tie.

Many guests enjoyed the opportunity to have their photo taken and these photos are available for members and guests to view here.


Annual Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Luncheon
Monday September 22, 2014

To kick start AFL grand final week, the Members Dining Room hosted the 22nd Annual Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Luncheon. With representation from all sporting sections and most special interest groups, the lively and entertaining occasion was once again hosted by popular duo Ian Cover and Tony Leonard, who didn’t disappoint with the usual banter and humour.

Joining us for lunch were three MCC members who’d represented Australia at the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Hurdler Sam Baines, judo competitor Mark Anthony and hammer thrower Tim Driesen shared memories about their time in Glasgow and the pride of representing their country, as well as their allegiances in the AFL. Gold medallist netballer Bianca Chatfield was also in attendance and stirred the crowd with stories of the rivalry between Australia and New Zealand  and her delight in defeating the silver ferns in the gold medal match.

There were a few nervous people in the room as Cover took Tim Driesen to the back of the room encouraging him to demonstrate his hammer throwing technique with a makeshift, and less dangerous, hammer.

Following main course, guest speaker Justin Leppitsch took to the stage in a question and answer session with Ian and Tony. Justin shared his thoughts on his new life as a senior coach, and the challenges currently being  faced with his beloved Brisbane Lions. He regaled the crowd with some of his fondest memories of the ‘G, notably his grand final wins, and the emotion he felt being here on grand final day in 2002 before the old members stand was pulled down.  

The day was a fantastic way to usher in the excitement and anticipation of the 2014 AFL Grand Final.


Brownlow Dinner with the Coodabeens
Monday September 22, 2014

A record number of over 480 members and guests enjoyed the club’s ”night of nights” at the annual Brownlow Dinner with the Coodabeens blockbuster, marking it as still one of the club’s most popular functions.

Held in the Members Dining Room, the engaging Coodabeen Champions used the evening’s popular tradition of everyone adopting the persona of a celebrity with name tags placed randomly on their table. Football based or otherwise, it makes for  a nervous wait for all in the room in case they are called upon during the evening for their fifteen minutes of fame.

“Colleen Hewett” was the first to face questions from the Coodabeens team, called to the stage to start the night off. The gentleman who had received the persona of Colleen for the night was looking particularly nervous when informed that as the real Colleen did in 1997 at the grand final he was to sing the National Anthem. To his delight, he was thrown a lifeline when the real Colleen Hewett appeared from behind the stage to surprise everyone and perform a stirring rendition of the anthem.

Attendees were lucky enough to witness the rift between journalist “Mark Stevens” and ”Mick Malthouse” finally mended when the two of them embraced in a loving hug . All those who’d received  an Essendon player or official sat nervously for most of the night, however luckily were spared from the Coodabeens’ tough questioning.  ”Christian Salem” joined us to relive his memorable goal at the ‘G in the Demons win against Essendon before we heard from “Lenny Hayes” and ”Jonathan Brown” on their retirement plans.
The real Colleen Hewett again joined the Coodabeens for a heartily sung rendition of the comical Greg Champion number “We are the Members”, with the whole room enjoying sing-alongs to some of Greg’s favourite footy based parody numbers.

The room stopped to watch the final moments of the Brownlow Medla count and the eventual awarding of the honour to Matt Priddis. To conclude the evening, we could finish without last year’s winner “Gary Ablett” awarding our own ”Matt Priddis” with his MCC Brownlow Medal.


MCC Sport and Business Lunch
Wednesday September 10, 2014

After the success of the inaugural event in 2013, over 100 members and guests enjoyed this year's MCC Sport and Business Lunch in the Committee Room.

The luncheon was themed “ Sport CEO’s in the Spotlight”, with respected sports commentator and journalist Tim Lane hosting the event. James Sutherland, Cricket Australia CEO and Craig Tiley, head of Tennis Australia fronted our panel. 

After main course, attendees were treated to candid recollections and accounts from the panel on their time in their respective roles, reflecting on the way the ever growing “business” of sport has changed the landscape of two of our favourite summer sporting  pastimes.

Craig and James spoke of the changing market place in a global sense, with James enlightening us to the fact cricket is played by more people in the United States than the Test playing nation of Zimbabwe. With both highlighting the ultimate success of their sports is still reliant on the success of our national teams and players, as well as strong grass roots and community participation levels.

