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Function Archive

Australia Day Luncheon
Saturday January 26, 2013

The Long Room was packed to the brim as members and guest gathered to celebrate our nation’s National Day for the annual Australia Day Luncheon on Saturday January 26.

The function wouldn’t be what it is without the singing of the National Anthem, this year performed live by tenor Robert Barbaro accompanied by pianist Amir Farid. Robert and Amir joined us not long after to perform two more numbers, O Sole Mio and Cootamundra, much to the delight of attendees.

Following the main meal, Les Carlyon, respected journalist, historian and author of such books as Gallipoli and The Great War, graced the stage for the major part of the day’s proceedings.

Les did not disappoint, delivering an extremely thought-provoking and patriotic address. Listen to the audio of Les Carlyon's Australia Day Luncheon address

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MCC/VRC Members’ Lounge
Sunday January 6, 2013

Over 270 attendees packed the Jim Stynes Room on Sunday January 6 for the MCC/VRC Members’ Lounge function. Attendees included MCC and VRC members and their guests who were treated to an exciting and at times, controversial Twenty20 Big Bash match between the cross-town rivals, Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades. Unfortunately the Stars couldn’t come up with a win for the home crowd, however it didn’t stop those at the function have an enjoyable night.

Included in the function package were beverages, a delicious grazing menu and a macaroon and chocolate dessert bar with the good ol’ favourite, scones finishing off the evening. Some lucky attendees also walked away with some great door prizes.

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

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Women in Cricket Test Breakfast
Thursday December 27, 2012

Just like they were the morning prior, members and their guests were again up early to usher in the second day’s play of the Test with the Women in Cricket Test Breakfast in the Members Dining Room.

It was a beautiful morning as the sun rose above the southern stand to light up the room. Angela Pippos, a few weeks shy of giving birth, was again our popular MC for the morning.

Festivities kicked off with Angela interviewing Anna O’Donnell, the First XI captain of the MCC’s recently-formed women’s cricket teams. Anna shared with the room how the teams have been performing and building together as new arm of the club’s cricket history. We were also lucky enough to have Southern Stars and VicSpirit players Meg Lanning and Jess Cameron in the room who discussed with Angela some the high points throughout the current season, including their recent victory of the Rose Bowl ODI series against New Zealand.

Following breakfast, guest speaker Ian Healy addressed attendees, with his insights into Sri Lanka’s current position following the first day’s play, and what was needed from them to try and salvage their position in the game. He also shared some stories from his time behind the wickets.

As has become customary at the Women in Cricket Test Breakfast, the morning concluded with an auction of various goods, with all monies raised going to the Women of the MCC’s charity for the year, Victorian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team. Included in the auction items was a stunning necklace of drop-shaped South Sea pearls, a Ian Healy signed bat and cap, an MCC charm necklace, a bat and cap signed by Meg and Jess and another bat signed by the 2010 Australian men’s cricket team from their tour against West Indies. It was an very successful morning with over $4200 raised.

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Boxing Day Breakfast
Wednesday December 26, 2012

Following a big day of Christmas celebrations, members and their guests were eager to hit the MCG early the next morning for the annual Boxing Day Breakfast prior to the start of the Test against Sri Lanka.

Damien Fleming, in typical fine form, kick-started the day with laughs and good humour. He welcomed a number of guests up on stage for a question and answer session, including MCC head curator, David Sandurski, on debut in his first Test match at the MCG since commencing in late-September.

Damon Gameau, one of the stars of the Australian film “Save You Legs” and the actor who played Greg Chappell in the hit miniseries “howzat” was another special guest, as well as injured Australian fast-bowler, James Pattinson who gave his insights into his time in the game, his injury and the controversial rotation policy currently being implemented by Cricket Australia.

Shortly after, guest speaker Doug Walters took to the stage and re-lived some of the more memorable moments throughout his playing career and shared some stories from the Kerry Packer/World Series Cricket era.

The morning concluded with a lucky door prize, drawn by MCC First XI captain, Andrew Kent.

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Members’ Dinner
Friday December 14, 2012

Over 380 guests attend this year’s Members’ Dinner, the club’s annual black-tie event, held on Friday December 14 in the Members Dining Room.

Michael Sholly proposed the toast to cricket speaking about his love for the game and how it and the Melbourne Cricket Club have given him many extraordinary life experiences.

Matthew Hayden responded with an honest, personal and passionate address about his life within the world of cricket, from the friendships he made with team mates, fans and their families to how life on the road enhanced his love for life and food.

Guests sat down to a three-course meal accompanied by fine wines and great company.

Hosted by Tim Lane, the night was a fitting celebration of cricket and the Melbourne Cricket Club.

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New 50-Year Members’ Luncheon
December 11, 2012

The club’s newest inductees to 50-Year member status were welcomed at a special luncheon celebrating their loyalty and long-serving connection with the MCC on Tuesday December 11, almost 50 years to the day they were first offered membership.

The luncheon was held in the Committee Room with over 50 members attending from the 206 originally offered membership in 1962.

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.

It was a fantastic afternoon, with members formally congratulated by MCC president Paul Sheahan, and many old stories told and moments relived from the past 50 years.

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Members' Golf Day
Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Monday December 3, 2012
David Elvins won the 2012 MCC President's Plate on December 3 at Royal Melbourne.
On a slightly overcast and breezy day, 186 members took to Royal Melbourne Golf Club for a challenging round at the Members' Golf Day on Monday December 3.

David Elvins, with 41 stableford points off a handicap of 13, took out the MCC President’s Plate.

The best-performed female in the field was Wendy Macpherson, who scored 33 points.

The President’s Plate is one of two members’ golf days held each year, with the next to be held at Kingston Heath Golf Club on Tuesday February 5, 2013.

RESULTS

MCC PRESIDENT’S PLATE (Best Stableford Score)
David Elvins (13 handicap) 41 points

AM Session

TEAM AGGREGATE
Winners – Ian McInally, Chris Farrell, Jeff Dunstan, Mark Stapleton (123 points)
Runner up – Ian McLean, Benjamin Robbins, Paul Galwey, Adam Ginnivan (122 points)

Men’s Division 1 (Handicap 0-10)
Brian Meneilly 38 (3)
Samuel Doran 36 (9)

Men’s Division 2 (11-20)
David Elvins 41 (13)
Mark Blashki 36 (12)

Men’s Division 3 (21-27)
Chris Farrell 36 (22)
Lorenzo Caio 33 (21)

Women’s Open
Annie Seccull 32 (8)

Longest drive
Michael Roberts (1st hole)
Adam Ginnivan (15th hole)
Annie Seccull (1st hole)
Annie Succull (15th hole)

Nearest the pin
Simon Talent (5th hole)
James Kenna (7th hole)
Gary House (13th hole)
David Elvins (16th hole)

PM Session

TEAM AGGREGATE
Winners – Peter Holt, Craig Baker, Ken Harvie, Terence Holt (132 points)
Runner up – Bruce Walker, Dennis Joyce, Ross Murray, Alan Soward (127 points)

Men’s Division 1 (Handicap 0-10)
Robert Halit 39 (10)
Geoffrey Malkin 36 (9)

Men’s Division 2 (11-20)
Harry Economou 38 (14)
Ross Murray 37 (16)

Men’s Division 3 (21-27)
Barrie Laws 39 (23)
Michael Westmore 36 (20)

Women’s Open
Wendy Macpherson 33 (2) CB

Longest drive
Nathan Edgar (1st hole)
Steve Jones (15th hole)
Wendy Macpherson (1st hole)

Nearest the pin
Michael Trumble (5th hole)
Ken Richards (7th hole)
Craig Baker (13th hole)
Nathan Edgar (16th hole)

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Annual 50-Year Member Luncheons
November 29 and 30, 2012

The ever-popular annual 50-Year member luncheons were again held over two days in the Members Dining Room to accommodate the large group of long-serving members at the MCC.

With over almost 800 members and guests attending over the two days, both luncheons were a flurry of reminiscing, catching up with past and present friends and celebrating a long commitment to the Melbourne Cricket Club.

Stephen Phillips once again hosted both days in fine style, with MCC president Paul Sheahan taking a moment to address the room. Prominent 50-Year member Sam Newman was in attendance at Friday’s lunch, treating members and guests to a humorous interview with Stephen between courses.

Congratulations to all 50-Year members on their ongoing commitment to the Melbourne Cricket Club.

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Brownlow Dinner with the Coodabeens
Monday September 24, 2012

One of the club’s most popular functions, the Brownlow Dinner with the Coodabeens, was held in the Members Dining Room. More than 470 members and guests attended the occasion, making it one of the biggest in the function’s history.

Once again the Coodabeen Champions did not fail to provide an entertaining and hugely successful night. 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.

There was no shortage of laughs as they reconciled a number of parties throughout the night, including Mick Malthouse and Brett Ratten, Matthew Scarlett and Hayden Ballantyne and Rosa Storelli and Louise Adler and re-enacted some of the season’s great moments including Lewis Jetta’s controversial 90 metre sprint to kick a goal with Collingwood’s Nathan Brown attempting to chase him down.

Greg Champion had the whole room taking part in his famous footy song sing-along, with a few new and hilarious additions in the mix whilst the popular talkback radio segment did not disappoint.

And of course the Brownlow Dinner is not the same without the medal being awarded to Jobe Watson at the end of the night, this time by last year’s winner Dane Swan.

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Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Lunch
Monday September 24, 2012

Celebrating 20 years, the annual Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Luncheon was one to remember.

Having hosted the previous 19, Ian Cover and Tony Leonard shone on their 20th appearance, as quick-witted and on fire as ever.

Special guests taking part in the celebration were previous guest speakers including Robert Walls, Ron Barassi, Denis Pagan, Geoff Tunbridge and David Parkin and MCC Olympians Will Lockwood, Elizabeth Patrick, Mark Anthony and David Crawshay.

