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Posted on 12 August, 2019 at 20:20

There are serious problems facing the game of cricket: such as


Grass Roots Cricket where participation numbers have been fraudulently portrayed in order to achieve performance bonus’s.


Poor development programs implemented throughout the country; forget that they don’t address the future needs of the game or its sustainability; and


Forget about those being attracted to the game... it’s natural resource.


These are issues that remain unresolved as a result of those occupying CA’s Board Room; the game no longer represent our cricket communities and worse... it seems they can never be replaced. They select from an exclusive club denying those from within the game to advance through natural progression. Please tell me if I am wrong.


How this happened we’ll never know, I’d like to see the information the game’s delegates received to vote themselves out of the game’s decision making process.


A process that has allowed “CA” to release their gender policy without consultation with the game at grassroots where the majority of players have a mother and father and where children are conceived naturally and might become future cricketers.


And so it was no wonder this policy was condemned; prompting a defensive “Tweet” promoting an opinion piece written by its CEO; Kevin Roberts.


Roberts, asks us to imagine being from a marginalised group in society. A society, denied access to sport that will provide a connection to communities where men who want to be women have a place of normality, belonging and inclusiveness, such as women’s cricket.


I don’t know this bloke but having read his self appraising article. To me he’s a “snowflake” pushing an agenda introduced by Alex Blackwell (Cricket NSW Board Member and a gay Women’s Test Cricketer). An agenda she claims is “inclusive” and yet; Blackwell says anyone with concerns for their children playing with or against transgender cricketers, should find another sport.


That’s rather exclusive; don’t you think Alex?


I would love to know how many of the 1200 or so who identify as transgender in our country have actually played cricket? Playing backyard or beach criket does not qualify you as a cricketer. To be a Cricketer, you work your way through the competitive grades to reach a reasonable standard “A Grade Cricket”.


Anyway, apparently it is a human right for males who believe they are female; that they should be treated as natural born women and reap the rewards on offer from that sport. Rubbish! In what world could anyone justify this?


I wonder! how many are using human rights in the reverse; women transitioning to men and wanting to play men’s sport?


I can see someone’s daughter, perhaps 158cm tall, weighing in at 62kg (ringing wet) playing the game, enjoying the thrill of competition against her peers; Yes, her peers! Natural born Women!


Under this CA gender policy this same girl might finds herself facing up to a 195cm 100kilo hairy back who thinks he’s a she with a 142kgram 2pce in hand. Think about that extra strength, muscle memory, lung capacity and larger hands off the long run, delivering that small ball at a pace no normal woman could deliver.


This is absurd, unhealthy, in fact sickeningly and frighteningly so!


Of course Roberts, like all “feel good” globalists claims the issue has been looked into seriously, even the science he says (not the science I have read) and so CA have come up a way to ensure fair and balanced participation.


Roberts claims CA are following Olympic guidelines. A sport in the courts because natural women are complaining the competition is unfair.


Show us the science Roberts. Let us judge the information that has been put forward by your CA latte’ sipping administrators. Show us that you have not been wasting time and energy on minority’s; using valuable funds generated by men’s cricket to devalue the biological values of the majority.


Explain why taking drugs or having surgery to alter your appearance is not just a disguise and why that isn’t cheating the sporting code.


I don’t think supporters want to see athletes born as men accepting the accolades of a sport that was created for natural born women.


Posted on 10 August, 2019 at 1:20

To Cricket Australia (CA) if Shane Warne was banned for 12 months for taking a diuretic to reduce weight; and Smith, Warner & Bancroft banned for 12 months for attempting to alter the condition of the ball, also deemed bring the game into disrepute.


You CA are now saying it is fine to take drugs? (To reduce testosterone but not weight); and that it’s ok to tamper with the ball, the balls you're naturally born with / or not, just to pretend your female so you can play Women’s Cricket? ( or even Women’s Test Cricket); and by the way, this is a oneway street, it's not women looking to play mens cricket. 


Give Lance Armstrong back his Tour de France wins along with an apology and ignore the Science that tells us male to female transgender athletes do hold an advantage over natural born female athletes; at least the science I’ve read... muscle density, lung capacity and muscle memory and no matter the amount of drugs taken to reduce testosterone; and is that drug any good for anyone, I wouldn't think so.

If that’s not considered performance enhancing; what is it? When an athlete cannot compete against his natural sex, but is able to win against women demoting them from their own sport... this is shammeful and especially when impersonators can take the rewards real women have worked so hard to achieve.


Life dishes out misfortune everywhere; it is difficult to accept, but it is life, as is inclement weather; we all have to accept it. I bet we’d all like to be something we’re not; smarter, thinner, taller and so on; it’s called getting over ourselves.


CA has just created a situation to disadvantage naturally born women; this is not inclusiveness and it’s not within the spirt of the game, Kevin Roberts!


