A Message from the Club Captain

G’day all,

I am very proud to be named the A Grade (and therefore Club) Captain for the 2017/18 season.  It’s no secret that I suffer from back and knee problems – twenty years of wicket keeping will do that to you apparently – but I’d like to assure everyone that I would not have accepted the position if I didn’t think that I could last a game or the season.

I have been a Brumbie since I was 14 years old and the Club was 2 years old.  I have been at the Club for over 20 years and have seen some major changes.  We were a hard wicket club that played out of many different schools with no real home.  At one stage we had something like 7 or 8 Senior teams in the Para Districts Cricket Association.  Eventually we installed a hard wicket at Gleeson College and made it our home.  After playing for a season at Argana Park in Elizabeth, we installed a turf wicket at Gleeson College (which is now long gone) for the start of our second year in the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association (ATCA) in 2000/01.  Now we have a fantastic home ground at Harper’s Field and a second turf wicket at Wynn Vale Oval with one of the best views in the competition – another turf wicket that we installed ourselves.

Other things that have been achieved by the hard-working volunteers at our Club include:

  • Formation of the Golden Grove Sporting Club with Golden Grove Football Club.  This gave us access to the bar and kitchen at Harper’s Field and has helped to raise much-needed funds.
  • Growth of the Junior Club to the point where we now have 9 Junior teams (with this comes the challenge of finding match and training venues, appointing coaches and sorting out teams to try to keep friends together where possible).
  • Obtaining Level 3 Good Sports accreditation.
  • Installation of the hard wicket at Greenwith Primary School in conjunction with TTG Council.
  • Installation of the existing nets at Harper’s Field in conjunction with TTG Council.
  • Installation of artificial turf in the nets at Fairview Park Primary School and soon to install artificial turf in the nets at Banksia Park Primary School.  We are unable to use the nets at Gleeson College this season due to the construction works.  However, we have been in discussion with the college regarding ways to alter the nets to make them accessible next season.
  • Part-funding the kitchen renovation at Harper’s Field and paying for half of the installation of the veranda at Harper’s Field.
  • Installation of shipping containers at our home grounds for storage.
  • Construction of turf nets at Harper’s Field to begin soon.

You can see that off the field we have achieved so much.  On the field, we have won some Senior premierships and quite a few Junior premierships.  We all would like to see that continue. 

For those of you who don’t know, the ATCA inaugurated the Jeff Emmel Spirit of Cricket Award in 2009/10.  For each match in the A1, A2 and A3 competitions, the umpires award a maximum of 10 points for each team.  Last season Golden Grove finished equal sixth (of 33 Clubs) on 92.5 points, which is certainly something to proud of.  The winner (Reynella) scored 103 points.

This season - and in all future seasons - I would like to see us move up the rankings with the ultimate aim of winning the award.  To do this, we need all Senior and Junior players, coaches, managers and supporters to play, coach and watch the game within the Spirit of Cricket which can be found in the Preamble to the MCC Laws of Cricket:

Cricket is a game that owes much of its unique appeal to the fact that it should be played not only within its Laws but also within the Spirit of the Game. Any action which is seen to abuse this spirit causes injury to the game itself. The major responsibility for ensuring the spirit of fair play rests with the captains.

I accept this responsibility as captain and ask that you help me and all other captains to ensure that we play hard but fair.

I request that all members and supporters of the Club read the Spirit of Cricket to ensure that our Club gains a reputation for the right reasons.

Senior players:

After the match, please take the time to have a drink with the opposition team as well as your team mates.  Don’t just sit in the change room as a team and have a drink.  This is not only against ATCA by-laws, but it also is against liquor licensing regulations.  It is amazing how much of the on-field aggression and dissatisfaction can be quelled be having a drink and a chat.  One of my favourite cricket memories is a night some of the A Grade team from many years ago spent with the lads at Woodville Rechabite CC after a heated match.  We went back into their club rooms after the match and ended up spending a couple of hours with them.  We would have stayed longer, but they had a quiz night on and there were no spare tables. 

I wish you all the best for the coming season.  Remember that in the end it is just a game and that most people who serve on the Committee, coach or manage a team, prepare wickets or generally help out around the Club are volunteers who give up a lot of their free time.  Please remember that and ask yourself “What can I do to help?” before you criticise them.

I wish you all the best for the coming season.