Exciting initiatives

THE Group 2 grand final hasn't been played yet but already the motions are in place for an exciting cricket season ahead.

The recent annual general meeting held by the Coffs Harbour Cricket Association was a step in the right direction according to returned president Ken Robinson.

"The meeting was the best attended AGM we've had in five or six years," Robinson said.

"There's only been one change to the executive with Tony Mainey taking over from Dudley Cockburn in the secretary's role."

Robinson believes that the upcoming 2005/06 season has the potential for some exciting new initiatives being introduced.

"We've received some interest from Dorrigo about them entering a team in our first grade competition," he added.

"We'll be having a subsequent meeting with them but it looks promising at this stage.

"Dorrigo have a turf wicket and some very talented juniors like Mitch Harvey coming through."

The ING Cup game that is being played at the Stadium in early January also has the potential to allow local first grade fixtures to be played at the ground prior to the big Blues vs Bushrangers match.

"There is nothing certain yet and we still need to have a meeting with the Sports Unit but we're hoping to play there definitely."

The Association is also hoping to have the Randwick-Petersham club from the Sydney grade cricket competition playing several matches against Coffs Harbour district sides before the start of the new season.

The season is expected to get under way on October 8 with most clubs holding their sign-on days sometime in the near future.

In his annual report to the AGM Robinson said despite several unfounded rumours to the contrary, Brelsford Park will continue to be used by the Association for several more seasons at least.

"Council are looking at several options to replace the facility we currently have in place," he said.

Robinson said while the 2004-2005 season was successful in many ways, he believed that it also failed to live up to expectations in some circumstances.

"There was some doubt about whether Bellingen Cricket Club would be allowed to compete in our competition with the Nambucca Bellingen Cricket Association claiming they were affiliated with that association and should not be permitted to transfer to the CHDCA," he said.

"The North Coast Cricket Council requested advice from Cricket NSW in this regard and the green light was given to the club to register elsewhere.

"While the original request was for only the first grade team to be members of the CHDCA, it was ultimately decided the senior club would affiliate with all three teams participating in the home and away competition.

"I feel this is only the start of what will become an expanded competition involving more clubs from outside our area as we know it."

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