The BHRDCA and Topline Cricket are joining forces with Mukti Australia’s Cricket Project to send cricket gear to Sri Lanka.
If you have any cricket equipment or clothing (junior gear only) that you no
longer use or are upgrading, please consider donating to Mukti Australia
to support this worthy cause.
Any gear can be dropped off at Topline Cricket, 31 Burgess Rd, Bayswater North
(when Covid19# restrictions allow – cut off date to follow)
The annual grant for shade coverings is again open, application details are below. Clubs have been successful previously which has helped to fund marquees via association sponsor Altegra. Please contact Simon via email email@example.com or call 0409 700 253 for more information.
Clubs can work with association sponsor Grant Professionals or apply independently.
Rob from Grant Professionals can be contacted on
0476 165 683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All Clubs & MyCricket Administrators,
Having completed all administration and closed all outstanding matches for the 2019/20 season, the administration season for MyCricket has now been set to 2020/21, as has the default MyCricket season for all BHRDCA Member Clubs.
In a program change provided by MyCricket Support, this update has also copied across all recorded 2019/20 Office Bearers, so should Clubs have altered these positions since the completion of the 2019/20 season, the Club MyCricket Administrator will need to update these records.
If anyone has any issue associated with this update please contact the BHRDCA Admin. Mgr.
The BHRDCA have been very active over the past months with zoom meetings ensuring that we are in readiness for an October 2020 start for both the seniors and juniors.
I will be organising a delegates meeting for the 3rd/4th week of July when we have the all clear from the appropriate authorities in July where we can interact with each other.
Topline Cricket are once again sponsoring the BHRDCA for the 2020/21 season, Jim has sold the business to Lal Jayasinghe who is a Level 3 High Performance Coach with 32 years of International experience behind him.
Attached is a pre- season coaching flyer that Lal is offering for all age groups, can you please forward this onto the appropriate club persons so that they can be made aware of this offer.
I will be in touch again over the next couple of weeks with specific dates/details. Tom Anderson
The Victorian State Government has just announced the details of the Victorian Community Sport Sector Short-term Survival Package. From our experience it appears to be a grant well worth applying for. This short-term $1,000 survival program is designed to support the ongoing operational viability of clubs throughout the COVID-19 shutdown period and beyond, ensuring organisations are equipped to recommence the delivery of their activities to the community following the lifting of restrictions.
Financial support will be provided to assist the organisation remain operational during the eligibility period, and to support readiness to return-to-play in adherence with Victorian Chief Health Officer restrictions and advice. For more information, see: https://sport.vic.gov.au/our-work/return-to-play
WHAT CAN BE APPLIED FOR?
Funding can be used for:
Please note that equipment and uniforms are not eligible to be applied for.
Wanting to apply?
If you are unaware or unsure of our terms, please note that we work on a ‘success fee’ basis to complete the grant application i.e. we will only charge your club if the application is successful. No charge for the work undertaken if the grant application is unsuccessful or for any other work / advice. Our fees are 20% of the first $1,500 of a grant won plus 15% of the remainder (+ GST).
Please note that this grant will close on the 15th June or sooner if funds are exhausted, so we would recommend that you act as soon as possible to maximise your likelihood of success.
Yours Sportingly, Omee Garcia, Grant Professionals 03 7019 8718
BHRDCA Nominated for Community Cricket Association of the Year
The BHRDCA was delighted to be nominated in this category under the recent Cricket Victoria ‘Sport for All’ awards.
Whilst not winning the award, to be nominated is great recognition for our association, clubs, players, umpires, many volunteers, sponsors and all involved in the BHRDCA.
We were nominated based on our collaborative approach, prepared to look at new ideas, open your minds to outside your own bubble, support CV programs, a mindset of being prepared to listen to the club’s needs, work well as a team’ amongst other traits.
These awards are the pinnacle of the community cricket season and we will certainly ‘tap into’ CV to better understand where best practices lie and how we can bring those to the association and our member clubs.
Below is a letter of acknowledgement from Andrew Ingleton, Cricket Victoria CEO.