After dessert, attendees had the opportunity to engage in a question and answer segment, with insightful and sometimes challenging questions from the floor put forward.

Supported by the Bank of Melbourne, this lunch provided attendees an excellent opportunity to hear from two of our countries most influential sports administrators whilst networking with fellow members and business professionals.


Bradman Luncheon
Wednesday August 27, 2014

For the fourteenth year in succession the Melbourne Cricket Club celebrated the 105th birthday of Australian cricketing legend, Sir Donald Bradman with the ever-popular Bradman Luncheon.

Held in the Members Dining Room, this year’s event attracted record bookings of over 470 members and their guests. On arrival we enjoyed musical entertainment provided by pianist Amir Farid who was then joined by Sir Donald’s incredibly talented granddaughter Greta, performing a song from the opera ”Il barbiere di Siviglia”.

With the day’s proceedings hosted by outstanding sports journalist and returning Master of Ceremonies Gerard Whateley, whose research and passion for Bradman bring a wonderful and intriguing quality to the event.

With plenty of former greats of the game in attendance, Gerard spent a rather entertaining time interviewing former Test cricketer Damien Fleming, who with an imminent World Cup on Australia’s cricketing horizon, was able to regale the crowd with his memories of Australia’s historic 1999 World Cup semi-final win against South Africa, which ultimately led to them being crowned the World Cup Champions in the final against Pakistan. He also spent time reflecting on the future of the three formats of the game and how he believed that a World Cup in Australia would boost the profile of 50-over cricket in this country against its popular younger brother T20.

After main course, Gerard introduced the key note speaker Michael Hussey, who as Gerard reminded us, endeared himself to the Australian cricketing public with his no-rubbish and methodical approach to his chosen sport throughout his career.

Mike started with a humorous admission about his wife’s unfortunate error in packing the incorrect MCC tie for this event, as the Marylebone Cricket Club tie was pulled from his pocket. A matter the club was able to rectify in a gift to Mike at the conclusion of his address.

Like most cricketers growing up in our country, Mike was influenced by the Don’s legacy of a no-nonsense approach to his sport and talked of how a Bradman signed cricket bat which was presented to him as a trophy for Young Cricketer of the Year in 1998 still has pride of place in his study at home in Perth. He shared stories from his recent stint in the Indian Premier League and how the great Donald Bradman is still revered from cricketers the world over as the best to play the game. 

We learned the MCG holds many memories for Mike, both the greatest Test of his career and the ominous title of also being home to his worst. Mike first played international cricket here during the Boxing Day Test of 2005, batting at number five behind Victorian Brad Hodge. After a small afternoon nap in the players viewing room, Mike went out to hold on against a relentless South African attack to be not out overnight. During the evening however the cricketing world was to lose an influential figure in Kerry Packer. When Mike took to the crease the next day he was to put in a heroic display with Australia’s number 11, Glenn “Pigeon” McGrath, which resulted in a rather upset South African captain which “Pigeon” and ”Mr Cricket” still enjoy talking of.

Touching on the issues faced in today’s cricketing environment, Hussey also believes there is room for all three international formats to prosper, whilst ensuring sure our state associations continue to support and develop pathway cricket within their states across all of the formats. While recent issues of illegal actions and corruption in the sport are of course of paramount importance, Mike is certain that these are not, and will not become a problem within Australia’s cricketing landscape.

While international retirement is being relished at home with his family in Perth, Mike looks forward to the Champions Trophy next on his cricketing agenda.

The afternoon was concluded with some words from John Bradman on his appreciation and enjoyment of this event every year, with thanks to the President and the MCC for their wonderful efforts in organising such an event in his father’s honour.

Happy birthday, Don.


Comedy @ the 'G
Friday August 8, 2014

The second and final Comedy @ the ‘G function for 2014 was held on Friday August 8 in a full Hans Ebeling Room prior to the Richmond v Essendon match.

Comedian and ventriloquist Sarah Jones was first to take the microphone and she well and truly warmed up the crowd, even managing to get a few people up on stage to take part in her antics.

Following Sarah was Rusty Berther, one half of the famous Scared Weird Little Guys, who took to the stage with guitar in hand, entertaining the crowd with his brilliant musical comedy. The hit of the night was no doubt his MCG parody to “I’ve been everywhere man” incredible performance as Rusty rattled off hundreds of player names in quick succession and in hilarious order.

