VALE PETER McDONALD
It is with profound sadness Veterans Cricket Victoria advises the passing of Peter McDonald.
Peter’s friendship, enthusiasm, playing ability and his embracement of the Essendon Veterans Cricket club will be sorely missed by his colleagues.
His dry sense of humour endeared him to all. His drive to play the game he loved despite on-going health issues was inspirational. We are all the better for having played and associated with Peter.
Our sincere condolences to Anne and the extended McDonald family.
Peter’s funeral will be held at St Roch’s Catholic Church, 200 Burke Rd. Glen Iris on Tuesday 28th January at 11.00 am.
VICS VETS BUSHFIRE APPEAL
The veterans cricket fraternity has been devastated by the impact bushfires has had on communities across Victoria and around the country. Our thoughts go to all those affected and the many volunteers on the frontline.
Veterans Cricket Victoria is committed to assisting bushfire relief efforts to help communities get back on their feet as soon as possible. As part of that commitment, Veterans Cricket Victoria is donating $1,500 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
The Victorian Bushfire Appeal has been set up by the Victorian Government and overseen by the Victorian Bushfire Response and Recovery Taskforce with money donated going directly to affected families and communities.
To make a donation or find out more about the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, click here.
THE BEST OF THE BEST AT THE CHAMPS
November saw the Best Of The Best veteran cricketers at the National Championships in all 3 age groups – the O50s (Perth), the O60s (Adelaide) and the O70s (Albury/ Wodonga) with Victoria winning 6 of the 10 titles on offer.
Hot on the heels of the highly successful World Cup, Victoria won the Over 50s Championship for the second time while the VIC 4th took home the Division 3 trophy. While Victoria’s run of 3 consecutive Championship wins in the Over 60s came to an end, the Vic 2 team took home the Division 2 trophy and the Vic 6s were winners in Division 4. In the Over 70s, Victoria lost narrowly to Queensland in Division 1 while the Vic 3s enjoyed a third consecutive win in Division 2 and the Vic 6th won bragging rights in the new Division 3. Congratulations go to the skippers, managers and players who have done Victoria proud.
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 1500 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.
VICS GEAR UP FOR ANOTHER SEASON
Veteran Cricket Victoria PLAY CRICKET HERE campaign saw many veteran cricketers taking up the game again sometimes after a 20 year absence. Winter cricket was a winner with more than 50 players turning out on Wednesdays from May through to September. The pre-season Mackay and Mildura carnivals were valuable lead ups to the Australian Championships and 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.