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 2018/19 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 working hard lately to ensure that my injuries won't affect my on-field performance and help ensure that we have a cracker of a season in the A2 competition - the highest we've ever been!

The First and Second XI players have already started training and I can see that the lads are up for a good season.  Pre-season training starts for the entire Senior playing group starts at Mega Courts on Tuesday 4 September 2018. There will be four 2 hour sessions from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on 4, 11, 18 and 25 September.  If you can't come for the full two hours each session please come down for the time that you can.  As in previous seasons the Club will be ask for a donation from each attendee to help cover the costs.  It takes a lot of money to run the Club as you can see here.  The sooner you get your membership fees in, the sooner the Club can purchase more equipment to improve training.  Please note that you are not covered by the Club's insurance if you have not paid a deposit.

At the 2018 Annual General Meeting I stepped down as the Club Secretary after 8 Seasons.  I have let the new Committee know that I will still be around.  I just needed a break from the day-to-day running of the Club.  I will continue to help out at Club functions, prepare wickets, stock fridges, help dig holes or move clay where required and the many other things that need to be done to make the Club function.  I encourage you all to do the same and not leave it up to the same few volunteers.  It is not just up to the Committee to run the Club.  The oversee the direction of the Club but they require help to make things happen.  When help is required, it will be advertised on the Club website, Team App and Facebook.  

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 the Club grow.  It's not just about the Seniors - the Juniors are a very important part of our Club.  No Club can survive without Junior members and their parents who coach, manage and support the teams.  For more information on Junior and Girls cricket, please click here.

At the start of last season I told you about the Jeff Emmel Spirit of Cricket Award .  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 eleventh (of 32 Clubs) on 91 points.  The winner (Reynella) scored 101.5 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, coaches and team managers 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.