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Mt Eliza Cricket Club Junior Coaching Panel 2013/14

Head coach
Jason Mathers is the MECC 1st XI player/coach. He is CA level 2 accredited and works for Cricket Victoria as Regional Cricket Manager – South East Country  (Sharks). Jason played premier cricket for many years at FPCC (where he was club champion in 2001/2). As a junior, he played Dowling Shield (South Melbourne), Nepean u16 school boys and MPCA u21. He was named in the Mt. Martha Team of the Century and has twice spent a summer playing cricket in England. Jason coached the 2013 Victorian Country Cricket team who were runners-up at the 2013 Australian Country Cricket Championships. He has also coached the Japanese National Cricket team on a tour to Vanuatu and the Australian Deaf Cricket team on a tour to the UK. Jason recently visited the sub-continent on behalf of Cricket Australia to coach Indian coaches.  In his MECC role, Jason has developed the “Mounties Game Plan” – a strategic blueprint that outlines the brand of cricket we play as a club, and clearly distinguishes between ‘processes’ and ‘outcomes’. This blueprint will be variously applied in our junior program. Jason is responsible for setting overall coaching strategy at the club and therefore for effectively coaching our coaches.
u16 Premier
Steve Duffey has twenty-five years of senior cricket under his belt, fourteen of which at the Frankston Sub District level, opening the bowling for the 1st XI for several years.  He represented Federal 1st XI Turf u21 team during his time at Frankston. He then moved to captain/coach Langwarrin Cricket Club for one season, returning to Frankston for four years then back to Langwarrin for seven years captaining the Langwarrin 2nd XI for five years. During this time he also served as Chairman of Selectors. Steve recently completed his Cricket Australia Level 1 coaching course. Has two sons playing at Mt. Eliza.
u16 Sub-premier
Tom Bish completed his CA level one accreditation >20 years ago and has been coaching juniors ever since – in both Australia and Singapore. During his five years in Singapore he combined with other Expat parents, and a Grade 3 coach, to set up and run an entire junior cricket competition from scratch, which, by the time he left, was up to 26 teams. He played schoolboy rep cricket and captained his school 1st XI (as an opening bat). He has had two boys come through MECC, one played Mitchell Shield (MPCA), the other Dowling Shield (CV Pathway) and 1st XI for MECC. Both played APS 1st XI cricket. Tom is a keen advocate for correct technique being the foundation for any child’s future in, and enjoyment of, cricket.
u14 Premier
David Stricklandis the longest serving junior coach at the Mt Eliza Cricket Club. Season 2013-2014 sees David enter his 14th consecutive year as a MECC junior coach. As a Cricket Australia Level 1 accredited coach, David is experienced in coaching both male and female players. Over this period, David has coached many representative junior players and some who have represented Victoria and played 1st XI Premier Cricket.  David remains an active senior player in his twilight and provides mentoring and opportunities for junior players eager to gain senior experience.
Cameron Taggart has played competitive cricket for almost four decades. Since his early days learning the game from his father, he has always had a passion to pass this knowledge on at a junior level. Cameron has two sons currently playing at the club. He is a qualified CA Level 1 accredited coach and would like some day to be involved in the administrative side of the game. Cam currently captains our senior 5th XI, which traditionally has been the gateway for our juniors progressing through into the senior ranks. Cam is married to Donna, who loves preparing and serving afternoon tea at the senior games!
u14 Sub-premier
Peter Ord is a CA level-one accredited coach in his second season at MECC. As a junior, Pete played at Launching Place CC, in the Yarra Valley.  As a senior, he represented Launching Place in the 1st XI as an opening bowler and middle order bat for many years, winning two premierships.  Peter went on to play several seasons in the UK, for Bournemouth 1st XI in the southern British Gas league.  He then represented Mordialloc , in A grade Turf,  1st XI for several seasons as change bowler and lower order bat, where a highlight was the captain coach - Graham Yallop (former Aus. test cricketer.) Pete really enjoys seeing the boys improve and grow in confidence, and most importantly that the boys have fun and grow to love the game.  
Geoff Smithplayed 1st XI for Wesley College before entering what is now known as the Victorian Premier League (i.e. District Cricket) – ultimately playing 2nd XI for South Melbourne. He then played sub-district cricket for Moorabbin 1st XI. Geoff has extensive underage coaching experience in country Victoria (Benalla). A level 2 qualified umpire, he moved to the Peninsula eight years ago and umpired for the MPCA, before volunteering to help out where needed with our junior program a few years ago. Geoff has no links to MECC– he helps us out only because he loves cricket and loves working with young cricketers.  
u12 Provincial
Chris McDonough began playing seniors at Brandon Park CC at 14, and a year later he made the 1st XI (with four of his brothers!). In the same year he was selected to play u16 Dowling Shield. At 18 he decided to give turf cricket a go and played a year at Sandringham CC, where he was named best u19. He then moved to Wheelers Hill CC where he played >150 games and took >480 wickets. Chris was club champion from '96 to '05, BHRDCA medallist '02 to '05 and captain coach '98 to '05. He was made a life member in 2003. During this time he also played numerous games with the Box Hill Reporter rep side. Chris and his family moved to the Peninsula in 2006 and he joined Tyabb CC where he played for four years and coached for two. He then took a year off before joining Mount Eliza CC (but wishes he joined us ten years ago!). Perfect timing – Chris opened the bowling in the 1st XI side that won our first 1st XI premiership in 26 years! Chris retired from competitive cricket on this high note and is now looking to give back to the game that he has loved playing for thirty years.
22-year-old Luke Marshall is a home-grown, current 1st XI batsman, who has risen through the junior ranks at Mt. Eliza. He represented Mt Eliza in the u13 Country Week, after which he was selected to go on the inaugural MPCA u15 tour to England. He captained the South East Country Sharks u14 team that won the State Championships and that same year he made it into the top 15 in the Victorian u15 trials. At 16 he debuted in the 1st XI at Mt Eliza and won the batting average in his very first season! He was again selected to represent the SE Sharks in the u16 State Championships (Dowling Shield) and was named Sharks player of the tournament. Luke is a three-time MECC Junior Player of the Year. This season he will play in his 100th game for Mt Eliza. When not playing cricket he is a personal trainer.
 
