Monash University CC News

Monash University Turf Future

By Stephen Pearson

The club has been informed by Monash University that the last remaining cricket wicket on campus with be replaced with two synthetic soccer pitches, with work scheduled to begin September 2017. This will make Monash University the only major University in Australia without a turf cricket pitch. The works to the second oval, just like the removal of the turf wicket on the first oval, was done with no consultation with the cricket club, and completes the removal of all 5 cricket pitches from the campus. It will be the first summer in over 50 years that no cricket will be played on the Clayton campus.

The original Monash University Cricket Club was founded in 1962 at Clayton and operated successfully until it was disbanded in 2002, following a failed attempt by the Monash administration to have the club play in Premier (District) cricket by amalgamating with the Hawthorn-East Melbourne club. The current club was founded at Caulfield in 1990 as the "Monash Gryphons", and now plays at Clayton and elsewhere as MUCC. The current MUCC has 7 male teams, and 1 female team, and played 6 sides on turf last season. The club's membership is 70% Monash University Students and Staff, with Alumni and friends making up the remaining numbers.

At this stage the committee are working hard to secure as many grounds as possible so that we can continue to play in the MCA this season.

In terms of the things we know for certain this season :-

  1. There will be no turf cricket pitches at Monash University.

  2. We will be able to train at Monash University Clayton, Tuesday and Thursday Nights for one more season.

  3. We will not be in A-grade this season.

  4. Turf games will be exclusively on Sundays for our club.

  5. The number of teams we offer will be dependent on the number of grounds we are able to secure.

The committee will keep working with local councils and Monash Sport to acquire the best facilities we can for the upcoming season; once we are able to secure grounds and have a better plan of how this season looks we will update you again.