Elsternwick Cricket Club is affiliated with the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association (VSDCA) for its senior competitions. The VSDCA is considered Victoria’s second most senior turf competition and its 28 member clubs are divided among four geographically aligned groups (North, South, East and West). Elsternwick is in the South group and plays its fellow South group clubs once every season. The 1st and 2nd XIs also play against one of the other three groups (North, East, West) each season on a rotating basis. The 3rd and 4th XIs play against the East Group each season, thus reducing travel for the lower levels of competition.
The Association accommodates players of all abilities with the 1st XI comprising many ex-Premier players who have decided to step back from the demands of Premier cricket along with experienced suburban cricketers and up and coming younger players. The lower grades cater for players of varying ability and experience with the 4th XI often a mixture of mature cricketers and junior players getting their first taste of senior turf cricket.
The club communicates with its senior players through a specific Senior Player Group on Facebook, email and via the club website.
The Pennant Competition comprises 13 rounds with a mix of 2-day and 1-day matches scheduled and perhaps a single T20 match in the lower grades. The majority of games are played on Saturday but in the higher XIs one or two Sunday games are also played. The top 6 teams in each competition play off in 2-day finals over 3 weekends with Quarter, Semi and Grand Finals played on Saturday and Sunday in March.
There are also T20 matches scheduled on several Tuesday nights during the season. These are separate to the regular Pennant Competition.
The fixture of matches is available by accessing the MyCricket / Matches menu at the top of the screen.
Match times are: - 2-day games 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm 1-day games 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm (1st to 3rd XI) 1-day games 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm (4th XI)
Captains will direct players as to what time they should arrive at the ground, however it is expected that all players will be at the ground at least one hour before the scheduled start of play.
Match fees are levied on players each game day to cover the cost of umpires. The fees are set by the individual teams and collected prior to play and are approximately $10 - $15 per day.
The Club must provide afternoon tea for all players and umpires at each home game. Each player is expected to bring enough food for themselves and an opposition player. Sandwiches and fruit are preferred, and all items should be cut up to minimise the effort required to serve it at afternoon tea.
Elsternwick has an enviable reputation when it comes to the quality of its afternoon tea and the club is keen to maintain the high standard.
The club’s colour is navy blue.
The Club holds stock of shirts, trousers, caps and hats with the club logo, which are sold at cost price. Blue helmets and cream vests with a blue vee can be purchased from various retailers direct.
2-Day Games are played in cream (or white) clothing.
1-Day and T20 Games are played in a blue and white shirt in a specific club design and blue trousers. Note that the 4th XI wear the coloured shirt and cream (or white) trousers.
Senior players must give their Captain, the Coach or the Chairman of Selectors at least one week’s notice if they are unavailable for any game during the season. Contact details of the Selection Committee can be accessed via the About Us / Contact Us menu at the top of the screen.
The selection committee will assess players who may be injured.
The club conducts a comprehensive pre-season training program each year which typically commences in August and comprises a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions.
In-season training is held on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from around 5:30 pm at the synthetic practice facility adjacent to Elsternwick Park Oval No.2 (Holmes-Todd Oval). Occasionally centre wicket practice will be conducted to give players the opportunity to train on turf.
Training normally proceeds regardless of weather conditions. Players should advise their Captain, the Coach or the Chairman of Selectors if they are unable to train or need to leave training early.
The Club holds stock of blue shorts and a blue training shirt, both with club logo for training and pre-match activities. Players are expected to wear the club training uniform at all sessions and in the pre-match warm up. Alternatively the one day playing attire can be worn.
The club endeavours to keep subscriptions at a manageable level. Subscriptions are due on 1 October each season. Current subscription levels are listed under the Seniors / Senior Players Subscription menu at the top of the screen.
The Club has insurance cover to reimburse players for certain medical related expenses (non Medicare) and loss of income where injuries occur while playing or training during Club scheduled cricket activities. This cover is provided free of charge to players who have paid their annual subscription.
All injuries should be reported to the Secretary and an incident report filled out, irrespective of whether the injured
party intends to make an insurance claim.
Anyone with a potential claim should contact the Secretary.
Players are reminded of the importance of supporting the Club and teammates by attending social functions organised by the Club. The money raised at social functions allows the committee to keep player subscriptions at a manageable cost.
Social functions will appear as events on the club website and will be posted on Facebook. Individual flyers advertising specific events will also be emailed to members and posted in the rooms throughout the season.
The club uses Trybooking to organise ticket sales for club functions. Players are urged to rsvp to social functions by the due date whether or not they intend to attend the event.
The Club is fortunate to have a number of sponsors that support the club. The support of these individuals and businesses allows the committee to keep player subscriptions at a manageable cost.
Accordingly, players are urged to support Cricket Victoria, VSDCA and Club sponsors at every opportunity. A list of club sponsors can be accessed via the Other / Sponsors menu at the top of the screen.
The Club has adopted a number of policies to ensure the health, safety and enjoyment of all members participating in club activities. Policies include Sunsmart, Smoke Free, Alcohol Management, Safe Transport and Risk Management. These policies can be accessed via the About Us menu item at the top of the screen.
Code Of Conduct
Players representing the Club should be aware of: -
which are detailed in the VSDCA Handbook and on the VSDCA website.
Players must not enter the function room wearing spiked footwear.
Smoking is not permitted in the function room or any other council building.
Playing equipment must not be left in the function room at any time.
Players should discuss these matters with their captain or a member of the committee if clarification on any of these matters is required.