PASSING OF LEGENDARY VCV ADMINISTRATOR PETER WHITE
The veterans cricket community is greatly saddened by the passing of esteemed Life Member; Peter White, who passed away on Monday evening (16/8) after a long health battle.
Peter’s 30 year contribution to veterans cricket is beyond comparison.
He arrived from New Zealand in the 1970’s and commenced playing District Cricket at Hawthorn East Melbourne and then locally with the Eley Park Cricket Club, where his administration talents soon came to the fore. He served terms as both Secretary and President and then was honoured with Life Membership of his Club.
In the late 1990’s Peter followed through these efforts with the initiation of Veterans cricket in the BHRDCA and until recent years single-handedly oversaw the growth for over 40 year old’s and then over 50 year old’s in the sport to unprecedented levels anywhere in Australia.
He dedicated his life to bringing Veterans Cricket to players and clubs in the Eastern suburban corridor until in recent years, under his stewardship, it formed the basis of the Over 50’s competition and now the state-wide Veterans Cricket Victoria.
His contribution to the BHRDCA was enormous spanning over three decades with terms served as Junior Coordinator and Secretary all while serving as Veteran’s Coordinator for 20+ seasons. Peter’s humble, inclusive and measured approach was appreciated by all who met him along the way and his significant contribution to the BHRDCA was recognised with Life Membership in 2011.
With the formation of Veterans Cricket Victoria (VCV), he led the charge for a national presence at the Veterans Cricket Australia table, contributing greatly to Victoria’s part in the fastest growing part of the game today. He was awarded Life Membership of VCV in 2019
A lifetime of commitment and dedication to the game, its Associations, its clubs and its people whose loss will be felt by us all.
On behalf of the veterans cricket community, Veterans Cricket Victoria offers its sincerest condolences to Sue, his boys and the White family on the loss of a great man and magnificent contributor to the game of cricket.
With thanks to Stephen Flemming
ECHUCA CARNIVAL … DONE & DUSTED
It was a big win for Echuca!!!
The 8th Annual Over 60’s Cricket Carnival is over. The great news is that we completed all games and finals with the support of all our players, officials and the local clubs.
The Divison One final was between Vic Country/Benalla and Sunbury, with Vic Country/Benalla the winner.
Murray Divison was between Twilighters and Canterbury, with Twilighters successful. Goulburn Division saw Endeavour Hills against Koo Wee Rup, with Endeavour Hills the final winner.
Thank you to all teams who participated this year. Although we couldn’t have large social gatherings, the message was that a walk along the main street became a marathon, by the time a discussion was had with all the cricketers you met along the way. Let’s hope next year, more will be possible with regard to groups coming together.
It is important to recognize the excellent efforts of our partners in this event. It is their involvement that contributes so greatly to the success of the Carnival. Goulburn Murray Cricket, the Moama Bowling Club, the Campaspe Shire Council, the cricket clubs across the region and finally the Echuca community who welcomed us warmly.
Next year’s Carnival date for your diary Sunday 20 th – 24 th March 2022.
Gary Semple on behalf of the Annual Over 60’s Cricket Carnival
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THE CHAMPS … BACK AGAIN IN 2021
We now look forward to this year’s National Championships, especially after 2020 was cancelled. With Mildura matches finalised, selectors can commence their deliberations toward picking sides or squads for the championships.
Championship dates are;
Women Over 40 (Bowral) c. 15 November
Over 50s (Adelaide) 14-18 November
Over 60s (Sunshine Coast) 12-16 September
Over 70s (Launceston) 18-23 November
The number of Victorian teams at each Championship is yet to be finalised, however we anticipate 2 Women’s teams, at least 6 Over 50s teams, 11 or 12 Over 60s and 7 or 8 Over 70s teams.
RECORD YEAR FOR VIC VETERAN CRICKETERS
The Covid 19 delayed start to the season saw Vic country clubs getting a head start on their city cousins. When the “ring of steel” finally lifted, the Over 60s 14 round season kicked off on November 15 with one new club Ballarat.
The Over 50s followed a week later with 47 teams competing in 6 divisions plus a new Gippsland division.
Saxon Sports Shield
Geelong quickly showed why they were flag favourites going through the season undefeated. Beating Upwey Tecoma in the semi final, Endeavour Hills played off in the Grand Final for the first time but were no match for the strong Geelong outfit who took home the coveted Saxon Shield for the second year in a row.
Saxon Shield – Geelong 4/ 159 dft Endeavour Hills 10/ 157
B Grade Legends – Koonung Heights 3/ 127 dft Canterbury 10/ 125
C Grade Legends – Wonga Park 2/ 257 dft Lowr Eltham 9/ 143
D Grade Legends – Sunbury/ Macedon Ranges 4/ 195 dft Monash 8/ 141
E Grade Legends – North Ringwood 4/ 141 dft Vic Cavaliers 9/ 140
F Grade Legends – Mitcham 5/ 190 dft Knox Gardens 6/ 171
“FRONT BAR” DOES VETERANS CRICKET …
Veterans cricket was the talk of the town on Channel 7s “Front Bar”. VCV president Greg Johnson’s one-liners had host Andy Maher, and comedians Mick Molloy and Andy Lee rolling in the aisles with his tales of the old stagers who refuse to give the game away.
The Veterans Cricket promotion generated huge interest around Australia from cricketers (many of them long retired) taking up the game again.
AUSTRALIA’S FASTEST GROWING SPORT … VETERANS CRICKET
Veterans Cricket Victoria latest video Cricket For Life is about a bunch of cricket lovers in their 50s, 60s and 70s playing cricket and staying fit and healthy. Thousands of veteran cricketers are getting out on the park every week playing against blokes their own age. Season 2020-21 saw a record 1300 veteran cricketers donning the whites on Sundays or in mid-week games around Victoria.
For some there’s even the chance of higher honours. Each year Victorians compete against the Best of the Best from around Australia – including former Shield and Test cricketers – at National O50s, O60s and O70s Championships.
VIC VETERAN CRICKETERS OUT OF LOCKDOWN
Veteran Cricketers finally got out of lockdown and back out on the park playing the game they love. Mid week cricket continues to cater for players who miss out on a game on Sundays with up to 50 turning out on a Wednesday all year round.
Vic veterans are keen to get in as much practice as possible over the winter months with Australian Over 50s, 60s and 70s Championships coming up later this year. Veteran cricketers interested a game are encouraged to register their interest as part of Victoria’s PLAY CRICKET HERE campaign.