Category Archives: Seniors

Posts relating to the senior cricket club

Covid-19 Update – 17th November 2020

As per the State Government’s directions, all cricket training and matches have been cancelled for the next two weeks.

We’ll keep people updated as much as we can when information comes to hand. Please join our Facebook groups (linked on the right hand column) to get the latest information.

SACA have provided an update on their web site:

TCC Committee

Upcoming season

The upcoming 2020/2021 season is shaping up to be one that is going to be a little different with Covid-19.

We hope to have more information available within the upcoming weeks as to what the club’s obligations are and what will be required of everyone during the season.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with information as it becomes available. Also join the TCC Players Facebook group.

2019-2020 Season

Welcome to the 2019-2020 season for the Tanunda Cricket Club!

For up to date information on what’s happening, please check out our Facebook page, or join our Friends & Parents group on Facebook.

As always, a big thank you to our sponsors, continuing and new, for supporting the TCC and helping to make it the only club in the Barossa with turf pitches for senior and junior cricketers

We are always on the lookout for extra volunteers to help out at the club. If you can help out, please speak to one of our committee members. Details can be found on the Contact Us page.

Junior Registration

Junior Registrations are now open.

U16’s, U14’s and U12’s.

Woolworths Junior Blaster and Master Blaster programs opening up soon.

Follow the “Play Cricket” link to register online.

Any queries please contact Melissa Roestenburg at or

0417 612 014

Season 2018/2019 is approaching

The footy season is now about half way through and that means that preparations are under way for the upcoming 2018/2019 season.

The AGM is going to be held on Sunday 29th July from 11am. More details will follow soon.
We strongly encourage people to come out to the AGM and look to help with the running of the club. If we can share the load between lots of people, then the club will run smoothly and benefit all members.

Junior Cricket
If you are able to help out with the organisation of junior cricket, then please come along to the AGM and join the junior cricket sub-committee.

Women’s Cricket
There is a lot of interest from the association and the community in setting up a women’s cricket league in the Barossa. If you wish to help out with this, then please contact the club to register your interest.

Junior Cricket Registrations are now Open!

2017/2018 Junior Cricket Registrations are now open!!!

Register at:

or come along to our Registration Night:

Wednesday, 6th September, 2017 from 5:30pm
at the Cricket Nets

FYI – Under 12’s will now include several divisions including the age group that previously fell under the U10 banner.

Talk to me if you need any more info!

Mel Roestenburg
Ph 0417 612 014

A1R Premiership


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Back Row – Mitchell Boschen, Jon Justin, Jimmy Marshall, Christian Gattermayr, Luke Snowden, Sam Colquhoun, Luke Samain
Front Row – Dylan Abinett, Brett Grocke (VC), Nathan Justin (C), Trent Goers (Man of the Match)

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Back Row – Mitchell Boschen, Jon Justin, Jimmy Marshall, Christian Gattermayr, Luke Snowden, Sam Colquhoun, Luke Samain
Front Row – Dylan Abinett, Brett Grocke (VC), Nathan Justin (C), Trent Goers (Man of the Match)

Annual General Meeting

The Tanunda Cricket Club will be holding it’s annual general meeting on Sunday 31st of July from 11am. A free BBQ will be on offer for those in attendance.

Please note that we plan on voting on changes to the constitution at this meeting. Only people who are in attendance will have the right to vote.
These changes are mainly to update the constitution to bring it in to line with more modern times. The current constitution is available on the web site under the policies menu. The proposed constitution can be found here. The current constitution can be found on the policies page.

The changes that we are proposing are the following:

  • changes to communication and payment methods to bring us inline with more modern methods now available
  • addition of life membership and player life membership clauses
  • the addition of an executive of the committee
  • clarification of sub committees clauses
  • changes to quorum
  • changed the beneficiary if the club be dissolved to be any club in the Barossa rather than just Tanunda.

Should you wish to contact us about these changes, then please e-mail us on to discuss further.

There will also be a club cleanup on the same day to get us ready for the start of the 2016/2017 season when it comes along. This will involve a tidy up of the sheds to sort out the equipment and sheds after the end of the last season. This cleanup kicks off from 9am.

President’s Report Season 2015/16

Before I get into wrapping up what has been a frantic and challenging first year in the President’s role, I’d like to call out the magnificent contribution Darren Graetz has given to the Tanunda Cricket Club in the role of President over a period of nearly 2 decades. On behalf of everyone currently involved at the Tanunda Cricket Club, and those that have been involved over this time, a huge and sincere Thank You!