Members and guest were treated to some insights from our Olympians from their time in London and representing Australia.

This year’s guest speaker was Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

Damien spoke of his experience with regards to grand finals, himself being no stranger to glory in September having played in two premierships (with Essendon in 2000 and Port Adelaide in 2004) as well as playing a major role in Hawthorn’s 2008 premiership win as assistance coach under Alistair Clarkson.

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MFC/MCC Game Day Luncheon
Saturday August 11, 2012

The final MFC/MCC Game Day function for season 2012 was held at the St Kilda v Melbourne match, with 120 members and guests enjoying a two-course luncheon and beverages in the prestigious surrounds of the Jim Stynes Room.

The function celebrated guernsey number 35, and members and guests were treated with the attendance of former players Noel McMahen, Clyde Laidlaw, Paul Callery, Anthony McDonald and Steven Smith (MCC vice-president).

Chris Connolly hosted the function and current players Mark Jamar and Jack Watts popped up before game time to update the crowd on their injuries and give some insight into the match ahead. Anthony McDonald’s young son, Max, stole the show as official raffle assistant, drawing out the four successful ticket winners!

Thank you to all the faithful MCC/MFC members who attended these functions throughout the 2012 season and we look forward to seeing you back in 2013.

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Young Members’ Anzac Eve Ball
Tuesday April 24, 2012

The club’s most popular event for young members' was once again a sell out with nearly 200 members placed on the waiting list.

Hosted by MCC Committee member Mr Will Fowles, this year members and guests had the privilege of hearing from Chief Petty Officer Anne Pahl.

Pahl spoke passionately on the importance of our current generation of Australians making an effort to understand and pay tribute to all those who have served and fought for our country throughout its history. Her message was to ensure 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 Nader and a bevy of awesome tracks.

Keep an eye on the website for the Young Members' Footy Functions to be held throughout the remainder of the 2012 season.

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Comedy Blockbuster @ the G
Friday April 20, 2012

The MCC was delighted to offer members and guests an opportunity to attend the inaugural Comedy Blockbuster at the ‘G on Friday April 20.

To coincide with the final days of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, some of Australia’s best-known comedians took to the stage in the Members Dining Room for over an hour of high-quality humour that entertained the 550-plus crowd of members and their guests.

The evening was hosted by Australian writer, producer and comedian Brian Nankervis, co-creator of SBS program Rockwiz.

The line-up included:
• Denise Scott (Spicks and Specks, Winners and Losers and The Project)
• Trevor Marmalade (The Footy Show and Statesman of Comedy)
• Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann (Before The Game and Gold 104.3 FM Breakfast)
• Greg Champion (Coodabeen Champions)

Many members and guests also took the opportunity to dine in the Hugh Trumble Cafe before the show and head up to the Frank Grey Smith Bar for a few post-show ‘refreshments’.

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Long Room Dinner with Shannon Bennett
Thursday April 19, 2012

In a wonderful new concept, the club was thrilled to give our members and their guests an exclusive opportunity to enjoy the culinary delights of one of Australia’s leading chefs, Shannon Bennett and his team at Vue de Monde.

With more than 400 registrations for this function, a ballot was conducted in order to select the 160 members and guests who were fortunate to enjoy the experience.

A delightful tailor-made menu comprising canapés, entree, main course and dessert, matched with a fine selection of wines was enjoyed by all. Perhaps the highlight of the evening was Shannon’s impromptu walk throughout the Long Room, shaving pieces of truffle onto the plates of delighted members and guests as they enjoyed their risotto entree.

The charismatic chef also took the time to answer questions from the floor and continued to chat to members and guests throughout dessert.

If you didn’t make it along to this exciting new function, make sure you keep an eye on our website for upcoming information on the Long Room Dinner with Jacques Reymond in July.

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MFC/MCC Game Day Luncheon
Saturday April 14

The club is once again hosting a number of MCC/MFC game day luncheons throughout the 2012 season and this year’s season opener was held at the Melbourne v Richmond game on April 14. With nearly 120 members and guests in attendance, they were once again entertained by enthusiastic MC Stephen Phillips.

This year the club has decided to theme each game day luncheon around a guernsey number and our first function was all about number four. Joining our members and guests were former Demon players Tony and Chris Sullivan, Peter Giles and John Lord along with current day players Brent Moloney and Luke Tapscott.

These functions provide a wonderful avenue for our MCC/MFC dual members to come along either as individual members or with a group of friends and family to enjoy a sit down meal in the surrounds of the Jim Stynes Room accompanied by an MC and entertainment.

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Footy Season Launch Luncheon
Wednesday March 28

A well established favourite amongst our members and guests, the MCG Footy Season Launch Luncheon is a wonderful and entertaining way to kick start the AFL season each year.

Hosted by expert sports broadcaster and journalist Tim Lane, the luncheon was attended by more than 330 members and guests who were fortunate to hear from panel members in former Adelaide coach and now Melbourne high performance director Neil Craig, Hawthorn premiership midfielder Brad Sewell and 2011 AFL premiership captain, Cameron Ling.

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Members' Golf Day
Tuesday February 7, 2012

Ladies winner Susan MacMillan with MCC President, Paul Sheahan at the 2012 Members Golf Day at Kingston Heath.On a fine February day, 140 members took to Kingston Heath Golf Day for a challenging round at the Members' Golf Day on Tuesday February 7.

Barry Matters, with 40 stableford points off a handicap of 10, took out the MCC President’s Cup.

The best performed female in the field was Susan MacMillan who scored 34 points off a 24 handicap.

The President’s Cup is one two members’ golf days held each year. While the President’s Cup is competed for at the Kingston Heath Golf Club each year, the President’s Plate event is rotated through several of Melbourne’s famous sand belt courses.

WINNERS

MCC PRESIDENT’S CUP (Best Stableford Score)
Barry Matters (10 handicap) 40 points

TEAM AGGREGATE
Winners – William Cooper, Anthony Ward, Allen Stewart and Andrew Deery (136 points).
Runner up – Bill Norman, Tino Marget, Rob Worthington and Kim Luff (135 points).
Third place – Pat Considine, Don Moore, Alan Lee and Ronald McCann (134 points).

Men’s Division 1 (Handicap 0-10)
Rob Worthington 38 (8)
Peter Holt 35 (5) C/B
Andrew Deery 35 (9)

Men’s Division 2 (11-20)
Tony Ward 39 (14)
William Pattison 38 (20)
Robert John 37 (17) C/B

Men’s Division 3 (21-27)
Leo Murray 38 (21)
David Wilson 36 (27)
Frazer Hughes 35 (24)

Women’s Open
Susan MacMillan 34 (24)
Libby Day 33 (3) C/B
Debbie Norman 33 (17)

Longest drive
Stephen Gough (7th hole)
Gary Stone (18th hole)
Libby Day (7th hole)
Anna Mason (18th hole)

Nearest the pin
Gavin Clarke (10th hole)
Alan Lee (15th hole)
Kim Luff (19th hole)

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Women in Cricket Test Breakfast
Tuesday December 27, 2011

Wasim Akram speaking at the 2011 Women in Cricket Test Breakfast.The Members Dining Room was again abuzz early on the second morning of the Test when Angela Pippos hosted the Women in Cricket Test Breakfast which was attended by 310 enthusiastic members and guests.

This year’s guest speaker, Wasim Akram, proved highly popular particularly amongst many of the ladies in the room! In an entertaining and engaging interview with Angela, Wasim provided some fascinating insights into his time in the game, both as a player and commentator, along with the many challenges he has faced in his personal life along the way.

Members and guests also heard from VicSpirit captain Emma Inglis, Southern Stars and VicSpirit talented batter Meg Lanning and newly appointed MCC women’s cricket coordinator Marcella Torre on the morning.

Prior to the conclusion of the breakfast, a lively auction was conducted by committee member Will Fowles, raising $3600 for the ‘Dare to Dream’ charity. This charity is a joint initiative of the Melbourne Football Club, the YWCA and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund, which aims to lift the aspirational landscape of at-risk girls in the City of Casey.

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Boxing Day Breakfast
Monday December 26, 2011

Damien Fleming (left) with Ravi Shastri at the 2011 Boxing Day Breakfast.Another full-house of more than 440 members and guests enjoyed the traditional Boxing Day Breakfast in the Members Dining Room ahead of the first day’s play of the eagerly awaited series between Australia and India.

Hosted by Damien Fleming, members heard from former Indian all-rounder and one of the world’s most listened to commentators, Ravi Shastri. Ravi gave the packed audience an insight into the Indian team including some of the younger players to watch out for and the immense pressure that Sachin Tendulkar will be under in trying to make his hundredth international century when more than 1.2billion Indian viewers will tune in to their TV sets for the first ball at 5.00am Indian time.

He also provided some interesting anecdotes on his double century at the SCG in Shane Warne’s debut Test match in 1991 and the second tied Test in history at Madras in 1986.

Earlier on, MCC arenas manager Cameron Hodgkins called past to deliver a pitch report while renowned impersonator Andrew Startin had the room in fits of laughter before breakfast with some of his humorous and uncanny impersonations of the likes of Richie Benaud, Tony Greig, Bruce McAvaney and Mike Sheahan.

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New 50-Year Members' Luncheons
Thursday December 8, 2011

Our new 50-Year members were welcomed at a special luncheon on Thursday December 8 in the Long Room with 105 newly appointed 50-Year members in attendance.

All new 50-Year members receive a welcome pack including a 50-Year member tie, pin and membership card celebrating their long serving membership to the MCC.

