Player Profiles

Aaron Batchelor

Batting Style: Right Hand – Middle order

Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium

The other kiwi at the club, Aaron has established himself as a great leader at the club for the young and developing players, taking them under his wing in his 4th XI side that has seen plenty of ups and downs, including a winless season in 2011/12 to missing out on finals by percentage the next season. One of the most consistent performers at the club, Aaron is always scoring his share of runs and taking a few wickets, and can always be found with a smoke and a white can in hand after a game, hanging around talking to his team mates. An afternoon tea connoisseur with high expectations, be wary of rocking up on a Saturday with a packet of tim tams.

AKA – Eeran, Azza, The Other Kiwi

Justin Batchelor

Batting Style: Right Hand – Top order

Wicketkeeper / Bowling Style: Right Arm Slow

If you can see a man around the club with a white can in his hand, this is your man. Justin has been a consistent lower grade performer, playing in multiple premiership sides, including captaining the F-Grade premiership sides in 07/08 and 08/09. Justin has an innate ability of know who is selected where, even before the captains do. A unique wicketkeeper with the ability to make regulation catches look difficult and difficult ones look easy, Justin’s cuts the ball like nobody you’ve ever seen when he’s batting. One of the few current players to have his name on the 100’s board, another big season with both bat and gloves is on the cards for the man known simply as Kiwi.

AKA – Kiwi, Iron Gloves, The Man behind the man.

Kiwi and Arth, a picture of concentration in Grand Final
Kiwi and Arth, a picture of concentration in Grand Final – Photo by David Metheringham (Rupo photographer)

Jayden Beever

Right Hand Batsman, Left Arm Wristspin. Occupation: Student. Living Arrangements:  Home. Off the market? No. Years at Rupertswood CC: 10 years. No previous clubs. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: How to throw. What I don’t find amusing is: McGarry. What I’d like to know more about: Life. Most Admired Sportsperson: Sean Morganti. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Turkey’s chainsaw. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: Me getting hit for 4 sixes in a row in a practice match. When i have seen Karma work: Swallow Duck. One word to describe myself: Anal

AKA: Hairy

Steve Dale

Batting style: Right hand – Middle order

Bowling style: Right arm medium – slow

A future president, Steve is slowly building his legend status at the club, making significant contributions both on and off the field over many years. A regular in the 3rds of 4ths as an all -rounder, Steve’s on field leadership, voice and encouragement is an asset in any side. With a rigid, robotic side-on action when bowling and a free flowing batting style, the game can quickly turn with this live wire in the side. Not far from a dart and a refreshing drink Steve’s friendly banter sums up the genuine hospitality on offer at the club. An annual organiser of Rupo’s functions including the much hyped Calcutta Night, Steve is definitely worth his weight in gold. Steve has identified the 2013/14 season as a ‘break out year’ with increased training loads and a move up the order, presenting great value in fantasy cricket – RupiCoach. If only we could get him to tuck in his cricket shirt.

AKA – Rat, RAT, Ratty, The Nut, The Rock.

Logan Gray

Right Arm Fast Medium. Occupation: Vegetablerer. Living Arrangements: Follow the smell. Off the market? Tinder? Years at Rupertswood CC: 1st year. Previous clubs: Sunbury CC, Melbourne CC, Fight Club. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: Shave in case of unexpected (event). What I don’t find amusing is: Crabs. What I’d like to know more about: Females. Most Admired Sportsperson: Patty ……. Dangerfield.  Best performance seen on a cricket field: Tailender hitting 6 off last ball to win. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field:  Cricket isn’t a joke.   When I have seen karma work: When Laney takes a selfie. One word to describe myself: Delicious

AKA: Boozebus

Warren Hall

Batting style: Right hand – Top order

Bowling style: Right arm slow

Awarded with life membership at the end of the 2010/2011 season, Warren has long been recognised for his contributions both on and off the ground for the Rupertswood CC. Warren’s love for the game makes him Rupertswood’s version of Australia’s ‘Mr Cricket’, Michael Hussey. A man of few words, this bloke quickly speaks up when the ball leaves his willow, often reminding the relevant fielder of his inability to throw and the likelihood of Warren returning for the quick two. A perennial batting average winner for the first XI, it has long been regarded that Warren takes more pride in his wicket than any other Rupertswood cricketer. Warren is a true all-rounder, batting top order, bowling stump to stump, keeping wickets when required and voted the best gully fieldsmen in the GDCA five times running. Warren is Rupertswood’s most capped player and Rupo’s most capped Melbourne Country Week representative and is the current secretary of the club. He was named in the club’s 1st XI for the 1990- 2010.