There is no reason why a competition cannot be set up to cater for those who feel disadvantaged just as the over 50 or Over 60, under age or All Abilities?


RIP Women’s Cricket!


CA has used the Money earned by the Men’s game to fund the development of Women’s Cricket and then it does this to it?


The CA Board need to be sacked and the rightful owners of the game reinstated after this statement (below)which I doubt very much, was made on behalf of the game?


This is my opinion and if you don’t like it; I don’t care! Things are getting out of hand!

1st Test Summary 2019 Edgbaston

Posted on 7 August, 2019 at 20:00

At the “Fortress”, Edgbaston, Australia and as my wife said to me this morning, “Gee Australia really thumped England”. And Yes! They did in the end, but it wasn’t all one way, it was a real battle.


Having won the toss and choosing to bat the Aussies came from behind after their top order capitulated. It took a heroic effort from Steve Smith and Peter Siddle to add respectability; and not wanting to take anything away from Smith and Siddle, England were and would be a bowler down for the remainder of the Test.


It should also be remembered that England had taken the advantage by the end of day two; Australia had chosen to use some very ordinary around the wicket tactics; and the deficit had been reduced to a hand full of runs with six wickets in hand.


There is nothing I need to say about Steve Smith, it’s all been said; except for something from former England player and Coach David Lloyd; “Bumbles” in reference to Steve’s second century of the match... If you were viewing at the time you might remember the camera focusing in on a game of cricket being played near bye; And to the two or three spectators watching on Bumbles yelled in jest, “Steve Smith’s still batting”. ����


Yes! England were gone; with Wade and Smith still at the crease, Australia’s total was going to be beyond anything ever chased down at the venue.


What a pleasure it was to watch our bowlers in the second innings; Pattinson and Siddle were wicketless but were magnificent nevertheless; Cummins with three in the first finished with seven for the match but all the quicks beat the bat, with terrific lines, seam position and use of crease. If they maintain these tactics throughout, they will be a formidable combination and be rewarded accordingly. In particular Cummins peppered the corridor with subtle angle changes; And Lyon! Well he took full advantage of the deteriorating pitch to mesmerise his combatants with a nine wicket haul.


I still get a kick from the memory of that former English Offie with such high opinions himself “Graeme Swann” who claimed Lyon would be the weakest link in the Aussie bowling attack. What a sledge to make about one of his peers; he must now, chew on his words each time Lyon has the ball in hand.


This was a win Australia would not have expected and we should not get carried away; the series is far from over.


Former Tasmanian Fast Bowler Mark Ridgway mentioned just the other day in celebrating Matthew Wades “back to the wall”, Test 100; and I agree Bancroft and Khawaja are now under pressure with Warner not far behind.


Fortunately we have youngsters in the wing who are proven contributors.


Posted on 7 August, 2019 at 19:55

In my post on Thursday morning I mentioned that I had doubts re: the bowling tactics the Australian’s might use; then again on Friday, I raised the issue when Cummins had opened around the wicket to Rory Burns; Burns is now 120 odd not out.


When I first saw this approach being employed; I thought why didn’t the Australia’s select the left arm pace of Starc?


Was the concern, batting depth? Because it couldn’t have been balance... not with only 4 bowlers.


As a discussion point, I would argue the stats suggest we could have played both Starc and Siddle; I would be making the claim that our tail has contributed; grandly to our overall innings tally for seasons now. Just think about this; how many times over recent years have we been let down by the top order? (And if we’re looking to the future; surely Carey must better prospect than Wade? )


From Paine down the attack of Cummings, Starc, Pattison, Siddle and Lyon have all proven they can bat and their batting has helped win Tests or save us time and again.


I would be confident (if I were in charge) to have Paine higher. He looks as sound as any of those rated above him or more accomplished albeit he was dismissed poorly 1st innings. This still hasn’t altered my thinking.


And something else to chew on; To me Carey looks confident and reeks of match winning brilliance.

Preview 1st Test Edgbaston 2019

Posted on 7 August, 2019 at 19:50

With the 2019 ICC World Cup out of the way, it is time to sit back and enjoy the truest form of cricket.


A game of intrigue that encapsulates 5 fluctuating days, whether it be a wearing pitch or the physical demands on its participants; we watch on with anticipation and uncertainty as events unfold under overcast skies; or perhaps with expectations bought about by the magnificence of another English summer afternoon that invariably inspires so many a heroic performances. It makes no matter, we absorb and appreciate the mastery of bat over ball or visa versa. This is England v Australia and it is “Ashes Cricket" as it has been, since the very first ball at Melbourne, 15th of March 1877.


Yes! England and Australia have introduced Test Match Cricket to the world; a game that brings people together no matter Race, Politics or Religion and tomorrow the first of another 5 Test series gets underway at Edgbaston.