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

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Members' Golf Day - Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Monday November 28, 2011

2011 President's Plate winner, Allan Lee with MCC president Paul Sheahan.On a humid day, one week after the prestigious Presidents Cup was held, 190 members enjoyed a challenging round at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Alan Lee with 42 stableford points off a handicap of 19 took out the MCC President’s Plate on a count back at the Members' Golf Day on Monday November 28.

The President’s Plate is one two members’ golf days held each year. While the President’s Cup is competed for at the Kingston Heath Golf Club each year, the Plate event has been rotated through several of Melbourne’s famous sand belt courses since its inception in 2004.

The best performed female in the field was Libby Day who had 38 points off a 5 handicap.

WINNERS

MCC PRESIDENT’S PLATE (Best Stableford Score)

Alan Lee (19 handicap) 42 points on a countback

TEAM AGGREGATE

Winner - Rod Sitlington, Sue Baker, Kingsley Ferguson and Libby Day (144 points)

Runner up - Robert Jones, Stewart McBride, Gregory Rankin and Richard Young (136 Points)

Men’s Division 1 (Handicap 0-10)
Kingsley Ferguson 42 (1)
Richard Allen 39 (5)
Graham Burns 38 (9)

Men’s Division 2 (11-20)
Nathan Edgar 40 (18)
Richard Young 38 (14)
Robin Pratt 38 (15)

Men’s Division 3 (21-27)
Rod Sitlington 36 (22)
Kevin Green 34 (24)
Duane Whelan 34 (22)

Women’s Open
Libby Day 38 (5)
Anna Mason 34 (5)
Christine Dobson 32 (18)

LONGEST DRIVE
Neil Fredman (1st hole)
Michael Roberts (15th hole)
Anna Mason (1st hole)
Sue Baker (15th hole)

NEAREST THE PIN
Steve Bird (5th hole)
Mike Lovitt (7th hole)
Greg Dobson (13th hole)
Leon Czarnuch (16th hole)

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Annual 50-Year Members' Luncheons
Thursday November 24 and Friday November 25, 2011

The club once again hosted two Annual 50-Year Members' Luncheons in late November, with just under 800 members and guests in attendance across both days. The lunches always prove to be a wonderful occasion for members to catch up with old friends, with many members now organising their own table of friends to enjoy a meal with.

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Annual Sporting Sections Dinner
Wednesday November 16, 2011

The 2011 Hans Ebeling Award recipients, John Tait (left) and Hassa Mann.The MCC Sporting Sections held their annual dinner in the Members Dining Room on November 16. The night is always packed with fun, as each of the club’s 12 sports gather to review the year and enjoy each other’s company.

A highlight of the evening was John Tait from the Hockey Section and Hassa Mann from the Melbourne Football Club being awarded the Hans Ebeling Award for "Outstanding Service to Sporting Sections". John and Hassa share the 28th Hans Ebeling Award since its inception in 1981 to perpetuate the memory of one of the MCC's greatest contributors as both player and administrator, Hans Ebeling.

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The Presidents Cup
Wednesday November 16 – Sunday November 20, 2011

In conjunction with our hospitality partner, Spotless, the club was delighted to provide the opportunity for MCC members and guests to enjoy a hospitality package in a private MCC suite during The Presidents Cup held at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Members had exclusive access to an MCC hospitality suite on the 10th hole, in between watching a few holes from a high-class field that included Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Jason Day.

Golf fans enjoyed being up close to watch many of the world’s greatest golfers.

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Brownlow Dinner with The Coodabeens
Monday September 26, 2011

More than 450 members and guests attended the sixth Brownlow Dinner hosted by the hilarious Coodabeen Champions.
Members and guests enjoyed a light-hearted look at football’s night of night’s in the Members Dining Room.

It was an action-packed evening, with attendees taking on personas of high-profile personalities and acted out some of the key moments in 2011.

The night was filled with live crosses to the telecast of the Brownlow Medal count while “The Coodabeens” unique brand of humour and some Greg Champion songs keep members and guests entertained while the vote count unfolded.

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Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Luncheon
Monday September 26, 2011

MCC Sporting Section and Special Interest Group members gathered to soak up the atmosphere of the biggest week on the footy calendar at the annual Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Luncheon.

Ian Cover and Tony Leonard, back for a 19th consecutive year as function hosts, quizzed Gold Coast Sun’s coach and former West Coast Eagles premiership player, Guy McKenna, on the Collingwood-Geelong clash, as well as his insights into his first year of coaching the leagues newest club and what lies ahead for the Suns in 2012.

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The Bradman Luncheon
Friday August 26, 2011

The 11th annual Bradman Luncheon was another stunning success, with more than 420 members and guests gathering in the Members Dining Room to honour Australia's greatest cricketer, on the eve of his 103rd birthday.

There was a late change to our original guest speaker, Greg Chappell, who had Cricket Australia selection commitments to fulfill in Sri Lanka. We were fortunate to secure Cricket Australia Chairman Jack Clarke who spoke on the current state of the Australian cricket team and talked of The Don’s contribution not just to cricket, but to the country.

Lindsay Kline and Ian Meckiff chatted with MC Gerard Whateley, retelling stories of their cricket days, and their thoughts on how the game has changed.

Members and guests enjoyed two songs from The Don’s granddaughter, Greta Bradman, who sang two of her Pa’s favourites, Music of the Night and Ave Maria.

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Comedy @ the 'G
Saturday August 20, 2011

Comedian Zara Swindells-Grose, Dave Thornton and Jeff Green who entertainment members and guests at the MCC Comedy Night on August 20.The club’s second Comedy @ the 'G pre-match function was held prior to the Collingwood v Brisbane match on Saturday August 20.

The Hans Ebeling Room was once again buzzing and filled with roars of laughter with 120 members and guests who were treated to another three of Australia’s top comedic talents – Dave Thornton, Zara Swindells-Grose and Jeff Green. Members and guests also enjoyed snack food and beverages including boutique beers supplied by Matilda Bay during the two hour pre-match function.

Once again a very successful night, and we look forward to holding similar experience functions for members and their guests in the future.

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MFC/MCC Game Day Luncheon
Sunday July 24, 2011

Pictured – left to right – John Northey (coach), Doug Koop, Ricky Jackson, Warren Dean, Brad Sparks, David Williams, Alan Johnson, Joe Rugolo, Rod Grinter and Frank Rugolo. The final MFC/MCC Game Day Luncheon for 2011 was held in the Jim Stynes Room at the match against Hawthorn on Sunday July 24.

The function was attended by almost 150 members and guests and was again enthusiastically hosted by Stephen Phillips.

On behalf of the MCC committee, vice-president Stephen Spargo welcomed members and their guests and thanked them for their support of the functions throughout the year.

He encouraged all MFC/MCC members to spread the word to as many Melbourne supporting MCC members as possible to take up a MFC/MCC membership option for 2012 on their MCC renewal that has recently been sent.

Up and coming young players Lucas Cook and Cameron Johnston were interviewed prior to the game providing an insight into their debut season in the AFL.

Former dual best and fairest winner Alan Johnson and dual night premiership coach John Northey reflected on the successful era of the club through the late eighties that saw the club compete in many finals, including a preliminary final in 1987 and grand final in 1988. Several members of those teams were special guests of the club at the luncheon.

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MFC/MCC Game Day Luncheon
Saturday June 25, 2011

MFC/MCC Game Day Function - June 25, 2011One hundred and eighty members and guests enjoyed the surrounds of the Jim Stynes Room for the third MFC/MCC Game Day Luncheon held on Saturday June 25 prior to the Richmond-Melbourne match.

Prior to the match, MCC vice-president Steven Smith welcomed members and guests to the luncheon. Steven also welcomed a number of his team mates from the 1970’s including Dennis Clarke, Gary Hardeman, Greg Hutchison, Tony Sullivan, John Tilbrook, Max Walker AM, Graham Osborne and Paul Callery.

MasterMFC-MCC Game Day Function - June 25, 2011 of ceremonies Stephen Phillips interviewed injured players Jack Grimes and Luke Tapscott, discussing the teams preparation for the match and their recent form, along with a Q&A with Max Walker AM who entertained with anecdotes of his football and cricket career.

Demons supporters watched intently, cheering loudly and passionately as the Demons went on to beat the Tigers by 27 points.

Don’t miss out on the final MFC/MCC Game Day Luncheon to be held on Sunday July 24 when Melbourne take on Hawthorn.

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Comedy @ the 'G
Friday June 24, 2011

Comedians Kate McLennan, Harley Breen and Dave O'Neil entertained members and guests at the Comedy at the 'G function on June 24, 2011.The club was delighted to hold an exciting new pre-match function for members and guests, with Comedy @ the 'G held prior to the Hawthorn v Essendon match on Friday June 24.

The Hans Ebeling Room was buzzing with 120 members and guests whose enthusiasm created an electric atmosphere – all before the comedians started! And it didn’t take long for the room to be in raptures of laughter thanks to the comedic talents of three of Australia’s top comedians – Harley Breen, Kate McLennan and Dave O’Neil.

Members and guests enjoyed snack food and beverages including boutique beers supplied by Matilda Bay during the two hour pre-match function.

Given the success of the night, we look forward to holding a similar experience for members and their guests in the near future.

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Norm Smith Oration
Tuesday June 7, 2011

Garry Lyon addresses the 2011 Norm Smith OrationFormer Melbourne captain Garry Lyon and media doyen Tony Charlton last night delivered stirring addresses at the inaugural Norm Smith Oration in the Members Dining Room.

In what is destined to become a hallmark event on the football calendar, last night's joint initiative by the MCC and Melbourne Football Club to reprise the legacy of the ten-time premiership player/coach was roundly applauded.

The night began with the MCC announcing that Norm Smith would be the next statue in the Australia Post Avenue of Legends.

