FROM THE PRESIDENT- DECEMBER 2015
Dear fellow VOSCA Members.
As we approach the half way point of our season and the Christmas break, I thought it timely to provide an up-date to members.
First, thank you to all those involved in ensuring Victoria was so well represented in Hobart, contributing almost one third of participants. The selectors, captains and team managers all did a great job and there were many fine performances from our players. Thanks also to our omniscient Secretary Joel who seemed to spend nearly all his time sorting out problems and answering queries on numerous subjects.
Congratulations to Western Victoria (our Vic. Country club) who performed so well to win the strong Division 2 and to the Victorian Division 3 team who beat Geelong in the Division 4 final (the fourth placed teams in Division 3 played off for the Division 4 title). One highlight was the inaugural match between the two Victorian sides in Division 1, playing off for 3rd and 4th places (see group photo attached). In a keenly contested match with plenty of banter and pride on the line, Vic Metro’s charge was halted by rain and Vic Country won the game and bragging rights!
Your Executive committee is conducting a review of all aspects of the Hobart championships and captains and selectors have provided reports to assist in the review. We expect the review will lead to some refinements to our processes both on and off the field in order to make improvements for the Perth Championships commencing 05 November 2016. Rule change recommendations for Perth are also under consideration and the views of captains and selectors will be critical in finalising Victoria’s recommendations.
Seniors Cricket Australia Board Meeting_
I attended my first SCA Board meeting on the Saturday preceding the Championships together with a Tours Sub-committee meeting on Sunday morning. It was interesting to hear news and views from other States with a wide range of subjects on the agenda. The Western Australian contingent showed they are well underway with planning for the next Championships in Perth where they expect all games to be played on turf. Plenty of discussion also on the forthcoming Over 70s tour to UK in July. Invitations have been issued for the squad of 18 which together with a manager is expected to be announced in the new year. Victorian Over 70s captain, Ian Sharp was elected as a national selector for the national Over 70’s side.
Separately, England Over 60’s will be touring Australia next November/December determined to regain the “Ashes” won by us in England last June. The tour is to the southern States and this time Victoria is expected to host one of the ODI’s plus play 3-4 games against England. It was a privilege to be elected as a national Over 60’s selector. The Tours sub-committee developed guidelines for future overseas tours and many of the learnings I and fellow Victorians had from the 2015 UK tour will be evident when the new guidelines are implemented. I also have the task of developing a proposal for Incorporation of Seniors Cricket Australia and am grateful to Neil King for his assistance with this.
The Mid-week sub-committee have met and arranged the fixture for the remainder of the season. This was sent to all clubs on 26 November and appears on our web site.
As is customary, we will compete against Tasmania and South Australia in Over 60 and Over 70 matches in the new year. This season, we are the ‘away’ side and will be playing in Launceston on 23 February and in Adelaide on 13 March. The selection process for these games is commencing with the objective of announcing teams by the January 18 Delegates meeting.
Arrangements are being finalised for the Echuca carnival conducted by the Goulburn Murray Association and our Vic. Country club from 20-24 March. It appears a total of 12 teams will play in this successful and enjoyable competition (including sides from Tasmania, ACT and Mt. Gambier).
Albury Re-union Match:
Thanks to the efforts of Rob Wilson and Peter Jacobsen, a match marking the 10 year anniversary of the first interstate Over 60s clash between Victoria and NSW took place on December 09. Victoria won comfortably, chasing down NSW’s 7/134 with 11 overs to spare and with the loss of only 2 wickets. Warren Dummett won our man of the match honours and captain Dick Stumbles was proud to regain the traditional ‘Ron Luckman Shield’, presented by none other than the great man himself.
2016 VOSCA YEARLY PLANNER
On behalf of the VOSCA Executive Committee (Joel McGlynn, Kel Grant, Ian Leach, Greg Watsford and myself), very best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas and New Year and we look forward to making 2016 an interesting and successful year for VOSCA Clubs and members.
Best wishes Greg Johnson