President's Report 2016/17
29 JUN 2017 | BY ADRIAN D'AGOSTINO
Season 2016/17 was another successful season for the Redbacks both on and off the field. Throughout the course of the season we celebrated our 20th Anniversary in style as we proudly became the first junior club in Penrith to take the field in coloured clothing. Across the club we fielded a record 26 teams. Five of our teams were crowned Premiers! and the Redbacks were once again declared PJCA Club Champions!
As the biggest (and best) cricket club in Penrith it’s a huge achievement to have so much success and it wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of our volunteers and sponsors. I’d like to thank our 50+ volunteers and club officials who are pivotal in providing this success and enjoyment for our players. The hard work put in by our life members over the years has been the foundation to our current success. I’d like to thank our Life Members, Mick Carthey, Adrian D’Agostino, Bob Collins, Vince D’Agostino and Dave Langer.
I wish to thank our sponsors Beastwear, Penrith Golf Club, Aus Reo, Uphire, Paul Frank IT, Dino’s Pizza, Mulgoa Excavations and Stick Cricket for their continued, and much appreciated, support of the Glenmore Park Cricket Club. Through their support and good financial management by the executive our club continues to grow in volume without the burden of exorbitant playing fees for our members.
On that note I’d like to especially thank the Executive Committee: Mick Pelle, Munish Grover, Adrian D’Agostino, Grant Kean. As well as the executive committee I would also like to thank committee member Geoff Thornton and equipment officer Mike Miklosz for their countless hours work put in behind the scenes making it possible for nearly 400 players and their families to enjoy their summer of cricket.
Our secretaries are the backbone our club. Both Grant Kean and Adrian D’Agostino work tirelessly all year round to grow and develop the Redbacks taking us from strength to strength each year. Whether they are liaising with Penrith council, the local cricket associations, potential sponsors, club members or leading cricket teams on the field they do it with enthusiasm and passion for the Redbacks. We are privileged to have such valuable resources on our team and are delighted to share in the outcomes that they are able to achieve for our club members. It’s with great appreciation that I thank you both.
I’d like to congratulate Ernie Schinella on earning our 2016/17 ‘Clubman of the Year’. Thanks to Ernie for his contribution to the Milo In2Cricket program and for the energetic support, and the cuddles, he willingly gives to everyone in the club. I congratulate Robert Dalton on his nomination for Life Membership and I thank the current executive committee for nominating me also for Life Membership.
In March 2017 our club held the second edition of the Violet Shield. This is a charity cricket match conducted in conjunction with the Violet Lee Foundation with the purpose of raising money for families of children impacted by tragic circumstances. Special mention must be made of the D’Agostino and Kean families who once again rallied the Redbacks family together to help in raising $130,000 for Millar Munro’s family at the ‘Match for Millar’. It’s a testimony to these families and the wider Redbacks community in showing their compassion, selflessness and generosity for those facing life altering battles.
Sadly the club and its members were shocked and saddened by the news that First Grade player, and friend to many Steve Gavin lost his life on May 27th. ‘Gavo’ had been associated with the Redbacks on and off his entire cricketing career and was well liked by many in the surrounding cricket community. He returned to the Redbacks just last season adding his fire power to our first grade batting line up. This entertaining cricketer and his friendly, polite, jovial character will be sorely missed at the Redbacks. Our sympathies go out to the Gavin family. The club is committed to supporting his team mates as they continue to deal with his tragic loss.
Last season we entered a strategic sponsorship agreement with Penrith Golf Club. This finally gives our club a place to call ‘home’ inside the borders of Glenmore Park. The club offers affordable social membership, bistro dining, bar and TAB facilities, function rooms and an alfresco area that we christened with the inaugural Redbacks Family Christmas Party in December 2016. It is hoped that the club’s location and benefits allows us to engage socially and more regularly with our members. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the Penrith Golf Club.
As the greater Glenmore Park area grows other sporting codes nearby have been able to relocate their storage facilities to the new Mulgoa Rise sporting complex. I’m pleased to say that has been made Blue Hills exclusively available to our club. Council have assigned keys to the canteen and storage unit at Blue Hills to Glenmore Park Cricket Club and in effect giving us another new ‘home’ in Glenmore Park. Blue Hills will become the primary location for on-field club events as well as provide even more storage space for our equipment. Thank you to Grant Kean for securing our two new ‘homes’ in Glenmore Park.
At the end of the last season we conducted a stocktake of equipment. The outcome being that we were able to donate 8 kit bags full of cricket gear to underprivileged cricketers in Central Africa. We are to replenish ‘tired’ equipment and purchase new training equipment thanks to another $5,000 grant from the NSW Government Local Sport Grant Program facilitated through our local Member for Mulgoa The Hon. Tanya Davies, MP. With the support of Mrs Davies and the NSW Government we have been able to fulfill the demands of growing, innovative club that is leading the way for cricket in the district.
President – Glenmore Park Cricket Club