In 1959, a group of interested cricketers from the fledgling Glen Waverley Church of Christ entered a team in the Burwood District Cricket Association and registered a premiership in its initial year.
Grounds were hard to obtain in the Waverley area and the team’s home venue was some distance away at Gardiner Park. Three seasons later the club entered the South Suburban Churches Cricket Association in Second grade, but went into recess for two seasons. In 1965 the club reformed in Fifth grade, playing at Syndal Tech and in 1967/68 and 1968/69 won its first two premierships at Pinewood Reserve.
Waverley was rapidly growing with strong cricket teams in the area including Glen Waverley Presbyterian, Mt. Waverley Methodist, Syndal Baptist and Syndal Presbyterian with competition being very keen between the local clubs. Late in the 1960s, a junior team was formed and by the mid-1970s the club had grown to 3 senior and 3 junior teams. A fourth senior team was added in the following decade.
By the end of the 1970s the club had secured six senior and two junior flags. Consolidation took place in the 1980s, with the club winning 3 senior and four junior flags. The 1990s proved to be the club’s most successful era with six senior and six junior flags.
In season 2000/01, the club changed its name to Glen Waverley Cougars Cricket Club, and since then, has added 6 senior and 7 junior flags, to bring the club record to a total of 40 premierships (21 senior and 19 junior) and 43 runners-up (18 senior, 25 junior). The club has also won the S.T.Ellis Club Championship 5 times and the W.L.Smith Club Efficiency award 5 times.
In season 2014/15 the senior teams affiliated with the Eastern Cricket Association following the demise of the Southern District and Churches Cricket League’s senior division after 100 years of history. The junior teams now compete in the Inner South East Cricket League (previously SDCCL).
Currently the club is fielding 4 senior, and 1 veteran team. The club has had numerous home grounds including Pinewood, Lum Road, Southern Reserve, Capital Reserve, Syndal Technical College, Freeway Reserve and Glen Waverley Secondary College. Today the club enjoys the excellent facilities at Glen Waverley North Reserve.
The club celebrated a very successful 50th anniversary in 2012 with the naming of the following best elevens from its first 25 years and second 25 years.
“Pioneer All Stars” (1959-1985): Brian Squires, Ray Dunk, Graeme Dunk, Don Bienvenu, David Tidd, Neil Graham, Julian Hughes, Alan Hillier, Lindsay Alabaster, Wal Squires and David Clement.
“Second Generation All Stars” (1986-2010): Wayne Jewell, James Jensen, Rohan Thompson, Jon McGough, Richard Davey, Stephen Lloyd, Matthew Van Eck, Shane MacGregor, Mark Alabaster, Rohan Baumann and Clinton Semmel.
In 2017 the Club celebrated 50 years of the Junior movement.
Life members of the club are Mal McGregor, Don Bienvenu, Julian Hughes, Al Hillier, David Waters, Lindsay Alabaster, Mark Hughes, David Smith, Des McLachlan, David Thompson, Rohan Baumann, Shane MacGregor, Richard Davey, Jon McGough, Robert Huggan, Jason Barrie, Warren Page, Wayne Jewell, Andrew Wright, Clinton Semmel, Richard Ballard and Graham Oppy
As contributed by Don Bienvenu
Chronology of Significant Club Milestones
Glen Waverley Church of Christ Cricket Club formed, and entered the Burwood District C.A. playing at Gardiner Park, winning our first Senior Premiership.
Junior team fielded, for one season only. Club moves to Syndal Tech oval.
Club in recess for two seasons.
Club reformed playing in South Suburban Churches Cricket Association.
Senior team wins back to back flags. Home ground Pinewood Reserve.
Under 14 team formed.
Senior team wins third flag in five seasons.
Second Senior team formed and wins flag. Home grounds Lum Rd and Southern Res.
U/12 team introduced followed by the U/16’s.
Secure Capital Reserve as the Club’s Headquarters.
Club fields 3 senior and 3 junior teams. 2nd XI and U/16’s Premiers.
U/16’s win back to back flags. Club wins second S.T.Ellis Award – most successful Club.
First XI promoted to Shield Grade (the competition’s highest grade).
Club wins first W.L.Smith Award as most efficient Club in S.S.C.C.A.
U/14’s win second flag whilst 3rd XI record their first flag.
3rd XI in back to back flags as U/14’s finish Runners Up.