The last of the comedians, UK favourite Jeff Green, performed another side-splitting stand up set simply based on real life. Once again his delivery, energy and down-right hilarious jokes had the crowd in hysterics with many walking away saying “that was brilliant”.

Members and guests enjoyed another fabulous pre-game function including snack food, beverages, reserved seating and many laughs all before the game even started. We hope to bring these evenings back in 2015!


VRC/MCC Members' Raceday
Saturday July 19, 2014

Four hundred MCC and VRC members and their guests enjoyed another successful reciprocal function between the two clubs, when the VRC/MCC Members’ Raceday event was held at Flemington on Saturday July 19.

Attendees enjoyed the warmth and hospitality in The Peak on Level 5 of The Grandstand and took in the magnificent views across Flemington racetrack to the city. With a full race program on the day and a Punters Club operating for interested attendees, members and guests were able to enjoy a flutter from inside the room as some of Australia’s best gallopers took to the track.

Spending the day grazing on a wide variety of canapés and larger dishes, along with included beverages, this function is becoming a highlight of our reciprocal partnership with the VRC. The door prize draw again proved popular with the lucky winners walking away with a range of prizes which included VRC/MCG merchandise packs, Cadbury hampers, TAB vouchers and tickets to upcoming functions.  

One of the most exciting aspects of the day was no doubt the arrival of the 2014 Melbourne Cup and the opportunity for attendees to have their photo taken with one of Australian sport’s most prestigious and well-known trophies.

A fantastic day had by all, we look forward to the next joint venture with the VRC.

Image courtesy of Karon Photography.


MFC/MCC Game Day Function
Saturday July 12, 2014

The final MFC/MCC Game Day Function for 2014 was held in the Jim Stynes Room on Saturday July 12, with the Demons taking on Geelong Cats. Our function celebrated those who have worn the number 29 for the Dees and with over 200 members and guests in attendance, the room had a fantastic vibe.

Former Melbourne greats, Hassa Mann and Shaun Smith, regaled the crowd with tales of their time at Melbourne. Those in attendance enjoyed Smith re-telling the story of his incredible mark in ’95 which went on to earn him ”mark of the year”. When asked if he had a copy of the photo, he said there was only one captured of the mark, which was taken by a young girl attending her first footy match. No other cameras captured the leap and he was sad to report that he has in fact lost his only copy.

Smith went on to speak candidly of his injury-plagued career which saw him play at two AFL clubs. Initially at North Melbourne, Smith then went back and spent two years at Werribee before re-igniting his AFL career at Melbourne, where he played another three years. He is now enjoying his involvement in women’s football as the senior coach of Cranbourne/Berwick.

Mann’s story, as expected, was an incredible one given he was one of the fortunate players to have been at Melbourne during their ”golden era”.  He spoke with great adoration of his time under Norm Smith and how he was in fact with Norm when he got the initial phone call and letter sacking him after Round 8 of the 1965 season, despite his premiership and grand final successes.

Mann was under no illusion of how lucky he was, having won a premiership in his first season (1959) and eventually going on to win another two flags and captaining the club for nearly five years. By his own admission, his most daunting task was being appointed as club captain directly after club legend Ron Barassi left the club and moved to Carlton.

In an ironic twist of fate, young Demon Jayden Hunt who currently wears the 29 guernsey and has been sidelined with a back injury, enjoyed a chat with MC Stephen Phillips along with seasoned campaigner Daniel Cross. Russell Robertson popped in at half time to thank the Melbourne faithful for their support across the three functions this year.

Despite the Demons' loss, those in attendance enjoyed another great day of hospitality and entertainment. We look forward to continuing these functions in 2015.


Long Room Dinner with Teage Ezard
Thursday July 3, 2014

The club was delighted to host a fourth and equally popular celebrity chef Long Room dinner this year with one of the country’s leading chefs, Teage Ezard.  Known for his trademark ”Australian freestyle” food there was much anticipation leading into this year’s function as to what Ezard would present.

A show of hands at the start of the function indicated a majority of newcomers to this style of function, and those repeat attendees were no doubt looking forward to being wowed once more.

The function again proved popular, with registrations exceeding capacity resulting in a ballot to confirm the final 160 members and guests who had the privilege of enjoying the unique, tailor-made menu presented on the night.

Ezard put together a distinctive and delicious four-course menu with matching wines, plus canapés and petit-fours. Once again, the Long Room played host to the night, creating the perfect ambience and providing the ideal setting for this special occasion.