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MFC/MCC Game Day Luncheon
Sunday May 8, 2011

One hundred and thirty members and guests enjoyed the surrounds of the Jim Stynes Room for the second MFC/MCC Game Day Luncheon held on Mother’s Day.

A number of players mum’s and dad’s enjoyed the pre-game luncheon before watching their sons out on the field.

Prior to the match, MFC board member Peter Spargo welcomed members and guests to the luncheon. Master of ceremonies Stephen Phillips introduced and interviewed injured player James Strauss, discussing the teams preparation for the match and Russell Robertson also called in for a chat. Jim Stynes also made an appearance at half time - a highlight for everyone in attendance.

Demons supporters watched intently and cheered passionately as the Demons surged ahead to beat the Adelaide Crows by 96 points.

Don’t miss out on the next MFC/MCC Game Day Function to be held on Sunday June 25 when Melbourne take on Richmond.

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Young Members' Anzac Ball
Thursday April 21, 2011

The fourth Young Members' Anzac Ball, held in the magnificent Members Dining Room, was quick to book out with more than 430 members and guests attending. The glamorous event was hosted by the club for young members aged 18-40 years.

Entering along the red carpet members and guests were greeted with musical entertainment on their way to the historic Long Room, where pre-dinner drinks were enjoyed before moving to the Members Dining Room.

The evening was hosted by MCC committeeman Will Fowles, who warmed up the crowd with a game of heads and tails before an address by Major General Jim Barry AM MBE who spoke about the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize which gives students the opportunity to travel overseas on a study tour to sites sacred to the memory of men and women who served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front in World War I. When the room fell silent for a minute's reflection, the enormity of the occasion was recognised.

Once the formalities were over members and guests danced the night away to a variety of tunes from DJ Nader. The Photobooth was a highlight of the night with people queuing to have some fun and memorable photos taken with friends.

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Matilda Bay Brewer’s Bite at the MCC
Thursday March 31, 2011

The club was delighted to hold an exciting new function offering members and guests the opportunity to learn more about boutique beer production and enjoy food to match.

Under the guidance of head brewer Scott Vincent, 80 members and guests enjoyed a selection of premium beers from Matilda Bay Brewing Company, while learning the art of the brewing process and the different techniques involved to produce each beer.

Fat Yak, Beez Neez, Redback and Big Helga were some of the seven beers sampled throughout the night, each complimented with food produced by EPICURE.

Between tastings guests were entertained by singer and guitarist Laura K Clarke. Guests experienced first hand the pleasure of matching beer and food while developing an appreciation of boutique premium beer and fine food.

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MFC/MCC Game Day Function
Sunday March 27, 2011

Over 130 members and guests enjoyed the surrounds of the Jim Stynes Room for the first MFC/MCC Game Day Function for season 2011.

They were joined by a host of former Demon players including Stephen Tingay, Rod Grinter and Tony Sullivan. Current players Austin Wonaeamirri and Kelvin Lawrence had a brief chat with MC Stephen Phillips and MCC vice-president and former Melbourne player, Steven Smith, welcomed members and guests. Jim Stynes also made a special appearance on the day - a highlight for everyone in attendance.

Attendees watched passionately as the Demons fought back in the last quarter to eventually tie the game against Sydney Swans and give the supporters great hope for the 2011 season.

Don’t miss out on the next MFC/MCC Game Day Function to be held on Mother’s Day (May 8) when Melbourne take on the Adelaide Crows.

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From left: Tim Lane hosts a panel comprising Nick Maxwell, Danny Frawley and Tim Watson at the 2011 MCG Footy Season Launch Luncheon on March 23.MCG Footy Season Launch Luncheon
Wednesday March 23, 2011

More than 300 members and guests enjoyed the build up to the 2011 AFL season at the MCG Footy Season Launch Luncheon today in the Members Dining Room.

Hosted by broadcaster Tim Lane, new MCC president Paul Sheahan addressed his first official function, before Collingwood premiership captain Nick Maxwell gave some forthright and insightful views on the state of the game and what his team was doing to avoid the dreaded premiership hangover.

Later, former Essendon champion Tim Watson and decorated St Kilda defender Danny Frawley joined Maxwell for an entertaining chat about the big issues in the game - and some very funny anecdotes from yesteryear!

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Members Golf Day – President’s Cup
Tuesday February 15, 2011

The weather conditions proved perfect for this year’s Members' Golf Day for the President’s Cup which was once again played at the prestigious Kingston Heath Golf Club.

A field of nearly 200 players battled the challenging fairways and fast-paced greens for the title, with James Young being this year’s winner with 41 stableford points.

The presentation dinner was hosted by John Anderson and included an address from Rod Leembruggen, an event specialist who has been intricately involved in the development of many of Australia’s leading golf tournaments over the past 20 years.

WINNERS

MCC PRESIDENT’S CUP (Best Stableford Score)

James Young (24 handicap) 41 points

TEAM AGGREGATE

Winner - Bill Norman, Rob Worthington, Kim Luff and Tino Marget (137 points)

Runner up - Stephen Gough, Lindsay Baud, Michael Bottomley, John Jeffries (136 Points)

Men’s Division 1 (Handicap 0-10)
Bernie Upjohn 38 (countback) (10)
David Mallett 38 (5)
Peter Holt 37 (7)

Men’s Division 2 (11-20)
Donald Carmichael 40 (10)
Bill Norman 39 (18)
John Robertson 38 (15)

Men’s Division 3 (21-27)
Peter McAllister 39 (21)
Barrie Laws 38 (countback) (25)
Chris Farrell 38 (23)

Women’s Open
Libby Day 36 (4)
Heather Penman 32 (18)
Christine Dobson 31 (countback) (17)

LONGEST DRIVE
Kingsley Ferguson (7th hole)
Richard Scott (18th hole)
Libby Day (7th hole)
Libby Day (18th hole)

NEAREST THE PIN
Ranjit Rao (5th hole)
Stephen Gough (10th hole)
Rob Worthington (15th hole)

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Former MCC President, David Meiklejohn (left), with guest speaker Ron Clarke.Australia Day Luncheon
Wednesday January 26, 2011

One of Australia’s greatest athletes and former Olympian, Ron Clarke was the guest speaker at the 2011 Australia Day Luncheon held in the dining room amongst nearly 200 members and guests.

Clarke spoke enthusiastically about his sporting experiences at the MCG, in particular his vivid memories of participating as the last runner in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Torch Relay and the lighting of the cauldron.

Clarke recalled witnessing, both as a spectator and an athlete, many great sporting achievements at events held at the MCG and his presentation was augmented by images and footage relating to his athletic career, and drawn largely from the MCC heritage collection.

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Members and guests enjoying the 2010 Women in Cricket Test Breakfast.Women in Cricket Breakfast
Monday December 27, 2010

The Women in Cricket Breakfast was held on Day 2 of the Test and once again Angela Pippos hosted the event which was attended by just under 400 members and guests.

The club was delighted to have current Australia batting coach Justin Langer as the keynote speaker who entertained the crowd with a humorous story telling of his experiences leading into his first Test match for Australia.

Members and guests also heard from current Vic Spirit player Kristin Beames and former Australian women’s cricketer Melanie Jones who gave some wonderful insight into the world of women’s cricket.

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Surprise guest, Hugh Jackman, at the 2010 Boxing Day Breakfast.Boxing Day Breakfast
Sunday December 26, 2010

In an Ashes year, the Boxing Day Breakfast was only open to members in the Reserve on Day 1 of the Test.

With nearly 500 members in attendance, they were entertained with the ever buoyant Darren Berry as MC and former England batsman, coach and now commentator David Lloyd.

However the crowd was kept to complete silence as poet Rupert McCall recited his poem ‘Tale of the Bail’ but was met with resounding applause upon its completion.

A couple of guest appearances by MCC cricketer Andrew McDonald and Hollywood star Hugh Jackman meant there was something for everyone at this year’s Boxing Day Breakfast.

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Christmas Day Luncheon
Saturday December 25, 2010

With the English in town for the Boxing Day Test, the club opened the Members Dining Room to visiting members of the Marylebone Cricket Club, as well as our own members for a feast on Christmas Day. Once again the luncheon was well attended with nearly 350 members and guests enjoying the surrounds of the MCG on this special day.

A visit from a jovial Santa ensured all in attendance enjoyed the Christmas cheer.

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Members and guests enjoying pre-dinner drinks in the Long Room.Members Dinner
Friday December 10, 2010

The club was delighted to have former England all-rounder and current chairman of selectors Geoff Miller respond to Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland’s toast to cricket.

Sutherland spoke of the many aspects and forms of the current game, but the evening’s message was that cricket is a game for all Australians.

Miller’s response highlighted why he is regarded as one of Britain’s finest after-dinner speakers, regaling members with stories of his days as an English player and that infamous catch on the MCG in 1982 to take Jeff Thompson’s wicket and prevent Australia from clinching an unlikely Test victory.

Hosted by Tim Lane, the evening also included a wonderful response from Tony Charlton to a presentation made to him by the club in appreciation of his enormous contributions over the past 16 years. Delivered in Tony’s usual style and sophistication, he performed his response without notes and referred to his time at the MCC as “a privilege to be part of the passing parade".

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New 50-Year Members' Luncheons
Thursday December 2, 2010

Our new 50-Year members were welcomed at a special luncheon on Thursday December 2 in the Members Dining Room with 249 newly appointed 50-Year members in attendance.

All new 50-Year members receive a welcome pack including a 50-Year member tie, pin and membership card celebrating their long serving membership to the MCC.

Among the newly appointed 50-Year members, were Governor of Victoria, Prof David de Kretser AC, Daryl Jackson, former VFL player Colin Kinnear and Ron Walker.