We head into each cricket season with the aim of not only having as many cricketers enjoying our great game and representing Tanunda with pride each Saturday, but hoping to come home with some silverware. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for the Tanunda Cricket Club in Season 2015/2016.

Congratulations to the A1 Reserves for making it to ‘the big dance’. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be this season, but the hunger should burn over the off season ready to hit next season head on with a view of getting your hands on the trophy the club wants more than anything, an A grade flag.

Commiserations also to the A4s on not being able to defend the title, a good effort in making the Semi Finals given the constant disruptions to our ability to put our strongest side on the park each week caused by player unavailability due to work or injury.  Hopefully 2016/2017 is when the new fancy ‘Yourtech Services’ cup will return to our club.

The Tanunda Clubhouse continued as our Major Sponsor this season, with Tundarri Sales & Service becoming a Gold Sponsor of the club. We were also privileged to have Adelaide Brighton Cement, Barossa Valley Brewing, Lynas Valley Ford, Ultimate Engineering, WFI Insurance and Ultimate Engineering as our Silver Sponsors. Overall, the community and business support of the Tanunda Cricket Club has been outstanding, with a large number of organisations on board as our sponsors beyond those listed here supporting our great club this season (refer to the sponsors page). This support makes a huge difference to our ability to continue to move forward and make improvements that will benefit for all involved in cricket in Tanunda. Thank you to all of our valued sponsors, we look forward to your support continuing into the future.

To the hard working committee at the Tanunda Cricket Club, thanks for your support (and patience with me in my first year as President, a significant learning curve). A club doesn’t run on its own, and many players would be amazed by the number of volunteer hours given behind the scenes each week to make our great club run. While all of the committee do a wonderful job, I’ll call out special mentions to Sam Cox and Melissa Roestenburg who have put in a huge effort, I’ve appreciated your support greatly, and I know the players and captains do too. Thanks also to Grocke’s for always being there whenever asked, no matter what inconvenient time it was, greatly appreciated!

The club commenced the year on a great note with the arrival of our new roller, which has made a significant impact on the quality of the turf pitches we are able to prepare each week, with this years’ pitches have had great bounce and carry. Thanks to Darren Graetz for not only sourcing this roller, but also for ensuring it’s well serviced and good to go. A game changer for the Club, and a credit to those who have worked hard over the last couple of years to raise the funds to make this possible – well done to both the Senior and Junior Committees for making this purchase possible.

After a few issues with the turf coverage on the pitch last season we enlisted the help of Justin Groves from the SACA to ensure we’d be much better placed for 2016/2017. A pitch working bee prior to the season got us off to a great start, with Jon Farley, Brett Grocke and James McMahon working with Justin and the Barossa Council to ensure we got off to a great start. A further working bee to plant turf in closer to the season start at the oval now has been worth all the effort with the pitch square looking sensational. Thanks to everyone who helped with the re-planting, your help was greatly appreciated.

With Pistol Pete stepping aside from the curators role (thanks for a great job done Pete), Darin Gladigau, Scott Gordon and Mikah Linke took over the responsibility of ensuring we had high quality turf pitches available to us on Tanunda Oval. They did an outstanding job, and I’m delighted to say that Mikah has agreed to continue in this role going forward.

We had a very interrupted season from a Tanunda Oval playing surface point of view, with only a couple of months of cricket able to be played due to the ongoing oval drainage remediation works. Those who have seen the oval during the middle of winter, for the long term benefit of all users of the oval, the drainage needed to be addressed, so we’re in a short term pain for long term gain period over the next couple of years at the oval. We’ve had excellent support from former Adelaide Oval curator Les Burdett in this process, so we know we’re getting advice from the best, he has been outstanding. The Barossa Council, Tanunda Football Club and Tanunda Cricket Club have learnt quite a deal on “what lies beneath the surface” this year, and now have a clear plan of attack on how to resolve the problems whilst minimising the impact on our ability to play a full season at Tanunda Oval going forward, well that’s the aim!

