VICS TO STAGE WORLD’S OLDEST AGE CRICKET MATCH

          World’s Oldest Age Cricket Match

Veterans Cricket Victoria has joined forces with Channel 7 in the staging of the World’s Oldest Age Cricket match. Acknowledging Victoria as the birthplace of veterans cricket, Channel 7 will be filming the match as a promo for their Ashes Tests coverage.

The game is both a celebration of veterans cricket and special tribute to 80 year old cricketers still donning the whites around the State. Billed as the World’s Oldest Age Cricket Match for entry into the Guinness Book Of World Records, the game has attracted widespread media interest.

The game has been marketed as Jack Blackham XI v Billy Murdoch XI named after the two Victorians who played in the initial Test series against England in 1877 – with both going on to captain Australia. Players, umpires and scorers in the game were selected in recognition of their contribution to Victorian veterans cricket over many years.

The game will be played on turf at Elsternwick No.2 oval (Holmes-Todd Oval), off St. Kilda Street, Brighton next Tuesday November 30 kicking off @ 10.30am with the Blackham XI donning the VCV Blue (social) polo and the Murdoch XI resplendent in the VCV White playing shirt.

A larger than normal crowd of family and team-mates is anticipated. Channel 7 has been promised a sea of spectators ringing the boundary all dressed in Blue and White polos according to their team allegiance. Spectators have been encouraged to bring their own seat and sun umbrella if need be.

Players and officials will be catered for with lunch. While drinks will be available from the pavilion, spectators will self-cater or take their chances at the Sausage Sizzle tent around the boundary. After the match celebrations and presentations in the pavilion are of course subject to Covid 19 requirements.  

With limited parking around the ground, spectators can park at the Elsternwick Oval No:1 with entry off Glenhuntly Road. In the event of weather being a problem for the Elsternwick turf wicket, VCV will relocate the game to a synthetic wicket at Hurlingham Park, Nepean Highway, East  Brighton just 5 minutes away.

THE TEAMS: 

Jack Blackham team ( Vic. Blue) ;  Bruce Hotton (captain), Bill Allsop, Frank Benjamin, Kevin Brown, David Massey, Lindsay McGrath, Ian McLeod, Norm McLeod, Alex Ranson, Keith Sanders, Tom Sankey, Ian Sharp, Ian Wilson

Billy Murdoch team (Vic. White) ;  Laurie Hindle ( captain), Jim Armstrong, Keith Corbett, Terry Dunn, Peter Evans, John Hind, Bob Hopkins, Julian Jacotine, Alan King, David Malthouse, Wavell McPherson, Michael Perrett, David Tomlinson

UMPIRES: John Buissink, Peter Flack, Barry Johnson, Ron Luckman. (Umpires will rotate).

SCORERS:  John Moore, Rob Wilson

THE PASSING OF LEGENDARY VCV ADMINISTRATOR PETER WHITE

  Peter White VCV Life Member

The veterans cricket community was greatly saddened by the passing of Life Member; Peter White after a long health battle.  Peter’s 30 year contribution to veterans cricket is beyond comparison.

Following a playing career at Hawthorn East Melbourne, Peter played at the Eley Park Cricket Club where his outstanding administration talents saw him Secretary and President and honoured with Life Membership of his Club.

In the late 1990’s Peter initiated Veterans cricket in the BHRDCA single-handedly overseeing the growth for over 40 year old’s and then over 50 year old’s cricket. He dedicated his life to establishing veterans cricket to players in the Eastern suburbs until under his stewardship the creation of the Over 50’s competition in the state-wide Veterans Cricket Victoria.

His contribution to the BHRDCA spanned three decades serving terms as Junior Coordinator and Secretary as well as being the Veteran’s Coordinator for over 20 seasons. Peter’s humble, inclusive and measured approach was appreciated by all in the cricketing fraternity. He was honoured with Life Membership of the BHRDCA 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 role in the fastest growing demographic in the game today. He was awarded Life Membership of VCV in 2019. 

His commitment and dedication to community cricket, its Associations, clubs and people is without peer. R.I.P

ECHUCA CARNIVAL  … DONE & DUSTED

Vic Country/ Benalla Echuca Triumph

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 

Check out our Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/over60sechuca 

THE CHAMPS … BACK AGAIN IN 2022

After a Covid 19 delayed start to the season for the second year running, Vic veteran cricketers are finally back out on the park again. The 2021 National Championships have been re-scheduled to February 2022. 

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.  

       

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