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2010 MCC President's Plater winner Greg Chappell (second left) with team mates Bob Lloyd, John Lill and Tony Waller.Members' Golf Day - Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Tuesday November 30, 2010

On an overcast day at the famous Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Greg Chappell with 40 stableford points off a handicap of 8 took out the MCC President’s Plate at the Members' Golf Day on Tuesday November 30.

The President’s Plate is one two members’ golf days held each year. While the President’s Cup is competed for at the Kingston Heath Golf Club each year, the Plate event has been rotated through several of Melbourne’s famous sand belt courses since its inception in 2004.

The best performed female in the field was Susan Macmillan who had 31 points off a 30 handicap.

WINNERS

Members participating in the 2010 Members' Golf Day at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.MCC PRESIDENT’S PLATE (Best Stableford Score)

Greg Chappell (8 handicap) 40 points

TEAM AGGREGATE

Winner - Bob Lloyd, John Lill, Tony Waller and Greg Chappell (123 points)

Runner up - Damien Slocom, Peter Oliver, N. Oliver, S. Doran (121 Points)

Men’s Division 1 (Handicap 0-10)
Greg Chappell 40 (8)
Brian Meneilly 33 (3)
Ian Denny 32 (6)

Men’s Division 2 (11-20)
Ross Murray 39 (17)
Damien Slocom 38 (17)
John Anderson 37 (19)

Men’s Division 3 (21-27)
Barrie Laws 38 (24)
Peter Oliver 36 (25)
Robert Jackson 35 C/B (25)

Women’s Open
Sue Macmillian 31 (30)
Susan Baker 27 (13)
Margaret Rush 26 (13)

LONGEST DRIVE
Kingsley Ferguson (1st hole)
Kingsley Ferguson (15th hole)
Shona MacInnes (1st hole)
Sue Baker (15th hole)

NEAREST THE PIN
Wendy MacPherson (5th hole)
Robin Pratt (7th hole)
John Gerrand (13th hole)
Robin Pratt (16th hole)

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2010 Annual 50-Year Members' Luncheon.Annual 50-Year Members' Luncheons
Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26, 2010

The club once again hosted two Annual 50-Year Members' Luncheons in late November last year, with just under 800 members and guests in attendance across both days. The lunches always prove to be a wonderful occasion for members to catch up with old friends, with many members now organising their own table of friends to enjoy a meal with.

Some notable 50-Year members in attendance included John Fraser, Ron Barassi, Noel McMahen, Frank Adams and the club’s longest serving member, Rev Paul Ryan OAM who was elected to membersship in 1927!

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2010Hans Ebeling Awar Winner, Peter Wright (left) with former MCC President, David Meiklejohn.Annual Sporting Sections Dinner
Tuesday November 16, 2010

The MCC Sporting Sections held their annual dinner in the Members Dining Room on November 16. The night is always packed with fun, as each of the club’s 12 sports gather to review the year and enjoy each other’s company.

A highlight of the evening was Peter Wright, president of the Squash Section being awarded the Hans Ebeling Award for "Outstanding Service to Sporting Sections". Peter becomes the 27th winner of the Hans Ebeling Award since its inception in 1981 to perpetuate the memory of one of the MCC's greatest contributors as both player and administrator, Hans Ebeling.

The Hockey Section’s Rob Jenkins, collected a Certificate of Merit recognising loyal and long-standing service to the sporting sections.

Melbourne footballers David Neitz, Colin Sylvia and Jared Rivers were among those to receive a player’s tie or pin to acknowledge long-standing service to their sport.

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MCC members' marquee at the 2010 Australian Master Open.Australian Masters Golf Experience
Thursday November 11 – Sunday November 14, 2010

In conjunction with our hospitality partner, Spotless, the club was delighted to again provide the opportunity for MCC members and guests to enjoy a hospitality package in a private MCC marquee during the Australian Masters Golf at Victoria Golf Club.

Members had exclusive access to an MCC hospitality marquee at the course, inbetween watching a few holes from a high-class field that included Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods.

While Tiger didn’t repeat his previous year’s triumph, golf fans were still left to marvel at being up close to one of the world’s greatest sportsmen.

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Tom Harley speaking at the 2010 Annual Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Lunch.Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Luncheon
Monday September 20, 2010

MCC Sporting Section and Special Interest Group members gathered to soak up the atmosphere of the biggest week on the footy calendar at the annual Sporting Sections Grand Final Week Luncheon.

Ian Cover and Tony Leonard, back for an 18th consecutive year as function hosts, quizzed Geelong’s dual premiership captain and Channel 7 commentator Tom Harley on the Collingwood-St Kilda clash, as well as his insights into his former team’s demise in the preliminary final.

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Kamahl singing the National Anthem at the 2010 Brownlow Dinner.Brownlow Dinner with The Coodabeens
Monday September 20, 2010

More than 450 members and guests attended the fifth Brownlow Dinner hosted by the hilarious Coodabeen Champions.

Members and guests enjoyed a light-hearted look at football’s night of night’s in the Members Dining Room.

This year, renowned entertainer Kamahl was a surprise guest, brought out on stage mid-function to lead the entire room in a rendition of the Australian national anthem!

It was all part of an action-packed evening, as attendees took on personas of high-profile personalities and acted out some of the key moments in 2010.

The night was filled with live crosses to the telecast of the Brownlow Medal count while “The Coodabeens” unique brand of humour and some Greg Champion songs keep members and guests entertained while the vote count unfolded.

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Former Australian captain Kim Hughes speaks at the 2010 Bradman LuncheonThe Bradman Luncheon
Thursday August 26, 2010

The tenth annual Bradman Luncheon was another stunning success, with more than 400 members and guests gathering in the Members Dining Room to honour Australia's greatest cricketer, on the eve of his 102nd birthday.

Hughes, who captained Australia in 28 of his 70 Tests from 1977 to 1984, gave an entertaining address on his playing days, as well as some passionate views on today's society and how more can be done to help those who need it in our community.

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"You don’t have to be a member of the baggy green club to have that Aussie spirit," Hughes said, baggy green cap in hand.

"The challenge for all of us is how can we be that little bit better, that extra two or three per cent? Because we have the highest suicide rate among males under 21 than anywhere in the world. What we need is leadership from people within the communities."

Hughes also recalled fondly his famous century on Boxing Day in 1981 against the mighty West Indies, an innings that Wisden ranked the ninth best of all time. "Without a doubt it was my best innings," he said.

Hosted by the supremely talented Gerard Whateley, the function also heard from a panel comprising former Victorian Test players Damien Fleming, Keith Stackpoleand Colin McDonald on a variety of cricket issues. MFC/MCC Game Day functions

Members get into the spirit at a 2010 MFC/MCC Game Day LuncheonThe club once again hosted four MCC/MFC game day functions during the 2010 AFL season to provide additional benefits to members who joined the Melbourne Football Club as well. 

The functions provide an opportunity to enjoy a sit-down meal in the surrounds of the Jim Stynes Room accompanied by an MC and entertainment.

Despite the Demons Round 1 loss to the Hawks, the remaining three match day functions proved to be a wonderful success with more than 100 members and guests in attendance at each match, and on two occasions a full house.

The first sell out function was hosted on the evening of the Breast Cancer Network Association’s (BCNA) highly successful ‘Field of Women’ evening when the Demons took on the Bulldogs.  Our members were fortunate to hear from breast cancer survivor and BCNA spokeswoman, Raelene Boyle as well as AFL Commissioner Linda Dessau.

No doubt the return of the 2000 Grand Final team, headed by former captain David Neitz for the Melbourne v Essendon match was a highlight for those in attendance on the day.  It provided former Melbourne players a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old teammates, as well as offering our members a great chance to mingle with the boys.

The final match day function held at the Melbourne v Richmond clash on August 8 was a fantastic match for our members to see out a successful year for the Demons. 

Members were fortunate to hear from former Melbourne great Robbie Flower and Barry Bourke who were also joined by a host of former Demon players from the 70s.  Stephen Phillips once again hosted each of the four match day functions with great poise, polish and humour.

We are all looking forward to an exciting 2011 season as the young Demon hopefuls build on their 2010 successes.

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Young Members' Anzac Ball
Friday April 23, 2010

The third Young Members' Anzac Ball was held in the magnificent Members Dining Room. The glamorous event was hosted by the club for young members aged 18-40 years. The event was quick to book out with more than 400 members and guests attending.

Entering along the red carpet to the historic Long Room, members and guests enjoyed pre-dinner drinks and canapés, before moving to the Members Dining Room.

Hosted by MCC club manager Mark Anderson, the crowd was addressed by Peter Smith OAM, Appeals Director, Victorian RSL, who gave a thought provoking speech on the sacrifices made by our diggers. When the room fell silent for a minute's reflection, the enormity of the occasion was recognised.

Once the formalities were over the dance floor filled and members and guests danced the night away.

Be sure to mark you diaries for 2011!

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Footy Season Launch Luncheon
Wednesday March 24, 2010

Gary Ablett’s Gold Coast offer, Barry Hall, Brendan Fevola and the nine-point super goal dominated discussion as a panel of experts dissected the big issues in the game at today’s MCG Footy Season Launch Luncheon in the Members Dining Room.

The gathering of MCC members and guests heard from recently retired Tiger star Matthew Richardson, who reminisced about his distinguished career with MC Tim Lane, before joining Brownlow medallist Gerard Healy and legendary player and coach Leigh Matthews in an entertaining chat on the eve of the season opener between Richmond and Carlton tomorrow night.

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Members' Golf Day
Tuesday February 23, 2010

Bob Lloyd presenting the President's Cup to winner Chris FarrellPicture perfect conditions greeted 180 MCC golfers at the Members’ Golf Day at the prestigious Kingston Heath Golf Club on Tuesday February 23.

Congratulations to Chris Farrell who took home the President’s Cup with 39 Stableford points on a count back from Libby Day who won the women’s event.

