Please note the Minutes from the 2020/21 Special General Meeting, held on 10th Nov. at Vermont CC, just before the commencement of the BHRDCA’s 130th season, are now posted in the Past Meetings folder on the Website (Club & Playing Resources > Past Meetings > 2020/21 Meetings)
Among items of note from the Meeting…
- All proposed Rule changes for the 2020/21 season were passed unanimously (inclusive of a free hit for any No Ball call in all Shield Grades (only)), and
- A shift to Online processing of Umpire Match Payments
- The approval of Affiliation Fees, Honoraria and Umpire Match Fees for 2020/21
The final and most significant decision on the night occurred, when the Delegates voted unanimously to support the bestowing of the BHRDCA’s 38th Life Membership on the current serving President; Peter Rosenthal.
Congratulations Peter on a thoroughly well deserved honour after a decade as BHRDCA President and years more contribution to the BHRDCA on and off the field.
Finally, a reminder to all Clubs, and to assist those Clubs who are e-Scoring this season please ensure your Team Selection lists are posted on MyCricket by 8.00 p.m. Friday night prior to Weekend matches and as soon as possible prior to Junior & Veterans Matches.
Good luck to all the Clubs, Teams and players for the 2020/21 season.
Please note the BHRDCA Over 40’s Fixtures have now been released on MyCricket & the 2020/21 BHRDCA Over 40’s Rules are now also posted on the BHRDCA Website.
After agreeing to focus the BHRDCA’s competition for the 2020/21 season on One Day matches (in support of the CA/CV recommended direction) and to meet the desire of Clubs whose senior grades, where designated, seek to play in coloured attire, the BHRDCA has updated its Ball Provision policy for 2020/21, inclusive of White Ball arrangements.
Please refer to Club & Playing Resources > Policies > Cricket Balls for the most recent update to this policy
With recent Government announcements, and assuming health metrics are met, we are planning for:
- Outdoor training can resume October 26, exact size of group(s) are to be determined
- Matches will commence November 14
A working party of 7 club presidents and the CoM have determined:
- Play will commence on Saturday November 14, under the assumption health metrics are met and the rules of the day allow
- The season will consist of 14 one day games, including finals, there will be no two day cricket
- 80 and 70 over grades only will be offered in the one day format
Junior cricket will be aiming for the same start date pending further information and understanding they can probably cope with less pre season. Juniors are a little different from a fixturing perspective with the need to work more closely with RDCA & ECA. Veterans cricket is to be advised but will take a strong lead from Saturday afternoon cricket in terms of timing.
The season start date and one day cricket only is consistent with Cricket Victoria recommendations and also aligned with other metropolitan competitions.
There are ongoing meetings between Cricket Victoria along with state and local government seeking clarification about resumption of training and matches. We are also seeking clarification on Covid practices clubs and venues will need to have in place to ensure training and games can proceed.
Continual updates are being shared with your club presidents and will be provided as the picture becomes clearer.
With regional Victoria easing restrictions, including non contact sport commencing, as well as other states, and territories, starting their seasons we will have real examples of how the new environment looks and operates to help us get our season going.
Stay safe. BHRDCA CoM
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.
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 & 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.
Vermonts Craig Gislingham has been added as a late replacement to the Australian Over 50s team for the upcoming O50s World Cup in Sydney joining fellow Victorians Darren Hill and Bill Blair.
It is with great delight that I can announce, that Vermont’s Craig Gislingham has been added as a late replacement to the Australian Over 50’s team for the upcoming Over 50’s World Cup in Sydney joining fellow Victorians Darren Hill and Bill Blair.
Craig represented Victoria with distinction in the last two Australian Over 50 Championships in Brisbane and in Orange, NSW where he was a member of the team that took the Australian Over 50’s A Grade title.
Known for his canny medium pace swing bowling and powerful middle order batting, Craig will be a huge asset over the 3 week tournament.
Congratulations Craig, a well deserved honour.
Australia’s World Cup journey starts with a match against Sri Lanka on Wednesday 21 November.
Further match’s are
Thursday 22nd Nov v New Zealand
Sunday 25th November v England
Monday 26th November v South Africa
Wednesday 28th November v Pakistan
Thursday 29th November v Wales
Sunday 2nd December v Canada
The semi-finals will be on Monday 3rd December and the Grand Final Tuesday 4th December
The World Cup will be followed with 2 “Silver Ashes” matches against England on the 6th and 7th December.
This as you will see is a heavy schedule. Anyone wishing to follow the scores may do so on the Veterans Cricket Australia MyCricket site.
Peter White, Over 50’s Veterans Cricket Victoria