Welcome to version eighteen of our newsletters. I hope they help keep all stakeholders in the Otago Country network up to date with the happenings within our organisation.
Sorry team but a bit of a typo in the last newsletter proclaiming the proposed jubilee in 2021 would be our 75th where in fact it will be our 65th, so the first paragraph should have read like this;
On the 15-17th January 2021 our association will celebrate 65 years as well as 25 years since we took the Fuji Xerox Cup (Hawke Cup equivalent) off Taranaki and 10 years since we won the Hawke Cup against North Otago. There has been a committee set up to organise the Jubilee/Reunion and I’m sure it will be a weekend to remember so keep your calendars free. Click on the links below to remind yourselves of the games,
versus North Otago
We are planning to name a male team and a female team of the 65 years and there will be a competition run in conjunction. More info in due course about that as well as venue/program etc for the jubilee. Please pass this newsletter on to anyone you think will be interested in attending the jubilee.
Over the last few months or so the board has been working through our new Partnership Investment Agreement with NZC and Otago Cricket. This consists of a new funding model quite different to what we have had before whereupon we have a set of strategic targets (KPI’s) we are to reach to achieve our maximum funding. The board are committed to achieving our targets in a timely manner. This has been signed and we are on our way to achieving the targets set.
Adrian Morgan has been in his role of Administration Manager for Otago Country now for around nine months. Adrian’s position is part time and part of a Pilot Project role agreed to by NZC, Otago Cricket and ourselves following a review conducted last year. Among other things achieved is the development and finalising our Strategic Plan which was adopted at our July board meeting as planned. Copies of these policies can be found on our website http://www.otagocountrycricket.co.nz/policies--plans.html
He also presented our Vehicle Policy, 2018/19 Business Plan and Budget which were all adopted at our August 1st Board Meeting, they are currently with NZC for approval. Adrian is currently working on a full season calendar in conjunction with Willie and Emma which will appear on our website soon. He continues to do an excellent job and it’s great to have him on board. If you need to contact Adrian he can be reached on 0277333895 or email Adrian@otagocountrycricket.co.nz
Late last month I took a call from Fraser Wilson who indicated he will be stepping down as a board member at our AGM on 26th September. Fraser has just simply run out of time to fit everything into his busy life so the Otago Country board membership has gone. He will still be involved with all his Hawke Cup/Crosby Morris/Senior Development/U17 roles as well as his Queenstown CC commitments. Fraser has also indicated he may return in the future. I would like to thank him for the time he has given over the past while and we will have not heard the last of him.
Again late last month I confirmed that Lauren Shaw from the Maniototo will join us on the board following our AGM. One of the KPI’s from NZC/OCA we agreed upon was to have two female board members by the end of November. Lauren will join Liz Perkins on the board. Lauren and her husband Geoff run a farming business on the Maniototo, Lauren is the secretary of the Maniototo Club (formerly the Maniototo sub association), heavily involved with junior cricket, treasurer of the Maniototo Golf Club and has the distinction of having played senior women's cricket for Otago. Lauren has the skills to help us into the future of cricket in our area.
The association is the proud owner of seven cattle beasts as a fundraising venture. We would like to thank Ryan Dowling for doing all the ground work to make this happen and Geoff and Sam Blakely for taking good care of them. There is also some work going on in the background hoping to get a social six-a-side competition up and running in Alexandra before and after Christmas. Plenty more to come on this soon.
Now that the International schedule has been released and the lower South Island has been ignored which is a huge disappointment to fans in the Central region and especially the Queenstown Lakes Council after a large investment last year to improve drainage at the Events Centre. The Domestic schedule has handed a Plunket Shield game in early December and a Burger King Super Smash double header with both the Sparks and Volts playing at Molyneux Park on the 30th December. The Volts will be in Alexandra for two weeks early season (October) for a) a four day camp, b) a four day pre-season game as per last season. Another pat on the back for Molyneux Park.
Plenty of activity happening at the moment with quotes being sourced a funding applications being filed. Accommodation bookings being made, calendars being finalised. Great news earlier in the month when we received a grant from KiwiSport to assist with the running of our Junior/Youth and Girls programs. Their on-going support over the last five or so years has been tremendous and much appreciated by our organisation.
On the subject of continued support I take this opportunity to thank Kookaburra and especially Blair Franklin for their support of Otago Country. We have recently received our ‘contra package’ from them including warm-up clothing for the Hawke Cup and junior girls teams, spring back stumps-balls and wicket keeping gloves for our new six-a-side comp in Alex as well as training gear including balls for all our teams. We have also received our monetary package from Kookaburra as well. Again much appreciated and we recommend you support them as often as you are able.
Brilliant news on the sponsorship front as FMG has come on board as a sponsor of the Hawke Cup side. This is great news and I would like to thank FMG and the work that Jarred Andrew has done behind the scene to get this over the line. The Hawke Cup boys have flown into fundraising initiatives and word has it there’s a lamb tailing project on the way.
The Crosby Morris draw is out for the start of the season and is;
Maniovalley v South Otago (Molyneux Park No3)
Upper Clutha v Wakatipu (Molyneux Park No4)
Maniovalley v Upper Clutha (Molyneux Park No3)
South Otago v Wakatipu (Molyneux Park No4)
Maniovalley v Wakatipu (Dunstan High School No1)
Upper Clutha v South Otago (Dunstan High School No2)
Congratulations to Cam Jackson, Reece Collin, Angus Herron selected in the Otago U19 squad and both Kate and Georgia Heffernan who have been selected in the Otago Tier 1 program. Nice work to you all.
Also great to hear that Lawrence has a team back in the South Otago Competition. Brilliant news again out of South Otago.
Our two Cricket Development Officers are into their summer mode at the moment and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them both for their contribution to our association. They play the most valuable role in the development of our game in our region. They are the face of our association and work with the most impressionable people, our youngsters. They are the experts in their role, use them. Willie Miller is back based in Alexandra and can be contacted on 0212790979 or email Willie @ otagocricket.co.nz. Emma Campbell can be reached on 0211242266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either of them, or myself.
Keep up to date with any news of the association by checking out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Otago-Country-Cricket-Association-133940846657978/
If you have anything you need to convey to the organisation feel free to contact any of the above. We are open for business.
Malcolm Jones (Jonesy) Chairman
Otago Country Cricket
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