u12 Sub-district
Nick Baron is a twenty-year-old right-arm medium pace bowler currently in the Mt. Eliza 1st XI. He made his debut in the first XI at the age of 17. His brother Tommy opens the bowling for the 1st XI and his brother Nathan has just returned to Mt. Eliza this season. Fair to say backyard cricket at the Baron household would have been somewhat competitive as dad Richard was a very handy bowler too! Nick has played his entire life at Mt Eliza – from the age of seven! He was selected in the MPCA u14 country week rep side to tour England and Scotland and represented Mt. Eliza in the u18 MPCA squad. Last year he snared his 100th senior wicket at the tender age of 19!
Robbie Maskiell is another current 1st team player (bowling all-rounder) who played in the victorious 2012 premiership team (his first year in the Ones). Robbie began his career at North Eltham Wanderers CC at the age of eleven. He joined MECC in 2008 and won the u15 bowling award. He also won the u17 bowling award in 2010/2011. Robbie began playing seniors in 2009 and won the Malcolm Roberts Memorial Shield for best performance by a junior in the seniors. Robbie has represented Brighton CC in the u15 sub-district RM Hatch tournament (opening bowler). As a Cricket Australia Level 1 accredited coach, Robbie is looking forward to his first season of junior coaching, along with his dad Grant (u10 (2) team).
u10 Central (1)   
 
Tom Bish
completed his CA level one accreditation >20 years ago and has been coaching juniors ever since – in both Australia and Singapore. During his five years in Singapore he combined with other Expat parents, and a Grade 3 coach, to set up and run an entire junior cricket competition from scratch, which, by the time he left, was up to 26 teams. He played schoolboy rep cricket and captained his school 1st XI (as an opening bat). He has had two boys come through MECC, one played Mitchell Shield (MPCA), the other Dowling Shield (CV Pathway) and 1st XI for MECC. Both played APS 1st XI cricket. Tom is a keen advocate for correct technique being the foundation for any child’s future in, and enjoyment of, cricket.
u10 Central (2)
Grant Maskiell recently completed his Cricket Australia Level 1 coaching course. He has three sons playing for MECC. A late starter himself to senior cricket, Grant is an accomplished junior coach, with seven years experience. He guided North Eltham Wanders u14s to the finals in 2007 and MECC u17s to runners-up in the 2011/12 grand final. He has also coached u15s and u11s at MECC, before taking on the u10s this season.
 

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