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President’s 2020/2021 End Of Season Report
In 2020/2021 with ongoing and changing restrictions due to COVID, we faced one of the most difficult seasons for the club. I am very proud of the way in which everyone responded to the challenges of this unusual time. The hard work and adaptability of everyone ensured that we both protected the safety of our players and members and still had a successful year both on and off the field.
The fabric of our club is built on the support given by so many of our volunteers who give their time to the club. A huge thanks goes to our captains, team managers and scorers for both senior and junior teams. To everyone on our committees; selection, general, junior and social, thank you for your professionalism. I believe we have a club administration to be really proud of. A special call out to Annie Driver, Jayne Elliott, Jenny Elliott and Jenny Agg who continued to provide meals on Thursdays and Saturdays for the players in difficult circumstances. I would also like to especially mention the work of Ash Sodamaco, Mark Browning and Shaun Cranny on the grounds this year, that was rewarded with hosting the First XI grand final. The ground and wicket looked a treat.
Finally, to the very hard working committee who have embraced the changes required to ensure the season’s success in a difficult year. Thank you for your support.
We were thrilled that the majority of our sponsors maintained their commitment to the club and we thank them for their continued support. We were also pleased to welcome a number of new sponsors. Please support these businesses that show their support of our club.
On the field, whilst a premiership eluded us, we had successful year. Congratulations to our First XI and Second XI, who showed the growing depth of the club and did us proud in the grand final.
There is nothing better than to see our juniors head off to play at higher levels and then return to the club. The return of Jack Driver to Captain our First XI, together with Matt Cherry, Second XI Captain and the experience and passion for the game of our Club Coach, Chris Bambury, have brought a new energy to the playing group. A highlight for me was the all of club combined training session (junior boys and girls, senior men and women) organised by Matt Cherry and run by our senior players. A great example of an inclusive club.
Our Third XI was again an important stepping stone for many of our juniors into senior cricket. Our thanks to Alexander Cust and the experienced senior cricketers in the Third XI who provide great guidance to our juniors on and off the field. Our Fourth XI team, ably led by Damien Barber, also had a successful year and played in the One Day Central (50) competition finals.
It was fantastic to be involved in the establishment of our first ever Senior Womens team in the Barwon Womens Cricket Association, 2nd Division. It has been wonderful to see the passion and dedication to learning the game from the girls, their involvement in the wider club and the support and encouragement from the wider playing group.
Our club continues to maintain focus on our developing juniors. The club fielded eight junior teams including three U11’s, two U13’s, one U15, one U17 and one junior girls team. We also ran very successful Woolworths Junior & Master Blaster programs. Our U17 team played off in the Grand Final, just missing out in one of the most thrilling junior games I have seen for a while.
Thank you to all of the efforts of our Junior Sub Committee & Coaches who are both developing fantastic young players and creating a great team environment of participation and fun.
It was great to see the installation of the electronic scoreboard this season. An important upgrade to our facilities enabling everyone to see the progress of the game and to promote our sponsors.
Finally, despite COVID, we have a great off field year with a number of successful social functions and recognition of our past players and sponsors. A highlight was the Christmas Party and the running of the inaugural Shark Christmas Gift, which brought together everyone at our club Senior and Junior Players, families and friends.
Personally I feel particularly fortunate to be surrounded by such great people all who love our club and are committed to its success on the field and in our community. I look forward with excitement to next season.