Welcome to edition 11 of RPBCC e-News for season 2014/15
Throughout the off-season, we will be sending out monthly eNewsletters to keep you updated on all things RPBCC.

2014/2015 Presentation night
Lomond Hotel – 225 Nicholson St, Brunswick East
Friday 20th March @ 7:30pm
$40 per person
Please confirm attendance via Facebook or please contact Tom Crabtree on 0427 886 837

RPBCC recently held our annual Business Luncheon at Etihad Stadium’s Crest Room. The record crowd – with over 100 guests in attendance – were entertained by host Kevin Hillier, alongside former Australian fast bowler and media personality Damien Fleming. A largely successful day for the club ensures that the tradition continues (thanks Paul Mitchell!) and we can’t wait to bring you a bigger, better Business Luncheon next year.
A big thank you to all attendees for their generosity through raffles and auctions, as well as all of our sponsors in attendance for their continued support of RPBCC.

Following our final round victory over Westmeadows, we were joined by an esteemed group of RPBCC premiership players to celebrate our Senior A1 premiership of 2004/2005. Thanks to Tony Globan for hosting, it was another great celebration of one of the great matches in RPBCC folklore.
Together with our reunion, we also counted votes for the 2014/2015 Neil Cunningham Medal, awarded to RPBCC’s most valuable player across all elevens. A nail-biting count saw fast bowler Ben Tivey prevail by one vote over Nick Neagle and Tate Carmody.

It was great to see several ex-RPBCC players from throughout the years at the recent Business Luncheon and it would be great to see some more involvement from past members. If you have any ideas how we could facilitate this and/or any details of any past players, supporters, or committee members, please pass them along for us to make contact. Please contact Tom Crabtree on 0427 886 837 or email or Scott Condon on 0432 878 685 or via email  

After a recent stocktake of our scorebooks – dating back decades – club statistician Michael ‘Moose’ de Martinis has identified that a number of books have been misplaced. If you know the whereabouts of these books (Moose has a comprehensive list of what is missing), please contact us ASAP.
1st XI: RPBCC 5/211 (Hasenkam 126* Riches 33) def Westmeadows CC 187 (Cooper 3/55)

2nd XI: RPBCC 92 (Benge 27) and 4/130(cc) (Lusted 27, Pickering 26*) lost to Westmeadows CC 150 (C Neagle 3/29, Tivey 3/30)
3rd XI: RPBCC 194 (Stolz 53 Butler 28 Crabtree 26) lost to Spotswood CC 200 (Stolz 3/46) and 3/34(cc)

4th XI (Round 19): RPBCC 6/147 (Coates 45  Condon 41) def PEGS CC 103 (Condon 4/24  D Ramage 3/39)
4th XI (Round 20): RPBCC 8/76 def Laverton CC 70 (Akan 4/12) 

After a long season, that has endured many trials and tribulations, I would like to thank a few people. Firstly to the committee for their efforts, Chris Hasenkam in assisting with the on field leadership of the club, and the respective team captains Chris Neagle (2nds), Daniel King (3rds), Adam Ramage, David Kennedy & Andrew Horgan (4ths Co-Capts).

We may not have achieved the on field success we yearned for early in the year but we did successfully navigate a positive season in and around the club. Apart from suffering relegation, the area at which we need to seek most improvement is players working on their respective games. Being a social club as well as cricket club does present its challenges, but at times we need to overcome these and focus on the most important aspect of the game, that being personal performance. Far too many players were happy to accept sub-standard performance in 2015.
The game is undergoing significant pressure that a club like RPBCC can withstand with the unity we present both post match and socially. Kudos to the group of players for their collective support of each other.
I have informed the committee that I will not be available to coach in 2016, but intend to continue to support the club as required.

Yours in cricket,
Nicholas Tsiaras

Well ladies and gents, it has been a tricky year in almost every aspect of on field performance.  To get relegated and finish on the bottom is obviously not what we set out to do at the start of the year but I think if there is anything that we can learn from this year, and perhaps previous seasons, it is the impact that small mistakes and taking or missing half chances has on the outcomes of games.  We have a great bunch of blokes here at RPBCC and I very much look forward to getting things started on the right foot next year and bringing some on field success to accompany the thriving social aspect we've got going.  Big thanks to the committee for all they've done and team captains and other guys who helped out at training by sticking their hands up to help with fielding and running the nets.  Finally, a huge thanks to Zidge for his input and commitment to getting our club moving forward this year, making the lives of myself, the committee and other skippers much easier.  Thanks for the season and see you on BUS TRIP I.  
Chris Hasenkam

Congratulations to James Hicks and James Hyde, following their 1st XI debuts against Westmeadows in round 11.

Congratulations to the following players who have recently reached milestones:

Michael 'Moose' De Martinis – 2000 runs (Batting Hall of Fame)
David Kennedy – 1500 runs
Andrew Hinkley – 1000 runs

Chris Coates – 100 wickets
Chris Neagle – 50 wickets
Sean Neagle – 50 wickets 
Rhys Contessa – 50 wickets
Tom Kimpton – 50 wickets

The committee would also like to thank Moose for compiling this updated list.
The RPBCC Executive Committee is currently finalising sponsorship proposals for the 2015/2016 season. With negotiable packages tailored to suit all businesses, we need your financial support to ensure long-term sustainability in the VTCA, particularly ahead of the proposed Cricket Victoria reshuffle. 2015/2016 will see a significant shift in our approach to gaining sponsorship, as we aim to reach record heights. STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER INFORMATION!
RPBCC is seeking a playing coach and/or professional player for the upcoming season. We will be actively seeking targets for these positions but we will also be advertising on various channels (Facebook, Twitter, association websites etc). Alternatively, if you have someone who may be suited to either of these vacancies, please contact Rhys or Crabbers ASAP.
Also, if anyone has any fundraising ideas or potential recruits, RPBCC would love to hear from you!
On a negative note, we still have players with subs outstanding from this season. Please settle these monies with Butch ASAP.

Finally, we are looking for someone to step up and take over compiling the eNews after each game and throughout the off season. If you are interested please contact us.

If you would like to contribute to RPBCC eNews, please contact Rhys, Crabbers or Condo