ECHUCA CARNIVAL  … IT’S BACK AGAIN

8th Annual Over 60’s Cricket Carnival – Echuca – 14th– 18th March 2021

After last year’s unfortunate cancellation half way through the event due to COVID, it’s exciting that with the support of the Campaspe Shire Council, Moama Bowling Club, businesses in the locality and in particular, the local cricket community of Echuca, the 8th Annual Over 60’s Cricket Carnival – Echuca is happening in 2021.

Twenty four team have locked in to play including four interstate teams. They will compete over three divisions, in what should be very competitive forty over, one day matches. It will be a different style of event this year, with COVID restrictions preventing the gathering of our total player group at either of our normal Carnival Dinner events. The opportunity will still be available to socialize as teams, at matches and generally as players move around the district. The cricket should be good, with the social aspect and catch up between players still a major part of the week.

The Carnival and its importance with in the VCV calendar is probably best illustrated by the comments of our VCV President, Greg Johnson:

“The Echuca carnival has become one of Veteran Cricket Australia’s major events and very much looked forward to by well over 400 cricketers from Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and ACT.  It is not only an end of season celebration for clubs but the 24 teams spread over three Divisions also enjoy the opportunity to play competitively, for a title and for bragging rights. And it would not be possible without the contribution from the host GMC clubs, the curators, umpires, scorers, team managers and all of those who help us play this wonderful game.  

Best wishes to all participants and all involved with the carnival, play good cricket and enjoy renewing acquaintances and making new friends.”

Check out our Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/over60sechuca to find news, details on the draw, results from each round, social comment and most importantly, a great sharing point for the photographs taken at the carnival.

FRONT BAR” DOES VETERANS CRICKET …   

Veterans cricket was the talk of the town recently 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) wanting to take up the game again. 

VETERANS CRICKET 2020-21 SEASON – UP UP & AWAY

After a Covid 19 delayed start to the season, Victorian veteran cricketers are back out on the park. Country clubs got a head start on their city cousins now playing catch-up. With the “ring of steel” lifted, the Over 60s season kicked off on November 15 with one new club Ballarat. The Over 50s following a week later with 47 teams in competition including a new Gippsland division.     

Clubs are asked to download CV-Return-to-Train-Play-Guidelines for cricket training and in the conduct of matches. Clubs are required to appoint a COVID 19 officer and strictly adhere to Government regulations during the season. Clubs are asked to check VCV Fixtures and MyCricket for changes on a regular basis.  

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. Thousands of veteran cricketers are getting out on the park every week playing against blokes their own age. Season 2019-20 sees a record 1300 veteran cricketers donning the whites on Sundays or mid-week games around 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. Season 2019-20 sees a Victorian Veterans Womens team on debut in interstate games against South Australia and Tasmania. 

VIC VETERAN CRICKETERS OUT OF LOCKDOWN 

Veteran Cricketers were chaffing at the bit to get back out on the park and play the game they love. Organisers of the mid-week program were waiting for the all-clear with more than 50 players turning out on Wednesdays all year round.

Vics were 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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