As requested at the President’s Meeting, please ensure your MyCricket Admin. is fully completed asap after Saturday’s matches. This will ensure Ladders are up to date after the H&A Season and that the Semi Finals combatants are correct.
Once the Semi Final matches are confirmed, each competing Senior Club will be sent (on Sunday/Monday) a Grade Qualification Register, which must be completed and returned to the BHRDCA Admin. Mgr asap. to ensure that qualification checks against your nominated squads can be carried out and confirmed prior to the commencement of the Semi Finals next weekend.
While inclement weather is presently sweeping across Melbourne, the BoM is predicting the worst of it will have passed through the Eastern suburbs by the time Junior Cricket resumes, post the Xmas break tonite. All Clubs, players & Umpires should report to grounds per the published fixtures, when Umpires & Team Management can make an informed assessment on play continuing (or not) at their specific venue.
Members of the CoM have in the past 40 minutes or so visited some of the Junior playing venues and are also mindful of the more recent BoM update, which now predicts further inclement & more intense weather. In ensuring the safety of all, the BHRDCA CoM have now determined that all Junior Friday matches are now cancelled.
Apologies all for the late notice.
The Vermont Cricket Club has had plenty of success recently, and that’s in part due to their successful junior program.
It’ll have high numbers yet again this year, with President Brendan Cleary telling bhrdca.com.au that Vermont legends Danny White, Brad Cullen and Bradd Taylor will also continue to coach the juniors. He’s particularly impressed with the work Taylor has put into his side.
“He coached the U12’s to a flag last year and he’s a fantastic man because he never gets upset, doesn’t get out of first gear, shows them how to bat, shows them how to bowl, teaches them cricket the right way and in the right spirit too.”
Part of the reason it’s been so successful is because of Vermont being a young families suburb and terrific job that ex-junior coordinator Steve Bissett did.
“As well as having the up and coming suburb, it’s also the fact that Steve Bissett was pretty relentless with another bloke about five years ago called Reece Wallace.”
Bissett has been replaced by Jason Retchford, with Retchford having been by Bissett’s side the last few years and bringing many benefits along.
“Retch’s enthusiasm is one of his key aspects and he’s worked closely with Steve for the last couple of years so he’ll just carry on the good work and hopefully keep it going.”
The last two years have had its problems due to COVID, however Cleary said that once COVID safe protocols and now vaccines have been administered, parents are signing up their children left, right and centre to play at Vermont.
“When everyone’s up to speed and it’s all working properly they’re more than happy for their kids to be playing sport, that’s what it’s all about, and we encourage it, it’s fantastic.”
“You get 150 kids cycling them through like we do, I think it’s a pretty awesome effort”.
They had a lot of players and sides last season, including three at the U16 level, with the ones making the semi finals in the RDCA U16-1 competition.
Some of those players played a bit at senior level in 2020/21, including in the thirds premiership.
“Our thirds last year the average age was about 18, and there was only one old player, Mick McMahon, he ended up captaining the side last year, he bumped it up because he’s about 45 or something so I think he bumped up the average a bit.
And whilst they retained most of them, Oliver Horlock has moved on to Premier Cricket at Ringwood, with Cleary happy to let these players go so they can pursue their dream of playing at a higher level.
“These boys are moving up through the ranks, and we encourage that and it’s great to see them play there so hopefully one day they’ll come back and put back into our club.”
In the seniors they’ve got a couple of recruits this year, with Trent Fitzgerald and Ben Gibson returning, as well as bringing in East Burwood duo Tharanga Jayawardhane and Weranga Bulathwala.
However, despite the signing of the spinner Jayawardhane, Cleary believes that Zane Gelsi will lead the way in the spinning department.
“He’s that keen on cricket he was devastated when he couldn’t keep training due to COVID. He loves the game; he’d play it every day of the week.”
They’ve also got a couple of new sponsors along, including Vermont Pizzeria, and Cleary has been thankful of their support the last few years.
“We’re very lucky with the sponsorship of the past players, we wouldn’t be able to operate with so many people without the input from these guys, they’re just magnificent.
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
CV have presented to more than 1000 people on Webinars this week and a lot of BHRDCA clubs and people attended.
The situation continues to evolve and change daily and Sunday will see further announcements. That will lead to more discussions next week where CV will ensure we are best placed to commence the season.
There are a number of guidelines around return to play where the initial Government advice did not make sense to cricket people. No spectators and no equipment sharing (especially for juniors) are good examples. CV are addressing these issues and seeking clarification.
Regional cricket is due to commence competition in mid October so we will have real data to help us start our season.
The next few weeks will provide greater clarity towards our goal of starting the season on November 14.
We ask all to hang in there, we are getting close to training and playing.
Stay safe. BHRDCA CoM
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
A new link has been established on the BHRDCA Website, under Club & Playing Resources > Policies > Safeguarding Children/Young People to provide an overview of the BHRDCA’s adoption of the new CA policy for safeguarding Children and Young people. It includes the PowerPoint presentation conducted by Clint Kennon (CV Cricket Mgr.) as a component of the new Policy and the extract of confirmation from the most recent BHRDCA CoM Minutes indicating that the policy was formally adopted by the CoM.
All Clubs are required to commence the processes associated with compliance of the policy immediately.
Further inquiries on the implementation of the policy at your Club should be directed to Clint Kennon (CV Cricket Mgr.) on 0473 040 593.