Welcome to 2020/21

5 October 2020 - Posted by David Sykes
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Welcome to Season 2020/21 at Ainslie Park. First and foremost, I hope everyone is well and making it through these hard times ok. Our highest priority this season is to support each other wherever we can. Of course, we’re hoping for some cricket. It looks now like we might be able to train at the end of October and the RDCA plans to start games in mid-November (weekend starting Friday Nov 13th).

The season will be different on-field and off. We appreciate all the work done by Cricket Victoria, the RDCA, local councils and our own volunteers to find ways to get everyone on the park. There will be guidelines to follow, but if we all work together, we can make the most of a shorter season.

Ainslie Park seniors continued to be successful on the field in 2019/20 with a premiership in the 2nd XI and a tough grand final for the 4ths. We can build on this base and go further in 2020/21. This will be a season like none before it (and hopefully none after it). For the seniors it will be a season of one-day games, and for the Premier Grades that means a whole season with white balls and coloured clothing.

There’s no blueprint to follow but that’s a huge opportunity to make it a success, and we’ll all be ready to get stuck into it. As Coach Leigh Jones says, “the youth of APCC are ready to take the competition by the horns - combine the talent and flair of our youngsters with the proven record of our established players, mix that in with some hard work, sacrifice and commitment and the sky’s the limit”. There’s a couple of changes in the squad this year. We wish Matt Mountain well in having a crack at Premier Cricket with Ringwood and we welcome tall young quick Aiden Butler from Lilydale.

In the juniors we also had plenty of success including two teams going through the season undefeated and taking home flags (Under 12/3 and Under 14/2). It’s always great to win flags but it will be even better to see how all our kids progress as they move into the next grade or the next age group, or right through to seniors. Our very young girls group gained plenty from their season last year and are ready to come through strong.

The youngest ranks are the future of Ainslie Park. Registrations are now open for junior players so go to www.playcricket.com.au or get in touch with the club. We aim to keep bringing in new players and have a solid base in our Blasters and Under 10s. We’ll be pushing hard as a club to recruit new kids and help them love cricket, but we also ask members to keep an eye out for new participants of all ages and bring them down to join in the fun.

The same as for the seniors, this season will be different, both at training and at games. Setting the tone early, our Junior Coordinator Darren Walles say, “the kids have missed out on so much this year so our main focus will be on enjoyment and participation”. There will be some new rules to follow, and we ask all parents to help us out in doing things the right way so the kids can keep having fun.

A cricket club isn’t just about what happens on the pitch though, and one of our greatest sources of success last year was our social guru Rick Forster. We’re going to be limited in ways we can get together this year, especially in the run-up to Christmas. Rick is up to the task though and I’m sure he’ll find creative ways for us to have some fun and raise some funds for the club. As soon as Bunnings is selling snags we'll be there for our annual BBQ too.

Again, welcome to the new season. Let’s get back together as soon as we can and make it another Ainslie Park success story.

David Delahunty

Club President

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