Club is moved from Capital Res. to Glen Waverley High School and Syndal Tech ovals. Club is Incorporated.
Club Champion Award introduced. U/14’s win first of consecutive flags.
Appointment of Skills Coach David Thopson and 4th XI formed.
Glen Waverley North Reserve Pavilion secured as home base. Back-To’s introduced.
“Club’s Finest Hour” as both 1st XI and 2nd XI win Premierships.
South Suburban Churches Cricket Assoc. merge with Oakleigh Dist. to form S.D.C.C.L. (Southern District Churches Cricket League) U/12’s win their first flag after being runners-up on 7 occasions.
Four Senior and two Junior teams in Finals as Club wins the most successful Club Award.
Club adopts “Cougars” as its identity. Club merchandise available.
U/14’s win first of three consecutive flags.
Junior Club Champions in S.D.C.C.L. as U/16’s and U/14’s Premiers and U/12’s in semi.
Six of club’s seven teams in finals. 2nd XI and U/14’s win flags. 4th XI also win a flag, by 1 run after taking Toorak’s last four wickets for 0 runs.
No Senior teams featuring in finals for the first time in 18 seasons. Club celebrates 40th anniversary with a Legend’s Match.
Official name change to Glen Waverley Cougars Cricket Club.
100 year celebration of South Suburban Cricket. Club features in “Centenary Book”
No senior or junior teams in Grand Final for first time since 1973/74.
Publication of comprehensive booklet containing Senior player statistics and club records
Club vacates Glen Waverley North Reserve whilst Council erect new $600,000 Pavilion.
Club celebrates opening of newly built pavilion at Glen Waverley North Reserve (on October 23rd).
2nd XI win club’s 18th Senior flag.
U/17’s team win their first flag in only their second season. Club wins W.L.Smith Club Efficiency award for the fifth time. Club moves away from playing and training at G.W. Secondary College. Publication of comprehensive booklet containing Junior player statistics along with Club, Senior and Junior player numbers.
U/17’s win back to back premierships.
Club raises over $20,000 – thanks to tireless efforts of Lindsay Alabaster, who co-ordinated sponsorships, donations and fundraising – towards cricket nets at G.W.North Reserve (nets are installed in 2010/11 season after agreement with Council on 50/50 basis).
Clubrooms at Glen Waverley North Reserve destroyed by fire.
Clubrooms restored and available for start of season. Club’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, highlighted by family day at Glen Waverley North Reserve and Gala Dinner with 110 past players and members in attendance. Two teams of the best Senior players of the past 50 years were announced.
Record number of runs in one round by senior teams (combined total of 1871 runs) Resurfacing of outfield at Glen Waverley North Reserve. 2nd XI and 3rd XI win premierships, whilst the First Xl finish top of 2nd Grade but were Runners up.
First Xl and Under 13’s finish Runners up.
The demise of the SDCCL senior division, club joins Eastern Cricket Association. U/13’s in an exciting final coming from 4th position wins 18th Junior flag for the club.
U/17’s win 19th Junior flag for the club. Decision to field a one-day Senior team. No Senior team reached the finals for first time in 12 seasons. Unable to field an U/13 team. Strong support for Trivia and Pink Stump events. Club returns a profit, the first for 4 seasons.
150 people attend a past players day to celebrate 50 years of the Junior movement, at which two teams of the best Junior players for the past 50 years were announced. Continued great support for Trivia and Pink Stump events. U/15’s finish runners up whilst 1st XI and 2nd Xl feature in semi-finals. One-day team lapses but an U/13 team is fielded.
Healthy profit of $6000 recorded on the back of sponsorships & trivia night. 3rd XI and U/17 teams feature in semi-finals.
Over 100 past and present players gathered to honour 50 years of service by Don Bienvenu and celebrate the 1st Xl flag of 1968/69 and 2nd Xl flag of 1998/99. At the gathering a presentation was made to Don with the naming of the “Don Bienvenu Pavilion”. Formation of the Veterans team and an U/11’s side but no U/13’s. 2nd Xl and the U/17’s reach the Grand Final but finish Runners Up. There was also increased numbers for the 3 Senior teams.
1st Xl, 2nd Xl (top) and Veterans (top) all in the semi finals but register losses. Only 1 Junior team U/17’s fielded for the season due to a shortage of players. Sound financial position boosted by $3500 grant despite no major fundraising. Electronic live scoring for 1st Xl games commence. No Presentation night due to restrictions from the Covid 19 shutdown.