Over the past months whilst I have been wondering who the Australian selectors might choose to defend that little urn; I was reminded of the former Australian and Lancashire League Professional (Haslingden Cricket Club), Mick Malone; Or if you prefer, “Solo” as his mates call him. Solo played only one Test for Australia against England which was the drawn 5th Oval Test of 1977. Mick bowled a marathon 47 overs in Englands first innings (20 of them maidens) to deserve every one of his 5 wickets (5/63 in fact).


I reference him because he had a talent synonymous to all great cricket teams and in particular to the style of game in England facilitated by the Dukes cricket ball.


Mick was a tall man who bowled with tantalising control with movement and always down that corridor of uncertainty as Damian Fleming would say; drawing batsmen forward to deliveries that might or might not move through the air or off the seam. He had perfected the discipline and with his height, he often found extra bounce. The principle was that if he hit the wicket hard and often enough in the right areas the unsuspecting bounce or movement would bring him reward.


This is a theory that has worked so well for the best in the game, but remarkably, it is a tactic that has been missing from the Australian bowling attack for a few years now. It was definately missing last Ashes series in England; Watson and Marsh cerainly had the ability but seemed to lack the fitness or desire.


So like many Victorians, I was praying the selectors would consider James Pattinson. An intimidating on field personality, with a huge heart and pace. He’s also a proven Duke ball specialist with the skills to take it away late. He worries all batsmen and if he can remain fit for the duration; I feel Australia will be very competitive.


I must admit that prior to learning of his selection and as a Global Warming sceptic, I was about to hang my hat on this theory as the only hope the Aussies had of success. The pace attack of Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins would surely need cloudless blue skies and extreme temperatures throughout the entire series for us to have had any chance of holding onto the Urn.


With Patto’s selection I have found some hope but now find myself holding my breath as to the type of tactical instructions given to the bowling group and of course to the question surrounding the Australian batting; will it be able to combat the moving ball especially now that England have Jofra Archer to compliment any combination England might put forward.


I have no doubt his stump to stump lines and subtle use of the crease will create angles to test the best of the Australian batting.


Oh how I wish I could be there in England right now!

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Posted on 18 June, 2019 at 19:20

have been taken from our old website 

To the Australian Bowling Coaches

Posted on 16 June, 2019 at 20:25

Well done to India, Australia were not good enough on the day but to walk away from that defeat when falling just short and saying that the Indians were in a class above, is a cop out.

In truth we were let down by our the bowling line up.

But why?

Let’s take a look at them; Cummins who was the best of the bowlers started fairly (3 an over off his first 5), but his last 5 conceeded 40 (10/0/55/1). 

His opening partner, Starc began well also, going for just 2 an over for his first three. His last 7 however, were a humiliation, costing him 67 (10/0/74/1 with 42 off them off just 7 deliveries).

Coulter-Nile’s 10/1/63/1, 38 of those runs off just 7 deliveries and then we have Stoinis; 7/0/63/2 seemed to be on a spending spree trying to buy wickets. The same could also be said with Zampa 7/0/60/2.

Which means Maxwell (7/0/45/0) was our second most cost effective bowler.

So given the above; I have to ask this question.

Who is in charge of this bowling group?

It appears to me, that none of the bowlers have the ability to think or adapt under pressure.

In particular the quicks cannot put the ball in the same place twice and worse; they haven’t the ability to work to a plan. For example they lack the ability to find lines or use the crease to that advantage those line by creating or varying angles.

This fact alone, suggest the coaching staff have absolutely no understanding of the basic principle, of getting in close to stumps at delivery (a concept used so well by Glen McGrath).

For goodness sake... think about the game; And yes! Your own game, think about what it is that you do best. This might also involve having the intestinal fortitude to stick to that plan, have confidence in your abiliity to excecute disiplines. 

One other thing... it helps to hit the pitch on line with length and seam up everytime. 

The Mankading of the Australian Cricket Willow Project!

Posted on 16 June, 2019 at 20:25

I write this post in reply to Age Journalist "Mark Russell" who was too lazy to do any research.  Instead his derogatory "Article" about me, has remained on the Age website since 2005; And

Because of recent comments on social media about the Australian Cricket Bat Willow Project (ACBWP), Australian Cricket Willow Pty Ltd (ACW), the Australian Cricket Bat Willow Trust (ACBWT) and Australian Cricket Bat Willow Plantation Management Services Ltd (ACBWPMS).

This is my story:

In 1995 former Fitzroy Cricket Club Captain Tom Cullen (TC) became a partner in my business Callen Cricket Bats Pty Ltd. Our idea was to re establish the Cricket Bat Willow industry in Australia.

Not long after joining me, TC introduced a friend he described as a multi-millionaire (The Money Man), as I like to call him. His real name is Edward Ashley Murphy (EAM). 

