Dear QVC Colleagues,
I would like to thank all those members who attended the AGM/GM last Sun (04 Feb) despite the cricket matches on the same day being cancelled. We had a great turnout to support these important meetings. The following QVC Management Committee positions were confirmed on the day:
Patron: Lew Cooper
President: Keith Christiansen
Vice-President: Rod Rice
Secretary: Ross Chapman
Treasurer: John Stackpoole
Registrar: Ross Madsen
O50s Age Delegate: Andrew Knight
O60s Age Delegate: Ross Adams
O70s Age Delegate: Ian Petherick
Operations Manager: vacant – contact me if you are interested in role.
Selectors for each age group: To be confirmed at next Management Committee Meeting on 23 Feb. Congratulations to all those new members of the Management Committee!

A special thanks was made at the meetings to recognise the major contributions made by both Kerry Emery as President and Gill Chapman as Operations Manager who have now stepped aside from those positions.

Unfortunately, our Pink Stumps Day was also effected by the match cancellation so we have decided to transfer the day to our next games scheduled for Sun 25 Feb at Ipswich. You can still make separate donations through our online link as follows:

I would also like to take this opportunity to advise you of players selected in the QLD O70s Team to play the touring UK Team on Mon 12 Mar at Caloundra in a day/night format. Congratulations to all those selected:
Gary Madsen Captain
Nev Kratzmann V-C
Kerry Allen
George Blazak
John Deighton
Lex Farquharson
Jim Griffin
Brian Kratzmann
Des McKeever
Les Price
Ross Towner
John Williams

Col Hawken
Darryl Stewart
Dave Walton

Available if required
Tim Bevan
Ray Tiley

If you have some spare time on the day/evening please support our team at Caloundra!

Don’t forget there has been a change to our QVC website address, now: Thanks to John Norden and Greg Searle there is uptodate information on many of our major upcoming events so please keep checking this site. Of note, we have the ‘Winter’ Carnival being held at Mackay in Aug18 so you need to think about your availability for that event. Teams are being organised now so Regional Coordinators will be calling for nominations shortly if not already. Sunshine Coast have already nominated one team.

On a personal note, I am looking forward to my time as QVC President. It will be a ‘hard act to follow’ after Kerry! Notwithstanding, Kerry and Gill and others have established strong foundations for us to go forward. I am very confident that I will be well supported in the role by a strong management committee and the broader membership. Please feel free to contact me or a committee member with your ideas or concerns.

Best regards
Keith Christiansen
QLD Veterans Cricket


Dear Qld Veterans Cricketers,

Welcome to this update which will outline some of the key events ahead in 2018. Please note them in your Diary.

By the way, how good were our Cricketers in retaining the little urn at the WACA?



1. Special Announcement: Congratulations to Ian Petherick, Colin Cooke, John Stackpoole who were named in the Australian Over 70’s team to play against the Touring UK Over 70’s in March 2018. Brian Kratzmann and Andy Farley have been named as standby players for ODI’s 3, 4, 5.

Full team details:
Arthur Pritchard (Capt), Ian Petherick (VCapt), Cuthbert Berenger, Colin Cooke, Roger Edmund, John Fryer, Greg Johnson, Ron Kasputtis, Ron Lovel, Wavell McPherson, Tim Spear, John Stackpoole, Trevor Stephens
ODIs 3, 4 and 5: Robin COURT, Andrew FARLEY, Brian KRATZMANN, Phil SMITH

2. 04 February 2018 – Annual General Meeting and Trial Day 1.
The AGM for Qld Veterans cricket will be held on the 4th Feb at Maroochydore Cricket Club commencing at 8.30 am. The meeting will be followed immediately by the first Trial matches for Cooper Finlay 2018. We have scheduled 4 trial matches for this day which will also feature a promotion for Pink Stumps Day and Breast Cancer. In addition we have invited some of the State’s top women cricketers to join our teams. It is anticipated that each team will have 2 women playing for them. QVC will host the Women Cricketers on this Day. We have committed to raising funds for Breast Cancer so a great turn out by members would be appreciated.
Note 1: The format will include 3 over 60’s matches and 1 over 70’s match.
Note 2: The teams will be selected for these matches, not Regional Teams
Note 3: Please advise your Regional Coordinators asap if you are available.

3. 25 February 2018 – Trial Day 2.
It has been confirmed that Trial Day 2 matches will be held at Ivor Marsden Fields at Ipswich. Mr Bruce Raleigh the President, has made 4 fields available for this day. Again we would like all Cooper Finlay players to participate. It appears that Ipswich will have sufficient numbers to make a team and given that this will probably be their first match, we will try to keep them together as a team.
Note 1: The format will include 3 over 60’s matches and 1 over 70’s match.
Note 2: The teams will be selected for these matches, not Regional Teams except Ipswich.
Note 3. Please advise your Regional Coordinators asap if you are available.

4. Cooper Finlay 19th and 20th March 2018 Coffs Harbour.
It’s on again………….the annual COOPER – FINLAY State of Origin Challenge – QLD V NSW!!!!!
In 2018 the challenge will be held in Coffs Harbour on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th March. The Blues will be out to get us after their comprehensive defeat at Redlands earlier this year. We will require in excess of a hundred players so your support of this important event would be appreciated.
Note 1. The format will include Div 1, Div 2, and Div 3 City & Country Teams – 6 teams in all and Over 70’s City and Country Teams.
Note 2. Please advise your Regional Coordinators asap if you are available.

5. Separate memos will be issued early in 2018 to provide greater details about each of the above events.

6. 2018 Regional Calendar:
At the time of preparing this update the Regional Calendar is currently being finalised. It is expected that the Calendar will be approved at the January MC meeting and then released to members. Our thanks go to Ross Madsen and Gill Chapman for putting in a lot of time preparing this document. Thanks also to the Regional and Assistant Coordinators for providing feedback. Discussions are continuing.

7. Dates to be noted:
Over 50’s championships will be held in Orange NSW from 29 March to 02 April 2018.
Over 70’s National Championships will be held on the Sunshine Coast from 12 – 18 September 2018.
Over 60’s Championships will be held in Penrith NSW from 11th – 15th November 2018.
Over 60’s Sunshine Carnival, Mackay Sunday 05 – Thursday 09 August 2018.
8. Thank you from QVC.
Gill has advised that he will not be continuing in his role in 2018. He has indicated that he will be travelling for a considerable amount of time during the year and that it will be impossible for him to undertake the role that he has done. Since 2011 Gill has been the ‘bread and butter’ which has held QVC together. He has been the ‘go to person’ when someone needed assistance or advice. On behalf of the members I want to thank Gill for his untiring efforts to make QVC the leading Veterans Cricket organisation in the country.
Members have previously been advised that I will be standing down as President of QVC at the AGM, a position I have held since inception. I have taken this decision as I have been appointed President, Veterans Cricket Australia. Further to this it is time for renewal within the leadership ranks of QVC. I am very pleased to advise that Mr Keith Christiansen has accepted nomination as President at the 2018 AGM. The Management Committee will discuss all positions at its January meeting.