MyCricket has been updated to reflect the new summer season and also all Club MyCricket Databases have been set to 2022/23. This will require all Clubs to confirm/reconfirm Roles and update Office Bearer records where applicable.
Minutes from the BHRDCA’s 131st AGM, held 31/5/2022 have been posted to the BHRDCA Website > Club & Playing Resources > Past Meetings > 2021/22 Meeting Minutes
After the 2022 BHRDCA AGM, the 2022/23 Senior Playing Rules have also been updated and posted on the BHRDCA Website >Club & Playing Resources > Rules & Regulations > Senior Rules
Good luck to all for the forthcoming 132nd BHRDCA season
All Delegates & Club representatives in attendance at Tuesday’s Annual General Meeting, held 31st May at Blackburn Cricket Club,
Following the BHRDCA AGM, it has been reported to the BHRDCA CoM by an Attendee that, on the following evening (Wednesday 1st June) they recorded a positive result to a Rapid Antigen Test for COVID-19.
It is recommended by the BHRDCA CoM that all attendees subsequently follow the Victorian Government COVID-19 Testing regime and report/escalate when/where applicable.
Hoping you are all safe & well
Please direct any further inquiries to the BHRDCA Admin Mgr.
All Teams should report to Grounds for their scheduled Semi Final matches for a normal start time today. Umpires and Captains are in charge of assessing ground conditions on a case by case basis, ensuring player safety is paramount and commencing play when/where possible.
Sunday is the designated Reserve Day, in order to complete any matches (continuing from Day 1) to achieve a 1st Innings result.
Good luck to all Clubs
Please note that Semi Final squads, inclusive of Player Permits, have now been confirmed prior to the weekend’s games.
The Permit Register is posted on the BHRDCA Website (Club Playing Resources > Match Permits).
NOTE: There is the potential for late additions to the Permit register after some Junior Clubs have reported COVID disruption among their members today. If required, the Permit Register will be updated during the course of this afternoon, prior to the commencement of Friday night Jnr S/F’s at 5 p.m.
Also note: Any player permitted to play in the Weekend’s S/F’s (Snr & Jnr Grades) is also automatically permitted to play in that Grade’s G/F match should their team be successful this weekend.
Good luck to all competing Semi Final Teams
All BHRDCA Senior & Junior Clubs,
All Semi Finalists and playing Venues have been determined by final MyCricket Ladder placings and/or where applicable (Grades with Bye Rounds) via Match Ratio Ladder placings. For a handful of matches, neutral venues were required and have been designated in place of the normal Home Venue, usually because the Home Club had a higher Graded team scheduled at their Home Venue.
For those teams who played in Grades with Bye Rounds, the Match Ratio Ladders at the completion of the H & A Season have also been uploaded to the BHRDCA Website (Club Playing Resources > Match Ratio Ladder)
Good Luck to all teams in the Finals…
A reminder to all Clubs – Tuesday 8th February is the commencement of the 2021/22 T20 Final series – All matches & venues have now been posted on MyCricket.
Re Qualification & Eligibility (Per BHRDCA T20 Rules)…
Eligibility: Players participating in the final series must have played at least two matches of the five preliminary rounds in that Grade or a lower Grade. (Permit conditions are applicable – refer to the T20 Rules for further info)
Good luck to all Teams participating in the Final Series
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