We are living in amazing and unprecedented times that are providing enormous challenges for everyone in every aspect of daily life.
Cricket may well be the least of those for some people and that is acknowledged.
Many clubs have had to cancel presentation day, or night, which is a tough call especially when we should be celebrating individual and team success.
Similarly, the BHRDCA presentation night, scheduled for April 3rd, cannot proceed in the current environment.
We do propose to hold this in the future and acknowledge those that have achieved success this season, our valued sponsors and other key stakeholders that are strong supporters of the association. The timing of this is, however, unclear today.
There has been emails sent to our sponsors in the interim thanking them for their support and assuring them that when the sun comes up again, we will be here and we hope our partnership continues. We will continue to promote them where possible via the website and social media. If an opportunity presents to support them then I am sure they would love to hear from anyone within the BHRDCA community, and let them know you are part of the BHRDCA community.
The CoM are planning as we normally would for the pre AGM and AGM although the challenge of how to hold those events is still to be resolved. No doubt clubs will be faced with similar challenges and we will work through the logistics as best we can or consider postponing the scheduled events based on Government advice and rules imposed.
We trust that everyone, and your loved ones, stay safe through the turmoil and we all get out the other side bigger and stronger. With the absence of AFL and many other local sports, it underlines what an important role sporting clubs play in the local community and why so many volunteers give their time to ensure it is a thriving and vibrant environment within each club. It will be a great day when the clubs are populated and buzzing again.
Let’s stay the course together and look out for each other.
BHRDCA UPDATE ON KOOKABURRA RAY McINTOSH SHIELD GRAND FINAL
After much deliberation and debate, the decision is not to continue day two of the game.
There has been a lot of information presented this week, and continues to be so. From Federal and State Government, peak state and national sporting bodies, other cricket associations and some of it is conflicting and varying.
The decision not to play is a unified one between the two competing clubs, umpires, host club East Burwood and the Committee of Management.
There is no right or wrong decision in the current environment and everyone has a situation that is slightly different and needs consideration.
As per the BHRDCA rules, Forest Hill CC are Kookaburra Ray McIntosh Shield premiers for 2019/20.
The CoM would especially like to acknowledge the outstanding leadership of respective clubs presidents in Andrew Grealy (HCC) and Ken Thomas (FHCC) this week in gathering as much information as possible, convening meetings and capturing all points of view within their respective clubs to arrive at a decision.
All BHRDCA Clubs,
As we are aware, the 2019/20 Junior Presentation night was cancelled due to the impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) issue being experienced across Australia at present. Nevertheless, we still had a season that saw some great cricket and excellent results and achievements by Clubs, Coaches, Association representatives and players alike.
The BHRDCA CoM is pleased to advise the winners of all 2019/20 Awards (refer link below) and will ensure the presentation of Premiership Pennants & Medals, Trophies and other awards for the 2019/20 season will be made at a time and place to be arranged, when hopefully life returns to normal for all of us in future.
Congratulations to all Premiers & Award winners
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BHRDCA & COVID-19 Update
As you are aware, COVID-19 has thrown everyday life into chaos as facts are presented and recommendations made by Government, councils and national sporting bodies.
There are different views on how to manage this for sporting bodies and indeed different plans of action invoked.
A major challenge is the continually evolving information flow and the unprecedented scale of impact to our communities; be that family, work or recreational.
Self isolation, social distancing, reporting immediately if you feel unwell, increased hand sanitisation are constant messages designed to curb the spread and to help manage the virus.
Currently the BHRDCA has cancelled the President’s lunch this Saturday with an announcement on Junior Presentation night in the next 36 hours. An announcement on the Senior Presentation night will be made next week.
We are working with various bodies regarding day two of the Kookaburra Ray McIntosh Shield Grand Final this Saturday at East Burwood. We would like to be able to complete the match but also understand this possibility may be taken out of our hands.
There will be updates as soon as possible, whilst appreciating we are not necessarily the sole decision maker in most instances.
We appreciate your patience in these unheralded times and hope everyone stays safe and can look after each other.
