President's Newsletter Feb 2020
Date of Event Geelong Cricket Association: Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:52PM


GCA President’s News

February 2020


The Latest Newsletter from President, Rob Vines about GCA activities.


GCA Strategic Plan


The finishing touches to the draft GCA Strategic Plan are being made in preparation for circulation to clubs for final feedback.


The GCA Strategic Plan will provide an important framework of aspirational goals, strategic direction and prioritised actions for the growth and development of GCA cricket into the future, resulting from positive engagement and the input of member clubs, the GCUA and other relevant stakeholders.


I’m looking forward to a final round of club comments and feedback so the plan can be fine- tuned where necessary and presented for final adopted by the Board in the near future.


Playing Formats Review


The review of playing formats and associated structural implications was a key discussion issue in the recent strategic planning workshops, and is a priority action in the draft GCA Strategic Plan.


The GCA Board is keen to obtain further input on this topic from player groups, and is arranging facilitated discussions in March with a cross section of GCA players across the current Divisions and grades.


Initial analysis demonstrates that 8 team competitions (the current GCA Division 2 model) maximises format options and fixture balance given the available playing days in the cricket season.


The key questions to be addressed in the discussions are:


  1. What is the role of the 3 playing formats (2- day, 1-day & T20) in GCA cricket in maximising the market appeal and attraction of GCA cricket?
  2. What is the appetite to play the 3 formats across the divisions and grades?
  3.  What is the optimal mix of playing formats?
  4. What is a realistic approach and timeframe for the implementation of any playing format changes?


Player input on these important questions is essential to the Board’s ongoing deliberations and further discussions with clubs and other relevant stakeholders.


Cricket Barwon Advisory Committee


The Cricket Barwon Advisory Committee (CBAC) has been formed to work on the implementation of the adopted G21 Cricket Strategy for the wider Barwon Region, with initial focus on regional cricket governance.


The CBAC has had two initial meetings (December & January) focusing on:


Learnings from other sports (AFL, Basketball, Melb Metropolitan cricket) that have moved towards regional governance arrangements.

A discussion of current & new governance and operational functions that may benefit from management by a regional body rather than individual cricket association approach.


Bushfire Response 


The GCA community has responded magnificently to this summer’s unprecedented bushfire crises, with notable fundraising efforts by:


  • Geelong City Cricket Club (Bushfire Appeal T20 match)
  • Newcomb & District Cricket Club (Fundraising)
  • Teesdale Cricket Club (Fundraising for the Bruthen Cricket Club in East Gippsland)
  • Modewarre Cricket Club (Fundraising T20 match)

These efforts speak volumes for the way our clubs and community come together to help others.


Barwon Women’s Cricket Competition (BWCC)


The inaugural BWCC season recently concluded with the Grand final won by the Irrewarra Cricket Club from Colac in a tightly fought contest with the Ocean Grove Cricket Club.


Congratulations to Irrewarra and Ocean Grove, and to all the clubs that participated in a wonderful first season.


A season review will soon be conducted with input from the participating clubs to assist planning for an even better second season in 2020/21.

T20 Finals


The T20 competition finals were held on the16th February with the successful clubs being:


  • Division 1 – East Belmont CC
  • Division 2 – Bell Park CC
  • Division 3 – Geelong West CC

These matches were played in a highly competitive spirit and were well supported by the GCA community.


My thanks again to our sponsors Sports Focus Videography and the host clubs South Barwon & Marshall CCs.


National Cricket Inclusion Championships (NCIC)


The National Cricket Inclusion Championships (NCIC) were successfully hosted again in January by the GCA and a number of participating clubs, despite some inclement weather, including the first time that air quality guidelines have been invoked.


My thanks again to the participating clubs, curators and volunteers that supported the event.


This event showcases Geelong cricket’s excellent facilities and our commitment to inclusion, which is a key plank of the GCA’s strategic plan.


Helmet Policy & Regulation


The GCA Board is continuing to work through the International Cricket Council/Cricket Australia Helmet policy, and the associated regulatory options.


There is a clear expectation that local cricket associations will adopt the policy and introduce appropriate regulation.

The GCA Board is aware of the concern from portions of the GCA playing community about the potential implementation of the policy, and in particular the question of individual rights to assess risk.

The Board is making enquires with Cricket Australia to understand the approach to this question in the policy formulation and implementation process.


Rob Vines President

Geelong Cricket Association M: 0407 332 321




Last updated: Thursday February 27, 2020 8:52PM
Author: Peter Edwards