Moorabbin Park Cricket Club and Highett Cricket Club have announced that they will be merging after votes were held at both clubs.Both clubs are members of newly formed Cricket Southern Bayside turf competition. The decision comes as a measure to ensure the long-term security for members and stakeholders of both clubs as well as providing greater playing and social opportunities for cricketers young and old in the Kingston area. The potential to merge was raised with members of Moorabbin Park CC and Highett CC over the past month and was voted on at separate AGMs held last week.
The amalgamated club will base itself at both Dane Road and Turner Road ovals, ensuring that these facilities will be fully utilised by both junior and senior cricketers alike. As for the name of the new entity, it is something the members will determine via an open consultation process and vote in the coming weeks.
Moorabbin Park CC President Matt Vigus says the decision to merge with Highett is a positive step in ensuring a place to play for all existing and new cricketers moving forward. “The decision by our members to merge with Highett wasn’t made lightly but it is one that we feel is entirely necessary,” said Vigus. “A number of local clubs have faced issues in recent years getting teams on the field and we feel this decision will only help provide more opportunities for anyone wanting to play cricket with us in the future.” Members of Highett CC voted on the issue at the club’s AGM on Monday, 17 July, with President Ryan Smart eager to acknowledge the foresight and understanding of all involved. “We want to thank our members for turning up on Monday night to have their say on the direction of the club,” said Smart. “It obviously isn’t an easy decision but given the strengths of both our clubs, we see it as a great result that our players will continue to get opportunities to play cricket in the Kingston Council area. We look forward to building a strong and respected club with Moorabbin Park CC.” Head of Cricket Southern Bayside Warren Griffin congratulated both clubs on the outcome, believing the ability to share facilities and resources will help progress the new entity on and off the field. “I’m pleased that Highett and Moorabbin Park have taken this progressive action to secure their futures and the future of cricket in the area. The direction that the two clubs have presented will provide opportunities for not only existing members of both clubs, but provides a platform for growth through both male and female juniors.” said Griffin. Cricket Victoria’s General Manager of Game and Market Development Rohan O’Neill stated that “We are supportive of the proactive steps that Highett and Moorabbin Park have taken and look forward to witnessing their success in the future with Cricket Southern Bayside.” Highett CC’s earliest known season was in 1887/88, when it rattled off 13 straight wins. Moorabbin Park CC was formed in 1941.