VIC VETERANS STAGE THE WORLD’S OLDEST AGE CRICKET MATCH

     Worlds 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 their ranks who are 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 … keeping 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 (in 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. 

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. 

SCORERS:  John Moore, Rob Wilson

Full Match Report

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  … IT’S BACK AGAIN IN 2022 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans Cricket Victoria is proud to announce the Echuca Carnival is back again in 2022 (Covid willing} … for the 9th time. Twenty-eight teams have entered (four more than last year) including 4 interstate teams. 

The participating teams are: ACS, ACT, Ballarat, Barkly St/ Maribyrnong, Bayside, Benalla, Canterbury, Canterbury United, Endeavour Hills, Essendon, Geelong Blue, Geelong White, Gippsland Goannas, Glen Waverley, Goulburn Murray, Iona, Koo Wee Rup, Mornington, Research/ACS, Ringwood, SA Wombats, South East Coasters, South Gippsland, Sunbury, Twilighters, Vic Country, Warrandyte and Yarra Valley

The Echuca Committee wishes to acknowledge the support of local businesses and the Echuca community, along with the Campaspe Shire Council, who have assisted with a grant towards the running costs of the Carnival.

Further information and details will be provided to all club Echuca representatives closer to the event. 

Key dates for clubs to log into their diaries:

  • Confirmation of teams with initial players lists and deposits required by 31 December 2021
  • Final team lists and balance of payment by 31 January 2022
  • Check us out on Facebook after 1st December https://www.facebook.com/over60sechuca

THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMPS … 2022 RE-SCHEDULING

After a Covid 19 delayed start to the season for the second year running, Vic veteran cricketers are back out on the park.  The National Championships cancelled in all age groups in 2021 are being re-scheduled in 2022. 

2021 Championships to be held in 2022

Over 70s February 17 – 22 (Launceston TAS)

Over 50s February 20 – 24 (Adelaide S.A)

2022 Championships

Women Over 40 November (tbc) (Bowral NSW)

Over 70s November (tbc) (Perth W.A)

Over 60s November 27 – Dec 1 (Barwon VIC) 

Over 50s (tbc)

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 2021-22 will see 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.  

VIC VETERAN CRICKETERS OUT OF LOCKDOWN 

Veteran Cricketers are out of lockdown and back out on the park playing the game they love. The 2021-22 season ushers in a new Over 70 Competition with 12 teams. Mid week cricket caters for players missing 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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