AKA – Wazza, Life member, The Wall, Crawler, Wez, W, Father of Shane.

Wazza celebrating a milestone - Photo by David Metheringham (Rupo photographer
Wazza celebrating a milestone – Photo by David Metheringham (Rupo photographer)

Ned Hogan

Right Arm Medium, Right Hand Batsman. Occupation: Currently looking for work.             Living Arrangements: Mum’s House. Off the market? Seeking life partner.  Years at Rupertswood CC: 10 year veteran. No previous clubs. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: How to bowl on the pitch.   What I don’t find amusing is: D-Mac. What I’d like to know more about: Girls.  Most Admired Sportsperson: Paul Hogan.  Best performance seen on a cricket field: D-Mac 99 not out. Good half century. One word to describe myself: Massive

AKA: Tubby, Tubs, the better Hogan

Daniel Kavanagh

Right Hand Batsman, Right Arm Legspin. Occupation: A grade student. Living Arrangements: PK’s House. Off the market? Thankfully not. Years at Rupertswood CC: 10 years. No previous clubs. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: Not making runs sucks. What I don’t find amusing is: J.Beever. What I’d like to know more about: The art of batting. Most Admired Sportsperson: Ben Cousins. Best performance seen on a cricket field: RTMF’s cathc last round of 2014. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: A Paul Barry 14 ball over   When i have seen Karma work: DMac not making 100. One word to describe myself: Tall

AKA: DK, School Captain

Julian Kearney

Batting Style: Right Hand – Top to middle order

Bowling Style: Right Arm Off-Spin

Jules has gone through an unusual cricketing transformation over the years, going from a tailender and opening bowler in the lower grades to becoming a regular opening batsman who doesn’t bowl in the first XI. His reputation as the best net batsman at the club came to games in the 2008/09 C Grade premiership side, where he became a solid performer and earned himself his First XI debut, before scoring a vital 66 in the Grand Final winning side. He won the best clubman award in 2010/11 on the back of coaching one of the under 16’s sides to a finals berth and took on the role of nets co-ordinator last season.

AKA – Jules, Big Bird

Jules on the front foot - Photo by David Metheringham (Rupo photographer
Jules on the front foot – Photo by David Metheringham (Rupo photographer

Jay King

NICKNAME: Jayza, Jaiza, Jason, Kingy

OCCUPATION: Freight Forwarding

LIVING ARRANGEMENTS: Lucky enough to live with two of my best mates, Haycho and Thommo

OFF THE MARKET? Yes, taken by the lovely Sass

YEARS @ RUPO CC: This will be my 5th

PREVIOUS CLUBS: Footscray Edgewater

ONE THING I LEARNT LAST YEAR: Not many people can catch very well at our club! (especially when I’m bowling)

WHAT I DON’T FIND AMUSING IS: When JL wears a singlet and gets his hairy biceps out

WHAT I’D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT: What really happened to Nash Egan on the last night of Cricket Trip

MOST ADMIRED SPORTSPERSON: Peter “FLICKIE” Kavanagh

BEST PERFORMANCE SEEN ON A CRICKET FIELD: John Lane single handedly winning us the C Grade grand final batting at Number 11. Came in with 47 to win and hit 39 not out

FUNNIEST THING SEEN ON A CRICKET FIELD: When a bloke with 3 fingers got Haych out, he also got Georgie caught and Bowled

WHEN I HAVE SEEN KARMA WORK: Aaron Smith being very happy with himself and his gags, then getting flattened by Slammer on his nude stumpman run!

ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE MYSELF: Legend

John Lane

Batting Style: Left Hand – Middle to lower order

Bowling Style: Left Arm Medium

Heading into his third season as Captain-Coach of the club, John’s leadership has taken the club through some tough times to restore a great club culture. His fighting spirit with both bat and ball has single-handedly won matches at Rupertswood, as well as saving the side from embarrassing defeats. In the 08/09 C-Grade grand final, John played a match-winning knock, scoring 37 not out after coming in at 11 with the team requiring 49 to win. After toiling through the lower grades for years with inconsistent performances, including a 12 ball over in an third grade game, the young troublemaker John Lane has transformed himself into a true leader who is taking the club in the right direction. He is also desperate to find some older players to shake the tag of ‘old man’.

