Kerry Emery was instrumental in the formation of cricket for seniors in Queensland. This came about from his involvement in assisting Lew Cooper to arrange the second match played by Queensland Over 60 players against New South Wales at Tenterfield in March 2009 and then making all the arrangements for Queensland to play in the 2009 National Championships in Launceston. This involved contacting the organising committee in Tasmania, selecting accommodation, touring clothing and recruiting the Queensland players. The team of thirteen included four former Queensland first class cricketers with the balance made up of players from around South-East Queensland.
Following on from this successful venture, Kerry then took on the role of increasing the player numbers and strength so much so that in 2010 Queensland won the trophy with Kerry playing a pivotal role in the final.
With interest increasing Kerry recognized that it was important for Queensland players to be formally organized and set about establishing Queensland Seniors Cricket as an incorporated legal entity. This involved establishing contact and agreement with Queensland Cricket to formulate an acceptable constitution and structure. In 2011 Queensland Seniors Cricket Inc (now Queensland Veterans Cricket-QVC) was formed with Kerry as president. He held this position until February, 2018, a position that required him to also be a board member of the national body, Veterans Cricket Australia. He has continued since to actively serve on the management committee of QVC as its past president.
From the beginning of 2013, Kerry took on the position of national president for two years. With Queensland selected to host the 2013 National Championships, a great amount of time was required of him and also his wife, Helen. The 2013 Championships attracted over 400 players with 32 teams competing and 600 attending the championship dinner and were recognized by all as the best ever held so much so that many requests were made for Queensland to host the event every second year! Queensland was again successful in winning the Division 1 Trophy and Kerry was a key player in that team, so much so that he gained selection in the Australian team to tour South Africa in February 2014.
From November 2017 to November 2019 Kerry again became the National President and oversaw the introduction of Over 50’s into the National body, greater recognition from Cricket Australia, introduction of national awards, definitive roles and responsibilities of Board positions and a Strategic Plan. All states including Queensland have benefited greatly from his efforts as VCA president.
During Kerry’s presidency of QVC he has overseen the growth of Queensland Seniors Cricket from a dozen or so part time players in the mid 2000’s to over 450 players who regularly participate in a series of inter-district matches that has required setting up a modern administrative and management organisation. He was primarily involved in setting up the QVC Sunshine Carnival in July 2017 on the Sunshine Coast for teams from southern states to spend time in Queensland during winter with 300 players and partners involved. This carnival has since moved to Mackay with Kerry at the helm and assisted by Gill Chapman spreading the QVC message to North Queensland and then reinforcing this by travelling with the QVC expansion team on the May 2019 tour from Bundaberg to Cairns.
Of course, no one person can do all of this on his own but Kerry has the rare and unique ability to foster support and effort from those around him. It is this ability that sets him apart from others as an administrator. He is highly respected by his peers within Queensland, Australia and overseas. He has been instrumental in securing local government financial support for QVC events on the Sunshine Coast and Mackay. His knowledge and contact support bases are of invaluable assistance to our aims.
On the playing field Kerry has been a key member in early Queensland Division 1 Championship wins with his bowling and more recently in Division 2 teams. He is a true competitor on the field, always playing the game as it should and a great ambassador for veteran’s cricket off the field.
Kerry well and truly deserves recognition as a Life Member for the exceptional efforts he has made to Queensland Veterans Cricket since its inception.