Welcome to the Australian Cricket Society
The Australian Cricket Society is a fraternity of cricket lovers. Founded in Melbourne in 1967, the Society's charter is to promote the spirit of cricket wherever and by whomever it is played. Members celebrate the game with regular meetings, dinners and film nights. The Society also sponsors budding cricketers to the Bryce McGain Cricket Academy. Our official charity is the Ponting Foundation run by our patron Ricky Ponting and his wife Rianna.
Guest speakers at its Annual Dinners come from the Whos Who of cricket. Through the years the Society has been addressed by Sir Donald Bradman, Lindsay Hassett, Ian Johnson, Neil Harvey, Bill Lawry, Tony Greig, Ian Healy and in more recent years by Justin Langer, Damien Fleming, Graham McKenzie, Kim Hughes and Geoff Henry Lawson.
A highlight of each Dinner is the announcement of the Young Player of the Year and encouragement awards supporting youth and grassroots cricket. Autograph hunters and memorabilia collectors are in their element at these Dinners.
The Australian Cricket Society has an active playing fixture. Each season it fields teams of Over 40s and Over 60s cricketers in "friendlies" against a range of convivial opponents. It's Wandering X1 regularly participates in veterans cricket carnivals around the world.
Our Pavilion magazine is a quality 48-page annual with articles by renowned cricket writers and provides a forum for members to express their thoughts on the game. The Society also publishes a quarterly news bulletin Scoresheet - edited by Doug Manning. The Summer 2014 edition of Scoresheet is now available. Click here to download.
A range of merchandise is available for members, including clothing, caps and ties. Extremely popular are recordings of Annual Dinner speeches going back many years including the Don’s address in 1973.
If you're a cricket lover, we hope you'll find something of interest on our website. If you'd like more information on our fraternity, contact our membership officer or download a Membership Application form
2014 AFL Season Launch
Danny Frawley was our guest for the 2014 AFL season launch at the Kelvin Club in March. Continuing the tradition of attracting legendary football names to this luncheon, the All Australian defender, long serving St Kilda skipper, media personality and current president of the AFL Coaches Association was both thought provoking and entertaining speaker at the luncheon again sponsored by Westminster Law.
Neil Harvey Tribute Luncheon
The Kelvin Club was packed to capacity for our Neil Harvey luncheon in February. James Sutherland of Cricket Australia and Tony Dodemaide (Cricket Victoria) and Australia's leading tenor David Hobson were among the many who paid tribute to Neil Harvey and his family the day before he was immortalised with the unveiling of a bronze sculpture at the MCG.
The audience were treated to Glenn Gibson film clips from the 50s and 60s that captured the Harvey magic and were entralled with his memories from that time and his candid views on the game today.
An Evening With Ricky Ponting
Cricketing icon Ricky Ponting was officially inducted as patron of the Australian Cricket Society at the MCG in November. Nearly 250 Society members and friends welcolmed Australia's highest run-scorer of all time in Tests and one day internationals, twice winner of the ICC Player Of The Year, Cricinfo Player of the Decade and four time Allan Border medallist.
In launching his autobiography Close Of Play, Ricky spoke passionately of his love of the game, his journey from childhood protege to the highs and lows of an extraordinary career to retirement. To view the Ponting book Launch
Off the field through the Ponting Foundation, Ricky and his wife Rianna have raised in excess of $10 million for kids in the fight against cancer. The Society has adopted the Ponting foundation as its official charity for the next 3 years.
Lunch with Drew Morphett
Reigning AFL Caller Of The Year Drew Morphett was our guest for Lunch at the Kelvin Club in June. In a fascinating address that covered football and Test cricket to the British Open and the Olympics, Drew showed why he is so highly regarded for his versatility as a Jack Of All Trades sports commentator.
ACS 46th Annual Dinner -
Former Australian fast bowler, cricket coach and renowned commentator Geoff Lawson was guest of honour at the 46th Annual Dinner of the Society in May at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club. Lawson spoke candidly of the challenges facing the cricket world cricket and controversially forcast Australia would win back the Ashes in the upcoming Test series.
Other highlights of the evening included the toast to cricket by Bryce McGain and the announcement of James Muirhead and Kirsty Lamb as winners of the Young Cricketers Of The Year award. Les Pimm and Chris Toet were adjudged the outstanding cricketers in the ACS playing X1s in season 2012/ 13.
AFL Season Launch with David Parkin
Following in the footsteps of the greats of the game Leigh Matthews, Peter Hudson, Peter McKenna and Ron Barassi of recent years, David Parkin was our popular luncheon guest for the launch the 2013 AFL Season.
A deep thinker on the game, the premiership captain and legendary coach of Hawthorn, Carlton and Fitzroy and recent Hawthorn Hall of Famer had the large audience in the palm of his hand with one of the best addresses we've ever heard at the Kelvin Club.
An Evening with Martin Love @ the MCG
Queensland icon Martin Love was our guest for our meeting during the Vic Bushrangers and Queensland Bulls game at the MCG. He pulled no punches saying it was about time Michael Clarke stopped hiding at No: 5 and moved up the batting order and favoured Henriques batting at 7 ahead of Maxwell.