AKA – JL, Laney, Old Man, Boff, Katich

On the drive - Photo by David Metheringham (Rupo photographer)
On the drive – Photo by David Metheringham (Rupo photographer)

Brett Linsdell

Wicketkeeper, Right Hand Batsman Occupation: Fruit crew. Living Arrangements: Mum’s House Off the market? Sadly. Years at Rupertswood CC: 8 years. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: Buck is an angry man. What I don’t find amusing is: D-Mac. What I’d like to know more about: – . Most Admired Sportsperson: Paul Hogan. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Harry Travers 110 not out off 30 overs. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: Turkey’s celebrations. Flog. When I have seen karma work: – .  One word to describe myself: Beat

AKA: Burt, Beet

Nathan Maisano

Wicketkeeper, Right Hand Batsman. Occupation: Student. Living Arrangements: With family. Off the market? Taken. Years at Rupertswood CC: 2 years. Previous clubs: Sunbury CC. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: Be confident. What I don’t find amusing is: Rage. What I’d like to know more about: Where the tooth fairy lives. Most Admired Sportsperson: Luke Hodge, Glen Maxwell. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Shoey tunning up. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: Opposition coach cracking it during consolation final . When I have seen karma work:  -. One word to describe myself: Individual

AKA: Maisano, Maiz, Pav

Bruce Marshall

Right Hand Top Order Batsman, Right Arm Off Spin. Occupation: Serving the fine people of Sunbury. Living Room Arrangements: A couple of sofas in an L shape with a flat screen on the western wall. Off the market? I was off the market before the market was invented. Years at Rupertswood CC: 2nd year. Previous clubs: Willaura CC, Moyston CC. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: Don’t “harbour bridge” anything off Kingy’s bowling. What I don’t find amusing is: Sitting on a bus to Jan Juc with a hangover. What I’d like to know more about: The art of making tons. Most Admired Sportsperson: Shane Warne. Quality performer on & off the field and still going strong. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Turkey and Woz’s last wicket stand against Bacchus Marsh. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: Kingy with diarrhea. When I have seen karma work: -. One word to describe myself: Fresh

AKA: Moose the 2nd, The Flick Meister, Craig, Dangerfield.

David McDonald

Right Hand Batsman, Right Arm Medium. Occupation: Student. Living Arrangements: Mum’s House Off the market? No. Years at Rupertswood CC: 4 years. Previous clubs: Bruck CC, Diggers Rest CC. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: I’m good at cricket. What I don’t find amusing is: People that are too serious. What I’d like to know more about: How to hit sixes. Most Admired Sportsperson: G.Field, H.Ross. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Ned Hogan’s solid 27. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: Ned Hogan bowl. When I have seen karma work: No comment.  One word to describe myself: Superstar/Shredded

AKA: D-Mac

Paul McGarry

Left Hand Batsman, Right Arm Leg Spin. Occupation: F Grade Specialist. Living Arrangements: Mum’s House Off the market? Single and ready to mingle. Years at Rupertswood CC: 3 years. Previous clubs: None. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: I’m a genuine F grade specialist. What I don’t find amusing is: DMac taking cricket serious. What I’d like to know more about: How to smash down jimmys with Aaron Batchelor. Most Admired Sportsperson: Aaron Batchelor. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Jack Hudd taking a catch and breaking his finger, resulting in missing the party of the year. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: Denis Leigh opening the batting, hitting the first ball for six then next ball getting owled middle peg. When I have seen karma work: Huddy breaking his finger. One word to describe myself: Dirties

AKA: McGarry

Joshua Powell

Batting style: Left- hand bat – Middle to lower order

Bowling style: Left arm medium-fast

Since his junior days, Joshua’s effortless left arm inswing deliveries have proven to be a challenge for many batsmen who have come up against Rupertswood. Named in the club’s 1st XI for the 1990- 2010 period at twelfth man during the clubs 20th year celebrations Josh has a significant and successful history with the club, winning two premierships including the clubs most recent 1st XI flag in 2004/05. Capable of attacking the opposition with full inswingers or tying an end down with a tidy line and length, Joshua is a handy inclusion in any Rupertswood XI. Often entering the crease in the mid to lower order, the run tally is always at threat of taking a quick boost with his silky hitting quickly finding the boundary. Reputed to have the highest IQ of any player at the club.

AKA – Joshy, the not so good Powell.

