VETERANS CRICKET … OFF & RACING
Veterans Cricket – Australia’s fastest growing sporting demographic – is about to get the public recognition it deserves. To bring it up to speed in the modern world of social media communications, Exotic Cricket Tours Derek Braidner – is behind a marketing and public relations campaign to raise the profile of veteran’s cricket in Victoria. The entrepreneur wants to see 5000 veteran cricketers donning the whites in Victoria over the next 3 years.
Expressions of interest are sought from cricket lovers with a background or interest in public relations and the media. The ideal candidate would be an IT savvy retiree with an interest in social media and a flair for reporting VCV news and events. For details: firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHNNO … NEW VCV LIFER
Former President Greg Johnson has been elevated to life membership of Veterans Cricket Victoria. VCVs highest honour – life membership – was recently bestowed on Greg in recognition of his outstanding contribution to veterans’ cricket as a player and administrator over many years.
Under his reign, Victoria led the way in the growth and popularity of veterans cricket Australia wide. Greg continues to serve on the Committee and is a guiding hand behind in the organisation of National Championships in Victoria next month.
It was fitting VCV life member Bill Dobson presented Greg with this richly deserved Life Membership award at the recent 2022 A.G.M.
EXOTIC CRICKET TOURS TO THE RESCUE
Veterans Cricket Victoria has signed Exotic Cricket Tours as a major sponsor for the next 2 years. The popular supporter of cricket tours around the world came on board recently as a sponsor of the World Over 60s World Cup on the Sunshine Coast in September.
Exotic Cricket Tours impresario Derek Braidner said “it was a chance to give something back to the veterans cricket community that has been so supportive of Exotic Cricket Tours over the years”
May this year saw 220 veteran cricketers and partners celebrate 2 weeks of cricket played on some magnificent turf cricket grounds in beautiful weather in the Top End. So successful was the Carnival, plans are in place to expand the concept with more teams in Darwin in 2023.
With 15 overseas cricket tours already under their belt, Exotic Cricket Tours is gearing up for a post Covid 2023. With fond memories of the highly successful 2016 tour, the Samoan Government has invited the Aussies back with 10 Mens and 4 Womens veterans teams enjoying the delights of “treasure island” again in 2023.
For info on upcoming veteran cricket tours, contact Exotic Cricket Tours on 0402 309 946
THE ECHUCA CARNIVAL … WINNERS EVERYWHERE
Echuca Annual Over 60’s Carnival is over for another year!
With twenty-eight teams, local cricket clubs, banks of umpires and long-suffering wives and partners supporting throughout, the Echuca Over 60s Cricket Carnival has concluded for another year. With a partnership between Goulburn Murray Cricket and the VCV and gratefully supported by Moama Bowling Club and the Campaspe Shire, the event was again a success judging by the feedback received by the organising committee.
First Division was won by Vic Country for the second year in a row. In the “The Battle of the Interstaters” the SA Wombats conquered, the Murray Division went to Essendon while Goulburn saw Iona, one of our founding clubs, successful for the first time.
March 19 – 23, 2023 needs to be added to your diary. It will be the 10 th Anniversary of the Carnival and we will have much to celebrate. More information closer to the date.
RECORD YEAR FOR VIC VETERAN CRICKETERS
Despite the Covid a delayed start to the season, Veterans Cricket Victoria saw record numbers donning the whites in season 2021/22. The Over 60s saw 3 new clubs play a 13 round fixture, while the newly created Over 70s division saw 12 clubs competing in an 8 game fixture.
The Over 50s saw 42 teams in 7 divisions including a second season of the Gippsland “Lyrebird” division.
Saxon Sports Shield
Geelong – Saxon Shield winners in the past two seasons and red hot favourites again 2021/22 – went down to South East Veterans in thrilling last ball climax to the season. The best players over the season were selected to represent Victoria in games against South Australia on March 15 and 16 at the Frankston Peninsula ground.
Saxon Shield – Geelong 9/ 195 dft by SouthEast Veterans 7/ 195
B Grade Legends – Wonga Park 4/ 171 dft Sunbury 8/ 169
C Grade Legends – Nth Ringwood 5/ 193 dft Sth Gippsland 8/ 192
D Grade Legends – Bendigo/ Echuca 5/ 206 dft Vic Cavaliers 9/ 188
E Grade Legends – Eley Park dft Outer Eastern (on forfeit)
F Grade Legends – Wonga Park 10/ 195 dft Croydon Ranges 10/ 165
Lyrebird Shield – Mornington Peninsula 3/ 253 dft Sth Gippsland 9/ 113
VIC VETERANS STAGE THE WORLD’S OLDEST AGE CRICKET MATCH
Veterans Cricket Victoria staged the World’s Oldest Age Cricket Match in a tribute to the many 80 year olds in Victoria still donning the whites and playing the game they love … cricket.
Fittingly, Brighton Victoria – the birthplace of over 60’s cricket in 2003 – hosted the game typifying what veterans cricket is all about … staying fit and healthy and enjoying the company and camaraderie of mates who share their passion for the game.
Promoted as the John Blackham XI v Billy Murdoch XI game (a nod to the 2 Victorians who played in the original Ashes game before captaining Australia), the big crowd of spectators was captivated by the skill and enthusiasm of the octogenarians and the spirit in which the game was played. Veterans Cricket founder John Hammer and Cricket Victoria’s Paul Milo marvelled at the standard and a finale that went down to the wire.
The game played at the historic Elsternwick oval saw Bruce Hotton’s Blackham XI triumph over the Laurie Hindle led Billy Murdoch XI on the very last ball of the day. The average age of participants of over 80 years included the umpires John Buissink, Peter Flack, Barry Johnson and Ron Luckman and scorers John Moore and Rob Wilson.
Acknowledging veterans cricket as the fastest growing demographic in Australian sport, Channel 7 filmed the World’s Oldest Age Cricket Match which features prominently as part of their lunchtime entertainment during the current Ashes Test series.
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.
SCORERS: John Moore, Rob Wilson
THE PASSING OF LEGENDARY VCV ADMINISTRATOR PETER WHITE
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
THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMPS … RE-SCHEDULED IN 2022
Following the Covid 19 cancellation of the Australian Championships for the second year in a row, Vic veteran cricketers are chaffing at the bit to show they’ve got what it takes against the best of the best Australia wide. The National Championships that were cancelled in all age groups in 2021 have been re-scheduled in 2022.
Women Over 40 November (tbc) (Bowral NSW)
Over 70s November 9 – 15 (Launceston TAS)
Over 60s November 27 – Dec 1 (Barwon VIC)
Over 50s February 20 – 24 (Adelaide S.A)
“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 2021-22 saw a record 1500 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.
Veteran cricketers interested a game are encouraged to register their interest in Victoria’s PLAY CRICKET HERE campaign.