Club History

REDBACK HISTORY

We have not always been known as West Coburg Cricket Club.

Originally the club played under the name of Christchurch Cricket Club.

Formed in 1903 and playing in the Essendon, Broadmeadows Churches Cricket Association the club went on to win 33 premierships.

The club had 3 Senior sides in A, B & C Grades with the A grade team winning 18 premierships.

Some of the milestones from those days were……

Longest span as Captain Lionel Taylor : 25 years ( 1945 / 1969 )
Most successful Captain Lionel Taylor : 10 A Grade Premierships
Batsmen with highest Aggregate of Runs Lionel Taylor over 11,000 runs in 300 games.
Players to Score Double Centuries Colin Pierce – 201no 1957-58
Highest Individual Score in A Final J. Kidney – 184no 1927-28
Most Centuries in all Grades Lionel Taylor – 18.
Greatest Winning Sequence  28 games 1961-62 to 1963-64.
Greatest Run of Consecutive Premierships 8 between 1959-60 to 1966-67.
Most Runs taken from an Over J. Lewis 32 runs. 1963-64

As you can see Christchurch was a very successful club.

So begins our new history as West Coburg which began in 1984-85.

Entering 3 Senior sides  we won two premierships in the first season as West Coburg.

Since those early beginnings the club has expanded to fielding 7 Senior teams and 9 junior sides in season 2007/08.

Our current senior list boasts around 20 players who started their cricket careers here in our juniors.

We also have numerous players who are still at or have played District Cricket at top level.

Some facts about us you may not know….

* We have won 11 Senior Premierships , with our best season being 1990 / 91 when our B, C & D Grade sides won the flag.

* We have also won 15 Junior premierships as well, ranging from U12s through to U16s.

* Season 2004/2005 was our 20th year as West Coburg.

In the 2002 / 03  season we reinvented ourselves

by changing our club logo to that of a REDBACK.

The spider is known for its aggresivness and for being a danger to those it bites… this worked for the club as we also took on a more aggresive feel to the way we play and it ended up being successful with us winning two premierships for the season… So here we are, with a professional look with the emblem and coaching staff, THE REDBACKS can only get stronger…

Show your support for this great club and drop in if you are a past member, social functions are open to all, remember..