PRESIDENT’S 2018 ANNUAL REPORT

I am pleased to present the sixth Annual Report for Queensland Veterans Cricket Inc. Thank you for making the time and effort to attend the AGM. We have had quite a deal to celebrate during the past year. I am sure you will concur as you this Report.

2017 QVC Team Achievements:

  • Competed against NSW in the Cooper Finlay Cup in the Redlands area in March 2017 with each State represented by 8 teams. (6 Over 60’s and 2 Over 70’s.) Won 11 out of 16 matches played, to win back the Cup which had eluded us for the previous 4 years. It was a great event and the Redlands Committee did an excellent job. Well done to Rob Gilbert and the team of volunteers.
  • Successfully conducted the Qld Veterans Regional competition in Division 1 & 2 involving a total of 10 teams.
  • Introduced Toowoomba and an additional Sunshine Coast team to Division 2 thus making it a 6 team Regional Competition.
  • Successfully conducted the Qld Veterans State Championships at Maroochydore.
  • The Geoff Dymock Shield (Division 1) was won by Sunshine Coast, very capably skippered by Peter McWhinney.
  • The President’s Shield (Division 2) was won by Toowoomba in their inaugural year in the competition with Ian Reimers at the helm.
  • Successfully conducted the Sunshine Winter Carnival on the Sunshine Coast in August with 16 participating teams. It is highly likely that this will become an annual event with Mackay hosting the event in 2018.
  • National Over 70’s Championships – Adelaide: Two Queensland teams and a third team comprising mainly Queensland players with a few West Australians participated in a very well organised event. This was the first time that the 70’s had been conducted without the presence of the 60’s. Unfortunately the Cyclones lost the Div 1 final to Victoria.
  • National Over 60’s Championships – Canberra: Successfully participated in the Nationals in Canberra with 4 Qld teams. Division 3 were the winners of the Brendan Lyon Shield. Congratulations to Maurie Werth and his team. Special thanks extended also to Sheldon Stackpoole for the therapeutic support that he provided for players during this event. This was a QVC first and proved very popular with players.
  • National Over 50’s Championships – Sydney: 1 participating team.
  • Overall Queensland entered 8 teams in 7 different divisions in National Events in 2017.

2017 QVC Individual Achievements:

  • David Baird Trophy won by Ian Petherick: Best performance by a Queensland Player at the National Championships 2017. Well done Ian
  • Congratulations to the following players on their selection in the Australian Over 70’s team to play the UK in March 2018: Ian Petherick V-Capt, Col Cooke, John Stackpoole. Standby players include Andy Farley and Brian Kratzmann.

Player Commitment:

  • The engagement and participation of Veteran Cricketers in Queensland continues to thrive. Such is the interest and growth in Regional centres that it is possible that both Toowoomba and Ipswich will enter the Div 1 competition in 2018.
  • The Over 50’s will conduct their first ever Regional Competition during 2018. Well done to Andrew Knight for his efforts with getting the 50’s into regular competition.

The success of the Cooper Finlay Cup continues to grow. Now in its 11th Year, 8 teams from each State will compete as Queensland strives to defend its title in Coffs Harbour in March 2018. Our Patron, Lew Cooper, who has had some recent ill health will be there to support our teams.

2017 Regional Co-ordinators:

Increasingly, Regional Co-ordinators and Assistant Co-ordinators are playing a bigger role in our operation. It is apparent that the future sustainable growth of Qld Veterans will be determined by the efforts of Regional personnel.

I would like to acknowledge and thank all Regional Co-ordinators and their assistants. All of them have played a key role in ensuring the success of their Region. Thanks to all personnel who have assisted with grounds preparation, team selection, scoring, umpiring, and ensuring that all visiting teams were welcomed into local communities.

2017 QVC Management Committee:

The QVC Management Committee has met on 11 occasions during 2017. I wish to thank the 2017 Management Committee Members for their commitment and huge effort throughout the year. Keith Christiansen – Vice president, Ross Chapman – Secretary, John Stackpoole – Treasurer, Gill Chapman – Player Co-ordinator, Lew Cooper – Patron, Ross Madsen – Registrar, Gary Madsen, Ross Adams and Andrew Knight – Age Delegates, have all made excellent contributions and I thank each of them for their ongoing efforts and support.

Apparel:

Tim Bevan has done a wonderful job since he has taken on the role of Apparel Manager for QVC. This has become a huge task and requires many hours of meticulous record keeping ensuring that the books balance. Thanks to Arthur Higgs who supports Tim in this role. Plans are underway to streamline this process with the introduction of a private supplier to supply all clothing. Details will be available soon.

Donation:

QVC is indebted to Chris Morton for his donation of 4 Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s). This now ensures that every Region will have a defibrillator in its possession from today and it is now up to each home team to ensure that an AED is present at each match. Chris, please accept the thanks of QVC members for this wonderful gesture.

Electronic Tablets:

Because of interest expressed by players, each Region will today be handed an Electronic Tablet to be used for scoring of Regional and National Championship matches. It is anticipated that some training will be provided to ensure the device is a useful tool for the Regions.

Veterans Cricket Australia – National Matters:

  • 2017 was the first occasion in which separate Championships were staged for Over 60’s and 70’s as a result of the increasing number of participating teams. The fact that in 2017, 32 teams participated in Canberra and 16 in Adelaide has ensured that these events will continue to be conducted separately.
  • 2018 will see the Over 50’s come under the VCA banner. A National over 50’s Championship will be staged in Orange from 29 March – 2nd April 2018. Queensland will have 5 participating teams, a great effort!
  • Sunshine Coast will host the National over 70’s from the 12th – 18th September. This will be the first occasion a 2 day break will be trialled for a National Championship.
  • The over 60’s National Championships will be held in Penrith from 11th – 15th November.
  • As President QVC, I have attended 3 Board meetings as your representative, in Melbourne, the Sunshine Coast and Canberra. VCA has paid some expenses in relation to these meetings.

International Events:

  • As mentioned earlier in this report the UK Over 70’s will visit Australia for a 10 match tour in 2018. Four of the matches will be staged in Qld. Queensland will host three ODI’s and a Day Night match in Caloundra. The Queensland over 70’s team will be advised in the near future.
  • Unfortunately there is no word yet on the likelihood of a National Over 70’s 2018 mid-year UK Tour.

Thank-you:

You will be aware that I have been elected President of Veterans Cricket Australia and will be standing down as QVC President following this meeting. As the inaugural President of QVC, and having been a member Seniors, now Veterans Cricket in Queensland since 2009, I am proud of what has been achieved to date. QVC is now firmly established and is a well respected cricket organisation in its own right. I wish our incoming President Keith Christiansen and the incoming QVC Committee a very successful future. Thank you to all who have supported me in my role as President and long may you continue to play the game we all love.

Kerry Emery

President

Queensland Veterans Cricket