Junior, senior cricket merger likely

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Junior cricket in Albany this season.
Camera IconJunior cricket in Albany this season. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

A merger of senior and junior cricket in Albany is more than likely after a healthy discussion at Monday night’s Great Southern Cricket Future Directions forum.

Nearly 30 people were in attendance at the Albany forum — one of two held in the Great Southern this week — as the issues surrounding cricket in the region were identified. The Albany Cricket Association and Albany Junior Cricket Association are now in discussions about a possible merger after stakeholders from both associations attended the forum.

The forum comes as the Albany Junior Cricket Association holds an extraordinary meeting on Monday night after its annual general meeting failed to find committee members to lead the association this season.

Forum and project facilitator Kim Buttfield said talks had progressed between the two parties in the hope of improving player pathway from juniors to seniors.

“For the Albany region there was significant feedback for improving the player pathways from junior to senior,” she said.

“Following the discussions at Monday night’s forum, the AJCA and ACA are progressing towards a merger, which would see the junior and seniors working together with a common executive and combined structure. “How it looks and how it operates we are not sure, but the conversations are ongoing.

“This is a great outcome for junior cricket, the parents and volunteers ... who support cricket and a way to provide a clear pathway.”

Supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Culture, WACA and the WA Country Cricket Board, the future directions project has been facilitated by impartial and non-aligned consultants, led by Buttfield.

The Great Southern Cricket Future Directions report and recommendations will be completed by mid-July, with the recommendations rolling out for the start of the new cricket season locally.

Buttfield said the turnout from keen cricket stakeholders at both forums was encouraging and helped identify the areas that need improvement in the near future.

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