Dear Fellow VOSCA Members,
As the 2015-16 season draws to a close, it is timely to provide an update of happenings over the 3 months since my last newsletter and advise you of upcoming important events.
VOSCA Planning Conference
On March 7 and 8, a total of 34 Voscarians attended the inaugural VOSCA planning Conference at the Moonee Ponds Bowling Club. Every club was represented and attendees worked diligently identifying VOSCA’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and the main themes arising from these.
The themes were; 1. Review VOSCA Executive Structure and Governance. 2. Strengthen relationships with Stakeholders. 3. Formalise and Strengthen Cricket Operations. 4. Develop a Marketing Strategy and Plan. 4. Develop a Health and Wellbeing Plan.
We then developed action plans to address these themes.
The outcomes from the conference are currently being finalized and will be forwarded to club representatives who will then disseminate the information to club members.
I have to say the conference exceeded expectations and it was gratifying to see the genuine effort of all attendees to work toward making our association stronger and more relevant.
Already, an interim Marketing Committee has been formed and has met to initiate some of the marketing related actions. Ian Hammet is chairing this group which includes Derek Braidner, Peter Jacobsen, Neil King and Rob Wilson.
Club Representatives at the Conference were:
ACS: Peter Flack, Ian Hammett BAYSIDE; James Barrett, Ian Longmuir
BENALLA; Peter Jacobsen, Brian Trewin CASEY; Jim Armstrong, Rob Wilson
ESSENDON; Ian Fletcher, Arthur Pritchard GEELONG; Don Everett, Ian Pritchard
GIPPSLAND; Peter Dell, Ian Gibson GLEN WAVERLEY; Graham Cuddon
HOBSONS BAY; Ray Matters IONA: John Moore, Bob Phillips
SUNBURY/MACEDON; Barry Borlase, David Cordy MT EVELYN; Graeme Seymour
MORNINGTON; Vincent Booth, Dick Stumbles RINGWOOD; Chris Hartrup
VIC COUNTRY; Steve Hando, Bill Johnson WARRANDYTE; Geoff Ofield, Steve Pascoe
YARRA VALLEY; Derek Braidner, Bill Dobson
FACILITATOR; Mark Sturgess
EXECUTIVE; Kel Grant, Joel McGlynn, Greg Watsford, Greg Johnson
Interstate Matches against Tasmania (16 Feb.) and South Australia (13 March)
Both the Over 60 and Over 70 sides had good wins in our annual match against Tasmania. Over 60; Victoria 171 (K. Lanigan 52, J.Geltch 34x, G.Johnson 29)
Tasmania 8/109 (T. Selby 3/17, R. Bennett 3/12)
Over 70; Victoria 5/195 (I. Hammett 36x, P. Dell 48x, E Whitton 27x, D. Stumbles 26) Tasmania 9/132 (B. Hopkins 2/15, J. Costello 2/9, D. Stumbles 2/34)
The South Australian games resulted in a win and a loss.
With Les Quarrell unable to captain through illness, Ian Gibson took the reins in the Over 60’s win, a match he described as quite bizarre. We held SA to 9/77 from 45 overs (R. Lovell 3/14,
R. Court 2/5, L. Fisher 2/6, R. Bennett 2/15). Victoria nearly imploded and finally passed the total with the last pair, Selby and Court at the crease, finishing on 9/78 (T .Selby 24x, K. Lanigan 21).
The Over 70’s only managed 9/93 (D. Jamieson 35x) and SA passed this in 36 overs, finishing 6/129.
Full score details for these games can be found on the VOSCA website under My Cricket, Matches, Fixture, VOSCA Competitions, Interstate Competition.
Australian Over 70 Tour to UK, July 2016
Congratulations to Peter Dell, Ron Kasputtis and Dick Stumbles for their selection for this tour. What an honour for them to wear the baggy green and play in England. The SCA Board determined a manager should be appointed for this tour and Joel McGlynn was the successful applicant for this position. I’m sure Joel will perform the role admirably.
South African Tour (Feb/March 2016)
An Australian Representative Over 60 side has just completed a tour of South Africa and the two Victorians in the contingent, Ron Kasputtis and Lindsay Fisher, both performed very well. Scores for these games are on the Seniors Cricket Australia website under ‘Tours’.
The third Echuca Carnival commences 20 March with a record 12 teams competing, including sides from Tasmania and Canberra. Thanks to our Vic Country guys who have been instrumental in initiating and developing this carnival.
Quite a large number of Voscarians will be travelling over the next few months. VOSCA tours have been arranged to New Zealand (28/3-3/4), to Mexico/Cuba/Jamaica/USA/Canada (9/4- 9/5) and to Samoa (29/5-8/6). Best wishes to all for safe, happy and successful trips.
VOSCA Annual Dinner
Our popular Annual Dinner will be held on 24 May at the German Club Tivoli, 291 Dandenong Road, Windsor. With Australia’s most prolific cricket writer, ACS President, Ken Piesse as guest speaker and many other attractions on the night, make sure you book early.
Joel will be in touch with Clubs shortly regarding bookings.
11th SCA National Over 60/70s Cricket Championships (Perth 05 to 11 Nov)
Everyone should be well aware the National Championships are being held in Perth from 05 to 11 November. We have asked for expressions of interest from all members and currently we have enough interest to send 5 Over 60s teams and 2 Over 70s teams. If you are still interested and haven’t submitted your name, you have until 31 March. VOSCA is locking in group flights with Virgin Blue and accommodation is being secured in a couple of properties. More details on this shortly.
The English are Coming.
England Over 60s are sending a team to Australia from 19 November to 16 December. They are playing 13 matches in NSW, ACT, Victoria and SA. Victoria will host 6 matches, one being an ODI Test match against an Australian Over 60s team on Sunday, 04 December.
Our VOSCA Selectors will be busy later this year selecting players to fill spots in the other 5 games, so quite a number of VOSCA players will receive an opportunity to play against the very strong English team. Naturally, we will advise you all of the cricket schedule as we move closer to the date.
I trust you have enjoyed the season. Over the 12 months of 2015/16, when adding the matches available through our Sunday and Midweek competitions, Tours, National Championships, Carnivals and Interstate fixtures, a total of around 80 games of cricket are on offer to VOSCA members. I realise no one plays all of these but some will play at least half and that’s a far cry from yesteryear when we played about 10 games a season.