After fielding a few calls early this season re COVID-19 considerations, the BHRDCA CoM has created a Rule consideration document within which is further clarification/information on the application of the BHRDCA Senior Grade Rules as applicable to the COVID-19 impacted 2021/22 season.
The new document can be located at > Club Playing Resources > Rules & Regulations > Senior Rules
There has also been a new Header tab added “Around the Wickets” added to the BHRDCA Website, where Media posts re Match Day activities, results & records will be posted (in addition to them being posted on BHRDCA Social Media outlets)
Please ensure the additional Rule considerations are passed onto any Captains/Team leaders for their benefit.
The BHRDCA CoM, on behalf of its Clubs wishes to record the passing of esteemed Association Life Member; Len Monette.
Len was first became engaged in the BHRDCA as a player at Vermont & then East Burwood Methodists (Uniting) in the 1960’s & 70’s, then served as a member of the BHRDCA Umpires Association for over a decade before becoming the Association Treasurer for 18 terms between 1986/87 and 2003/04.
He was honoured in 1992 with Life Membership of the BHRDCA and remained a regular presence at Association events, including the 125th Anniversary and the Annual Presentation night dinner’s held throughout the past two decades.
The BHRDCA offers its sincerest condolences to Len’s family, on the passing of a significant contributor to the competition.
The 2021/22 BHRDCA Fixtures for all four Shield Grades (Ray McIntosh Shield, Wilson Shield, Dorothy McIntosh Shield and Peter White Shield) have now been released on MyCricket.
We expect the remaining Senior Grade Fixtures (A Grade to J Grade), to be released over the next week or so, pending final affiliation, grading consideration & checking which is being worked through at present.
Good luck to all competing teams
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
Posted to the History & Records page of this Website is the most recent update to the Heritage records of the competition . The BHRDCA Historian; Andy Lambert, has now compiled detailed Association records between 1890 and 1975.
The update includes significant additions coming from repositories accessed & updated from the Bulleen Templestowe and East Box Hill Cricket Club’s and major discoveries of BHRDCA match reports and details in ‘The Local Advertiser’ (1950’s) and Doncaster Mirror (1970’s).
The Heritage Committee has also compiled the full record of “Len Toogood Medal” Winners (commenced 1980), with the missing recipients on the list now down to the last 10.
If you or your Club has any details of Winners associated with the following seasons 1980/81, 1984/85, 1987/88, 1988/89, 1997/98, 1998/99, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2003/04 & 2012/13, please contact the BHRDCA Administration Manager to discuss further.
The BHRDCA CoM is saddened to advise of the passing of its esteemed Life Member; Peter White, who passed away on Monday evening (16/8) after a long health battle.
Peter’s contribution to cricket across the BHRDCA for over 30 years and in more recent years to Veterans Cricket Victoria is beyond comparison…
He arrived from New Zealand in the 1970’s and commenced playing District Cricket at Hawthorn East Melbourne and then locally with the Eley Park Cricket Club, where his administration talents soon came to the fore. He served terms as both Secretary and President and then was honoured with Life Membership of his Club.
In the late 1990’s Peter followed through these efforts with the initiation of Veterans cricket in the BHRDCA and until recent years single-handedly oversaw the growth for over 40 year old’s and then over 50 year old’s in the sport to unprecedented levels anywhere in Australia. He dedicated his life to bringing Veterans Cricket to players and clubs in the Eastern suburban corridor until in recent years, under his stewardship, it formed the basis of the Over 50’s competition now participating statewide under the Veterans Cricket Victoria management body.
His contribution to the BHRDCA Committee of Management was enormous and spanned over three decades with terms served as Junior Coordinator and Secretary all while serving as Veteran’s Coordinator for 20+ seasons. Peter’s humble, inclusive and measured approach was appreciated by all who met him along the way and his significant contribution to the BHRDCA was recognised by Life Membership in 2011.
With the formation of Veterans Cricket Victoria (VCV), he led the charge for a national presence at the Veterans Cricket Australia table and again contributed significantly to Victoria’s part in the fastest growing part of the game today. He was awarded Life Membership of VCV in 2019
A lifetime of commitment and dedication to the game, its Associations, its clubs and its people whose loss will be felt by us all.
On behalf of the BHRDCA, its Life Members, Clubs and people, the Committee of Management offers its sincerest condolences to Sue, his boys and the White family on the loss of a great man and magnificent contributor to the BHRDCA and cricket in this State.
After ratification at the Special General Meeting (held at Blackburn Cricket Club 7th July, 2021), the Senior Competition Rules for the 2021/22 season have now been updated and placed on this Site > Club Playing Resources > Rules & Regulations > Senior Playing Rules
Thank you to all Clubs who contributed updates/revisions for the new Rules
As indicated at the BHRDCA Delegates Meeting held earlier this week, the MyCricket Season setting has now been updated to reflect 2021/22. The update to reflect this has also been applied to all BHRDCA MyCricket Club databases.
Your MyCricket Administrator should now update any Office Bearers, Registration information or other records for the new season accordingly.
The window for MyCricket Clearances and Transfers for season 2021/22 is also now open and these player movements can be carried out via the normal MyCricket process.