NOVEMBER SEES THE BEST OF THE BEST
November sees the Best Of The Best Australian veteran cricketers competing at National Championships in all 3 age groups – the O50s (Perth), the O60s (Adelaide) and the O70s (Albury/ Wodonga). Hot on the heels of the highly successful O50s World Cup, November is a big month with Australia trying to wrest the Grey Ashes from England. Interest in O70s cricket is booming with a record number of teams including New Zealand competing at the National Championships for the first time.
VICS GEAR UP FOR ANOTHER SEASON
Season 2019-20 sees record numbers of veteran cricketers out on the park playing the game they love. Over 1500 Victorian are now donning the whites on playing fields around the State with veterans cricket Australia’s fastest growing sporting demographic.
Veteran Cricket Victoria PLAY CRICKET HERE campaign saw many playing cricket again sometimes after a 20 year absence from the game. Winter cricket was a winner with more than 50 players turning out on Wednesdays from May through to September. The Mackay and Mildura carnivals were valuable tune ups for the new season. President Johnson Reports on Veterans Cricket Victoria’s achievements over the past 12 months.
VICS TUNE-UP IN THE SUN FOR THE NATIONALS
Vic veteran cricketers grabbed the opportunity for a pre-season hit-up at Willowfest in sunny Mildura in Grand Final week.
Victoria fielded 11 of the 20 teams in the 3 State carnival with 2 Over 50s, 6 Over 60s (including club teams Vic Country, Endeavour Hills, Hamilton, Geelong) and 3 Over 70s teams (including Eastern Rangers and the Mavericks). Vic teams came out on top in all 3 divisions.
With upcoming national Championships in all 3 age groups in November, Willowfest was an opportunity for selectors to run their eye over some of veteran crickets new boys. All games were on turf enabling selectors to have a good look at players under match conditions.
Veteran Cricket Victoria’s Bill Dobson and Anthony Telfer and his team are to be congratulated for organising Willowfest, the after the match entertainment and guest speaker Rodney Hogg.
AUSTRALIA’S FASTEST GROWING SPORT … VETERANS CRICKET
Veterans Cricket Victoria latest Cricket For Life video is about a bunch of cricket lovers in their 50s, 60s and 70s playing cricket and staying fit and healthy.
With the backing of Veterans Cricket Australia, thousands of veteran cricketers are getting out on the park playing against blokes their own age. Season 2019-20 sees a record 1500 veteran cricketers donning the whites on a Sunday or in mid-week games around the State of Victoria.
For some there’s 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. A Victorian Veterans Womens team makes its debut at Australian Championships in 2019. And for a chosen few – there’s the ultimate – a Baggy Green, a World Cup and even an Ashes tour.
VCV ECHUCA CARNIVAL 2019 … BIGGEST EVER
The Echuca carnival captures the essence of what veterans cricket is all about. The carnival in March saw a record number of teams (20) competing in a fun filled week with nearly 300 attending the Finale Dinner. New batting rules were deemed a success due to greater participation of players.
Geelong won bragging rights for the second time as the No:1 Victorian club team before lowering their colors to A.C.T in the Grand Final. Sunbury earned promotion to the Division 1 club competition next year with the Placebos doing the same in the non-club division. Victorian veteran cricketers heaped praise on the organisation by the Goulburn Murray Cricket Association and local clubs. Results MyCricket
VICS ON TOP IN INTERSTATE CHALLENGE
The title of Australia’s No:1 State in veterans cricket was under challenge when the VICS played South Australia and Tasmania for the first time in all 3 age groups – the O50s, O60s and O70s. Over 60 Victorians donned the Big V for the 6 games. Despite inclement weather, the matches against South Australia at Bradman’s old club (Kensington) all produced a result with the home State winners in the O50s, a historic tie in the O60s and a comfortable win to the VICS in the O70s.
