History

Male History

In 1956 – 57 a meeting was held in the Melville Roads Board Hall, Stock Road, regarding the formation of a WACA District (now Premier) Cricket Club.

Those in attendance included John Tonkin, Ken Mueleman, Jack Lee, Bob Tracey, Bill Bridges, Bill Gaffy and David Solomon-Montague Davis. The WACA Cricket Council approved the admittance to the competition for the forthcoming 1957-58 season.

Second and third-grade teams were the first Melville Cricket Club teams to be granted entrance into the WACA competition in the inaugural Melville Cricket Club season of 1957 – 58.

For season 1960/61 a 4th Grade side was entered into the competition, with our 1st Grade side eventually granted permission to enter into the 1968/69 season. Our first game was played at Haig Park against Scarborough CC which Melville won in a tight contest.

That same season saw the first MCC premiership, with 3rd Grade defeating North Perth.

Female History

In 1973, teenager Jan Royle placed an advertisement in the Daily News to start a women’s cricket club in her local area. Marmion Cricket Club was created as a result (then to become Fremantle Ladies Cricket Club). A B grade side was the first team entered into the WAWCA competition.

The parents were fabulous, the Reads and the Maxwells, Mr and Mrs Forward, the Riddells and the Skeltons. They were our lifeline because if we didn’t have them we wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere. – Jan Rogers (Founder)

1976/77 saw the club become part of the Tompkins Park Sporting complex, which resulted in a name change to Melville Women’s Cricket Club. This saw a period of security and growth and the start of the relationship forged between MWCC and the Melville Cricket Club.

1977 saw B Grade win the clubs first premiership against Subiaco which resulted in Melville being granted entry into the A grade competition. It was not long before the potential of the club began to emerge, with 84/85 being the first taste of A grade premiership success against Bassendean.

In the season of 2005/06 following a long history operating alongside one another, Melville Women’s CC officially amalgamated with Melville CC. This was the first merger of a Women’s Cricket Club in WA with a Male District Cricket Club.

  • Melville Cricket Club Lifemembers

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