Community Sporting Clubs | Thriving Through Crisis Workshops – thanks to sponsor Club Builder & Grants Professional
The Thriving Through Crisis workshops are designed to get community sporting leaders talking constructively about the current COVID-19 crisis and more importantly, how to survive and thrive through it. We will talk about what clubs need to be doing to secure the organisation and its membership in the short term (right now); what clubs can be doing over the next two to six months to capitalise on opportunities as they arise – and they will; what clubs can be doing six to nine months from now (and beyond) to ensure that they come out of this period stronger than ever.
We are living in amazing and unprecedented times that are providing enormous challenges for everyone in every aspect of daily life.
Cricket may well be the least of those for some people and that is acknowledged.
Many clubs have had to cancel presentation day, or night, which is a tough call especially when we should be celebrating individual and team success.
Similarly, the BHRDCA presentation night, scheduled for April 3rd, cannot proceed in the current environment.
We do propose to hold this in the future and acknowledge those that have achieved success this season, our valued sponsors and other key stakeholders that are strong supporters of the association. The timing of this is, however, unclear today.
There has been emails sent to our sponsors in the interim thanking them for their support and assuring them that when the sun comes up again, we will be here and we hope our partnership continues. We will continue to promote them where possible via the website and social media. If an opportunity presents to support them then I am sure they would love to hear from anyone within the BHRDCA community, and let them know you are part of the BHRDCA community.
The CoM are planning as we normally would for the pre AGM and AGM although the challenge of how to hold those events is still to be resolved. No doubt clubs will be faced with similar challenges and we will work through the logistics as best we can or consider postponing the scheduled events based on Government advice and rules imposed.
We trust that everyone, and your loved ones, stay safe through the turmoil and we all get out the other side bigger and stronger. With the absence of AFL and many other local sports, it underlines what an important role sporting clubs play in the local community and why so many volunteers give their time to ensure it is a thriving and vibrant environment within each club. It will be a great day when the clubs are populated and buzzing again.
Let’s stay the course together and look out for each other.
All BHRDCA Clubs,
As we are aware, the 2019/20 Junior Presentation night was cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) issue being experienced across Australia at present. Nevertheless, we still had a season that saw some great cricket and excellent results and achievements by Clubs, Coaches, Association representatives and players alike.
The BHRDCA CoM is pleased to advise the winners of all 2019/20 Awards (refer link below) and will ensure the presentation of Premiership Pennants & Medals, Trophies and other awards for the 2019/20 season will be made at a time and place to be arranged, when hopefully life returns to normal for all of us in future.
Congratulations to all Premiers & Award winners
https://www.facebook.com/pg/JoanneFairy/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2376258152474130 Peter White Shild GF
https://www.facebook.com/pg/JoanneFairy/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2375034019263210 Random around the ground Day 1 GF
https://www.facebook.com/pg/JoanneFairy/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2372525006180778 u16a Ron Hennessey Shield GF
https://www.facebook.com/pg/JoanneFairy/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2362345810532031 D, G & I Grade semi’s
https://www.facebook.com/pg/JoanneFairy/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2333811873385425 Nunawading vs Koonung 300th & 400th games
BHRDCA UPDATE ON KOOKABURRA RAY McINTOSH SHIELD GRAND FINAL
After much deliberation and debate, the decision is not to continue day two of the game.
There has been a lot of information presented this week, and continues to be so. From Federal and State Government, peak state and national sporting bodies, other cricket associations and some of it is conflicting and varying.
The decision not to play is a unified one between the two competing clubs, umpires, host club East Burwood and the Committee of Management.
There is no right or wrong decision in the current environment and everyone has a situation that is slightly different and needs consideration.
As per the BHRDCA rules, Forest Hill CC are Kookaburra Ray McIntosh Shield premiers for 2019/20.
The CoM would especially like to acknowledge the outstanding leadership of respective clubs presidents in Andrew Grealy (HCC) and Ken Thomas (FHCC) this week in gathering as much information as possible, convening meetings and capturing all points of view within their respective clubs to arrive at a decision.
BHRDCA & COVID-19 Update
As you are aware, COVID-19 has thrown everyday life into chaos as facts are presented and recommendations made by Government, councils and national sporting bodies.
There are different views on how to manage this for sporting bodies and indeed different plans of action invoked.
A major challenge is the continually evolving information flow and the unprecedented scale of impact to our communities; be that family, work or recreational.