Pat Lambert – BHRDCA Umpire
Richard Harford – Templestowe CC
Danny O’Shea – East Box Hill CC
All BHRDCA Clubs, officials & players
UPDATE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Health and Hygiene guidelines for Victorian cricket
As you will be aware, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared COVID-19 Coronavirus at pandemic level internationally.
To reduce the risk of person-to-person transmission of the Coronavirus disease, Cricket Victoria seeks the support of all people involved in the game (whether they be playing, support staff, administrators, volunteers or others) in taking note of the below actions to promote higher levels of sanitisation and individual hygiene.
At this point in time there is no advice that cancellation or postponement of these local fixtures is required, however we urge everyone involved in Victorian cricket to exercise a caution and common-sense approach to their training and match day setups.
The below measures should be put into effect now by all Victorian cricket teams to reduce the spread of all illnesses, including COVID-19:
- Hand sanitiser to be available in team rooms and players/staff encouraged to use it as well as completing hand washing prior to meals
- Players should avoid using saliva as a method of shining the cricket ball
- All players with any form of respiratory or associated illness or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should self-isolate and report this immediately to medical staff and be quarantined from training and all matches until assessed and cleared. Players and coaches should not attend training while ill.
- Do not share drinks, towels, lip balm, sunscreen with others (bring your own)
- Limit change room and training attendance to staff who have an operational reason to be there
- Limit sharing of cricket equipment (other than the ball)
The best way to protect yourself and your family is to pay attention to good hand and respiratory hygiene.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, or cough into your elbow, dispose of the tissue into a bin and then wash your hands afterwards.
- Wash your hands regularly, after using the toilet and before eating.
- If you have concerns about your health, please see your doctor.
- Healthcare workers are advised to use appropriate infection prevention control measures when looking after patients.
For the latest advice and further information please visit:
Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website
Federal Health Department website
KOOKABURRA RAY MCINTOSH GRAND FINAL live stream link.
Watch from wherever you are on most devices.
Leigh Newey – East Box Hill Captain – Special Guest Co Host
Jim – Topline Cricket Sponsor
Aaron Walter – Heatherdale CC Captain
Richard Harford – Templestowe CC President
Please note MyCricket has been updated to reflect the provisional Grand Final venues for all Senior & Junior grades.
NOTE: These will be subject to Local Council approval from Boroondara, Manningham & Whitehorse Councils, which we expect to receive in the next 24 -48 hours
Good luck to all competing Clubs
Further to the note below, after the inspection of a number of Semi Final venues and the continuing drizzle/rain which has saturated venues today, the BHRDCA CoM has reluctantly called off tonight’s Junior cricket.
Further communication re playing conditions for Friday night, should the current conditions persist, will be advised by Friday 11:00 a.m.
All Junior Clubs, please note that in light of the extreme conditions apparent & forecast today/tonight, the BHRDCA CoM will determine by 2:00 p.m. today, whether Day 1 of the Semi Finals will be played or not.
- If no play is possible tonite, Day 2 (Friday 6/3/2020) will revert to a One Day match played under One Day rules (Refer BHRDCA Junior Section Rules)
- In the event that Friday is also impacted by weather conditions (which are currently forecast) and the commencement of play is delayed, the match may be reduced to a minimum of 30 overs (15/team) to provide a result
- Any further time lost after that reduction and/or if no play is possible, the two highest finishing teams will be promoted to the respective Grand Final matches next week
Any further announcements re Junior Semi Final conditions will be posted to this Website and via the BHRDCA Social Media channels
Steve Flemming – BHRDCA Administrator
Germaine Symon – Laburnum CC Captain
Ben Davis – Blackburn Nth CC Captain
The BHRDCA and Cricket Victoria are pleased to announce that we are embarking on an Indoor Cricket program over the winter months, (Term 2 and Term 3)which is open to boys and girls who currently play in the Under 12 and Under 14 age groups.
Please see attached flyer for details
This is a great way to enhance every facet of cricket as all kids bat, bowl and field, a great way to improve hand/eye coordination whilst having fun.
Team consist of 6 a side and only takes an hour on a Monday night where club plays club wearing your coloured cricket shirts. (eg Nunawading V Blackburn)
At a cost of $80 per player for the 8 week term with equipment provided it is certainly cost effective, the matches will be played at the Box Hill Action Indoor Centre.
