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History of Over 60s Cricket in Victoria

History of Over 60's Cricket in Victoria

The world’s first game of cricket for the over 60 year old between teams from North and South of the Yarra River was played in Brighton Victoria in 2003. The brainchild of John Hammer, he organised games with cricket enthusiasts around Melbourne, Victorian Country areas and the Australian Cricket Society which led to the formation of the Victorian Over 60s Cricket Association (VOSCA). Growing interest soon saw the creation of clubs Bayside, Essendon, Ringwood and Whitehorse who joined VOSCA.

The Association has continued to grow every year with 22 teams now playing every Sunday or during the week in Summer. VOSCA’s playing rules are tailored for veterans and the emphasis is on fellowship, camaraderie, remaining fit and healthy rather than a winning at all costs attitude.

The Victorian example was the springboard for the growth of veterans cricket around Australia. In 2006 in conjunction with Dr John Beaton, John Hammer organised the first Over 60 s national championship in Canberra with 4 state teams. Seniors Cricket Australia with representatives from each State was created to organise annual National Championships. Victoria has competed with distinction at every Championship and is a 5 time winner of the John Hammer Cup.

In 2016, 42 teams from all States and ACT competed in 4 Divisions of Over 60’s and 2 Divisions of Over 70’s cricketers. Such is the interest in veterans cricket, future Championships will be held separately in each age group.

The Best of the Best from around Australia now have the opportunity of Australian selection, donning the Baggy Green and even enjoying an Ashes tour. Since 2011 Australian O60s and O70s teams have competed against England in a series of ODI’s here and overseas in the Battle for the Grey Ashes. For others, there’s the chance to join one of VOSCA’s tours to all parts of the cricketing world.

In 2016, Cricket Australia asked Seniors Cricket Australia to extend its coverage to manage cricket for O50s including the organisation of a National Championship. Veterans Cricket Australia (VCA) was created which required member States to change their name in accordance with the new organisation.

Having changed name from Victoria Over 60 Cricket Association (VOSCA) to Veterans Cricket Victoria (VCV) we look forward to the next decade as a member of Veterans Cricket Australia (VCA).