Josh in action - Photo by David Metheringham (Rupo photographer
Josh in action – Photo by David Metheringham (Rupo photographer)

Jamie Rolfe

Right Hand Batsman, Right Arm Medium. Occupation: Store manager. Living Arrangements: With olds. Off the market? Yes. Years at Rupertswood CC: 6 years. Previous clubs: None. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: Dean Jones can’t bat. What I don’t find amusing is: Mick Lamb. What I’d like to know more about: Katy Perry. Most Admired Sportsperson: The Undertaker. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Bully’s genius 11 against Woodend. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: wathcing a batsman swing so hard at the ball, he fell on the stumps. When I have seen karma work:  F grade bowling Hesket for 64. Full of confidence, we were bowled out for 19. One word to describe myself: KFC

AKA: Rolfey, Vice President

Haydn Ross

Batting style: Right hand – Middle order

Wicket keeper / Bowling style: (only bowls in Twenty20s) – Right arm Medium – Fast

1st XI wicket keeper and middle order batsmen, Haydn thrives on straight balls that give him the opportunity to work through the leg side. History has it that an opposition captain once attempted to set a 9 person leg side field in an effort to curb the run flow. Top scoring in the most recent of senior flags, Haydn has earnt a reputation as a 1st XI starter and a fierce competitor. Haydn boasts one of the best bowling figures at the club with 7/8, however, appears to have lost his bowling touch and is now limited to bowling beamers in the nets. In a physical sense Haydn has the biggest shoulders at the club and returns to Rupertswood for the 2013/14 season after a year away from the game. Haydn has expressed his desire to take on an on-field leadership role with the possibility of leading the club in the 2013 Twenty20 series.

AKA – Haych, Rossy, Skillzy, Shoulders.

Thinking abot his next ball on the way back to his mark - Photo by David Metheringham (Rupo photographer
Thinking abot his next ball on the way back to his mark – Photo by David Metheringham (Rupo photographer)

Chris Ryan

Right Hand Batsman, Wicketkeeper. Occupation: Sparky. Living Arrangements: With missus. Off the market? Unfortunately. Years at Rupertswood CC: 20 years. Previous clubs: Broadmeadows CC One thing I learnt in 2013/14: I can’t catch. What I don’t find amusing is: Troy Smith. What I’d like to know more about: Safe Cracking. Most Admired Sportsperson: Phil “The Power” Taylor. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Josh Powell’s over in 2013/14 when he bowled Steve Grey. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: Mick Guneratne facing the opposite direction while fielding at first slip when Josh Powell bowled a bloke. When I have seen karma work:  What does Karme mean?. One word to describe myself: Loose

AKA: Bully

James Ryan

Right Arm Medium, Right Hand Batsman. Occupation: Carpenter. Living Arrangements: Living at home Off the market? Nope. Years at Rupertswood CC: 10 years. Previous clubs: None. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: Beer is good. What I don’t find amusing is: Hangovers. What I’d like to know more about: Dancing. Most Admired Sportsperson: Kiwi. Best performance seen on a cricket field: A bloke hit a hundred. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: Ball in the nuts. When I have seen karma work: During the day. One word to describe myself: Courageous

AKA: Jimmy

Mark Ryan

Batting style: Right- hand bat – Top order

Bowling style: Left- arm medium- slow

A handy top order batsman, come second change bowler, Mark has proven himself to be a very versatile cricketer when donning the Rupertswood baggy. With a breakout year in 2006/07 winning the club’s ‘Rising star award’ as the best young cricketer, Mark has been a regular contributor in the top grades of the club over recent years playing a key role in the top of the order. One of the three Ryan boys who have played for Rupertswood, Mark is fondly regarded as one of our spiritual leaders with his enthusiastic approach to game day and his never say die attitude. At any one time it is likely that this man is carrying at least four injuries and wearing two different shoes. Mark is steadily developing his all-rounder status making the most of his opportunities with the ball in recent years in the first XI.

AKA – Slammer, Moose.

Keeping wickets? - Photo by David  Metheringham (Rupo photographer
Keeping wickets? – Photo by David Metheringham (Rupo photographer)

Luke Shoesmith

Occupation: Student. Living Arrangements: With family. Off the market? No. Years at Rupertswood CC: 5 years. Previous clubs: None. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: Bat with freedom. What I don’t find amusing is: Sitting in long car trips. What I’d like to know more about: A better batting action. Most Admired Sportsperson: Mitchell Johnson. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Michael Clarke’s 329. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: Shane Warne going out on 99. When I have seen karma work: -. One word to describe myself: Interesting

AKA: Little shoe

Nathan Shoesmith

Right Hand Batsman, Right Arm Off spin. Occupation: Student. Living Arrangements: With family. Off the market? No. Years at Rupertswood CC: 7 years. Previous clubs: None. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: To back myself. What I don’t find amusing is: PopAsia. What I’d like to know more about: Santa. Most Admired Sportsperson: Michael Clarke. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Nathan Maisano taking 7 cathces at Wallan. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: – . When I have seen karma work: Opposition coach getting a flat tyre while leaving consolation final. One word to describe myself: Focussed

