Queensland Veterans Cricket
In 2008 the first steps to establish Over 60’s Cricket in Queensland were taken when Lew Cooper, now QVC Patron and Kevin Finlay his NSW colleague hatched a plan to contest an annual Over 60’s Cricket Challenge.
As cricket tragics each of them mustered a team of over 60’s players and they met and played the first match at Tenterfield just over the border in Blues territory. It resulted in a resounding Qld victory and the Cooper Finlay Cup accompanied them back to Brisbane.
It has been played annually each March and 2017 will mark the 10th anniversary. Such is its popularity that each State is expected to field 8 teams including 6 over 60’s and 2 over 70’s when they meet in 2017 at Redlands Cricket Club in Queensland.
Each year QVC teams trek to the National Championships with six teams making the journey to Perth for the 2016 Championships. Qld played in all five finals winning three National Championships.
How We’ve Grown
November 2009, marked the first occasion that a Qld team entered the National Championship staged in Launceston. By 2010 the Qld team was good enough to win their first National flag and since that time they have been National Champions in 2013 and 2015.
By 2014 the Over 70’s had grown in stature and were the national winners in Melbourne 2014 a feat that they repeated in 2016.
With some aggressive marketing and memberships drives, Queensland was able to enter 5 teams in the Nationals when the Championships were hosted on the Sunshine Coast in 2013.
Recently 6 teams participated in the 10th Nationals held in Perth. This was a great effort and raised the bar even higher as 5 of the 6 teams played in Grand Finals with Div 2, 3 and Over 70’s taking the flag in their respective matches.
In 2016 the Over 50’s joined our ranks and triumphantly won the inaugural Over 50’s National Championships when they defeated South Australia in the final. Queensland teams also finished 3rd and 4th in this event.
This year was a most dominant performance by the Queenslanders and it demonstrates an outstanding commitment and desire from players and administrators to continued performance improvement.
We now have over 250 players on our books.
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