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President's Report - 2017/18
Date of Event : Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:57PM

At Lindfield Cricket we aim to give as many people in the community the opportunity to enjoy playing the game and to develop their skills. 

Two and a half years ago we set out a five-year plan to be one of the strongest clubs in the competitions that we play in. As our season comes to an end I would like to acknowledge some of the great performances across the Club, both on and off the field, that have helped take us closer to that goal. 

Our thanks to real estate firm Savills. Craig Marshall has been a great supporter over the last three years, and we hope that can continue. Take a look at Craig's LDCC promotion and wider community support here . 

Kingsgrove Sports at Artarmon is another great Lindfield partner. The Club receives a small rebate from sales - so ensure you mention you play for Lindfield 
when you're buying new gear! 

Note, for those reading this in hard-copy, an electronic version (with links) has been emailed and can be viewed on our Club website. 

Our Juniors 

We had 478 registered players across 36 teams, including the Saturdaymorning Skills Clinic. 

Three seasons ago we introduced girls only teams into our competition. This year we now have 51 girls in four all girls teams, plus a number playing in the mixed competitions, and in our Clinic. 

On Saturday 3 March our U13 Haggett and U13 Sthalekar played a finals match at Lindfield Oval Lower. Former Australian players Belinda Robertson (nee Haggett) and Lisa Sthalekar made a presentation at the end of the match. Leigh Brezler arranged Cricket NSW (CNSW) and the North Shore Times to be there. Take a look at the CNSW coverage here . 

As well as Geoff Spotswood's Cricket Coaching in the Skills Clinic the Club increased its focus on providing quality professional training opportunities for our Juniors. This is through a new partnership with Ash Doolan's Cricket Appeal Coaching (via our Friday afternoon specialist sessions) and Daniel Caldwell's Sydney Cricket Academy (representative sessions). The Club invested over $10,000 in professional coaching this year as well as negotiating discounts for LDCC players for private coaching with our coaching partners. Over 160 of our juniors took the opportunity to attend sessions funded by the Club. Next season we intend to expand the program with a cricket academy style program for those looking for extra professional coaching. 

Lindfield had 20 players selected in North Shore Junior Cricket Association (NSJCA) representative teams, including our first two females in the Girls U13 team - Abigail Williams and Lucy Warren. Congratulations to long standing Lindfield Junior, Shivani Metha, who was selected to represent NSW Metro in this year's National Championships - a highlight being a score of 36 opening the batting in a 114 partnership against Queensland. 

A big thank you goes to our 80 volunteer team coaches and managers, as well as all those who act as umpires, scorers and assist with our weekly barbeques on Friday nights at Lindfield Oval and Saturday mornings at Acron Oval. Community sport doesn't exist without our volunteers. 

Lindfield Juniors have capped off a tremendous season for the Club winning five North Shore Junior Cricket Association championships over the weekend. Our congratulations go to U17 Waugh, U15 Lillee, U13 Clarke, U11 Rogers and U10 Slater. 

Special congratulations go to U17 Waugh captain Henry Chapman, coach Belinda Robinson and their team who, in a tremendous tussle with Mosman, delivered the U17 Championship to Lindfield for the first time in 22 years. A great team performance! Henry has been a great "pathways" example - also sometimes playing in our U24s and first grade teams. The Club is going to work hard in the off-season to continue to encourage former Juniors to play in the Shires competitions. 

Olivia Thomas has done another amazing job coordinating the girls program, as has Bruce Carney, our Juniors Registrar. The biggest Junior thank you is reserved for Convenor Peter Fahy. 


Our Seniors 

Our Shires teams have had a strong season. The competition has become somewhat lop-sided - this season we have cemented our place with the more dominant Clubs. Our second and fourth grade sides again reached qualifying finals. 

Our U24 Frank Gray team, captained by Nath Timbrell, had another successful season. We were beaten by a strong Burwood side in the qualifying final. 

Congratulations to first grade and Club captain Adam "Buddha" Rezek, second grade captain and committeeman Steve Watts, third grade captain Geoff Spotswood, and fourth grade captain Sammy Kasthuri. Our fifth grade, playing in the Tim Creer Cup competition as Lindfield Blue, was captained by Vaibhav Nagar, and improved on last season. 

By the way this is the first year Geoff Spotswood has actually played for Lindfield, having played for Bankstown for an incredible 40 years, and being their highest run-scorer of all time. 

With a higher level of regular playing commitment from first grade down, our Shires teams can go on to even greater things 2018/19. 

Our Masters/Classics 

We have a team in each of the Masters (over 40s) and Classics (over 50s) Sydney Cricket Association competitions. Each team has gone from strength to strength in recent years - this season both finished in the top four of their competitions. Excellent work from captains Paul Sproules and Douglas Latto. We would welcome any new players into these teams next year. 

Along with Paul Adams, Douglas has put together an over 50s playing tour of the UK in July this year, and I'm personally looking forward to being a part of that. 

Our Grounds and Facilities 

Our current priority is the construction of new practice nets within Soldiers Memorial Park. This is in the place of the decaying set near the children's playground beside Lindfield Oval Upper. By the way, that playground is also soon to be re-equipped. 

A change of policy at Ku-ring-gai Council has meant that Council is now controlling this project. Due to the difficulties of the site, and some other factors, the cost has escalated. The Club has rolled over its grants - other thanks to the NSW Government, CNSW/McDonalds, the NSJCA, and Ku-ring-gai Council. At the time of writing we are working with Council to get the project underway this winter. Thank you too to those parents and players who have contributed to this project, and thank you for your patience. 

Council has a long term grounds redevelopment schedule which has had Lindfield Oval Upper slated for 2020. The Sydney Cricket Association currently rates our primary oval as the poorest in the Shires competition. This re-development will be a very welcome upgrade for everyone involved in Lindfield Cricket and for the wider community. 

Save The Date 

Our Annual General Meeting is set for 7:30pm, Wednesday, 13 June at the Clubhouse. 

Our annual President's Dinner has been moved to coincide with the season's launch. Look out in September for your invitation to this event. Meanwhile set aside Saturday 20 October for this entertaining night Roseville Golf Club. 

Next Season 

As well as Peter Fahy, my thanks goes to Committee members Sam Monk, Alex Timbrell, Steve Watts, Phil Gillard, Scott Chapman and Treasurer/Life Member Stew Smith. I reserve my greatest thanks to our Club Secretary/Life Member Jeff Bolt. Jeff tirelessly helps the Club on a number of fronts, especially round by round in Chairing our Shires selections process. 

While winning competitions is a worthy achievement, one of the greatest hallmarks of a strong sports club is the number of players who value their experience and can't wait to return the following year. 

We are a large Club and the more help we have the stronger the club and the greater the opportunities for our kids. Anyone who would like to be involved next season as an age coordinator or in other roles - please do not hesitate to contact Peter. 

I hope you have had a great experience this season, and I also hope that I can look forward to seeing you again this spring. As we continue to strengthen the Club I am always keen to receive the gift of feedback - please feel free to email me at 
greg.cook@ewmac.com.au or call me on 0418 977 847. 


Greg Cook 
Club President

Last updated: Saturday March 24, 2018 1:05PM
Author: Greg Cook