“FRONT BAR” DOES VETERANS CRICKET …
Veterans cricket was the talk of the town this week 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 who are 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.
ECHUCA END OF SEASON CARNIVAL ABANDONED
The Echuca Carnival was abandoned after 2 rounds in response to community concerns about the spread of the Corona virus. Organisers said while regrettable, the health of participants was the over-riding consideration in the decision.
Although cut short, an enjoyable time was had by all on and off the field. As usual the hospitality of the Murray-Goulburn Cricket Association and clubs hosting games was first class.
Early indications are Echuca 2021 will be back again with a record 24 teams competing in 3 Divisions.
INAUGURAL OVER 60s WORLD CUP ON THE SUNSHINE COAST CANCELLED
Veterans Cricket Australia is reeling from the forced cancellation of the inaugural Over 60s World Cup in October. The World Cup would have seen the Best of the Best veteran cricketers from 10 Countries going head to head for 2 weeks and for the winner – World No:1 ranking. The Over 60s World Cup would have coincided with the staging of the T20 World Cup in Australia. Plans for a rescheduling of the Over 60s World Cup are up in the air as we await direction from the Federal and Queensland governments and Cricket Australia about the resumption of community sport in Australia. For updates as they occur … Over 60s World Cup 2020
CORONA VIRUS ENDS OVER 50s WORLD CUP
The world health crisis caused by the COVID 19 virus brought an abrupt end to the second World Cup Over 50s Championships in Cape Town in March. Australia – the defending champions – were undefeated when officials announced the abandonment of the tournament after the second round of the 12 team tournament.
With uncertainty about the timetable for the resumption of cricket, officials decided to re-scheduled the Over 50s World Cup to 2022.
AUSTRALIA OVER 70s VICTORS HAMMAN-BAKER ODI
Australia’s Over 70s returned home after a successful tour of New Zealand in March. The 6 match tour saw Australia win 4 games, draw one and were victors in the ODI in Auckland to take home the inaugural Hamman-Baker trophy.
The tour provided a valuable form guide for selectors in picking the squad for the upcoming tour of the UK tour and for the development of New Zealand veterans cricket still in its infancy.
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 to the many volunteers on the frontline.
Veterans Cricket Victoria is committed to assisting bushfire relief efforts to get communities back on their feet as soon as possible. As part of that commitment, Veterans Cricket Victoria donated $1,500 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
Veterans Cricket Victoria supported the Lord Taverners – its charity of choice – in a fund raising Dinner on February 20 at Kooyong Tennis Club with Kevin Sheedy and Mike Sheahan on the Couch. All profits went directly to bushfire affected communities.
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.
See President Johnson Report on Veterans Cricket Victoria’s 2019 achievements.
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 GEARING UP FOR ANOTHER SEASON
Veteran Cricketers are chaffing at the bit to get back out on the park and play the game they love. Organisers of the Winter Cricket program are ‘rarin to go as soon as they get the government all-clear with more than 50 players expected to turn out on Wednesdays from May through to September.
Vics 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.