All 5 Senior teams reached the Finals with the 2nd Xl taking out the Club’s 40th premiership flag and the 3rd Xl the Club’s 43rd runners up award. Unfortunately for the first time in 50 years, the Club was unable to field a Junior side. Despite the restrictions of Covid 19, the Club recorded a sound financial return for the season.
Chronology of Significant Individual Achievements
Brian Squires scores 4 centuries in amassing a record 1039 runs in a season. Graeme Frecker is club’s first secretary and later becomes Mayor of Waverley. Frank Dunk is member of our first premiership team. His three sons, Ray, Ken and Graeme, also feature in later premierships.
Captain Don Bienvenu scores 132 in 1st Xl Grand Final win and tallies up 538 runs for the season and wins Assoc award.
Neil Graham takes 8/33 and 5/55 whilst Don Bienvenu compiles 128no for a comprehensive 1st Xl Grand Final victory.
Ray Dunk has match figures of 13/38 and a season’s tally of 55 wickets in First XI.
Alan Hillier takes 13/63 in 2nd XI match and spearheads team to flag. Julian Hughes gains selection in Carnival team to play in Hobart.
Wal Squires snares 8/13 to hold the best 1st XI bowling figures.
Peter Good scores 132 in U/12’s to be the first century-maker in Juniors.
1974/75 to 1977/78
Rob Bienvenu is first to captain Junior teams at U/16, U/14 and U/12 level. Warren Page follows in period 1978/79 to 1981/82. Rob goes on to captain 1st XI in 1983/84 and 1984/85.
1974/75 to 1981/82
David Tidd, in three seasons as captain and five as vice-captain, wins 5 batting and 2 bowling awards.
Malcolm McGregor elected as club’s first Life Member after serving 12 seasons as club President.
Rohan Thompson registers three centuries playing in U/14’s. Don Bienvenu becomes the club’s second life member.
1983/84 to 1993/94
Mark Hughes coaches Junior teams for ten seasons, including consecutive U/14’s flags.
Mark Alabaster becomes 4th brother, following Ray, Lindsay and Ian, to captain Junior teams.
Shane MacGregor wins the League’s Junior Cricketer of the Year. Julian Hughes becomes the club’s third life member.
Justin Aitken takes Club record of 9/18 in 3rd XI Grand Final, surpassing Gavin Hands’ 9/19 in the same season. Alan Hillier becomes the club’s fourth life member. Julian Hughes becomes President of S.S.C.C.A. for a term of 3 years.
Wayne Jewell wins the inaugural Club Champion Award. Rohan Baumann wins the Australian Churches Carnival bowling trophy, and gains selection in the All-Australian team. Peter Roach captains U/14 team to a flag. He later captains District side Hawthorn-Monash to Premiership honours, and also becomes wicket-keeper for the Victorian state team. David Waters becomes the club’s fifth life member.
Warren Page and Wayne Jewell feature in a 1st XI opening partnership of 202 runs. Lindsay Alabaster becomes the club’s sixth life member.
1989/90 to 1998/99
David Thompson is appointed the club’s Skills Coach and gives 10 years dedicated service.
Mark Hughes becomes the club’s seventh life member.
3rd XI score 9/484 at Caulfield Park to record club’s highest team total. 4th Xl – Mano Muttiah and Clinton Semmel post a 3rd wicket partnership of 285.
1994/95 to 1997/98
Andrew Powell has achieved the batting and bowling awards in U/12, U/14 and U/16.
David Smith becomes the club’s eighth life member.
Des McLachlan becomes the club’s ninth life member. Don Bienvenu coaches 3 consecutive Premierships with the U/12’s.
Andrew Powell wins the League’s Junior Cricketer of the Year and scores four centuries playing in the U/16 team.
Shaun O’Connor throws the wicket down enabling the 4th XI to win the flag by 1 run. Matt Brand and Rob Davies set a record 6th wicket stand of 192 runs during 2nd XI Grand Final victory. David Thompson becomes the club’s tenth life member.
1999/2000 to 2002/03
Rob Huggan coaches U/12’s to 3 flags in 4 seasons.
Don Bienvenu receives the Australian Sports Medal for services to cricket.
Jason Beer scores 199 runs in 2nd XI to record the club’s highest individual score.
