GOOD NEW STORY – BHRDCA Junior growth and player retention

Whilst we are currently still in a holding pattern with cricket I thought it would be an ideal time to share a” good news story “with all on the progress of team nominations for the 2021/22 season.

Five years ago we introduced the Stage 1 (Super 7’s) and Stage 2 (Fast 9’s) concept to the BHRDCA, this superseded the Ankle biters (Under 10) grade of which we had 20 teams competing.

Since its inception the Super 7’s and Fast 9’s concept has grown from 28 teams in year 1 to 43 teams in year 2, 48 in year 3, 61 last season and currently we have a staggering 75 nominations for this season.

I must thank Trevor Hookey for asking the question 3 seasons ago as to “when do we know if this concept will be a success”, the answer was in 6 to 7 seasons time when we can measure the retention rate by the number of Under 16 teams nominated.

Last season we had 26 Under 14 teams nominated whereas this year we have had 33, indicating that the initial group of Super 7’ and Fast 9’ players are being retained at club level reflecting the forecast increase.

Affiliations last season as this stage were a total of 141 teams. Currently 2021/22 affiliations are stand at 168, an outstanding result.

Well done to all, keep up the good work and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me on 0450 336 992.

Tom Anderson

 

 

2021/22 BHRDCA Junior Rules and Rule Summary Pages

After approval by the BHRDCA CoM, the 2021/22 Junior Rules and associated Rule Summary pages have now been sent to all Club Delegates and also posted to this Website > Club Playing Resources > Juniors > Junior Competition Rules 

When play commences, should any queries arise from the application of these Rules please contact the BHRDCA Junior Section Manager.

BHRDCA CoM

HEATHERDALE RUNS FOR GUV

Dyson Baker
BHRDCA Media Manager

 “To be honest, It’s still pretty raw”

Words from a President discussing the loss of one of his own.

During a lengthy discussion with Heatherdale Cricket Club President Andrew Grealy, it become increasingly evident just what Steve Creighton meant to not only the Heatherdale family but the wider community.

“The Guv” as he was affectionately known, a life member of the ‘Dales passed away in July of this year following a blood clot in his lungs.

“It hasn’t been easy that’s for sure in terms of having a chance to grieve, or even a chance to say a proper goodbye.”

The Heatherdale community was rocked by Guv’s passing, however given current restrictions found themselves unable to come together to celebrate his life. That was until close friends and club mates Kevin Oakey and Tony Johns engaged the club in “The Long Run.”


The Long Run is a month-long initiative run by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia which aims to build awareness and raise much needed funds for ongoing research into Prostrate Cancer.
Learn More: https://www.thelongrun.org.au/about-us

During September 2020, Steve completed the month-long fundraiser supported by members of the local community and raised $6000, in 2021 Heatherdale banded together and raised upwards of $26,000 placing them in the top 5 of all contributors to the campaign.

Grealy felt it was a way for the club to come together as one in a time where that is becoming increasingly difficult.

“Put simply, its coming together for Guv – he just viewed everyone the same”

“We didn’t even think twice, what can we do to find ways where we can stay connected to each other but also find a way to honour Guv’s memory.”

Some gave what they could, others went above and beyond raising more hundreds of dollars for the cause in honour of their great friend whilst pounding the pavement over the month.

Teammate and good friend Jack Ujma walked often with the Guv and made it his mission to honour Steve in the right manner.

“Not being able to come together and come to terms with it has been really difficult, and in a way I think I still haven’t properly acknowledged his passing”

“Steve cared a lot for the charity, for obvious reasons with his own battle, plus I think it helped a lot of guys from the club to come to terms with losing a great mate.”

Ujma raised more than $2000 for the cause and totalled stomped more than 250km in the month of September. Grealy believes the support for the initiative speaks volumes of the Dales culture

“It’s about living up to our values, being a family organisation and caring for one another – that’s what we do”

A mad Demons man, Creighton unfortunately missed the drought breaking Melbourne Premiership a couple of weeks ago, Grealy shared a thought about his good friend following the final siren of the AFL Grand Final.

“We were so glad that he got to see Liverpool win, and then I think very quickly the attention turned to the Dees getting up.”

“You can almost picture how the Guv would speak about it, he would be a very happy man.”

If omens are anything to go by, could the Guv pull the strings one more time and give Heatherdale yet another crack at the McIntosh Shield title?

Heatherdale will turn their attention to the forthcoming 2021/22 season with a homecoming of a couple of favourite sons as well as a pavilion re-development just about to begin its sure to be a big season at Purches Street.

You can still donate to the cause https://www.thelongrun.org.au/fundraisers/HeatherdaleRunsforGuv

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Dyson Baker: New BHRDCA Media Manager.

The BHRDCA is pleased to announce Dyson Baker as the Associations new Media Manager.

Dyson takes over from Paul Hooper who has decided to step down after 5 successful years in the role.


Currently the General Manager – Football Operations of the Eastern Football Netball League, Dyson is no stranger to the area. Prior to his current role he served as part of the EFL media team and then for three seasons as Media Manager before moving into operations.

In addition to his EFNL role Dyson’s background includes:

  • Junior cricket at Heatherdale CC and is returning in season 21/22
  • Bachelor of Sports Management whilst currently studying a Masters in Strategic Communication
  • Father to two boys (10 & 6) and a baby girl
  • A family connection to Heatherdale CC and Heathmont FC

Dyson said “I’m excited to hit the ground running and ensure that we can promote some of the wonderful stories from around the association”

Association president Peter Rosenthal said “Dyson is a terrific addition to the BHRDCA continuing the great work of Paul Hooper. There will be more exposure for clubs, players, girls and womens cricket, representative teams and our valuable sponsors”.

A warm welcome to Dyson who can be contacted at mediamanager@bhrdca.com.au or 0400 556 801

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