Firstly, apologies for the delay in getting this month’s update out, things have been a little hectic for me of late.
We held our monthly meeting a couple of weeks ago and unfortunately we’re still chasing up some people who haven’t paid their memberships. If you’re one of those people, don’t wait to be asked – again. Get pro-active.
Get your name off the list. We’re not letting go on this one, so don’t think just because it’s the end of the season, you won’t be getting any further chase up. You will and you won’t be playing next summer until it’s paid.
Devon Royce reported on his recruiting efforts so far. We hear that there are a lot of people out there who would like to come and play for us.
There are others we might want to chase. As ever it’s a fine balancing act – mixing seasoned recruits with the youngsters we’ve got coming through – and Dev is the man for the job.
Speaking of the juniors, at our meeting, Mark Turnley confirmed that he would be stepping aside as Junior Co-Ordinator.
I would like to publicly thank Mark for all his work in recent years and our club will be indebted to “Turtle” for many years to come. He has gone above and beyond in his role.
His departure begs the question: Who will be his replacement?
We are looking for volunteers for what is a demanding role, but a highly satisfying one. And the good news is that Mark is willing to be a mentor.
So if you’re a Mum – this role is not gender specific by any means – or a Dad with a child or children in our junior program, and would like to play a vital part in its continuing success, let us know now.
One thing we’ve identified is that sponsorship will be a big future challenge for the club. The Global Financial Crisis will impact on us, just like it has everything else.
Fortunately, we are better placed than a lot of other GCA clubs, some of whom we hear on the grapevine are just getting by week to week.
Nevertheless, we cannot be complacent. Finding fresh revenue streams, and finding spending efficiencies, will be a high priority for the next committee.
Like Mark Turnley, I am stepping down as President, but also like Mark, I am happy to help the new President and her/his committee out in an advisory role.
The past 5 years have been hard work but they have also been equally rewarding and I would like to thank everyone for the privilege it has been to serve as your present over that time.
In particular I would like to thank Warwick Hadfield, Brett Bentley, Devon Royce, Mark Giles, David Barnes, David Murray, Gavan Clark, Greame Taylor and Greg Wells for their support during my tenure.
Our annual meeting is in June which is not that far away now. Please consider taking up a role on the committee so that our club can continue to flourish.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Morgo and the rest of the 5th XI one more time. What a great win it was, all over on day one. Those are the moments we all work for, playing in finals, then grand finals, then winning them.
At Presentation Night we continued with the awarding of trophies to individual average winners in the 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 5ths and 6ths. The Wells and Hassett medals honour the average winners in the First XI and we wanted to show that the lower grades are an equally important part of the club.
We introduced this last year because we wanted to make a strong statement about Presentation Night being about the players.
Over the years, there has been some criticism that, because we presented two major awards on the night that more often than not went to administrators, it was all about the committee giving itself a pat on the back.
The Merriman Medal is now at least equal to, if not more prestigious than, those two awards. It is for the Newtown and Chilwell Cricketer of the Year and this year it went, deservedly, to Alex Stanley.
We all know it is a fantastic thing to have your name up in gold letters on the honour board, but we believe it is equally important to be able to take something home as reward for your fine efforts over the summer.
Andrew Green and Devon Royce took out the honours for the Jim Perry and Syd Johnston trophies respectively. Both of these guys have shouldered an enormous workload over the past year and I am forever grateful to them for their fantastic support and assistance.
We also had a special guest at presentation night – one of our club’s finest players and administrators, David Shaw.
He unveiled a new honour board showing the almost 100 years of our club’s history.
The names on that board don’t just tell the history of N&CCC but that of our city, and in some cases, our country. Our first secretary, A.A Connor gave his life for his country at the Battle of Fromelles and is buried in a military cemetery in Calais.
His name looking down on us from the walls of the club rooms will help us all to keep things in perspective.
Until next season, go Two Blues.