Bragging rights were again on the line when Victoria played Tasmania in all 3 age groups on the one day at grounds around Geelong. Organised by the Geelong Seniors Cricket Club, the day saw Victoria as the victors in all 3 games.
FIRST TIME PREMIERS IN OVER 50s COMP
An exciting climax to the season saw first time premiers in all 4 divisions of the Over 50s competition. In a nail-biter, Wonga Park beat last year’s premiers East Ringwood to win the Saxon Shield in Division 1. In Division 2, Coburg went through the season undefeated and easily accounted for Monash in the Final. In Division 3 powerhouse club Geelong were too good for Yarra Valley while in Division 4 West Ivanhoe knocked off the favoured Northcote United. Over 50s Finals Race
AUSSIES TRIUMPH AT O50s WORLD CUP
Australia were last over victors over Pakistan in a nail biting finish to the O50s World Cup in Sydney. Pakistan with 2 ex Test players were confident of passing Australia’s modest innings total of 165. At 9/94 in reply, any hope of winning was long gone before a last wicket stand of 68 saw Pakistan fall just 3 runs short of victory.
Australia and Pakistan were favorites to meet in the Final after going through the preliminary rounds undefeated. In the semi-final the Aussies survived a last over scare against a gallant New Zealand while it took Pakistan until the penultimate over to beat England in the other semi Final.
The tournament kicked off on November 21 with Australia, England, Sth Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada, Wales and New Zealand competing in a round robin tournament over a two week period that culminated in the Final on December 5.
Victoria had 3 members in the World Cup team – Bill Blair, Craig Gislingham and Darren Hill. Other members of the squad were Greg Briggs (NSW), Gavin Brown (QLD), Anthony Clark (NSW), Stephen Gollan (WA), Rowan Harry (NSW), Warwick Hayes (NSW), Brad Mant (WA), Todd O’Keefe (NSW), Trent Ryan (QLD), Joe Santostefano (WA), Tim Sargent (SA), John Short (NSW), Darren Smith (NSW), Peter Solway (ACT), (CAPT), Stuart Crisp (NSW), Andrew Knight (QLD) and Paul Nemes (ACT).
For results of all games see MyCricket
VICS THREE-PEAT AT THE AUSTRALIAN O60s CHAMPS
Victoria triumphed at the 2018 Australian O60s Cricket Championships in Penrith in November. The Vics had 7 teams at the Championships, the most of any State. The Vic I side led by Trevor Saker defended the John Hammer Division 1 trophy they won in Canberra last year beating NSW Blues in the final. Victoria has won the last 3 Division 1 titles at the Championships cementing its place as Australia’s premier veterans cricket State. Trevor Saker Report
Victorian teams performed well in all 4 divisions at the Championships. The Vic 6th team were runners up to New South Wales Greys in the final for the Horlin Smith trophy.
VIC VETS STAR IN HISTORIC FILM RE-ENACTMENT
Victoria’s veteran cricketers starred in a Channel 7 promo of their Boxing Day Test coverage. Veteran cricket’s finest talent were cast in a film re-enactment of a game MCC and future Australian skipper Warwick Armstrong played at Walhalla back in 1907. The Big Ship bet he could hit a ball from the Walhalla cricket ground on to the roof of the Star Hotel down in the town below. Legend has it Armstrong was thwarted when local miner Dick Merrington climbed a tree to catch the ball.
One hundred and eleven years later and in front of a big crowd, veteran cricketers tried valiantly to go one better than Armstrong. Modern cricket bats saw big hitting and plenty of sixes, all falling short of the Star Hotel.
Veteran Cricket Victoria funded and laid the pitch for the game in support of the Walhalla community to attract cricket lovers everywhere to play a game at one of the worlds most unique cricket grounds. The game in collaboration with the Walhalla Heritage and Development League acknowledged the great contributors to veterans cricket in the past 12 years. The celebration with a game of cricket at an iconic location is set to become an annual event. Walhalla’s MCG