As a result of us meeting and on the basis the “Money Man” fund the project, meeting all its expenses, he would be given an equal stake holding and a Directorship in the ACBWP.

This responsibility also included the raising of a prospectus, an idea TC took from “Southern Blue Gum” the only difference, we were going to grow Cricket Bat Willow (The link below tells a sorry tale of TC's idea as a result of it being stolen by charlatans who lied and misinformed everyone involved including Investors). 


The first and most important aspect of the project was to find suitable land to grow the trees and with advice from from Ross Bickford and Dr. David Flinn from the Centre of Forest Tree Technology, we’d found the perfect site. 200 acres of Yarra river flats at Healesville belonging to the Shire of Healesville. The price to purchase this land was $200,000 and the "Money Man" had agreed to put up the money. All we had to do was wait for the approval to be passed in Chambers by Shire Councillors.

There was also another site at Lilydale on the Olinda Creek Flats belonging to Yarra Water that had been made available to us with all the water we needed.

EAM knew all this and of course that TC and I had already established the first Healesville Plantatioin and a nursey of 20,000 English Willow trees so planting the area out would not be a problem. 

However, by the time council voted to sell us the 200 acres the "Money Man” had, without our knowledge, (I was overseas and TC interestate) removed all of our English Willow trees, transporting them to Wood Wood along the Murray River, were he was planting them for the prospecus. If you’ve driven to Mildura along the Murray Valley Hwy you might have noticed the ACBWP sign.

Since that time, many things have been written and said between me and the "Money Man”. But all of this is irrelevant, because we are now in possession of the facts, proving every decision or conversation we had ever had with EAM was based on hidden agendas, lies or misinformation.

The following provides the background history:

Many had thought of trying to re-establish the Cricket Bat Willow in Australia. The undisputed fact is... I have actually achieved this and given all that has taken place, I reckon it gives me more credability than EAM or his cohorts could ever hope to have. 

My first Cricket Bat Willow site inspection took place at Stacey’s Bridge in 1985. Friends of mine, former Australian Athletes Rhonda Mallender, her late husband John and training partner Gary Cantwell had passed on information and site locations where Crockett had taken cricket bat willow from farms near Yarrum.

Paul Jones former Northcote Cricketer from Alexandra was with me when we took timber samples from properties in that area to make bats.

From 1976 –1993 I had spent much of my time training, researching and studying the history of the industry and by 1993, I was selling the Callen Bats all over World.

Unknown to me, Lachlan Fisher of Straight Six Bats in Blackburn (now Fisher Bats) had also been researching the industry and had established plantings from cuttings taken from the old Crockett Plantation at Shepherds Flat.

Please note; Fisher was adamant cricket bat willow trees could not be grown in Plantation format (Re his promotional brochures) but has since changed his attitude with the obvious success of the MacLaren Plantation at Healesville.

The truth is… willow is a noxious weed, an environmental pest that invades the waterways and chokes rivers, creeks and streams. Authorities in Australia had banned the planting of Willow throughout the country and they were working tirelessly to remove this pest and restore the natural riparian environment along all watercourses all over our country.

Under Fishers concept Cricket Bat Willow cuttings where planted anywhere and without permit... on the other hand TC and I had spent years working with the Centre for Forest Tree Technology (later the Forest Science Centre), Ecology Australia, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Upper Yarra Valley Dandenong Ranges Authority, Murray Darling Basin Fresh Water Research Centre, Melbourne Water, Shire of Healesville, Shire of Yarra Ranges and Minister of Sport and Recreation and Racing in order to obtain permits to plant Cricket Bat Willow in Australia.

It was on the 6th of January 1995 that TC and I were finally granted PERMITS for a Plantation of Cricket Bat Willow on the Watts and Yarra River flood plain we leased from the Healesville Amateur Racing Club. (I continue to lease this area today)

Enter the "Money Man" EAM. 

In May 1995 ACW was set up with TC, EAM and myself as Directors. It is important to note that the Registered Office was the "Callen Business Centre" 50 Mt Dandenong Rd. East Ringwood Victoria and CCB was working full time for ACW. By 1997 TC and I had put in place many strategies for the ACBWP. As Directors TC and I had initiated the following: 

• Resolved that ACW lease or purchase 200 acres of Yarra River flats at Healesville for the next plantation.

• Resolved that the ACBWT be established as owners of the ACBWP and that ACW be the Trustee.

• Resolved that the mission of ACBWT be to establish a prospectus.

• Resolved that a booklet, “The Romance of the Cricket Willow”, be prepared by IC.

• Resolved that the ACBWT Deed be prepared by Solicitor Michael Long.

• Resolved ACBWT become the owner of the ACBWP and the intellectual knowledge and Idea of IC and TC.

