We held our regular monthly committee meeting last night, so time to bring you up to speed with developments at your club.
It was pleasing to see the positive response to our drive to get all unpaid memberships in. There are still a few outstanding but we’re becoming better and better as a club in this area, as we must strive to do always.
I can’t tell you enough how important these memberships are to our finances. Like everything else, we are not immune to what’s happening with the world economy.
Sponsorships have been very hard to come by this season and there’s no doubt that will only worsen in the year or so ahead.
The in-coming committee in 2009/2010 will need to look at different ways to raise funds, and to keep costs down.
Our finances, as always, were helped by the Major Raffle. Again, our sincere thanks to everyone involved and especially Graeme Chisholm and Tony Devlin. We’d be lost without their regular, annual contribution. And we’d also miss out on what is a bloody good day.
We have a major function on this weekend to celebrate the end of the regular home and away season.
The main feature of the evening will be the vote count for the Merriman Medal.
Every person who has played senior cricket during the year is eligible to win this highly prestigious award which was won last year by Russell Mitchell. This year, it could be you… So be at the clubrooms on Saturday night for the vote count, which will be done a bit like the Brownlow, with votes up on the screens and so on.
Remember that by being there, you are also respecting a family that has made a great contribution to our club over the years.
As we work for a better future we should always respect our past. In that regard, I am pleased to tell you that the new 5ths and 6ths honours board has finally arrived. There are some great (and also not so great) names on that 🙂
The social awards will also be handed out on Saturday night. These respect the fact that as well as trying to play cricket to the best of our ability every week, we try to have fun to the best of our ability too. Who will take the Platypus home on Saturday?
Saturday night is also probably one of the last chances to say goodbye to Mikey Comber before he heads off back to England on Tuesday. So come back to the rooms, have a meal and really make a night of out.
Speaking of meals, I am pleased to advise that we have retained the services of John and his team as club caterers for next season. John has also been signed up by the Ammo’s which offers him and us great opportunities for the 2009/2010 season.
In recent times, getting a caterer as we approach the season has been a headache for the committee. Happily that won’t be the case next summer.
By having a long term commitment from us, John will be able to really focus on looking at new options to provide a service that reflects what we need.
Having said that, what we have enjoyed this year hasn’t been bad. John has proven highly reliable and as he has got to know us better, tried to be as amenable as possible. This is a relationship worth supporting and building on.
Obviously, for some sides it is not the end of the season, and we wish Frank, Morgo and their teams all the best. Please do your best to get out and support these guys wherever possible.
In the junior area, I also want to wish all the best to those sides that are playing finals this week.
The junior presentation night is on March 25 in our club rooms and it would be great to see some senior players there as well.
Again, well done to Mark Turnley and his tribe of supporters and also to Dev Royce and his Milo In2Cricket colleagues for their efforts over the season. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback about those programs, all of which augurs well for the future.
While we are closing in on celebrating our centenary in the 2010/2011 summer, we are at the moment a very young club. We have hosts of juniors playing senior cricket, gaining experience, learning from a few wise old heads and hopefully getting ready to be the next generation of premiership players and successful administrators.
As I have said before, after surviving drought, defections, refurbishments and a whole host of amazing issues the past two or three seasons, our club has moved forward to hopefully another successful on field era..
That revival will only continue however, by a relentless commitment to hard work whether it be on the field or in our administrative efforts.
We have some major issues to address, including new practice facilities, improving income streams and reducing expenses.
Challenges that all sporting clubs will be facing up to in the current economic climate.
Our club will do it better than anyone else because we’re Newtown.
Good luck on the weekend and see you back at the rooms Saturday night.