The President’s Cup is one two members’ golf days held each year. While the President’s Cup is competed for at the Kingston Heath Golf Club each year, the Plate event has been rotated through several of Melbourne’s famous sand belt courses since its inception in 2004.

TEAM AGGREGATE
Winners
- Elizabeth Day, Roderick Sitlington, Susan Baker and Susan Beaurepaire (138 points)
Runner up - Mark Anderson, Michael Sholly, Clive Driscoll and John Anderson (135 points)

LONGEST DRIVE

Seventh hole - Men's: Darren Milo
- Ladies: Sue Baker

Eighteenth hole - Men's: Damian Ramondetta
- Ladies: Christine Dobson

NEAREST THE PIN

Fifth hole: Barry Christian
Tenth hole: Robert Flower
Fifteenth hole: Christine Dobson

Men’s Division 1 (Handicap 0-10)
David Mallet 37 (4)
Ian Denny 34 (4) on countback
Peter Holt 34 (6)

Men’s Division 2 (11-20)
Mark Blashki 37 (11)
John Hamilton 36 (19) on countback
John Robertson 36 (16)

Men’s Division 3 (21-27)
Aaron Whyte 36 (21)
Daniel Carmody 34 (22)
Timothy Stewart 34 (22) on countback

Women’s Open
Elizabeth Day 39 (3)
Christine Dobson 37 (16)
Sue Baker 36 (12)

Geoff Lawson speaking at the 2009 Women in Cricket Test Breakfast.Women in Cricket Test Breakfast
Sunday December 27, 2010

Angela Pippos hosted the third Women in Cricket Test Breakfast on Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test amongst 260 members and guests.

This year’s guest speaker, Geoff Lawson, spoke of his amazing experiences as coach of the Pakistan cricket team and the nation’s passion for the sport and its stars. Members and guests also heard from Callum Ferguson and Vic Spirit team member Sarah Elliott throughout the morning.

As formalities drew to a close, Angela Pippos was interrupted by former Australian cricketer Simon O’Donnell, who entered the rear of the Members Dining Room carrying a surprise birthday cake in celebration of her birthday.

 

Waqar Younis and Darren Berry at the 2009 Boxing Day BreakfastBoxing Day Breakfast
Saturday December 26, 2010

The 2009 Boxing Day breakfast was once again a sold out success with just under 500 members and guests arriving at the ground by 7.00am for a morning of entertainment.

Hosted by Darren Berry, members and guests heard from former Pakistan great Waqar Younis who told guests about the enormous impact the IPL has had on cricket around the world and the incredible profile cricketers have in Pakistan and India. He was joined by recently retired Australian cricketer Brad Hodge who received a warm round of applause from members as he spoke honestly and passionately of his decision to step down from his contract with Cricket Australia.

 

New 50-Year Members' Luncheon
Thursday December 3, 2009

MCC president David Meiklejohn (right) with Melbourne Football Club premiership player Laurie Mithen at the MCC New 50-Year Members' Luncheon.The club held a lunch in the Members Dining Room on Thursday December 3 to welcome the latest intake of 50-Year members.

More than 330 new 50-Year members attended the function, from an eligible 494 who were invited, all of whom were elected to MCC membership in 1959.

Sixteen members travelled from interstate to attend the event, while Geoff Swann came all the way from Tucson, Arizona!

Among this year's intake of new 50-Year members is five-time Melbourne Football Club premiership player Laurie Mithen, pictured here with MCC president David Meiklejohn.

There are now more than 2500 MCC members who have reached the 50-year milestone.


Members' Golf Day
Monday November 30, 2009

President's Plate winner Mark Reynolds (right) with MCC vice president Paul Sheahan at the 2009 Members' Golf Day at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.In blustery conditions at the famous Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Mark Reynolds with 40 stableford points off a handicap of 15 took out the MCC President’s Plate at the Members' Golf Day.

The President’s Plate is one two members’ golf days held each year. While the President’s Cup is competed for at the Kingston Heath Golf Club each year, the Plate event has been rotated through several of Melbourne’s famous sand belt courses since its inception in 2004.

The best performed female in the field was Susan Beaurepaire who had 32 points off a 12 handicap.

TEAM AGGREGATE
Winner - Mark Anderson, John Anderson, David Broad and Dean Jones (128 points)
Runner up - Gerard Ward, William Cooper, Anthony Ward and Mark Stapleton (124 points)

Men’s Division 1 (Handicap 0-10)
Matthew Sproule 37 (10)
Teams event winners at the Members' Golf Day - John Anderson, Mark Anderson, David Broad and Dean Jones.Alister Etheridge 35 (7)
Richard Scott 34 (10)

Men’s Division 2 (11-20)
Benjamin Thiedeman 36 (11)
Bill Pattison 35 (18)
Ross Troon 35 (14)

Men’s Division 3 (21-27)
Peter Wilson 38 (22)
Aaron White 37 (22)
Peter Kemp 34 (23)

Women’s Open
Sue Beaurepaire 32 (12)
Christine Dobson 31 (18)
Jan Lovett 31 (25)

Annual 50 Year Member Luncheons
Thursday November 26 and Friday November 27, 2009

On Thursday November 26 and Friday November 27 two luncheons were held in the Members Dining Room for 50-year members of the club.

Due to the continuing increase in the number of 50-year members, the club again held two separate luncheons.

Of the 2000 50-year members invited, over 500 attended including the clubs longest serving members, Rev Paul Ryan OAM (pictured far right in photo).

Robert Rouch (right) accepting his award from MCC President David MeiklejohnAnnual Sporting Sections Dinner
Tuesday November 17

Members of the clubs 11 Sporting Sections attended the 30th Annual Sporting Sections Dinner held in the Members Dining Room on November 17. Reports from all sections were read out including a number of highlights from many sections throughout their respective seasons.

A highlight of the evening was Robert Rouch, President of the Bowls Section being awarded the Hans Ebeling Award for ‘Outstanding Service to Sporting Sections’.

Robert becomes the 26th winner of the Hans Ebeling Award since its inception in 1981 to perpetuate the memory of one of the MCC's greatest contributors as both player and administrator, Hans Ebeling.

Congratulations Robert!


Brownlow Dinner 2009

Monday September 21, 2009

More than 450 members and guests attended the fourth Brownlow Dinner hosted by the hilarious Coodabeen Champions.

The night was filled with live crosses to the telecast of the Brownlow Medal count while “The Coodabeens” unique brand of humour and some Greg Champion songs keep members and guests entertained while the vote count unfolded.

In true Brownlow dinner style, "Gary Ablett" was awared the "Brownlow medal" to a thunderous round of applause.


MCC/MFC Members' Game Day Luncheon
Sunday August 30, 2009

More than 200 members and guests attended the final MFC/MCC Members' Luncheon in the Jim Stynes Room on August 30, including two of Melbourne's great players from the 1980s and 1990s.

Prior to the match, master of ceremonies Stephen Phillips introduced and interviewed Rodney Grinter and Sean Wight and Cameron Bruce called in for a chat to discuss the team’s preparation for the game.

Although going down to the Saints by 47 points, the Demons showed true team spirit and created a memorable farewell match for Russell Robertson, Matthew Whelan and Paul Wheatley.

 

Hadlee off long run at Bradman Luncheon
Thursday August 27, 2009

More than 450 MCC members and guests have celebrated the birthday of Australia’s greatest cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman, at The Bradman Luncheon in the Members Dining Room.

On the ninth occasion the club has honoured Bradman in this fashion since his passing in 2001, former New Zealand all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee was a wonderful guest speaker. The event featured musicians, performers and cricketers, all chosen to reflect the taste and style of The Don during his lifetime, as well as a cameo from five-time British Open champion, Peter Thomson, who had recently celebrated his 80th birthday and spoke of his interactions with Bradman.

As is customary at the Bradman Luncheon, a string of extremely talented musicians – including Sally Cooper (violinist) and Alan Kogosowski (piano) – also delivered powerful performances that enthralled the audience.

In a humorous display, Hadlee delivered the keynote address, touching on his experiences in Australia, personal encounters with Bradman (including the sharing of written correspondence between the pair) as well as his fears for the future of Test cricket.

"Players are judged by their peers on what they do in Test cricket," he said. "T20 is moving too fast. There was a World Cup in England this year, now there's another one next year in the West Indies. To me, World Cups are something you build up to, to make them very, very special. Authorities need to take control."

Hadlee told of another letter he had been sent by a man who once had ambitions to play for New Zealand, but was now 63 and found it difficult to get to the cricket because "they prefer to keep me in on weekends". The man, it transpired, had three years to serve for aggravated burglary. "If it helps," he wrote, "the house I burgled was owned by an Australian."

Concluded Hadlee: "I sent him two signed shirts, saying: `Well done'."

Earlier, author Paul Daley told of "bush Bradmans" as part of his research into a new book on century makers. One, Ross "Nobby" Clark, from the Mornington Peninsula, recently made his first century, in his 33rd season and 411th game. He is 60 years old.

Of the 264 centuries made for Rupanyup, in the Wimmera, 212 have been made by just two families, the Morgans and the Ballantynes. Eliciting the most gasps, though, was the story of Les Wheeler, of Korumburra and surrounds, who contracted polio at 20, but - wearing a caliper from ankle to hip and batting with a runner – afterwards made 15 centuries, all of them opening the batting.

Along with Hadlee, a number of former Test cricketers were also in attendance, including Cricket Victoria chief executive Tony Dodemaide, Paul Sheahan, Colin Guest, Lindsay Kline, Betty Wilson, Jeff Moss, Ian Meckiff, Ian Redpath, Keith Stackpole and Colin McDonald.