• Resolved that 500,000 units issued in the Trust, 50,000 units each to IC and TC and 50,000 units to EAM when he fulfilled his funding obligations. A further 50,000 units set aside for others by TC and I felt we should consider for work done.

• Resolved that 300,000 units be used for acquiring a 90% interest in the trees at Healesville Racetrack to be increased from 1200 to 1500 and the remaining units be used to produce a public offering prospectus.

• Resolved that the ACBWT be the sole supplier of cricket bat willow setts (trees) to the proposed public offering prospectus or any other plantings undertaken by the project.

• Resolved that a valuation be carried out on the trees at Healesville to determine a price ACBWT would pay.

• Resolved that initial funds raised by the ACBWT be put toward an interest in 1500 trees valued @ $100 ea belonging to IC & TC.

• Resolved that ACBWT contract CCB as the Maintenance Manager of 1500 trees at a rate of $7.50 per tree per year, subject to CPI and that this was to apply to any other plantings undertaken by the project.

• Resolved that ACBWT licence CCB as its sole grower/nursery provider of cricket bat willow setts (trees).

• Resolved that the 40-acre site at the Lilydale Treatment Plant would become the ACBWT Consumer Reward Program plantation.

These records of the resolutions are recorded in the Minutes of Meetings file and which have always remained with me.

On the 1st May 1997 as Directors of ACW the Trustee for the ACWT, we (IC, TC, EAM) signed the "ACBWT Deed".

By this stage a number of EAM's cohorts (hanger on's) were sniffing about everywhere. Michael James Camilleri more commonly known as James Camilleri, (we found had spent time in the "Big House" for fraud). Then there is John McDonald, every time he opens his mouth, his teeth just about drop out of his head (In the link above McDonald, now Director of ACBWPMS states; "that planting at Wood Wood was the company's best option for growing English willow. "The forestry people recommended Wood Wood as a better growing location." He knows this is not true... he's a liar). He and EAM knew very well that TC and I had all the best scientific information from the real experts.

Then we had the "Fence Sitters", hanging around like bad smells were Doug Warren-Smith (DWS) and a former Victorian team mate of mine, Paul Anthony Hibbert (PAH) who tried to hide his addiction to alcohol by drinking Listerene (We found bottles of it stashed all over the place... and so bad was he that he believed the project was his idea. 

Our downfall came on or about the 24th of July 1997 when EAM secretly lodged documents to ASIC's removing TC and I as Directors of ACW. He then issued new Shareholdings in ACW (of course, without first offering those shares to TC and I, the original shareholder) this reduce our ownership in the Project to a minority.

In the wash up, it wasn't until the 25th June 2004 that TC and I were able to get to the bottom of everything that had taken place.

The evidence we needed was found when we discovered the existence of a second ACBWT Deed with the same dated as the original (1st May1997), but this one was signed by EAM and PAH as Director of ACW. Unfortunately for the Money Man and PAH, ASIC records show the Trust Deed cannot be legal as PAH who signed as Director of ACW (The Trustee of ACBWT) Had not been appointed Director until the July 1997 (2 months after they'd signed the bogus Deed).

EAM’ and his cohorts had been found out. If you invested money in the Trust, TC and I tried to help you all but you refused to help us. Fitzroy Doncaster Cricket Club (FDCC) were investors in the original Trust, but rather than support TC or I, who they knew set up the Trust the invested in and knew about the fraud against us, they chose to deal with EAM... I found a letter from FDCC asking EAM to sell their Units... so they didn't invest in Healesville at all, as was claimed on social media last week.

The discovery of Bogus Trust Deed proves that as early as May 1st 1997 EAM and his cohorts had been wrongfully and maliciously conspiring to defraud and injure us, along with our families, our employees, our businesses and the public in order to take ownership of the Australian Cricket Willow Project for their own personal gain and they did this as follows:

In pursuance and in furtherance of the conspiracy, EAM and cohorts did the following overt acts, namely:

(a) On May 1st 1997 EAM and cohorts wrongly and in breach of their employment contract of service and the spirit of the ACBWP secretly replaced the names of the original Unit Holders from the original ACBWT Deed (True Deed) with their own names or Associated Companies to produce a false ACBWT Deed (Bogus Deed); and

(b) On May 1st 1997 EAM and cohorts wrongfully and illegally presented themselves as Directors of ACW in Breach of the Corporations Act and in breach of the Trade Practices Act 1974 Sections 51(a) and 51 (ac) signed and sealed the Bogus Deed and presented themselves as the owners of the ACBWP and the Bogus Deed as the True Deed.

