MCC AGM 2018 Report
The curtain conclusively fell on the 2018 season last Monday evening when the Club’s 118th (give or take) Annual General Meeting was held in the Clubhouse. A healthy (record?) attendance of 24 was bolstered by a number of 1st XI players – lured along under false pretences perhaps, but nevertheless very welcome witnesses to proceedings… long may their interest continue as fresh blood will be needed in the future to address the somewhat ageing demographic of the current Committee!
Nick Heynen was duly elected to preside over the meeting where ‘formal’ reports on the season just gone were presented by the Team Captains and other Officers. These can now be perused at your leisure on the Club website: they come in all shapes and sizes – ‘comprehensive’ (Robin); ‘amusing’ (James); ‘factual’ (Colin) ; ‘brief’ (Nick); ‘poetic’ (Jim); 'optimistic' (Jane) and ‘food-for-thought’ (Andy).
‘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. ‘
Firstly, I’d like to thank Gary Hodder for doing such a great job in the few seasons before, ensuring the player database and details were kept up to date. He also stood in admirably as Friendly cricket captain. He obviously despised the role so much he’s moving to Cornwall!
Onto the 2018 season – was it a success? Two top-two finishes (say that after 22 Two-Dogs); a third place finish; Village Knockout last 16; new players integrating well; and youth players stepping up to senior cricket. On that basis a resounding “yes.” But with the Firsts finishing runners-up for the fourth season on the trot, to some perhaps it felt like “just another season”.
Personally I feel the senior side of cricket at the club progressed during 2018. We had probably the strongest crop of players we’ve ever had meaning that pretty much every game, in every league was competitive. The Firsts on many occasions fielded an XI that, apart from the overseas player (Lachie – who was a great find for the club and we hope to see him again), all played youth cricket for Marshfield – well done to all at the club. The Seconds had a fantastic year, and with back to back promotions, can they do it again in 2019? The Third Eleven, lead admirably by Jim Creed, benefitting from that strong crop of players, had it’s highest finish for many years. Promotion for them must be around the corner?! During the season a number of youth players were integrated into the Thirds and they all performed excellently. This is key to the future and sustainability of the club. As is some more well balanced friendly cricket – giving youth players further chance to showcase their skills.
As we look forward to 2019, I very much hope that the work put in during this season and the winter, can be built on and finally get that First Eleven promotion.
Finally I’d like to thank all the players, committee and captains who have helped me out. Winter well chaps!
Club Welfare Officer - Julie Hendy
I took over the position of Club Welfare Officer for the 2018 season from Jonathan Burnestone.
I had one year left of my accreditation and will be happy to renew my qualification early next year, 2019 if no one else wants to take on the position.
I was new to the Club the previous season but it hasn’t been a problem getting to know members in the Senior and Youth teams. My husband and son play senior cricket in two different teams and I attend Friday evening youth training regularly in my capacity as subscription/registration secretary.
We had only one incident this season that required any major input from myself. It was dealt with at committee level and resolved. We learnt from the incident and have updated our Code of Conduct across the Club in preparation for 2019.
I would like to extend my thanks to Anne McClune for her help in keeping the first aid boxes for all teams in excellent order.
I look forward to the 2019 season.
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There was a welcome injection of youth with the election of Calum Burnstone and Matt Cox to the Committee. The one major change of note sees Pat Grieshaber stepping up to take over as 1st XI Captain, replacing James Williams who assumes the Vice-Captain’s position.
Treasurer, Andrew Pierce, noted that the Club have spent £11,000 on new equipment in 2018 and, partly as a result, we are running at a small deficit in 2018. A lengthy debate was held regarding Fundraising efforts and how and why these haven’t been as successful as in previous years. There was a consensus that a new take on fundraising events would be beneficial and some fresh input and a some new perspective would be most welcome…. If you’re reading this and you’ve got any desire to help shape the future of your Club, please get in touch!
The final word on the Season past should perhaps go to the Bard of Marshfield himself, Lord James Creed, who puts it more elegantly and succinctly than anyone when he says, “we won more than we lost, we laughed more than we cried and we drank more than we should!”
Formal AGM minutes will be available from next week on request for any Club member that would like to see them.
MCC Minutes Secretary
STOP PRESS : Since the meeting, it hs been confirmed the 3rdXI have gone up a division and will play in WCCL Div 7 in 2019.