Club History


Monash University Cricket Club (1962-2002)
In 1962 the Monash University Men's Cricket Club was formed after the success of the Vice Chancellor's XI v Student's XI in 1961; a game that included Sir Louis Matheson and Doug Ellis. The first competitive side, lead by Rob Dickens, joined the Eastern Suburban Cricket Association (ESCA) in B-grade matting where the team finished 10th out of 10 teams.

Membership of the Men's Cricket Club was open to any person connected with the University (not necessarily male). The immediate aim was to build up a strong team so that upon getting a turf wicket, the club will quickly be able to rise to sub-district and later district cricket.

In their second competitive season in C-Grade matting the club were runners up in the Grand Final. The club also added a second team in D-grade matting, with little movement between both sides. In 1964-65, the club won its first flag in 3rd-grade matting defeating Ringwood Cricket Club.

1965/66 was the club's first season of turf cricket, with the introduction of a turf wicket at Monash University. The club entered teams in A & C grade turf, along with B & D grade matting. As the club was growing rapidly there was continued debate whether staff should be able to join, or if the club is for students only.

In 1993, the Monash University Cricket Club was invited to play in the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association. The club entered four sides into the VSDCA along with a turf team in the ESCA.

In season 2003/04 the Monash University Cricket Club was merged with the Hawthorn-Waverley Premier Cricket Club.

Premierships: 1964-65 ESCA C Grade Matting, 1971-72 ESCA D Grade Turf, 1983-84 ESCA A Grade Turf- captain I. McOrist, 1986-87 C Grade ESCA - captain Lindsay 'Chester' Moore, 1991-92 ECA B Grade Turf, 1994-95 VSDCA 2nd XI, 1994-95 ECA F Grade Turf, 2000-01 VSDCA 3rd XI
Life Members: Mr. John Harvey (1975), Dr. Peter Jeffrey + (1977), Mr. Ken Ward + (1978), Mr. Ray Smith (1978), Dr. Trevor Finlayson (1987), Mr. Francis Jackson (1990), Mr. Doug Ellis + (1992), Mr. Ashley Adsett (1996),Mr. Phillip Holt (1996), Mr. Anthony Blackshaw (2001), Dr. Chris Fildes (2001), Mr. Glenn Florence (2001), Dr. John Hill (2001), Mr. Lindsay Moore (2001), Mr. Marcus Spencer (2001)

For more details about the first 10 years please see The Early History of the Monash University Men's Cricket Club - Trevor Finlayson.

For more statistics please see MUCC My Cricket.

In 2014 the Hawthorn-Monash University Cricket Club were disbanded, after they left the University to merge with Kingston Saints Cricket Club. The result of this was that the existing Monash Gryphons Cricket Club were offered both grounds and club rooms at Monash University Clayton in exchange for changing the club name to Monash University Cricket Club.

In Season 2015/16 the club was renamed to Monash University Cricket Club, but maintains the Gryphon as the club logo. The reborn Monash University Cricket Club entered 6 sides into Mercantile Cricket Association, along with a side in the Victorian Sunday Cricket League which played at East Caulfield Reserve, opposite the Caulfield Campus.

In season 2016/17 the Monash University Cricket Club have re-joined the Eastern Cricket Association synthetic (matting) competition, while maintaining 6 turf sides in the Mercantile Cricket Association, and adding a women's team entered in the Cricket Victoria Women's Community Cricket Competition.