In Pursuance and furtherance of the conspiracy, EAM and cohorts did the following overt acts, namely:

(a) On or about the 14th of July 1997 and in breach of the Trade Practices Act 51ac began providing misinformation and misrepresentation to IWC, TLC and their business associates to induce and cause injury to their businesses and others; and

(b) On or about July 25th 1997 and in breach of the Articles of Association and the Trade Practices Act 1974 Sections 51(a) and 51 (ac) secretly wrongfully and illegally lodged forms with ASIC to remove the two original and true Directors; and

(c) On or about March 1998 EAM and cohorts formed the company Australian Cricket Bat Willow Plantation Management Services Ltd (ACBWPMS) with the objective of persuading and inducing associates in the employ of IWC and TLC to break their contract of employment or service with their business and to cease work for them and become employed by ACBWPMS; and

(d) On or about July 24th 1998 and in breach of the Articles of Association and section 254d of the Corporations Act wrongfully and illegally lodged forms with ASIC and issued shares of the same class without resolution or offering shares of the same class to the original share holders; and

(e) In or about July 1998 EAM and cohorts wrongfully and secretly removed the true ACBWT cricket bat nursery near Corryong and transported and replanted the nursery at Murray Valley Nurseries near Swan Hill; and.

(f) That EAM and cohorts used the offices and place of business of TC and IC to wrongfully and illegally copied lists, contacts, plans and ideas and to remove files and property and take such files, property and lists away with them and have been using the same for their own purposes of profit; and

(g) On or about July 1998 ACBWPMS issued a public offering prospectus to induce investors to purchase property belonging to the true ACBWT for their own purpose of profit.

As of the 29th of June 2005 the web site www.cricketbatwillow.com.au of ACBWPMS was soliciting investment using the trees belonging to CCB and the recognized true and original ACBWT and using rootstock and intellectual project knowledge acquired by EAM whilst acting as friend, Partner, Director and Financial Controller.

TC and I maintain EAM’s conduct was in all circumstances, unethical, immoral and unconscionable in trade and commerce and in breach of Section 51ac of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

Since its incorporation ACBWPMS has issued 4 prospectuses based on the intellectual knowledge and 17,000 cricket bat willow trees owned by CCB and the true ACBWT.

TC and I considered our situation:

We concluded that whilst we'd been severely disadvantaged, so too had all the innocent investors and for the sake of all who had placed their faith in our concept and that we should do something to redeem the losses or at least draw peoples attention to these "A" Holes.

On or about the 30th June 2004 TC’s authorised me to met with EAM and inform him of the follwing and I confronted him in his office at Balwyn:

1/. Under section 254d of the Corporations Act and by resolution in accordance with the true Articles of Association (AA) it was deemed shares allocated to PAH, EAM and his associated companies illegal and under section 26(2) of the AA these shares were forfeited.

2/. Under section 203c of the Corporations Act and by Resolution EAM had been removed as a Director and Office Holder. 

3/. By Resolution TLC had been elected Director of ACW.

4/. By Resolution the Trustee ACW has deemed all business carried out under the name of ACW ACBWP and the ACBWT from July 1st 1997 and 30th June 2004 illegal.

 5/.That  EAM had acted inappropriately and had failed his obligations to the project as resolved by ACW on Wednesday the 5th of July 1995 and was dismissed and that notice was of the 30th of June 2004 the issues concerning the true and original Trust Deed and Register required investigation.

Having informed EAM that I was acting at all times with TC'S Authority I then informed EAM: That

a) That he has failed to act in the interest of Stakeholders and in particular the True Unit Holders; and

b) That he has failed to act within the spirit of the game of ccricket; and

c) That he brings the game of cricket into disrepute.

d) That the discovery of the bogus Deed has created a situation where all, agreements, written or verbal and all decisions made under the name ACW, ACBWP or the ACBWT since the 1st of July 1997 or without TLC or IWC’ authorization and therefore null and void.

And as such TC and I remains the righful Directors of ACW and you're SACKED!

EAM then called the Police but I stayed my ground until they arrived. I wanted the Police to see that nothing untoward had happened and so they couldnt fabricate false stories about me.

All discussions and correspondence concerning the project with EAM and Cohorts as of the 1st of May 1995 had become IRRELEVANT as any decision / comment / thought or idea had been made or based on misinformation and misrepresentations:


In all circumstance the above certainly lead to my bankruptcy on or about August 2004 in the Federal court.

Whilst all this was going on TC had been working on EAM to find a solution to the mess. But EAM was only trying to coherese his mate against me. On the 15th of June 2005 talks between TC and EAM failed to find a solution. TC as the sole Director of ACW now because of my Bankruptcy appointed me to the position of Secretary (We had research the Law and our understanding was that it does not say a Bankrupt cannot be the Secretary of a Company... it says a Bankrupt canot run a Company or be seen to be making decisions for that Company) and in accordance with the Companies Articles of Association TC directed me to lodge the necessary documents with ASIC to return the company to its legal status and I did exactly that.

On the 17th June 2005 EAM and cohorts were formally advised.

