Senior Secretary Report 2016/17

29 JUN 2017 | BY ADRIAN D'AGOSTINO

The clubs 20th season featured innovation, triumph, elation, heartbreak, tragic loss and hope and it wasn’t until I sat down to put together this report the enormity of what we as a club achieved this summer.

While it no doubt will be covered elsewhere, being the first junior club in the district to take to the field in full colour uniform was a groundbreaking achievement and to see the seniors follow suite in the new shirts was great. That we were able to outfit every player in a new shirt for free speaks of the great financial management and sponsorship growth within the club over the last couple of seasons. Thanks must also go to Tanya Davies MP for her support in issuing the club with two grants.

On the field, it was another successful season culminating in two Premiers being crowned.

Congratulations firstly to Jason Bradley & the undefeated 8th grade premiers on a dominant season, led in no small part by Batsman of the Year Joel Lennon’s 835 runs – the third highest individual aggregate for a season, highlighted by four hundreds.

Our other premiership saw 2nd Grade become the only Senior team in our history to win three consecutive competitions. Special congratulations to captain Grant Kean, Robert Dalton, Sean Junge, Alex Marzano, Rod Hunt, Nathan and Ben Biernat who featured in all three title wins. Congratulations also Jason Bennett who took 5/14 in the semi final to be named Player of the Finals.

Commiserations to our other finals teams – 3rd Grade who, after featuring in last years 6th Grade Grand Final, made it all the way through to this year’s Final only to not have the chance to bowl a ball. 7th grade who again fell agonisingly short in a final and our two other Minor Premiers – Warren Wards 10th Grade & 1st Grade who both sadly saved their worst performances of the summer for the semi final.

I want to make special mention of First Grade captain Matthew Mangan, who in his first year in the role led from both off the field and on it, culminating in being crowned NDCA 1st Grade Player of the Year & GPCC Senior Player of the Year, on the back of a mammoth season of 30 wickets & 395 runs. I look forward to working with Matt again next year as we try to fill the one gap in the trophy cabinet.

Congratulations also to Alex Nicholson for his 50 wickets in being named NDCA & GPCC bowler of the year.

In addition to the season proper our ‘Big Three’ days were all once again hits. The Redbacks Cup was recaptured by the Originals led by an unbeaten 50 by Aryan Grover.

Double Wicket Day in hindsight was much more special than we realised at the time, taken out by Josiah Obrien & Steve Gavin. Tragically the cricket community lost Gavo this year, and I would like to reinterate my deepest condolences to the his friends and family. The vast array of people Gavo touched in his short time here was testament to just what a special person he was.

When I spoke of hope earlier, just what a special community we are all part of was reiterated at this years Violet Shield, where we raised over $130,000 for a brave little warrior in Miller Munro, who is still fighting a brain tumour. To see a match that started almost on a whim grow into a special event that has now raised over 170k for charity in two years is staggering and something all involved can be proud of.

It gave me great pleasure to watch three long serving club members be recognised for their services at this years presentation.

Ernie Schinella has bought his infectious attitude to the club over the past fIve seasons and no one is more deserving of the Clubman of the Year award than he.

Honouring two of the clubs finest servants, Col Rowe and Robert Dalton, with life membership was a personal highlight. Having known and worked with both since my teens I can safely say there are none more deserving in my eyes than these two.

Such a massive year doesn’t happen without great people behind the scenes and in my opinion the current committee is the best I have worked with in my 15 years on the executive.

Cols tireless drive to make sure Glenmore Park is the best at what we do in every aspect as a club, including redesigning the clubs entire playing and training range, is invaluable.

Grant Kean shares the same drive and his passion for the Redbacks has driven this club to new heights once again. Not just did His work for charity this year have to be seen to be believed, but his pursuit of sponsors, willingness to drive new ideas and provide the best possible support, facilities and events for all members is what sets this club apart.

Munish Grover’s great work & ongoing advice as treasurer has assured we are in the strongest fiscal position we have ever been. Michael Pelle & Geoff Thornton’s ongoing support has been a breath of fresh air and nothing has been too much for either this summer.

As I look to the future it is a time of change ahead, albeit an exciting one. First Grade will have the full support of the club as mentioned above, but I think it is also time that some of the old warriors in the top grades were helped out by some fresh blood so I look forward to building new sides with our graduating juniors & our more decorated mid grade performers.

Redbacks TV will return bigger and better than ever, with what I hope will be more coverage and features of the clubs stars and personalities, while already new merchandise and club gear has been discussed.

Once again it is an exciting time to be a Redback, and here’s to a happy 21st birthday for the district’s premier club.

Adrian D’Agostino
Senior Secretary GPCC