Asked if he felt robbed not playing more Test cricket despite a batting average of 45 + he said he was delighted to play 5 more Tests than hundreds of thousands of other boys who shared his dream to play for Australia.
Bodyline Lunch with Peter Wynne Thomas
Noted English cricket historian and statistician, Peter Wynne Thomas was our our Christmas luncheon guest at the Kelvin Club in December.
The long time archivist and curator of the Trent Bridge Library had the enthusiastic audience enthralled with his encyclopedic knowledge of the Bodyline era and stories about Harold Larwood and Bill Voce.
2012-13 Cricket Season Launch
Cricket Australia's full-time national selector, legendary captain and renowned thinker on the game John Inverarity was our luncheon guest for the launch of the 2012 - 13 Cricket Season at the MCG Hans Ebeling Room in October. In a joint function with Cricket Australia, John was introduced to a packed room by his longtime WA team-mate Ian Brayshaw.
Recently appointed as a result of the Australian Team Performance Review following the Ashes debacle, John fielded the tough questions with aplomb from an appreciative audience including members of the media.
Olympics Luncheon with Ron Clarke
Ron Clarke, the one time holder of 17 long distance running records and remembered forever as the final torch bearer to enter the stadium and light the flame at the ’56 Melbourne Olympics was a popular guest for our Olympics luncheon in August.
Introduced by 1957 Brownlow medallist Bryan Gleeson, Ron captivated the large audience with his stories and insights into the world of an Olympic athlete.
Bryce McGain One Test Wonder Luncheon
Leggie Bryce McGain enthralled members at the Kelvin Club in June with the passionate story of his journey as a cricketer as an 8 year old, to debuting at the age of 37 as Australia's 450th capped Test player.
ACS members took the opportunity to be photograhed wearing the One Test Wonder Baggy Green and make a donation to Bryce's favorite charity.
2014 Pavilion out now
The 2014 edition of Pavilion magazine is now out. Edited by Ken Piesse, it's the magazine for the cricket cricket connoisseur. This year features a smorgasboard of memoirs/ flashbacks and interviews with old-timers Frank Tyson, Brian Booth and Jack Potter through to Jessica Cameron of the Southern Stars. There's the discovery of a rare cricketing artefact of national significance - a letter opener and companion to the famous Ashes urn - revealed to the Australian public for the first time. There's news of our 2015 Ashes tour to Ireland and England plus contributions from leading cricket writers Bernard Wimpress, Wayne Lawrence, Mark Browning and Greg McKie.
For the cricket enthusiast, there's still a limited number of copies available of the 2013 Pavilion magazine with Matthew Wade on the cover. Articles include The Fall-Out from World Series Cricket ... The Unlucky X1 and Against the Odds Champions. The Bradman oration discusses why India really matters, In Life On Tour Ed Cowan tells why it's harder to play away from home and in Bronzed Heroes, John Holmes reveals cricket statues from the streets of Narromine to the Adelaide oval.
Society members receive a free copy of Pavilion as part of their annual membership. Non members can obtain the latest copy from most good bookstores at $9.95 RRP or through our Merchandising Officer. Some back issues of Pavilion are also available at $2 per copy. For a list of back issues, contact the Merchandise Officer.
What they say about Pavilion
'Easily the best cricket magazine year in, year out' ... TONY BLACKSHAW Adelaide
'Well done on Pavilion. It's a fantastic read and very well put together' ... RON CARDWELL Sydney
Wandering X1 back Down Under (but not for long)
2013 was the the busiest on record for ACS playing X1s. In March, our aptly named Wandering X1 enjoyed a great week at the Vintage Cricket Carnival in Port Macquarie. President Ken Piesse and wife Susan headed our 2013 Ashes Tour which included tickets to the first 2 Tests, fabulous sightseeing, dinners with the biggest names in the cricketing world while our intrepid Over 60s competed in their 8th Australian Championships on the Sunshine Coast in September.
In March 2014, our sexagenarians challenged for the New Zealand Over 60s Championships while our Wandering X1 looks forward to participating in the Vintage Cricket Carnival in Sth Africa in 2015. For interest in playing for our Wandering X1, our Over 60s team or in joining our tours, contact Ian Hammet on 0438 250 145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For more
Have your Say
This is your chance to have your say on the big cricket issues of the day. It's a members only forum to express your views on any cricket subject whether it's team selection for the upcoming Ashes series, umpiring, Twenty/20 or even sledging. Contributions can be in the form of an original article or just a comment on an existing topic. The best articles or comment will be posted on the website. For your say in no more than 300 words ...
Here's a few recommendations on cricket books. Whether it be Alan Gregory's Woodfull - Gentleman and Scholar Bernard Whimpress's limited Edition Addicted to Cricket, Gideon Haighs Silent Revolutions, David Fultons The Captains Tales, Ashley Malletts One Of A Kind or Ken Piesse's Great Australian Cricket Stories, the Reading Room showcases the best new cricket books on the market this year. We take a peek at the latest releases and offer some tips on where to get them at some good prices. New Releases