On the 25th September 2005 ASIC in response to a complaint from EAM concluded that the documents lodged with them on the 17th June 2005 void and the registrar be returned to its status of the 15th June 2005.

In a meeting with ASIC, TC and I claimed they (ASIC) had made a decision that should have been determined by a Court. ASIC claimed, that although they had returned the registrar to the status of 15th June it had been done, only for their own records and it did not mean the registrar was legal.

ASIC advised us to seek legal advice. Yeah good on them, I'd written to them twice about all this and they did nothing.

In our opinion TC required no meeting to lodge Documents with ASIC, as the required meetings had been held 12 months earlier.

Sunday October 30th 2005, Mark Russell (MR) of the Sunday Age attempted to portray EAM and his cohorts as the victims of an illegal takeover. IC was unable to comment because matters had placed in the hands of the Fraud Squad MR never made mention of this.

In response to this article I asked MR to arrange a meeting to include himself TC, myself, EAM and Cohorts. The agenda would be the entire project and a story for MR… EAM and cohorts declined.

For those who believed they had invested in the ACW Trust good luck... TC and I tried to make things right but ASIC wasn't interested.

In November 2011 in lieu of years of unpaid maintenance and other expenses the lease and Trees were tranferred to me. 



Posted on 16 June, 2019 at 20:20

There is something I feel I must say on what came to mind at the conclusion of last Sunday’s Carlton v Geelong 1st XI’s Cricket “Final” at the Junction Oval.

Let me paint the picture.


Geelong had batted first and declared 9/409 and in reply Carlton when I arrived were 5/250. I had been following the game on line so I new the Blues Captain Evan Gulbis had taken charge of the game. It was pleasing for me to see him playing and enjoying his cricket.


He was in total control in the middle, composed and picking the runs off without risk. As it turned out he was at the crease at the end hitting the winning runs. It was his first Premiership and the Clubs first Flag since 1980/81.


As I drove away from the ground I began picturing the celebrations. After all I’d lead the attack for the Blues in their previous flag win.


Fond memories came flooding back.


We’d played that final at the Albert Cricket Ground just up the road and the “Albert” as it’s affectionately known, Is a real cricket ground. With wonderful cricketing ambience, charm and tradition. I swear you feel the presence of those who’ve walk its hallowed turf. Yes I remember a time when I stood at the end of my bowling mark to start play, new ball in hand, three slips, a gully, short leg it’s an emotional yet inspirational feeling. Gee! How I miss playing the game.


And then I thought what a tragedy that we had been sitting at the Junction Oval and even with all the money spent on it... the ground meant nothing to me, it lacked class and cricketing demeanour.


I guess if you played for the Saints it might be different but to me it fails to represent our States cricketing heritage.


In truth I have always been suspicious of those who made the decision to spend money on this ground. It smells to much of a St Kilda past player involvement, a conflict of influence. I wonder if other Clubs feel the same way or if our games representatives (Delegates) had been asking questions about this decision.


In any case, I began asking myself... what has Victorian Cricket become? I have been critical and have voiced my opinions and changes are being made... but all to slowly. "Cricket House" is over populated and cricket in our State is not benefitting... hasn't for a lobg time.


For this competition was once most prestigious competition in our Land and somehow it has been reduced to the insulting standard known as “Community Cricket”.


Who is responsible for this injustice and who is to blame for demeaning our cricket?


When Carlton last won the Premiership the competition it was known as VCA’s District 1st XI Final and Australian Test Cricketer Keith Stackpole was one of the Captains. Our opponents were Richmond Cricket Club lead by Australian Test Captain Graham Yallop and both sides boasted other home grown Test and First Class cricketers.


Watching on last Sunday, it was obvious those on the field of play were well prepared. They were proud to be out there battling it out, they were fit athletic men’s and as a former player I was proud of them.


And yet why is competition not recognised as elite?


How is this competition not our States best... is there any other cricket played in Victoria better?


No there isn’t, nothing compares!


Let’s consider this... The birth of District Cricket can be traced back to the early 1800’s from there the players past and present formed an Association that became the Victorian Cricket Association. The Cricketers of that time put plans in place for the game.


These men had great foresight in wanting to nurture, pass on and uphold traditions. They were honouring those who played and those of future generations... the records prove this!


So why are the traditions of the past no longer valued and why undermine the honour of those before us?


More importantly there must be those within the game’s administration who believed they are above those of us who have been there and done that in the game to make decisions to change things. To take away the things we cherish, the history so important for those who aspire to emulate the feats of the champions before us?


Wake up Cricketers, there are those within the administration of the game (Not only in Victoria) who fail to appreciate it. The game has or is electing or appointing personnel seeking personal status rather wanting to guard the status quo.