2000/01 to 2003/04
Jon McGough wins 4 consecutive 1st XI batting awards.
Rohan Baumann becomes the club’s 11th life member.
Matt Brand compiles 189 runs as 1st XI posts a record score of 5/463. Clinton Semmel has match figures of 13/114 in 2nd XI against Monash.
Don Bienvenu elevated to Life Membership of S.D.C.C.L.
Anne MacGregor wins the President’s Award and is the first lady to win a club award. Shane MacGregor becomes the club’s 12th life member.
Jon McGough publishes a valuable booklet of Senior players’ statistics and Senior club records.
Shane MacGregor shares the “Ian Field” Medal as the best player in Shield Grade. Shane also wins his 3rd Club Champion Award.
Julian Hughes elevated to Life Membership of S.D.C.C.L.
David Smith and Shane MacGregor play their 200th games with the club. They join previous 200-game players Don Bienvenu, David Waters, Julian Hughes and Mark Hughes. Richard Davey becomes the club’s 13th life member.
Aman Gadgil and Michael Muttiah record the Club’s highest 1st Xl – 4th wicket partnership of 272 runs in a team score of 9/407. David Smith and Mark Hughes receive the League’s 20 Year Service award. Jon McGough becomes the club’s 14th life member.
Lindsay Alabaster publishes all Junior players’ statistics along with Club, Senior and Junior player numbers.
Shane MacGregor receives the League’s 20 Year Service award. Warren Page passes 4000 runs. U/17 player Ricky Alabaster takes 5/30 in 3rd XI match, including a ‘double hattrick’.
Shane MacGregor passes 5000 runs. Macca and Ash Woodward record the highest 8th wicket partnership of 202 runs. Jake Alabaster becomes the first Junior to score a Century playing in the Seniors (2nd XI) and did it twice. Jake wins the 2nd XI Batting award as a Junior. Amandeep Singh and Ryan Lester record the highest 9th wicket partnership of 123 runs (undefeated). Lindsay Alabaster receives the League’s 20 Year Service award. Rob Huggan becomes the club’s 15th life member.
Andrew Celle scores 229no (3rd XI) to create a new record for highest individual score, and also shares a club record partnership of 321 with Tom Wentworth. A total of nine (Seniors and Juniors) Association trophy winners for the Cougars. Shane MacGregor becomes the first Cougar to take 400 wkts. 1st XI – (Rnd 7) destroy St James Malvern Valley with the ball taking 8 wkts for 9 runs – Tyler Walsh 5 wkts and Clint Semmel 3 wkts. Jake Alabaster wins the League’s Junior Cricketer of the Year.
Sad passing of club stalwart Mark Hughes (aged 45) – 34 years of service to the club. Jon McGough steps down after 10 years as club Treasurer. Shane MacGregor wins 5th club champion award. Neshan Amarasena wins leagues under 15 bowling average and most wickets.
Outstanding season by Joel Baird, winning 2nd XI batting award (497 runs @ 99.4 with 3 centuries), 2nd XI bowling award (20 wickets @ 15.25) and Club Championship. Joel also won the League’s 3rd Grade batting average and aggregate awards. Warren Page and Clinton Semmel achieve the League’s 20 Year Service.
Yash Pendenker wins the Leagues U/13 batting average with 231 runs and Thaveesh Attanayake makes the most runs in the U/15 League. Ricky Alabaster takes 9/32 – club record for 1st XI. Also during the season Shane MacGregor takes 8/49 and Joel Baird takes 8/78. David Jensen joint winner of the League’s Bill Weedon medal in 2nd Grade. Clinton Semmel takes 61 wickets (club record for 2nd XI) and also wins league’s most wickets and best average in 4th grade. Jason Barrie becomes the club’s 16th life member.
Ian Timms scores 511 runs in 2nd grade Rohan Walsh and Andrew Wright share first wicket partnership of 199 vs Chadstone in 2nd XI (4th grade). Clinton Semmel wins the 1st XI bowling award for the 7th time. Thaveesh Attanayke scores 511 runs in the U17s. He also wins League’s U/17 most runs (473), batting average (157.6) and the League’s U/17 Junior Cricketer of the Year awards. Randitha Gunasekera wins League’s U/17 bowling average award (11.83). Adam MacGregor wins League’s U/15 most wickets (16) award. Yash Pedneker wins League’s U/13 most runs (232) and batting average (116) awards. Thaveesh and Adam selected in Junior representative teams (Adam wins Scorpian’s most wickets and bowling average awards). Shane MacGregor takes 7/60 in 1st XI losing Grand Final.
