Goulburn and Yass first grade cricket

BETWEEN WICKETS: First grade Hibo Gold increase their run score during a match on Wexted Oval against Young Guns last season. Photo Darryl Fernance
BETWEEN WICKETS: First grade Hibo Gold increase their run score during a match on Wexted Oval against Young Guns last season. Photo Darryl Fernance

After some intense negotiation and meetings the Gouburn District Cricket Association and Yass District Cricket Association have agreed to merge their competitions into one first grade competition to be known as the Southern Tablelands competition.

The Southern Tablelands competition will feature an 11 team competition on a home and away basis.

The competition will comprise the following  teams: Hibo Gold, Hibo Green, Workers Stags, Southern Railway and Crookwell from the Goulburn Association and Yass Golf Club, Snipers, Aussie Pirates, Bowning, Dalton and Gundaroo from the Yass competition.

The format will be 45 over one day games commencing at 12.30pm.

The meeting held on Wednesday, September 13 agreed to this and the use of four piece balls.

After considerable debate the meeting decided that the draw would run for 16 weeks of pre-finals matches commencing on October 14 with the top four finals series commencing on March 10, 2018. The grand final of the Southern Tablelands competition will be held on March 24.

The preliminary rounds of the competition will finish on February  24, with the weekend of March 3, set aside for Yass to run their local Tribs Shield Competition. The Tribs shiled has been in existence for about 100 years. Goulburn will play the Rod McCabe Cup match that weekend.

A six person committee will run the new competition with three delegates from Goulburn and three from Yass forming the Southern Lands Executive Committee (STEC) to oversee the competition. The STEC will appoint a common judiciary of four people to handle any judiciary issues.

The three Goulburn delegates will be Tim Price, Bob Smith and Gary Mortimer.It has been decided to adopt the Yass DCA competition rules with some minor modifications as their rules are more specific to one day cricket rather than Goulburn’s current rule format.

This is an exciting concept with both associations gaining from the expanded competition with more long term sustainability and interest in playing different teams from around the region and the STEC is currently looking at obtaining a sponsor for their exciting new competition.