MCA PRESIDENT’S ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2016/17, THE 95TH SEASON
It is with great pleasure and pride that I report to our Member Clubs that the MCA has completed our season both successfully and with considerable growth. This season the Association comprised of 10 grades, 82 teams and 39 clubs in total.
The semi-finals saw some 32 clubs compete and 17 were still in contention at their completion. The ten premierships were shared by nine different clubs and it was pleasing to see success enjoyed by so many. Our hearty congratulations are extended to those successful clubs and to the players who won the MCA Awards such as bowling, batting and best and fairest in the respective grades. We also congratulate our umpires who won awards for the MCA Umpires’ Association.
Significantly, at the presentation dinner at the end of the season, our 31st Life Membership was conferred on our resident Secretary for the past eight seasons, David McNamara.
Our under 21’s side, again capably coached by Paul Huxley of Barnawatha North CC, played three games in the Wright Shield competition. Thanks to Paul again for his efforts and to our boys who never gave up in spite of some very strong opposition, remaining competitive from start to finish.
The annual presentation dinner was again held at EFC Social Club at Windy Hill on the 6th May, with close to 180 MCA members in attendance. Our guest speaker Bill Sheahan, Australian and VCA Premier Cricket umpire of some 600 games entertained the crowd with his address, sharing experiences from his long umpiring career.
Many thanks again to the personnel of the MCAUA committee for providing umpires of increased and consistent numbers (i.e. two umpires to every game approx 95% of the time), each weekend. A truly fantastic effort for a competition which is considered "grass roots" cricket.
Last, but not least I thank every member of the MCA Executive Committee for your loyalty and dedication to the respective portfolios for which you are responsible. Thanks also to the loyalty and expertise of the MCAUA’s executive and the Cricket Committee of the Umpires department Ralph, John and Paul for the tireless hours that you devote to educate, train and supervise our umpires panel.
Many thanks to the captains (82 in total) and committees of all clubs for supporting the MCA and its committee through your efforts to support THE MCA VIBE…that is playing our cricket in the true spirit of the game.
Above all enjoy, participate and love the game beyond the prize.
I look forward to the 96th season, 2017/18 which is fast approaching.
Yours in Cricket,
Bill "Crash" CraddockPresident – Mercantile Cricket Association