Passing of club’s inaugural life member Malcolm McGregor (aged 94). Shane MacGregor plays his 300th senior game in round 2 vs Notting Hill Brandon Park, becoming the first player to reach 300 Senior games. Ian Timms (145no) and Naqi Haider put on 80 for the last wicket to beat Burwood Uniting in the 1st XI. David Jensen wins 1st XI batting award (with scores including 95 and 97). Ashley Chandarasinghe wins U/13 batting average, most runs (305), bowling average (10.2) and equal most wickets (9). Also wins League’s U/13 Junior Cricketer of the Year. Adam MacGregor wins U/15 batting average (102.3) and most wickets (17). Adam also wins League’s U/15 Junior Cricketer of the Year. Warren Page becomes the clubs 17th life member.
Wayne Jewell becomes the club’s 18th life member. Combridge brothers Jason (645 runs) & Sam (582 runs) dominate in one-day team. Jake Alabaster is third highest run maker in Burt Shield and wins Club Champion Award Ash Chandrasinghe wins U/15 batting average with 103.5. Adam MacGregor takes out the League’s U/17 bowling award with average of 7.37 and is a key player in the Scorpion rep team. Sarah Combridge in Girls U/18 and U/16 squads of Scorpions. Wayne Jewell registers his 6th century for the Club and Clinton Semmel his second.
Andrew Wright becomes the club’s 19th life member. Shane MacGregor takes 8/74 and Seb Henderson makes 523 in 1st XI. Nev Sinnott compiles his 6th ton with Club whilst Shane MacGregor and Clinton Semmel both take their 600th Club wickets Andrew Wright plays his 300th Club game. Nick Crawford (429 runs) and Ash Chandrasinghe (425 runs) dominate in the U/15s and take out League awards along with Adam MacGregor who takes the most wickets and bowling average at U/17 level with the League. Kris Lewscthenko wins the Club Championship with 441 runs and 16 wkts playing in 2nd and 3rd XI’s.
Clinton Semmel becomes the club’s 20th life member. Don Bienvenu becomes the first club member to realise 50 years of continuous involvement with the Club. Nev Sinnott compiles his 7th century and becomes the top century maker in the Club. Warren Page takes his run total to nearly 7500 to be the Club’s second highest run maker and Clinton Semmel passes 550 senior wickets. Kris Lewscthenko wins the bowling average in ECA F Grade with Nick Crawford making the most runs (489) in U/17 and Leroy Gunaratnam wins the League batting average (51.67) in the U/13 competition. Andrew Celle took out the Club Championship following a good season with the bat in the 1st XI.
Club record of 222 for the opening partnership by Andrew Wright and Nev Sinnott in the 2nd Xl Nev compiles his 8th century and with 538 runs and becomes the highest run scorer in a season in the 2nd Xl and had the most runs in C grade of the ECA. Shane MacGregor takes 9/56 in the 2nd Xl whilst Naqi Haider captures 8/45 in the 3rd Xl. Jake Alabaster compiles 529 runs in the 1st Xl to take out the Club Championship Award. Ash Chandrasinghe wins batting ave and most runs in the U/17 grade and amasses 1943 junior runs for the club becoming the highest Junior run scorer passing Nick Crawford’s tally of 1856. Chansika Kapukotuwa wins the bowling average for the league along with Samarth Gupta bowling aggregate
Richard Ballard is elected as the Club’s 21st Life Member. David Smith plays his 300th Club game. Clint Semmel takes his 700th Club wicket in 350 games. Warren Page passes 8000 runs in 350 Club games. Jake Alabaster goes back to back to win his 3rd Club Championship compiling 555 runs in the 1st Xl beating Andrew Celle 544 runs.
Graham Oppy becomes the Club’s 23rd Life Member. Ian Timms compiles 620 runs to record the Club’s highest number of runs for a season in the 2nd Xl and is the Club Champion. Shane MacGregor passes 400 Club games, 700 Club wickets and 8000 Club runs. Jake Alabaster selected again in the team of the year for Burt Shield for his third consecutive season and Andrew Celle for his second successive season.