HISTORY

The beginning…

Kerrimuir United Cricket Club was formed on 19th March 1963 by a small group of parishioners in the Box Hill North area. Adopting the name of Kerrimuir Presbyterian Cricket Club and entering a single team in the Eastern Suburban Churches Cricket Association (ESCCA), the club would play home games at MacLeary Park in Balwyn and train at Kerrimuir State School.

In 1965/66, the Woodhouse Grove Methodist Church were invited to join the club, and by the 1966/67 season all home games would be played at Kerrimuir State School.

The following season (1967/68) saw the amalgamation of Kerrimuir Presbyterian Church and Grove Methodist Church and the club was known as Kerrimuir United Presbyterian/Methodist Cricket Club. The same year saw the formation of the Second XI and the club’s first junior teams (U16 & U14).

In 1971/72, KUCC fielded just one senior team but maintained a strong junior program with the addition of an Under 12s team giving the club three junior sides.

The 1972/73 season was the first year KUCC tasted on field success, winning the U12 premiership and making finals in the First XI. The following year the First XI went one step further, winning the clubs first senior premiership.

In 1973/74 the Presbyterian and Methodist churches merged, and as a result the club changed its name to Kerrimuir United Cricket Club as it is still known today.

By 1976/77 the club had a Third XI for the first time and was looking to find social rooms for after match functions. This search led to arguably the most famous moment in our club’s history, with Stan & Joan Reid opening their door at 2 Roselea Street and welcoming all players and families for match reports and a refreshing ale at the end of each day’s play.

The 1977/78 season was the first year the club operated with their own President (Brian Phillips) rather than the local church Reverend.

By the end of the 1970s, KUCC were playing home games out of Eram Park in Box Hill North (now the Eastern Freeway).

The 1980s saw plenty of ground changes. Eram Park (First & Second XI) and Blackburn Primary (Third & Fourth XI) home grounds would eventually be moved to Trinity College (two grounds) before finally moving to our current home ground at Springfield Park in 1985 and various grounds for our juniors and lower grades.

In 1980/81 the Fourth XI debuted, and the club’s first ever Senior Women’s team was formed (Cathy Burns would go on to become the first ever Women’s century maker in the 1981/82 season). Our U16 team also went on to win their first ever premiership for that age group.

The 1980s – 1990s…

The 1985/86 season was a year of firsts, with the club’s first year in A grade, the first year the club would appoint a paid coach (Eddie Zareba) and the first of a couple of renovations at the Springfield Park Social rooms. After nearly 10 years at Stan & Joan Reid’s home in Roselea Street, the club finally had a social room of their own and for the first time became an ‘Incorporated’ identity.

1986/87 was marred by burglaries at the new clubrooms with the introduction of a liquor licence at the social rooms, while the First XI were also relegated from the top grade before rebounding the following year to win the premiership and re-join A grade.

Celebrating the club’s silver jubilee in 1987/88, KUCC had moved to the Eastern Suburban Cricket Association (ESCA – now known as the Eastern Cricket Association, ECA). This was arguably the club’s most successful season on the field, winning the First XI, Second XI and Third XI Premierships, while the Fourth XI lost the Grand Final.

The 1990’s started successfully, with the First XI winning an A Grade Premiership in 1991/92, however the exit of half the premiership team and also financial troubles saw the club struggle in the following years. In the five seasons from 1993/94 to 1997/98 the club was only able to fill three senior sides. Despite this, the First XI were able to win another A Grade premiership in 93/94..

The 1994/95 season brought about what then President Jamie Shevlin called ‘the rejuvenation of our Juniors’, with this time pivotal to much of the success of our junior program in the years to come.

In 1995/96 the club was unable to fill the executive committee for the first time in its history, and this lead President Jamie Shevlin to step down from his role and take up the role of Junior Coordinator for the following season. Jamie held this position for the following four seasons and was a big reason behind such a strong junior program. In 1995/96 no senior team would play finals.

By 1997/98 the club had moved into the Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association (BHRDCA) and the old clubrooms started to undergo renovations and badly needed ground maintenance. The renovations were ongoing for the next three seasons until they were complete in 1999/2000.

The 1997/98 season was also important in the club’s history for other reasons. With all clubs in the area struggling for playing numbers, the club was approached by Blackburn North Cricket Club about a possible merger. This was unanimously voted down by club members, who could see that our strong junior program was starting to see players transition from junior to senior cricket.