Self isolation, social distancing, reporting immediately if you feel unwell, increased hand sanitisation are constant messages designed to curb the spread and to help manage the virus.
Currently the BHRDCA has cancelled the President’s lunch this Saturday with an announcement on Junior Presentation night in the next 36 hours. An announcement on the Senior Presentation night will be made next week.
We are working with various bodies regarding day two of the Kookaburra Ray McIntosh Shield Grand Final this Saturday at East Burwood. We would like to be able to complete the match but also understand this possibility may be taken out of our hands.
There will be updates as soon as possible, whilst appreciating we are not necessarily the sole decision maker in most instances.
We appreciate your patience in these unheralded times and hope everyone stays safe and can look after each other.
Pat Lambert – BHRDCA Umpire
Richard Harford – Templestowe CC
Danny O’Shea – East Box Hill CC
All BHRDCA Clubs, officials & players
UPDATE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Health and Hygiene guidelines for Victorian cricket
As you will be aware, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared COVID-19 Coronavirus at pandemic level internationally.
To reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission of the Coronavirus disease, Cricket Victoria seeks the support of all people involved in the game (whether they be playing, support staff, administrators, volunteers or others) in taking note of the below actions to promote higher levels of sanitisation and individual hygiene.
At this point in time there is no advice that cancellation or postponement of these local fixtures is required, however we urge everyone involved in Victorian cricket to exercise a caution and common-sense approach to their training and match day setups.
The below measures should be put into effect now by all Victorian cricket teams to reduce the spread of all illnesses, including COVID-19:
- Hand sanitiser to be available in team rooms and players/staff encouraged to use it as well as completing hand washing prior to meals
- Players should avoid using saliva as a method of shining the cricket ball
- All players with any form of respiratory or associated illness or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should self-isolate and report this immediately to medical staff and be quarantined from training and all matches until assessed and cleared. Players and coaches should not attend training while ill.
- Do not share drinks, towels, lip balm, sunscreen with others (bring your own)
- Limit change room and training attendance to staff who have an operational reason to be there
- Limit sharing of cricket equipment (other than the ball)
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to pay attention to good hand and respiratory hygiene.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow, dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
- Wash your hands regularly, after using the toilet and before eating.
- If you have concerns about your health, please see your doctor.
- Healthcare workers are advised to use appropriate infection prevention control measures when looking after patients.
For the latest advice and further information please visit:
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website
Federal Health Department website
KOOKABURRA RAY MCINTOSH GRAND FINAL live stream link.
Watch from wherever you are on most devices.
Leigh Newey – East Box Hill Captain – Special Guest Co Host
Jim – Topline Cricket Sponsor
Aaron Walter – Heatherdale CC Captain
Richard Harford – Templestowe CC President
Please note MyCricket has been updated to reflect the provisional Grand Final venues for all Senior & Junior grades.
NOTE: These will be subject to Local Council approval from Boroondara, Manningham & Whitehorse Councils, which we expect to receive in the next 24 -48 hours
Good luck to all competing Clubs
Further to the note below, after the inspection of a number of Semi Final venues and the continuing drizzle/rain which has saturated venues today, the BHRDCA CoM has reluctantly called off tonight’s Junior cricket.
Further communication re playing conditions for Friday night, should the current conditions persist, will be advised by Friday 11:00 a.m.
All Junior Clubs, please note that in light of the extreme conditions apparent & forecast today/tonight, the BHRDCA CoM will determine by 2:00 p.m. today, whether Day 1 of the Semi Finals will be played or not.
- If no play is possible tonite, Day 2 (Friday 6/3/2020) will revert to a One Day match played under One Day rules (Refer BHRDCA Junior Section Rules)
- In the event that Friday is also impacted by weather conditions (which are currently forecast) and the commencement of play is delayed, the match may be reduced to a minimum of 30 overs (15/team) to provide a result
- Any further time lost after that reduction and/or if no play is possible, the two highest finishing teams will be promoted to the respective Grand Final matches next week
Any further announcements re Junior Semi Final conditions will be posted to this Website and via the BHRDCA Social Media channels
Steve Flemming – BHRDCA Administrator
Germaine Symon – Laburnum CC Captain
Ben Davis – Blackburn Nth CC Captain