MCC AGM 2017 : REPORT
A healthy attendance of 19 gathered in a chilly clubroom for the 2017 Marshfield Cricket Club AGM last Monday.
The meeting began with an emotional Chairman’s address – extemporising without notes, the Chairman eulogised about the Club and it’s hard-working Members, expressed his love for everyone and everything, whilst painting a picture of a Club moving forwards with a very promising Youth Section, well organised on and off the pitch, and a fantastic social calendar. He finished up by exhorting us to go and see his new favourite film of all time, Paddington 2.
‘Another very successful season both on and off the square. My heartfelt thanks to all the coaches, captains, helpers and administrators for all their energy and efforts in making sure that Marshfield Cricket Club produce very competitive teams every time we take to the field. All this is not possible without the very considerate work that is put in by the committee and other friends. I am very very proud of the wonderful colleagues that I have and who I consider to be my extended family. When I go round different clubs around the counties I always come away thinking that we have something very unique and special here at Marshfield Cricket Club. Another Amstel please Anita.’
Overall the season was a success with results on the field improving and a promotion achieved. Selection and availabilities have improved greatly over the past few seasons as more players (old, new and young) have became available on a regular basis..
Pre-season and nets worked well again with the Kingswood School facilities once more proving to be very adequate for our purposes. Numbers were up slightly on the previous year and once again there there were a couple of new faces and things ran well. Participation also increased once we got up to Broadleys for evening practices in April.
The Senior teams – Firstly many thanks to James, Will, Colin, Rob, Tim and Rich for their help as Captains last season. Although as stated previously the occasional random nature of availabilities meant that (especially in May and June) all the teams changed somewhat every week, the Captains did an amazing job of organising and coping with this issue and actually in many ways it made the games more fun with players able to move around the teams, meet new people and travel to new venues.
The Firsts were strong all season (if a bit erratic) and finished a creditable 2nd with 10 wins and 250 points.
The Seconds played brilliantly all season and deservedly lifted the title on the last day (although by the tightest of margins!). 15 wins and 362 points.
At the bottom of the food chain the poor old 3rds ranged from good on a few occasions to shocking on many others and slipped to 6th place after being up with the promotion race for a couple of weeks mid season. 5 wins and 196 points.
We also played several successful friendlies and the Marshfield 4ths were born and completed a heroic victory over the 3rds at the Withymead!!
We have been more successful in integrating some of our under 15's into the senior sides and 6 made appearances during the season, still more work to be done here but a vast improvement on the last few seasons.
Finally, sadly due to increased work and family commitments I will not be standing for re-election as Cricket Manager for the 2018 season. I have very much enjoyed the role over the past four seasons and feel and hope that we have made improvements both on and off the field during that time, especially on the availability and selection front. I would like to thank all of the committee for their help and support during this time and especially all of the Captains, Vice Captains and my trusted selection cohorts Dicko, Rich Guy, Andy Pierce and Threaders.
The Cricket Manager’s Report detailed a successful season on the field with good availabilties. The Second XI have secured a double-promotion and will be competing in WCCL Div 4 next season. First XI Captain, James Williams, told the meeting that to go one better than a fourth successive runners’ up spot in WEPL Wiltshire, we will need to find the steel to beat the top teams around us. JW also made special mention of the contributions made by Jeremy Bond and overseas player, Suffan Hassan. (Click here for the full 1st XI Report)
Youth Secretary, Robin Hand, told how planning is underway for 2018. Crucially, we will have three new Level 2 Coaches trained up over the Winter, and hope to run a Coach Support course at the Club before next season for the younger coaches. 225 Youth registrations (90 girls) in 2017 represents a phenomenal achievement that we hope will provide the basis for the success of the Club into the future. Many thanks to all helpers, coaches, umpires, scorers and parents. (Click here for the full Youth Report)
Once he’d finished regaling the meeting with tales of fire and brimstone in Yate, the Club Treasurer outlined a healthy financial position, with a good season for bar takings being the main driving factor. Two recent events have also turned a profit in the Fireworks Night and Youth Film Fundraiser. As a result, Club facilities are slowly being improved year-on-year. Ideas are being worked up for possible minor bar improvements for next season, and a plan is in place for a rolling programme to improve the quality of the outfield (already begun with recent weed-killing application).
Maidens – Jane Christie reported that, although at times it is still struggle to field team of 11, five new players playing during season is counted a success. There has also been noticeable improvement in the performances of the younger players. The Maidens will be entering the National T20 knockout competition in 2018. Special thanks were expressed to Mike Threadgill for his unwavering commitment to, and enthusiasm for, umpiring on a Sunday afternoon. (Click here for the full Maidens Report)
The Welfare Officer reported no incidents of a major (or indeed, minor) nature this season. The DBS vetting system has recently gone live online which should prove to be a much speedier and more streamlined process than the old paper-based system. Thanks to Anne McCune for updating and re-stocking the First aid kits.
MCC AGM 2017
CLUB WELFARE OFFICER REPORT
It has been another quiet year in terms of welfare issues at the Club, with no incidents of a serious nature reported. Indeed, I’m not sure that there have been any minor incidents either – this is largely down to the excellent organisation of Youth training on Friday nights and of match days by Robin and his team of Coaches, helpers and parents.
One welcome development in the last few weeks is that DBS (old CRB) checks for volunteers in cricket have moved on from the cumbersome and complicated paper applications to a new, simpler, faster (my own recent DBS renewal took 7 days to complete) and more streamlined online system. This is much easier for volunteers to negotiate and provides a trackable and transferable DBS with update reminders included – a major improvement!
An early heads up that the Club’s Clubmark accreditation will be up for renewal in 2019 and so it is important not to let standards dip and to continue to put the utmost emphasis on the safety and welfare of all those children enjoying cricket at Marshfield Cricket Club.
My thanks go to Anne McCune for keeping a professional eye on the Club’s first aid kits and restocking and updating these as necessary.
After 2 training cycles (6years) in the role of CWO, I now feel that it is time for me to step down as Club Welfare Officer at this AGM and pass the position over to someone more closely involved day to day in Youth Cricket at Marshfield. I’d like to reassure any potential new candidate that the role is not onerous and I will continue to assist in the background in any way possible.
Club Welfare Officer
Election of Officers for 2018 – the meeting was pleased to welcome Ben White as new Cricket Manager, Claire (NOT Clara!) Webb as a Committee member, and Julie Hendy who is taking over the role as Club Welfare Officer. Also another new (but returning) face is Club stalwart and legend, Jim Creed, installed as Third XI Captain.
Thanks from everyone to Gary Hodder for his excellent work as Cricket Manager over the last few seasons, which Ben hopes to build on.