Ezard also participated in a question and answer session following the third course which gave members and guests a great insight into his planning for the night’s meal.  He also answered a handful of questions asked by those in attendance, including the intriguing concept behind the Wagyu beef’s scoring system.

The four amazing dishes took those in attendance through a myriad of tastebud sensations, from the incredible black sesame-crusted kingfish served in the first course, through to the mouth-watering dessert of five spiced pannacotta topped with a ”words can’t describe” fairy floss.

Questions were already being asked as to who the next celebrity chef will be?  The answer; stay tuned!


Norm Smith Oration
Thursday June 5, 2014

Tim Lane opened this year’s Norm Smith Oration by declaring the fourth function can now be known as the ”time honoured” Norm Smith Oration.

In his customary professional fashion, Tim articulated the sense of the occasion and welcomed both speakers with the due respect they both deserve.

In his toast to football, Mike Sheahan opened his address by stating he was both honoured and humbled to have been asked to speak at this year’s function, especially following in the footsteps of previous speakers in Garry Lyon, James Hird and Ross Stevenson.

He spoke passionately of his love of the game over the past 60 years, which began when a Jack Mueller footy card fell out of his mum’s Sunday Missal whilst he sat to attention at Sunday mass. He said that from that day on, he wore Mueller’s number 12 on his guernsey through to when he was 18 years of age.

He spoke of his connection to the Western Bulldogs when, as a young boy, he ended up carrying the bags for close neighbour Bernie Lee who ended up playing over 90 games for the dogs. He also spoke fondly of his meetings with Footscray legend, Ted Whitten.

However it has been his 46 years of covering the game as a journalist that has brought him the most joy.  In that time he has attended all 46 grand finals, the past 41 consecutively.  Of the thousand odd games he has watched, his favourite is still that of the final round clash of the 1987 season, when Melbourne came from behind to win against Footscray, giving them their first finals berth in over 23 years.

Despite his decades as a journalist, Sheahan is still often overwhelmed by the current day players he has the privilege of interviewing, admitting that he still gets nervous before he interviews them on his football program “Open Mike”.

Before raising a toast to football, Sheahan concluded his address by urging MCC CEO, Stephen Gough to re-open the ‘G at the conclusion of the Queen’s Birthday clash, giving footy fans one last taste of having a kick on the ground after the final siren.

Before Roos had even made it to the stage, his welcome was met with a thunderous applause, highlighting the genuine respect the attendees have for him and his achievements in his short time at the Demons.

In his response, Roos covered three areas of the game that he believes have had the greatest impact on him over the past three decades. Starting with the way the game recruits young players, admitting he was fortunate to have played during a time when footy “was just more simple”.

When he was first recruited to Fitzroy he said there was no confusion about where you would play, if you were good enough. Club zones dictated where the good players would go and he spoke fondly of sharing a taxi with Gary Pert and Richard Osborne as they made their way to the Junction Oval for their training sessions, every now and then sneaking a free meal at McDonald’s onto the taxi account.

He spoke about the final seasons at Fitzroy and the toll it took on the players, both emotionally and financially.  It had been his first club and until making the move to Sydney, it was the only way he knew club’s to operate. He remembers ringing up the Sydney finance department to check when he should expect to receive his first pay check, only to be told to check his bank account; the money should already have been transferred.  After years at Fitzroy chasing his pay religiously, he couldn’t believe that the money would just magically appear in his account.

This finally led onto how today’s current players are very well paid for a job that they should be both privileged and appreciative to be a part of.  Yes, they are under greater scrutiny, both as players and role models, but in Roos’ opinion, it’s a small price to pay for being a part of this great game.

No doubt, both speakers were well received by the 320 members and guests in attendance and we look forward to next year’s event.


Comedy @ the 'G
Friday June 13, 2014

Musical duo Elbowskin performing at the Comedy @ the 'G event on June 13, 2014.A booked-out Hans Ebeling Room played host to some of Australia’s best up and coming comedians for the club’s first Comedy @ the ‘G function of the year.

Held prior to the Carlton v Hawthorn match, members and their guests enjoyed a grazing menu and drinks before settling in for an hour of laughs.

Perth comedian Laura Davis warmed up the crowd with honest interpretations of her home town, before Melbourne musical duo Elbowskin took to the stage.

