It is with much pride and pleasure that I present the following annual report for the 2021/2022 season.
The season commenced in the middle of November, giving us 16 weeks of home and away games, all being one day games. The Association maintained its 12 grades (6 Saturday, 6 Sunday with a total of some 96 teams from 39 clubs). There was only one new club this season being Boorondarra.
Our twelve premierships were won by Youlden Parkville and Royal Park Reds (two each) and the other 8 shared amongst Parkville Districts, Moonee Valley, Barnawatha North, Maccabi Ajax, Melbourne Ramblers, Burnley CYMS, Indigos and Carnegie. Specific congratulations should go to Parkville Districts who have won six premierships in A Grade over the last seven seasons.
On 2nd April, the MCA played a representative game against Williamstown Association who won a very competitive game by just 2 runs. The best player for the MCA team was Tabark Kabier from Youlden Parkville who made 67 runs.
Due to the impact of lockdowns and Covid 19 the Association held our last two seasons annual dinners as follows:-
At Kooyong it was a great pleasure to announce our 32nd LIFE MEMBERSHIP to JOHN SEXTON the President and Umpire appointment officer of our Umpires Association to the Mercantile Cricket Association. It is very well deserved John.
In further celebration of our Centennial season we held on Australia Day in Fawkner Park our MCA Veterans versus our MCA under 21 match. In a very good game experience shone out with the Vets winning. On the same day, at Cordner Oval we had a team from our Saturday grades playing a team from the Sunday grades with the Sunday side winning the game. There were also a round robin of matches of Women's sides from three of our clubs, which is hoped to grow in future years. All in all, it was a fun day enjoyed by everyone on a reasonably hot summers day. We thank the Sacred Heart club for its tireless work running a bar and a BBQ sausage sizzle. The lunches for the players and umpires was catered for by the associations and were of a high standard.
We thank our Umpires Association for their support again under a lot of pressure in trying to source sufficient appointments to most games, due to the impact of Covid 19 and the isolation of players and umpries alike. In support of this the player roster worked well, as did the recruitment of past players who were contacted by Alec Kahn off the My Cricket records. The MCA would like to thank the Umpires Association committee of Paul Grant, John Sexton and Emil Annakis for their organisation and leadership. It is acknowledged an appreciated the long hours that the executive put in that in, along with the tireless work of Paul Balesia.
I would like to thank the executive committee for their efforts in all of their portfolios in organizing the season and making sure it stays on track. Well done to Rhidian Thomas in his first season as Secretary.
The forthcoming season of 2022/23 is fast approaching and let’s all continue as one big happy family, and play our cricket in the true spirit of the game. There will continue to be Covid 19 protocols in place and we need to respect these at all times.
Thankyou to all Clubs, Captains and committees for your support through this historical 100th season.
Yours in Cricket,
Bill "CRASH' CRADDOCK.