AKA: Shoey, the prodigy

Troy Smith

Right Hand Batsman. Occupation: Freelance photographer. Living Arrangements: With family. Off the market? What’s a girl? Years at Rupertswood CC: 9 years. Previous clubs: None. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: Don’t be injured. What I don’t find amusing is: Smelly cricket gear. What I’d like to know more about: How to apply deoderant. Most Admired Sportsperson: Ricky Ponting. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Aaron Forward’s 206 against Riddell. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: SVR getting angry. When I have seen karma work:  When D-Mac only got 99 not out. One word to describe myself: Fat

AKA: Injured

Jayden Swallow

Right Hand Batsman, Wicketkeeper. Occupation: Personal Trainer. Living Arrangements: with mum & dad Off the market? Nope. Years at Rupertswood CC: 7 years. Previous clubs: None. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: See ball, hit ball. What I don’t find amusing is: Turkey’s jokes. What I’d like to know more about: Leadership. Most Admired Sportsperson: RTMF. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Beever making so many ducks. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: Kiwi fielding. When I have seen karma work: DMac not getting to 100. One word to describe myself: Short

AKA: Swallow, Spit, (Corey) Feldman

Michael Treweek

Right Hand Batsman, Right Arm Offspin. Occupation: Carpenter. Living Arrangements: with paernts Off the market? No. I’m a player. Years at Rupertswood CC: 1st year. Previous clubs: Sunbury CC. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: I can bat. What I don’t find amusing is: Ned Hogan. What I’d like to know more about: Women. Most Admired Sportsperson: Michael Clarke. Best performance seen on a cricket field: . Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: . When I have seen karma work: . One word to describe myself: Powerhouse

Mick likes to wear muscle shirts and drive a transformer car

AKA: Mick, Tricky, Lego head

Ric Turner

Right Hand Batsman, Right Arm Medium. Occupation: Tradie. Living Arrangements: with girlfriend Off the market? Yes. Years at Rupertswood CC: 8 years. Previous clubs: ?. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: ?. What I don’t find amusing is: People that are too serious. What I’d like to know more about: Making more hundreds. Most Admired Sportsperson: Me. Best performance seen on a cricket field: My 178 Not out. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: . When I have seen karma work: . One word to describe myself: Delicious

AKA: Ricky T, RTMF

Curtis Turvey

Right Arm Medium, Right Hand Lower Order Batsman. Occupation: Store assistant at Aldi. Living Arrangements: With family. Off the market? Yes. Years at Rupertswood CC: 4 years. Previous clubs: Sunbury United CC. One thing I learnt in 2013/14: Not to get the same haircut as Jay. What I don’t find amusing is: Getting farted on. What I’d like to know more about: Bowling well with an old ball. Most Admired Sportsperson: Jay King. Best performance seen on a cricket field: Aaron Forward’s 200 at Riddell. Funniest thing seen on a cricket field: Troy Smith dropping my first ever wicket chance in my 2nd over at the club. When I have seen karma work:  Wallan’ s captain telling Karl to move his car before a ball was bowled and got bowled first ball. One word to describe myself: Slow

AKA: Turvs, Turkey, Turks

Patrick Tyler

Right Hand Batsman, Right Arm Medium Fast. Occupation: Painter  Living Arrangements: Renovating. Years at Rupertswood CC: 1st year. Previous clubs: Sunbury CC…..

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AKA: Patty

Shane Van Rooy

Batting style: Right hand – Top to middle order

Bowling style: Right arm off spin

Shane Van Rooy is quickly developing a cult following at Rupertswood CC and the most edited player profile. His eager approach to cricket and his dedication to the club has become the epitome of his generation of players down at The Rup. Batsmen beware when this man is the central umpire, use that bat or run the risk of this man sending you on your way if trapped in front. Shane’s notable moments include, but not limited to, a rapid rise through the ranks to make his B grade debut in 10/11 vs The Marsh and taking the best catch ever at Rupertswood cricket training, witnessed by the whole squad in a young guys vs. old guys competition in December 2012. A determined batsman, who is quickly becoming more and more difficult to get out. Shane is challenging Rupo’s other cricket tragic, W. Hall, in his ability to not miss a training session. His favourite shot is the cover drive. Follow him on twitter for light entertainment.

AKA – Van Rooy, Van Roosianhousan, Yaanos, Wazza, Chris Griffin, Cheetah, SVR, Shane Train, Rooster.

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