The Elbowskin boys, fresh from touring and excited to be performing at the ‘G for the first time, had the crowd joyfully singing along to their comically infused parodies of popular songs.

Ronny Chieng, winner of the 2014 Director' Choice award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, proved why he is one of the fastest rising stars in Australian comedy, with the audience in hysterics as Ronny relived stories of his childhood growing up in the US and Singapore.

Bookings for our next Comedy @ the G event, to be held on August 8, will open on June 24. With a line-up of Sarah Jones, Rusty Berther and UK act Jeff Green members should book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are $40, inclusive of pre-game grazing menu and drinks, a reserved seat on Level 2 and a great night of comedy!


MCC/MFC Game Day Function
Saturday May 10, 2014

The second MFC/MCC Game Day Function was held in the Jim Stynes Room on Saturday May 10, 2014 with the Demons taking on the Western Bulldogs. Our function celebrated the wearers of the number 25 guernsey for the Dees over the years.

A two-course meal was enjoyed with beverages pre-game and the traditional half time pies, sausage rolls and delicious scones were a hit as always.

Prior to the match attendees were treated to the sight of the spectacular and powerful Pink Lady being formed on the arena by thousands of participants, with the BCNA’s Field of Women event being held. Later in the evening we were also lucky enough to enjoy a visit from former Olympic star Raelene Boyle, who kept members and guests enthralled with her stories of her beginnings with the Breast Cancer Network and a light hearted look back on some of her Olympic memories.

Young Demon’s Dean Kent and Jake Spencer enjoyed a chat with MC Stephen Phillips and former Demon Simon Eishold shared some of his more memorable moments in the number 25 and goings on around the club in his time there. Five lucky raffle winners took home some great prizes, with the first prize being a replica game day pink lady guernsey as worn by the Melbourne players on the night.

The last MFC/MCC Game Day function for 2014 will be held on July 12 when the Demons face Geelong, celebrating the number 29 guernsey. Bookings will open for this function on May 25, 2014.


MCC/VRC Members' Lounge
Sunday May 4, 2014

On a cold and wet day in Melbourne,  MCC and VRC members and their guests enjoyed the warmth of the Jim Stynes Room for our annual MCC/VRC Members’ Lounge.

This reciprocal club event only continues to grow in popularity and this was exhibited with a strong attendance from both clubs.

More than 300 attendees enjoyed a grazing menu and beverages prior to the match and the traditional half-time pies and sausage rolls were enjoyed with a scone and coffee as a spirited Richmond fightback made sure the second half of viewing was an exciting affair!

Two lucky members walked away with a door prize of a double pass to our next reciprocal function, the VRC/MCC Member Members’ Race Day at Flemington in July, and all attendees had the opportunity to win some great merchandise packs and hampers.

Bookings for the VRC/MCC Members Race Day function will open on May 27.


Young Members’ Anzac Eve Ball
Thursday April 24, 2014

On the eve of the biggest home and away match of the season, 470 members and guests were thrilled to be in attendance at this year’s Young Members’ Anzac Eve Ball.

Attendees enjoyed canapés and pre-dinner drinks in the Long Room, prior to making their way into the Members Dining Room which was transformed into a spectacular sea of pink and orange. Giant martini glasses and light boxes adorned each table and a fantastic photo booth was also set up for use throughout the evening.

Members and guests were fortunate to hear from Claire Chisholm who, as a 16 year old, was an inaugural Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize recipient in 2005 and travelled to France, Belgium and England.

Claire spoke passionately about her experiences throughout her travels and how contrary to some beliefs, the younger generation are in fact engaged more than ever before with the meaning and spirit of Anzac Day and its celebrations. Claire concluded her address by reciting the ode and asking the room to pause for a minute’s silence.

After main course, the dance floor was declared open. A DJ and percussionist entertained the crowd for the rest of the night, and the dance floor remained packed up until the last tune was played.

A delicious selection of roving desserts were served throughout the latter part of the evening as those in attendance either took to the dance floor, chatted to old and new friends, or had their picture taken in the photo booth.

Without a doubt, another successful Young Members’ Anzac Eve Ball was held and for those that missed out, please keep an eye on our website for further young member functions to be held later this year.


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.

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!


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.


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:

Dr John Lill (23) – 42pts (on count back)

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

Winner: Cam Smith (21) - 42pts
Runner-Up: Gavin McGregor (33) – 40pts

Winner: Shona Macinnes (16) 32pts

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

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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)