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THE CREATION OF THE GREENVALE KANGAROOS

 

 

In 2013 the Greenvale Kangaroos Cricket Club were born after the members of both the North Melbourne and Greenvale cricket clubs unanimously voted for the two clubs to come together. The merger was a bold and unique venture that created a "super club" in the north western suburbs of Melbourne. 

Supported by the Hume City Council and Cricket Victoria, the Kangaroos play out of the Greenvale Recreation Reserve. The aim of the merger was to create a formidable Premier club in Melbourne's 'northern' growth corridor, offering young people residing in that area, for the first time, the opportunity to play cricket at Premier level within their own community. For members of North Melbourne it was the perfect solution to preserve the proud, rich and long standing history and culture of a 150 year old icon. It also allowed them to move to a burgeoning region and remain connected with cricket north of Melbourne where there was an opportunity to attract players and volunteers who reside in the area and the northern country/regional areas.

The club is the first of its kind and allows cricket to be played at any level regardless of ability.

The merged club sees it field four Premier cricket teams, three VTCA turf teams, several Senior North West Melbourne Cricket Association synthetic teams, as well as a full complement of junior teams. The club also runs and operates the Milo In2Cricket program. 

The Hume City Council played a key role in securing the partnership, agreeing to develop turf training facilities, as well as providing additional ovals, lighting systems, social facilities and pavilions amongst its commitment. More immediately the Kangaroos conducted works to improve and develop an upgrade of practice facilities, both turf and synthetic, relevant machinery to support the preparation of Premier League standard turf pitches, extending the social area, building a new electronic scoreboard, increase storage facilities, and obtaining sight screens. The Kangaroos also boast plans to develop an indoor training facility in their future. These facilities will be the envy of other cricket clubs Australia wide.

Hume city council Mayor Geoff Porter summed it up best when he said ""Having the Greenvale Kangaroos in Hume will provide the opportunity for a young person who may start out in cricket at under 10's or 12's the opportunity to go through from this junior level to eventually play cricket for Victoria and then Australia without ever leaving the area. It will ensure that young people in Hume will have access to the best training and playing facilities possible".

Bruce Kent and David Maddocks were co-president for the first year whilst Steve Maddocks had the honour of being the clubs inaugural Premier coach. Tarek Moughanie coached the local side of the club.
 

 



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