MCC/MFC Members' Game Day Luncheon
Saturday July 4, 2009

More than 140 members and guests attended the MFC/MCC Members' Luncheon in the Jim Stynes Room on July 4, including some of Melbourne's great players from the 1970’s.

Prior to the match, master of ceremonies Stephen Phillips introduced and interviewed Paul Callery and Gary Hardeman and Lynden Dunn called in for a chat to discuss the team’s preparation for the game.

Melbourne acting president Don McLardy also popped in, on a day when the Demons showed true team spirit and got up to beat the Eagles in a fast paced, exciting match.


Young Members' Anzac Eve Ball
Friday April 24, 2009

The second Young Members Anzac Eve Ball was held in the magnificent Members Dining Room.  The glamorous event was hosted by the club for young members aged 18-40 years.  The event was quick to book out and was a highlight on Melbourne’s social calendar with more than 400 members and guests attending.

Members and guests entered along the red carpet to the magnificent Long Room where pre-dinner drinks and canapés were enjoyed, before moving to the Members Dining Room. 

Hosted by MCC club manager Mark Anderson, the crowd was addressed by Mike Annett CSC, CEO of the Victorian RSL, who gave a thought provoking speech on the sacrifices made be our diggers.  When the room fell silent for a minute's reflection the enormity of the occasion was recognised.

Once the formalities were over the dance floor took centre stage for the remainder of the evening. 

Be sure to mark you diaries for 2010! 


MCC/MFC Members' Game Day Luncheon
Melbourne Football Club president Jim Stynes with members of Melbourne's 1959 VFL premiership team at the MCG on Sunday April 19.Sunday April 19, 2009 

More than 120 members and guests attended the MFC/MCC Members' Luncheon in the Jim Stynes Room on April 19, including seven members of Melbourne's 1959 premiership team.

Prior to the match, master of ceremonies Stephen Phillips introduced all the premiership players and interviewed John Lord and John Beckwith. Russell Robertson called in for a chat, fresh from his comeback match with the Casey Scorpions.

Melbourne president Jim Stynes also popped in, on a day when the Demons opened their accunt for the season with an eight-point win over Richmond.

Pictured standing here are John Lord, Ian Thorogood, Dick Fenton-Smith and captain John Beckwith. Sitting are Alan Rowarth, Jim Stynes and Geoff Tunbridge.


2009 Footy Launch Luncheon
Wednesday March 25, 2009

As the 2009 AFL season prepared to get underway, more than 360 MCC members and guests welcomed back footy at the MCG Footy Season Launch Luncheon in the Members Dining Room on Wednesday March 25.

This year’s luncheon was hosted by Channel 10 football broadcaster Tim Lane, who kicked off proceedings by quizzing Carlton vice-captain and midfield star Nick Stevens about his injury that would keep him out of the following night’s much-anticipated season opener against the Tigers.

Of course, it was the Richmond-Carlton opening night that was the talk of the town. Would Richmond live up to the hype? Could Ben Cousins’ body withstand the rigours of AFL footy? Is Carlton the real deal? Sadly for Tigers supporters, the answers became clear before the night was out.

To discuss these issues and more at the luncheon was a panel of big names: recently retired Hawthorn star Shane Crawford, former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon and the current Melbourne coach, Dean Bailey.  

Crawford in particular provided a fascinating insight into his former team’s infamous “rolling zone”, while Bailey gave the pro-Melbourne crowd an outline of his plan and some of the Demon youngsters to keep an eye on.

The function was enjoyed by all and we look forward to the 2010 luncheon.



Members Golf Day - Kingston Heath Golf ClubPresidents Cup winner Paul D’Amico (right) with MCC Committeeman, Peter Mitchell
Tuesday February 24, 2009

Following the recent hot weather, it was a fine day that greeted MCC golfers at Kingston Heath on Tuesday February 24.

The day drew a field of 160 members and it was hats off to Paul D’Amico, who took out the President’s Cup with 41 Stableford points to win the overall competition.

This was the 15th MCC Members' Golf Day held at Kingston Heath Golf Club and the course was in pristine condition with numerous fast greens proving to be challenging for many.

RESULTS:

Category                                                                                  Winner                                                         Runner Up
MCC PRESIDENT’S CUP            
(Best Stableford score)                                                        Paul D’Amico (41 pts)
MEN’S STABLEFORD DIVISION 1 (0-10)                        Trevor McDonald (38)                                 Brian White (37)
MEN’S STABLEFORD DIVISION 2 (11-20)                      Peter Fenton (40)                                        Michael Edgar (39)
MEN’S STABLEFORD DIVISION 3 (21-27)                      Dan Carmody (37)                                      John Macnish (34)
WOMEN'S STABLEFORD INDIVIDUAL                            Heather Penman (35)                                Janette Chrimes (33)

TEAM AGGREGATE                                                             Paul D’Amico (127)                                     Andrew Mirams (125)
                                                                                                Robin Pratt                                                    Michael Westmore
                                                                                                Simon McCleery                                           David Wilson  
                                                                                                John De Kever

LONGEST DRIVE WINNERS                                            Gary Stone Dean Jones, Janette Chrimes and Jan Lupson

NEAREST THE PIN WINNERS                                         Dan Carmody, Rob Peake and Trevor McDonald

AUSTRALIA DAY LUNCHEON
Sir Arvi Parbo adresses the 2009 Australia Day Luncheon Monday January 26, 2009

A great Australian, Sir Arvi Parbo, addressed members and guests at the 2009 Australia Day luncheon in the Members Dining Room on Monday January 26.

The Parbo journey is a great migrant success story. Along with a 43-year career at Western Mining Corporation, Sir Arvi also was chairman of Alcoa and BHP and held directorships at a number of blue-chip companies.

Drawing on his experiences in the business world and as an immigrant in the 1960s, Sir Arvi explored Australia as a nation today and where its future lies.

"We must not think of the situation at any particular time as "normal", in the sense that this is how it should or will remain," Sir Arvi said. "It won’t. The greatest certainty about the world is that it will keep changing. Nothing can stop this. There will be periods of progress and times when setbacks occur, as we are experiencing at present. The trend, however, is clearly upwards."
 
Read a full transcript of Sir Arvi Parbo's Australia Day Luncheon speech.


Melbourne chairman Jim Stynes at the Long Room Lunch in his honour.LONG ROOM LUNCH WITH JIM STYNES

Tuesday September 9, 2008

More than 180 MCC members and guests enjoyed an intimate lunch with Melbourne Football Club chairman and Brownlow medallist Jim Stynes OAM on Tuesday September 9 in the Long Room.

Following on from similarly successful lunches involving John Buchanan and Kevin Sheedy, guests heard from MFC football operations manager and former Demon player Chris Connolly, who introduced Stynes with a range of witty tales about the Irishmen’s early days in Australia and his passion for the red and blue.

Ireland’s most famous sporting export, the 1991 Brownlow Medallist won Melbourne’s best and fairest four times as a mobile ruckmen. During his 264-game career, he played a record 244 consecutive AFL games between 1987 and 1998.

In his new role as chairman, ‘Jimmy’ has vowed to turn around the club's fortunes. As guests enjoyed Epicure’s culinary delights in the club’s famous inner sanctum, Stynes outlined his fascinating career, including coming to grips with a foreign game in a foreign country, his first visit to the MCG, that infamous 15-metre penalty in the 1987 preliminary final, winning the Brownlow, his work with Reach Foundation and his plans for reinventing the Demons.

THE BRADMAN LUNCHEON: A CENTENARY CELEBRATION
Wednesday August 27, 2008

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Adam Gilchrist and wife Mel at the 2008 Bradman Luncheon in the Members Dining RoomMore than 400 MCC members and guests have marked the centenary of the birth of Australia’s greatest cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman, at The Bradman Luncheon – A Centenary Celebration in the Members Dining Room.

Jointly hosted by the MCC and Cricket Victoria, the event featured numerous musicians, performers and cricketers, all chosen to reflect the taste and style of The Don during his lifetime.

In an entertaining and polished display, recently retired cricket great Adam Gilchrist delivered the keynote address, touching on the achievements of Bradman as well as the future of the game and world cricket’s ability to manage progression. 

Another cricket immortal, 1948 ‘Invincibles’ member Arthur Morris, recounted tales of playing with The Don in the only way he knows how – with humour and humility.

Earlier, a string of extremely talented musicians – including Rebecca Chambers (piano), Sally Cooper (violinist) and Alan Kogosowski (piano) – delivered powerful performances that enthralled the audience.

Sir Donald’s granddaughter, Greta Bradman, sang a touching rendition of Amazing Grace, accompanied by Kogosowski on piano.  Greta then took questions from master of ceremonies Tony Charlton (who has presided eloquently over each of the eight Bradman Luncheons) and talked fondly about ‘grandad’.  The day was capped off by a spectacular act from world-renowned performers Soul Mystique.

Gilchrist, who played his final MCG international match in February this year, said he was humbled to be asked to address such a momentous event.

“It’s a huge thrill and an honour for myself and my family members to be asked to be a part of such a special occasion, said Gilchrist. “To be here at the MCG, which still gives me a nice little chill down the spine and a flutter of the heart, makes it even more special.

I look out there now and although it has changed so much, it still remains the same – the heartbeat and the focus of the cricket world. They really do acknowledge the MCG the world over as one of the really great stadiums that cricket is lucky to have.”

Gilchrist admitted to a strong affiliation with the cricketers of the Bradman era, recalling the honour of receiving his baggy green cap on Test debut from another ‘Invincible’ Bill Brown in 1999. He also touched on the fate of world cricket, as it fights within itself to establish where Twenty20 cricket should sit in the landscape.

Along with Gilchrist and Morris, a number of former Test cricketers were also in attendance, including Cricket Victoria chief executive Tony Dodemaide, Paul Sheahan, Colin Guest, Lindsay Kline, Adam Dale, Jeff Moss, Ian Meckiff, Allan Connolly, Keith Stackpole and Colin McDonald.

