THE Goulburn & District Junior Cricket Association launched its 2016/2017 season last week (just prior to the first round of matches) with a cap presentation for the Goulburn Junior Representative players at the Goulburn Soldiers Club.
GDJCA president Danny Yeadon got things underway, welcoming those in attendance, before going on to outline the Association’s objectives for the season ahead.
There will be 21 teams in the junior competition again this season, which is on par with last year.
The Super 8 competition, now in its third season, will have six teams as well the under 12’s.
There will be a five team under 14 competition and a four team under 16 competition, which is pleasing, as for the first time in a number of years there are no Highlands teams playing, making it a stand-alone competition.
On top of this, we will be running the popular Milo In2Cricket program and a new initiative for this season is the Milo T20 Blast.
These two formats of the game will be played at North Park on Friday afternoons, so that it leave parents free to do other things on the weekend.
For many of our families this involves older siblings playing cricket on Saturday morning.
Numbers at this stage are very promising and it will kick off on Friday, 28 October.
The Association is very pleased to welcome the Goulburn Soldiers Club, First National Real Estate, Craigs Furniture One and Coopers Earthmoving as its new sponsors for the season ahead and beyond.
“With the financial assistance given to us from these generous local businesses, we will be able to subsidise our local juniors and improve the way in which the local competition is administered,” Mr Yeadon said.
Goulburn Soldiers Club Director, Robert Cole was on hand to present the Association with a cheque and welcomed the opportunity for the Club to be involved with junior cricket in Goulburn for the next three years as the major sponsor of the local competition as well as the representative teams playing in the Southern NSW Zone Championships in the weeks ahead.
The evening culminated with the presentation of the traditional ‘baggy maroon’ caps to this season’s representative players.
The first junior games of the season junior took place on Saturday morning with the rejuvenated turf pitch on Prell Oval getting a hit out from the Wollondilly under 14s before the first grade game in the afternoon.
There were some impressive first game performances from some of the more senior juniors, while over Carr Confoy Park the under 10s had parents smiling as the young players took turns at bowling, batting and chasing after the ball in the field.