IMPORTANT developments have taken place during the off season in the Eurobodalla Cricket Association. The Batemans Bay Tigers Cricket Club has taken all of their senior and junior teams to the Nowra competition, as well as recruiting many cricketers from other clubs. This has effectively ended the Eurobodalla Competition for the coming season.
In order to preserve cricket in the local area, the Dalmeny Cricket Club has instigated a merger between itself, Tuross Cricket Club and the Bodalla Cricket Club. The new club will be called “Southern Eurobodalla Cricket Club” and will take part in the Far South Coast Cricket Association Competition for the 2013/14 season. The new club's head coach is Frank Caruana (ex Central Coast, ex Sydney First grade) who has recently relocated to Dalmeny.
The SECC has nominated teams in the A grade, B grade and C grade senior competitions, as well as Under 12's and Under 14's in the Junior competitions in the FSCCA.
Interest has been high among the players and executives within the three merger clubs and discussions have been positive and constructive. The SECC was last week unanimously and eagerly accepted into the FSCCA at their AGM. The FSCCA has a strong competition, with six teams in A grade, eight each in B and C grades and 12's and 14's in Juniors. The C grade competition is for Under 16's and veterans or perhaps fathers wanting a last chance to play with their sons (or even daughters!).
The SECC is holding a registration day and first official training session for both seniors and juniors on Sunday, September 1, between 2pm and 4pm at Dalmeny Oval. Training will be followed by a short meeting to determine office bearers and finalise organisation for the coming season. This will also be a good opportunity to meet the coach and get to know other players.
The FSCCA Competition begins on the second Saturday of October. A practice match has been organised with the Northern Power C.C. from the Central Coast on Sunday, September 22 at Dalmeny Oval, so pre-season training is essential.
The SECC is inviting all cricketers of all ages and all abilities in the local area, to attend the first training session, or make their intentions know, or enquire for more information by phoning Bob Zalfelds (interim secretary) on 4476 1441.