This may also be an opportunity for friends of current club players to try their hand at cricket, potentially being a recruit the following outdoor season as indoor cricket can have an electrifying buzz about it.
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to call me on 0450 336 992. Tom Anderson
Ken Thomas – Forest Hill CC President
Conor Spinks – Kerrimuir CC Captain
Once again weather is threatening to impact our T20 cricket tomorrow.
We have exhausted the Reserve days available to us, so play will proceed as scheduled tomorrow afternoon.
The weather could impact at any time, and where possible the Umpires will ensure both teams receive equal amount of balls faced.
Be reminded to constitute a match, both teams must receive at least 5 overs. The team with the highest score after the 5 overs will be the winner. If more balls are bowled than the 5 overs, it will be the scores of both teams at that point that will decide the match.
In the event that both sides do not receive 5 overs, then if circumstances permit (Umpires will decide) a bowl off will be contested to achieve a result.
If circumstance make a bowl off impossible, the match shall be decided by the toss of a coin under the supervision of the Umpire.
Should no play commence, then the premiership will be awarded to the highest finishing teams of the two combatants.
These conditions are provided in the BHRDCA T20 Rules, which were generated from the Big Bash competition.
We hope that the weather has little impact on the matches, and the games can be played out but please be prepared.
Good luck to all teams.
Michael Van Zuyden (per BHRDCA CoM)
Junior Cricketers “Woolworths Blasters” and “Master Blasters” ‘Have a Go’ day!
- This Sunday 23rd from 10am at Kalang Park
- 20~30 minutes of skill-based activities (based on “Woolworths Blasters” format).
- Followed by up to x4 separate “Master Blast” T20 short-format games (approx. 10 children in each match) which last for ~60 minutes.
- Mixed-ages, mixed abilities, across the oval at Kalang Park – Kalang Street, Blackburn (home of the Laburnum Cricket Club).
- A (fruit) morning tea for the Blast cricketers will be provided.
Senior Cricketers (spectators):
- This is a T20 inter-club competition from 12.30.
- The “Golden Duck” Café will be open (featuring Dim-sims & famous hot-chips!), and a BBQ will be on later in the afternoon.
- A “Treadcare” ‘Player of the Match’ medal will be awarded after the game to each team.
- We have created and will be playing for the “Treadcare Tyres Community Cup” (established 2020).
All Competing Clubs/Players,
Once again mother nature is throwing an element of unpredictability at us re the weather, which looks highly likely to impact on the T-20 Grand Finals scheduled for Tuesday 18th February.
At this stage, all players & Umpires are to proceed to the Grand Final venues per the published T-20 Fixtures.
Any decision to cancel the T-20 Grand Final matches scheduled for tomorrow night, will be posted on this site and on the Associations Social Media outlets by 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The CoM also determined this evening that Tuesday 25th February will be put in place as a Reserve Day should matches be cancelled tomorrow night.
All Super 7’s & Fast 9’s Clubs,
Please report to grounds and assess the conditions in relation to this morning’s play.
Unfortunately light drizzle is hanging around which may inhibit playing conditions.
Pop Up Woolworths Blast Program:
- Wednesdays 5-6pm
- Box Hill City Oval, crn Middleborough and Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill
- Wed 19th Feb to Wed 11th March
- 2 female coaches
- $40 for a 4 week Program
- First 40 female participants can use $10 discount voucher BOXHILL10
- $25 Woolworths Reward Voucher(would have received if you have a Woolworths Rewards Card) can be used for this program making it just $15 for participants.
- Please register at https://www.playcricket.com.au/club-finder/club-details?Id=515
Inner East Girls Cricket Competition:
- Held on Wednesday nights 5-7pm
- Stage 1 cricket Program with shortened pitch and a soft ball, girls wear helmets and pads.
- See iegc.com.au to see which clubs are involved close to you.
- Contact Sharon Lynas at email@example.com for more information
- 6 week summer season just starting now, clubs would welcome any new players.
To keep in touch with everything happening with cricket in our region please head to our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CVInnerEastMetro/
Hope to see many of you at our pop up Blast sessions!
Club Officer – Inner East Metro