Not only did the purchase of the new roller result in better pitches at Tanunda Oval, it also allowed the old roller to head to Chateau Tanunda, which in turn allowed turf pitches to be prepared for our junior cricketers on a weekly basis. It’s outstanding to see our Under 14’s and Under 12’s now able to learn the art of turf cricket from an early age. For anyone who has been to the Chateau on a Friday Night or Saturday morning would agree it’s a truly special cricketing experience. Thanks to Chateau Tanunda for agreeing to make this possible. We look forward to continuing this arrangement for years to come.

Our relationship with Chateau Tanunda also allowed us to hold a six a side big bash for our sponsors in February. The day was a huge success, and great fun to boot! Well done to the winning team from The Clubhouse / Yourtech services. Thanks to everyone who helped make that day the day it was – a real team effort from all at the TCC to say thanks to our sponsors for their support. An important day that went as well as we could have hoped. Thanks to Tom Oliver for ending the day on a memorable note J – I trust everyone has seen the footage!

Ben Tucker arrived at our club as a player and took on the role of our club coach, looking at not just where we stand today, but also preparing for tomorrow. A challenging role in recent years at the TCC with a general lack of numbers on the training track being an issue. It was great to see a return to fielding training as part of this, with good numbers returning to training, until the old vintage bug kicked in, with Brett Grocke continuing to do a great job as our cricket training coordinator.

A focus area for the Senior Committee this season was to ensure we increased the integration of the Under 16 playing group with the senior playing group, with the Senior Committee taking on the running of this team this year. Coach Mark Hartigan’s decision for the Under 16’s to train on a Tuesday evening to coincide with senior training proved to be a real success, with many of the senior players training along the Under 16’s at this time. This was coupled with a dedication to ensure the Under 16’s were also given an opportunity to play senior cricket for Tanunda on a Saturday afternoon if they so desired. This also proved highly successful with a large number of Under 16’s representing the TCC with pride on a Saturday afternoon. Well done to Mark and his assistant Stuart Ratsch for your job with coaching our next generation of stars, and a special call out to A2 captain Kym Farley for your dedication of making our A2 side the breeding ground for our next group of A grade cricketers. We’re delighted with how this integration has gone.

Towards the end of the season we were handed our key to the TCC / Faith storage shed at Faith East. A fantastic community effort with Faith, the SACA, BGI Building Group, Hanson Concrete and Ultimate Engineering making it all possible. It’s going to make a big difference on a Saturday to just roll the trailer out of the shed at the start of the day, and to reverse it back in at the end of the day.

Congratulations to Phil Graetz on reaching the 150 game Player Life Member mark, a great bloke around the club over the years. Hopefully you can get that back sorted and add another dozen games to the tally in the 2016/2017 season.

This job is a busy one, with things throw at you from left field slightly more often than you’d hope (I truly respect how long you did this role for Darren!). There are a few others that have made a significant contribution to the TCC this year that deserve a call out….

Thanks to “Fish and Bish” for your efforts in ensuring the “IshBar” remained stocked (thanks too to you Mel) – I know the players certainly appreciate that! To Wayne Akkers, thanks for your help with everything finances this year – I’m glad we’ve got switched on folk who are good with numbers.

To Chris Collins and the Junior Committee, along with all of our volunteer junior coaches and team managers for your outstanding efforts with our 70 odd next generation of TCC cricketers – this is a hugely important part of the future of the TCC going forward. A huge thank you from all of us involved in senior cricket at Tanunda, be that as a committee member, a player or a supporter.

To our Captains, Nathan Justin, Kym Farley and Jamie Roehr. I’m sure all of us who play the game would agree that we are blessed with 3 excellent, level headed, humanistic captains who also have a terrific understanding and love for the game. You’ve all done an outstanding job, and I hope you all look to continue in these roles going forward… maybe a couple less fines for missing the deadline for scores in MyCricket the only area for us to collectively address J

To “Pommy” Tommy Oliver, Stuart Ratsch and Craig Smith – thanks for always being willing to lend a hand when it was asked, no matter what the task, or day of the week. To Fish for improving the security at our facilities post an unfortunate break-in at the end of 2015 and to Gatters for installing our new bowling machine power point… you’re rippers – cheers lads.

To Jon Farley… Pete Goers and Kym Vanstone have set the bar high when it comes to being our BBQ Chefs at the TCC. This year has seen the ‘temporarily’ retired, 300+ game, life member of our club took on this challenge, and what a great job Jon did. Jon was also happy to help behind the bar at Tanunda Oval and also to hop on a roller if that’s what was needed. Thanks for your contribution Jon, it saved Gatters and Pommy Tommy from having to worry about cooking most weeks.

