President’s Address

Dear Club Patron, Number One Ticket Holder, Life Members, Committee Members, Members, Parents & Supporters,

There is always excitement about a new cricket season, none more than this season, my 3rd as President and probably the most challenging with all the changes due to Covid-19 at the Wanneroo Districts Cricket Club.

I’d like to take this moment to thank outgoing committee members from 2019/20, Leigh Millar who did an amazing job with sponsorship, Fiona McDonald, Rob Fairchild & Andy Billington. Thank you so much for your support and help at the club over the past seasons.

The club first commenced as Wanneroo DCC on the 12th April 1976 and were accepted in the WACA Premier competition in 1979.

A first-grade side was entered into the WACA Premier competition in 1983. Since then, we have progressed into the great club we are today, having sides in all four senior grades along with a Colts squad and 17s, 15s, 14s and 13s in the junior WACA Premier competition as well as Female Premier cricket integrated into our great club in the 2018/19 season.

Our home ground is Kingsway Sports Ground where we have two outstanding adjoining turf grounds, which in the winter of 2018, the wicket blocks on both grounds were completely re-laid. The club also has wonderful turf training facilities, which will also get re-laid and upgraded at the end of the 2018/19 season. We are also one of the only WACA Premier Clubs to have its own indoor facility, The Shed, which has four carpeted lanes along with two bowling machines. Our modern well equipped club rooms have a fully licensed bar with a spacious entertainment area. During the off season of this year in May, we had all of the practice wickets re-laid and renovated for use in December, 2019. Adding to this I would also like to say a massive thank you to the North Perth & Balcatta Cricket Clubs for letting us use their training facilities.

We pride ourselves on all of our achievements over the years, which include a solitary Bank West One Day Premiership in 2000/01 defeating Willetton at the WACA. We also won our first and only Club Championship so far in 2011/12, which coincided with our first two-day pennant premiership in 2011/12 defeating Subiaco-Floreat at the WACA. There was also a second two-day premiership awaiting us in season 2013/14 defeating Claremont-Nedlands at the WACA.

In an amazing turn of events, after some fruitless years, 2017/18 would be another Premiership year for the Wanneroo Districts Cricket Club as our first grade took out their first ever 20/20 Premiership, defeating Claremont/Nedlands in pennant final then the Country XI at the WACA Ground to be crowned State-wide 20/20 Champions. In an amazing fact, Club Director of Coaching and Life Member, Joel Charles played in the first three premierships as a player and coached the fourth, a wonderful effort.

A number of our players progressing through to State and National representation, including Marcus North, Damien Martyn, Michael & David Hussey, Mitchell Johnson and current first grade player Travis Birt. We have also actively recruited another former state representative this season in Kelvin Smith from South Australia. There has also been a plethora of Roo’s who have represented WA at junior and senior level, the most junior state representatives of any club in WA, something we are also very proud of.

We have a specialised coaching and administration structure in place to ensure we are continuing to strive for excellence both on and off the ground. This handbook will provide you with all the information to enable you to become the best you can be, both as a player and as a club member. Please take time to read our Culture, Codes of Behaviour and Policies we have put in place, as I am sure you will gain so much from them and in doing so will gain much enjoyment being a part of our wonderful club.

I’d really like to welcome all new members and many returning members to the club this year, on top of this our new and existing committee members who include; New Vice President Shane Maraldo, Secretary Darrell Kelsey, Treasurer Karen Dzodzos, Grounds Manager Mike Dargie, Communications Manager John Walter, Junior Coordinator Greg Holly, New Clothing Manager Kevin Walker, Head of Female Cricket Andrew Stewart, New Director of Cricket club legend Ian Poulter, Registrar/Barman/Scorer Dave Bebb, Daniel Stumpers & last but not least our excellent former President & Life Member Mike Minear for his tireless help and mentoring to our new committee & being our WADCCI Senior Delegate/Management Committee Member & newly appointed Chairman of the UAC.

We also are renovating our indoor centre this season which will add to the wicket blocks being replaced in 2018/19, the practise wickets and nets renovated in 2019/20, so there is a lot happening at our great club as always!

Let’s have a successful year on and off the field in 2020/21!

Get on the Roo Train!

David Minear
Wanneroo District Cricket Club