Those unable to achieve on the field and fear of those who’ve succeeded in the game. Those frightened others know more and might expose them. How else can you explain the dismantling and downgrading of our Cricket... it has happened because we’ve appointed unworthy unqualified personnel to run the game. They dishonour those worthy and have failed all before them.


And it’s not just our beloved District Competition they’ve dismantled, it is the coaching and pathway structures that did make our State Cricket the best in the Nation.


You only need to look closely at the two talented Teams fighting it out last weekend. Here was evidence that a great cricketing structure existed... two home grown 1st Class Cricketers leading their perspective clubs.


Tim Ludeman Captain Coach of Geelong and Evan Gulbis... both Carlton home grown cricketers.


Both men worthy of representing our State with teams mates who deserve every opportunity cricket in this State can provide and yet no one seems to understand this.


And each Club worthy of being the winner of Victoria’s elite cricket competition, “District Cricket”, but never in my mind should it be a lowly “Community Cricket Competition”, we can find that type of cricket else where.


Posted on 16 June, 2019 at 20:20

For the past 30 years I have regularly contacted my cricketing mate Jack Houldsworth. Our discussions about family of course and always the Ashes and with the next on our doorsteps, I had been trying to get Jack and his daughters views, so keenly they rub my nose into any Australian defeat.


Unfortunately for the past couples of months my efforts have been in vain because Jack has been poorly.


And then last Sunday I opened an email from Annette (Jack’s daughter) informing me that her father had passed away earlier that day. She was worried I might hear it second hand. I felt useless so far away and unable to provide any comfort...the Houldsworth’s were family to me.


I first met Jack at his Blackburn Tax Office in Lancashire.


In those days Blackburn was the heart and sole of a Cricket League famed by the quality of its paid men, “Test Cricketers hard competitive Professionals and Jack, an amateur from the Church Oswaldtwistle Cricket Club had played and succeed against the best of them. I reckon he would have been 19 when he played 1st team cricket... the year of my birth.


When I arrived in England to play as a Professional in Lancashire League, It was a dream come true and I wanted to learn everything about its history, traditions, the clubs, the grounds and the cricketers. Jack was the man I could learn from. He had played against, so many all my childhood heroes. He was the man I went looking for.


Over the years to come I would sit for hours listening to Jack talk of these Test greats for he’d played with against or had seen them all... Walcott, Weekes, Hall, Griffith, Simpson, Stackpole, Butcher, Nurse, Cowper, Chappell, Hawke, and the list went on to my time in the game playing against and with Jack. The Professionals we were up against were the likes of Holding, Mudassar Nazar, Mohsin Khan, Lillee, Hookes, Armanath, Kapil Dev, De Silva, Richards V., Lawson and Border.


This was they Houldsworth era (1955 and 1987) and they were the golden years for Lancashire League. To be appointed a Professional was an honour and each and every one of us knew it and have taken away fabulous memories. One of mine was being appointed Church Pro in 1985.


Taking the field with Jack was as enjoyable and important to me as it was when I took the field with my father for the Heathmont Cricket Club.


Jack played over 500 League/Cup games and captured 1200+ wickets during a Stella career.


Monday mornings at Jack’s Office became a regular thing. Usually there were three of us, Brendan McArdle Jack and myself. We’d barge into the Inspectors Office... and he’d order his staff to bring cups of Tea and biscuits, he loved it, It was summertime and many enthusiastically joined in the commotion... you can imagine the topic of our conversation and it never changed over the years, Cricket Football and Cricket again.


I remember the time when Church was to decide on whether I would be re signed. I hadn’t had a great season and would have liked another season to make amends. It was Jacks job to inform me I hadn’t... I said why wasn’t I re signed Jack? “You didn’t take enough wickets” was his swift reply. How many wickets should I have taken? “100” Shit Jack I had a 100 dropped catches don’t they count?” No! You are the Pro, you should have caught them yourself”.


He was always honest and I respected him more for it. The next thing he said was, “How would you like a summer in Sth Africa, I’ve recommended you for a job?” And off I went.


I remember fondly sitting with Jack at Bacup, he reckoned God had left his shovel on moors overlooking the ground. It was freezing cold that day, “Long John weather” and Jack nudged me... “You know there’s bears up there too”. “where?” “Up there on’t moors!” “Bull Shit Jack, concentrate on the game!”


He was dry, not out spoken and lived for the game... as the years went by the more he told me he missed playing... “We all do Jack” I would say. “I bet there is not one of us we played with or against who wouldn’t, so you’re not on your Pat Malone mate”.


To the family Jack loved and was so proud of... Annette, Bethany, Phillip and to his beloved Club Church and the entire Lancashire Cricket Community please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss... he gave the game his all to the very last.


RIP Jack, you’ve gone to play cricket on the cricket ground in the sky... and they say it slopes away from the club rooms, just the way you like it.