To Damien and the team at JAX sports. Thanks for coming onboard as our clothing sponsor, it’s great to see everyone decked out in our new on field and off field attire. Again – thanks for being flexible, and on behalf of those Norman boys, thanks for the Trucker Caps! Another relationship we look forward to continuing into the future.

And last but not least – thanks to my patient family, Sandy, Ben and Riley. Work is busy enough as it is, let alone everything that comes with being involved with both Junior and Senior Cricket at Tanunda. Thank you is not enough, but sincerely, thank you for always being willing to give me a hand to get things done, generally involved with collecting stuff, setting something up or packing up the mess afterwards. Thanks also for putting up all the cricket related interruptions over the last 6 months.



President, TCC


A rewarding partnership with ANZ.

We’ve been given the opportunity to strengthen our support for Tanunda Cricket Club through a referral program with ANZ.
For every drawn down qualifying home loan referred to ANZ using a referral form, we’ll earn an upfront commission. With this additional income, we hope to continue to grow and benefit the community. Terms and conditions apply.
Referral forms are available on the link below. To find out more about the program and what it means for the club, please speak to Stuart Swan.
Then contact Geoff Ey, Branch Manager to book an appointment. Don’t forget to bring your referral form.

Geoff Ey
Branch Manager
ANZ Tanunda
44 Murray Street
T. (08) 7503 0403

Referral Form


TCC Season Update

Hi All,

Well the season is up and running and we are now a couple of rounds in already.  Overall a very promising start for the year ahead, with 4 seniors sides and 7 junior sides representing Tanunda with pride each week.  Numbers at training are very promising, and we’ve welcomed a number of new senior players to the club, and have a number of under 18 players representing Tanunda across all senior grades, which is great for the future of the club.

There are a number of things to update you on:

  1. After many years of wonderful service as our leader, Darren Graetz has stood down due to his work pressures.  Thanks Darren for your wonderful leadership over the years, big boots to fill.  Thanks for continuing on as a committee member and player at the TCC.   We’re lucky to have a bloke like you in our cricketing family.
  2. We have new leadership in our senior sides with Nathan Justin, Kym Farley and Jamie Roehr taking up the captaincy roles in the A1s, A2s and A4s respectively, with Bob Smart continuing on in the role of A5s captain.  Brett Grocke has been appointed vice captain of the A1s. Thank you to Pete Mernagh, Toby Mifflin, Mark Hoklas and Tim Brooks the job you did in leading these teams previously.  All the best to all captains in the year ahead.
  3. Scott Gordon has taken on our curators role, and will be mentored by Darin Gladigau as he comes up to the speed with the Tanunda pitches.  As a horticulturist by trade, we’ll be in great hands with Scott’s expertise overseeing our decks.
  4. The Tanunda Oval upgrade is nearing completion, with the first game for the season taking place this weekend.  Many thanks to the Barossa Council and LDS for the work on drainage on the outfield to date (step 1 in a longer journey), to Justin Groves from the SACA and Les Burdett for their advice and help on what we need to do to get our pitch area back to the condition where we can have excellent pitches throughout the season.  Thanks also to the dedicated volunteers within our cricketing family for stepping in to help whenever possible.  We have new clay on the area, and excellent grass coverage.  Our new roller is up and running at the oval, we’re all set. Many thanks to Tundarri, Barossa Valley Hire and Valley Power Equipment for all of your support to date.  Thanks to the Barossa Council’s (and Tanunda Oval groundsman) Dwayne Martin for his continued dedication to making the council investment pay off.
  5. Junior cricket is being played on the turf at Chateau Tanunda each week.  A wonderful scene on a Saturday morning for anyone who loves the Barossa and Cricket.  Surely one of the best cricketing scenes in the world.  Many thanks to Darin and Scott for your efforts in ensuring we have excellent pitches in place for our up and coming stars, highly recommended place to enjoy your Saturday morning coffee.   Many thanks to John Geber and his management team making our vision a reality.
  6. Everyone is now wearing fancy new gear thanks to Jax and our other sponsors (it’s available for purchase if you are looking for shorts, shirts or caps).  Contact the club via our contact details for more information.
  7. Our investment in the oval and other initiatives is very high, but we are dedicated to getting the club back to A1s, with great cricket being played on our grand oval each week.  The response to what we are looking to do from our sponsors has been wonderful.  For our existing sponsors who have continued to support the TCC, thank you.  For the numerous new sponsors, we welcome you aboard, thank you for believing in our vision and providing us with the financial support to make it possible.  Check out our sponsors page to see who they all are.
  8. We’re keeping everyone up to date on Facebook.  Highly recommend you like Tanunda Cricket Club, and if you’re a player, join the Tanunda Cricket Club Players private group.
  9. Hot off the press, we have a senior coach at the TCC.  The Tanunda Cricket Club committee are delighted to announce that one of our new players, Ben Tucker has been appointed coach for the upcoming season. Ben brings a wealth of playing experience and a passion for making a difference.  We welcome you aboard and look forward to working with you over the remainder of the season as we aim for the ultimate success in many grades.