OLYMPIC GAMES LUNCHEONPanel members, Claire Mitchell-Taverner, Russell Mark and Mike McKay with host Gerard Whateley
Tuesday July 8, 2008

What better way to celebrate the imminent arrival of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games than with a luncheon exactly one month out from the Opening Ceremony.

The MCC and Melbourne Press Club were thrilled to host the Olympic Games Luncheon in the Members Dining Room on Tuesday 8 July, with 170 members and guests treated to a panel discussion between Olympic gold medalists Russell Mark, Mike McKay and Claire Mitchell-Taverner. These successful and proud Olympians gave great insight to the rest of us mere mortals, of the rare chance to attend an Olympic event, winning gold and the aftermath that follows.

Talented ABC broadcaster, Gerard Whateley hosted the event, doing a brilliant job of setting the scene for the audience and raising questions to the panel who gave honest opinions about their personal experiences and representing their country. Russell, Mike and Claire also fielded questions from the floor that included subjects such as the pollution issues plaguing Beijing and its effect on competitors, whether Australian athletes who compete in the first three days of competition should be allowed to march in the Opening Ceremony and on a quirkier note, whether Blues fan Russell Mark, would choose a 2008 Carlton Premiership over gold!

Guests were also shown a snapshot of memorable moments from previous Olympic Games which I’m sure gave everyone lumps in their throat as they relived famous feats and marvelous achievements, posing the question…what inspiring stories of sporting triumph or tales of tragedy will emerge from Beijing?


Kevin Sheedy signs autograph at the 'Lunch with a Legend' event in the Long Room on July 1, 2008LUNCH WITH A LEGEND – KEVIN SHEEDY
Tuesday July 1, 2008

The club was delighted to host ‘Lunch with a Legend – Kevin Sheedy’ in the prestigious surrounds of the Long Room on Tuesday July 1.  With nearly 180 members and guests in attendance, the function was a sell out as Sheedy continues to attract interest from football enthusiasts, not just Essendon supporters.

Essendon board member and MCG architect Daryl Jackson introduced Sheedy in brilliant fashion, speaking passionately of the working relationship and subsequent friendship the two of them have developed over many decades.  Jackson’s respect and admiration for Sheedy was evident.

Immediately upon reaching the lectern, Sheedy’s presence commanded full attention and the entire room fell silent.  The silence did not break throughout his entire address, other than those times when he had the crowd in fits of laughter, taking them on a roller coaster of stories and theories. 

Yes, the Martians were discussed, as too his involvement in the development of indigenous players to our great game.  But perhaps the most stirring aspect of his address was his message to all in attendance that some decisions made in your life by others can in fact have a profound impact on your own destiny.

His zest for life and passion for our national sport has not dwindled since his departure from Essendon. In fact, it may have stepped up a notch!  Either way, our members and guests were treated to a fascinating address by a brilliant mind.

YOUNG MEMBERS ANZAC EVE BALL
Thursday April 24, 2008

The inaugural Young Members Anzac Eve Ball was held in the magnificent Members Dining Room on Thursday April 24, 2008.  This was the first time the club had hosted a ball for our young members and it proved to be a great success with nearly 500 members and guests in attendance.

Hosted by MCC committeeman Will Fowles, the crowd was addressed by RSL appeals director Peter Smith OAM who gave a stirring address highlighting the incredible sacrifices Australian soldiers have made in the past, paying special tribute to the 90th anniversary of Australia's victory at Villers-Bretonneux.

Former Collingwood captain and coach Tony Shaw also spoke of the significance of Anzac Day and his special involvement in the traditional Anzac Day match between Essendon and Collingwood, speaking of how powerful the day is for the players and coaches of both clubs.

Once the formalities were over, the dance floor was the place to be.  A great night was had by all and no doubt the function will be quickly put into the 2009 calendar!


MCG FOOTY SEASON LAUNCH LUNCHEON
Wednesday March 19, 2008

The MCG Footy Season Launch Luncheon was held in the Members Dining Room on Wednesday March 19, on the eve of the first match of the 2008 AFL season.

With nearly 350 members and guests in attendance, this year’s luncheon was hosted by ABC commentator and TV personality, Gerard Whateley.  Whateley conducted an interview with Melbourne FC general manager of football operations Chris Connolly and welcomed the newly appointed chief executive, Paul McNamee.

The high-class footy panel consisted of recently retired greats Nathan Buckley and Luke Darcy as well as former Richmond and Collingwood full forward and Channel 9 personality Brian Taylor.  It took plenty of work by Whateley to contain the enthusiasm of the panelists, in particular Taylor who had just finished enthralling the crowd with a story of his former glory when the dining room lost all AV power!

Whateley, as a true professional, continued in difficult circumstances to host the panel segment, interviewing the panelist on the upcoming season and in particular their Round 1 tips.  The crowd, despite the audio difficulties, was very patient and listened intently to Whateley and the panelists as they attempted to project their voices across the dining room.



We’re always aiming high when organising functions and events under the Melbourne Cricket Club banner and by any measure a string of top-notch luncheons and dinners over the 2007/08 summer would have left members and guests well pleased with their special day at the MCG. The 50-year members luncheon in 2007

A trifecta of 50-year members’ luncheons was well-attended and those new to the senior group were particularly complimentary about their function in the Members Dining Room.

With fifty-year membership now nudging 2000, there were two earlier luncheons for members and their guests on November 26-27. The annual events attracted nearly 500 fifty-year members across the two days; Former Geelong footballer Barry Stoneham entertained the first luncheon while prominent cricket author and journalist Gideon Haigh completed the first of two journeys to the microphone within a fortnight in his usual eloquent fashion.

More than 350 members enjoyed the club’s fourteenth annual black-tie dinner compered by master MC Tony Charlton on December 7 (see below for full report).

While guest speaker Rod Marsh pondered several of the weighty issues confronting administrators worldwide (see page 15), proposer of the toast to cricket, Gideon Haigh, reminded everybody of the threats to the game at the grass roots level.

Participants in the 2007 Members Golf DayHe told an amusing tale that illustrated how tough it has become to maintain turf-wicket competitions when councils are more interested in cutting costs than cutting the grass.

Perhaps the answer is to take up golf, as did the 130-plus members who played in the MCC Golf Day at Huntingdale on December 5. The course was in great shape and young Alexander Gough, son of Stephen, was in great form, taking out the President’s Plate with 41 Stableford points. Jan Lovett topped the ladies’ board with 36 points.

The MCC Volunteers’ Luncheon is always a sell-out affair and if recruitment plans come to fruition the club might have to hold two functions in future to cater for the crowd.

In thanking the volunteers for their contribution, museums general manager Gerry Kerlin reported that 80 new MCG guides had been recruited in 2007 and another 100 or so were required to reach the 350-plus pool needed to service visitors when the new National Sports Museum was fully operational in 2008.  

Santa pays the children a visit at the 2007 Christmas Day LuncheonAbout 250 members and their family and friends decided to leave the cares of the kitchen to Epicure and soak up the magic of the MCG on Christmas Day on the eve of the Boxing Day Test.

The Members Dining Room looked a picture. Santa spoilt the kids and a most relaxing day was had by all.

A month or so later, the legendary Ron Barassi was guest speaker at the club’s Australia Day luncheon; an impressive event organised by our volunteers and held on January 28 this year because The Police concert occupied the 26th.

Ron spoke passionately about a variety of topics, including his Kokoda Trail expedition in 2006 and his plans for a journey through Mongolia later this year.


Marsh eyes future at Members' Dinner

Rod Marsh at the 2007 Members' DinnerMembers were given a sneak peek into the future of cricket through the eyes of former Australian wicketkeeper Rod Marsh during keynote address to the MCC Members’ Dinner on December 7, 2007.

In a wide ranging and thought-provoking address at the annual black-tie function in the Members Dining Room, the 96-Test veteran and current director of the ICC Global Cricket Academy spoke passionately about the future direction of the game.

Marsh lamented slow over rates, predicted that Test cricket will continue to flourish in Australia and England but with doubts over the remaining countries. He suggested a 10-overs-per-side Australia-wide club competition for a million-dollar bounty and tagged China as the next frontier in world cricket.

In an entertaining and at times self-deprecating prelude to Marsh’s address, prominent cricket author and journalist Gideon Haigh provided insight into how Australian cricket has got to where it is, based on his observations and research for his recent book about the history of the Australian Cricket Board (now Cricket Australia).

“I have often thought we give ourselves over-much credit in this country for our cricket,” said Haigh. “We enjoy huge natural advantages in wealth, in weather, political stability, institutional strength and cultural pre-disposition.”

But it was Marsh’s futuristic look at the game, and his prediction that China will be a force in 30 years, that prompted most discussion among the 350-plus members.

“The only other country I could see perhaps coming into Test cricket is China,” he said. “They have got more than a billion people. I'm assuming they've got a lot of money and some tall and skilful blokes. I reckon they'll be the country to challenge India.”

On the subject of over rates, Marsh claimed the current rate in Test cricket made him angrier than anything else “except for missing a short putt”.

“How can they not bowl 90 six-ball overs in six hours?” Marsh pondered. “It is a disgrace and if you don't bowl 90 overs in six hours…suspend the captain immediately. Don't even give him a chance.”

Marsh follows a long list of distinguished cricketers to have headlined the Members’ Dinner, among them Sir Richard Hadlee, Lord Cowdrey, Kim Hughes, Wes Hall, Jeremy Coney, Mike Brearley, Sunil Gavaskar, Ian Healy and last year’s guest speaker, Graham Gooch. Prominent cricket journalists Tony Cozier and Mike Coward have also graced the podium.