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Welcome to Balcony Banter

From the Members Friday JUL 01

The Melbourne Cricket Club is one of the world’s great sporting organisations. Its home, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, is a magnificent sporting stadium.

The club and the MCG are part of our lives, and have provided us with so many wonderful moments.

A forum has been established to give MCC members a place to record some of those memories and to tell their own stories.Every member has a story and it’s those stories which make the MCC such a rich community.

They are life stories and they are sporting stories; stories of exhilarating footy matches, grand final victories, brilliant innings and match-winning bowling performances. They are stories of family and friends and catching up in the Percy Beames Bar; they are stories of the things that matter to people.

John Harms, who has been writing stories, and encouraging others to write, for many years will be our editor and is very keen to hear from you.

John is well known to those who love sport in Australia. He has written a number of books of sporting memoir, has been a columnist in The Australian, The Age and The Canberra Times and appears on ABC TV's Offsiders. He is contributing editor of the popular sports writing site www.footyalmanac.com.au.

He loves people and he loves a good yarn.

How it works

  1. We will publish pieces of writing for each match.
  2. The report of the match is an aspect of the piece – and can be as little or as much as you choose. The balance is up to you.
  3. But we want to hear more about you, our members. So the piece is as much about your own experience as an MCC member.
  4. The piece should be engaging for readers. You can choose whichever style you like – from the formal and serious, to the playful and hilarious. That’s up to you.
  5. The piece should be 600-1000 words.

What to do

  1. Select a match you are going to attend at the MCG.
  2. Contact John Harms to let him know you would like to write a story and why you have specifically chosen that match (e.g. you may be coming from interstate, or you may be catching up with old friends, or you may be watching your nephew make his debut for Richmond).
  3. Attend the match and write your story.
  4. Include a landscape photograph (as large as possible) of you somewhere in the MCC Members Reserve.
  5. Include a brief bio (a couple of sentences) and an appropriate headshot.
  6. Send John Harms the piece.
  7. John will edit and post the piece for you on the MCC website.

Here are some examples of members' stories from the 2016 AFL season: