Victoria O50s will play against Sth Australia at Kensington Oval in Adelaide next Tuesday Feb 12th
Congratulations to Ken Trollope who is still playing seniors in RDCA will represent Victoria in this fixture along with other past RDCA legends as in the team below:
Brendan Ricci (Captain) (Mooroolbark)
Bill Blair (VC)
Craig Gislingham (Vermont)
Ken Trollope (Mooroolbark)
Nick Bole-Brown (Eastfield)
David Booth (Upway Tecoma)
The following Tuesday they play in Geelong v Tasmania with that team to be finalised.
Thankyou to Peter White of Veterans Cricket Victoria for supplying us with the information and see below a potted history of Veterans Cricket in Victoria and what is on the immediate horizon:
Over the past 23 years, Veterans Cricket (O40/50 & 60 age groups) has grown steadily in a number of Melbourne Metropolitan Assns. Since 2012, Cricket Australia have shown a fair bit of interest in the Veterans Cricket concept and several meetings were held between a number of State bodies and local Association stakeholders. As a result of these meetings a number of resolutions were agreed with Cricket Australia’s endorsement namely:
The terminology to be used shall be Veterans Cricket not Seniors;
Veterans Cricket was for players Over 50 years of age; Standard age groups are to be developed for Over 50 / 60 and 70 years of age;
Model rules to be developed for all states and territories; Annual Australian Championships to be held in each age group;
Australian sides to be selected post championships with possible international opponents;
Primary focus to be on health, safety, fun and competition In 2016 a Memorandum of Understanding was agreed, in which Cricket Australia officially placed the responsibility for the development and control of Veteran’s Cricket in the hands of the newly formed Veterans Cricket Australia (VCA) organization, with all States and Territories undertaking to form local affiliates for their state, in our case Veterans Cricket Victoria (VCV). Of the above Metropolitan Assns., only the Box Hill Reporter ran dedicated O50 grades under their brand-name which also included teams from the RDCA and ECA. It was agreed by their Committee of Management, to affiliate with VCV and with excellent support from the other Eastern Region Associations (ECA, RDCA and FTGDCA) 3 X O50 grades (21 teams) took the field in the inaugural VCV O50 Competition for the 2017-18 season and this grew to 36 teams for the 2018-19 season. Geelong and District are currently working on generating interest in forming another Over 50 competition in the Western area and Gippsland are also showing some interest. Whilst they were in essence a non-competitive organization, VOSCA had for the past 13 years been running O60 carnivals (along with sides from NSW, Qld, SA and WA being invited) and had selected unofficial Australian teams to compete overseas with limited endorsement from Cricket Australia.
In 2018, an Official National Over 50s Championship was run over the Easter period in Orange, NSW, hosted by Veterans Cricket New South Wales, at which Victoria took out the A Grade National Title. This was followed by a second Australian titles in Brisbane in November 2018 which was also used as the basis for selection of an Australian team, which successfully competed in World Cup 1 in Sydney against 7 other nations.
It was fantastic to see three Victorians being crowned as World Champions namely Bill Blair (Vic Sub District), Craig Gislingham (Box Hill Reporter) and Darren Hill (RDCA). The 3rd Australian O50 Championships will be held in November 2019 in Perth and planning for World Cup 2 to be held in Capetown, Sth Africa in 2020 is already well underway.
Veterans Cricket Australia appreciates that whilst the gene pool of Over 50 players is spread wide and thin across Victoria for some dedicated O50’s competition to be staged, we are committed to ensuring that all O50 players still active in these areas, are afforded the same opportunity to represent their State and be eligible for National selection, something hitherto not available to non First Class players.
We are acutely aware that there are a number of excellent Over 50 players still playing for their clubs in Saturday cricket and we are looking to spreading the message as far and wide as we can, that this opportunity exists for all players irrespective of the competitions in which they are currently playing.
Victoria O50s will play against Sth Australia at Kensington Oval in Adelaide on Feb 12th and then host Tasmania in Geelong at Grovedale Reserve on Feb 19th in what will become annual fixtures in future years
On the local scene, we have a very vibrant competition of 4 grades (36 teams) vying for Premiership honours.
Veterans Cricket has been very lucky to have Saxon Sports and Paul Attfield as their major sponsor and our Premier Competition is known as the Saxon Sports Shield in recognition of the support and encouragement we have had from Paul and his team.
Posted by Dave Raggett
Information courtesy of Peter White Veterans Cricket Victoria