That’s enough for me.  Looking forward to seeing you at training throughout the year, and especially at The Clubhouse and Tanunda Oval at the end of a days play for a well earned beer and bite to eat.  For you past players out there that we haven’t seen for a while, we’d love to see your faces regularly.  Even more, we’d love to see a number of you getting back to watching cricket at Tanunda and to share your stories of years gone by with each other and our current playing group.

Remember, stump to stump is a great simple plan.

President TCC

Senior trainings

Senior trainings will now be held on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at Tanunda Oval Cricket Nets from 5:30pm.

U16’s are also welcome to attend Senior trainings

2015/2016 season is fast approaching!

With the football and netball seasons drawing to a close that can only mean one thing – the cricket season is only just around the corner!

The off-season has seen the committee very busy with many things; the main purchase during this period was a new 2.8 Tonne roller to be used at Tanunda Oval. As we now own 2 rollers, this has allowed us to arrange with Chateau Tanunda for junior cricket to be played there on turf in exchange for the use of our old roller.

We’ve begun ramping up for the new season and have signed on a number of valuable sponsors already. Keep an eye on this space and our Facebook page for more information in regards to the generous Barossa companies that help support our great club and your patronage is encouraged.

We are nominating four senior sides for the 2015/16 season: A1 Reserves, A2’s, A4’s and A5’s.

First training for U16s and all Senior teams will be on Sunday 13th September at Trinity College , 10am – 12pm. U16 players are strongly encouraged to attend this first training.

Senior training will then be each Sunday at Tanunda Oval from 10am after the 13th September, changing to Tuesday/Thursday training nights from 6th October, once daylight savings kicks in. Team selections will be read out on Thursday nights so all team members are strongly encouraged to attend training.
The season kicks off on Saturday 10th October.

As most people are aware, the condition of Tanunda Oval and the turf pitches have been very challenging these past few seasons. The TCC has been in close communications with the Tanunda Football Club, Barossa Council and SACA over the last few months with the view to rectify this situation.

Works have started on Tanunda Oval to rectify draining issues to stop the oval from turning to mud during the footy season. These works will see additional drainage added to the oval and proper grading to allow water to run off correctly. The council has appointed former Adelaide Oval curator Les Burdett’s company to oversee the repair of the oval.

As for the pitches, the club is currently working very closely in conjunction with SACA to improve the quality and health of the grass on the pitches in preparation for the new season. If you see a big plastic sheet over the pitches, it is a growth mat that has been purchased by the council for the purpose of promoting growth of the grass underneath. We are also in the process of arranging some new clay soil to be used to top dress the pitches – the same soil recommended by SACA and used at Adelaide Oval.

As you can see, the 2015/2016 season is shaping up to be a cracker, so dust off those whites and we look forward to seeing you all out at training from Sunday 13th September!

The Tanunda Cricket Club Committee.

Coaching Vacancies

The Tanunda Cricket Club are seeking applicants for the following coaching position:

  • An experienced club coach, playing preferred but optional. Remuneration negotiable based on experience, qualifications and playing / non-playing role. Expressions of interest close 15 Aug 2015.

All applications for the above positions to be forwarded in writing to either:

PO Box 579


Training kicks off!

Senior training kicks off this Sunday 21st September from 10:30am.

The senior club is looking to field an extra side this year in the A5 competition, so if you know any past players looking to resurrect their career, or someone who wouldn’t mind playing the odd game or ten, then get them to come out to training!