Up To The Stumps

Well the Cricket bats have been oiled and put away, carpet wickets rolled up and stored and player's minds have been turned to the winter sports mainly golf or Aussie rules, so I thought I'd have a final word with those in the corridors of power.

President Anthony Martin saw the season as a few gains and a couple of losses.

He saw the gains as lifting the profile of cricket with the successful staging of the Masters match, where locals could mingle with the greats of yesteryear.

"And it doesn't hurt to have the National team doing well also," Anthony Martin said.

"We have succeeded in reintroducing representative cricket to our schedule and were a bit unlucky not to bring home some silverware," he said.

He went on to say the other pluses are the relaying of the centre square at Central Park, improved ground conditions at Alexandra Oval, introduction of the Junior Cricket Academy to compliment the Maddocks squad, the re-emergence of Elmhurst CC, and the appointment of Garry Cunningham as secretary to replace outgoing secretary Jakob Davis, the election of Jodie Grinham as assistant secretary and the introduction of a pennant committee to run the competition.

The down side of the season was the early loss of Wickliffe-Lake Bolac and the subsequent loss of Youth Club's B side, the resignation of vice president John Malligan due to work commitments, and the frustrating regular occurrences of forfeits which even extended to the premier team,Tatyoon forfeiting one game.

"We are looking at a scheme where those club teams who forfeited games during the season will be asked to pay a surcharge on re-nominating that team. Such surcharge to be forfeited if a certain number of forfeits is reached and refunded if there are no forfeits," Martin said.

Secretary Garry Cunningham said it was a learning curve but he had enjoyed the year, particularly as his own club Chalambar had re-emerged as a power.

Jodie Grinham said it was a similar learning curve for her and an eye-opener as to the running of the GCA.

Treasurer Scotney Hayter said the Grampians had a successful financial year and resources were in good shape, although he did complain about some clubs being a little recalcitrant in paying and updating on MyCricket.

Junior representatives Rhonda North and Jakob Davies were thrilled with both the increase in junior teams and success of the Junior Cricket Academy, and Athol Fraser (Maddocks Squad) was a little frustrated in organising the visit from Steve, due to the hot weather, but hoped to organise some winter activity.

Grampians Cricket Umpires Association Advisor and Pennant Committee member Trevor McKinnis was looking for more umpires next season,.

He believes the Association should look to the best ground scenario rather than the top team - home final that exists.

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