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 minimising 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 Pennant Competition comprises 13 rounds with a mix of 2-day and 1-day matches scheduled along with a single T20 match. 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.
There are also T20 matches scheduled on Tuesday nights during the season. These are separate to the regular Pennant Competition.
The fixture of matches is available by accessing the MyCricket menu item on the left 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 fruit 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 colours are navy blue and white (or cream). The Club holds stock of shirts, shorts, trousers, caps and hats in the club colours and with club logo, which can be purchased at reasonable prices.
Cream (or white) trousers, shirt, jumper, socks, hat, shoes/boots.
Helmets and approved Club caps in Club colours.
1-Day and T20 Games
Navy blue and white shirt and trousers, jumper, socks, hat, shoes/boots.
Helmets and approved Club caps in Club colours.
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 Contact ECC menu item on the left of the screen.
The selection committee will assess players who may be injured.
Training proceeds regardless of weather conditions. Players should advise the coach of their availability for training via the Team App and should advise their Captain, the Coach or the Chairman of Selectors if they need to leave training early.
Training is held on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm at the turf practice wickets on Elsternwick Park Main Oval. On nights when the turf practice wickets are not available, training is held at the synthetic practice wickets on Elsternwick Park Oval No 2.
The club has stock of club branded training / warm up gear and prefers that this be worn to training sessions. Alternatively, playing attire or navy tracksuit pants or shorts and a white cricket shirt can be worn.
The club endeavours to keep subscriptions at a reasonable level. Subscriptions for season 2016 / 2017 have been fixed at: -
Student / Unemployed $275
Subscriptions should be paid to the Treasurer at the start of the season.
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.
Upcoming social functions are advertised on the Club website and via individual flyers that are emailed to members and posted in the rooms throughout the season.
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 item 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 / Rules and Policies menu item at the top of the screen.
Code Of Conduct
Players representing the Club should be aware of: -
- the code of conduct adopted by the VSDCA, and
- the VSDCA Racial and Religious Harassment Policy
- the Spirit of Cricket
which are detailed in the VSDCA Handbook.
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.