PRESIDENT’S REPORT – MAY, 2019
I am writing this short update from Cairns at the end of our very successful QVC Northern Tour to promote veterans cricket in Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns where we participated as part of the Great Barrier Reef Masters Games. We can now confidently say that the word is out about veterans cricket in these centres with very positive support for our plans to grow our numbers beyond Sth QLD. In each place we now have a point of contact (Regional Coordinator) to maintain good communication as part of our QVC network. We can also expect strong support from the QC representatives in these regions. It is now likely that we will have players from these centres to participate in the Mackay Winter Carnival (Jul), our finals weekend in Sep, possibly some individuals at the Nationals in Nov and the Cooper-Finlay Cup in 2020.
We are now considering the possibility of a similar tour next year with 2 x teams.
I would like to thank all the tour members including our Patron Geoff Dymock and his wife Merle for their support and significant contributions both on and off the field to promote veterans cricket. They were all great ambassadors for QVC and the spirit of veterans cricket. More details of the tour can be found in the next edition of the Newsletter. In summary, the team won 5 from 7 matches including a clean sweep in Cairns against much younger teams and awarded a Gold Medal as a result. A big well done to all and a big thank you to Rod Rice as organiser and tour leader! QVC is very lucky to have someone of Rod’s organisational skills, energy and drive!!
Farewell to QLD Players in Aust O60s UK Tour
Our contingent of six QLD players selected for the O60s UK Tour will be departing in the near future. These players include:
Mark Gaskell (Aust Captain)
Our very best wishes for a successful tour and a chance of a lifetime to represent Australia in Tests against England and Pakistan.
2020 O60s World Cup – Sunshine Coast
VCA has recently asked QVC to host this inaugural event in Oct/Nov 2020 following-on from hosting the O60s National in Sep that year. This is great opportunity and a big challenge organising and hosting two major events close together. We would certainly welcome any assistance on the organisation committees for these events. Send me an email if you are interested in helping out.
Good cricketing and good health!!