Cricket in Kilmore – 1986

Kilmore Free Press Wednesday, 17 September 1986, page 20

Cricket club to extend pavilion

Extensions costing approximately $30,000 will soon take place at Kilmore Cricket Club’s pavilion.

The extensions will provide added space for change rooms, functions, score box and kitchen renovations.

To enable the work to proceed, a small amount of additional finance is required.

The club is calling on community members and supporters to loan $50 (or multiples thereof) for up to five years.

These loans (or debentures) are fully repaid over the next five years.

Without some support from the community, the club may not he able to proceed within the next few months as planned.

Persons able to assist should contact treasurer Lawrie Boyd on 821271.

At the club’s recent annual meeting, Ray Cowell was re-elected as president for a second successive term.

Neale Wigney continues as secretary, and Lawrie Boyd as treasurer for yet another term.

Other committee members for 1986-87 are Barry Dixon, Merv Hanson, Rob Peterson, Alan Bensted, Denis Potts, Ashley Cardwell and Fred Baines.

The president thanked many committee members, cricketers and supporters for their encouragement, hard work and support during the previous season.

He noted that although on-field performances of teams – with the the exception of Under 16s – had been disappointing, the club has continued to be strong in administration and organisation.

This progress has led to planning for the building extensions to cater for the greatly increased number of teams, and the pleasing development of under-age cricket in Kilmore.

The first meeting of the new committee decided on the on-field leaders for 1986-97.

Lawrie Boyd continues as club coach, with Merv Hanson and Barry Dixon assistant coaches. All are very experienced cricketers, who are willing to help players of all ages to improve their performances.

Merv Hanson is the new ‘A’ grade captain, succeeding his brother Greg, with opening batsman Neale Wigney vice-captain.

Barry Dixon is again ‘B’ grade captain, with Ray Cowell his deputy.

Alan Bensted takes over as ‘C’ grade skipper, with Fred Baines vice-captain.

Training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 pm has begun and with the club struggling to obtain sufficient numbers, any newcomers will be very welcome.

There has already been strong interest from Under 16 players (training is on Wednesday evenings).

The committee hopes that those lads who have become too old for junior cricket will come along to practice and graduate to senior ranks this season.

The club is providing cricket for three senior teams, Under 16s, Under 13 and Under 10, and all who would like a game of cricket will be made very welcome.

Training dates for U13 and U1O will advertised shortly.

Stalwart Retires

One of the best known cricketers In the district has decided to retire.

Wallan stalwart Jim Coustley, who grew up at Darraweit Guim where he perfected his skills before eventually becoming a driving force with the Wallan club in the GDCA, has devoted 30 years to cricket.

He will be hard to replace, as he has held almost every position with the club on and off the field.

And what will Jim be doing this summer? Playing tennis!

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