The following season, 1998/99, would see the re-introduction of the Fourth XI into a one-day grade of the association, the first KUCC team to do so.

Junior numbers would also explode in the 1998/99 season and the club would field teams in U10, U12, U14 & U16 for the first time. Our U16 team would win back to back premierships in the 1997/98 & 1998/99 seasons.

The 2000s…

The 2000’s started with junior premierships in 2000/01 (U12 & U14) as well as the construction of new training nets at Springfield Park.

All senior grades would see success in the 2000’s. The First XI broke a run of three runners-up in the 90’s (1994/95, 1997/98 and 1998/99.) to win the flag in 2002/03, the Second XI won twice in three seasons (20001/02 and 2003/04) and the Third XI became the first senior team in the club’s history to win back-to-back premierships in 2006/07 and 2007/08. The Fourth XI also won a premiership in 2009/10, giving long term club stalwart Damien ‘DK’ Kenna his first premiership at the club.

The 2000’s were also marred by tragedy for the club when we lost First XI Premiership player, former junior player and club champion Kirk Robson (27) in a car accident on July 20th, 2005. Although gone, Kirk will live on in our memories, and the club would go on to name our Honour Board in his honour.

Tragedy struck the club once again in 2011 when, on the eve of the Grand final in March, the club learnt that Damien Kenna had passed away at the age of 46. A man who helped build our great club over many decades is gone, but never forgotten. Both the First XI and Third XI would lose their respective Grand Finals this week.

The 2010’s marked a significant turning point in the club’s history. In 2012, the committee embarked on the planning of a major re-development of the Springfield Park Clubrooms, along with Whitehorse City Council and both Whitehorse Colts JFC and Whitehorse Pioneers FC. The new clubrooms delivered a state-of-the-art kitchen, change rooms and social room upgrade that was badly needed.

The new rooms were opened in 2013/14, the same season of the club’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. To mark the occasion, a special Golden Jubilee Team was selected, and five life members of the club were elevated to ‘Club Legend’ status – congratulations to Brian Phillips, Johan Woutersz, Craig Reid, Stuart Harrison and Damien Kenna for receiving this prestigious honour.

New Rooms and beyond…

The new rooms were opened in 2013/14, the same season of the club’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. To mark the occasion, a special Golden Jubilee Team was selected, and five life members of the club were elevated to ‘Club Legend’ status – congratulations to Brian Phillips, Johan Woutersz, Craig Reid, Stuart Harrison and Damien Kenna for receiving this prestigious honour.

The new clubrooms also started an explosion in junior numbers at the club, with a then Victorian record of over 150 “Milo-Have-A-Go’ participants in our program. The flow on effect of this growth can be seen across the club today and has been a key driver behind the club being able to fill a now record seven senior teams and claim regular junior premierships throughout the decade.

In 2015/16 our First XI would win the Wilson Shield and go to the highest level in the BHRDCA, Ray MacIntosh Shield for the first time.

Hard work from committee and club members would see the club fully raise funds to construct a new three lane training nets facility in season 2015/16, as well as the construction of a new electronic scoreboard in 2017/18. Both were badly needed additions for training and match day at Springfield Park.

By the end of the 2010’s our First XI would be relegated back to Wilson Shield (2018/19) and we would introduce the Fifth XI for the first time since 1983/84 and also a Sixth XI for the first time ever (2019/20). In 2019/20, our U16 team won a premiership in the highest junior grade, the Ron Hennessy Shield

As the Club moves into the 2020’s we continue to go from strength to strength. Two years of Covid interruptions has done little to club numbers, with a Seventh XI introduced in the 2021/22 season and our junior program continuing to flourish.

As the club approaches our 60 year celebrations in 2023, we will continue to honour the past as we look towards a bright future.

Contact Kerrimuir United Cricket Club

President 

Pat Marulli
Email: president.kucc@outlook.com
Mobile: 0407 854 156

Vice President 

Marita Ballon
Email: mctballon@gmail.com

Secretary

Dave Phillips
Email: secretary.kucc@outlook.com

Treasurer

Julie Daniell
Email: treasurer.kucc@outlook.com

Junior Coordinators

Greg Savy & Michael Walsh
Email: kuccjuniors@gmail.com

Player Welfare

Harley Dyson
0427 573 575
Email: harleydyson97@gmail.com

Apparel

Anthony McClaren
Email: anth.mcclaren@gmail.com